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Middle-East Scholar Paints Stark but Realistic Picture of the Situations in Syria and Egypt (23547)

Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir says all involved parties need to heed Pope Francis’ advice and come together to work out the peace process.

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Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir

Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir is a professor of philosophy, theology and Islamic studies based at St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. He also teaches at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.

In an Aug. 27 interview, Father Samir, a native of Cairo, discussed the precarious situations in Egypt — where sympathizers with the Muslim Brotherhood have targeted the Coptic Catholic and Christian churches for retribution for the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi — and Syria — where the civil war and the use of chemical weapons on civilians has escalated the conflict to the point that the United States is considering military engagement in the Middle-Eastern country.

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Iran Rejects Imprisoned U.S. Pastor's Appeal (7010)

Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, says the U.S. government is ‘awkwardly silent’ as Iranians pressure her husband to renounce Christ.

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Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini with his family.

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — Calls for U.S. action continue after an Iranian court rejected an appeal from Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran for his religious work in the country.

“The news out of Iran is devastating to our family,” Naghmeh Abedini, wife of the pastor, said in an Aug. 26 statement.

“From past cases, we know that the decision to release my husband lies solely at the mercy of the supreme leader,” she said. “It is imperative in the coming days, weeks and months that we remain vigilant to call for Pastor Saeed’s release. This includes continuing to put pressure on Iran from the U.S. government and governments around the world.”

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Myth Busted: Benedict XVI 'Mystical Experience' Story Not True (6768)

The pope emeritus’ personal secretary said Zenit's source fabricated the entire story.

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Pope Benedict (left) and then-Msgr. Georg Ganswein in St. Peter's Square, December 2012.

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VATICAN CITY — The retired pope's personal secretary came forward and said the recent and widely circulated news story claiming that Benedict XVI stepped down after having a “mystical experience” is completely false.

“It was invented, from the alpha to the omega,” Archbishop Georg Gänswein said.

“There is nothing true in this article,” he told journalist Alessandra Buzzetti in an interview on Italian television channel Tg5.

Zenit, a Rome-based Catholic news outlet, had reported Aug. 19 that Benedict XVI resigned after having a mystical experience in which God told him to do so.

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University of Notre Dame Changes Policy to Accept and Fund Undocumented Students (2674)

A university spokesman said that Notre Dame is following a path taken by other Catholic colleges.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Taking a cue from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ support for immigration reform, the University of Notre Dame has announced that it will now accept qualified undocumented students who apply for undergraduate admission.

“In many ways, Notre Dame is itself a university of immigrants,” Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown told CNA.

“While the legal circumstances are certainly different, we have a long and proud history of educating the marginalized and least among us,” he said.“This is a central component of Church teaching and our mission as a Catholic university.”

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U.S. Military Action in Syria Could Spark World War, Syrian Bishop Warns (10543)

‘Even in Syria, there are alternatives to war,’ said Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo.

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Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo


ALEPPO, Syria — A Catholic bishop in Aleppo has warned that U.S. and foreign military action in the war-torn country could ignite a global war, making the “tragic situation” in Syria much worse.

“The only road to peace is dialogue,” said Bishop Antoine Audo. “War will not take us anywhere.”

“People live in anguish, not knowing what awaits them, and this has been happening during the two years of conflict,” he told the Missionary International Service News Agency.

The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo, one of the cities worst affected by the turmoil, is also the president of Caritas Syria.

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Father Michael McGivney’s Cause for Canonization Advances (17983)

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is investigating a possible miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The cause for sainthood for Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest in Connecticut who founded the Knights of Columbus, has taken another official step forward.

At the fraternal organization’s 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio earlier this month, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson reported “there is good news concerning Father McGivney’s cause. A possible miracle attributed to his intercession is now under investigation in Rome.”

If the miracle is approved, Father McGivney would be beatified and receive the title of “Blessed.”

“If he were beatified now, he would be the first United States-born parish priest to be beatified,” noted Brian Caulfield, the vice...READ MORE

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Syria, Our Brother Christians and War; Home Schooling: Religion and the Parent; and Much More! (3874)

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A Syrian Christian mother grieving over the death of her children by Muslim Rebels & Al Queda

Syria, Our Brother Christians, and War. Click on the link to read why President Obama bombing Syria is wrong.

– A Syrian Christian mother grieving over the death of her children by Muslim Rebels & Al Queda

Syria, Our Brother Christians, and War – BigPulpit.com

Home Schooling: Religion and the Parent – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Mommy, Do Aliens Exist? A Lesson on Thinking w/the Church – Stacy Trasancos PhD

World Famous Evangelical Standing at (Tiber) Rivers Edge – Jeff Dunn, Internet Monk

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J. R. R. Tolkien Slams Narnia – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Why Von Balthasar Was Wrong About Holy Saturday – Stephen H. Webb, First Things

My First Experience of the African Mass – Tom Perna

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Latino Cultural Shift Calls for Two-Way Exchange (3170)

Growth in the U.S. Hispanic Catholic population is seen as a challenge and an opportunity.

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An image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried in a Marian procession in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 2012.

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HOUSTON — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston is careful not to break the seal of secrecy when he speaks of the conclave that brought the world its first pope from Latin America. Still, he had an occasion to share his experience a few weeks ago with members of the Houston chapter of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.

As the pastor of an archdiocese that is 40% Hispanic, the cardinal looked comfortable speaking about his Rome experience to this group, even if he doesn’t himself speak Spanish well. 

One of the details he shared from the pre-conclave general congregations for the cardinals reflects something of his own experience at home. While the cardinals considered the...READ MORE

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