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Egyptian Police Accused of Siding With Cathedral Attackers (3241)

The attack also drew condemnation from Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who said he regarded any attack on churches as 'a personal attack' against him.

04/22/2013 Comment

Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of Assiut

CAIRO, Egypt — A media representative for Egypt’s Catholic bishops echoed concerns that police sided with Islamic extremists who attacked a funeral service en masse at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo.

“The police must have been aware of the situation, so why were the police not in front of the cathedral?” asked Father Rafik Greiche of the Egyptian Catholic bishops’ conference.

He told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that the police “only arrived two hours later, and then they protected the attackers.” Muslim extremists had previously threatened to disrupt the service, the priest said.

The April 7 funeral was for four Christians killed in a gunfight that...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Ordains 10 Priests, Tells Them: Minister With Constant Joy (4192)

The Holy Father reminded the men, ‘You are pastors, not functionaries.’

04/22/2013 Comments (2)
CNA/Stephen Driscoll

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis ordained 10 men as priests on Sunday, reminding them that they should carry out their ministry with “constant joy and genuine love.”

“Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns, but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries,” the Holy Father told the newly ordained.

The Mass of ordination began at 9:30am in St. Peter’s Basilica, and the crowd was large enough that it spilled out into the square, where the crowd followed along on large screen TVs.

The ceremony fell on the 50th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for...READ MORE

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High-School Grads Make ‘Newman Connection’ with College Ministries (3957)

Students find Catholic faith communities before arriving on campus.

04/22/2013 Comments (1)

– NewmanConnection.com

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Catholic parishes are celebrating Masses for their graduating high-school seniors — but studies show that nearly one out of every three seniors in those pews will leave the Catholic faith during their college career, and even more will stop practicing it.

However, campus ministers believe a new high-school outreach program from the Newman Connection will give them a vital tool in stemming the loss of young Catholics from the Church and promote the New Evangelization on America’s college campuses.

The Newman Connection, a nonprofit company that provides support and resources to Newman Centers throughout the United States, has launched a new national outreach program...READ MORE

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Sinead O'Connor Doesn’t Like Pope Francis, Convert Impacted by Thomas More Col. and More! (7588)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/22/2013 Comment

Sinead O'Connor Doesn’t Like Pope Francis. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of the CMR blog to read more.

Sinead O'Connor Doesn’t Like Pope Francis by Matthew Archbold of the CMR blog - Big Pulpit

Student Converts to Catholicism, Impact of Thomas More Col. – Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society/Catholic Education Daily

France: Wave of Pro-Marriage Demonstrations - Big Pulpit

Lalemant Propers: The Graduale Romanum in English – Jeff Ostrowski, New Liturgical Movement

Free Sex and the City? – Emi Parker, Ignitum Today

C. D. F. and L. C. W. R.: Reform, Not Inquisition – Mary, Catholic Sistas

Do Stephen Hawking Followers Care About Evidence – Stacy Trasancos PhD

A Look at Biblical Texts in Opposition to Contraception – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

This is My...READ MORE

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‘Becoming Sister Mary Grace’ Encourages Vocations in Girls (5584)

New book is timely for World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

04/21/2013 Comment
Courtesy of Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz

– Courtesy of Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz

When they couldn’t find vocation stories for children, Father Jeffrey Kirby and Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz decided to write their own.

In 2010, they published Becoming Father Bob for boys, which quickly became a success.

But that was only the start.

This January, during Catholic Schools Week, they released their latest book, aimed at elementary and middle-school girls: Becoming Sister Mary Grace.

“Principal Peggy Wertz and I worked alongside a great illustrator and saw Becoming Sister Mary Grace come alive,” said Father Kirby, vicar of vocations for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. Wertz is principal of St. Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken, S.C., where illustrator Alice Judd...READ MORE

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God's Warning for Humanity, France: Brutal Tactics Against Pro-Marriage Marchers and More! (5063)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/20/2013 Comment

God’s Warning for Humanity Delayed. Follow the link via Mystics of the Church website to read more.

God’s Warning for Humanity Delayed via Mystics of the Church website - Big Pulpit

France: Brutal Tactics Against Pro-Marriage Demonstrators – Annie Elizabeth, Defénde Nos In Proélio

Are You Just a Mother? – Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

April 16, 2013, Versailles – Tiberge, GalliaWatch

The Impotence of the Orthodox Catholic Political Movement - Francis, Catholic Stand

Why People With a Colorful Past Evangelize - Anabelle Hazard Esq, Catholic Lane

Spiritual Warfare Concerning Anger - Ronda Chervin PhD, Corpus Christi Watershed

IVF May Have Brought Joy; Also Brought Misery, Ended Lives – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Interview with Dr. Matthew Bunson On Pope Francis –...READ MORE

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Catholics Caught in the Crossfire (3800)

How some residents of Watertown and other Boston-area communities were impacted by the police pursuit of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

04/20/2013 Comment
Justin Bell

Statue of Jesus at the rectory of Sacred Heart Parish in Watertown, Mass.

– Justin Bell

WATERTOWN, Mass. — In a conclusion to an unforgettable and sometimes surreal week, events unfolded in the Boston area between Thursday and Friday evenings that would rival the popular show television show 24.

Yet the very real life of MIT officer Sean Collier was violently taken, MBTA transit officer Richard Donohue was seriously wounded, and terror-bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and subsequently died — but another life was spared, that of his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, also known as Suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombings.

With much of the Boston area under lockdown after a guerilla-warfare battle between armed authorities and the brothers Tsarnaev in the streets of...READ MORE

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The Slide Toward State Control; Only Sometimes Called a Bigot? Aridity, Divine Intimacy and More! (2710)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/20/2013 Comment

The Slide Toward State Control. Follow the link by Donald DeMarco PhD of the Crisis Magazine website to read more.

The Slide Toward State Control by Donald DeMarco PhD of the Crisis Magazine website - Big Pulpit

Only Sometimes Called a Bigot? - Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

Aridity, Divine Intimacy – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Mainstream Media Attack Archbishop Vigneron - Fr. Z’s Blog

On Women Marrying Young – Brianna Heldt, Ignitum Today

Whiskey Man: Fr. Emil Kapaun - Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

The Best is Yet to Come - Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Dino Marcantonio on Sacred Art and Architecture – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Extremely Easy English Propers - Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

How to Help an Aging Parent Who Refuses Help - Dale Carter,...READ MORE

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