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Bishops and Other Religious Leaders Warn Against Redefining Marriage (2482)

Letter urges support for 'the unique meaning of marriage and the precious gift of religious freedom.'

01/13/2012 Comments (9)

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Several dozen religious leaders joined together against redefining marriage in America, warning that such a move would have “far-reaching consequences” for religious freedom.

In a Jan. 12 open letter to all Americans, the leaders described marriage and religious liberty as “fundamental goods that stand or fall together.”

They noted that if the civil definition of marriage is changed to include same-sex couples, the government “will compel special recognition of relationships” that many communities “cannot, in conscience, affirm.”

Those who signed the letter included Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, and...READ MORE

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Cuba's Ambassador on the Papal Visit (1518)

Eduardo Delgado refutes criticisms of his socialist country. Jan. 15 issue story.

01/13/2012 Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic voyage to Cuba in March comes at a time when, according to the 2011 annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, “serious religious-freedom violations continue in Cuba, despite some improvements.”

These violations include: “detention, sporadic arrests and harassment of clergy and religious leaders affiliated with unregistered religious groups, as well as the control and monitoring of religious belief and practices, including through surveillance, infiltration and legal restrictions prohibiting religious communities from operating without government permission. These conditions exist under the one-party rule of a communist government...READ MORE

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Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic QB Philip Rivers, More Veil, and much more! (4711)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/13/2012 Comment

Philip Rivers: an Inspiring Catholic NFL Quarterback. Click on the link by Yoseph M. Daviyd to read more.

Book Review: Citizens of the Heavenly City, A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching - John M. DeJak, Catholic Lane

Philip Rivers: an Inspiring Catholic NFL Quarterback - Yoseph M. Daviyd, David L. Gray

More Thoughts on the Veil - Rachel Howell, Ignitum Today

Catholic School Principal Fired for Promoting 40 Days for Life Fights Back - Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews.com

Leonardo Painting Destroyed by Louvre? - Jennifer Roche, Catholic Vote

Becoming Men of Christ - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

The Only Catholic to Sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence - Saint Peter’s List

Theology: The Spiritual Danger of the Bella Figura - Fr. Robert Barron, The Word on Fire

The Importance...READ MORE

Filed under bella figura, calumny, catholic blogosphere, catholic social teaching, charles carroll, david hood, gospel of st. mark, magi, philip rivers, veil

Site of Hindu Attacks on Christians Sees Conversions (7198)

Many of those who persecuted Christians in India are themselves becoming Christian. Kandhamal proves Tertullian right.

01/13/2012 Comments (7)
Anto Akkara

Christians of Gadragam dance to the tune of hymns on the New Year Day. The burnt remnant of a house behind is where disabled Rasanand Pradhan, the first martyr of Kandhamal, was torched alive.

– Anto Akkara

GADRAGAM, India — Two dozen Christians were dancing excitedly to the tune of Christian hymns on New Year’s Day at Gadragam village in the Indian state of Orissa.

That may not be a surprise, considering the red-letter day. But this is the Kandhamal jungles of eastern Orissa state, where just a few years ago, fundamentalist Hindus let loose a severe attack on their Christian neighbors, taking the lives of more than 100 people.

Plus, the rejoicing was in front of the remains of a burnt-out house in which a disabled Christian youth had been burned to death during the widespread violence.
“Our people are no longer afraid; they are ready to profess their faith boldly,” exclaimed Rabindra...READ MORE

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Haiti Is Still Picking Up the Pieces 2 Years Later (1773)

Archbishop encourages Haitians as they rebuild their future.

01/12/2012 Comment

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, (CNA/EWTN News)—Port-au-Prince Archbishop Guire Poulard marked the second anniversary of 2010’s earthquake with a call for Haitians to build a better future for themselves and their country.

“The reconstruction will be Haitian or will not be,” the archbishop proclaimed in a message carried by the news outlet Haiti Libre.

He said Haitians “cannot accept to live only from international begging,” but must take on the task of reconstruction in the same way that national independence was achieved: “by rolling up our sleeves.”

“Put your hope in God and in yourself,” the archbishop urged, saying the “other promises do not offer any guarantees” for the future.


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Is Bishop Slattery Privatizing Catholic Charities? (4713)

Tulsa Diocese’s parish-centered approach offers a model that draws the needs of the poor into the daily life of the faithful.

01/12/2012 Comments (5)

Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa at the Mass of consecration for the Immaculate Conception chapel at Catholic Charities. The chapel forms the core of the 72,000 sq ft. facility dedicated Dec. 7, 2009.

– Dave Crenshaw, Eastern Oklahoma Catholic

TULSA, Okla. — When Bishop Edward Slattery was appointed to the Diocese of Tulsa in 1994, he took stock of local Catholic social services and was impressed. Generous financial and volunteer support from Catholics and the broader community made it possible for Catholic Charities of Tulsa to serve the poor with minimal government funding and a lean staff.

“I inherited a good situation: Catholic Charities in Tulsa had about 10 agencies to help the poor, from food distribution to homeless shelters and free medical and legal care. Just 6% of those services were funded by the federal government, and that was for refugee resettlement,” noted Bishop Slattery, as he recalled that early assessment....READ MORE

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P90X and the Holy Rosary, The 3 Magi Were Likely Arabs, Veils, Ciboria, Baldichins, and much more! (4076)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/12/2012 Comment

Of P90X and the Holy Rosary. Click on the link by Lynne to learn more.

Of P90X and the Holy Rosary - Lynne, Catholic Sistas

The Three Magi were Likely Arabs, & Why is One Magi Dark Skinned? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Continuing Papal Witness to the Suitability of Ad Orientem - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Veils, Ciboria, Baldichins, & the Eucharist - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Acts of Faith in the Sciences - J.C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

The Repercussions of Societal Rage - B. G. Kelley, OSV Newsweekly

Christopher Dawson’s Usura Canto - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

Pakistan’s Asia Bibi, Silent Martyr - Marco Tosatti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Why the Church Can’t Just be a “Good Denomination” - Joe...READ MORE

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The Church and Economics (2723)

Cardinal Turkson of Ghana said carrying out the Church's mission is at the center of the Church's approach to economics. Jan. 15 issue feature.

01/12/2012 Comments (5)

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Cardinal Turkson of Ghana said carrying out the Church’s mission is at the center of the Church’s approach to economics.

“The Church doesn’t want to develop its own economics,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson. “Our mission is to basically engage the world from the standpoint of our faith and the charity of Christ.”

The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was speaking to the Register late last year about the Church’s approach to economics, during which he discussed the fallout from a controversial document his department issued Oct. 22 on the global economic crisis.

He continued to defend the paper, appearing somewhat perplexed and saddened by the reaction it provoked.


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