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Women: Save Your Marriage In 5 Minutes; Unitive and Procreative: What Is Marriage? and Much More! (5314)

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09/11/2013 Comment

Women: Save Your Marriage, In 5 Minutes. Follow the link by Leila Miller of the Little Catholic Bubble blog to read more.

Women: Save Your Marriage, In 5 Minutes by Leila Miller of the Little Catholic Bubble blog - BigPulpit.com

Unitive and Procreative: What Is Marriage? - Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

John Wayne Catholics Throughout History - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pesky Reptiles & Other Creatures, Oh My! - Sr. Mary Colombiere OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

9/11 – BigPulpit.com

A Catholic Flourish to ‘Holy God We Praise Thy Name’ - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Aesthetics: Dr. Peter Kreeft’s Summa Philosophica - William M. Briggs, Statistician to the Stars!

Gnostics, Socialists, and Opiates - Jason Jones & John Zmirak, Aleteia

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New Polish Ambassador Says Pope ‘Will Not Give Up’ on Syria (3900)

Piotr Nowina-Konopka discussed the Syrian situation in a meeting yesterday with the Holy Father.

09/10/2013 Comment
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Piotr Nowina-Konopka, the Polish ambassador to the Holy See

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Poland’s new Vatican ambassador, Piotr Nowina-Konopka, says that Pope Francis will not back down in helping resolve the Syrian conflict peacefully.

“The Pope is very focused on this issue with a sort of passion,” Nowina-Konopka said. “When he speaks about war in Syria, you see immediately that he will not give up.”

“The way he does it proves that he really believes that the Pope, the Church, Christians, Muslims must do something,” he told CNA Sept. 10.

Nowina-Konopka was appointed as the new ambassador of Poland, as well as of the Order of Malta, to the Holy See on July 6.

He met the Pope privately for about 20 minutes on Sept. 9 to present his letters of...READ MORE

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Bishop Paprocki: ‘Rupture’ Between Church and Modern Culture (6774)

The Illinois bishop says Catholics need to be aware of an ‘unconscious hatred for the faith’ in contemporary society.

09/10/2013 Comments (34)
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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill.

– Catholic News Agency

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., said that Catholics should be aware of an “unconscious hatred for the faith” as they seek to interact with the modern culture.

In an interview with The Washington Times, published Sept. 3, the bishop reflected that, in past generations, “many of the values in our secular world mirrored the values of the religious world.”

“And I think what’s happening now is that relationship — that symbiosis between our culture and the Church — has been ruptured,” Bishop Paprocki said.

He noted that he and many others grew up at a time when secular culture was more friendly to religion, as shown in the production of biblical movies...READ MORE

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First Mainland American Diocese Celebrates 500 Years of History (4784)

The Church in Panama celebrates a rich history that began with conquistadors honoring the Virgin Mary for winning a battle.

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Catedral Metropolitan de Santa María la Antigua in Panama City.

– Jesús A Villamonte/Flickr

PANAMA CITY, Panama — This weekend, the Archdiocese of Panama celebrated the 500th anniversary of the first diocese created on the American mainland, an event which Church leaders say “changed the history of our continent and our country.”

The archdiocese said the Jubilee Year celebrations are meant to “commemorate the fruits of our journey as a Church together with the Panamanian people” and to confirm the people in their Catholic faith and national identity.

The first dioceses in the Americas were created in the Caribbean islands after the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Pope Leo X erected the first mainland diocese, Santa Maria La Antigua, on Sept. 9, 1513.

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What Black America Really Needs: Committed and Faithful Fathers (10941)

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers discusses the family crisis that is afflicting the entire nation, but especially its inner-city communities.

09/10/2013 Comments (20)

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Harold Burke-Sivers is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., and is a full-time Catholic evangelist (see DeaconHarold.com). He is regularly featured in the Catholic media, and he has been a host on a variety of EWTN broadcasts. He is on the road frequently giving lectures, retreats and seminars at parishes and conference centers throughout the nation and overseas.

Deacon Burke-Sivers was born in Barbados, West Indies, and came to the United States as a child. His father was a calypso singer; he and his three siblings grew up in Hillside, N.J. His mother was a convert to the Catholic faith and raised the children Catholic. Deacon Burke-Sivers was always drawn to the...READ MORE

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Tweets for Peace: Pope Francis Continues His Twitter Appeals (2236)

‘Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!’

09/10/2013 Comment

VATICAN CITY — After a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world, Pope Francis is continuing his calls for peace, hope and negotiation through messages on social media.

“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!” he exclaimed on the papal @Pontifex Twitter account Sept. 9.

“I ask each party to follow decisively and courageously the path of encounter and negotiation,” he said, referring to potential strikes on Syria by Western nations.

Both of these tweets were followed by the hashtag #prayforpeace, which the Holy Father has repeatedly used throughout the month.

In another Sept. 9 tweet, he referenced his...READ MORE

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What Is Coptic Christianity Anyway? The Egyptian Government Still Not Protecting the Copts and More! (5945)

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09/10/2013 Comment

What Is Coptic Christianity Anyway? Follow the link to better understand our persecuted Christian brothers in Egypt.

What Is Coptic Christianity Anyway? - BigPulpit.com

Egyptian Government Is Not Stopping Hate Speech Against Christians - The Catholic Herald

Bravo Pope Francis! – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Texting and Driving: Is it a Sin? – Dr. Taylor Marshall

Maaloula Has Fallen to the Jihadists – Byz Pulpit

Conscience Freedoms Denied by Secularist Courts - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Analyzing the 7 Deadly Sins: Lust – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Learning from the Poor – Fletcher Doyle, Catholic Lane

Syria and the Plight of Christians – BigPulpit.com

All Gay All the “Times”. . . and “Post” – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

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Pope Francis’ Solemn Plea for Peace (9566)

An extraordinary Vatican vigil of prayer and fasting draws 100,000 pilgrims to St. Peter’s Square.

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AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca

– AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca

VATICAN CITY — A trickle of pilgrims soon turned into a flood as the vigil of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world got under way at 7pm on Saturday.

As the vast crowd eventually spilled over into the central boulevard leading to St. Peter’s Square, it was clear the vigil was going to be something extraordinary.

The Vatican estimated the number of those taking part to be around 100,000, appropriately about the number of casualties estimated since Syria’s conflict began two and a half years ago.

Pope Francis had called for the special day of prayer and fasting after a chemical-weapons attack in Syria allegedly killed more than 1,400 people on Aug. 21,...READ MORE

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