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MLK Was Christ-Inspired, Says Head Knight of Peter Claver (2204)

Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil-rights leader.

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Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964

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MOBILE, Ala. — Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil-rights leader who was “inspired by the teachings of Christ,” says the head of the Knights of Peter Claver.

“Considering that so many ‘churchgoing folks’ were supporting segregation and Jim Crow laws during the civil-rights movement, it is wonderful that King dedicated his life to employing Christ’s teachings to resist and counter the very social sins of prejudice, racial discrimination and segregation,” Supreme Knight F. DeKarlos Blackmon told Catholic News Agency Jan. 18.

He said Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, was “a man of faith and deep conviction” who...READ MORE

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Pope Urges Prayers for Peace During Christian Unity Week (1391)

The year’s observance of the week of prayer takes place Jan. 18-25.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI asked for more prayers of world peace as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity celebrated this week.

“For the prayer of Christian unity, I would like to add again that one for peace, because, in the ongoing, diverse conflicts and end to the massacres of unarmed civilians, an end to all violence and that courage to dialogue and to negotiate is found,” he told thousands of pilgrims from his Apostolic Palace window at St. Peter’s Square today.

The Church is now celebrating its annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which began Jan. 18 and will end Jan. 25.

The Pope detailed the importance of unity during his Sunday Angelus at the Vatican.


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Cardinal: If Lefebvre Had Seen Proper Mass, He Might Not Have Split (5866)

After witnessing a Mass celebrated at an Italian abbey, SSPX leader Bishop Bernard Fellay reportedly made this comment about the SSPX founder.

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Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

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ROME — According to a senior Vatican official, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X once said that, if the traditionalist group's leader had seen the Mass celebrated properly, he might not have broken off from the Church.

Cardinal Antonio Canizares, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made this statement on Jan. 15 in response to questions from reporters after he delivered an address on the Second Vatican Council at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See.

“On one occasion,” the Spanish cardinal recalled, “Bishop [Bernard] Fellay, who is the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, came to see me and said, ‘We just came from an abbey that is near Florence. If...READ MORE

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Dog Turns Up to Dead Owner's Church Every Day, An Inspiring Video for Altar Servers and More! (3334)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Dog Turns Up to Dead Owner’s Church Every Day. Follow the link by Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

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An Inspiring and Beautiful Video for Altar Servers – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Tolkien Recites the Ring Verse – Jacob Tawney, The American Catholic

The Beautiful Persistence of Chant – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Gay Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage – Glenn T. Stanton, First Things/First Thoughts

How the Shroud of Turin Relates to the Ancient Image of Edessa – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Our Path to Salvation – Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

Celebrating Mass for Dummies – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Priest Publishes Book on Apparition of Angels to ‘Mystic’ Women...READ MORE

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Displaced Syrians in Lebanon: A Fragile, Humanitarian Crisis (2558)

Lebanon’s Catholics extend a hand of charity, but the massive refugee influx poses grave problems for the national government and for the local Church.

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Caritas Lebanon

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — As waves of displaced Syrians pour into Lebanon to escape the continuing conflict in their homeland, their increasing numbers represent a humanitarian crisis to the Lebanese government and to the Church.

In its most recent figures, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said there are 200,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

But Father Simon Faddoul, president of Caritas Lebanon, which is now helping more than 1,000 families, most of whom are living in makeshift tents in the Bekaa Valley region bordering Syria, estimates that there are already 400,000 displaced Syrians in Lebanon.

That’s because not all those who have fled to Lebanon have registered...READ MORE

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A Shocker in Philly, Beauty Communicates Something Beyond Words, A Heresy in Education and More! (4334)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Shocker in Philly. Follow the link by Carl E. Olson of The Catholic World Report website to read more.

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Beauty Communicates Something Beyond Words – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

A Heresy in Education – Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

Eight Spiritual Maxims from Saint John of the Cross – Abram Muenzberg, Saint Peter’s List

Mommas, Don’t Let Your Daughters Grow Up To Be Altar Boys – Ignitum Today

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York – Kenneth J. Wolfe, Rorate Cæli

Eight Books on J. R. R. Tolkien’s Catholicism – Brandon Vogt, BrandontVogt.com

Christians: Siblings, Not ‘Friends’? – Wesley Hill, First Things/First Thoughts

The Church, Nonprofits, and Taxes – Dimitri Cavalli, The...READ MORE

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Why Distributism? Infertility Journey, Paris Million Frenchman March for Marriage and Much More! (3236)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Gorgeous Georg. Follow the link by the blog Southern Fried Catholicism to read more of this photogenic archbishop.

Why Distributism? Just Look at the Issue of “Wal-Mart” and Capitalism – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Infertility Journey: The Church to Find Solutions, Wisdom, Peace – Jeannie Hannemann MA, Catholic Lane

Paris: 1.3 Million Rally Against Same-Sex “Marriage” and Adoption – J. C. von Krempach JD, Turtle Bay and Beyond

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If I Were a Principal at a Catholic School, I Would: - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

B. B. C. Reports Four Topless Girls in St. Peter’s, But Not 800,000 Paris Rally – Deacon Nick Donnelly, Protect the Pope

The War on Boys-Part One – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

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Irish Pro-Lifers Rally at Defining Moment in Abortion-Law Debate (2766)

Advocates for the unborn plan to deliver a message Jan. 19 to politicians about the importance of protecting the littlest lives.

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Unite 4 Life www.unite4life.net

Dec. 4 pro-life vigil in Dublin

– Unite 4 Life www.unite4life.net

DUBLIN — A Jan. 19 pro-life vigil in Dublin aims to rally against the government's proposal to permit some abortions, warning that abortion advocates are blurring important moral distinctions in the debate.

“Time and again, when the distinction is made between current medical practice which cares for both the mother and baby and direct, intentional abortion, voters give their unambiguous support to pro-life laws,” Caroline Simons, a legal consultant for the Pro Life Campaign, said in a Jan. 14 announcement.

She said the debate over the legalization of some abortions is a “defining moment for Ireland,” and Irish people need to “make their voices heard loud and clear.”

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