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Press Release TOLEDO — The Holy Father, Pope Francis, today named the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo in America. Bishop Thomas has been serving as an Auxiliary Bishop of the … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph See video below About 40 members of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Children’s Choir took to the field at Great American Ballpark Friday, Aug. 22 to participate in the tradition of singing the national anthem … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
Press Release DAYTON — A Nun’s Life Ministry will visit the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton and host a live podcast from Salem Heights on Aug. 28 as part of the ministry’s Motherhouse Road Trip series. The podcast … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
By Catholic News Service CHICAGO — Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George is participating in a clinical research trial for a new cancer drug, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Aug. 22. Cardinal George was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006 … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
When the Game Stands Tall, a sports drama from Affirm Films and Mandalay Pictures based on the true story of a Catholic California high school football team, is a wholesome flick. The movie was released on August 22. The movie … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
By Catholic News Service  CLEVELAND — The Catholic Universe Bulletin, which has served Catholics in the Diocese of Cleveland for 140 years, will cease publication of its print edition at an unspecified date in 2015. Bishop Richard G. Lennon of … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph  With money coming from a variety of sources, Father Rob Waller of St. Andrew parish in Milford wired $14,436.92 in donations specifically “for the children of Gaza, and for the school and parish of … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
Staff Report It was 60 years ago yesterday that Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati received word via The Catholic Telegraph-Register that the Vatican had approved the use of some English during the administration certain sacraments. Permission was granted to … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
Staff Report A contest currently offered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops gives any parish the chance to win 250 “pocket gospels.” To sign up, click HERE and nominate your parish. From the USCCB: In April, Pope Francis … Continue reading → 21 hours 11 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph See video & photos below. Showing his support for those suffering from ALS, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Superintendent of Catholic School Jim Rigg took part in the ice bucket challenge Thursday morning at Elder High … Continue reading → 1 day 21 hours
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Human trafficking destroys the lives of millions of children, women and men each year, making it a real threat to peace, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis‘ 2015 World … Continue reading → 1 day 21 hours
Press Release UPDATE: See video and photos of Rigg and Otten taking the ice bucket challenge here. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and Tom Otten, principal of Elder High School, will take the popular … Continue reading → 2 days 21 hours
Staff Report The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the nation by storm. Questions about the research supported by the ALS Association, however, have left some Catholics concerned about participating. Here is a quick overview of the situation. What is … Continue reading → 2 days 21 hours

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New Haven, Conn., Aug 29, 2014 / 01:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Knights of Columbus partnered with Connecticut-based EVTV to produce a documentary on hope and healing of Haitian children injured in the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that rocked the country. 22 hours 9 min
Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 28, 2014 / 05:49 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A lawyer who helped recover a stolen Host that organizers of an Oklahoma City black mass intended to desecrate said that the Church's legal victory could have far-reaching effects.

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Rimini, Italy, Aug 28, 2014 / 05:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Referring to the label "Nazarene" marked on houses of Christians in Iraq by the militant Islamic State, a Muslim scholar also called himself Nazarene in solidarity – maintaining that many people in the Muslim community are identifying with Christians as well. 1 day 18 hours
Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2014 / 01:41 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The U.S. bishops are encouraging commemorations of the 50th anniversary of milestones in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, saying they should inspire further work for the common good.

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Adelaide, Australia, Aug 28, 2014 / 01:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Australian bishops have announced that next year's national Catholic youth festival will be held in Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia.

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Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2014 / 01:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Reacting to an internet campaign launched by ISIS threatening the life of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, Catholic leaders stressed that evil is not the final verdict and encouraged faithful to adhere to Christ. 1 day 22 hours
Orlando, Fla., Aug 27, 2014 / 12:48 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Amidst increasing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa, it is vital for Christians in the U.S. to remain on guard of their own freedoms, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Aug 27, 2014 / 12:40 pm (EWTN News).- A replica statue of Our Lady of Charity, the patroness of Cuba, will be enthroned at the Vatican Gardens on Aug. 28.

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San Diego, Calif., Aug 27, 2014 / 11:13 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Diocese of San Diego has announced that Bishop Cirilo Flores is now being treated for prostate cancer, as he continues dealing with effects of a stroke that occurred four months ago.

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Roswell, Ga., Aug 27, 2014 / 09:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The evangelization group Catholics Come Home is set to premiere a 13-episode television series that fosters engagement in the "New Evangelization" and interviews people who have recently returned to the Catholic faith.
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Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2014 / 06:20 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem hopes the new indefinite ceasefire in Gaza will hold, cautioning that victory cannot come from violence and that compromise is vital on both sides for it to last. 2 days 16 hours
Vatican City, Aug 27, 2014 / 06:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that despite the fact we are sinners, we are called to live as a community centered on Christ. 2 days 17 hours
Vatican City, Aug 27, 2014 / 05:10 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The international community must view suffering Iraqi refugees not as a collective group, but as individual persons, each with his or her own story and needs, the Pope's envoy to the country encouraged.

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Vatican City, Aug 27, 2014 / 05:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A South Korea-based U.S. missionary who frequently crosses the border to North Korea to bring medicine and support says that Pope Francis' visit advanced efforts to heal a divided country. 2 days 18 hours
Mobile, Ala., Aug 27, 2014 / 02:38 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A student group at the University of South Alabama is challenging the university administration after being told its pro-life display must be limited to the school's small "speech zone."

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Santiago, Chile, Aug 27, 2014 / 01:42 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn "the brutal persecution" of Christians in Iraq and to ask the U.N. to take measures for a "quick solution."

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The Bank of Kentucky Observatory at Thomas More College will offer its first open house of the year next weekend, featuring a free astronomy lecture and sky viewing. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Some Catholic events this week:

Aug. 31, 22nd Anniversary of Our Lady of Light Day of Prayer and Mercy at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH), 7:30 am – midnight. Eucharistic Adoration, rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet, Confession, speakers on Our Lady of Fatima and on the Blue Army Apostolate, Mass celebrated by Fr. Alix Nkanah, more. Sponsored by Our Lady of Light Ministries. For a complete schedule and contact information, click here.

Sept. 4, “Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches at Why” lecture by Dr. Angela Francks at Ruah Woods (Bridgetown, OH), 9:30-11:30 am. $30 (includes book). For information call (513) 407-8672.

Sept. 5, Annual Greater Cincinnati Red Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 4 pm. Bishop Roger Foys will celebrate; Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller will deliver an address. Sponsored by the Thomas More Society of Greater Cincinnati, the Red Mass is named for the color the celebrating priest’s vestments and is traditionally a way to mark the beginning of the legislative and judicial year. St. Thomas More is the patron of the legal profession and is commemorated in a special way in this Mass. Those attending worship together to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they work to foster the highest ideals and ethics in the practice of law and administration of justice. The Mass is open to all; members of the legal profession, judges, other public servants and the law enforcement community are especially invited.

September 6-7, Father-son Campout at Camp River Ridge (Oldenburg, IN), 10 am Saturday – 11:30 am Sunday. Join other Catholic dads and boys for a relaxed, faith-filled overnight campout with food, sports, competitions for all ages, and father-son time to fish, shoot, swim, hike, or play more sports. Vdeo of past campouts here or here. Campground owned by the Legion of Christ for LC and other Catholic events; campout opened to all Catholics. For information contact Julie Brown at jmbrown46@me.com; register online at www.campriverridge.org.

Sept. 6, 11th Annual LifeTech Conference at The Mandalay (Dayton, OH). Details to come. To submit an abstract and/or paper, click here.

Sept. 6, “Life’s a Ball!” Dinner-Dance and Faces of Pro-Life Award Presentation at the Airport Marriott in Hebron (KY). Presented by the Pro-Life Office of the Diocese of Covington. An evening of food, fun, and dancing for all who support the Catholic Church’s pro-life efforts; awards will be presented to  Notre Dame Sister Luann Bender and the Sisters’ St. Charles Community; William Jones (posthumously); and Catholic Charities—Diocese of Covington. Cocktails 6 pm, dinner 7 pm, awards 8 pm, music and dancing 8:30 pm. Tickets $60; evening attire. For information or reservations call (859) 392-1500 or e-mail froch@covdio.org or ppiccola@covdio.org.

Sept. 6, Thomas More College Bank of Kentucky Observatory Open House. Talk at 8 pm at Steigerwald Hall (inside the Saints Center); night sky viewing 9 pm. For information see www.thomasmore.edu/observatory

Sept. 7, 40 Days for Life Dayton Pre-Campaign Rosary Rally with Bishop Joe Binzer at Martin Haskell’s late-term abortion clinic in Kettering (OH). 2 pm. For more information see www.40daysforlife.com/dayton.

Sept. 8, Mass and Inner Healing Service at St Joseph Church (Crescent Springs, KY) with Fr. Jo Joy, 7 pm. For information call 859.341.6609.

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The Cincy Rockers will play at next week's Life's a Ball! Dinner Dance for the Diocese of Covington's Pro-Life Office.

The Cincy Rockers will play at next week’s Life’s a Ball! Dinner Dance for the Diocese of Covington’s Pro-Life Office.

The Pro-Life Office of the Diocese of Covington’s annual dinner dance, “Life’s a Ball!” will feature the Office’s annual Faces of Pro-Life Awards as well as cocktails, fine dining, and live music by the Cincinnati Rockers.

Billed as a “ FUN-raising celebration for anyone supportive of the Catholic Church’s pro-life efforts,” the evening is scheduled for Sept. 6th at the Airport Marriott in Hebron (KY).

Bishop Roger Foys and the Pro-Life Office will present the annual awards to Notre Dame Sister Luann Bender and the Sisters’ St. Charles Community; and to William Jones (posthumously) and Catholic Charities—Diocese of Covington

Sr. Luann Bender, SND

In Sr. Luann’s 36 years as director of  the St. Charles Community, it grew from a 145-bed nursing care facility to an organization offering at-home care program, an adult day health program, additional cottages for those who can take care of themselves, and assisted-care suites — curently serving a total of 700 clients, and more community-based programs are being planned. Sr. Luann’s mother was the nursing home’s first resident, and received loving care from her daughter for many years.

“Under her leadership, respect for residents was a top priority, and this tradition continues,” says the Pro-Life Office. “The residents’ needs come first at all times, and language must convey human dignity. This includes addressing every resident by name.”

Sr. Luann stepped down as administrator in 2013, but continues to serve the sick and elderly as St. Charles’ Mission and Ministry Coordinator in charge of vision and planning.

William “Bill” Jones

Bill Jones spent 30 years at Catholic Charities of Covington, beginning as a therapist in 1981. From 2005 until his death in 2013. His service to the diocese included the Long Range Plan Steering Committee, HIV/AIDS Task Force, Ministry Formation Board, Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home Board, the diocesan synod’s life issues group, and six years on the Pro-Life Commission, where Bill was elected chairman and helped develop its mission statement. A convert to Catholicism, he was on the RCIA team for his parish, the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and was also a member of the Campbell Lodge Foundation Board, the Leadership Council of Human Services Executives, and the Catholic Charities USA Executive Committee.

Throughout his career and life he helped those most at risk, including new initiatives that might lift people out of poverty or alter the social conditions that prevent men and women from achieving self-sufficiency, and helping pregnant women with counseling and adoption.  Under his leadership, Catholic Charities purchased two apartment buildings that house 16 formerly homeless families with a member who is disabled. Wrap-around services include financial literacy, job coaching, and mental health and parenting counseling. He also supervised the purchase of the Welcome House building, now rehabbed to house the Parish Kitchen and function as a shelter, and helped create the Child Placement Team, which included adoptive families.

Tickets to Life’s a Ball! are $60/person; dress is formal evening attire. RSVP by Sept. 3 to the Pro-Life Office at (859) 392-1500, froch@covdio.org, or ppiccola@covdio.org.

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Shy but not too shy to pose for a picture, this Prince of Peace Montessori School student is ready for her first day at the Covington school.

Shy but not too shy to pose for a picture, this Prince of Peace Montessori School student is ready for her first day at the Covington school.

Prince of Peace Catholic Montessori School in Covington photographed its youngest students and their families as they arrived for the first day of class.

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Photo courtesy Prince of Peace Catholic Montessori School.

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Artichokes are a member of the thistle family -- as can be seen in this photo of artichoke plants in Rita's Bible garden. Look at the top, where the artichokes are forming, to see their resemblance to thistles.

Artichokes are a member of the thistle family — as can be seen in this photo of artichoke plants in Rita’s Bible garden. Look at the top, where the artichokes are forming, to see their resemblance to thistles.

Thistles are mentioned in the Bible. Artichokes are members of that family, and today’s recipe I know will become a favorite at your house, just like mine. Great for a Labor Day get-together!

LEMON BACON ARTICHOKE DIP

Make ahead and refrigerate for up to a day if you like. Then bake when needed. A good dish to tote.

My friend, Carol, brought this to a party – it was everyone’s fave!  Here’s my slight adaptation. This is sooo good.

  • 6 thick bacon slices, chopped and sautéed – save 1 scant tablespoon drippings in pan – drain bacon on paper towels
  • 14 oz can water packed artichoke hearts, drained and chopped coarsely
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 2 cloves, minced
  • 1 pound cream cheese, either reduced fat or regular
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon each onion salt or onion powder and salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Optional but nice: Palmful fresh chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 2 quart baking dish.

Add artichokes and garlic to drippings and cook about a minute. Don’t let garlic burn. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sour cream and seasonings until smooth. Beat in lemon juice. Fold in artichoke mixture and HALF the bacon. Spoon into baking dish and sprinkle with rest of bacon and Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes or so until golden brown on top.  Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with favorite dippers.

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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Some of the thousands of runners and walkers at the 2013 Sophie's Angel Run 5K at the annual St. Jude Parish Festival. Photo courtesy Sophie's Angel Run; click to enlarge.

Some of the thousands of runners and walkers at the 2013 Sophie’s Angel Run 5K at the annual St. Jude Oktoberfest. Photo courtesy Sophie’s Angel Run; click to enlarge.

Get fit and give alms! Some 5K races in September:

New Race: Terri Kersey’s Climb

St. Bernard School teacher Terri Kersey traveled to Africa this summer to participate in a charitable climb of famed Mt. Kilimanjaro. After climbing the mountain, she suffered a stroke (unrelated) and had to be transported back to the United States by medical plane. St. Bernard parishioners have helped raise funds to defray transportation and medical costs; now students at the school are sponsoring a run/walk at Colerain park Sept. 20th to help with ongoing speech and physical therapy. She recently told Channel 9 “my kids are my whole life,” and hopes to be able to teach again soon. Her recovery has already defied some doctors’ predictions; St. Bernard students and families want to help her defy all predictions.

St. Bernard of Clairveaux School teacher Terri Kersey (with husband Greg) in an African hospital after she suffered a stroke. Students at the school will hold a 5K run and walk to help with expenses for her therapies for her Sept. 20th.

St. Bernard of Clairveaux School teacher Terri Kersey (with husband Greg) in an African hospital after she suffered a stroke. Students at the school will hold a 5K run and walk to help with expenses for her therapies for her Sept. 20th.

Sept. 1, Annual AlterFest Family 5K  and Kids Fun Run at Alter High School. The Alter Track and Cross Country and Field Boosters Association runs this annual race as part of its Labor Day AlterFest activities. Course: Flat ground and around Alter High School. Cause: Alter Track and Cross Country programs. Race time: 8:15 am 5K, 8 am Fun Run. Race fee: None ($15 tshirt). Donations in any amount can be made to the Track and Cross Country team or to The Kazmierski’s Children’s Fund. For information click here.

Sept 1: Annual Mercy Metric 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk. Course: Lunken Playfield (Cincinnati). Cause: Mercy Montessori after-school sports program. Race time: 8:30 am all races. Fee: $30 ($20 without a race t-shirt) through Aug. 30. Call (513) 475-6700 for information; register online here.

Sept. 20, Terri Kersey’s Climb 5K Run/Walk. Course: Colerain Park (OH). Time: 10 am. 5K run followed by 5K walk; benefits medical costs for teacher Terri Kersey, who suffered a stroke in Africa while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for charity a year ago and still working on speech and physical therapy. Basket raffles, split the pot, and bake sale; clowns will entertain. No fee; donate any amount. For information, registration (free), or to donate click here.

Sept 20th: 5th Annual CareNet Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky Walk for Life 5K Run/Walk at Pioneer Park (Covington). Fee: $30/person, $100 family team, $500 adult teams of five (includes team tshirt). Race time: 9 am (registration opens at 8 am). To register online, click here.

Sept. 21, Jill Hungler Schlotman Memorial Walk for Cancer Awareness at McAuley High School (College Hill/Cincinnati). Time: 9:30 am. Non-competitive walk; three-loop course around campus. No set fee; donate any amount. Pets and strollers welcome; walkers encouraged to walk in memory of alumnae, parents, and special friends who have lost their battles with cancer. Money raised from this annual walk goes toward a scholarship in honor of 2007 alumna  Jill Hungler; organizers hope to raise $5000. Register on-site at 9 am or online here. For information see the walk’s Facebook page.

Sept 28: Sophie’s Angel Run. This annual race in memory of Sophie Grace Meinhardt starts and ends at the St. Jude Oktoberfest. Course: through Bridgetown (OH) Cause: Pediatric Brain Tumor Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and scholarships. New for 2014: Chip timing by Don Connolly, Inc. Start time: 1 pm. Race fee: $20/individual ($25 race day), $65 “family plan” (two adults, two children). Online and paper registration information here. Race is part of St. Jude’s Oktoberfest: Enjoy authentic German food, beverages, music and dance; children’s rides and games.

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Welcoming Wright State students, Catholic Campus Ministry members set up a table in front of their new, award-winning chapel to hand out coffee and donuts, and a friendly offer to pray for their intentions.

Welcoming Wright State students, Catholic Campus Ministry members set up a table in front of their new, award-winning chapel to hand out coffee and donuts, and a friendly offer to pray for their intentions.

Catholic Campus Ministry members at Wright State University (Fairborn, OH) offered students coffee and donuts on their first day of classes, and offered to pray for their intentions.

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Photo courtesy Catholic Campus Ministry at Wright State.

 

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 students at St. Henry School in Erlanger started the school year with Chromebooks. Click to enlarge.

On the cloud: students at St. Henry School in Erlanger started the school year with Chromebooks. Click to enlarge.

Students in grades 6-8  at St. Henry School in Erlanger (KY) started the year with their own Chromebooks to use during the school day. Thirty more Chromebooks are shared by the 4th and 5th graders. “Students are engaged in 21st Century Technology all day here at St. Henry!” says a school spokesperson. “We’re ‘in the cloud.’”

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Photo courtesy St. Henry School.

 

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The future home for priests and brothers of Cincinnati's Oratory-in-formation of St. Philip Neri as it looks now.

The future home for priests and brothers of Cincinnati’s Oratory-in-formation of St. Philip Neri as it looks now.

The Oratory-in-Formation of St. Philip Neri in Cincinnati launched an online fund drive with a bang earlier this month: an anonymous donor made a $5000 donation to the $250,000 total.

An Oratory requires a “pious house,” or residence, for its priests, who live together in community but remain at the disposal of the local bishop for assignments. The Oratory, which will be based at Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati, is renovating several buildings in the square around the historic church, and has already raised more than 60% of the funds necessary to renovate the residence.

Inside the future Pious House.

Inside the future Pious House.

The 9,500 square foot building will provide 12 rooms to the four current and future priests  (two are seminarians) committed to the Oratory, and for eight future priests and brothers.

“Founded by St. Philip Neri in the 16th Century, the Oratory is a religious congregation that allows priests and brothers to live in community, under a rule without vows, with a common purpose,” says Fr. Jon-Paul Bevak, one of the future Oratorians and parochial vicar of Old St. Mary’s. “The Holy Father himself establishes each new foundation, with over 70 worldwide. Please help us bring the Oratory to Cincinnati!”

The campaign is being hosted at GoFundMe, a fundraising site that allows donors to certified fundraising projects to make donations by credit card. The future Oratory encourages all donations from $10 to the desired total. (Fr. Bevak asks that anyone wanting to make a large contribution contact him directly, to make financial arrangements in the best way.)

The Oratorians will be submitting their permits Sept. 1st and hope to begin construction Oct. 1st, aiming at finishing the renovation completely in the first half of 2015. All gifts are tax deductible.

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Beauty in the liturgy is a focus of the future Oratory. At Old St. Mary's Church in Over-the-Rhine, the future Oratians celebrate Mass in both the current and "extraordinary" (or pre-1962) forms. Photo by Donna Franer.

Beauty in the liturgy is a focus of the future Oratory. At Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine, the future Oratians celebrate Mass in both the current and “extraordinary” (or pre-1962) forms. Photo by Donna Franer.

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Dayton native and CJ alumna Molly Bruggeman (third from left), on the podium with her teammates on the four-woman crew at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Italy.

Dayton native and CJ alumna Molly Bruggeman (third from left), on the podium with her teammates on the four-woman crew at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Italy.

Dayton native Molly Bruggeman, a 2010 graduate of Chaminade Julienne High School and a 2014 graduate of Notre Dame, rowed with two two gold medals-winning teams at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy, this summer.

The former Eagles rower, a product of the Dayton Boat Club (DBC), is a three-time All-American. In Italy, she was part of an American team that won gold in both women’s four and women’s eight races.

CJ offers both men’s and women’s rowing, and student athletes can earn varsity letters while competing as members of the DBC. Co-sponsored by the Marianists and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Chaminade Julienne serves 660 students from more than 50 ZIP codes.  The first Catholic high school in Ohio to be dually certified in biomedical sciences and pre-engineering by Project Lead the Way (PLTW), it remains one of just three dually certified PLTW schools in the Miami Valley.

Photos courtesy Chaminade Julienne High School.

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The gold medal, eight-woman crew at the World Championships in Italy, where the US team won a total of five medals.

The gold medal, eight-woman crew at the World Championships in Italy, where the US team won a total of five medals.

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“A doação como apostolado de caridade para com quem sofre por causa da idade, da pobreza, da solidão e outras dificuldades”, era a espiritualidade de Joana Maria da Cruz, nascida na aldeia de Cancale na Bretanha francesa no dia 25 de outubro de 1792 e batizada com o nome de Joana Jugan. Filha do casal José Jugan e ... 1 day 1 hour
O observador permanente da Santa Sé junto à Organização das Nações Unidas em Genebra, o arcebispo dom Silvano Tomasi, afirmou que o recrudescimento da violência no Iraque despertou o mundo. Ele instou a comunidade internacional a defender e proteger os direitos humanos fundamentais de todas as pessoas atingidas.   ... 1 day 6 hours
O livro-entrevista de Alvear Metalli dedicado ao filósofo uruguaio Alberto Methol Ferré, amigo de Jorge Mario Bergoglio, foi apresentado nesta quarta-feira no Encontro para a Amizade entre os Povos, que acontece de 24 a 30 de agosto na cidade italiana de Rímini. Além do autor do livro, estiveram presentes na apre... 1 day 7 hours
O Santo Padre nomeou o Cardeal Antonio Cañizares Llovera como novo arcebispo de Valência na Espanha. O até então arcebispo de Valência, Dom Carlos Osorio foi nomeado arcebispo de Madri, em substituição do cardeal Antonio María Rouco Varela. O cardeal Antonio Cañizares Llovera tem sido até agora prefeito da Congre... 1 day 7 hours
Em Bkerke, no Líbano, na sede do Patriarcado maronita, foi realizado ontem, 27, uma reunião com a participação dos chefes das Igrejas Orientais e dos embaixadores de diversos países. Durante o encontro os Patriarcas destacaram “a necessidade de colocar um ponto final às organizações terroristas e fundamentalistas”,... 1 day 8 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday met with Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, to discuss the plight of those fleeing the Islamist violence in Iraq. The so-called Islamic State controls large areas of both Syria and Iraq, and has been conducting a campaign of terror, especially against religious minorities, including Christians. Cardinal Vegliò told Vatican Radio the Pope said the Church must be in the forefront  in efforts to  defend the weak.  Listen to the report by Charles Collins :  “The Church must help those most in need, because their rights are being trampled upon,” he told Vatican Radio.  “The Church is for the poor and the voiceless.  We must be present and never tire of saying these things in homilies and speeches; and to influence, if possible, the political situation.” He recalled the words of Pope Francis when he returned from Korea, and said “it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor.” Pope Francis also emphasized the means to do this “must be evaluated.” Cardinal Vegliò said it was up to the “international community” to conduct this evaluation, but warned there would be no excuses if nothing was done. “It would be the same thing as when Hitler killed the Jews, and afterwards many said ‘no, no, we did not know anything.’ It is total hypocrisy,” he said. “We must do something.” So far, the Cardinal said the international community has done too little, and faulted the United Nations and Europe, which is geographically close to the region. “Unfortunately, in Europe we have so many problems, so we are selfish and only think of ourselves, and very little about others,” he said.  “However, our problems are relatively small compared to those of the Iraqi people, who are fleeing to avoid being slaughtered...I hope Europe  shows sensitivity – and some countries have already begun to do so -  and gives them a chance to be accepted in their countries - Germany, France, England, Italy, Spain: All rich countries compared to these poor ones.” Cardinal Vegliò said he also hopes the Church is part of the solution. “And when we speak of the Church, we are not only thinking of the Vatican or the Curia,” he explained.  “The Church is a reality everywhere, and the Church has the sensitivity to help these poor people, these migrants, these refugees, these displaced people.”  (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 8 hours
A batalha a favor da vida está destinada à vitória. Basta com que aqueles que lutam atuem de acordo com os princípios que os animam. Este é o ensinamento que vem de um estudo do Instituto de investigação demográfica General Social Survey dirigido por Alex Kevern e Jeremy Freese, sociólogos da Universidade de Northw... 1 day 8 hours
A empresa de automóveis da Coréia do Sul, a Kia Motors Corp., anunciou nos últimos dias que doará ao Vaticano dois carros Soul, utilizados por Francisco como papamóveis durante a recente visita ao país asiático. "A comissão que organizou a visita papal informou que o Vaticano ficou muito satisfeito com os carros ... 1 day 8 hours
Foi divulgado hoje o programa oficial da visita do Papa a Redipuglia, na província de Gorizia, que será realizada no próximo 13 de setembro, por ocasião do centenário do início da Primeira Guerra Mundial. Às 7h30, o Papa viajará de carro do Vaticano para o aeroporto de Ciampino, de onde, às 8 horas, partirtà para... 1 day 9 hours
(Vatican Radio) Affectionately known as "La Cachita", Cuba's beloved Virgin of Charity of El Cobre has been given a place of honour in the Vatican gardens.  In a ceremony presided over by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a replica of the image of the "Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre", the Patron Saint of Cuba, was located in the Vatican. A delegation of Cuban bishops, who brought the statue as a gift to Pope Francis, was present for the ceremony.  In 1998, Pope John Paul II crowned the Virgin of the Caridad del Cobre  during an apostolic journey to the Caribbean country. The Virgin of Charity is closely linked to Cuban history and to the island's independence struggle, Her image accompanied freedom fighters against Spanish colonial rule.  The story goes that in 1862, two indigenous young men and a child of African descent were trying to get salt in the eastern bay of Nipe, where they came accross an image of the virgin floating on the sea. On September 8, 1927, the Shrine of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre was raised on the Maboa Mountain, in eastern Santiago de Cuba as one of the most venerated religious sites in Cuba, with some 500 visitors every day. (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 9 hours
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis met briefly Wednesday with Dr. Paul Bhatti, former Pakistani Minister for National Harmony and Minorities.  Dr. Bhatti attended the weekly General Audience where he and his mother, both Catholics, had an opportunity to speak with the Pope.  Bhatti, whose brother Shabhaz was assassinated by Islamic extremists as Pakistan’s first Minister for Minority Affairs in 2011, says Pope Francis is a father figure for the world’s persecuted Christians.  Bhatti and his mother invited Pope Francis to visit Pakistan’s small Christian community and said their meeting with the Pope was a special moment. Listen to Tracey McClure’s extended interview with Dr. Paul Bhatti: In the interview, Bhatti criticizes the international community's complacency in speaking out against persecution against Christians and says the root causes of religious extremism and terrorism must be identified and dealt with.  He also speaks about the courage of some Muslims who come to the defense of Christians and condemns the “abuse of children” who are sometimes “brainwashed” as early as the age of 6 to kill.   (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 9 hours
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Wednesday said that in a Christian community division is one of the worst sins because it comes not from God.  He made the comment during weekly General Audience on Wednesday in St Peter’s Square. Listen to this report by Lydia O’Kane  The importance of unity was at the heart of Pope Francis’ catechesis at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, telling the estimated ten thousand pilgrims and tourists present in St Peter’s Square that “ while we, the members of the Church, are sinners, the unity and holiness of the Church arise from God and call us daily to conversion. The Holy Father said that the sins against unity, such as jealousy, envy, and  antipathy come about when we place ourselves at the centre and even occur even in our parish communities.  Then the Pope underlined that in a Christian community division is one of the worst sins because it comes not from God but from the Devil. God’s will, stressed Pope Francis “is that we grow in our capacity to welcome one another, to forgive and to love, and to resemble Jesus.”  Giving an example of Christ’s unity and Holiness at work, Pope Francis recounted a story he had heard about an elderly woman who, all her life worked for her parish. She was a women who never gossiped, never spoke ill of anyone and always had a smile on her face. This is the kind of woman, said the Pope that could be “canonized tomorrow”. This, the Holy Father noted, is the holiness of the Church – “to recognize the image of God in one another”. Concluding his Catechesis, the Holy Father asked that we all examine our consciences and look for forgiveness “for the times when we have given rise to division or misunderstanding in our communities and may our relationships mirror more beautifully and joyfully the unity of Jesus and the Father.”   (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 9 hours
Nos dias 01, 02, 04 e 05 de setembro, se realizará no Seminário Maior Arquidiocesano de Brasília, a III Semana Filosófica, que terá como tema “Chesterton: filósofo ou não?”. Propõe-se como linha mestra das reflexões “Uma investigação sobre a relevância filosófica do pensamento de G. K. Chesterton, das raízes teóric... 1 day 9 hours
(Vatican Radio)  An international peace force is needed to hold back the onslaught of so-called Islamic State militants who continue to make gains in Syria and Iraq – that, according to Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Syria, Antoine Audo. In an interview with Vatican Radio’s Italian Service, Bishop Audo says, “We are a bit confused; no one knows exactly what is happening.  As Christians, as Syrians, we hope to have a solution of reconciliation, of peace, with the help of the United Nations.  An international peace force is needed.  The situation in Aleppo is rather difficult, with problems of electricity, water;  there is no security.  No one knows when the bombs will drop.  And, despite everything, as Christians, we try to be lively, active, to go about business.  For example, this week we will have several days of reflections with all the people who work with us at Caritas.  We try to survive, to be active… we cannot do other things.” Asked if people are concerned about the possible arrival of Islamic State militants, Bishop Audo says, “In the city, in the center of Aleppo where most Christians live along with others, there is no direct violent presence.  We are under the protection of the government.  Around the city there are many groups which attack and launch bombs.  This is the situation.” The Chaldean bishop says people have heard the horrific accounts of what happens to areas under the control of IS’s so-called caliphate.  “We’ve heard the news coming from Mosul and Raqqa.  We hear the news that speak of (strict forms of Sharia) laws, of the way one has to behave, of the violence.  Yes, yes, and this generally makes the people afraid...We hope though, that (these things aren’t)  true.  The question is, who supports these groups?  This is the question that we put to the international community’s conscience.  Who is selling the arms?  Who stands to gain from this violence?” (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 11 hours
(Vatican Radio) As West Africa battles an Ebola epidemic that has already killed 1,400 people, a top American health official has said that the virus at this point has the “upper hand” but he added that experts have the tools to stop it. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made the comments on the same day as the President of one of the most affected countries, Liberia fired all Cabinet ministers and other top officials who defied her order to return to the country as it struggles to deal with the outbreak. Listen to Lydia O'Kane's interview with Monsignor Robert Vitillo, who heads the Geneva UN delegation for Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic aid organization.  The United Nations recently held a meeting in Geneva  to discuss the epidemic.  Among those attending was Monsignor Robert Vitillo, who heads the Geneva UN delegation for Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic aid organization.  Speaking to Vatican Radio about the Church’s response to the epidemic, he stressed the importance of education in countries severely affected by the virus. “The Catholic Church is stressing through Caritas and other religious orders and other Catholic organizations is very active in terms of educating people about the risks of Ebola and also on the best ways to prevent infection and helping them especially find culturally appropriate ways to deal with the illness and especially to bury those who of died without exposing themselves to greater risk of infection.” Asked about the level information or indeed misinformation out there about Ebola, Monsignor Vitillo says “the fact is that the greatest risk is not by travelling, but rather the greatest risk is to family members and people in close contact with those who are infected including healthcare workers.” From a human perspective he also underlines how important it is, when treating patients, to address the emotional issues while continuing to enforce the regulations needed to insure good public health.   (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 1 day 11 hours
Testemunho cristão em um mundo plural. Foi com esse lema que aconteceu o Simpósio Ecumenismo e Missão. O Conselho Nacional de Igrejas Cristãs (CONIC) promoveu o evento, que aconteceu, na Mariápolis Ginetta,  em Vargem Grande Paulista (SP), entre os dias 21 e 24 de agosto, organizado em parceria com a Pontifícia Uni... 1 day 11 hours
O prelado do Opus Dei, Mons. Javier Echevarría elogiou o pensamento do fundador de Comunhão e Libertação, o padre italiano Luigi Giussani, e desejou que o processo de canonização possa chegar em breve a ser concretizado. Falou isso na conferência realizada quinta-feira no "Meeting pela Amizade entre os Povos", que ... 1 day 11 hours
"Tarde Vos amei ó Beleza tão antiga e tão nova, tarde Vos amei! Eis que habitáveis dentro de mim, e eu, lá fora, a procurar-Vos!” Assim bradava Aurélio Agostinho que nasceu no dia 13 de novembro de 354 em Tagaste na África. Filho de Santa Mônica e Patrício, o jovem tinha forte personalidade e mediante os esforços d... 2 days 2 hours
Queridos irmãos e irmãs, bom dia. Toda vez que renovamos a nossa profissão de fé recitando o “Credo”, nós afirmamos que a Igreja é “una” e “santa”. É una porque tem a sua origem em Deus Trindade, mistério de unidade e de comunhão plena. Depois, a Igreja é santa, enquanto fundada sobre Jesus Cristo, animada pelo s... 2 days 5 hours
De 1 a28 de setembro de 2014, acontecerá a Assembleia geral do Movimento dos Focolares, depois daquela de 2008 que ocorreu após o falecimento da fundadora Chiara Lubich. São esperados no Centro Mariápolis de Castelgandolfo, Roma, 494 delegados dos Focolares que representam o centro internacional e as diversas áre... 2 days 6 hours
"Parece que a crueldade foi impressa nos nossos corações. Uma crueldade que tem muitas roupagens: ‘o que me importa’, ‘vão trabalhar’, ‘são pessoas que não se inserem na sociedade’... palavras que não justificam mas manifestam tal crueldade". Estas são as palavras do Papa Francisco escritas em um email privado a ... 2 days 6 hours
No final da Audiência Geral de hoje, o Papa Francisco recebeu o ex-ministro cristão paquistanês Paul Bhatti, irmão de Shahbaz, que foi morto há três anos pelos fundamentalistas islâmicos juntamente com sua mãe. Um momento tocante como dito pelo mesmo Bhatti a Rádio Vaticano: "Para mim, foi uma grande emoção - diz e... 2 days 6 hours
Após cerca de 50 dias de conflito, ontem, finalmente chegou-se a um acordo para um cessar-fogo em Gaza entre Israel e o Hamas. Uma verdadeira e real vitória diplomática do Egito, que sediou os diálogos na sua capital, o Cairo. O anúncio, que foi feito pelo presidente palestino, Abu Mazen, gerou grandíssimo entusias... 2 days 6 hours
São impactantes as últimas notícias divulgando as hordas de jovens europeus que decidem juntar-se à jihad no Oriente Médio. Notícias que causam preocupação, dando uma imagem do Velho Continente reduzido agora a mera expressão geográfica, arrastado pela secularização e contaminação ideológicas. Uma pesquisa publicad... 2 days 6 hours
A Ordem Hospitaleira de São João de Deus perdeu em agosto uma comunidade inteira na Libéria. Os religiosos atendiam doentes de ebola no hospital São José, na capital do país, Monróvia. No dia 2 de agosto, morreu o irmão Patrick Nshamdze, de 52 anos, diretor gerente do hospital. Em 9 de agosto, a irmã Chantal Pasc... 2 days 6 hours
O pior não é apenas a ocupação armada, mas o fato de que as milícias do Estado Islâmico levem os pregadores até as mesquitas e templos para pregar o ódio e envolver as mentes mais frágeis, afirmou ontem, terça-feira, em coletiva no Meeting de Rimini, o vigário apostólico de Aleppo, dom George Abou Khazen, acompanha... 2 days 6 hours
A praça de São Pedro voltou a acolher os fiéis para a catequese semanal do Santo Padre, após duas semanas em que as audiências gerais aconteceram na Sala Paulo VI. Na manhã de hoje, os milhares de peregrinos de todas as partes do mundo esperavam Francisco cheios da costumeira alegria e entusiasmo. O papa deu pros... 2 days 6 hours
A irmã Cristina Scuccia, a jovem religiosa que ganhou em junho a última edição do reality show “The Voice” Itália, renovou em 29 de julho os seus votos de castidade, pobreza e obediência, em uma das casas da sua congregação na ilha italiana da Sicília. A freira ficou famosa no The Voice com a interpretação da mús... 2 days 6 hours
(Vatican Radio) The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi has renewed his appeal to the international community to stop Islamic State militants from persecuting and exterminating Christians and other minorities in Iraq and other parts of the region. Speaking to Vatican Radio’s Italian Service, Archbishop Tomasi said,  “In this tragic context of violence, the Church ‘s job is difficult but continuous.  The example of the Holy Father is clear: he continues to appeal to the international community and to all of us believers, to pray that the path to peace will be found, inviting everyone to negotiate and inviting the countries that are capable of stopping the aggressor - through the mechanisms of the United Nations -  (to take action).” “Local bishops, the Patriarchs, Orthodox and Catholics of various rites – the Syriac, Chaldean, Melkite – met a few days ago and clearly formulated important plans of action.  First, to ask for help from the international community to stop the violence and the killing not only of the Christians but also of the Yazidis and other groups.  We think that Christians are being decapitated and from the photos, you can see the heads are put on hooks like wall or gate decorations.  These things are unheard of, truly unacceptable! “Second, they ask that there is an international presence that guarantees the return of the Christians to their villages and to their homes.  It is not right that the international community accepts that automatically, the Christians are condemned to exile.  They have the right to live at home, where they’ve lived for 1,700 years, since before the arrival of Islam, so that they can continue (to live there) not only because it is their natural right, but also because they are a presence that is a benefit to the Islamic community and which helps diversify the social context which can slowly favor a democracy that respects the identity of every person and each group.” Asked if he is concerned about the actions of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram which has terrorized and recently proclaimed a caliphate in Nigeria, Archbishop Tomasi said,  “the violence used by Boko Haram is worrying.  The fact that the systematic use of violence against innocent civilians – particularly Christians - is a form of power-grabbing poses the question to the international community: how will it react?  Nigeria is still doing its best to find a solution to this fundamentalist sect that disguises its thirst for power with religious language but in reality, what is at the root of this movement is (its desire for) domination and control of the territory. So, the international community needs to condemn (Boko Haram) and make it clear that the methods used by these people are completely unacceptable. In whatever manner deemed useful,  it must also support the Nigerian government to fulfill its efforts to reject this group.” (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 2 days 10 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis greeted thousands of pilgrims and tourists in St Peter's Square on Wednesday for his weekly General Audience. During his catechesis the Holy Father stressed the importance of unity in the Church and in our lives. Below are the Pope's English language remarks read out during the General Audience Dear Brothers and Sisters, We affirm in the Creed that the Church is one and that she is holy .  One because she has her origin in the Triune God, mystery of unity and full communion.  Holy since she is founded by Jesus Christ, enlivened by his Holy Spirit, and filled with his love and salvation.  While we, the members of the Church, are sinners, the unity and holiness of the Church arise from God and call us daily to conversion.  We have an intercessor in Jesus, who prays, especially in his passion, for our unity with him and the Father, and with each other.  Unfortunately, we know well the sins against unity – jealousy, envy, antipathy – which come about when we place ourselves at the center and which occur even in our parish communities.  God’s will, however, is that we grow in our capacity to welcome one another, to forgive and to love, and to resemble Jesus.  This is the holiness of the Church – to recognize the image of God in one another.  May we all examine our consciences and ask forgiveness for the times when we have given rise to division or misunderstanding in our communities, and may our relationships mirror more beautifully and joyfully the unity of Jesus and the Father. I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Malta and Canada.  May Jesus Christ confirm you in faith and make you witnesses of the holiness and unity of the Church.  May God bless you all!   (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 2 days 17 hours

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Hindu militants in India's state of Uttar Pradesh have announced the "reconversion" of about 70 people who had embraced Christianity, the AsiaNews service reports. The Hindu militants ... 1 day 10 hours
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Congressman James Sensenbrenner, a Republican member of the US Congress who has served since 1979, has quietly entered the Catholic Church. Sensenbrenner, who had been Episcopalian, was ... 1 day 10 hours
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For the 2nd time in less than a year, a federal judge in Utah has struck down a key portion of the state's law banning polygamy. Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that a portion of the ... 1 day 11 hours
The United States created the conditions that led to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to Iraq's leading Catholic prelate. "The US is indirectly responsible for ... 1 day 12 hours
Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments since 2008, as the new Archbishop of ... 1 day 17 hours
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In a letter to Pope Francis, leaders of Caritas Turkey said that they are financially "powerless" to assist all of the refugees from neighboring Syria and Iraq. Although "we do not make ... 1 day 19 hours
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has sent condolences to Pope Francis following the death of his nephew's family in an automobile crash. "Please accept my profound condolences ... 1 day 19 hours
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The priest who serves as Franciscan superior in the Holy Land and several Middle Eastern nations told an Italian audience that the Arab Spring has brought radical change to the ... 1 day 20 hours
The secretary-general of the Italian bishops' conference has said that the Church must make efforts to welcome "unconventional couples." "Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are ... 2 days 8 hours
In India's Kerela state, a proposal to ban alcoholic beverages has spawned a debate about the use of wine in the Catholic Mass. Vellappally Natesan, the general secretary of the Sree ... 2 days 9 hours
King Hamad Bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain has offered refuge to 200 Christian refugee families from Mosul, Iraq, the Zenit news agency reports. "This shows his generosity toward ... 2 days 9 hours
A Ukrainian Catholic bishop in England has charged that the Russian Orthodox Church is spreading misinformation about the role of the Eastern Catholic Church in Ukraine. Bishop Hlib ... 2 days 10 hours
German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has told a German magazine that the "Pope Francis effect" is a popular phenomenon rather than a spiritual revival. "Were this a religious movement, ... 2 days 10 hours
Following a Vatican announcement that Josef Wesolowski has lost his diplomatic immunity, prosecutors in the Dominican Republic have expressed interest in having the former papal nuncio ... 2 days 10 hours
Eastern patriarchs are meeting in Lebanon to draft an appeal to the world on behalf of suffering Christians in Iraq and Syria. The meeting of the patriarchs is taking place in Bkerke, ... 2 days 10 hours
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, ... 2 days 15 hours
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 ... 2 days 19 hours
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 ... 2 days 19 hours
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 ... 2 days 19 hours
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 ... 2 days 20 hours