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Pope Francis emphasizes: parishes should not be places of gossip and division

(Wednesday, Aug. 27) Pope Francis devoted his August 27 general audience to two of the marks of the Church: her holiness and unity. The Church, he said, is “one because she has her origin in the Triune God, mystery

California diocese begins project to spread solar energy

(Wednesday, Aug. 27) The Diocese of Stockton has begun a project that encourages local Catholics to install solar panels. The diocese is encouraging Catholics to purchase panels from Sungevity, an Oakland-based

Prelate: in establishing ordinariates, Pope Benedict did something concrete to restore Christian unity

(Wednesday, Aug. 27) In a recent article, the head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham said that Pope Benedict’s decision to establish ordinariates for Anglicans who wish to enter into full communion

Egypt: a year after attacks, Coptic Christians worship atop church ruins

(Wednesday, Aug. 27) A year after dozens of churches in Egypt were destroyed in a wave of anti-Christian violence, some Coptic Christians are still gathering to worship on top of church ruins. Despite the Egyptian

Historic visit of 5 patriarchs to Iraq’s persecuted Christians: full text of remarks

(Wednesday, Aug. 27) The heads of the Chaldean Catholic Church, the Maronite Catholic Church, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the Syriac Catholic Church, and the Syriac Orthodox Church met in Iraq’s Kurdistan region

Liturgical Calendar: Memorial of St. Monica

(Wednesday, Aug. 27) St. Monica (333-387) was born in Tagaste, northern Africa and died in Ostia, near Rome. Monica was a Christian, but her husband Patricius was a pagan and a man of loose morals. Monica's virtues and

Commentary: Lectures on Art and Faith in NYC

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) Last fall, Jeff Mirus posted about an upcoming lecture series, The Art of the Beautiful, put on by the Catholic Artists Society in Manhattan. The CAS is an association of artists and media

Commentary: A lesson in prudence: Stopping the Black Mass in Oklahoma City

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit against the group which intended to conduct a Black Mass in the OKC Civic Center Music Hall. The suit was grounded in the claim that the Satanist

Commentary: Feastday Highlights: The Familial Example of Sts. Monica and Augustine

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) As August closes, we celebrate back-to-back memorials of famous mother and son, St. Monica and

Drowned immigrants in Mediterranean outnumber some war casualties, says Vatican paper

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) L’Osservatore Romano has compared the deaths of immigrants drowned in the Mediterranean sea to the carnage of war. The Vatican newspaper responded forcefully to news of “the latest massacre”---

Pope's special Iraq envoy heads next for Washington

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who visited Iraq earlier this month as the Pope’s special envoy to persecuted Christians there, will next travel to Washington, DC, to confer with the patriarchs of the

School texts in India promote Hindu extremism, Jesuit charges

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) The Jesuit director of a human-rights center in India has charged that the state of Gujarat promotes anti-Christian ideologies in its schools, the Fides news service reports. Father Cedric

Minnesota archbishop appoints judge to supervise sex-abuse response

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis has appointed a veteran jurist to supervise handling of sex-abuse complaints within the archdiocese. Judge Timothy O’Malley, who will become the

Vatican official, Syrian prelate call for international force to block Islamic State

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) The Vatican’s chief representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has repeated the call of Pope Francis for international leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and Yezidis in Iraq, “though the

St. Louis archbishop: ‘dismantle systemic racism’

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) In the wake of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed the shooting of Michael Brown, Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis called for the dismantling of “systemic racism.” “I pledge an

US priest has visited North Korea 51 times

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) An 81-year-old US missionary priest has visited North Korea 51 times since 1995, according a Catholic Herald report. Father Gerard Hammond, who serves as Maryknoll superior in South Korea, brings

Stolen consecrated Host returned to Oklahoma archdiocese

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) Following a legal decision, the organizers of a satanic ritual have returned a consecrated Host to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. “I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of

Report: Christian refugees seek mass exodus from Iraq

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) Iraqi Christians refugees who have left their homes in the wake of the Islamic State’s advance are “are pressuring religious and political leaders to find a way for a rapid mass exodus out of Iraq,”

Prelate ponders changes since Civil Rights movement

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) Reflecting on his own life and changes in American society since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said that “as a bishop in the South today, I marvel at the

$13,000 fine for NY farm owners who said no to lesbian wedding

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) A New York judge has imposed a $13,000 fine upon the owners of an Albany-area farm because they declined to rent their facilities to a lesbian couple who wished to get married there. LifeSiteNews

Ukraine: leading prelate honors ‘Heavenly Hundred’ protestors

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) Praying for “peace in our country, a victory over our enemies, and the strength of a fraternal union,” the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has blessed a monument to the “Heavenly

Liturgical Calendar: Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time

(Tuesday, Aug. 26) Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar today was the feast of St. Zephyrinus whose long pontificate was a period marked by the persecution of Septimus Severus, the struggle against heresy

Nigerian officials worry terrorists might disguise themselves as nuns

(Monday, Aug. 25) Government officials in Nigeria have raised an alarm about the possibility that terrorist bombers might disguise themselves as Catholic nuns. Following the theft of a number of nuns’ habits from

Cardinal George testing new anti-cancer drug

(Monday, Aug. 25) Cardinal Francis George is participating in the clinical trial of a new anti-cancer drug, the Chicago archdiocese has disclosed. Cardinal George disclosed earlier this year that he is

Pope-emeritus Benedict celebrates Mass with former students

(Monday, Aug. 25) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated Mass with some of his former students on August 24, as the Ratzinger Schuelerkreis concluded its annual meeting. The Schuelerkreis is an informal seminar, in

California government tells Catholic universities they must offer employees abortion coverage

(Monday, Aug. 25) In California, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown has informed officials at two Catholic universities that they are required to provide coverage for abortion in employees’ health-care

Commentary: St. Paul on Helping those in Need

(Monday, Aug. 25) St. Paul never seems to have done anything by halves, whether he was persecuting or preaching Christ. The same was true of the manner in which he challenged other Christians to live the Gospel. This

Violence in Iraq is not simply Islam vs. Christianity, says Vatican Secretary of State

(Monday, Aug. 25) It is an “oversimplification” to characterize the persecution of Iraqi Christians and Yezidis as a matter of Islam against Christianity, according to Cardinal Pietro Parolin. In an interview with

Could laicized archbishop, former papal nuncio, be extradited to face abuse charges?

(Monday, Aug. 25) The case of a former Vatican envoy in the Dominican Republic, who has been laicized for molesting young boys, could test the Vatican’s determination to prosecute abusive clerics, a New York Times

Commentary: 2013-2014 Liturgical Year Volume 6 Released

(Monday, Aug. 25) I have just released the sixth and final ebook volume of this year's liturgical year series. This series makes available, in ebook form, all the daily information in our liturgical year section.

Letter from Pope Francis read at slain journalist’s funeral Mass

(Monday, Aug. 25) James Foley, the American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and beheaded by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in August 2014, was buried from a New Hampshire parish on

Pope calls for prayers for Ukraine

(Monday, Aug. 25) At the conclusion of his August 24 Angelus address, Pope Francis called for prayers for Ukraine. “My thoughts go in a particular way to the beloved land of Ukraine … to all its sons and

Pope Francis: Jesus is more than a ‘teacher of wisdom’ or ‘model of justice’

(Monday, Aug. 25) During his August 24 Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected upon St. Peter’s confession of faith, recounted in the Gospel of the day at Mass (Mt. 16:13-20). “The Lord has in mind the image of

Papal message for Communion and Liberation gathering

(Monday, Aug. 25) Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has signed a papal message to those attending the Communion and Liberation movement’s 35th Meeting for Friendship among Peoples. The

Iraq: patriarch appeals to ‘conscience of the world,’ says US actions, Muslim leaders’ words not sufficient

(Monday, Aug. 25) Iraq’s leading prelate has issued a new statement on the plight of the nation’s Christians. “It has become obvious that Iraqi Christians along with other minorities have received a fatal blow at

Archbishop: new HHS mandate ‘accommodation’ will reduce religious freedom

(Monday, Aug. 25) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has offered an initial response to the Obama administration’s new interim final rules implementing the HHS

USCCB committee reaffirms commitment to dialogue with Muslims

(Monday, Aug. 25) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has strongly reaffirmed its commitment to engage in dialogue with Muslims. After citing texts

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorials of St. Louis of France, King and St. Joseph Calasanz, priest

(Monday, Aug. 25) St. Louis IX, (1215-1270) who became King of France at the age of twelve, had been religiously brought up by his mother, Blanche of Castile. Throughout his life he remained deeply devout and as a

Liturgical Calendar: Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

(Sunday, Aug. 24) When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of St. Rose of Lima, virgin

(Saturday, Aug. 23) The first canonized saint of the Western Hemisphere, Rose of Lima (1586-1617) might also be considered a type of the special vocation of contemplative-in-the-world. Inspired by the example of St.

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