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By Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate July 16 voted to block consideration of a bill aimed at reversing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and forcing businesses to provide contraceptive coverage for employees … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph  NET Ministries opened the organization’s first regional office in Cincinnati July 1. The youth evangelization organization, which announced it would be opening a regional office here late last year, has been working in this … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
Staff Report Heeding the call to a New Evangelization, The Catholic Telegraph has been active on social media sites Facebook and Twitter for several years. On July 23, 2014 the newspaper’s official Twitter feed, @cathtelegraph, picked up its 6,000th follower. … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph With the use of a walker, and a helper at the ready, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarczyk made his way down the fourth-floor hallway at the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Paul’s Archbishop … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
It happens once a month—Welcome Sunday. With three independent-minded kids, when told to get ready for Mass, I am surprised that there are no, well, fewer complaints. Likewise, leaving home they all have smiling, well, no frowning faces. The purpose … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
Staff Report Lest one believe that summer fun is nearing an end as July rolls along, The Catholic Telegraph’s 2014 Festival Guide includes 40 more festivals between now and the end of September. Each weekend brings its own batch of … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
Staff Report Subscribers to The Catholic Telegraph’s print edition (and remember you can sign up here for a subscription at no cost to you) will begin receiving their August editions of the newspaper around Tuesday, July 29. The August edition … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
By Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has filed a brief with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver indicating it plans to develop an alternative for Catholic and other religious nonprofit employers to opt out … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
By Catholic News Service NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it would be an “extraordinary moment for our city and an extraordinary honor” if Pope Francis visited the Big Apple in September 2015, when the World … Continue reading → 2 hours 2 min
Do you remember what your parents would say to you when you questioned why you had to do something? Their answer was swift and lethal: “Because I said so.” Somehow, we knew that response ended all arguments and pleas on … Continue reading → 1 day 2 hours
By David Scharfenberger For The Catholic Telegraph  If you ever wondered about the positive effects of a Catholic education, you can look to the eighth graders at St. Michael School in Sharonville. During this last year, they read and learned … Continue reading → 1 day 2 hours
The night before The Lord’s passion, the disciples were seemingly (if you can infer this from the bible) having  a nice evening. Though Jesus had warned them of his passion and resurrection, they didn’t quite understand what was about to … Continue reading → 1 day 2 hours
By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service SYLVANIA, Ohio — Looking over her latest work, Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak picked up a piece of hardened clay depicting the face of St. Joseph and began touching up pinkish tones of glaze that … Continue reading → 1 day 2 hours

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Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, Jul 25, 2014 / 01:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Rival factions in the Central African Republic signed a ceasefire on Wednesday in hopes of halting the deadly violence, but it is unclear whether it will be effective. 2 hours 59 min
Baghdad, Iraq, Jul 24, 2014 / 11:50 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Following the effective expulsion of Christians from the city of Mosul by Islamists last week, a prominent local abbot has voiced the need for concrete action supporting Christians in Iraq.
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Denver, Colo., Jul 24, 2014 / 09:07 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A federal judge ruled Wednesday against Colorado's marriage defense amendment, leading the state attorney general to say the case will ultimately be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

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Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 24, 2014 / 08:41 pm (EWTN News).- According to a recent poll, the public in Argentina considers Pope Francis to be the most honest of all public figures, either living or deceased.
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Vatican City, Jul 24, 2014 / 07:44 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A young Sudanese woman dismissed of a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith has arrived to Rome with her family, where they met with Pope Francis a few hours after landing. 20 hours 18 min
Denver, Colo., Jul 24, 2014 / 05:23 am (EWTN News/CNA).- With a national student loan debt of slightly more than $1 trillion, American colleges may have to start re-thinking the way they do business.

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Orange, Calif., Jul 24, 2014 / 05:21 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- On Thursday, EWTN Global Catholic Network announced it has begun construction on a television studio on the West Coast, located on the campus of the Diocese of Orange's Christ Cathedral.

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Chicago, Ill., Jul 24, 2014 / 05:19 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis on Thursday named a Chicago-area priest to become an auxiliary bishop of the Syro-Malabarese Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago. 22 hours 43 min
San Salvador, El Salvador, Jul 24, 2014 / 03:12 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Nearly 1,000 children and teens who live in violent, crime-ridden areas of El Salvador have turned to the Don Bosco Youth Symphonic Orchestra as an alternative to a life of drugs and conflict.

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Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 24, 2014 / 02:34 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See urged an immediate ceasefire and the start of negotiations aimed at a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

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Belluno, Italy, Jul 24, 2014 / 01:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A document advancing the beatification of John Paul I is ready, and will be given to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints this autumn, according to the emeritus Secretary of State. 1 day 2 hours
Washington D.C., Jul 23, 2014 / 11:50 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Surrounded by numerous violent conflicts throughout the world, the faithful should not forget the power of prayer, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Vatican City, Jul 23, 2014 / 09:22 am (EWTN News/CNA).- During his upcoming apostolic voyage to South Korea Pope Francis is slated to meet with 20 Asian youth during the 2014 Asia Youth Day, including Korean pop-star BoA. 1 day 18 hours
Pittsburgh, Pa., Jul 23, 2014 / 06:20 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States.

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Abuja, Nigeria, Jul 23, 2014 / 03:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack that killed at least 40 people. 2 days 1 hour
Vatican City, Jul 22, 2014 / 11:54 am (EWTN News/CNA).- According an Italian Catholic new organization, Pope Francis made a phone call to Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan over the weekend to reassure him of his continued prayers for Iraqi Christians. 2 days 16 hours
Baghdad, Iraq, Jul 22, 2014 / 07:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Chaldean patriarch has urged Iraq to turn away from its current path, warning that the new policies of Islamist jihadists threaten Christian-Muslim coexistence. 2 days 21 hours
Baltimore, Md., Jul 22, 2014 / 05:55 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In a recent interview with EWTN News, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore reaffirmed religious liberty as a priority for the U.S. bishops, emphasizing its relation to personal dignity and evangelization. 2 days 22 hours
Vatican City, Jul 22, 2014 / 05:49 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Vatican has released Pope Francis' schedule for the first of his two day-trips to the Italian city of Caserta, where he will later meet an evangelical pastor and friend from his time in Buenos Aires. 2 days 22 hours
Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 22, 2014 / 05:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The senses are the "road to God", who speaks to us through beauty, said Bill Donaghy, who holds a master's in systematic theology, at the recent Theology of the Body Congress held in Philadelphia. 2 days 22 hours

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Some riders at last year's UD2ND Ride for Life, a more than 200-mile endurance ride from the University of Dayton to the University of Notre Dame. Photo by Jen C Photography; courtesy UD2ND.

Some riders at last year’s UD2ND Ride for Life, a more than 200-mile endurance ride from the University of Dayton to the University of Notre Dame. Photo by Jen C Photography; courtesy UD2ND.

Some Catholic events this week:

July 25 – 27, Engaged Encounter Weekend at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH). An intense weekend of marriage preparation presented by a team of two married couples and a priest or deacon. Couples have the wonderful opportunity to dialogue privately without outside distractions about their future married life.  $235 (includes room and meals). Register at For information call Ashley Altenau at (513) 479-1700 or email her at

July 25 – Aug. 2 “When the Trumpet Sounds, Answer the Call!” Annual Presentation Ministries Summer Bible Institute at Xavier University (Cincinnati).One-, two-, three- and four-day sessions on various topics; Guadalupe Bible College; pre-event weekend Bible Retreat; more. Speakers include keynote speaker Martha Fernandez-Sardina; Deacon Ralph Poyo of New Evangelization Ministries in Steubenville (OH); Fr. Rob Jack; Bill Richert; Dan Schneider; Fr. David Endres, more. Masses celebrated by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr; Bishop Joe Binzer; Fr. Chris Clay; more. Pay as you can. Meals and lodging available. For a complete schedule and more information see

July 25, Monthly Evening Vigil at Planned Parenthood held by 40 Days for Life (Cincinnati), 7-8 pm. Pro-life update, prayer, (booklets available at event.) All faiths welcome; non-Catholics who would like their prayers added please contact Mary Clark.)

July 26, Fifth Annual TK Hausfeld Ride for Life, distance and family fun bicycle ride benefiting Life Enrichment Center, a Dayton Right to Life Organization. Rides for various skill levels from 6 to 100 miles. After party featuring music by Nick Cardilino. For more information see

July 26, Seminarian Ultimate Frisbee Tour  at Wright State University (Dayton, OH) 10 am – 1 pm. Cincinnati seminarians will take on all comers at this event featuring Ultimate Frisbee, prayer, and a picnic. No fee; open to all high school age and older. To register a group, call Wayne Topp at (513) 421-3131, ext. 2891.

July 30 – August 1, New Principals Boot Camp at  The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West (Mt. Washington/Cincinnati). All principals are invited to join principals new to the Catholic school system or their positions for workshops and presentations on various topics, including the revised teacher contract. A program by the St. James Project.  Reservations required; email Sherry Gabert at

July 30 – Aug. 2, 2nd Annual UD2ND Ride for Life. Endurance bicycle ride of more than 200 miles. For information click here.

July 30, Third Annual C.PP.S. Midwest Athletic Conference Mass of Unity at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein, 7 – 8:30 pm. “The Precious Blood MAC Mass of Unity” is offered for high school athletes, coaches, athletic directors and principals at Minster, Marion Local, and St. Henry schools, where athletic competition is a big part of life but cooperation off the field is vital for the community.

July 30, Thomas More College Summer Seminar Series Lecture by Dr. Monte McGregor at the TMC Biology Field Station on the Ohio River,  7-8 pm. Dr. McGregor of the Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources will speak on “Conservation of America’s most endangered aquatic species: the highly imperiled freshwater mussels.” For information see

August 2, 3, DCCH Center for Children and Families Annual Flea Market, Ft. Mitchell, KY. Antiques, Furniture, Collectibles, and more. Volunteers buy and acquire items for this much-anticipated annual sale all year long!  Proceeds benefit children with emotional and mental illnesses. 8 am – 2 pm Saturday; 11 am – 2 pm Sunday. For information see

Aug. 2, Seminarian Ultimate Frisbee Tour  at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St Mary’s Seminary of the West (Mt. Washington/Cincinnati) 10 am – 1 pm. Cincinnati seminarians will take on all comers at this event featuring Ultimate Frisbee, prayer, and a picnic. No fee; open to all high school age and older. To register a group, call Wayne Topp at (513) 421-3131, ext. 2891.

Aug. 3, Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West (Mt. Washington, OH), 5 pm. Pray at the seminary’s beautiful Chapel of St. Gregory the Great, or at home in solidarity.

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Fr. Chris Coleman, new pastor of St. James of the Valley, Our Lady of the Rosary, and St. Matthias the Apostle parishes, talks with Sr. Yvonne at the reception for his installation held in The Centennial Barn, operated by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.

Fr. Chris Coleman, new pastor of St. James of the Valley, Our Lady of the Rosary, and St. Matthias the Apostle parishes, talks with Sr. Yvonne at the reception for his installation held in The Centennial Barn, operated by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.

by Ruthy Trusler

It was standing room only at St. James of the Valley Church in Wyoming (OH) when three northwest Cincinnati parishes came together to celebrate the installation of their new pastor, Fr. Christopher Coleman, on July 1st.

Frs. George Jacquemin (Dean of St. Margaret Mary Deanery), Jack Wehman, Pete Helmlinger, and Lambert Ulinzwenimana (Parochial Vicar for the region) concelebrated the Mass, assisted by deacons, lectors, servers, ushers and greeters from all three parishes: St. James, Our Lady of the Rosary (Greenhills) and St. Matthias the Apostle (Forest Park).

St. James holds about 400 people, but all seats were full for the evening, mid-week Mass.

Karen Amend from St. James welcomed the more than 200 people who braved storms to attend the welcome reception at The Centennial Barn (at St. Clare Convent on the border of Harwell and Wyoming), telling each person who filled out a name tag that “The only requirement besides having fun is to talk to someone you don’t know!”

Current and former parishioners from Anderson Twp. to Dayton gathered and forged new friendships.

Photos courtesy Ruthy Trusler.

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Enjoying each other's company on a stormy night, members of three parishes came together to celebrate the installation of their new shared pastor.

Enjoying each other’s company on a stormy night, members of three parishes came together to celebrate the installation of their new shared pastor.

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A widely disseminated photo said to be of a 1200-year-old church in flames in Mosul, Iraq. Image source unknown.

A widely disseminated photo said to be of a 1200-year-old church in flames in Mosul, Iraq. Image source unknown.

The following guest post by David, Lord Alton, originally ran July 23rd in The Times of London and in Zenit news service as “Lord Alton: The World Must Respond to Cry of Iraq’s Christians” from which latter this text is taken in full.

The last Christian has now been expelled from Mosul. The light of religious freedom, along with the entire Christian presence, has been extinguished in the Bible’s “great city of Nineveh” — the centre of Christianity in Iraq for two millennia. This follows the uncompromising ultimatum by the jihadists of Isis to convert or die.

On Sunday Pope Francis expressed his profound anguish: “Our brothers are persecuted, they are cast out, they are forced to leave their homes without having the chance to take anything with them.” The UN Security Council has denounced these crimes but we desperately need to do more.

Before pitilessly exiling the Christians on foot, Isis stole everything they had — homes, businesses, cars, money and even wedding rings, sometimes with the ring fingers attached. Churches have all been destroyed, shuttered or turned into mosques.

Isis has taken a sledgehammer to the tomb of Jonah, replaced the cross with the black Islamic flag on top of Mosul’s St Ephrem’s cathedral, and beheaded or crucified any Muslim who dared to dissent.

Even before the arrival of Isis, targeted persecution of Iraq’s Christians, who still pray in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, was ignored. The numbers in Mosul have gone from 30,000 to zero.

Iraq is now a disintegrating failed state. The only people who have successfully withstood ISIS are the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. To their credit, the Kurdish leadership has been generously offering safe haven to Mosul’s fleeing Christians and has asked for international aid to help it do so. This crisis justifies huge humanitarian and resettlement aid that could include micro and business loans to help people to help themselves. The West must also press the Gulf to end the funding of Isis.

Overall the world must wake up urgently to the plight of the ancient churches throughout the region who are faced with the threat of mass murder and mass displacement. The UN claims it has “a duty to protect”, while Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, born in the embers of the Holocaust, insists that each of us must be free to follow our own beliefs.

The religious cleansing and unspeakable bigotry at work in Mosul makes hateful mockery of both.

David, Lord Alton, is a Life Peer and “crossbench” (independent) member of Great Britain’s Parliament. The author of 11 books, he writes and speaks frequently about religious and civil rights. 

To send aid to Iraqi refugees of all faiths, contact the Catholic Near East Welfare Association,

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Named for a Twitter hashtag used by "reproductive health" activists such as Draw the Line, which tweeted this photo, the Ohio Not My Boss's Business Act would require that all Ohio bosses make paying for birth control their business.

Named for a Twitter hashtag used by “reproductive health” activists such as Draw the Line, which tweeted this photo, the Ohio Not My Boss’s Business Act would require that all Ohio bosses make paying for birth control their business.

Ohio Democrats will introduce legislation to make birth control coverage mandatory in all small- and mid-sized employee paid insurance plans.

The “Not My Boss’ Business Act” sponsored in the Ohio House by Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, and in the Ohio Senate by Sen. Charleta B. Tavares, D-Columbus, is patterned  after a similar national bill.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the bill would also prohibit employers from punishing or firing an employee for using contraception or having an abortion, neither of which have been reported in the state.

“I’ve never heard of that ever happening,” says Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Cincinnati Right to Life. “Those are private decisions, and the whole point of employers not being required to pay for contraception and sterilization is that those are private decisions.”

Employers can ask employees to sign contracts that prohibit them from publicly advocating for abortion or contraception, she says, but not from using contraception or having abortions.

“We are introducing this legislation to protect the health care decisions of women and their health providers,” Rep. Taveres, Ohio’s Assistant Senate Democratic Leader, said at a press conference announcing the bill. “Physicians are best able to decide appropriate health care and prescriptions needed by their patients. Employers should not be able to selectively decide which care or prescriptions can be given to whom.”

Ohio Right to Life spokeswoman Katherine McCann says the bill is “a stunt” that has no chance of passing given the administration’s current members. “This is a political tool that they’re going to use to cry ‘war on women’ later,” she says.

“Not my boss’s business” is a logo and social media hashtag promoted by abortion, contraception, and “reproductive health” advocates, though its meaning is far from clear.

“Activists turn everything on its head,” says Westwood. “If something is not my boss’s business, then it’s not my boss’s business to pay for it.

“There’s no logic to it.”

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A "mass" led by members of the Association for Roman Catholic Womenpriests and others at a Progressive Catholic Coalition conference at Ft. Benning, GA, this year.  The ceremony,called the "Eucharist for all People," was written by a PCC committee.

A “mass” led by members of the Association for Roman Catholic Womenpriests and others at a Progressive Catholic Coalition conference at Ft. Benning, GA, this year. The ceremony, called the “Eucharist for all People,” was written by a PCC committee. ARCWP members write their own “liturgies,” including Mass. 

This guest post by Fr. Martin Fox originally ran in May on his blog, “Bonfire of the Vanities, “ after a Cincinnati woman was “ordained” by an organization called the Association of Roman Catholic Womanpriests in a rented, feminist-leaning Episcopal Church in Pleasant Ridge. Interviewed extensively by Channel 9, the former Nativity School teacher who had once been a religious sister explained that God had called her to the priesthood and that her husband, a former priest, told her the calling was real. The ARCWP claims to have ordained more than 100 women “priests,” beginning with the famous Danube Seven they say were ordained in secret by Catholic  bishops on a boat in Germany, and now has its own “bishops.”

On Sunday one of several “womanpriests” from Cincinnati’s roaming Resurrection Community  hosted a prayer service at Lydia’s House, an ecumenical Catholic Worker House that opened this spring. The Archdiocese rescinded a $1000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, reallocating the funds to another group with similar goals that does not go against Catholic teachings. (See our story here.) Fr. Fox’s essay answers the question that many Catholics have: Why does what ARCWP and similar groups do matter?

Fr. Martin Fox

Fr. Martin Fox

Yesterday I reported on the sacrilegious simulation of Catholic sacraments last week at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pleasant Ridge. And I can imagine two reactions. First, of course, from those who don’t accept the Church’s teaching and practice, and so aren’t terribly upset by this action. The second would be those who might say, well, they don’t agree with it, but is it really a big deal? Why not just ignore it?

On one level, the “just ignore it” response has some sense. I have no doubt that the efforts will fail in their ultimate objective, which is to force the Church to change her teaching. That will fail. Sad — very sad — to say, this means that many people will have invested themselves heavily (if not totally) in a dead-end project. So why not just sadly pray for them, but say little about it? Am I not giving them the attention they crave?

But I think not. For one, I myself didn’t know anything about it until a parishioner asked me. He’s an active Catholic; and he was very confused about this. The confusion was created, not by me, but by what he saw on TV. And he came to me for an explanation. Of course he’s not the only one.

What’s more, do not make the mistake of thinking that this is only about ordaining women. As a friend pointed out to me, there is a much fuller agenda for those who are promoting this cause. And it’s pretty much a wholesale remaking of the Catholic Church.

What they want to do:

Jettison Catholic teaching on human nature, including the essential complementarity of human beings–i.e., male and female. This means tossing out what we believe about sexual morality and marriage and essential human nature.

Silence the Church’s total opposition to abortion.

Eviscerate the Church’s teaching (that is, the Lord’s own teaching, see Matthew 19) on the indissolubility of a sacramental marriage — thus meaning that a civil divorce doesn’t undo the bonds of marriage.

Abolish the Magisterium — that is, the teaching office of the Church, which is held by the pope and bishops.

Overturn the Church’s teaching on the infallibility of the teaching office (i.e., pope and bishops) on matters of faith and morals.

Deny the real change that happens in the reception of holy orders, replacing it with a purely functional notion of bishops, priests and deacons. (This goes hand in hand with the prior two points.)

Deny that an ordained priest is needed in order to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass — replacing it with the notion that the assembly makes it happen.

Approach the Deposit of Faith with a corrosive “hermeneutic of suspicion” — i.e., always understanding the sources of our Faith (Scripture and Tradition, as expressed in liturgy, practice, and all texts) through a interpretive lens that assumes it’s not trustworthy and/or is “corrupted.”

This last one is huge: because it means pretty much everything is called into question.

In short, this is the worst possible combination. It joins the rebellion of the most anti-Catholic elements of the Protestant movement of the 1500 and 1600s, with the acid of 20th century Modernism.

What do you suppose will be left?

You think I’m overstating it? Then you haven’t read what these folks write (which is a good idea!).

But if you read what they write; if you pay attention to the company they keep, and the causes they endorse; if you look at how they approach both their attempted “ordination” and then the Holy Mass, it’s crystal-clear.

They aren’t seeking to change just one thing; but everything.

Of course, they are free to believe what they like, and to advocate it.

But if they were being honest in saying, we want to bring it all down, do you think they would get the sympathetic hearing they often get? And would anyone — even a news reporter — continue to buy the notion that they really are still, at heart, Catholic?

I am sad about this sterile project in which some folks are investing themselves. But I am also concerned for their immortal souls — and for those who they mislead. That they will ultimately fail doesn’t mean they can’t cause a lot of damage beforehand.

Fr. Martin Fox is pastor of St. Remy Church in Russia (OH). He blogs at Bonfire of the Vanities.

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The ultimate in comfort food, creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is a great dish to take to new parents, or people recovering from illness or surgery.

The ultimate in comfort food, creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is a great dish to take to new parents, or people recovering from illness or surgery.

Two recipes for food to bring to new parents, or someone who is ill

Matthew 25:35,43 For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink….

Romans 12:13  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality…

Tips for Toting Food: Make it Easy!

Bring disposable pans and dishes

Make it easy to clean up. Nobody wants to have to remember who a dish belongs to and keeping it in a safe place to return. Those can accumulate! This makes it easy on the giver, too, since I can tell you there have been times when I brought a meal in to someone in a regular pan and never got it back. Go over to the dollar store and pick up some of those aluminum pans – they’re usually 2 for a buck. I like to bring disposable plates and utensils, too. That way, no mess at all to clean up..

And if you know the person will be laid up a while, it’s nice to organize a team effort, someone bringing food every other day or so. And you really don’t have to prepare the whole meal, either.  A main dish is just fine, or do it with a friend and you each take care of part of the meal

Give clear instructions

Label everything clearly!

Allergies to food

Check before making something to make sure you’re not bringing over a meal that can’t be eaten due to allergies or sensitivities. This is especially true for children.

If you’re bringing food to a breastfeeding mom, remember that whatever nourishment she gets goes straight to the baby, too, so avoid real spicy foods or something that may hard for her to digest.

It’s also nice to ask if there are particular food no-no’s, something that the recipient doesn’t really like to eat. I also like to ask what they’ve been hungry for. That way, I don’t repeat what others may be bringing.

Drop off the food and don’t linger

Especially for the first few weeks of a new mom and dad’s life, it can be overwhelming and having to entertain is not something they should have to do.

Stay for a decent amount of time, but don’t overdo.

  • 2 cups macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cups cheddar or combo of your choice of cheeses plus 1 extra cup for top
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • Few breadcrumbs to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter, stir in flour and seasonings and blend in milk. Cook until thickened and then stir in 3 cups cheese plus Parmesan. Pour over macaroni and blend. Pour into sprayed 2 quart casserole. Top with rest of cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake about 30 minutes.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen:

This is a good freezer dish. After I mix the sauce and cheese together and top it with more cheese and crumbs, I don’t bake it but just put it in freezer. It can go directly from freezer to oven, covered with foil. It will take longer to bake. When it starts to bubble, remove foil and continue to bake so top gets golden brown.


A nice meatless meal for Friday. One of my most requested.

Made with whole wheat pasta, you’ll taste a nuttiness that you won’t get with regular white pasta. You’ll never miss the meat! While the pasta is boiling, make the sauce. Divide recipe in half if you like.

  • l pound short pasta, boiled
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can, 28 oz, diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons dry oregano
  • 3 cans beans:  cannellini, kidney or any combination you like, drained
  • Several handfuls spinach, chard or escarole (opt)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Plenty of Parmesan for sprinkling on top

Heat oil and add garlic and oregano. Cook just until garlic is golden. Don’t overcook or it will burn.  Add everything else but pasta and spinach.  Bring to a boil. Lower to simmer and cook 10-15 minutes. I like to take the potato masher and mash some of the beans into the sauce. Adjust seasonings and add greens, stirring to cook only until wilted.  Pour over pasta.  Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Tip from Rita’s Kitchen:

The sauce can be frozen.

Next week: Three more recipes that make great food gifts for anyone who needs a meal.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld writes a weekly syndicated column and blog for the Community Press, appears every Thursday on the Son Rise Morning Show, and is the author of several cookbooks. An adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, she is Certified Culinary Professional and Certified Modern Herbalist,  the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, and a media personality with a cable show and YouTube videos. She lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You’ll find all her previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

Rita’s Bible Foods segment airs on the Son Rise Morning Show every Thursday morning at 7:22 am (rebroadcast Friday at 6:02 am). Tune in to hear her discuss the history behind each recipe and the scripture verses that inspired it. And of course, for cooking tips!

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President Obama signing the executive order making "LGBT workers" a protected class for government contractors. Photo source unknown.

President Obama signing the executive order making “LGBT workers” a protected class for government contractors. Photo source unknown.

The following statements by Archbishop William Lori and Bishop Richard Malone was issued July 22nd by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in response to President Obama’s July 21st executive order making “LGBT workers” a protected class for government contractors, which became effective immediately. It is reproduced here in full:

Today’s executive order is unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed.

In the name of forbidding discrimination, this order implements discrimination. With the stroke of a pen, it lends the economic power of the federal government to a deeply flawed understanding of human sexuality, to which faithful Catholics and many other people of faith will not assent. As a result, the order will exclude federal contractors precisely on the basis of their religious beliefs.

More specifically, the Church strongly opposes both unjust discrimination against those who experience a homosexual inclination and sexual conduct outside of marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman. But the executive order, as it regards federal government contractors, ignores the inclination/conduct distinction in the undefined term “sexual orientation.” As a result, even contractors that disregard sexual inclination in employment face the possibility of exclusion from federal contracting if their employment policies or practices reflect religious or moral objections to extramarital sexual conduct.

The executive order prohibits “gender identity” discrimination, a prohibition that is previously unknown at the federal level, and that is predicated on the false idea that “gender” is nothing more than a social construct or psychological reality that can be chosen at variance from one’s biological sex. This is a problem not only of principle but of practice, as it will jeopardize the privacy and associational rights of both federal contractor employees and federal employees. For example, a biological male employee may be allowed to use the women’s restroom or locker room provided by the employer because the male employee identifies as a female.

In an attempt to avoid these needless conflicts, states that have passed “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” prohibitions have overwhelmingly included protections for religious employers. When the U.S. Senate, which is controlled by the President’s own party, passed the similar Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) last year, it included religious liberty protections as well. Indeed, all prior versions of ENDA had at least some religious liberty protections. But the executive order is an anomaly in this regard, containing no religious liberty protections. In this way, the order, which is fundamentally flawed in itself, also needlessly prefers conflict and exclusion over coexistence and cooperation.

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore is Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty

Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo is Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth

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Lydia’s House in Norwood, an ecumenical Christian home serving homeless women and their children “drawing from the Catholic Worker tradition,” before it opened its doors in April. Source: Lydia’s House,

Norwood house loses small CCHD grant from Archdiocese

Lydia’s House, a “Christian community… drawing from the Catholic Worker tradition” in Norwood (OH) hosted a prayer service presided over by a “womanpriest” at the Catholic Worker House Sunday.

Deborah Meyers led the service. A member of the Association of Roman Catholic Womanpriests (ARCWP) and a professor of history and women’s studies at Northern Kentucky University, she claims to be an ordained Catholic priest. She is part of one of the Cincinnati-based Resurrection Community, which includes several other “womenpriests” and holds monthly services at various locations. She was “ordained” in May of 2013 and this May participated in the “ordination” of Paula Hoeffer (a former religious sister married to a former priest, who recently retired from Nativity School in Reading, OH) as a “priest” and Dayton resident Kathleen Bean as a “deacon.”

 The Association of Roman Catholic Womanpriests.

Members of Cincinnati’s Resurrection Community, “womenpriests” Deborah Meyers, Donna Rougeux, Janice Severe-Duszynska, and Rosemarie Smead, pictured this May at the “ordination” of former Catholic school teacher Paula Hoeffer. Photo source: The Association of Roman Catholic Womanpriests.

Both attempting ordination and participating in the attempted ordination of anyone who cannot be ordained are grave sins that incur automatic excommunication. “Eucharistic liturgies” held by ARCWP are based on the Mass, although the women write their own liturgies and prayers, and they include inventions such as asking all assembled to raise their hands and help confect the Eucharist (transform the host and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ).

Because Lydia’s House hosted the event, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati rescinded a $1,000 grant allocated to the group by its arm of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).

“The Archdiocese of Cincinnati appreciates the great work that Lydia House does serving homeless women and children,” spokesman Dan Andriacco said in a statement issued last week. “However, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is a ministry of the Archdiocese and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Donors are promised their contributions will not be used to support organizations that stand in opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church. By hosting a public prayer service presided over by someone who claims to be a Catholic priest but is not, Lydia’s House has chosen to put itself in that category.”

It is not the first time a “womanpriest” has held a Mass-like service at a Catholic Worker House. In May, Janice Sevre-Duszynska (also a member of Cincinnati’s Resurrection Community) led one at the St. Francis Catholic Worker House in Columbia, MO.

About the Catholic Worker Movement

Difficult to categorize, Catholic Worker Movement co-founder Dorothy Day was anti-political, yet devoted to the Church. Many of her followers consider her to be a saint.

Difficult to categorize, Catholic Worker Movement co-founder Dorothy Day was anti-political, yet devoted to the Church. Many of her followers consider her to be a saint. Source: The Catholic Worker Movement.

The Catholic Worker Movement begun by former Communist and Catholic convert Dorothy Day and her friend Peter Maurin in 1933, is dedicated to the dignity of the human person through voluntary poverty, service to the poor and homeless, and opposition to injustice, war, racism, and violence. Some current members describe themselves as anarchists, but each Catholic Worker group and community is different.

Considered a saint by many admirers, Day is difficult to categorize because her commitment to the poor corresponds with no political party or philosophy, while her devout faith in Catholicism and devotion to the Church contrasts with many anti-religious or Marxist-inspired “social justice” philosophies then and now. She did not oppose political parties, war, and racism as much as she simply refused to participate in them, much as she didn’t initiate formal programs to help the poor, but simply opened her house to anyone and constantly asked others to help care for and feed them with her.

The Cause for her canonization was opened in 2000, but many of her admirers think the process is like the governments and corporations she ignored — not worth the time or effort. There is no central leadership to the movement, and anyone can start a Catholic Worker House.

About Lydia’s House

Lydia’s House, which offers informal transitional housing for four homeless women and their children, opened in April and is associated with numerous charities and religious organizations in and near Norwood, including Xavier University, Woven Oaks Initiative, and the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. It follows the Catholic Worker model of providing community as well as food and lodging. Full-time volunteers live in the house, supported by volunteers who stay there in shifts, volunteers who make meals, and many other volunteers and donors.

Hosting non-Catholic religious services does not disqualify any group from a CCHD grant, but actions that specifically contradict Catholic teachings do.

In addition to providing housing, Lydia’s House is also dedicated to providing hospitality for all through communal dinners, celebrations of holidays and birthdays open to the neighborhood, and other family-style events. Volunteers live and work at the house, and food and other needs are provided by donations.

Many Catholic Worker houses host regular Masses, and Lydia’s House announced in April that it would hold monthly ecumenical services. Its first, a Mass, was celebrated by Fr. Dan Harnett, SJ. A woman Episcopal priest held a “service of sending and welcome” for volunteers in June. Future services include Masses, an Episcopal service, a child-led service, and a “Women for Women” service. Hosting non-Catholic religious services does not disqualify any group from a CCHD grant, but actions that specifically contradict Catholic teachings do.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development  was established by the American bishops as a way for Catholics to aid non-Catholic groups committed to human dignity. Each diocese takes up an annual collection, part of which it distributes to local groups and part of which goes to a national pool. Grants are given to organizations of any or no religious affiliation that work to help poor people help themselves.

Andriacco says the Archdiocese’s grant will go to a different organization with similar goals.

“Maintaining the integrity of Catholic teaching in no way undercuts our ability to support social justice and charitable work,” the Archdioce’s statement reads. “The $1000 designated for Lydia’s House will instead go to another organization that supports homeless women and children. This contribution – not the first we have given to support this vulnerable population – is part of the $100,000 in CCHD funds disbursed in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati this year and approximately $50 million yearly provided to human services through the local Catholic Church.”

Lydia’s House did not respond to a request for a comment, but Meyers told the National Catholic Reporter that the Sunday event was not a “Mass” and that “the priestly thing and the ordination thing really shouldn’t have mattered” to the Archdiocese.

The ARCWP gave a $1000 donation to Lydia’s House to replace the forfeited grant.

Tomorrow: Fr. Martin Fox on “Womenpriests”

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Photo by Tijmen van Dobbenburgh, courtesy FreeImages.

This guest post was written by Nino Vitale, a member of a Catholic family whose small business (Johnson Welded Products) has sued the US Department of Health and Human Services over the mandate to provide contraception, elective sterilization, and “morning after” pills. The text appears in full; the format has been edited for our editing program.

BREAKING…Obama Administration Overrules the Supreme Court…

…and it seems to be unnoticed by almost all media outlets.

In a very quiet way, the Obama Administration, through bureaucratic fiat, has issued a directive through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stating that if an employer does NOT cover contraception, that employer can be sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

This fiat was just issued on July 15 in the wake of the supreme court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. which ruled the contraceptive mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) of closely held-for profit companies. Note: The EEOC has not made a rules update in over 31 years. Is the timing a coincidence?

Through bureaucratic fiat, Obama has overruled the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nino Vitale; photo provided.

Nino Vitale; photo provided.

It appears the EEOC is saying if the employer covers preventative care like vaccinations, other drugs for high blood pressure, to lower cholesterol or other preventative care, they must also cover contraception. If the employer does not, the employer can be sued for discrimination. Was this issue not just ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court? Is this not the reason the founding fathers created separation of powers in the Constitution, because they were afraid that any one branch or any one person, would become oppressive and tyrannical with their power and oppress freedom? If men were angels, we would not need government. (Federalist 51)

…contraception is not something that is putting the body back to what nature intended but creating a situation that ‘blocks’ what nature intended.

As a member of a family business who sued the Obama administration and the department of Health and Human Services (see Johnson Welded Products, Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sibelius, et al.), I find this continued overreach and usurpation of powers by the Obama administration indefensible and against the very liberty and foundation of our county.

Additionally, I would note that no one is telling any employee they cannot purchase and use contraception. This is an individual and personal choice to make and on average, at $9 a month or free, cost does not appear to put a financial burden on any individual.

I would like to think about the word preventative medicine and basic health care, as many want to put contraceptives into this class. Basic health care is usually defined as helping to put the body back into the proper healthy condition in which nature intended. If one has higher blood pressure, we certainly want to help bring that within a ‘healthy range.’ If someone has a heart blockage, we want to put the body back in proper condition by removing the blockage. The word contraception includes the word ‘contra’ or ‘against.’ What it does is stop the body from doing what it is naturally intended to do, create life. I would argue that contraception is not something that is putting the body back to what nature intended but creating a situation that ‘blocks’ what nature intended.

The World Health Organization declares hormonal contraception a Group I Carcinogen, the same class as formaldehyde and cigarettes. Shall the Obama administration now demand that employers pay for an employee’s tobacco products? Would that be considered basic health care?

Lastly, the warning label on ‘the pill’ states, “it may put some women at increased risk for blood clots, heart disease and stroke.” The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared contraceptives a Group I cancer causing carcinogen, the highest classification for a cancer causing agent. According to the WHO, contraceptives are in the same group class as formaldehyde and cigarettes. Shall the Obama administration now demand that employers pay for an employee’s tobacco products? Would that be considered basic health care?

Nino Vitale is the Republican candidate for the Ohio House in Champaign, Logan, and Shelby counties. He is running unopposed. The father of five and a graduate of The Ohio State University and Franklin University, he is a candidate for a master’s degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has worked for his family’s business, Johnson Welded Products, Inc., for 20 years.

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O papa Francisco enviou condolências ao arcebispo de Taipei, dom John Hung Shan-chuan, pelas vítimas do acidente aéreo ocorrido ontem no aeroporto de Magong, em Taiwan. O telegrama de Francisco foi assinado pelo secretário de Estado do Vaticano, o cardeal Pietro Parolín. A mensagem informa que o Santo Padre receb... 19 hours 46 min
Vatican City, 24 July 2014 (VIS) – Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to the archbishop of Taipei and president of the regional Conference of bishops of China, John Huong Shan-chuan, with reference to the accident that occurred at Magong airport, Taiwan, in which a TransAsia Airways aircraft had to make an emergency landing, resulting in 48 deaths and leaving 10 injured. In the text, the Holy Father expresses his sadness for the accident, as well as his closeness to the relatives of the victims, and assures them of his prayers for all those affected by the tragedy, asking God to grant them consolation, strength and peace.... 22 hours 2 min
A tradição nos apresenta poucos fatos acerca da vida de Cristina. Alguns registros arqueológicos e relatos sobre seu martírio nos trazem informações mais precisas sobre sua vida. Cristina nasceu na Toscana (Itália), perto do lago de Bolsena, por volta do ano 288 d.C.  Era filha de um magistrado pagão, rico e pode... 1 day 5 hours
ACI Digital oficializou nessa quarta-feira (23) parceria com o Congresso Nacional Católicos Online (Conacat) - Todos pela Cultura do Encontro, informou à ZENIT os organizadores do evento. O portal dedicará uma área exclusiva para exibição simultânea das palestras do Conacat, durante o período de 11 a 17 de agosto. ... 1 day 9 hours
O papa Francisco expressou a sua proximidade e oração aos fieis e peregrinos que no próximo domingo, 27 de julho, se reunirão no bairro de Mataderos, em Buenos Aires, para celebrar o cinquentenário do Santuário de São Pantaleão. Em uma mensagem enviada pelo Papa recorda os tempos em que, como arcebispo de Buenos ... 1 day 10 hours
O Estádio Olímpico de Roma verá o "Jogo Inter-religioso pela Paz” no dia 1 de Setembro às 20h45. Nesse local se encontrarão jogadores e treinadores reconhecidos mundialmente como Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Buffon, Zinedine Zidane, Javier Zanetti, Roberto Baggio, Andrea Pirlo, Yuto Nagatomo e Samuel Eto'o entre outros.... 1 day 10 hours
O padre Heinrich Walter, presidente de Schoenstatt Internacional, enviou uma mensagem às comunidades do Movimento Apostólico de Schoenstatt estabelecido em vários países ao redor do mundo por ocasião do centenário de sua fundação. Uma data em que também poderão celebrar junto com o Papa Francisco, já que os receber... 1 day 10 hours
No contexto da trágica atualidade do conflito em Israel e Palestina, o documentário Jerusalem, Dreams and Reality, já em programa para a sétima edição do Fiuggi Family Festival (19 a 26 de julho), será exibido duas vezes, em dois dias diferentes. O documentário, dirigido por Lia G. Beltrami e produzido por Aurora... 1 day 11 hours
O reverendo Olav Fyske Tveit, secretário-geral do Conselho Mundial das Igrejas (CMI ou World Council of Churches), falou sobre a perseguição que a comunidade cristã está sofrendo no Iraque pelas mãos dos jihadistas do Estado islâmico. Fyske Tveit declara que centenas de pessoas "vivem uma situação dramática, obri... 1 day 11 hours
"Que vergonha o silêncio do assim chamado mundo civilizado”. Estas são as palavras que o Papa Francisco teria dito ao patriarca dos siro-católicos Ignatius Youssef III Younan, durante uma conversa telefônica entre os dois no domingo passado, divulgou a agência de notícias Sir, citando o patriarcado siro católico. ... 1 day 11 hours
Os católicos precisam ser mais corajosos para mostrar que a religião e a ciência coexistem diz o astrônomo papal que acaba de receber um dos prêmios mais prestigiados do mundo da ciência. O jesuíta Guy Consolmagno, que foi homenageado na semana passada com a Medalha Carl Sagan por sua "excepcional comunicação de ... 1 day 12 hours
Em um artigo recentemente publicado, e disponível na internet, um procurador regional eleitoral trata do “abuso do poder religioso”, e propõe a necessidade de “desincompatibilização” de ministros religiosos que venham a candidatar-se a cargos públicos. Nesse artigo, o procurador faz uma analogia entre, por um lado,... 1 day 13 hours
(Vatican Radio) The Vatican’s Council for Christian Unity has sent a message of condolences following the sudden death of an Evangelical leader with whom Pope Francis became friends during his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires. Bishop Tony Palmer, the international ecumenical officer of the Communion of Episcopal Evangelical Churches and founder of the online Ark Community, died on Sunday following a motorbike accident near his home in the south of England. Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report : In the message to his widow, Council President Cardinal Kurt Koch says Bishop Palmer’s meetings with Pope Francis over recent months “have given great impetus to ecumenical relations between the Catholic Church and Evangelical Christians.” His strong faith and his passion for unity, the Cardinal says, “reached a global audience of Christians with the message that there is no time to be wasted in division, the time for unity is now.” During one of his visits to the Vatican in February this year, Bishop Palmer recorded an iphone message that Pope Francis wished to send to a Pentecostal group meeting in the United States. In that off-the-cuff video message, the Pope speaks frankly of his longing for unity and reconciliation, saying that all Christians share the blame for the sins of division. Mgr Juan Usma Gomez heads the Pontifical Council desk for relations with Pentecostals, Evangelicals and Charismatic groups. He talked to us about the significant impact that Bishop Palmer’s friendship with Pope Francis has had on the worldwide ecumenical movement, saying that they first met in Argentina  when Tony Palmer was part of a delegation of Pentecostals and Evangelicals that was holding talks with the Catholic Church in Buenos Aires....."when Tony Palmer was ordained bishop in the Communion of Episcopal Evangelical Churches, they received greetings from the then archbishop Bergoglio...." Mgr Usma Gomez says Pope Francis teaches us that "to work for Christian unity you need brotherhood....and you realise that all the friends he had in Argentina continue to be his friends.......he's trying to build up not only relations of friendship but also relations of churches trying to look for the promotion of Christian unity..." He says that the iphone message recorded by Bishop Palmer for the Pentecostal community "opened a door because it reached a really significant number of's an adventure that Pope Francis is asking us to establish.....he started it, he's way ahead of us and we're trying to follow this pattern!" (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 15 hours
(Vatican Radio) Preparations are underway for the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities to be held in Rome from 20 to 22 November 2014.   The Congress, whose theme will be “ The joy of the Gospel: a missionary joy… ” (cf. Evangelii Gaudium , 21), is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity and will be held at the International Pontifical College Maria Mater Ecclesiae.   T he Council for the Laity has invited members of large, officially recognized international associations and others involved “in ongoing dialogue” with the Dicastery to participate. Under the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, previous editions of the World Congress (1998 and 2006) brought together ecclesial movements and new communities to discuss issues such as the identity and mission of associations of the lay faithful in the Church and in the world. The Pontifical Council for the Laity hopes that the November Congress “will encourage the joyous adherence of ecclesial movements and new communities to answering the pressing invitation of the pope to enter into a ‘dynamism of missionary outreach’”. Delegates from more than eighty ecclesial movements and new communities are expected to attend as well as a number of bishops coming from dioceses and Holy See offices. Bishop Josef Clemens, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, explains that the character of the meeting will be that of mutual listening, sharing and dialogue. The gathering will not be a special academic meeting where speakers demonstrate their knowledge to an audience, but rather a meeting where the reflections and experiences of the participants will be the core of the event. For more information from the Pontifical Council for the Laity website click here (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 15 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is marking the upcoming Day for Life in the UK and Ireland with a call to all people of good will to cherish life, particularly the life of society’s most vulnerable. In a message sent to the Church in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, signed by the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope urges Catholics to “to bring the merciful love of Christ as a life-giving balm to those troubling “new forms of poverty and vulnerability” increasingly evident in contemporary society (cf. Evangelii Gaudium 210).” The theme of this year’s Day for Life – celebrated on July 27 th - is #livelife Protect and Cherish Life from its beginning to its natural end. It invites young people in particular to get involved in caring for, nurturing and protecting life at every stage and in every condition. Message from Pope Francis "As the Church in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales celebrates the 2014 Day for Life , the Holy Father expresses his confidence that this annual witness to the sanctity of God’s gift of life will inspire the faithful, and young Catholics in particular, to combat the culture of death, not only by working to ensure adequate legal protection for the fundamental human right to life, but also by seeking to bring the merciful love of Christ as a life-giving balm to those troubling “new forms of poverty and vulnerability” (cf. Evangelii Gaudium 210) which are increasingly evident in contemporary society. "To all involved in the Day for Life celebrations, His Holiness imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of wisdom, joy and peace in the Risen Lord." Cardinal Pietro Parolin Secretary of State Day for Life is celebrated yearly by the Catholic Church in Scotland, England and Wales and Ireland. It's a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The proceeds of the Day for Life collection to be held in parishes in England and Wales on Sunday 27 July 2014 assist the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life-related activities supported by the Church. (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 15 hours
(Vatican Radio)  As casualties continue to mount in the war between Hamas and Israel, diplomatic efforts to stop the conflict are underway. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Cairo Monday to try to renew cease-fire efforts aimed at ending the fighting.  On Sunday, Pope Francis’ renewed his appeal for dialogue and an end to the violence. In an interview with Vatican Radio, the Holy See’s Nuncio to Israel and Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto said, “The Holy Father's words have had a major impact here and were taken from all official media, both print as well as radio stations and broadcasters. Everyone has repeated the appeal of the Holy Father. That's what we all hope here because the situation is becoming truly tragic: there is a loss of human life that is not acceptable; we must put an end to violence because this creates other conflict situations. They open new wounds that continue to produce even more death. It is urgent that those responsible understand that there is no other path than that of dialogue and negotiation; stakeholders must be helped and should be brought to the negotiating table.” Last month in the Vatican Pope Francis hosted a day of prayer for peace together with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  The Pontiff followed up that encounter this past weekend with a phone call urging the two leaders to press for peace.  What the Holy Father has done, says Archbishop Lazzarotto, is “to sow” the first seed of dialogue.  “Now, let us surround this seed with care, make it grow and make it bear the fruit that it should give; understand the meaning of the gesture of the Pope and translate it into concrete actions such as the Holy Father is urging continuously. It takes concrete actions and courage.  The Pope pointed out many times: peace needs courageous gestures. It is time for political leaders of all parties to understand this and move in this direction. “People are tired,” the Archbishop continues, because the conflict has “lasted too long. These recurring incidents of conflict naturally create more frustration, but most of the people want peace.” With the resources it has available, the Church in the Holy Land, he says, does everything it can in this situation to help.  As an example of concrete gestures, he indicates the on-site assistance that local Catholic aid agencies such as Caritas are able to offer “to bring immediate help to these people who are directly affected.” Archbishop Lazzarotto concludes his remarks with an appeal to pilgrims to not stay away from the Holy Land, noting that “many pilgrims have canceled their trip, their pilgrimage: But I say that coming to the Holy Land is also a nice gesture of solidarity. It helps to know that other Christians - despite everything - come here.” (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 15 hours
O arcebispo da Filadélfia, dom Charles J. Chaput, anunciou oficialmente que São João Paulo II e Santa Gianna Beretta serão os padroeiros do Encontro Mundial das Famílias - Filadélfia 2015. O anúncio foi feito no último domingo, 20 de julho, durante a missa celebrada na Catedral de São Pedro e São Paulo, junto com... 1 day 16 hours
Para dar mais uma mostra de que a Igreja não se opõe ao estudo científico, os cientistas católicos devem continuar compartilhando o seu amor pela ciência com as suas comunidades. Esta é a opinião do jesuíta e astrônomo pontifício Guy Consolmagno, recentemente premiado pela AAS (American Astronomical Society) com a ... 1 day 16 hours
"A humanidade passa por uma época de mudanças que traz consigo muitas esperanças e temores e que nos leva a perguntar quais são os fundamentos da nossa vida e das nossas opções. Se este discernimento é necessário para realidades como as novas formas de comunicação e os modelos sociais e econômicos, é ainda mais ver... 1 day 16 hours
Brígida Birgersdotter nasceu no dia 14 de junho de 1303 em Norrtälje, na província de Uppland na Suécia. Seus pais, Birger Persson de Finsta e Ingeborg Bengtsdotter constituíram uma família nobre e muito cristã, conhecida pelos enormes favores aos mais necessitados e pelas obras realizadas com sua própria riqueza. ... 2 days 10 hours
Em recente discurso o papa Francisco lamentou o consumo de drogas, definindo-o como um "mal social". O comentário foi dirigido aos participantes da 31° conferência do IDEC (International Drug Enforcement Conference), no dia 20 de junho. No entanto, existe uma tendência crescente a favor da legalização da maconha.... 2 days 11 hours
O patriarca maronita Bechara Rai em sua homilia dominical sobre o ultimatum lançado pelo Estado Islâmico do al-Bahghdadi aos cristãos de Mosul, perguntou: "O que dizem os muçulmanos moderados?". A poucas centenas de quilômetros ao sul do Líbano, onde o patriarca celebrava a missa, chegava naquelas horas uma primeir... 2 days 13 hours
O Arcebispo de Milão, o cardeal Angelo Scola, enviou uma mensagem de felicitação, em nome própro e de todos os “católicos Ambrosianos", para os fiéis e os líderes das comunidades muçulmanas de Milão e do território da Diocese, por ocasião do fim do Ramadã. "Judeus, cristãos e muçulmanos - escreve o cardeal Scola ... 2 days 13 hours
Começa uma nova onda de bombardeios, destruição e morte, em Gaza, no décimo quinto dia do início da operação militar israelense "Margem de proteção". De acordo com o porta-voz dos serviços de salvamento palestino, Ashraf al-Qodra, já na madrugada foram mortas sete pessoas, entre elas, cinco membros de uma mesma fam... 2 days 13 hours
Dom Aldo di Cillo Pagotto, sss, arcebispo Metropolitano da Paraíba, reforçou o posicionamento da Igreja sobre a participação de padres e religiosos na política partidária. Leia o texto divulgado hoje e enviado à ZENIT: Portaria na forma de Nota Normativa da Arquidiocese da Paraíba sobre: a) Filiação de Clérigos... 2 days 14 hours
O patriarca da Igreja católica caldeia, Louis Raphaël Sako, advertiu que os extremistas do Estado Islâmico do Iraque e do Levante (EIIL) "cometem atrocidades em nome da religião, mas contrariam os próprios ditames do alcorão. Os iraquianos de todas as religiões e de todas as etnias devem se comprometer para que a g... 2 days 16 hours
O papa Francisco enviou uma mensagem para a próxima Jornada pela Vida no Reino Unido e na Irlanda e fez um chamamento a se apreciar a vida, em especial a dos mais vulneráveis da sociedade. Na mensagem enviada à Igreja presente na Inglaterra, na Irlanda, na Escócia e em Gales, assinada pelo Secretário de Estado do... 2 days 16 hours
O papa Francisco telefonou para o patriarca de Antioquia dos siro-católicos, Ignace Joseph III Younan, na tarde do último domingo, 20 de julho, e lhe assegurou "que acompanha de perto e com preocupação o drama dos cristãos expulsos e ameaçados na cidade iraquiana de Mossul". De acordo com o patriarcado siro-catól... 2 days 16 hours
O papa Francisco pediu "um empenho renovado na construção de uma convivência mais justa e fraterna entre os povos do Mediterrâneo", em mensagem assinada pelo cardeal Pietro Parolin, secretário de Estado do Vaticano, por ocasião da primeira manifestação “Fly for Peace”, que acontece na cidade italiana de Trapani, Si... 2 days 16 hours

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Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who once faced a death sentence because she refused to renounce Christianity, has left Sudan, flying to Rome, where she met with Pope Francis on July ... 14 hours 37 min
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WASHINGTON—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, today called upon President Obama and the Central American presidents to protect and care for children and families fleeing violence in the region. On July 25, Presidents Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, and Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras are slated to meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss the current humanitarian challenge.

“The leaders should focus upon the protection of these children and families, as they are charged with as the heads of their nations,” said Bishop Elizondo. “Instead of cooperating on intercepting them and sending them back to dangerous situations, they should work together to protect them from those dangers, including providing them asylum in neighboring countries and in the United States.”

“Over the long-term,” Bishop Elizondo said, “a strategy must be devised to address the violence and lack of opportunity in the countries of Central America. Specific attention should be paid to helping at-risk youth remain safe and access opportunity at home,” he said.

Bishop Elizondo also reaffirmed USCCB opposition to proposals to amend current law to speed the deportations of the children without giving them the benefit of an immigration hearing. Congress is scheduled to consider supplemental appropriations legislation next week to fund the care of children and families arriving at the border.

“We oppose linking changes to the law – changes which could send children back to harm –to the funding bill, which is needed to humanely respond to this situation,” Bishop Elizondo said. “Families, as well, should receive a fair hearing of their asylum claims.”

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WASHINGTON—The United States cannot separate the humanitarian crisis of many thousands of unaccompanied minors journeying to the U.S. border from root causes in Latin America, many generated by U.S. policies, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace in a July 24 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. The letter from Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, followed the bishops’ June 24-July 2 travels in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

“The crisis on our borders will not be minimally resolved until drugs and arms flows, harmful trade provisions, and other critical economic policies that contribute to violence are addressed and rectified,” Bishop Pates wrote. He noted that Church leaders and U.S. diplomats in each country agreed that long term resolutions would only come from investment in education and jobs.

“We frequently heard during our visit, from Church leaders as well as representatives of civil society, that the implementation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and similar trade policies, had devastated small agricultural producers and businesses in the region, while depressing labor conditions and wages,” Bishop Pates wrote.

Addressing drugs and violence, which often push people to migrate, Bishop Pates wrote, “The United States must recognize our own complicity in this crisis, and support more effective programs that reduce drug usage here at home. Similarly, the regulation of gun exports, coupled with criminal justice reforms that foster rehabilitation rather than retribution, need to be implemented by our states and our federal government.”

Bishop Pates also noted the destructive environmental impact and public health consequences of U.S. and Canadian mining companies in Latin America. He said the U.S. government, working with the Canadians, must hold companies operating in these regions to the same standards of care for human life and the environment as t...
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WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Joy Alappat, 58, vicar of Mar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago, as auxiliary bishop of that diocese.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, July 24 by Msgr. Angelo Accattino, Chargé d’Affaires at the apostolic nunciature to the United States.

Father Joy Alappat was born in Parappukara, India, in the Eparchy of Irinjalakuda (Kerala) on September 27, 1956. He attended St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary in Vadavathoor and was ordained a priest December 31, 1981. After ordination he continued his master’s level studies at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Institute, Aluva, and Adheva University, Wattair.

Bishop-elect Alappat served in pastoral assignments in Chalakudy, Mala, and at the Eparchial Cathedral. He also served as chaplain of the Syro-Malabar community in Chennai before being transferred to the United States in 1993.

From 1999-2002, while chaplain at Georgetown University Medical Center, he completed the Clinical Pastoral Education Program. He also has held pastoral assignments in New Milford, Connecticut; and Newark and Garfield, New Jersey.

He has been rector of the Eparchial Cathedral in Bellwood, Illinois, since 2011.
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WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked the U.S. bishops to join with him in prayer and action for peace in world trouble spots, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa and Central America.

He also urged the bishops to express solidarity with Pope Francis in a July 22 letter, which follows.

Dear Brother Bishops,

May God bless you!

On Sunday, July 20, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, prayed for peace in all situations of tension and conflict in the world. He mentioned in particular the Middle East and Ukraine, singling out the terrible crisis of Christians in Iraq with these words: “Today our brothers are persecuted. They are banished from their homes and forced to flee without even being able to take their belongings!”

Our own Conference of Bishops has called attention to numerous situations of violence that cry out for peace. There is the terrible conflict between Israel and Hamas that terrorizes Israeli civilians and has cost the lives of more than 500 Gazans, most of whom are civilians. There are the alarming conflicts in Syria and Iraq that have caused millions to flee their homes and tens of thousands to lose their lives. We are mindful of the violent conflict in Ukraine, of the thousands who are displaced, and the hundreds of innocent civilians whose lives were cut short when a passenger jet was shot down. In Africa there are the often forgotten clashes in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have displaced millions. Closer to home, there is the violence in Central America that is driving unaccompanied children to seek refuge in our country.

All of these tragic situations, and sadly many more, demand our prayer and action for peace. On Sunday, Pope Francis pleaded: “May the God of peace arouse in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence cannot be...

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