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Vatican Comments on Moammar Gadhafi's Death, Pledges to Continue Assistance to Libya (4308)

Holy See: 'This dramatic event forces us to reflect once again on the price of immense human suffering that accompanies the assertion and collapse of any system that is not based on respect and dignity of the person, but on the principal assertion of power.'

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Libyans celebrate at Martyrs square in Tripoli Oct. 20 after hearing the news that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed in Sirte.

– Reuters/Ismail Zitouny

VATICAN CITY—“The news of the death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi ends the too-long and tragic phase of the bloody struggle to overthrow a harsh and oppressive regime,” the Vatican said in a statement released this afternoon.

“This dramatic event,” the communiqué continued, “forces us to reflect once again on the price of immense human suffering that accompanies the assertion and collapse of any system that is not based on respect and dignity of the person, but on the principal assertion of power.”

There were conflicting accounts regarding the circumstances of the dictator’s death.

According to Reuters, one source said Gadhafi was captured alive and, in resisting his captors, was beaten to...READ MORE

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Pope: Church Down Under Needs to Evangelize All Australians (1594)

Benedict XVI cites examples of World Youth Day Sydney and Australia's first saint as positive signs for the New Evangelization as he meets with the country's bishops in Rome.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI is urging the Church in Australia to evangelize all Australians, not simply those who are Catholic.

“It is urgent to ensure that all those entrusted to your care understand, embrace and propose their Catholic faith intelligently and willingly to others,” the Pope told the Australian bishops in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Oct. 20.

In this way, said the Pope, Australian Catholics will “give such an account of your faith by word and example that it will be convincing and attractive,” particularly to people of good will who, “seeing your witness, will respond naturally to the truth, the goodness and the hope that you embody.”

The bishops...READ MORE

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The Ecumenical Future, Sin of Presumption, Fonts of Revelation, Abp. Miller of Canada, and more! (2555)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/20/2011 Comments (1)

Marxism, Abortion among CCHD’s Poverty Strategies. Click on the link by Kenneth Spence to learn more.

The Ecumenical Future - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver/The Catholic Difference

Sin of Presumption & You: How to go to Hell in an Uneasy Lesson - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Hurons, the Iroquois, and the Blackrobes - Pat McNamara, Patheos/In Ages Past

A Pastor’s Letter for Our Times - Msgr. William Biebel, Catholic Lane

What are the “Fonts of Revelation”? - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Canada: Abp. Miller Honored to Participate in 40 Days for Life Event - Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews.com

Tears from Heaven: Jon Scharfenberger 1989-2011 - Royce, VirtuousPla.net

Marxism, Abortion among CCHD’s Poverty Strategies - Kenneth Spence, Acton Institute

The Pillars of...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop michael miller, catholic blogosphere, cchd, coptic christians, fonts of revelation, fr. isaac jogues, immanuel kant, jon scharfenberger, north american martyrs, rev. dr. martin luther king

Coptic Christians Protest Attacks, as White House Weighs Policy (3050)

Elections in Egypt are likely to solidify their second-class citizen status.

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Coptic Christians protest the campaign of religious persecution of Copts in Egypt in front of United Nations headquarters last December in New York City. The protest was taken to the White House Oct. 19.

– Chris Hondros/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Coptic Christians converged at the White House yesterday, protesting the Egyptian army’s failure to defend religious minorities.

In the wake of anti-Christian violence in post-revolutionary Egypt, Coptic priests and Egyptian immigrants from as far away as Chicago held up simple wooden crosses and pictures of bloodied bodies crushed during the deadly Oct. 9 clash in Cairo between the military, Muslims and Christian protesters.

The U.S. government has funneled $35 billion in military aid to Egypt since the 1978 Camp David accords that provided a framework for peace between Egypt and Israel. Yet the Obama White House has issued a restrained public response to the...READ MORE

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Sisters Go Online to Promote Vocations (6544)

Communities of women religious rely more on the Internet and social media, and some orders report a sharp rise in inquiries.

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– Courtesy of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When Sister Meaghan Boland was discerning which women’s religious community to join after graduation from college, she began the process on the Internet.

After finding four orders she liked, the Northborough, Mass., woman visited two and served on a mission trip with another before making a retreat with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. That sealed her decision to join the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Dominicans, where she began a six-month period as an aspirant Aug. 28.

Similarly, when Sister Taryn Stark began thinking seriously about religious life in her mid-30s, she immediately went online to find out more about the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas,...READ MORE

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Paris Hilton and the Liturgy, Heresy Gets Things Done, Cultural Bankruptcy, and much more! (3063)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/20/2011 Comment

The Pro-Abortion Legacy of Justice O’Connor. Click on the link by Daniel McConchie to learn more about this morally bankrupt individual.

Open Letter To My Catholic Priests - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

Paris Hilton and the Liturgy - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

Heresy Gets Things Done - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

Cultural Bankruptcy, It’s Killing Us - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Militant Secularism: Rome & Moscow Make Common Cause - Johannes Jacobse, Acton Institute

Being Rich, What Matters to God, & Wrongful Priorities - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Oh, Those Wacky Occupiers - Brad Birzer, Catholic Vote

Make Them Share The Wealth With Me - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

The Pro-Abortion Legacy of Justice O’Connor - Daniel McConchie, LifeSiteNews.com

Anticlericalism Rising...READ MORE

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Pope Recalls God's Loving Plan Throughout History (2050)

Benedict XVI discusses Psalm 136 at Oct. 19 audience.

10/19/2011 Comments (2)
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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims at this week’s general audience that Psalm 136 summarizes the loving plan of God manifested throughout history.

“This is a great hymn of praise to celebrate the Lord in the multiple, repeated manifestations of his goodness throughout the history of man,” the Pope said to more than 30,000 pilgrims gathered Oct. 19 in St. Peter’s Square.

He explained how the Psalm is known as the “Great Hallel” and is traditionally sung at the conclusion of the Passover meal because it retells the story of God’s creation, the Jewish people’s liberation from slavery in Egypt, 40 years of exile in the desert, and their subsequent entry into the...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Names Archbishop Carlo Viganò U.S. Nuncio (4436)

Successor to Archbishop Pietro Sambi has a doctorate in both canon law and civil law.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI today, Oct. 19, named Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò his new ambassador to the United States.

A veteran Holy See diplomat with almost four decades of experience, he succeeds Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died in July after a short illness.

Archbishop Viganò,70, has a doctorate in canon law and civil law. For the past two years, he has served as deputy to the cardinal president of the commission governing Vatican City, before resigning on Sept. 3.

As apostolic nuncio in one of the most important and delicate posts in Vatican diplomacy, the archbishop will be responsible not only for diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the United States, but also —...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop pietro sambi, diplomacy, papal nuncio to the u.s., pope benedict xvi, pope john paul ii

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