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Denim, Demons, and Denominations; Your Vocation Is Not About You; A Good Service Project and More! (2050)

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Follow the Denim, Demons & Denominations by Fr. Dwight Longenecker link to read more.

Denim, Demons & Denominations by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Your Vocation Is Not About You – Benjamin Mann, Catholic Exchange

Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

‘Church in Iraq in Perhaps Its Darkest Period,’ Says Patriarch – The Catholic Herald

Realism: Incarnation, Relics & Buddy Holly’s Glasses – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Christianity & Islam: A Common Heritage? – William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine

U. S. Christianity: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism? – Fr. D. Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Non-believers Make the Best Saint Movies: Monsieur Vincent - Patrick Coffin, The Catholic World Report

Five Traits of a Good Service...READ MORE

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Spain’s ‘Field of Stars’ (4893)

Santiago de Compostela Continues to Draw the Faithful, Including a First-Time Pilgrim

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Tim Drake

A procession on St. James' feast day, July 25

– Tim Drake

“If you build it, they will come.” Such was the refrain of the popular film Field of Dreams. It could also serve as a fitting motto for the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago, Spain.

For more than 1,000 years, Santiago de Compostela (Compostela means “field of stars”) has attracted pilgrims from Europe and elsewhere to walk the Way of St. James, ending at the cathedral that holds the apostle’s relics.

There’s no better time to visit the cathedral than on St. James’ feast day, July 25, especially when the feast falls on a Sunday.


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According to tradition, after Christ’s ascension, St. James the Greater set out to evangelize those living on the Iberian Peninsula (which...READ MORE

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Seven Ways CNN Gets It Wrong on Bishop's Residences, 10 Facts about the Caliphate and More! (4177)

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08/09/2014 Comment

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Seven Ways CNN Gets It Wrong on Bishop’s Residences – by Joshua Bowman - BigPulpit.com

10 Facts You Probably Should Know about the New Caliphate – Susan E. Wills, Aleteia

God Only Helps Whom? – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Islam & the Crucifixion – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

But I Don’t Know How to Pray: Being God’s Mouthpiece – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand

How the Eucharist Ended a Heresy & Restored Peace – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

How to Talk to Non-Catholics About the Faith – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

How Chase Bank & Other Corporations Coerce & Bully Christians – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Are the Holy Father’s Informality Undermining the Church - William...READ MORE

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Gaza Blockade: A Humanitarian Crisis and Moral Quagmire (3582)

Under Hamas control, Palestinians have suffered a severe blockade, but Catholic observers warn the crushing poverty only creates more security threats for Israel and the region.

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Israeli tank soldiers are deployed Aug. 2 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. A 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire agreed upon by Israel and Hamas collapsed within two hours of being launched on Aug. 1.

– Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Sirens once more wail in Israel, and airstrikes pound Gaza once again, after Hamas refused to extend a cease-fire with Israel and resumed rocket attacks just hours before a 72-hour truce expired on Friday.

The renewed hostilities represent another failure to secure peace for Gaza and Israel and end the military blockade on the enclave that has exacerbated the humanitarian suffering and economic devastation felt by Palestinians.

“Gaza was in a very difficult, potentially full-blown, humanitarian crisis situation six weeks before the conflict,” said Matt McGarry, country representative for Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza at Catholic Relief Services, speaking to the...READ MORE

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‘Catholic Studies’ Program Excels as Founder Bids Farewell (1832)

Don Briel draws praise as he retires from leading the first-of-its-kind program at the University of St. Thomas and ventures forth toward new horizons.

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Prof. Don Briel, founder and director of the Catholic Studies Center at the University of St. Thomas.

– Mike Ekern/University of St. Thomas

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After 21 years of directing the “Catholic Studies” program he founded at the University of St. Thomas, professor Don Briel has decided to retire and pass the torch to the new generation.

Briel is leaving his position as director of the Catholic Studies Center at St. Thomas on Aug. 31, where he will be succeeded by Michael Naughton, currently director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought, which are part of the center.  

Briel said his pioneering program provides students an opportunity to discover the Catholic faith as an “integrating principle that helps make sense of everything,” instead of...READ MORE

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Catholic Church on the Front Line Against Ebola Outbreak (1691)

Caritas Internationalis officials detail the efforts undertaken by Catholics to treat victims and to combat the spread of the deadly disease.

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A patient is examined at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. The hospital's director, Brother Patrick Nshamdze, died Aug. 2 after contracting the Ebola virus.

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VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church plays a fundamental role in responding to the worst outbreak of Ebola infections in history, according to a Holy See official involved with the efforts.

“The Catholic Church manages health facilities, and so it will be able to care for Ebola-affected people whenever the structures have the capacity to keep the infected people in isolation,” Msgr. Robert Vitillo told CNA.

Msgr. Vitillo is special adviser to the Rome-based Catholic relief organization confederation Caritas Internationalis on HIV/AIDS. He also heads Caritas’ delegation to the United Nations in Geneva and collaborates with the Holy See.

He said that the Catholic Church is working on three...READ MORE

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Refugees Fleeing Violence Deserve Care, U.S. Bishops Emphasize (1429)

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle said, ‘As a leader in human-rights protection around the world,’ the United States often instructs ‘other nations to receive refugees or protect human rights. Yet when child refugees appear on our own border, we struggle to respond in a humane way.’

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Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle

– Archdiocese of Seattle

WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops are highlighting the need to care for refugees fleeing violent situations in their homelands as the ongoing influx of unaccompanied child migrants into the U.S. continues.

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, head of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee, discussed the issue in an Aug. 1 column for The Washington Post.

“Let’s not kid ourselves. Subjecting these children to removal without the due process of a formal immigration hearing would no doubt mean that the vast majority would be returned to the gangs and drug cartels that threaten them in Central America,” he said.

“Sadly, Congress and the Obama administration are twisted in knots over a...READ MORE

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Prayers Urged as Black Mass Organizer Claims Consecrated Host (20535)

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City criticizes civic leaders for allowing the event ‘as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment.’

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Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY — The purported use of a consecrated Host at a planned Satanic black mass at an Oklahoma City civic center would be a “terrible sacrilege” that requires a prayerful response, the local archbishop emphasized.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, in an Aug. 4 message, deplored that the city-run Civic Center Music Hall was selling tickets for the event “as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment.”

Rather, he said, the ritual is “deadly serious” and “a blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass.”

“Using a consecrated Host obtained illicitly from a Catholic church and desecrating it in the vilest ways imaginable, the practitioners offer it in sacrifice...READ MORE

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