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Meriam Ibrahim Freed; Meets With Pope Francis (2687)

The Sudanese Christian’s ordeal included being sentenced to death for apostasy, having her sentence revoked and then being detained by authorities at the Khartoum Airport just as she was about to leave.

07/24/2014 Comments (17)
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Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim, who is holding her daughter, Maya, July 24 at the St. Martha residence at the Vatican. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy, along with her family, including the infant born in prison.

– AP photo/L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — A young Sudanese mother sentenced to death for converting to Christianity was released, and she arrived in Rome Thursday with her family, where they met with Pope Francis shortly after arriving.

“Pope Francis was very tender with her, her husband ... and thanked her for her testimony,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said of the encounter in a July 24 statement.

Describing the meeting between the young family and the Holy Father as “very serene and affectionate,” Father Lombardi explained that, for him, the encounter, which took place in the Pope’s residence at the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, was “a gesture of closeness and solidarity for those who suffer...READ MORE

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Church Response to Refugees Is Part of the Pro-Life Call, Bishop Says (1458)

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said, ‘Being pro-life requires we protect and care for vulnerable persons from conception to natural death.’

07/24/2014 Comments (25)
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PITTSBURGH — Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States.

“The Catholic Church responds to humanitarian crises here at home and all across the world because we are pro-life,” said Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh.

“Being pro-life requires we protect and care for vulnerable persons from conception to natural death,” he emphasized in a July 19 statement.

The bishop announced that Holy Family Institute, a ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, in Emsworth, Pa., will be offering aid to young children fleeing Central...READ MORE

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Iraq: Christian Genocide; The Secret to Converting Your Friends and Family and Much More! (2484)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/24/2014 Comment

Follow the Iraq: Christian Genocide by BigPulpit.com link to read more.

Iraq: Christian Genocide - BigPulpit.com

What End of Christianity in Mosul Means – Mark Movsesian, First Things

The Secret to Converting Your Friends and Family – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Our Hearts are Restless: Coming Out of ‘Gay’ Lifestyle – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

The Catholic Church’s Best-Kept Secret by Damian Thompson of The Catholic Herald - BigPulpit.com

Why Gay Rights Are Not The New Civil Rights – Stephen H. Webb, First Things

Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Ten Tips for a Better Confession – Fr. Ed Broom OMV, Catholic Exchange

The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death – Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

How Should We...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: Obama’s Executive Order ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’ (12459)

The ENDA-like order, which bans federal employers and contractors from discriminating against homosexual or ‘transgendered’ employees, contains no exemption for religious employers.

07/23/2014 Comments (64)
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President Barack Obama signs his July 21 executive order, which bans federal employers and contractors from discriminating against homosexual or ‘transgendered’ employees.

– YouTube/The White House

WASHINGTON — Having promised he would listen to “all interested parties,” including the concerns of his own religious supporters, President Barack Obama decided not to include an exemption for religious employers in his new executive order that bans federal employers and contractors from discriminating against homosexual or “transgendered” employees.

The impact on Catholic organizations that receive federal funding — such as Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services —  remains to be seen, since those agencies and others like them receive most of their federal money in grants, not contracts.

However, the nation’s Catholic bishops and legal observers believe the executive order —...READ MORE

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Australians Mourn and Pray for MH17 Victims (1033)

One of their own, Sister Philomene Tiernan, was among those who died in the tragic crash

07/23/2014 Comment
Kincoppal-Rose Bay School

Sister Philomene Tiernan

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SYDNEY -- In the wake of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Australians have been mourning the loss of the 298 persons aboard the flight, particularly their 27 nationals, one of whom was a religious sister.

Sister Philomene Tiernan was an Australian member of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart; she was a teacher and boarding director at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, a girls' boarding school located in a Sydney suburb.

“We are devastated by the loss of such a wonderfully kind, wise and compassionate woman, who was greatly loved by us all,” Hilary Johnston-Croke, principal of  Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, told CNA July 23.

She “contributed...READ MORE

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Black Mass OK in OKC? (5000)

According to Oklahoma City officials, they can’t intercede to stop the Sept. 21 event because doing so would violate the First Amendment rights of the event’s Satanist organizers.

07/23/2014 Comments (17)
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OKLAHOMA CITY — A staffer at the archdiocesan offices in Oklahoma City was surfing the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall website, checking out the city-owned and city-operated facility’s upcoming events. What was listed? Musical after musical, a Shakespeare production, a famous folk music trio and the "Black Mass of Oklahoma."

That’s where the surfing stopped, and the situation got serious. The staffer printed out information about the black mass — a devil-worshipping ritual that is an profanation of the Catholic Mass — and shared it with Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley.

“I was astonished,” said the archbishop in an interview with the Register. “Horrified. This is not what...READ MORE

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'Desire of the Everlasting Hills' Provides Potent Witness to Truth of Catholic Teaching (5515)

ANALYSIS: In a new documentary, Courage International tells the stories of three people with same-sex attraction who chose a life of chastity.

07/23/2014 Comments (6)
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In Desire of the Everlasting Hills, the most powerful moments occur when the action of grace breaks through and changes a life. In a film that’s attempting to change the ground on which the discussion of same-sex attraction in the Church takes place, these little epiphanies are a potent witness to the truth of Catholic teaching.

Desire of the Everlasting Hills is a 60-minute documentary from Courage International, the apostolate helping people with same-sex attraction to live chaste lives. The film was showcased at Courage’s national conference, July 17-20, in Philadelphia.

It is part of a two-pronged strategy to deliver the Good News. Desire does it by avoiding controversies and loaded...READ MORE

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Islamic Militant Group Boko Haram Captures Key Nigerian Town as Fighting Escalates (1369)

The commercially significant town of Damboa is 53 miles from the capital city.

07/23/2014 Comments (3)

ABUJA, Nigeria — Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack that killed at least 40 people.

The vigilante force defending the town fled when it ran out of ammunition. Damboa is one of the biggest towns in Borno state and a significant trading center, the BBC reported.

Fighting around the town has damaged electricity stations, leaving the regional capital of Maiduguri without power for three weeks. The capital is about 53 miles from the captured area.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has led an insurgency with the goal of creating an Islamic state. It drew international attention earlier this year when it kidnapped hundreds of...READ MORE

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