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Nigerian Cardinal Calls for ‘Concrete Action’ to Free Kidnapped Girls (3358)

Nearly 300 teenaged girls were kidnapped last month from their boarding school in northern Nigeria by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja has called for “concrete action” to save the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, saying his country is “ashamed” by the failure to find them.

“Up until now, we are hearing practically nothing concrete on the issue,” Cardinal Onaiyekan told Vatican Radio May 6. “I think almost every Nigerian is taken aback. We cannot explain what is happening.”

“It’s still more baffling that our president seems to be impotent. We have to see concrete action.”

Nearly 300 girls, most of them aged between 16 and 18, were kidnapped April 14 from their boarding school in Borno, Nigeria’s northeastern-most state, by members of the radical Islamist group...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The Gift of Counsel Illuminates the Heart (3180)

During his weekly general audience, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Pope Francis delivers his catechesis at his May 7 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — During his weekly general audience address, Pope Francis reflected on the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel, explaining that through it we learn to be docile to the Lord, rather than attached to our own ideas.

“It illuminates our heart and makes us more sensitive to the voice of the Spirit, so that we do not get carried away in our thoughts, feelings and intentions by selfishness or our own way of looking at things, but by the will of God,” the Pope observed during his May 7 general audience.

Addressing the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to hear his discourse, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, explaining that,...READ MORE

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Super Bowl-Winning Coach Makes the Most of Each Moment (8815)

The Baltimore Ravens’ John Harbaugh discusses his Catholic faith and football, on the eve of the NFL Draft.

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Following a disappointing 8-8 season in 2013, Super Bowl XLVII champion coach John Harbaugh took some time off to recuperate. Then he was back in action.

The 51-year-old Midwest native took a trip in early February to visit the American Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Not long afterward, he was at the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where he and several other Catholic NFL coaches, scouts and administrators participated in a Mass and dinner organized by Catholic Athletes for Christ.

Harbaugh took what he learned at the combine to prepare for the NFL Draft, which takes place Thursday through Saturday. He is also working with the team’s general manager on re-signing the right players...READ MORE

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Church Bulldozing in China Prompts Religious-Freedom Worries (1593)

Rep. Chris Smith calls it ‘a stunning and somber reminder that many hardliners in the Chinese government still want to eradicate the religious freedom of the Chinese people.’

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WASHINGTON — Chinese authorities’ bulldozing of a large Protestant church shows the need for greater respect for religious freedom in the country, a U.S. congressman has said.

“The destruction of church buildings and the detention of religious leaders in Zhejiang Province is a stunning and somber reminder that many hardliners in the Chinese government still want to eradicate the religious freedom of the Chinese people and control all practice of religion,” U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said May 1.

Smith is the chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights within the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He also co-chairs the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

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10 Beliefs Christians Have That Mess Us Up, Proper Sense of 'Sensus Fidelium' and More! (4023)

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10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up by JoAnna Wahlund - BigPulpit.com

The Proper Sense of the ‘Sensus Fidelium’ – Randall Smith PhD, The Catholic Thing

Editorial: Africa in Crisis – Editorial Board, OSV Newsweekly

Media & Faith Meet in Communications Program at Rome’s Santa Croce University – Kelly Conroy, Catholic Education Daily

Values Without Virtues – Donald DeMarco PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Mind & Heart: On Not Losing Hope – Katherine Carlman, Catholic Exchange

My Daughter’s Journey to the Cthlc Church (Dad’s Perspective) – David L. Gray

False Compassion Ignores Reality of Sin To Grave Detriment of Souls – Stephen Herreid, Aleteia

Men, Abortion, Sin & Salvation...READ MORE

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Holy Land Christians Look Forward to Pope Francis’ Visit (3098)

Palestinian Archbishop Maroun Lahham discusses the Pope’s upcoming trip and the challenges Christians face in the Middle East.

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Archbishop Maroun Lahham, vicar of Jordan for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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ROME — Archbishop Maroun Lahham has been taking a leading role in preparations for Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land, May 24-26.

The Palestinian archbishop, vicar in Jordan for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said, “We’re looking forward to him talking to us about our faith. We expect some words of faith, affirming us in our faith.”

In this April 29 interview during a break at a conference given by the Acton Institute on religious and economic freedom, the Jordanian prelate tells the Register about his hopes for the papal visit as well as concerns over persecution of Christians and rapid emigration of Christian communities from the Middle East.


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The Church Is More Than a ‘University of Religion,’ Pope Insists (2444)

‘We are a people who follow Jesus Christ and bear witness,’ the Holy Father said, ‘and sometimes this witness leads to laying down our lives.’

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass on May 6, Pope Francis recounted the death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, explaining that being a Christian means giving witness to faith.

“You cannot understand a Christian without witness,” the Pope stated in his daily homily, adding that “we are not a university of religion, a ‘religion’ of ideas” or “of pure theology, beautiful things, of commandments.”

“No, we are a people who follow Jesus Christ and bear witness — who want to bear witness to Jesus Christ — and sometimes this witness leads to laying down our lives.”

Addressing those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Holy Father reflected on how St. Stephen, whose...READ MORE

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Heaven Is Best Left to the Imagination (5966)

Sweet family story inspires Heaven Is for Real, but heavenly glories are designed for reality, not film.

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There’s a rich history of movies — think The Song of Bernadette, The Bishop’s Wife or It’s a Wonderful Life — that attempt to provide a glimpse of the supernatural through ordinary people’s encounters with the Divine. In an age where many seem to believe that neither heaven nor hell actually exist, Heaven Is for Real is a most welcome entry into that category of films. We brought our entire family to see it on opening weekend.

Based on the bestselling book of the same title, Heaven Is for Real tells the true life story of the Nebraskan Burpo family, led by Crossroads Wesleyan Church Pastor Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear). The Burpos resemble middle America. They live in a small town. In addition...READ MORE

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