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SDG Interviews the 'Machine Gun Preacher' (7605)

Sam Childers talks about his opening biopic, his work in the Sudan and his interactions with Catholics.

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Sam Childers' story comes to the big screen in Machine Gun Preacher, which opens Sept. 23. (Photo: Wikipedia)

In 1998, a former gang biker named Sam Childers joined a church mission trip to the Sudan to help repair huts damaged in the Second Sudanese Civil War. Most of the people on that trip finished their charitable labors and left Africa behind, but Sam didn’t — not completely.

While in the Sudan, Sam came across the mutilated body of a child killed by a land mine. The experience shattered him, and Sam made a pledge to God to do whatever he could to help the children of the Sudan.

In spite of war-zone conditions, Sam embarked on a project that locals considered impossible: He built an orphanage near the Ugandan border. A dozen years later, over 1000 children have been sheltered in Sam’s...READ MORE

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Pope in Germany: Benedict Comes 'to Meet People and to Speak About God' (1729)

Welcoming ceremony address at Bellevue Castle on Sept. 22.

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– Wikipedia

After his arrival at the Berlin Tegel International Airport on Sept. 22, the Holy Father made a courtesy visit to Bellevue Castle, where he was formally welcomed by the Federal President Christian Wulff. Here are the Pope’s words in reply.

Mr. President of the Federal Republic,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,

I am honored by the kind welcome which you have given to me here at Bellevue Castle. I am particularly grateful to you, President Wulff, for inviting me to make this official visit, which marks the third time I have come as Pope to the Federal Republic of Germany. I thank you most heartily for your cordial words of welcome. I am likewise grateful to the representatives of the...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict's 3 'Laws' for Evangelization (3391)

In a recent interview, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity recalls then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s 2000 speech in which he spoke about Christians’ need to live their faith, how God is in charge of evangelizing results, and the ‘logic of the cross.’

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Wikipedia

Drawing of Parable of the Mustard Seed

– Wikipedia

ROME (EWTN News) — The president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, recently explained the “three laws” proposed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — Benedict XVI — for the process of evangelization.

Cardinal Rylko emphasized that the world urgently needs evangelization. His remarks were published in the Sept. 21 edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

He referred to a speech by then-Cardinal Ratzinger on Dec. 10, 2000, at a congress for catechists and religion teachers. It was there that the present-day Pope explained the three laws.

Cardinal Ratzinger spoke about the “crisis of God” in the world, in which “Christians often live as if God did not exist.” On the basis...READ MORE

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Home-School Records Privacy Bill Introduced in Congress (2641)

If passed, home-schooled students' records, like those of public or private-school students, would only be released with written permission from a parent or guardian.

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Wikipedia

Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill.

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON (EWTN News) — A U.S. Congressman from Illinois has introduced a bill that would “restore fairness and equality to home-schoolers nationwide” by extending to home-schoolers the educational- record privacy laws that currently apply only to public and private-school students.

Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., and Will Estrada, director of federal relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association, held a Sept. 20 press conference to announce H.R. 2910, the Family Educational Records Privacy Extension Act, which Hultgren introduced in Congress last week.

“Many states require that parents file records regarding their home-school children with public-education officials, but these...READ MORE

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Why Father Robert Barron Filmed 'Catholicism' (28037)

The Chicago priest’s ambitious series makes its debut on PBS.

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Word on Fire Ministry

ON LOCATION. Father Robert Barron filming part of Catholicism in Jerusalem.

– Word on Fire Ministry

Evangelizing the culture is Father Robert Barron’s goal. A television series on the Catholic faith, which debuts tonight on PBS, might just go a long way in helping to achieve that goal.

Father Barron is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the founder of Word on Fire Ministry, a media apostolate. He has authored 10 books and also serves as the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois.

He recently produced the 10-part PBS series Catholicism, which will make its debut tonight in some parts of the country. (Check your local listings for more information.)

He hopes the series will reach both fallen-away Catholics, to remind them of the...READ MORE

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Illinois Family Says Archbishop Fulton Sheen's Intercession Saved Their Baby (3786)

Born lifeless and without a pulse for 61 minutes, following prayers to the Servant of God, little James Fulton had a pulse. The case is being investigated as part of Archbishop Sheen's beatification cause.

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– Wikipedia

PEORIA, Ill. (CNA/EWTN News)—Bonnie Engstrom remembers praying silently to Archbishop Fulton Sheen over and over again after her baby son was born lifeless and without a pulse for 61 minutes.

“I held him for a moment; he was blue and limp,” she told CNA. “I just kind of sat there in shock.”

Little James Fulton was the third child that Bonnie and her husband planned to give birth to at home, and everything had been going perfectly in the early hours of Sept. 16, 2010.

“It had been a healthy pregnancy; it was a healthy labor. Everything was good,” Bonnie recalled.

But what the couple and attending midwife and birth assistant did not know was that there was a knot in James’ umbilical...READ MORE

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Laborem Exercens, Gregorian Chant from Japan, St. Francis De Sales on Web Design, and much more! (1986)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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B16’s Impact on New Generation of Priests & Youth Cannot be Underestimated. Click on the link by Greg Erlandson to learn more.

B16’s Impact on New Generation of Priests & Youth Cannot be Underestimated - Greg Erlandson, Our Sunday Visitor

Work as a Triumph of the Cross: 30th Anniversary of On Human Work - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Why Matthew is the First Gospel and not Mark (or Q) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Melismatic Gregorian Chant from Japan - Jeffrey A. Tucker, Chant Café

St. Francis De Sales on Web Design - Steven Lawson, VirtuousPla.net

If St. John the Apostle Blogged Revelation - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Death Metal Ain’t Got Nothing On Us - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

A Reflection on the Sin of Gossip - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Did Jesus Rebuke His Mother in...READ MORE

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The First Response: A Register Editorial on Faith in the Public Square (1721)

Especially in this post-9/11 world, we must find ways to continue allowing public expressions of our need for the Almighty — and our gratitude for his blessings. From our Sept. 25 issue.

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John Burger

Pastors pray in the shadow of the new Freedom Tower on Sept. 10, 2011.

– John Burger

The recent 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks once again reminded Americans of the loss suffered by thousands of families, as well as the heroism and selflessness of hundreds of first responders, many of whom gave their lives that day.

Finally, after nearly a decade of planning and debate, New York City was ready to dedicate the National September 11 Memorial on the site of the World Trade Center. But many New Yorkers were not ready to give up one thing that got them through those dark days 10 years ago: prayer.

Thus the outcry against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to not invite clergymen to the dedication. His office said that the mayor wanted the focus to be on the families who...READ MORE

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