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Pope Benedict to Lebanon and Middle East: Promote Peace! (2335)

The Holy Father ended his three-day apostolic visit to Lebanon by calling for the dignity of the human person to be respected in all situations.

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Lebanon trip logo via News.va Facebook

– Lebanon trip logo via News.va Facebook

Pope Benedict XVI has placed the Middle East under the “maternal protection” of Our Lady and has asked her to help bring peace to war-torn Syria and the entire region.

“May God grant to your country, to Syria and to the Middle East the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of all violence! May men understand that they are all brothers!” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address Sept. 16.

“May we, with God’s help, be converted, so as to work ardently to establish the peace that is necessary for harmonious coexistence among brothers, whatever their origins and religious convictions.”

The Holy Father addressed a vast open-air congregation of more...READ MORE

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One Body Many Blogs Sneak Preview, Loving Our Wives and Laying Down Our Lives, and Much More! (2337)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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One Body, Many Blogs Sneak Preview. Click on the link by T. J. Burdick to read more.

One Body, Many Blogs Sneak Preview – T. J. Burdick

Men and Contraception: Loving Our Wives and Laying Down Our Lives – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

The Evil of Two Lessers by Ben of the Two Catholic Men and a Blog – Big ulpit

Flirting with the Thin Pink Line – Amanda, Defined by Faith

Broken Childhood Healed by Christ – Alessandra, Catholic Sistas

Apologists and Catechists, Debate and Dialectic – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God & Machine

Meet the Less-Famous Doctors of the Church. . . – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pope Calls for “Full Rights for Catholics in the Middle East” – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

An Interview with Eduardo Verastegui from For Greater Glory –...READ MORE

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Pope Calls Lebanese Youth to 'Revolution of Love' (4417)

The Holy Father's Sept. 15 address

09/16/2012 Comments (2)

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives for a meeting with young people Setp. 15 in Bkerke, north of Beirut, Lebanon.

– Reuters/Hasan Shaaban

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Pope Benedict XVI has challenged young Christians and Muslims in the Middle East to reject the path of violence and hate and instead unleash a “revolution of love.”

“It is vital that the Middle East in general, looking at you, should understand that Muslims and Christians, Islam and Christianity, can live side by side without hatred, with respect for the beliefs of each person, so as to build together a free and humane society,” the Pope told an open-air gathering of young people in Bkerke, Lebanon, Sept. 15.

Gathered in the square in front of the residence of the country’s Maronite Patriarchate, the tens of thousands of young people heard the Pope tell them that...READ MORE

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‘Care of Souls’ Chief Concern for Lincoln’s New Bishop (1994)

Bishop James Conley looks forward to serving the faithful in his new diocese.

09/16/2012 Comments (2)
Southern Nebraska Register, courtesy Kevin Clark

– Southern Nebraska Register, courtesy Kevin Clark

LINCOLN, Neb. — Evangelization and the pastoral tending of souls are among the main goals for Bishop James Conley, who was named the ninth bishop of Lincoln by Pope Benedict.

“There is nothing more important for a bishop than the care of souls,” Bishop Conley told members of his new diocese at a Sept. 14 press conference.

With the support of the diocese, he said he has “one aim,” consisting of three parts: that all men and women will “come to know Jesus Christ,” that they “live in the abundance of his love” and in turn strive to “become holy, as our Father in heaven is holy.”

“I am dedicated above all else to this noble mission,” he said. “I am grateful to know that I can already...READ MORE

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Changing the Culture for Christ, 1 Film at a Time (3723)

Catholic Identity College Guide '12 feature: John Paul the Great University Students Put Morality in Movies

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– College's Facebook page

There’s nowhere to run in space. A sci-fi thriller short film exploring the consequences of our choices.

That’s the teaser promoting Project Callisto (ProjectCallisto.com), a movie under way using the talents of aspiring filmmakers at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego.

The film is the senior project for Paul Duda from Manassas, Va., who is studying movie directing and production.

Duda and his crew of more than 20 fellow students have entered the pre-production phase. Duda just finished raising the minimum $5,000 necessary for filming, which begins at the school this fall quarter. Professional actors from Los Angeles will be hired.

Duda describes two of the goals...READ MORE

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True Freedom and Real Love (1776)

User's Guide to Sunday, Sept. 16.

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– Shutterstock

Sunday, Sept. 16 (Year B, Cycle II), is the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Feast Days

Sept. 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Sept. 15 is Our Lady of Sorrows.



Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35


Our Take

Today’s readings come down to the identity of Christ and the identity of the Christian.

"Who do people say that I am?" Jesus asks his apostles in the Gospel. The apostles say, "John the Baptist."

"But who do you say that I am?" he asks.

With the words "You are the Christ," Peter says that Jesus is more than just a human prophet: He is the Son of the Living God.

He is not just the greatest possible...READ MORE

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Mercy Pope’s American Homecoming (4382)

Sept. 9 issue feature: John Paul II First-Class Relic Enshrined at National Shrine

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Courtesy of the Marians

The procession before John Paul II's relic was enshrined.

– Courtesy of the Marians

What more appropriate place for a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II than at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy?

On Sunday, Aug. 12, the relic, a white linen cloth that holds the blood of the great "Mercy Pope," was permanently enshrined at the national shrine in Stockbridge, Mass., during the 3 o’clock hour of Divine Mercy.

With more than 300 priests and people filling the chapel and after singing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Father Kazimierz Chwalek, the provincial superior of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, incensed the relic and told pilgrims to pray for Blessed John Paul II’s intercession.

"By coming to our shrine, he came to his spiritual home," Father...READ MORE

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With New Urgency, Cardinal Dolan Condemns ‘Violence in the Name of Religion’ (3577)

As Pope Benedict XVI began his visit to Lebanon, the U.S. bishops and Vatican representatives made the case for religious freedom and warn of ‘Christophobia.’

09/15/2012 Comments (8)

WASHINGTON — During a week that witnessed an explosion of violence in the Middle East, fueled by a video defaming the prophet Muhammad, the U.S. bishops ramped up their campaign against threats to religious freedom from across the globe.

Speaking at a Sept. 12 Washington conference, “International Religious Freedom: An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good,” held at The Catholic University of America, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York acknowledged the importance of respecting all faiths, but “unequivocally” rejected the violence that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“We come to this event with a sense of urgency,” stated Cardinal Dolan, kicking off a...READ MORE

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