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Dominicans Share ‘Gift From God’ and Love of Eucharist and Mary Through Song (4258)

Michigan nuns dedicated to ‘spiritual motherhood’ showcase their sacred singing on first album.

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Editor’s note: EWTN will air a 30-minute special on the sisters and a behind-the-scenes “making of” their debut recording on Aug. 18 at 2pm Eastern.


Sacred music sung by choirs of sisters has topped the classical music charts of late.

Now, another sacred music album has debuted: The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist of Ann Arbor, Mich., released their first recording, Mater Eucharistiae, on Aug. 13.

The CD, from De Montfort Music’s Decca label, gives the faithful a chance to hear the young, vibrant community. Founded in 1997, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist already has 110 sisters.

Twenty sisters sing on the album, which features songs...READ MORE

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D.C. Concert Staged to Assist Catholic Blogger Thomas Peters (3584)

Doctors have been amazed by his progress to date, since a devastating accident last month; but he still faces a long and difficult recovery.

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Catholicity is evident in the hospital room of Thomas Peters.

– tpetersrecovery.blogspot.com

WASHINGTON — More than 150 Washingtonians, many of them Catholic, attended a benefit concert on the roof of the Investment Building in Washington to support Thomas and Natalie Peters Wednesday night.

Just over one month ago, Peters was severely injured in a swimming accident that left him in critical condition, with a broken fifth cervical vertebra and additional damage to his neck and lungs.

Peters, 27, founded the American Papist blog in 2006. In 2010, the blog was picked up by Catholic Vote, where Peters writes about Catholic news and social issues, with a particular focus on marriage and pro-life causes. His Twitter account, @AmericanPapist, has almost 18,000 followers, and his...READ MORE

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Most Americans Would Find Immigration Wait ʻUnthinkable,’ Says Advocate (6076)

The legal process forces immigrants to wait 10 – 20 years to find the American dream.

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Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Migrant workers from Mexico pick cucumbers on a farm in Blackwater, Virginia.

– Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — While undocumented immigrants often face blame for circumventing the law to come to the United States, U.S. immigration policy is so broken that it produces wait lists of inconceivable length, says a Catholic migrant advocate.

“People have to wait 10, 20 years before immigrating to the U.S., and it’s just unthinkable for Americans that we would have to wait that long,” Corey Almond, vice president of family immigration services at Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, told CNA.

“I don’t think that’s a concept we get, as Americans, because we go anywhere we want mostly,” he said.

Almond explained that without a family or an employee sponsor, “the...READ MORE

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Romania Implored to Return Communist-Seized Churches (7718)

Lawmakers say ‘it’s about time to make things right’ and restore stolen Church properties, but Romania’s government delays its decision.

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Father Chris Terhes.

Romanian Catholics celebrate Divine Liturgy at a cemetery in Sisesti, June 24, 2012.

– Father Chris Terhes.

WASHINGTON — A group of 20 U.S. lawmakers has pushed the State Department to encourage Romania’s government to return property confiscated from minority religious groups under the former communist regime.“That’s our hope, that the Romanian government does reparations for what’s been seized, and makes things right,” Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., told CNA.

After World War II, he said, the Romanian Catholic Church “wasn’t allowed their buildings — religious objects were seized. It’s about time to make things right.”

Harris authored a letter, signed by a bipartisan group of 12 Republicans and seven Democrats, asking the U.S. Department of State to “vigorously engage the Romanian government to...READ MORE

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‘Theology of Women in the Church’ Only Beginning to Be Revealed (19024)


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– piadesolenni.com

A few weeks ago, returning from World Youth Day, Pope Francis made several interesting remarks to journalists, including an implicit appeal for a theology of women: “We talk about whether they can do this or that: Can they be altar boys? Can they be lectors? About a woman as president of Caritas, but we don't have a deep theology of women in the Church.”

His comments were a timely preface for the 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (The Dignity and Vocation of Women), marked by this year’s Solemnity of the Assumption.

When I was doing graduate theology work in Rome, the document had been out for many years. John Paul II had continued to teach on the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Mourns as Christians Die and Churches Burn in Egypt (14702)

The Holy Father asks for prayers to Our Lady, Queen of Peace as Christians suffer the Muslim Brotherhood’s wrath.

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Desecrated altar of St. George Coptic Church in Assuit by the Muslim Brotherhood.

– Facebook.com

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis joined religious-liberty advocates in voicing grief at the “painful news” of more than 600 deaths and numerous attacks on Christian churches in Egypt’s latest wave of violence.

“I wish to ensure my prayers for all the victims and their families, the injured and all those who are suffering,” the Pope said before the Angelus prayer Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption. “Let us pray together for peace, dialogue and reconciliation in that dear nation and throughout the world.”

On Aug. 14, Egyptian security forces broke up the camps of protesters allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. The protesters were demanding President Mohammed Morsi’s restoration to...READ MORE

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Catholic Relief Services’ Madagascar Aid Analyzed (9726)

Scandalous claims don’t appear to hold up: Part 1 of a Register Special Report.

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WASHINGTON — A bombshell report from the Population Research Institute (PRI) alleging Catholic Relief Services’ involvement in population-control activities in Madagascar has not been substantiated, as Church officials in Madagascar and CRS’ own internal investigators say they have found no evidence to corroborate the charges.

The respected pro-life organization has also admitted that its allegations of CRS misconduct are nearly a year old and that it never followed up on its investigator’s findings with either CRS leaders or the Madagascar bishops.

PRI has a long-standing reputation for research into population-control activities conducted throughout the world, particularly by the...READ MORE

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Fr. Z Comments on the LCWR; The Slaughter of the Coptic Christians Now in Egypt and More. . . (5290)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Nuns in Arms! L. C. W. R. Games Begin. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

Nuns in Arms! L. C. W. R. Games Begin via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

The Slaughter of the Coptic Christians Now in Egypt – Rod Dreher, Russian Orthodox Blogger

On Loneliness - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Putin and the (Dis?)Continuity of Catholic Identity – Philip Primeau, Catholic Lane

Catholic Answers Needs Help – Foxfier, The American Catholic

The Virgin Who Loves Sex – Amber-Faith Miller, Catholic Insight

Lorenzo, A Contemporary Opera – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Italian Praises Nun Who Saved Him from the Nazis – Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald

“What If I’m Wrong About N. F. P.?” – Jay Boyd PhD, Catholic Stand

Burning Churches in Egypt – Crushed Bones


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