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Coptic Christians Protest Attacks, as White House Weighs Policy (3194)

Elections in Egypt are likely to solidify their second-class citizen status.

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Coptic Christians protest the campaign of religious persecution of Copts in Egypt in front of United Nations headquarters last December in New York City. The protest was taken to the White House Oct. 19.

– Chris Hondros/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Coptic Christians converged at the White House yesterday, protesting the Egyptian army’s failure to defend religious minorities.

In the wake of anti-Christian violence in post-revolutionary Egypt, Coptic priests and Egyptian immigrants from as far away as Chicago held up simple wooden crosses and pictures of bloodied bodies crushed during the deadly Oct. 9 clash in Cairo between the military, Muslims and Christian protesters.

The U.S. government has funneled $35 billion in military aid to Egypt since the 1978 Camp David accords that provided a framework for peace between Egypt and Israel. Yet the Obama White House has issued a restrained public response to the...READ MORE

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Sisters Go Online to Promote Vocations (6834)

Communities of women religious rely more on the Internet and social media, and some orders report a sharp rise in inquiries.

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Courtesy of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

– Courtesy of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When Sister Meaghan Boland was discerning which women’s religious community to join after graduation from college, she began the process on the Internet.

After finding four orders she liked, the Northborough, Mass., woman visited two and served on a mission trip with another before making a retreat with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. That sealed her decision to join the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Dominicans, where she began a six-month period as an aspirant Aug. 28.

Similarly, when Sister Taryn Stark began thinking seriously about religious life in her mid-30s, she immediately went online to find out more about the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas,...READ MORE

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Paris Hilton and the Liturgy, Heresy Gets Things Done, Cultural Bankruptcy, and much more! (3177)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Pro-Abortion Legacy of Justice O’Connor. Click on the link by Daniel McConchie to learn more about this morally bankrupt individual.

Open Letter To My Catholic Priests - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

Paris Hilton and the Liturgy - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

Heresy Gets Things Done - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

Cultural Bankruptcy, It’s Killing Us - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Militant Secularism: Rome & Moscow Make Common Cause - Johannes Jacobse, Acton Institute

Being Rich, What Matters to God, & Wrongful Priorities - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Oh, Those Wacky Occupiers - Brad Birzer, Catholic Vote

Make Them Share The Wealth With Me - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

The Pro-Abortion Legacy of Justice O’Connor - Daniel McConchie, LifeSiteNews.com

Anticlericalism Rising...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, heresy, liturgy, militant secularism, nancy pelosi, occupy wall street, paris hilton, poland, pro-abortion, sandra day o'connor

Pope Recalls God's Loving Plan Throughout History (2177)

Benedict XVI discusses Psalm 136 at Oct. 19 audience.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims at this week’s general audience that Psalm 136 summarizes the loving plan of God manifested throughout history.

“This is a great hymn of praise to celebrate the Lord in the multiple, repeated manifestations of his goodness throughout the history of man,” the Pope said to more than 30,000 pilgrims gathered Oct. 19 in St. Peter’s Square.

He explained how the Psalm is known as the “Great Hallel” and is traditionally sung at the conclusion of the Passover meal because it retells the story of God’s creation, the Jewish people’s liberation from slavery in Egypt, 40 years of exile in the desert, and their subsequent entry into the...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Names Archbishop Carlo Viganò U.S. Nuncio (4755)

Successor to Archbishop Pietro Sambi has a doctorate in both canon law and civil law.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI today, Oct. 19, named Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò his new ambassador to the United States.

A veteran Holy See diplomat with almost four decades of experience, he succeeds Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died in July after a short illness.

Archbishop Viganò,70, has a doctorate in canon law and civil law. For the past two years, he has served as deputy to the cardinal president of the commission governing Vatican City, before resigning on Sept. 3.

As apostolic nuncio in one of the most important and delicate posts in Vatican diplomacy, the archbishop will be responsible not only for diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the United States, but also —...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop pietro sambi, diplomacy, papal nuncio to the u.s., pope benedict xvi, pope john paul ii

The Goodness and Necessity of Latin, Atheists in Assisi, Forgiveness for Mel Gibson, and much more! (4355)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/19/2011 Comment

Robert Downey, Jr. Asks Hollywood to Forgive Mel Gibson. Click on the link by Frank Weathers to learn more.

The Acceptable Sphere for Talking About Abortion - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Tolerance, Decadence and Violence - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Robert Downey, Jr. Asks Hollywood to Forgive Mel Gibson - Frank Weathers, YIMCatholic

The Goodness & Necessity of Latin in Religious Ed. - Chris Owens, Benedictus Dominus

In Remembrance - Sarah Babbs, VirtuousPla.net

How “Noninfallibilists” Diminish Virtues of Docility & Obedience - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archd. of Washington

Pornography, Public Morality, & Constitutional Rights - Robert P. George, Public Discourse

Trouble Inside SSPX - Ches, The Sensible Bond

Abp. Timothy Dolan to President Obama: Push the Reset Button on...READ MORE

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Bob Hope and His Ladies of Hope (17516)

His mother, wife and Our Lady of Hope made all the difference in his life.

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Bob and Dolores Hope in 1999.

– Getty Images

Bob Hope — “the most honored entertainer” ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, for his achievements in theater, radio, film, TV, philanthropy and business, and an extraordinary record of service to country, with 199 USO shows around the globe — won the biggest prize of all in the waning days of his life when he converted to Catholicism.

Born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, England, he was the fifth of seven boys.

Leslie’s mother, Avis, was very devoted and loving. His father, William Henry “Harry,” a stonecutter, “had only one fault,” as Hope recalled in his memoir, Have Tux, Will Travel: Bob Hope’s Own Story: “It was his theory that, as a result of...READ MORE

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Pope Names New Bismarck Bishop (1766)

Benedict appointed Msgr. David Kagan from the Rockford, Ill., Diocese to be the North Dakota diocese's seventh bishop on Oct. 19.

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– Bismarck Diocese website

BISMARCK, N.D. (EWTN News/CNA)—On Oct. 19, Pope Benedict appointed Msgr. David Kagan from the Rockford, Ill., Diocese as the new bishop of Bismarck, N.D.

Bishop-elect Kagan, 61, will succeed Bishop Paul Zipfel, who has served as leader of the diocese since 1997. The Pope also accepted Bishop Zipfel’s resignation, which he submitted at the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Msgr. Kagan was born in Waukegan, Ill. He holds a M.A. in sacred theology and a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He was ordained a priest in Rockford, Ill., in 1975 and has served at a number of parishes in the diocese as a teacher, parish pastor and parochial administrator.


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