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Christian Converts Recount Captivity in Iran (2991)

At an event sponsored by the Hudson Institute, the two women said there are 'many, many churches in Iran,' which harshly punishes converts from Islam.

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CNA/Addie Mena

Iranian Christians speak during a panel at the Hudson Institute in Washington on April 12.

– CNA/Addie Mena

WASHINGTON — Two Iranian converts to Christianity recently spoke of their experiences facing persecution and imprisonment in their country for their religious beliefs.

“It’s not just about religion,” said Maryam Rostampour, one of the two women who spoke at a panel in Washington, about her home country’s treatment of religious minorities.

“It’s about government power,” she noted during her address at the Hudson Institute on April 9.

Rostampour and Christian convert Marziyeh Amirizadeh were both born into Muslim families, and they converted as young women to Christianity. Both went to Turkey in order to study theology, where they met one another.

They returned to Iran, where they...READ MORE

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Pope Backs Reform of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (9571)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a doctrinal assessment of the LCWR a year ago.

04/15/2013 Comments (35)

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the CDF

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which found it had “serious doctrinal problems” and needed to be reformed.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met in Rome with conference president Franciscan Sister Florence Deacon on April 15, along with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who was named to carry out the reform of the group.

Composed of some 1,500 members, the LCWR consists of about 3% of the 57,000 women religious in the U.S. Because its members are leaders of their religious communities, the group says that it represents 80% of American...READ MORE

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A Tip on Learning Latin, Groovy New Recording of a New Vivaldi 'Dixit Dominus' and More! (3350)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/15/2013 Comment

A Tip on Learning Latin. Follow the link by Kevin O’Brien of the Waiting for Godot to Leave blog to read and learn more.

A Tip on Learning Latin by Kevin O’Brien of the Waiting for Godot to Leave blog - Big Pulpit

Groovy New Recording of a New Vivaldi “Dixit Dominus” – Fr. Z’s Blog

Letter to a Young Discerning Catholic – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

A Catholic Dad Offers Five Ideas for Better Parenting – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Can Catholics Be Cremated? – Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

Democracy: Bad News for Egyptian Christians – Collin Garbarino, First Things/First Thoughts

Seven More Deadly Sins of Catholic Blogging – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

State Universities Welcome Religious Clubs, Gonzage (Jesuit) Snubs the Knights of Columbus – Patrick J....READ MORE

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Wise Words From Pope Francis (17587)

The Holy Father’s homilies from his daily Masses pack power.

04/15/2013 Comments (12)
Wikipedia/ Agencia Brasil

– Wikipedia/ Agencia Brasil

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ daily morning Mass homilies in the Domus Sancthae Marthae residence, where he is currently living, have become increasingly popular, acclaimed for their wisdom, simplicity and forthrightness.

So notable have these short sermons become that the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has summarized almost all of them, and with increasing detail.

At each Mass, groups of Vatican staff, visiting bishops, priests and religious are invited. Afterwards, the Pope sits at the back of the chapel to pray with them. He then joins some of the congregation for breakfast in the residence refectory.

His teaching has been wide-ranging, but with an emphasis on recurring...READ MORE

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The Countercultural Way of Christ’s Love (2554)

During homily given April 14 at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish to George Washington University students, Cardinal Wuerl offers "support" for chaplain Father Greg Shaffer.

04/14/2013 Comments (2)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is always a pleasure for me to come to this campus-ministry program Mass here at St. Stephen’s Church that serves all of you who are part of the George Washington University family. 

In a particular way, I want to offer a word of support and encouragement to your chaplain, Father Greg Shaffer. All of us have come here this evening for two purposes: to celebrate Mass and to stand in solidarity with a good priest.

I am inspired by the ministry here. I often use Father Shaffer and you students of the Newman Center as examples of the New Evangelization. In fact, my recent book, entitled New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today, begins...READ MORE

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Reversing the Course (5026)

Book Pick: Samuel Gregg’s Becoming Europe is a sobering look at the U.S.’ moral and economic decline.

04/13/2013 Comments (13)


Economic Decline, Culture and How America Can Avoid a European Future [Hardcover]

By Samuel Gregg

Encounter Books, 2013

384 pages, $25.00

To order: encounterbooks.com


Samuel Gregg, director of research at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich., has written a very timely book, given the concerning state of our economy and, more importantly, our ever-declining moral life.

Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture and How America Can Avoid a European Future is a sobering, many-faceted but not fatalistic look at our present and possible futures.

Becoming Europe opens with an account of the human slaughter and economic disaster of the First World War,...READ MORE

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Vietnam (Faith) Vitality (2709)

A French missionary discusses the Church in Vietnam today.

04/13/2013 Comments (1)

Father Étienne Frécon

Americans often associate Vietnam with the long U.S. military involvement there, but because of its earlier connections with France, the country is also home to a sizeable Catholic community. The Church in Vietnam owes its existence in part to the work of the Paris Missionary Society (Missions Etrangères de Paris, MEP), a secular institute that has been sending missionaries to Asia since 1658.

Each year, MEP priests meet in one Asian country to reflect on their missionary work. Gathering in Vietnam this past January for the first time since their expulsion in 1975, MEP priests got a chance to see the state of the Church there.

Father Étienne Frécon is an MEP priest studying Chinese in...READ MORE

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A Priest Asks About Exorcisms, Debunking the 'Jesus Myth' Myth and Much More! (5110)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/13/2013 Comment

A Priest Asks About Exorcisms. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

A Priest Asks About Exorcisms via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

Debunking the “Jesus Myth” Myth - Arman J. Partamian, Matins Musings

The Example of Hungary: Christian Roots Coming Alive – Jacob Tawney, The American Catholic

I’m Good! How are You? - Postabortion Journey Walk With Me. . .

The Internet, Vice and Envy – Julie Rodrigues, Catholic Stand

Unpacking the Rhineland Mystics – Traditius, Traditium

God and Teachers: A Mutual Understanding – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

No, “Faith Alone” is Not sufficient for Salvation – Matthew Olson, Answering Protestants

Holy Thursday and Good Friday in Singapore – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Protecting Life and Love – Roland...READ MORE

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