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Sep 2016
Overcome spiritual desolation through prayer, not pills or drink

Pope Francis said silence and prayer is the way to overcome our darkest moments, rather than resorting to pills or alcoholic drinks to escape from our woes. His comments came during his homily at the morning Mass celebrated on Tuesday at the Santa Marta residence.  Taking his cue from the day’s first reading where Job was living through a spiritual desolation and was giving vent to his sorrows before God, the Pope’s homily focused on these dark moments of spiritual desolation that all of us experience at some point and explained how......

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07
Aug 2016
God, religion and the Olympic Games

The XXXI Olympic Games, the 16-day athletic love-fest kicking off to a samba beat in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, are a secular endeavor featuring more fanfare than faith, more spectacle than spirit. But it was not always so. The Olympics — both the long-gone ancient version and the modern version unspooling this month — have deep religious and spiritual roots, which, some scholars say, are in jeopardy as every host city tries to go bigger, better and more memorable than the last. “The Olympic Games is the international sports event because of the......

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31
Jul 2016
Full text: Pope Francis’s address at World Youth Day Prayer Vigil

  Pope Francis delivers his address during the prayer vigil (AP) Jesus is calling you to leave a mark on history, Pope tells 1.6 million young people Dear young people, good evening! It is good to be here with you at this Prayer Vigil! At the end of his powerful and moving witness, Rand asked something of us. He said: “I earnestly ask you to pray for my beloved country”. Her story, involving war, grief and loss, ended with a request for prayers. Is there a better way for us to begin......

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23
Jul 2016
Cardinal Burke: it’s reasonable to be afraid of Islam’s desire to govern the world

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said there is “no question that Islam wants to govern the world”, and that Western societies should return to their Christian roots. Speaking to David Gibson of Religion News Service, Cardinal Burke, the patron of the Order of Malta, said Muslims were “lovely people” who themselves talked about religion “in a very peaceful manner”.But he said too few people understood the tradition of Islamic thought on government: that, when Muslims became a majority population, “they have the religious obligation to govern that country. If that’s what the citizens......

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20
Jul 2016
As reforms roll out, Pope Francis proves a man of his word

By Elise Harris Vatican City, Jul 15, 2016 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several recent appointments by Pope Francis to Vatican departments show that his reform of the Roman Curia is in tune with what he’s said from the beginning about his vision for the Church. When we look at what Francis has preached about since practically his first day in office, three biggies come to mind: a Church that’s less clerical, has a stronger lay involvement and a greater presence of women.With his decision this week to appoint several lay persons......

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13
Jul 2016
Is the Middle East on the brink of Nuclear War?

Recent news reports indicate that Saudi Arabia has obtained nuclear weapons. If Iran’s 2016 testing of long range nuclear warhead capable missiles is an indicator, does this mean Iran was able to “beat the clock” in Uranium 235 enrichment before the treaty was signed? If so, Iran may already have nuclear bombs. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) – “Yes, we have a nuclear bomb,” said Saudi political analyst Dahham Al-`Anzi. “We have said before that if Iran were to impudently announce a nuclear test, Saudi Arabia would announce one too. No problem”......

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13
Jun 2016
St. Anthony's Bread

St. Anthony’s Bread By Jennifer Gregory Miller  It might come as a surprise to some who attend Mass on June 13 that since there are two obligatory memorials for this Saturday, they are treated as optional memorials for the day. The celebrant of the Mass can choose either the St. Anthony of Padua which always falls on June 13, or the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is celebrated the Saturday following the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Both feasts have equal rank, and it will depend on the priest and the parish......

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13
Jun 2016
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION FOR Monday June 13, 2016

 The simplicity of forgiveness On this day when many in the world are weeping at the news of yet another senseless tragedy, the Church gives us a very simple – but often troubling – Gospel from Matthew about the need to forgive the sins of others. “Jesus said to his disciples:“You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other......

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13
Jun 2016
Is the situation in Nigeria about to get much worse?

By Matt Hadro Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2016 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigeria is a ticking time bomb, with violence and discrimination threatening to tear the country apart and spread its existing refugee crisis throughout the region, a new report claims.“Nigeria is a country on the verge of fracturing along religious fault lines,” stated a report “Nigeria: Fractured and Forgotten” released by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative June 8.“What is unfolding in Northern and Central Nigeria is one of the worst, most neglected humanitarian crises in the world,” Elijah Brown, executive......

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07
Jun 2016
Disarming the world

  Disarming the world By Tony Magliano In the Garden of Gethsemane, as Jesus was prayerfully agonizing over his impending violent death, a large crowd with swords and clubs sent by the chief priests moved in to arrest him. Seeing this, one of Jesus’ disciples “put his hand to his sword, drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.’” Tragically, throughout the centuries much of......

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