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10 Ways to Put MegaChurches Out of Business; Pope: Day of Fasting, Prayer for Syria and Much More! (5417)

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09/06/2013 Comments (3)

10 Ways to Put MegaChurches Out of Business. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

10 Ways to Put MegaChurches Out of Business by Dr. Taylor Marshall - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: Day of Fasting and Prayer For Syria - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Top Ten Reasons Syria Differs From Iraq - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Football: More Than Just a Game - Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

White House Spokesman Spokesman Jokes about Islamic Attacks on Christians - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Pope Benedict XVI Cured My Cancer - Marco Tosatti, Vatican Insider

5 Fallacies You Need to Know! - Matt Fradd, Catholic Answers

Franciscan Friars: Catalysts of Conversion - 21 Century Pilgrim

On Pride, Something Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena...READ MORE

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Priest-Martyr Vladimir Ghika Continues to Inspire Romania’s Catholics (8272)

The beloved Romanian monsignor, who died in prison in 1954 following two years of torture, was beatified Aug. 31 in Bucharest.

09/05/2013 Comments (6)
Anton Balint, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest

Blessed Vladimir Ghika

– Anton Balint, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest

BUCHAREST, Romania — The life of a saint can be part parable, part thriller and, often, part nightmare — but always 100% inspiration.

A beloved Romanian priest, Vladimir Ghika, was beatified Aug. 31 before 10,000 people at a Mass in Bucharest celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, together with Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris, Romania’s sole cardinal, Lucian Muresan, and more than 200 other priests and bishops.  

Msgr. Ghika’s sacred story reads like a novel with a tragic ending. 

Descended from French and Romanian nobility, Ghika was born on Christmas in 1873 in Constantinople, where his father was serving as...READ MORE

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Bringing the Gospel to the Burgeoning Catholic Latino Population in the U.S. (7861)

In person interview with Diana Richardson Vela, president of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders

09/05/2013 Comments (7)

Diana Richardson Vela is the president of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL), which seeks to form Latino leaders in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, engaging them to work with their local bishops in reaching out to the Latino community. 

Vela previously served as the executive director of Guadalupe Radio, the first Catholic radio station in the Los Angeles area, and she has been a board member of the Right to Life League of Southern California. She and her husband, Rodrigo, now lead the Phoenix Chapter of CALL, and they have one child.

Vela was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, by her American mother and Mexican father, and she graduated from...READ MORE

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Father Barron Releases New Evangelization Documentary in ʻCatholicismʼ Series (5314)

The new DVD is the second part of the series, and it explores how the Church is engaging modern society with the Gospel.

09/05/2013 Comment

Father Robert Barron


DENVER — The second installment of the popular Catholicism series by Father Robert Barron comes out this month, and it  focuses on the New Evangelization and the Church’s response to secularism in the West.

“While the content of the apostolic faith remains the same, all Catholics are called to share it with new ardor, new expressions and new methods,” said Father Barron in a statement announcing the Sept. 3 release.

“We need to reach out to those in our culture and invite them to know Christ and also reach out to those who have already been baptized but have drifted,” he said. “We are called to awaken their faith and bring them closer to Jesus Christ and to his Church.”

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Holy See Investigates Nuncio on Charges of Child Sex Abuse (8008)

The Vatican and Dominican Republic authorities are jointly investigating allegations of a papal nuncio's grave misconduct.

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Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

– CNA.

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has launched an investigation of the apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Joseph Wesolowski, in the wake of accusations of grave sexual misconduct with minors.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced on Sept. 4 that the Holy See has also accepted Archbishop Wesolowskiʼs resignation as nuncio.

Speaking to Reuters, Father Lombardi said Archbishop Wesolowski “has been relieved of his duties, and the Holy See has launched an investigation.”

Father Lombardi’s announcement followed statements from the Dominican Republicʼs Attorney General Francisco Dominguez, who said no formal charges have yet been filed against the archbishop.


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Cardinal: New Encyclical to Clarify Poverty Vows (9943)

The Holy Father’s upcoming encyclical reportedly will be entitled ‘Blessed Are the Poor.’

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Cardinal Prosper Grech

– Alan Holdren/CNA

ROME — A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of poverty in the modern world, according to one cardinal.

“How to define poverty is not easy today, because it’s not a question of radical poverty,” Cardinal Prosper Grech, an Augustinian friar, told CNA Sept. 3. “But an encyclical on poverty will help all religious orders to define how to really live poverty in our societies.”

In May, an Italian bishop revealed on his diocesan website that the Holy Father is working on an encyclical entitled “Blessed Are the Poor.”

The Pope’s first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), was released in July and drew extensively upon...READ MORE

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Small Sacrifices Bring Great Rewards for Buffalo Bills’ Player (10484)

Garrison Sanborn puts his talents to use, with trust in God.

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Garrison Sanborn, the long snapper for the Buffalo Bills.

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If Garrison Sanborn does his job correctly, no one notices he’s on the field. As a long snapper, it is Sanborn’s job to start the play by tossing the ball to the punter or the placekicker’s holder. This unheralded position is something Sanborn has excelled at, all the way back to his freshman year at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla.

In 2003, Sanborn took his skills to Florida State University. Despite a Seminole career capped off by being named one of the top long snappers in the country, he was not drafted by an NFL team.

Not one to dwell on the negative, Sanborn redoubled his efforts, and, through systematic and persevering work, he was able to land a job with the Buffalo Bills in...READ MORE

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The Saint Who Took Part in the Crusades; Beautiful and Accessible: The Angelus and Much More! (3459)

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09/05/2013 Comment

The Saint Who Took Part in the Crusades. Follow the link by Ed West to read more.

The Saint Who Took Part in the Crusades by Ed West – BigPulpit.com

Beautiful & Accessible, The Angelus – Mary Jane Ballou, The Chant Café

Syria: Never Mind! - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Who’s In Authority Here? – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Birth Rates and Traditional Families - God and Caesar

Dies Irae – Zephryinus

A Chemist Believes in Transubstantiation - Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Queen of Apologists – Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Have Kids - TJ Burdick, Ignitum Today

The Coen Brothers & the Voice from the Whirlwind – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Pregnancy and the Catholic Father – Matthew...READ MORE

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