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Pope Francis Excommunicates a Priest, The Importance of Having Children at Mass and Much More! (15831)

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09/24/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Excommunicates a Heretical Priest. Follow the link by Diane Korzeniewski OCDS to read more.

Pope Francis Excommunicates a Heretical Priest by Diane Korzeniewski OCDS – BigPulpit.com

The Importance of Having Children at Mass – Mike Eisenbath, Catholic Lane

Three Lessons and Two Tips From Audrey Assad - Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Challenges to Marriage: What Is Marriage? – Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

The Big Interview of Pope Francis (Sunday Roundup of Links) - BigPulpit.com

Why Pope Francis Loves Moms (and Dads!) - Laura Kelly Fanucci, Catholic Mom

The Day the Air Conditioning Man Told Me He Got Fixed – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Don’t Say These Things to Families with Special Needs Children – William Van Ornum, Aleteia

A Pope Who’s Not About...READ MORE

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Pakistani Leaders and Pope Condemn Terror Attack Against Christians (5725)

Muslim militants killed at least 83 and injured nearly 200 others in a Sunday suicide bombing at All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar.

09/23/2013 Comments (1)
Father Qaisar Feroz, OFM Cap.

Pakistani Christians protest Sept. 23 in Karachi against the Sept. 22 terror attack that killed more than 83 people at All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar.

– Father Qaisar Feroz, OFM Cap.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — It has become an all too familiar narrative: Muslim militants in some majority Islamic country going out of their way to kill and intimidate the local Christian populace.

What happened this past Sunday in Pakistan, however, has shocked even the most jaded and cynical observers.

Peshawar’s All Saints Church is an Anglican parish that has existed since 1893. Around noon, after services this past Sunday, two suicide bombers, each wearing 13 pounds of explosives, forced their way past two police guards and detonated their devices. At least 83 people have died from the blast, including 34 women and seven children, with more than 175 people injured. The attack decimated...READ MORE

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Report: Casinos Profit Most From Those With Least (3026)

‘Why Casinos Matter,’ released Sept. 17 by the Institute for American Values, argues such gambling serves to further separates the ‘haves’ from the ‘have-nots.’

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BOSTON — The bright, flashing lights of casinos draw crowds that disproportionately belong to society’s lowest income brackets, a new report on the gaming industry says.

Released Sept. 17, “Why Casinos Matter: Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions From the Health and Social Sciences” report states that casino gambling creates a stratified pattern in which women, low-wage workers and retirees contribute more, which further divides the “haves” from the “have-nots.” The allure of those lights also appeals to struggling state governments. Legislators want the promise of increased jobs and tax revenue and the votes that come with them.

Commercial casinos exist in 23 states already. Though...READ MORE

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Millennium Development Goals Must Respect Life and Family, Says U.N. Seminar (3145)

Presenters argued that “short-sighted agendas” harming respect for life and family are placing world unity at risk.

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NEW YORK — Getting back to the “basics” of human rights would help achieve the U.N.’s Millennial Development Goals in a way that respects human life and the family, according to presenters for a Sept. 19 seminar at the United Nations.

“Our call to action today is to move more quickly to a brighter future — achieving the Millennium Goals more quickly — by ‘going back to the basics’: looking ahead by rediscovering and mirroring the founding purposes of this United Nations and the enactment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Alan Sears, the president of Alliance Defending Freedom.

“Going back to the founding basics would unify, even amaze, the differing governments of...READ MORE

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The Undefeated: A New Pro-Life Generation Rises in California (7151)

With a priority to translate the message of life into Spanish, the state’s young pro-lifers are social-media savvy and have fresh ideas.

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Students for Life of America's "Pregnant on Campus Initiative" webpage.

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LOS ANGELES — A new generation of pro-life leaders is rising in California, and they have set their sights on creating a pro-life California by building a pro-life movement that has fresh new ideas, social-media savvy and is truly bilingual.

California is the most populous state in the United States, with 38 million people, 15 million of whom identify as Latino. It’s also the state that accounts for the most abortions of unborn children, 17.7% of the total U.S. abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute. And it is the state where the abortion industry is getting ready for a rapid expansion.

The California Legislature passed two bills that expand abortion access in the state —...READ MORE

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Peace the Only Solution, Pope Says in Wake of Pakistan Bombing (3907)

Taliban allied militants are alleged to have attacked Christians in retaliation for U.S. drone strikes in tribal areas.

09/23/2013 Comments (5)

Lights are out on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in mourning for the Pakistani victims.


ROME — Pope Francis condemned a massive suicide bombing at a Christian church in Pakistan over the weekend, calling the violence unacceptable and urging peace efforts in the region.

“Today, in Pakistan, because of a wrong choice, a decision of hatred, of war, there was an attack in which over 70 people died,” the Pope said. “This choice cannot stand.”

Approximately at noon Sunday, Sept. 22, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the midst of the hundreds of worshippers leaving the historic All Saints Church in Kohati Gate, a heavily populated area of Peshawar, Pakistan.

Witnesses of the attack, which killed at least 80 and wounded more than 120 people, said they heard two blasts...READ MORE

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American Among Wave of Papal Appointments, Confirmations (12585)

The Holy Father has named Archbishop Augustine Di Noia as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, who was appointed Sept. 21 as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis has made several key decisions in establishing his Curia, appointing new officials and confirming others in their positions in the Vatican.

The series of announcements includes the confirmation of top officials in key departments and the return of an American to the upper ranks of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

It has been over six months since Pope Francis announced he was temporarily confirming Vatican officials in their positions, taking “some time for reflection, prayer and dialogue, before any definitive nominations or confirmations.”

On Sept. 21, some of those major decisions were made.

Most notably, Pope Francis has confirmed...READ MORE

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10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage; When Were Joseph and Mary Married? and Much More! (5396)

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09/23/2013 Comments (2)

10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage. Follow the link by Katie Peterson Warner to read more.

10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage by Katie Peterson Warner – BigPulpit.com

When Were Joseph and Mary Married? – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Feast Day – BigPulpit.com

Pharaoh’s Daughter – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

On Reconciliation: Can Virginity be Restored? – Sam Entile, The Catholic Voyager

Will Hagia Sophia be Turned into a Mosque? – Byz Pulpit

What Makes for a Successful Seminary? – Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Children & Online Porn: 5 Quick Stats – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

The Scouts of St. George – Liam Ferguson, Dulcius Ex Asperis

Does Anyone Really Reject God? - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic


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