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Muslims and Christians March on D.C. Protesting Muslim Brotherhoodʼs Violence in Egypt (3163)

Hundreds of marchers gathered to express solidarity with persecuted Coptic Christians and show support for the interim government led by Egyptʼs military.

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Protesters take part in the Egyptian March on Washington on Aug. 22.

– Faith Hooper McDonnell/Institute on Religion and Democracy

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Egyptian Christians and Muslims gathered in the nationʼs capital on Aug. 22 to protest the acts of violence perpetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters against minorities — particularly Coptic Christians — in Egypt.

“You can burn down our churches, but you can never touch our faith,” one protester said at the march.

“Burning 100 churches is terrorism, not Morsi legitimacy,” said another.

Violence erupted in Egypt after the interim government’s security forces broke up camps of protesters allied with the Muslim Brotherhood on Aug. 14. The protesters had been demanding that former President Mohammed Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, be...READ MORE

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U.S. Hispanics Falling Prey to Secular Trends Without Catholic Witness, Warns Archbishop (10954)

Archbishop Charles Chaput told Latino leaders that the idea Hispanics can change U.S. moral tenor is now a 'delusion' unless they provide a strong personal witness of faith.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput in Washington on July 8.

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LOS ANGELES — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia praised the work of Catholic Hispanic leaders, but reminded them that they needed to provide personal witness to counter the strong effect of U.S. secular culture on the Hispanic population.

“Hispanic culture still has a soul formed by an encounter with Jesus Christ and the humanity and compassion that flow from it,” Archbishop Chaput said Aug. 23 at the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders’ national conference.

“These things are worth fighting for and sharing with others,” he said. “Faith matters because it gives meaning to the word ‘human’ in ‘human beings.’ It matters because it makes us children of a loving God.”


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Pope Francis: Make Christianity a Way of Life, Not a Label (6918)

The Holy Father told Christians that Jesus is the only door to eternal life and not to be afraid to follow the ‘narrow’ way.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told the faithful gathered for the Sunday Angelus that they must live a Christian life rather than let Christianity become a mere label in their lives.

“In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that to be a Christian is not to have a ‘label’ but to live and testify to faith in prayer, in works of charity, in the promotion of justice, in doing good,” Pope Francis told the audience gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Aug. 25.

Jesus himself is the way to a truly lived faith, explained the Holy Father. 

Sunday’s Gospel reading included the story of a man who asks Jesus if there are few who will be saved.

“Jesus doesn’t respond directly to the question: It is not...READ MORE

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Unclean Hands: Evidence of Planned Parenthood’s Misconduct Continues to Mount (8794)

One PP facility has been directly compared to Kermit Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors,’ and others have been cited for an array of proven and alleged abuses.

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WASHINGTON — When the horrors of Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion facility finally made headlines this year, abortion providers rallied to present Gosnell’s grisly practice as both an anomaly and an argument for safe and legal abortion.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, issued a statement condemning Gosnell’s “appalling crimes” almost as soon as the guilty verdict was handed down. Gosnell was convicted of three first-degree murder charges for killing children who were born alive in late-term abortions in his facility. 

“[The Gosnell] case,” said Eric Ferrero, spokesman for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, “has made clear that we must have and...READ MORE

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Not Everyone Loves Saint Raymond; Book: Catholicism For Protestants; Priestly Holiness and More! (5191)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Not Everyone Loves Raymond. Follow the link by Dr. Edmund J. Mazza of The Catholic World Report to read more.

Not Everyone Loves Raymond by Dr. Edmund J. Mazza of The Catholic World Report – BigPulpit.com

Book Release: Catholicism For Protestants – Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

Canonizing G. K. Chesterton, Heroic Virtue & Ordinary Life – J. C., Ignitum Today

I Hope G. K. Chesterton Is Made Patron Saint of Journalists – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Joseph Bottum Apostatizes on Marriage – BigPulpit.com

The Last Days and Death of Blessed John XXIII – Fr. John T., This Week at Vatican II

Priestly Holiness – Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Review: Great Documentary Evidence of Pope Pius XII – Fr. Z’s Blog

Atheism: A Form of Insanity? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The...READ MORE

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Be Catholic, an Anglican Explains; Oregon: Resisting 'Gay Marriage' Means Rehab and More! (6904)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why Be Catholic? Follow the link by the Anglican Ordinariate Society to read more.

Why Be Catholic? by the Anglican Ordinariate Society – BigPulpit.com

Oregon: Those Who Resist “Gay Marriage” Must be Rehabilitated – Fr. Z's Blog

8 Great Christian Songs - Matthew Olson, Ignitum Today

On the Battlements of Culture – William M. Briggs, Statistician to the Stars!

The Common Framework of Human Knowledge – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

Obedience Restores Creation – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

Defending Marriage By Defining Marriage - Alton J. Pelowski, Columbia Magazine

A-Rod and Augustine: Steroids and the Invasion of God - Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

To Forgive or Not to Forgive, That Is the Question - Tim Staples, Catholic Answers


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An ‘Illuminating’ Eucharistic Exhibit (5561)

New York City's Morgan Library showcases the blessed sacrament.

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Postcard image of one of the exhibit offerings, from a missal depicting a 15th-century celebration of Mass at the moment of the elevation of the Host in the Sistine Chapel. The laity are pictured behind a screen, with only their heads visible, while the priests are before the altar.

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Scripture says, when finding a treasure, some people sell everything and buy it.

A treasure not for sale but for contemplation is a small exhibit of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts at the Morgan Library in New York, 14 blocks from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

It is a radiant message about the Eucharist as the central sacrament of the Catholic faith and its effect on life and art during medieval times.

I happened to arrive as the art historian, Miriam Wasserman, was beginning a tour of “Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art,” a collection that included illuminated missals, books of hours, breviaries and other items that are part of the vast holdings...READ MORE

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Piety Gives Us Supernatural Grace to Truly Love God and Neighbor (7994)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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The 'pelican in its piety' is used in Christian heraldry to symbolize self-sacrifice and the passion of Christ.

– Wikimedia Commons

As we saw last time, Church Tradition describes piety as “the perfection of religion.” That does not tend to score big points for this gift on the Popularity Richter Scale, since most people react negatively to both the words “piety” and “religion.”

As we also saw, it turns out that religion, the basis of piety, has pretty much the opposite meaning from what our culture supposes. Instead of referring to cold, dead ritualism or icy and abstract theologizing, devoid of the love of God and neighbor, it actually refers to a lively faith in and relationship with Jesus Christ, coupled with a gung-ho zeal for doing all those things that Pharisees aren’t supposed to care about.

So James tells...READ MORE

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