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Iran Prison Transfer Endangers Christian Pastor's Life, Supporters Warn (2189)

Pastor Saeed Abedini was moved by Iranian authorities to a dangerous prison where ‘unexplained deaths’ are par for the course.

11/11/2013 Comment
American Center for Law and Justice

Pastor Saeed Abedini with his wife and children.

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — Iranian authorities have reportedly transferred imprisoned U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini to a dangerous prison, prompting concern from human-rights groups and calls for U.S. leaders to secure the Christian pastor’s safety.

“Pastor Saeed is now in one of the most dangerous wards of Rajai Shahr Prison — where violent prisoners are held, those who are imprisoned for murder and rape,” said Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

“The transfer to this prison is a deeply disturbing development and can only be viewed as a move that puts Pastor Saeed’s life directly at risk,” he said. “This new and extremely dangerous development requires the full attention...READ MORE

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Illinois, Hawaii Poised to Legalize Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (6415)

Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling, Pope Francis cited as reasons to embrace ‘marriage equality.’

11/11/2013 Comments (37)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Throughout most of 2013, “marriage equality” advocates kept up the pressure on the Illinois House of Representatives to follow the Illinois Senate’s lead and change the state’s marriage laws.

This week, that hard-fought campaign paid off: Several “undecided” lawmakers jumped on board, and the bill legalizing same-sex “marriage” passed. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the legislation by the end of the month, making Illinois the 15th state to allow same-sex couples to “marry.”

The flurry of 11th-hour support for the bill was a blow for Catholic and African-American Protestant leaders who joined together to protect traditional marriage and banked on key...READ MORE

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Military Archdiocese Garners Vital Support From Special Collection (2060)

‘Thank you for making it possible for me to visit the flock entrusted to my pastoral care,’ Archbishop Timothy Broglio said Nov. 7.

11/11/2013 Comments (5)
Archdiocese for the Military Services

Archbishop Timothy Broglio speaks Nov. 7 at the fifth annual benefit for the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

– Archdiocese for the Military Services

WASHINGTON — A new special collection as Masses throughout the U.S. offers crucial help for military chaplains administering sacraments and support to those serving in the U.S. armed forces throughout the world.

“Thank you for making it possible for me to visit the flock entrusted to my pastoral care. Thank you for supporting the tireless work of the auxiliaries,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

“Thank you for allowing this global archdiocese to say ‘Yes’ each day to fulfilling its responsibilities each day to the men and women in uniform, their families, to our veterans and those who serve our nation outside our shores.”


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Pope Francis Derangement Syndrome; Will We be Married in the Life to Come? and Much More! (5030)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/11/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Derangement Syndrome. Follow the link by Scott Eric Alt of the Logos & Muse blog to read more.

Pope Francis Derangement Syndrome by Scott Eric Alt of the Logos & Muse blog - BigPulpit.com

Will We be Married in the Life to Come? – Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Advocates for Dissident Catholic Opinion Weigh In - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Family that Prays the Rosary Together - Terry McDermott, Catholic Insight

Forever Singing - Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Victory Over Vice – Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange

The Fortunate Faith of Audrey Assad - Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

Catholic Traditionalism verses Fundamentalism - Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

On Pulling Punches from the Pulpit - Richard L....READ MORE

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Evaluating Cardinal Dolan’s Tenure (10106)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The outgoing USCCB president led the U.S. bishops during a tumultuous time.

11/11/2013 Comments (38)
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

– Jeff Bruno/CNA

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the surprise election of Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York as the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops broke with precedent, upending expectations that the sitting vice president — in this case, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz. — would get the top job.

Media commentators jumped on the news, with reporters characterizing Archbishop Dolan as the “more outspoken and conservative” USCCB candidate, as a Washington Post story put it. But the New York archbishop waved off suggestions that his election signaled a shift in priorities for the nation’s largest religious body.

“You might interpret this as the bishops are tired of short...READ MORE

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Pope Expresses ‘Heartfelt Solidarity’ With Victims of Philippines Typhoon (2166)

The Holy Father also urged the faithful to ‘try also to reach out to them with practical help.’

11/10/2013 Comments (9)
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Downed power lines and debris block the road in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 10 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines.

– Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sent a message of prayer and encouragement to those who were affected by the huge storm that swept across the Philippines on Friday.

Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of the Holy Father to the Philippine president, Benigno Aquino III, on Nov. 10, saying, “Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this storm and its aftermath.”

Early reports suggest that the storm — called Typhoon Haiyan internationally and Yolanda in the Philippines — may have claimed up to 10,000 lives, with thousands of...READ MORE

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5 Church Fathers on that Most Manly of Traits: The Beard; Denied the City and Much More! (3956)

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11/10/2013 Comment

5 Church Fathers on that Most Manly of Traits: The Beard. Follow the link by Brantley Millegan of the Aleteia website to read more.

5 Church Fathers on that Most Manly of Traits: The Beard by Brantley Millegan of the Aleteia website - BigPulpit.com

How to Promote the Latin Mass, Learning from Detroit – Jennifer Donelson, New Liturgical Movement

Tolstoy and The Battle of the Will - DarwinCatholic, American Catholic

Family Time. . . It’s what’s for Dinner! – Michelle, Catholic Sistas

Denied the City – Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Leading Candidates for the Red Hat – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Reflexive Belief – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Blessed John Paul II’s Secretary: Meeting with Legionaries Founder was a Mistake – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Finances, Facebook & Pornography – Br. Gabriel...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI, Bp. Schneider and Communion in the Hand; Dads, Do We Have Our Acts Together? and More! (4939)

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11/09/2013 Comments (2)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Bishop Schneider & Communion in the Hand. Follow the link by Alberto Carosa to read more.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Bishop Schneider & Communion in the Hand by Alberto Carosa - BigPulpit.com

Dads, Do We Have Our Acts Together? - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

“Set the Prisoners Free” 2,000 Years Later - Greg Yoko, Catholic Stand

Who Needs a Requiem Mass? - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Confusing the Arguments for God - Doug Beaumont, Strange Notions

30 Days for Holy Souls: Practical Way to Survive Nov. – Cari Donaldson, Aleteia

How to Visit Rome in the Austerity Era – Edward Pentin, Catholic Herald

Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate News – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Future of Thomism - Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

God of All Things – Emmanuel...READ MORE

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