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Help the Poor and Jobless, The Kings Good Speaker, Angelic Warfare, and much more! (2412)

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The King’s Good Speaker. Click on the link by Andrew Haines to learn more.

Hearing from a Pulpit Near You: Help the Poor & Jobless - John Norton, Our Sunday Visitor

The King’s Good Speaker - Andrew Haines, First Things/On the Square

Angelic Warfare & Muscular Catholicism - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

B16 Wants a “Truly” Catholic Church, Not “More” - Jean-Marie Guénois, La Stampa

Cardinal Piacenza on Celibacy - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

First Tonsure, Minor Orders, & Eye Infections - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Sunday Mass at Beijing’s North Church - Anthony E. Clark PhD, Ignatius Insight

The Five Faces of Christ - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

By Grace Alone: An Introduction to Catholic Theology - Brad Birzer, Catholic Vote

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Bishops Tell President Obama to Stop Anti-Defense of Marriage Act Efforts (2493)

Archbishop Dolan: 'I urge yet again that your administration end its campaign against DOMA, the institution of marriage it protects, and religious freedom.'

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WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News)—Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, urged President Obama and his administration to end their attack on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the religious freedom of those who support it.

Archbishop Dolan warned in his Sept. 20 letter that by continuing its current course of action, the administration would “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions and to the detriment of both institutions.”

In an accompanying analysis, the bishops’ conference said it is concerned that if the administration continued its fight to redefine marriage, Catholic individuals and institutions would face...READ MORE

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Reclaiming Our Story: A Register Editorial on Catholicism and Culture (3782)

Revelation presents the Church’s own story of its pilgrimage through history, a narrative once ingrained in Western culture, from the arts and literature to social tradition and medical ethics. But as many drift away from the stories of Abraham and Sarah, of the Incarnation and Lazarus, a revisionist narrative has been imposed, generating a false tale of the Church’s history in the world and tainting the faithful’s own view of Catholic tradition and doctrine. From the Sept. 25 issue.

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Wikipedia

Iconic Sistine Chapel painting of the hands of God and Adam

– Wikipedia

Who tells the story of the Catholic Church — secularists, the faithful, ideological opponents, or cultural allies?

These days, the question is not a purely academic one. Catholic leaders struggle to counter negative media stereotypes and present a rich vision of faith and life that transcends the clergy abuse scandal and remains unafraid of engaging the modern world.

Revelation presents the Church’s own story of its pilgrimage through history, a narrative once ingrained in Western culture, from the arts and literature to social tradition and medical ethics.

But as many drift away from the stories of Abraham and Sarah, of the Incarnation and Lazarus, a revisionist narrative has been...READ MORE

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SDG Interviews the 'Machine Gun Preacher' (7693)

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' (1760)

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 (3446)

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 (2690)

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' (30529)

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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