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Iraqi Chaldean Catholic Family’s Anguished Exile (3453)

The displaced and persecuted Najib family’s travels have taken them from their ancestral home in Iraq to Syria and now Lebanon.

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Chaldean Catholic refugees Nohoud Najib (r) and her daughter Nour talk in their apartment in Beirut, Lebanon.

– Simon Roughneen

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A small and spartan apartment above the Mar Elias Church in East Beirut is Iraqi refugee Nohoud Najib’s latest temporary home, a place she hopes will be no more than a way station to resettlement in a Western country.

“We don’t mind where we go, so long as it is safe. Some want to be close to the diaspora, but, for us, that is second,” she says, speaking a decade after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the subsequent toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime.

The optimism that accompanied the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, soon was drowned in the bloodletting and sectarian mass murders that ensued.

Though Iraq’s Shia Muslims felt the brunt of Sunni militant wrath to a...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Iron Man 3' (14202)

Armored Avenger threequel is entertaining, but slapdash and unsatisfying

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– Walt Disney Pictures

Five years ago, Iron Man blasted into theaters, bringing a new sensibility and vitality to comic-book movies. Iron Man opened the door not only to a new franchise, but a whole universe of Marvel heroes, culminating in last summer’s triumphant mega-blockbuster The Avengers.

That’s a lot for Iron Man 3 — the first post-Avengers film in Marvel’s cinematic universe — to live up to. (The Amazing Spider-Man, which opened last July, doesn’t count, since it’s a Sony film outside Disney-owned Marvel continuity.)

At this point, there’s no doubt that Robert Downey Jr. is up to the challenge. His patented blend of self-deprecating arrogance and neurotic insouciance has made Tony Stark the most...READ MORE

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Victory for the Ground Zero Cross (7161)


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– Wikipedia/Samuel Li

Symbols matter. What we remember and how a society explains and understands tragedy is of crucial importance. A federal court has recently held that the government can acknowledge the importance of Christianity in reacting to Sept. 11 and that a cross can stand at Ground Zero.

As we have previously reported, Franciscan Father Brian Jordan was sued for violating the First Amendment for his efforts to preserve the so-called World Trade Center Cross. The cross — a cruciform piece of metal discovered in the ruins of the Twin Towers after Sept. 11, 2001 — quickly became for many a meaningful symbol of God’s presence among the wreckage. It has long been considered a historic artifact from the...READ MORE

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Nerdy Affection, Franciscan Liturgical Art Can Inspire to Rebuild the Church and Much More! (3549)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Nerdy Affection. Follow the link by Christina Weber of the Catholic Stand website.

Nerdy Affection - Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

Franciscan Liturgical Art Can Inspire To Rebuild The Church – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

The Most Offensive Anti-Catholic Story You’ll Read Today by Matt Archbold - Big Pulpit

Vatican Fresco Cleaning Reveals Images of Native Americans – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Why People With a Colorful Past Evangelize – Anabelle Hazard Esq, Ignitum Today

Bishop of Nottingham Celebrates Pontifical Mass – Gregor Kollmorgen, New Liturgical Movement

The Latest on Pope Francis - Big Pulpit

How the West has Become and Anti-Culture – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Kermit Gosnell and the Abortion Industry - Donald R....READ MORE

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Does Washington Care About the Persecution of Christians Around the World? (3798)

Part 2 of an interview with religious-freedom expert Nina Shea.

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Over the past month, a rash of anti-Christian violence from Nigeria to Pakistan to Syria has highlighted the vulnerable status of this religious group. The U.S. bishops have spoken out on behalf of the beleaguered Christians of Iraq and advocated for U.S. aid for Syrian refugees fleeing a civil war that has featured an increase in violence against a Christian community with ancient roots. Further, the Arab Spring uprisings, which toppled secular autocratic regimes that generally tolerated religious minorities, mark a new and unpredictable era for U.S. foreign policy.

Nina Shea is a longtime expert on international religious-freedom issues. She is the co-author, with Paul Marshall and...READ MORE

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God’s Grace Sustains Wyoming Catholic (7713)

Plans for new campus are under way, as graduates applaud its academic curriculum.

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LANDER, Wyo. — Administrators and alumni of Wyoming Catholic College have only God to thank for the school’s unlikely survival and success.

The college began teaching students in the fall of 2007, only months before the country entered the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Even established Catholic institutions began having trouble luring and maintaining gifts and tuition. Skeptics didn’t give the start-up a lot of hope.

Just more than five years later, graduates have embarked upon successful careers and are pursuing post-graduate degrees. Four have entered religious vocations, and two in this spring’s graduating class plan to join their ranks.

Financially,...READ MORE

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The Wizard and the Saturday Rosary, 8 Ways to Increase Catholic Blog Traffic and Much More! (2357)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/30/2013 Comment

The Wizard and the Saturday Rosary. Follow the link by Howard Duncan of the Catholic Stand website to read more.

The Wizard and the Saturday Rosary – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

8 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic - Ryan Eggenberger, EntreCatholic

Whatever Happened to Mortal Sin? by Howard Kainz of the Catholic Thing website - Big Pulpit

Bergoglio, According to His Personal Secretary - Andrea Tornielli, Vatican Insider

Catholic and Infertile - Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

The Word of God in Song - Jeffrey Tucker, Chant Café

We Are Rome – Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

Recently Formed Oratory in Maine Admits First Novice – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

The Church, the Bible, and the Trinity of Divine Persons – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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‘Sacra Liturgia 2013’ Inspired by Benedict XVI’s Writings on the Mass (3576)

Bishop Dominique Rey of France discusses the significance of the Pope Emeritus’ work on the liturgy.

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Bishop Dominique Rey

– Edward Pentin photo

Key cardinals, bishops and other noted experts in the liturgy from around the world will gather in Rome June 25-28 to discuss the sacred liturgy and its correct celebration in the life and mission of the Church.

Called Sacra Liturgia 2013 and inspired by the liturgical teaching of Benedict XVI, the conference is the idea of Bishop Dominique Rey of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France.

On a visit to Rome April 23, the bishop discussed with the Register the conference’s main aims and how it could help heal post-conciliar liturgical disputes, as well as the liturgical significance of Pope Francis’ early-morning Masses.


What are the main aims of this conference? What would you most...READ MORE

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