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Iraqi Christian Leaders View U.S. Troop Departure With Uncertainty and Hope (2899)

In the wake of the American-led invasion, the Christian population has been cut in half.

10/25/2011 Comments (1)
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ENDANGERED SPECIES? An Iraqi police officer stands guard outside of St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Baghdad following a Sunday liturgy on July 24. Forming one of the oldest Christian communities of the Middle East, Iraqi Christians have been targeted for attack since 2003, with numerous abductions, murders and threats for them to leave Iraq. In 1980 Iraqi Christians made up over 7% of the population and have now declined to below 3%. St. Joseph, which was established in 1959 and which once had as many as 1,200 families in its parish, now has only 150 to 200 families left.

– Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Amid President Obama’s announcement that the United States will bring home the remainder of its troops from Iraq by the end of this year, Church leaders in Iraq said the situation for the country’s Christians remains unchanged. Yet they expressed hope for their future.

“Even with the American presence here, we have had problems — explosions, kidnappings, murders, attacks on Christian churches,” said Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, a flashpoint in the conflict.

Since the American-led invasion in 2003, Archbishop Sako said, violence has claimed the lives of 905 Iraqi Christians, including one bishop, five priests and a number of sub-deacons. Despite the U.S. presence in...READ MORE

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What Will Be the Outcome of Catholic Answers vs. IRS? (4393)

Organization says its First Amendment rights were violated due to government 'improperly taxing its constitutionally protected political speech.' But lawsuit's success is 'highly unlikely,' according to a law professor.

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– Catholic Answers Facebook

SAN DIEGO (CNA)—The San Diego-based apologetics group Catholic Answers has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow it to sue the Internal Revenue Service for violating its First Amendment rights for “improperly taxing its constitutionally protected political speech.”

However, the lawsuit’s success is “highly unlikely,” said Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, a University of Notre Dame Law School professor.

“Except under relatively rare circumstances, none of which exist here, successfully obtaining Supreme Court review is unlikely because the court denies most requests for review,” Mayer told CNA on Oct. 24. “It is even more unlikely in this case because both the trial court and the appellate court,...READ MORE

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Pope Tells Christians in the Military to Be 'Soldiers for Love' (2105)

Benedict XVI also encouraged military bishops and chaplains to announce the Gospel with courage and promote peace at recent gathering.

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– Courtesy of the Archdiocese for Military Services

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News)—Christian military life must be seen in light of “love for God and for neighbor,” Pope Benedict XVI told an audience of bishops and priests serving in military ordinaries on Oct. 22.

Christians in the military are called to be “soldiers for love,” the Pope added.

Soldiers who save victims of earthquakes and floods or help refugees place their courage and skills “at the service of the weakness.” Those who clear mines in former theaters of war or soldiers on peace missions who patrol cities and territories to prevent killing all practice charity, he said.

“There are many men and women in uniform, full of faith in Jesus, who love truth and wish to foster peace and,...READ MORE

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USCCB to Add Committee on Health Care? (1684)

Bishops will vote on the matter at their November meeting.

10/25/2011 Comments (2)

WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. bishops will vote in November on whether to establish a Subcommittee on Health Care Issues.

The subcommittee was proposed by the conference’s Committee on Priorities and Plans, led by conference secretary, Bishop George Murry, of Youngstown, Ohio.

The bishops will vote on the subcommittee, which would fall under the doctrine committee, at their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, to be held Nov. 14-16.

Creation of a permanent subcommittee was recommended by a three-year task force on health-care issues that held its last meeting in June 2011.

The task force had been mandated to coordinate the activities of the bishops’ conference that relate to health care...READ MORE

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Collin Raye Showcases Sacred Songs on New Album (4736)

Country Singer Turns Hearts to Christ With His Love Remains

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– Collin Raye Facebook

The sacred sneaks up on us everywhere. It happened to me, when a recent, seemingly routine, political stop bowled me over with a reminder of what an undeserved honor it is to be able to live as a Christian in the world today. (And what a critical responsibility it is to actually do that: to pray to be who we say we are.)

My surprise came at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Another day, another conference. I have been there more times than I could try to document at this point over the years. It’s where Mitt Romney dropped out last time around. It’s where controversies have been born and flames have been fanned. Here we were again. The aforementioned Romney was there, as were...READ MORE

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Beauty and Worship, Praying the Rosary through Art, Mystery of Leonardo's 2 Madonnas, and more! (2262)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/25/2011 Comment

Bp. Morlino on Beauty & Worship: Beauty is NOT just a Matter of Taste. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to learn more.

Bp. Morlino on Beauty & Worship: Beauty is NOT just a Matter of Taste - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Word of God Takes Root in Thessalonica - Fr. Tucker Cordani, Catholic Lane

The Beauty of Marriage - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, VirtuousPla.net

How to Receive Holy Communion on the Tongue - Dc. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Am I Being Selfish by Denying Help to My Family or Friends? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Praying the Rosary through Art: Glorious Mysteries - Maria Stella Ceplecha, Crisis Magazine

A Case for a Catholic Dress Code - Ashley E. McGuire, AltCatholicah

Three New Saints for Mission Sunday - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Parents...READ MORE

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How to Help the Holy Souls in Purgatory (45044)

Author Susan Tassone notes the importance of prayer and offering Masses for the deceased.

10/24/2011 Comments (71)
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– Courtesy of Susan Tassone

Susan Tassone won’t admit it, but she is one of the experts on the souls in purgatory.

Her credentials speak for her. She has written six books on the subject, among them one co-written with Father Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Cardinal Ivan Dias, former prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, wrote the foreword to her latest book, which has an imprimatur, Praying With the Saints for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. She has recently begun her seventh book.

This week, beginning today, Monday, Oct. 24, Tassone will be Johnnette Benkovic’s guest on her EWTN television show Women of Grace. Tassone will be sharing some new insights about Pope...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Dedicates Blessed John Paul II Seminary (3759)

Reliquary containing a fragment of the bloodied cassock worn by the late Pope when he was shot is placed in the chapel.

10/24/2011 Comments (1)
Ned Desmond

A reliquary holding a piece of cloth containing the blood of Blessed John Paul II from the attempt on his life in 1981.

– Ned Desmond

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington dedicated the Blessed John Paul II Seminary on Oct. 22, the feast day of the Pope who died in 2005.

During the dedication Mass in the seminary chapel, which contains relics of the late Holy Father and artifacts from the local Church’s rich legacy, Cardinal Wuerl expressed joy at the opening of the new house of formation.

Witnesses at the intimate dedication ceremony included two previous Washington archbishops and the 20 seminarians now in residence in the simple, home-like facility, which can accommodate about 30 men. They will complete pre-theology studies at the nearby Catholic University of America, and CUA’s president, John Garvey,...READ MORE

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