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Islamic extremists target famed Buddhist temple in Indonesia

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:31
Islamic extremists in Indonesia are planning to destroy the Temple of Borobudur, an important Buddhist center that is classified as a World Heritage Site, the AsiaNews service ...

Mideast conflicts show 'moral bankruptcy of modern warfare,' say African bishops

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:30
The bishops of southern Africa have issued a statement arguing that current conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Gaza show "the moral bankruptcy of modern warfare," the Fides news service ...

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga sends message of solidarity to Iraqi Christians

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:29
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiago, the president of the charitable consortium Caritas International, has sent a message to Church leaders in Iraq, expressing solidarity with the ...

Papal envoy: all should be concerned with Iraqi Christian refugees

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:28
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who traveled to Iraq last week as the personal representative of Pope Francis, said that the persecution of Christians and Yezidis by the Islamic State should be ...

The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Commentary - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:34

Long-time readers will know of my respect for Samuel Gregg, director of research at the Acton Institute. Not only do we have a number of his articles on social-economic-political issues in our library, but I favorably reviewed his book Tea Party Catholic last December (see Political principles rooted in Christ? This is not easy.). Now Gregg has a new article in the latest issue of First Things entitled Correcting Catholic Blindness (the full text is not yet available free of charge).

Action urged against legislation curtailing religious freedom

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:18
The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA), which works closely with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on legislative matters, is calling upon pro-life ...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

�Slaves no more' will be theme for World Day of Peace

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:19
Pope Francis has announced that the theme for the 48th World Day of peace will be "Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters." "Being children of God gives all human beings equal ...

Church is experiencing �a martyrdom' in eastern Ukraine, says leading prelate

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:10
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said that his Eastern Catholic church is experiencing "a martyrdom" in two eastern Ukrainian cities ...

Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:55
Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist ...

Patriarchs ask international community to protect Iraqi Christians

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:30
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 ...

Brief papal message to Hungary's president

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:04
Pope Francis sent a brief message to President János Áder of Hungary on the occasion of the feast of St. Stephen of Hungary, the nation's patron. "I am pleased to send cordial greetings ...

American religious leaders welcome Gaza ceasefire

Catholic News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:56
Nearly three dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in the United States issued a statement recently welcoming a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel conflict. The ceasefire was ...

CLOTHES LINES - One Bread, One Body, Aug 21, 2014

Pope St. Pius X
Ezekiel 36:23-28 | Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 | Matthew 22:1-14

"How is it you came in here not properly dressed?" —Matthew 22:12

Are you properly dressed for the wedding feast of heaven? We must clothe ourselves with Christ (Gal 3:27). We must "put on a new man, one who grows in knowledge as he is formed anew in the image of his Creator" (Col 3:10). We are to "put on the ... More

LCWR ready to defy hierarchy, analyst finds

Catholic News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:32
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) appears ready to raise the stakes in its conflict with the Vatican, observes Ann Carey in a Catholic World Report story on the LCWR's ...

Lebanese prelate would make common cause with Hezbollah against Islamic state

Catholic News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:21
Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai has said that he is prepared to meet with the leader of the Hezbollah movement, in order to address the threats posed by the Islamic State to the ...

Oklahoma archbishop brings suit to stop Black Mass

Catholic News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:12
Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit in an Oklahoma court to stop the Black Mass scheduled for the Oklahoma City Civic Center in September. The lawsuit argues ...

Jewish leader: indifference to slaughter of Christians is 'obscene'

Catholic News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:07
Saying that the lack of public response to the slaughter of Iraqi Christians is "obscene," the president of the World Jewish Congress argues: "Good people must join together and stop this ...

Kurdish leader offers to arm Christian refugees

Catholic News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:31
The president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq has offered to provide arms for Christian volunteers, creating self-defense units to resist the Islamic State, the Fides news service ...

Pope greets 'his' Argentine soccer team

Catholic News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:29
Pope Francis enjoyed a light-hearted meeting on August 20 with members of the San Lorenzo soccer team from Buenos Aires, who were bringing the trophy they had won in this year's Latin ...
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