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Does Washington Care About the Persecution of Christians Around the World? (3733)

Part 2 of an interview with religious-freedom expert Nina Shea.

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Over the past month, a rash of anti-Christian violence from Nigeria to Pakistan to Syria has highlighted the vulnerable status of this religious group. The U.S. bishops have spoken out on behalf of the beleaguered Christians of Iraq and advocated for U.S. aid for Syrian refugees fleeing a civil war that has featured an increase in violence against a Christian community with ancient roots. Further, the Arab Spring uprisings, which toppled secular autocratic regimes that generally tolerated religious minorities, mark a new and unpredictable era for U.S. foreign policy.

Nina Shea is a longtime expert on international religious-freedom issues. She is the co-author, with Paul Marshall and...READ MORE

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God’s Grace Sustains Wyoming Catholic (7574)

Plans for new campus are under way, as graduates applaud its academic curriculum.

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LANDER, Wyo. — Administrators and alumni of Wyoming Catholic College have only God to thank for the school’s unlikely survival and success.

The college began teaching students in the fall of 2007, only months before the country entered the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Even established Catholic institutions began having trouble luring and maintaining gifts and tuition. Skeptics didn’t give the start-up a lot of hope.

Just more than five years later, graduates have embarked upon successful careers and are pursuing post-graduate degrees. Four have entered religious vocations, and two in this spring’s graduating class plan to join their ranks.

Financially,...READ MORE

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The Wizard and the Saturday Rosary, 8 Ways to Increase Catholic Blog Traffic and Much More! (2331)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Wizard and the Saturday Rosary. Follow the link by Howard Duncan of the Catholic Stand website to read more.

The Wizard and the Saturday Rosary – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

8 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic - Ryan Eggenberger, EntreCatholic

Whatever Happened to Mortal Sin? by Howard Kainz of the Catholic Thing website - Big Pulpit

Bergoglio, According to His Personal Secretary - Andrea Tornielli, Vatican Insider

Catholic and Infertile - Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

The Word of God in Song - Jeffrey Tucker, Chant Café

We Are Rome – Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

Recently Formed Oratory in Maine Admits First Novice – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

The Church, the Bible, and the Trinity of Divine Persons – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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‘Sacra Liturgia 2013’ Inspired by Benedict XVI’s Writings on the Mass (3444)

Bishop Dominique Rey of France discusses the significance of the Pope Emeritus’ work on the liturgy.

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Key cardinals, bishops and other noted experts in the liturgy from around the world will gather in Rome June 25-28 to discuss the sacred liturgy and its correct celebration in the life and mission of the Church.

Called Sacra Liturgia 2013 and inspired by the liturgical teaching of Benedict XVI, the conference is the idea of Bishop Dominique Rey of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France.

On a visit to Rome April 23, the bishop discussed with the Register the conference’s main aims and how it could help heal post-conciliar liturgical disputes, as well as the liturgical significance of Pope Francis’ early-morning Masses.

 

What are the main aims of this conference? What would you most...READ MORE

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Videos Show Gosnell Practices in Other Abortion Businesses (2795)

Nine of Gosnell’s employees have faced state and federal charges for their actions at the facility.

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Lila Rose speaks at The Catholic Information Center Jan. 17, 2012.

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WASHINGTON — Newly released videos from Live Action, a pro-life advocacy group, show that Kermit Gosnell’s practice of murdering infants who survive abortions is not isolated to his facility.

“It is clear from our investigation that the horrors revealed during the Kermit Gosnell trial are not exclusive to that clinic,” Lila Rose, president of Live Action, stated April 29.

“Our videos expose the truly gruesome, illegal and inhuman practices going on inside many of America’s abortion clinics. ... These inhuman practices are just another day at the office for abortionists and their staff.”

Closing arguments were made in Gosnell’s trial on April 29, as the Pennsylvania abortionist is...READ MORE

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George Washington Chaplain Leads Four Men to the Priesthood (4359)

A beloved pastor provides a model for Father Greg Shaffer’s outreach to university students, who rose to his defense after he was attacked for upholding Church teaching on same-sex unions.

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Father Greg Shaffer flanked by seminary applicants (l. to r.) Nick Lee, Michael Russo, Matt Norwood and Ferdinand Mukhar.

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WASHINGTON — Father Greg Shaffer, the Catholic chaplain at George Washington University, learned early that a good pastor can defy the odds and lead the young to embrace a priestly vocation.

Growing up in Bethesda, Md., Father Shaffer was inspired by the example of Msgr. Thomas Wells, a charismatic figure in the archdiocese who possessed a deep and infectious love for the Eucharist.

Msgr. Wells brought many young men to the priesthood before he was murdered during a 2000 robbery at his Maryland parish; he was 56 years old.

Now, 13 years later, that beloved pastor remains a source of inspiration for Father Shaffer, who has revealed a knack for fostering vocations at a secular...READ MORE

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Council of Europe Hailed for Religious-Freedom Resolution (3485)

Resolution 1928 says that the assembly must ‘accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere by guaranteeing freedom of thought in relation to health care, education and the civil service.’

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STRASBOURG, France — A resolution passed by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly is being lauded as an important — although limited — recognition of religious and conscience rights in the public sphere.

“The important step with this resolution is the mention of the right to conscientious objection and the enlargement of its scope of application,” Grégor Puppinck, general director of the European Centre for Law and Justice, told Catholic News Agency April 29.

“It is the first time that I see a document, a source of law, saying there is a right to conscientious objection and freedom of conscience in all ‘morally sensitive matters,’” he said, which means it applies to the...READ MORE

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Confessional Not a ‘Dry Cleaner,’ Says Pope (11010)

Pope Francis taught that being ashamed of sins is ‘not only natural; it’s a virtue that helps prepare us for God’s forgiveness.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said the sacrament of confession does not work like a dry cleaner but is a moment in which Jesus imparts his peace.

“Jesus in the confessional is not a dry cleaner; it is an encounter with Jesus … who waits for us just as we are,” said Pope Francis.

“Many times, we think that going to confession is like going to the dry cleaner to clean the dirt from our clothes,” he observed during his April 29 homily.

But what really happens is that Jesus “donates to us the peace that only he gives,” he said.

The Pope usually invites different groups to attend his daily Mass in the chapel of St. Martha's residence, where he lives.

Today, the personnel from the...READ MORE

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