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Syria, Our Brother Christians and War; Home Schooling: Religion and the Parent; and Much More! (3921)

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08/28/2013 Comment
A Syrian Christian mother grieving over the death of her children by Muslim Rebels & Al Queda

Syria, Our Brother Christians, and War. Click on the link to read why President Obama bombing Syria is wrong.

– A Syrian Christian mother grieving over the death of her children by Muslim Rebels & Al Queda

Syria, Our Brother Christians, and War – BigPulpit.com

Home Schooling: Religion and the Parent – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Mommy, Do Aliens Exist? A Lesson on Thinking w/the Church – Stacy Trasancos PhD

World Famous Evangelical Standing at (Tiber) Rivers Edge – Jeff Dunn, Internet Monk

A New Book From J. R. R. Tolkien - Fr. Z’s Blog

J. R. R. Tolkien Slams Narnia – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Why Von Balthasar Was Wrong About Holy Saturday – Stephen H. Webb, First Things

My First Experience of the African Mass – Tom Perna

Video: Triathlete Perseveres with Faith, Beats Challenges – OneBillionStories.com

What Did Early Christian Worship Look Like? – Kurt...READ MORE

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Latino Cultural Shift Calls for Two-Way Exchange (3341)

Growth in the U.S. Hispanic Catholic population is seen as a challenge and an opportunity.

08/27/2013 Comments (6)
Courtesy of Victor Alemán/vida-nueva.com

An image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried in a Marian procession in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 2012.

– Courtesy of Victor Alemán/vida-nueva.com

HOUSTON — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston is careful not to break the seal of secrecy when he speaks of the conclave that brought the world its first pope from Latin America. Still, he had an occasion to share his experience a few weeks ago with members of the Houston chapter of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.

As the pastor of an archdiocese that is 40% Hispanic, the cardinal looked comfortable speaking about his Rome experience to this group, even if he doesn’t himself speak Spanish well. 

One of the details he shared from the pre-conclave general congregations for the cardinals reflects something of his own experience at home. While the cardinals considered the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Offer Opening Mass for Worldwide Meeting of Augustinian Leaders (2979)

Although U.S. vocations are rising, Augustinians will likely focus on more pressing aims, initiatives for the next six years.

08/27/2013 Comments (2)
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at St. John Lateran.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis plans to offer Mass on Aug. 28 for the Order of St. Augustine’s general chapter in Rome, where the religious order’s leaders will meet, elect a new head and outline their aims for the next six years.

The Holy Father will lead the Eucharistic celebration at the Basilica of St. Augustine in Campo Marzio to launch the general chapter, which begins on the feast of St. Augustine and lasts between two to three weeks.

“The Pope was very devoted to St. Monica (St. Augustine’s mother) and often visited the tomb of St. Monica to pray,” said Cardinal Prospero Grech, an Augustinian friar.

Around 100 Augustinians from all over the world will gather in Rome to elect...READ MORE

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New York City Event Talks Catholic Views on Art and Beauty (2027)

The Catholic Artists Society is hosting the lectures between September and February in the heart of the Big Apple.

08/27/2013 Comments (1)
The Catholic Artists Society

A stained-glass window

– The Catholic Artists Society

NEW YORK — A series of talks on art and beauty aims to bring a Catholic understanding of the arts into the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village.

The Catholic Center at New York University, 238 Thompson St. in Lower Manhattan, is hosting the Saturday lecture series “The Art of the Beautiful,” with the aim of exploring the “nature and purpose” of art and beauty and “their place in the social order.”

All lectures are free and open to the public.

The series aims to reach professional artists in all disciplines, students and patrons of the arts, and all those interested in culture and art, according to the Catholic Artists Society’s website.

The series’ sponsors include both the...READ MORE

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Copts Flee Egypt and Face New Challenges of Identity, Say Scholars (3264)

ʻWhat does it mean to be a Copt when Egypt is the place you no longer call home?ʼ asks one author.

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Samuel Tadros speaks at the Hudson Institute on Aug. 23.

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WASHINGTON — Coptic Christians fleeing upheaval in Egypt must turn to their centuries-long history of overcoming obstacles as they strive to maintain their identity, scholars said.

“Yes itʼs a story of decline, but also of survival; yes, it’s a story of decay, but it’s one of endurance as well,” said Samuel Tadros, author of the recent book, Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity. [See the National Catholic Register's interview with Tadros here.]

Tadros, a native of Egypt, is a research fellow at the Hudson Instituteʼs Center for Religious Freedom. He spoke on the history of Copts in Egypt at an Aug. 22 event in Washington.

Nina Shea, director of the Center for...READ MORE

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Catholic Colleges Engage Cautiously With Online Education (6756)

The top priority is maintaining quality and preserving a Catholic focus, not cutting costs.

08/27/2013 Comments (2)

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WASHINGTON — Georgia Tech recently announced that it would offer an online master’s degree in computer science for under $7,000, stirring hopes that higher education was on the cusp of a revolution that would bring down tuition bills for families.

Experts say the pilot project still must prove that it can deliver a high-quality education for a large volume of students at a modest price. Still, the news marks a trend in higher education that parallels recent initiatives by Catholic universities and colleges that have begun to launch their own online master’s degrees in subjects like education, theology, business and nursing.

Georgia Tech will partner with Sebastian Thrun, a founder of...READ MORE

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6 Obstacles to Being a Good Catholic, Pope Francis's Vision for Fixing the Church and More! (11270)

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08/27/2013 Comment

6 Obstacles to Being Authentically Catholic. Follow the link by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website to learn more.

6 Obstacles to Being Authentically Catholic by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis’s Vision for Restructuring the Church - Russell Shaw, Catholic Lane

What I Learned About Marriage from 2 Nursing Home Residents – Bethanie Ryan, Ignitum Today

Good Formation for Priests Is Essential for Good Liturgy – Kurt Poterack, Catholic Education Daily

Muslims, Christians, and the Middle East – BigPulpit.com

We Can’t Give Children Enough of Shakespeare – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Family Planning, or Family Discernment? - Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Solemn Vows at the Stift Heiligenkreuz in Austria – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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Athletic Clergy Use Sports for the Good of Souls (7298)

Hockey, marathons and baseball are among favored athletic activities.

08/26/2013 Comments (1)
Courtesy of the DC Padres

The DC Padres team is made up of priests and seminarians. Father Larry Young (team manager), Bishop Martin Holley and Ken Sheiber (announcer).

– Courtesy of the DC Padres

Some people think of the priesthood as the death of any enjoyment of life. No wife, no children, no sports, no fun. It’s all dreadfully serious business for priests, the thinking goes. Such thinking itself, according to notable clerics, must go.

“Certainly the priesthood is serious business. You can’t get any more serious than eternal salvation,” said Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. “However, everyone needs to step away from their responsibilities from time to time in order to recreate, and the clergy are no different.”

Aside from providing much-needed recreation, Bishop Paprocki, who has completed 19 marathons himself, has found athletics to be very helpful in drawing...READ MORE

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