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Pope Benedict’s Road Map for Peace in the Middle East (4326)

In his Lebanon visit, the Holy Father reinforces the ‘inseparable bond between the cross and the Resurrection.’

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Pope Benedict XVI brings Christ's message of peace to Lebanese youth in Harissa Sept. 15.

– Reuters/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Benedict XVI left Beirut, Lebanon, for Rome Sept. 16 after making a series of impassioned calls on the people of the Middle East to work towards peace and reconciliation, to be filled with Christian hope, and to strengthen unity and a sense of fraternity.

“I pray in particular that the Lord will grant to this region of the Middle East servants of peace and reconciliation, so that all people can live in peace and with dignity,” the Holy Father said on his final day at an open-air Mass on Beirut’s seafront.

“This is an essential testimony which Christians must render here, in cooperation with all people of good will.” The Pope added: “I appeal to all of you to be peacemakers...READ MORE

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Catholic Charities CEO Tapped for U.S. Bishops’ Justice Department Head (1921)

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Courtesy of Catholic Charities of Denver

WASHINGTON — President and CEO of Denver Catholic Charities, Jonathan Reyes, has accepted a new role as executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.

Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, the U.S. bishops’ conference’s general secretary, made the appointment, which was announced Sept. 17.

“Jonathan Reyes brings vital experience with on-the-ground charities work and with young adults and is a proven administrator,” Msgr. Jenkins said.

In December, Reyes will begin his new role with the USCCB, overseeing their efforts in domestic and international affairs and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the bishops’ anti-poverty program.

“I look forward...READ MORE

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Former Komen Exec Outlines What Happened in Planned Parenthood Controversy (5049)

Planned Bullyhood: The Truth About the Funding Battle With Susan G. Komen for the Cure gives behind-the-scenes look at attacks from Planned Parenthood following the breast-cancer charity's announcement to cut grant funding.

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In her new book, Karen Handel relays the story behind the “aggressive” and “partisan” attacks from Planned Parenthood following the breast-cancer charity's announcement to cut grant funding.

Handel told Catholic News Agency that when Komen for the Cure announced Feb. 1 that it had decided to restructure funds to Planned Parenthood, the charity “was trying to make a commonsense business decision.”

However, what followed was what Komen's former vice president of public policy called “a massive, premeditated attack on a breast-cancer organization” by Planned Parenthood.

In a Sept. 7 interview, Handel outlined her new book, Planned Bullyhood: The Truth About the Funding Battle With...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict to Lebanon and Middle East: Promote Peace! (2105)

The Holy Father ended his three-day apostolic visit to Lebanon by calling for the dignity of the human person to be respected in all situations.

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Lebanon trip logo via News.va Facebook

– Lebanon trip logo via News.va Facebook

Pope Benedict XVI has placed the Middle East under the “maternal protection” of Our Lady and has asked her to help bring peace to war-torn Syria and the entire region.

“May God grant to your country, to Syria and to the Middle East the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of all violence! May men understand that they are all brothers!” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address Sept. 16.

“May we, with God’s help, be converted, so as to work ardently to establish the peace that is necessary for harmonious coexistence among brothers, whatever their origins and religious convictions.”

The Holy Father addressed a vast open-air congregation of more...READ MORE

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One Body Many Blogs Sneak Preview, Loving Our Wives and Laying Down Our Lives, and Much More! (2294)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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One Body, Many Blogs Sneak Preview. Click on the link by T. J. Burdick to read more.

One Body, Many Blogs Sneak Preview – T. J. Burdick

Men and Contraception: Loving Our Wives and Laying Down Our Lives – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

The Evil of Two Lessers by Ben of the Two Catholic Men and a Blog – Big ulpit

Flirting with the Thin Pink Line – Amanda, Defined by Faith

Broken Childhood Healed by Christ – Alessandra, Catholic Sistas

Apologists and Catechists, Debate and Dialectic – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God & Machine

Meet the Less-Famous Doctors of the Church. . . – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pope Calls for “Full Rights for Catholics in the Middle East” – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

An Interview with Eduardo Verastegui from For Greater Glory –...READ MORE

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Pope Calls Lebanese Youth to 'Revolution of Love' (4254)

The Holy Father's Sept. 15 address

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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives for a meeting with young people Setp. 15 in Bkerke, north of Beirut, Lebanon.

– Reuters/Hasan Shaaban

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Pope Benedict XVI has challenged young Christians and Muslims in the Middle East to reject the path of violence and hate and instead unleash a “revolution of love.”

“It is vital that the Middle East in general, looking at you, should understand that Muslims and Christians, Islam and Christianity, can live side by side without hatred, with respect for the beliefs of each person, so as to build together a free and humane society,” the Pope told an open-air gathering of young people in Bkerke, Lebanon, Sept. 15.

Gathered in the square in front of the residence of the country’s Maronite Patriarchate, the tens of thousands of young people heard the Pope tell them that...READ MORE

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‘Care of Souls’ Chief Concern for Lincoln’s New Bishop (1935)

Bishop James Conley looks forward to serving the faithful in his new diocese.

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Southern Nebraska Register, courtesy Kevin Clark

– Southern Nebraska Register, courtesy Kevin Clark

LINCOLN, Neb. — Evangelization and the pastoral tending of souls are among the main goals for Bishop James Conley, who was named the ninth bishop of Lincoln by Pope Benedict.

“There is nothing more important for a bishop than the care of souls,” Bishop Conley told members of his new diocese at a Sept. 14 press conference.

With the support of the diocese, he said he has “one aim,” consisting of three parts: that all men and women will “come to know Jesus Christ,” that they “live in the abundance of his love” and in turn strive to “become holy, as our Father in heaven is holy.”

“I am dedicated above all else to this noble mission,” he said. “I am grateful to know that I can already...READ MORE

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Changing the Culture for Christ, 1 Film at a Time (3499)

Catholic Identity College Guide '12 feature: John Paul the Great University Students Put Morality in Movies

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There’s nowhere to run in space. A sci-fi thriller short film exploring the consequences of our choices.

That’s the teaser promoting Project Callisto (ProjectCallisto.com), a movie under way using the talents of aspiring filmmakers at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego.

The film is the senior project for Paul Duda from Manassas, Va., who is studying movie directing and production.

Duda and his crew of more than 20 fellow students have entered the pre-production phase. Duda just finished raising the minimum $5,000 necessary for filming, which begins at the school this fall quarter. Professional actors from Los Angeles will be hired.

Duda describes two of the goals...READ MORE

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