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Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Christian Faith (2339)

His conversion prompted imprisionment and pending death in a country where many Christians and other believers face persecution.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Iranian Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani still faces imminent execution, though officials no longer say he is charged with apostasy.

“I think his life is in jeopardy more than it ever has been throughout this trial,” said Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based human-rights organization.

“The one glimmer of hope we have is that we’re shedding light on a story that never gets told in Iran until after the fact. We’re able to work on this case to try to do everything we can to try and save his life.”

The 32-year-old pastor has been imprisoned since 2009, after he complained to local authorities about his son being...READ MORE

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Red Mass, How a Formidable Bishop Rooted Out Corruption, Catholics on Tattoos, and much more! (3027)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Catholic Perspective on Tattoos, Piercings, & “Body Art”. Click on the link by Deacon Robert Lukosh to learn more.

At DC Red Mass, A Call “To Do the Good” - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Hilary White: How a Fire was Lit within Me - Hilary White, LifeSiteNews.com

A Formidable English Bishop Who Rooted Out Corruption - Catholic Herald

Come & See: Bringing Others (& Ourselves) to Christ - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Toward a Viable Catholic Political Strategy for our Times - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

How Porn Is Like Strangulation - Rob Hall, Road to Rome

Art vs. Hate Crime - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

Big Bro - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

A Catholic Perspective on Tattoos, Piercings, & “Body Art” - Deacon Robert Lukosh, Envoy Magazine

More Catholic Colleges Oppose HHS...READ MORE

Filed under body art, franciscan university of steubenville, hilary white, minnesota catholic conference, obama administration, piercings, pornography, red mass, st. thomas of hereford, tattoos

Archbishop O'Brien Speaks About His Role as Holy Land Ambassador (1897)

Grand master of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem promotes and defends Christianity where Christ walked.

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA)—Archbishop Edwin O’Brien is calling upon Catholics to give renewed support to Christians in the Holy Land.

“Our population there is ebbing; we are now only about 2% of the total population,” he told EWTN News in Rome on Sept. 27.

“The holy places where Christ walked and where monuments are established to recall his words, his death and resurrection—they are now less and less frequented. Therefore, we must as good Christians around the world respect that patrimony.”

It has been one month since the Vatican asked 72-year-old Archbishop O’Brien to move from the Archdiocese of Baltimore to become the grand master of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem....READ MORE

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Canadian Pro-Lifer Is Jailed Again — and Is Counseling Pregnant Women in Prison (7724)

Mary Wagner refuses to sign agreement to stay away from abortion clinics.

10/04/2011 Comments (16)

Mary Wagner used to be the girl next door — with a tomboy streak. Growing up in a home full of boys on Vancouver Island, she became a second mother to the younger ones and also learned to fix a car. At times, it looked like motherhood awaited, and at times, it looked like the convent.

Now it seems like Wagner is headed for a life behind bars.

Wagner, 38, has just been convicted of mischief and sentenced to 40 days in jail for entering a Toronto abortion business and counseling the women there to keep their babies. It’s Wagner’s second conviction since 2000 and her second time in jail in two years. This spring she was actually acquitted of the same offense — but not before she spent four...READ MORE

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India Two-Child Policy, No Marriages in Australia, Short History on Communion, and much more! (3876)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/04/2011 Comments (1)

Gardasil Grates on My Good Nature. Click on the link by Jay Boyd Ph.D. to learn why.

The Rich You Shall Have With You Always - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Communion Handling: The Gravest Problem - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

India ‘Two-Child Policy’ Bill to Target Large Families - Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews.com

Bp. Barry Hickey: No Marriages If Forced to Wed Same-Sex Couples - Susan Brinkmann, Women of Grace

What puts the “Arch” in Archangel? - Daria Sockey, Coffee and Canticles

A Short History About Communion Under Both Kinds- Fr. Chris. Smith, The Chant Café

Of Matters Liturgical - Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Maryland: Catholic Governor Joins Same-Sex “Marriage” Juggernaut - George Neumayr, Catholic World Report

Praying in the Streets -...READ MORE

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Pope Urges European Bishops to Courageously Evangelize (2467)

Council of European Bishops’ Conferences annual assembly held.

10/03/2011 Comments (2)
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TIRANA, Albania (EWTN News)—Pope Benedict encouraged the bishops of Europe to be zealous and fresh in their approach to evangelizing modern culture, particularly young people.

During a Sept. 29-Oct. 2 gathering in Albania, the bishops were read a message from the Pope in which he urged them to “courageously” identify “new missionary paths of evangelization, especially in serving the new generations.”

The annual assembly of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences was held in Tirana, Albania.

In his message to the bishops, Pope Benedict praised the council as “a vital structure connecting the European episcopates, which for 40 years has promoted fruitful collaboration in pastoral and...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Encourages Catholic Teachers in Their Mission (2010)

Teaching the faith can change the world, he said in Oct. 2 homily.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington told a group of Catholic educators Oct. 2 that they have a special call to introduce their students to Jesus and show them how the faith is relevant to their lives.

“We are capable of transforming this whole world,” he said.

Cardinal Wuerl was the homilist at an Oct. 2 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the nation’s capitol.

The Mass opened a national invitation-only conference on “The Catholic Identity of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.” The gathering is being cosponsored by The Catholic University of America and St. John’s University.

In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl recalled...READ MORE

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Red Mass Marks New Supreme Court Term; Key First Amendment Case Ahead (5945)

The Justice Department and EEOC challenge ‘ministerial exception.’

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington walks with John Roberts’ chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as they leave St. Matthew cathedral after attending the Red Mass Oct. 2 in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — The 2011 Red Mass, held yesterday in the nation’s capital, marked a new term for the Supreme Court.

Briefly forgotten amid the spectacle of crimson vestments and a Knights of Columbus honor guard at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle was a critical First Amendment case that will get its day at the nation’s high court. On Oct. 5, the justices will hear oral arguments for Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 10-553.

The case turns on whether a Lutheran church, which fired a teacher at a church school, should be subject to federal anti-discrimination laws protecting disabled employees.

The Lutheran church contends that the intrusion of...READ MORE

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