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Egypt's Christians Wary as Voting Continues (2950)

Some are willing to give Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists a chance to show they are willing to treat Christians equally.

12/15/2011 Comment
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A man votes, and another studies his choices at a polling station in the Shubra district on the second day of voting on Nov. 29 in Cairo, Egypt. Eleven months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak 45 million Egyptians are electing members parliament. The complicated process will take four months to conclude. Presidential elections are expected to be held in 2012.

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Egypt’s Christian leaders urged their faithful to vote in the second phase of their country’s national elections, held this week, after two Islamic parties won nearly 70% of the contested seats in the first round of voting. 

“Most of the Church authorities have been encouraging the Christians to vote because it is their duty and their privilege,” Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the apostolic nuncio, said in a phone interview from his office in Cairo. “The results of the first round were not always encouraging; [and] there is the feeling that every vote counts.”

The Muslim Brotherhood won 47% of the contested seats, while the party of ultra conservative Salafist Muslims scored 21%.
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Beauty and Nature, The Traditional Catholic Worker Movement, The Cardinal Down Under, and much more! (3120)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/15/2011 Comment

Beauty and Nature. Click on the link by J.C. Sanders to read more.

Beauty and Nature - J.C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

The Cardinal Down Under - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

The Traditional Catholic Worker Movement - Thomas Storck, New Oxford Review

Book Review: “What to Do When Jesus Is Hungry” - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Fasting & Abstinence: Once Common in Advent & Lent - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Quatuor Tempora: Advent Ember Days - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Baptist Convert: Nikki Workmaster - Why I’m Catholic

Evangelical Convert: Jason Workmaster - Why I’m Catholic

I Believe Lefebvre Would Have Said Yes - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Coercing Consciences - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine...READ MORE

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Witness to the Faith Helps Students Become New Evangelizers (2371)

An interview with Kelly Bowring of the Graduate School of Theology and Program of Catholic Studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

12/14/2011 Comment
Graduate School of Theology and Program of Catholic Studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

– Graduate School of Theology and Program of Catholic Studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Kelly Bowring doesn’t want his graduate students to be merely knowledgeable — he wants them to be saints and evangelizers.

In August, Bowring was appointed academic dean of the Graduate School of Theology and Program of Catholic Studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He is seeking to revitalize the school and make it better known beyond the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Since its founding in 1969, the Graduate School of Theology has granted Master of Arts degrees to 1,050 theology students. Currently, there are 485 students in the school’s various theology and pastoral programs.

Bowring has served as dean of spirituality, chairman of theology and director of a national...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Prayer Will 'Open the Door to God' and His Will (3288)

'We should entrust ourselves to the will of the Father, reading events in the perspective of his glory, of his plan of love, which is often a mystery to our eyes. ... In our prayer, request, praise and thanksgiving should fuse together, even when it seems to us that God does not respond to our expectations.'

12/14/2011 Comments (7)
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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI says that people should trust in God’s loving plan for their lives even when events do not meet their expectations.

“When we ask the Lord for something in prayer, we must not expect an immediate fulfillment of our requests, of our will,” he said at his Dec. 14 general audience.

“Rather, we should entrust ourselves to the will of the Father, reading events in the perspective of his glory, of his plan of love, which is often a mystery to our eyes.”

The Pope continued his focus on the theme of prayer in his comments to the 7,000 pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall.

“In our prayer,” he said, “request, praise and...READ MORE

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Atheism and the Myth of Love (7968)

… And Nothing but the Truth: Atheism and the Audacity of the Catholic Worldview, Part 6

12/14/2011 Comments (174)
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Could love be a myth, a mirage, a fantasy? How could anyone in their right mind think love is a myth?

Nobody who knows what love is could say such a thing. Only those so hard or so hurt could even think it.

Even atheists like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris believe love is not a myth. Love is real.

But their belief in love depends on what they mean by “real.”

And it is just here that these heralds of atheism and their disciples veer from the truth. For they affirm the reality of love, yet they mean something different than most people mean, something entirely different than Catholics mean, when they say love is “real.”

So, what do they mean by “real” love?...READ MORE

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Criminal Justice System and Teaching the Catechism, Is St. John the Baptist Elijah, and much more! (2808)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/14/2011 Comment

Answering the Culture’s Objections to Heaven. Click on the link by Dr. Peter Kreeft to learn more.

The Criminal Justice System & the Teaching of the Catechism - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Answering the Culture’s Objections to Heaven - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Whether St. John the Baptist is Elijah? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Greatest English Teacher - Terence Jeffrey, Crisis Magazine

Quæritur: How to get Gregorian Chant and a TLM in the Parish - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

My New Sunday Missal is the Christmas Present I Will Cherish Most - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

The True Meaning of Christmas - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Mini Pompey Discovered in Vatican’s Back Yard - Giacomo Galeazzi, La...READ MORE

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John Paul II and the Olympics (2074)

How a new Church foundation promotes Catholic sportsmanship. Dec. 18 issue feature.

12/14/2011 Comment
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OLYMPIC SITE. People walk past the Olympic Stadium inside Olympic Park in London Dec. 4.

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LONDON — Not so very long ago, there were few U.K. Catholic parishes that did not boast a soccer — football, as they call it — team of one age group or another.

Indeed, dig deep enough, and one would discover major soccer teams with their roots in parish life. Yet, at some point over the last 50 years, that tradition has been lost. All sorts of reasons have been proffered, but the fact remains: A once-thriving Catholic U.K. soccer tradition has declined.

This downward trend is something that the John Paul II Foundation for Sport is seeking to counter. First announced by Pope Benedict XVI during last year’s U.K. visit, the new charity was officially launched at Archbishop’s House in...READ MORE

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Fordham Fights Pro-Abortion Law Students Group (5103)

Local chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice holds off-campus birth control clinic.

12/14/2011 Comments (14)
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NEW YORK — Bridgette Dunlap says she expected Fordham University to provide students with “standard health care.”

“To the extent that a Jesuit university is not willing to provide standard health care, the students need to know about that,” said Dunlap, a third-year student at Fordham Law School who said the university has never explicitly disclosed on its website or student handbook that she cannot obtain prescription hormonal contraceptives at on-campus clinics.

Dunlap also said Fordham has failed to explain what medical exceptions are made for students looking to obtain contraception, as well as what the rules are that govern related on-campus issues, such as condom distribution.

“We...READ MORE

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