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Palestinian Christians Want Action, Not Words (2260)

They hope President Obama’s recent comments can improve the current situation, where harsh security restrictions and lack of citizenship stymie almost any chance of independent living.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama visits the crypt of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on March 22.

– Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

BETHLEHEM — When President Barack Obama told a priest in Bethlehem recently that he wanted to help maintain a Christian presence in Jerusalem, Father Jamal Khader Daibes couldn’t help but be skeptical.

After living most of his life under the Israeli occupation of his homeland north of the West Bank, the 48-year-old chairman of the Religious Studies Department at Bethlehem University in the Palestinian National Authority, said he and his fellow Palestinian Christians are becoming more like St. Thomas the Apostle, in that they believe more what they see than what they hear.

Daily, they face restrictions on their movements in the form of hundreds of security checkpoints and limited...READ MORE

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Damnable Heresies, 14 First Holy Communion Traditions, School Choice as Social Justice and More! (2632)

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Damnable Heresies. Follow the link by Allison of the Catholic Sistas blog to read more.

Damnable Heresies by Allison of the Catholic Sistas blog - Big Pulpit

14 First Holy Communion Traditions – Lacy, Catholic Icing

You-Have-Got-To-Be-Kidding Arguments For Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Better (Catholic Gentleman) Project – Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

A Reflection on Sin and Illness – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Will Gonzaga University Also Remove the Society of Jesus from Their Campus? – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

The Sacred, the Secular, and the Search for Ourselves – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Ordinations, First Masses and Clerical Blessings – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of the Law

Lip-Smacking Monkey Talk and...READ MORE

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World Misses God, But It Can See Your Joy, Pope Tells Audience (2553)

Pope Francis reminds Catholics that God “treats us as his beloved children; he understands us, forgives us, embraces us and loves us, even when we go astray.”

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Pope Francis makes his way through St. Peter's Square during his April 3 general audience.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis urged Catholics to serve humanity by showing “the joy of being children of God” to the world, since it “no longer seems able to lift its gaze towards God.”

“Let us show the joy of being children of God, the freedom he gifts us to live in Christ. … It is a precious service that we give to our world, which is often no longer able to lift its gaze upwards; it no longer seems able to lift its gaze towards God,” he exclaimed to the 40,000 people gathered April 10 in St. Peter’s Square.

“This means that each day we must let Christ transform us and make us like him; it means trying to live as Christians, trying to follow him, even if we see our limitations and...READ MORE

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Asian, Pacific Catholics to Hold D.C. Marian Pilgrimage (2148)

The Asian Pacific Catholic Network of the mid-Atlantic region is sponsoring the pilgrimage in partnership with the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat on Cultural Diversity.

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Addie Mena

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

– Addie Mena

WASHINGTON — The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will host a one-day annual Marian Pilgrimage for Asian and Pacific Catholics May 11.

The event will begin with a 1pm procession of many of the Marian images venerated in Asia and the Pacific. Prayer and a crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary will follow. A 2pm Rosary will be said, with a different Asian community leading each mystery.

Bishop Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, will conclude with a multilingual Mass at 2:30pm, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says.

The event is open to everyone. The communities that will take part include Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian,...READ MORE

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Gonzaga University to Review Knights of Columbus’ Status (2327)

The vice president for student life at Gonzaga decided that the fraternal organization could not be recognized as a ‘student organization’ because the group is closed to women and non-Catholics.

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University's president, Thayne McCulloh, will be reviewing the school’s Student Life Office decision that denied a Knights of Columbus' council application to be recognized as a “student club.”

On March 7, the university’s student-life division denied the council’s application for recognition as a “student organization,” according to an April 5 report by the Cardinal Newman Society. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic charitable fraternal organization with 1.8 million members globally.

McCulloh stated April 6 that “Gonzaga honors and respects the purpose and good works of the Knights of Columbus, with which it has a long tradition and mutual collaboration at...READ MORE

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Scholar Says Europe’s Fight Against Pornography Shows Depth of Problem (4057)

Iceland’s legislative and executive branches are considering bans on Internet pornography in the country out of concerns about the effects on children of having been exposed to violent sexual content.

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Mark Turner (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Reykjavik, Iceland

– Mark Turner (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

DENVER — Recent public efforts to oppose pornography in two European countries reveal that porn is a problem not only for religious reasons, but for universal human reasons as well, according to a professor.

“The hyper-sexualization of children, the constant exposure of children to these very sexual images ... is very damaging to their image of themselves and of what their potential future relationships are supposed to be like,” said Susan Selner-Wright, a philosophy professor at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver.

Her remarks come as Iceland’s legislative and executive branches are considering bans on Internet pornography in the country out of concern about the effects...READ MORE

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Third Argument Against Existence of God Discovered, How Does Beauty Save the World and Much More! (3827)

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Third Argument Against Existence of God Discovered. Follow the link by Mark Shea to read more.

Third Argument Against Existence of God Discovered; Posted by Mark Shea - Big Pulpit

How Does Beauty Save the World? – Philip Kosloski, Into the West

You Catholic Extremist! – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How to Tell People You’re Not Done Having Kids – Recovered Catholic

Saint Edith Stein: Are We Really Alone? – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

What Is Social Justice? – J. J. Ziegler, The Catholic World Report

A Challenge for Really Ending Bigotry – Stacy Trasancos

Confused and Outraged by Mandatory VIRTUS Training – Cari Donaldson, Aleteia

The Fourth Party in the Room - Bethanie Ryan, Ignitum Today

U. S. C. C. B. To Implement Challenge Flags and Instant...READ MORE

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For God and Country (6587)

Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will receive Medal of Honor April 11 at the White House.

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WASHINGTON — Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, who died in a POW camp during the Korean War, will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously during a ceremony April 11 at the White House.

In the rarest of double honors, the heroic Army chaplain’s cause for canonization continues in this nation and in Rome.

The Medal of Honor recognition comes just days short of what would have been Father Kapaun’s 97th birthday and more than 60 years after he died on May 23, 1951, in a prisoner-of-war camp in Pyoktong, North Korea.

“This guy did one thing after another for a good six months before they finally killed him,” said Mike Dowe, who was a young Army lieutenant imprisoned with Father Kapaun....READ MORE

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