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Bishops of Philippines Declare Day of Prayer for Peace in Iraq and Syria (837)

The initiative ties in with the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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A family of Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State who have taken shelter at a Syriac Catholic shrine in Erbil

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MANILA, Philippines — The bishops of the Philippines have appealed their faithful to join in a national day of prayer in solidarity with persecuted Christians, especially those suffering in Iraq and Syria under the Islamic State.

During a Sept. 2 meeting, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines unanimously set the upcoming Sept. 14 as a National Day of Prayer for Peace.

The day of prayer coincides with the celebration of the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

“We request the Most Reverend archbishops and bishops to oblige all priests to celebrate all Masses that day for the special intentions of the persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq,” said Archbishop Socrates...READ MORE

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26 Hilariously Clever Christian Memes; Demons Believe and Tremble before the Real Presence and More! (2998)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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26 Hilariously Clever Christian Memes by Brantly Millegan of ChurchPOP – BigPulpit.com

Demons Believe and Tremble before the Real Presence – Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington (DC)

What Is Islamic Terrorism? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How to Suffer Like a Christian – Connie Rossini, Contemplative Homeschool

A Dark Age of Reason – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

Modern Bondage: Slavery Is Very Much Alive Today – Mark Gordon, Aleteia∝

New Language for Speaking about Homosexuality? – Matthew Heinrich, Ignitum Today

Dating Naked and Married at First Sight: What? – Kate O’Hare, Catholic Vote

Why Do Muslims Behead People? – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing...READ MORE

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Vatican’s Point Man on the Protection of Children: ‘A Gospel Priority’ (1881)

An exclusive Register interview with U.S. Msgr. Robert Oliver, the new secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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Msgr. Robert Oliver

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed U.S. Msgr. Robert Oliver as the new secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, an advisory body set up by the Holy Father earlier this year.

Msgr. Oliver, who spent 10 years dealing with clerical sex-abuse cases in the Archdiocese of Boston, will take up the position after serving two years as the Vatican’s promoter of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. As “chief prosecutor,” he was charged with investigating clerical sex-abuse cases as well as other grave offenses, including crimes against the sanctity of the Eucharist and violations of the seal of confession. He will be replaced by another U.S....READ MORE

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Pope ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Brutal Killing of Missionary Nuns (1770)

Three Italian missionary nuns were murdered last weekend in Burundi.

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VATCIAN CITY — Pope Francis has expressed his condolences following the brutal murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi over the weekend, assuring the community of his closeness.

“The Holy Father begs the Lord to welcome into his kingdom of peace and light these three faithful and devout nuns,” reads Sept. 8 a telegram addressed to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura, Burundi, where the sisters were serving in the parish of St. Guido Maria Conforti.

Signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state to the Holy See, the telegram continues: “In these tragic circumstances, [Pope Francis] expresses his closeness to their religious community, to the families of the victims and the...READ MORE

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Don't Date a Guy Who's 'Willing' to Wait for Sex, Cardinal Spellman and More! (1739)

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Don’t Date a Guy Who’s “Willing” to Wait for Sex by Laura McAlister – BigPulpit.com

The Hard-Fought Rise of Cardinal Francis Spellman – Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

A Framework for the New Evangelization – Andrew Kassebaum, Catholic Stand

What’s the Best Translation of Saint Augustine’s “The Confessions”? – Fr. Z's Blog

Embracing My Inner Hobbit – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

Levity and Gravity – Father Dwight Longenecker, Catholic Exchange

What Is Mildness? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Sublime Patchwork Art of a Vermont Recluse – Heather King, Aleteia∝

Cardinal Müller: A Great Catholic Leader – Filip Mazurczak, The Catholic Thing

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Knights of Columbus’ Collection for Persecuted Iraqis Passes $2 Million (1437)

In just three weeks, a matching campaign by the Catholic fraternal order has drawn more than $1 million in public donations.

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Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

– CNA/ankawa.com

WASHINGTON — A Knights of Columbus relief fund for persecuted Iraqi refugees has now surpassed $2 million, and the order has released a special prayer to add a spiritual dimension to the humanitarian response.

“It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from the region where their families have lived for millennia simply for their faith,” Knights of Columbus CEO and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Sept. 9.

“It is imperative that we stand in solidarity with them in defense of the freedom of religion and conscience and provide them with whatever relief we can.”

In three weeks, a matching campaign by the Catholic fraternal order has drawn more...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aquila's 9/11 Reminder: Love of God Linked to Love of Man (969)

The archbishop of Denver wrote that violence in the name of religion, be it the terrorist attacks of 13 years ago or the current atrocities perpetuated by ISIS and Boko Haram, is a reflection of a hatred of God.

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FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams work to clear rubble and search for survivors at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 17, 2001.

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DENVER —  The 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States is a chance to mourn and honor those who died, as well as to choose love over hatred, Archbishop Samuel Aquila said.

“The fruit of people hating their fellow man is that they end up hating God. Their religion becomes warped and twisted by their hatred for their neighbor,” the Denver archbishop said in his Sept. 11 column for the Denver Catholic Register.

Hatred and death were never meant to be a part of creation, but they came about when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, later leading up to the first murder, when Cain killed his brother Abel out of jealousy.

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Retired NYC Firefighter Remembers 9/11 Every Day (1688)

Colorado resident Kevin Nerney is one of nearly 3,000 responders fighting 9/11-related cancer.

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A New York City firefighter looks up at the remains of the South Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept.13, 2001.

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DENVER — This week, the world will remember the 13th anniversary of the events of 9/11, but for Steamboat Springs, Colo., resident Kevin Nerney, 56, the attacks are “a daily memory.”

On Sept. 11, 2001, Lt. Nerney was settling into a new life in Steamboat Springs, having just retired two weeks earlier from the New York City Fire Department. He watched as the Twin Towers crumbled, knowing that his crew would most likely be on the ground.

He found out later that all the men from his fire station on duty that day died, including his best friend. He took the first available plane back to New York to help with the search-and-cleanup efforts.

“It was a horror show,” he said, recalling the 10...READ MORE

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