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Commentary: Reality 101: The fat between our ears

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) I had my annual physical exam today, always a pleasant experience for an old man who looks (or perhaps I mean acts) as if he is 25. In the examination room, my doctor pointed out the June 23rd issue

Vatican envoy: international action needed in Iraq

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has renewed an appeal for international action to stop the bloodshed in northern Iraq. Speaking to a meeting of the UN Human Rights

Minneapolis priest calls for archbishop's resignation

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) An outspoken priest of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese has called for the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt. Father Patrick Kennedy complained of "a pall over the archdiocese that is

Benedict XVI meets with young leader of traditionalist movement

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI met on Monday with the founder of a Catholic traditionalist movement. Cosimo Marti, who helped establish Juventutum, an international group of young Catholics who

Tortured to death, Iraqi Christian hailed as martyr

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) A Christian man has died under torture in northern Iraq after refusing to renounce his faith, the AsiaNews service reports. Salem Matti Kourki, a resident of the town of Bartala, in the Nineveh

Israeli President Peres to meet with Pope on Thursday

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) Israeli President Shimon Peres will meet with Pope Francis on September 4, the Vatican has announced. The visit comes at a time of mounting tension in the Middle East. Israel's military

ISIS will spread if not stopped now, warns Maronite prelate

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) A Maronite Catholic archbishop has warned that if the international community does not take prompt action to stop the growth of the Islamic State (ISIS), terrorism will quickly spread beyond the

Ukrainian Orthodox leader blasts Moscow patriarch, defends Eastern Catholics

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) The head of one of the three rival Ukrainian Orthodox bodies has come to the defense of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which has been the object of strong criticism by leaders of the Russian

Iraq: fearing famine, patriarch calls for return of confiscated fields to Christians

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) In a letter to Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako expressed concern that the Christian-owned agricultural fields of the

Pope resumes daily Mass at Santa Marta

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) Following a two-month hiatus, Pope Francis has resumed his practice of preaching at weekday Masses for different invited groups at Domus Sanctae Marthae. On September 1, he preached on the word

Vatican conference on sports and the culture of encounter

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) The Pontifical Council for Culture is hosting a three-day conference entitled “Sports at the Service of Humanity: From the ‘Results-Oriented Culture’ to a ‘Culture of Encounter.’” Speakers and

Papal praise for interreligious charity soccer match

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) Fifty soccer stars took part in an interreligious soccer game in Rome to raise funds for poor children in Buenos Aires. “Tonight's match will certainly be an occasion to collect funds and

Caritas appeal for Indian flood victims

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has issued an appeal for $1 million to assist victims of flooding in the eastern Indian state of Odisha

Christians reported safe as Tripoli falls to Islamist militias

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) Three years after NATO intervention helped bring about the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s capital has fallen under the control of Islamist militias. “So far, as a Christian community, we

Liturgical Calendar: Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary

(Tuesday, Sep. 2) According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Stephen of Hungary. His feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated

Catholic paper protests as South African broadcaster drops coverage for Pope's Christmas Mass

(Monday, Sep. 1) The Southern Cross, the newspaper operated the bishops’ conferences of southern Africa, has denounced the decision of South Africa’s broadcasting network to stop airing the Pope’s midnight Mass on

Anti-Mafia Italian priest undeterred by threat from 'boss of bosses'

(Monday, Sep. 1) An Italian priest says that he is not concerned about reports that a powerful Mafia figure wanted to have him killed. Father Luigi Ciotti admitted that it was “very significant” that the

Maltese couple begin rescue service for migrants in Mediterranean

(Monday, Sep. 1) Inspired by Pope Francis, a wealthy couple from Malta has bought and equipped a ship to rescue migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. Cristofer and Regina Catrambone invested about €4

West must respond to ISIS persecution: Italian bishops' leader

(Monday, Sep. 1) "We cannot remain silent in the face of the project to cancel Christians from the Holy Land and other places," the president of the Italian Catholic bishops’ conference said in an August 27

Pope's prayer intentions for September 2014

(Monday, Sep. 1) The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for September 2014. The Pope's general intention is: "That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a

Israeli Church leaders fear government takeover of Catholic schools

(Monday, Sep. 1) Catholic Church leaders in Israel are concerned about the threat of a government takeover of Catholic schools, the Fides news service reports. Faced with declining educational subsidies, and

Benedict XVI invites visiting Cuban bishops to pray Rosary with him

(Monday, Sep. 1) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI surprised a group of Cuban bishops on August 28 by inviting them to join him in praying the Rosary in the Vatican gardens. The bishops of Cuba were at the Vatican for

Cardinal Müller confirms Vatican commitment to reform of LCWR

(Monday, Sep. 1) The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reaffirmed the Vatican’s intent to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), saying that the goal is to

Commentary: Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO

(Monday, Sep. 1) When pundits set out to criticize the Catholic Church, they sometimes expose more about their own preconceptions than about the alleged failures of the hierarchy. Consider: In a highly

Scotland’s archbishops urge participation in independence referendum

(Monday, Sep. 1) Scotland’s two archbishops have urged Catholics to take part in the Scottish independence referendum, which will take place on September 18. The archbishops did not take a position for or against

Thousands of Nigerians flee as Boko Haram advances

(Monday, Sep. 1) Thousands of residents of northeastern Nigeria have fled for neighboring Cameroon in wake of the advance of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. “The spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese

250th anniversary of founding of St. Louis

(Monday, Sep. 1) Pope Francis named Cardinal Justin Rigali as his special envoy to a recent Mass marking the 250th anniversary of the Missouri city’s founding. Cardinal Rigali served as the city’s archbishop from

Cardinal Parolin urges Catholic lawmakers to protect family life, alleviate poverty

(Monday, Sep. 1) Addressing an international conference of Catholic legislators, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, called upon lawmakers “not only to live ‘in the midst of the world’ but

In response to anguished letter, Pope calls Iraqi priest

(Monday, Sep. 1) Pope Francis has telephoned an Iraqi priest who is ministering in a refugee camp, according to a Vatican Radio report. “The situation of your sheep is miserable,” Father Behnam Benoka, until

Ecumenical Patriarch issues encyclical on the environment

(Monday, Sep. 1) The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Eastern Orthodox churches, has issued an encyclical on the environment. “In its prayerful memory, the Church

Pope Francis: don’t be a worldly Christian

(Monday, Sep. 1) Christians should transform the world and not be transformed by it, Pope Francis said during his August 31 Sunday Angelus address. “We Christians live in the world, fully integrated into the

Liturgical Calendar: Monday of the Twenty Second Week of Ordinary Time Time; Labor Day

(Monday, Sep. 1) God's great work is the creation and redemption of the world wrought through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The one essential work in which we are all callled to participate is God's

Liturgical Calendar: Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

(Sunday, Aug. 31) Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life

Commentary: The Blessed Book of Beasts

(Saturday, Aug. 30) There is a long-standing Judeo-Christian tradition of using animals to teach moral and spiritual lessons. Jesus used sparrows to illustrate God’s care for his creatures, and the book of

Liturgical Calendar: Saturday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time; St. Jeanne Jugan

(Saturday, Aug. 30) Today is the feast of St. Jeanne Jugan, in religion St. Mary of the Cross (1792-1879), foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Sts. Felix and Adauctus were two Roman martyrs under the

Commentary: Weekend reading

(Friday, Aug. 29) Going into the long Labor Day weekend, here are a few thought-provoking editorial columns: David Quinn, writing in the Irish Independent, argues that

Nigerian archbishop shuns suggestions for security guards, despite terror threat

(Friday, Aug. 29) Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has said that despite the dangers posed by Boko Haram terrorism, he does not have, or want, a personal security detail. Acknowledging that he

Breakthrough close in treating heart disease with adult stem cells?

(Friday, Aug. 29) An Australian scientist whose work has drawn kudos from the Vatican may be close to a breakthrough in the treatment of congenital heart failure, using stem cells derived from adult tissues. Dr.

Legionary priest apologizes for comparing Maciel with St. Mary Magdalene

(Friday, Aug. 29) A spokesman for the Legionaries of Christ has apologized for a promotional brochure in which he compared the disgraced founder of the religious order, the late Father Marcial Maciel, to St. Mary

Patriarchs challenge Islamic officials, world leaders to take action against terrorists

(Friday, Aug. 29) Describing the violence against Christians in Iraq and Syria as “attempted genocide,” a group of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs has challenged Islamic officials and international leaders to take

Outgoing Vatican prefect says he asked for appointment to Spanish archdiocese

(Friday, Aug. 29) Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, who has been named Archbishop of Valencia, Spain, after almost six years as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has said that he sought the

Pope meets missionary pastor of Gaza's Catholics

(Friday, Aug. 29) Pope Francis met on August 29 with an Argentine missionary priest who serves the tiny Catholic community in the Gaza Strip. Father Jorge Hernandez Zanni, an Incarnate Word missionary, told

Australian Catholic paper declines ads for McAleese speaking appearance

(Friday, Aug. 29) An Australian Catholic newspaper refused to carry advertisements for a speaking appearance by former Irish President Mary McAleese, citing her dissent from Church teaching on homosexuality and

SSPX priest celebrates Mass in Vatican basilica

(Friday, Aug. 29) A priest of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s basilica, with the approval of the “highest authority” of the Vatican basilica, the traditionalist group has

Commentary: Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam

(Friday, Aug. 29) Faced with the savage violence of the Islamic State (ISIS), Christians can be tempted toward two unhelpful emotional reactions. On one extreme is the thirst for vengeance. If Muslims extremists

Protestant church forced out of East Jerusalem building

(Friday, Aug. 29) Following repeated incidents of vandalism, harassment, and break-ins, an evangelical church in a Muslim neighborhood of East Jerusalem has been forced from its building, according to Morning Star

New abortion-suicide controversy in Ireland

(Friday, Aug. 29) In 2013, Ireland passed a law permitting abortion when the mother’s life is in danger from physical illness or suicide. A panel of doctors must first approve the abortion. In recent months, after

28% of US parishes have more than $1M in revenue

(Friday, Aug. 29) Because of parish mergers in the Northeast and Midwest and larger parishes in the South and Southwest, 28% of parishes in the United States now have $1 million or more in revenue, according to a

Bishop distinguishes Syria’s Muslims from Saudi-backed militias

(Friday, Aug. 29) At a press conference in Italy, the apostolic vicar of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, said that 60% of Christians have left the city. Bishop George Abou Khazen, who ministers to Roman-rite

Cuba’s patroness given place of honor in Vatican Gardens

(Friday, Aug. 29) Cuba’s bishops have given a replica of the image of Our Lady of Charity, the nation’s patroness, to Pope Francis, and the image has been accorded a place of honor in the Vatican Gardens, according

Vatican prelate: world must act to defend, help Iraq’s Christians

(Friday, Aug. 29) Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, has told Vatican Radio that the world must act to defend Christians and

Liturgical Calendar: Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist

(Friday, Aug. 29) The Church, having celebrated the earthly birthday of St. John the Baptist on June 24, today honors the anniversary of his martyrdom. Besides our Lord and our Lady, St. John the Baptist is the only

New Document: How Christians Can Rebuild Our Culture

(Friday, Aug. 29) It’s in seeking Jesus Christ with all our hearts that culture is built and society is renewed. It’s in prayer, the sacraments, changing diapers, balancing budgets, preaching homilies, loving a

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