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USCCB president commemorates Civil Rights Act

Catholic News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:44
The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. "The Civil Rights Act was a ...

SINGLES-HANDED - One Bread, One Body, Sep 10, 2014

1 Corinthians 7:25-31 | Psalm 45:11-12, 14-17 | Luke 6:20-26

"Are you free of a wife? If so, do not go in search of one." —1 Corinthians 7:27

Those gifted to be single for the Lord do not commit sin if they marry (1 Cor 7:28). "But such people will have trials in this life, and these I should like to spare you" (1 Cor 7:28). All people have trials; so Paul must have been referring to ... More

Public Responds to Knights' Initiative and Add $1 Million to Christian Refugee Relief Fund

News from the Knights of Columbus - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00
In just over three weeks, the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief initiative has raised more than $1 million in public donations for those suffering persecution in Iraq and the surrounding region.

New Irish primate promises vigilance on abuse, peace in Northern Ireland

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:29
Archbishop Eamon Martin told Vatican Radio that he is "a little bit nervous and fearful for the future" as he takes up his new responsibilities as Archbishop of Armah and Primate of All ...

Malta: bishop proposes every parish adopt a refugee family from Iraq, Syria

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:42
A Catholic bishop in Malta has suggested that each parish in his diocese should adopt a family of Christian refugees from persecution in the Middle East. "How can we stay passive when ...

More homosexual groups seek entry in New York's St. Patrick's Day parade

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:39
Homosexual activists in New York are pressing organizers of the St. Patrick's Day parade to include more gay-rights groups in the march. Following up on last week's announcement that ...

French Muslim leaders denounce Islamic State, support Christian presence in Middle East

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:58
The most prominent Muslim leaders in France have joined in an unprecedented condemnation of the Islamic State's persecution of Christians. In a "Paris Appeal," issued on September 9 at ...

Pope to travel to Turkey in November; Chaldean Patriarch hopes for visit to Iraq

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:13
Pope Francis will travel to Turkey in late November, according to a report in Crux, the news service recently launched by the Boston Globe. The Vatican has not announced plans for a ...

253 to take part in Synod of Bishops on the family

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:02
The Holy See Press Office has announced the names of the 253 participants in the upcoming 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is devoted to the pastoral ...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 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/

Jerusalem patriarch laments suffering of Middle East's Christians

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:52
Speaking at the Sicilian shrine of Our Lady of Tears, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem lamented the suffering of the Middle East's Christians. "I cannot but recall the religious ...

New report of forced conversions, looting in northern Iraq

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:39
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is supervising the looting of homes in historic Christian villages and is detaining Yazidi women under horrific conditions, according to an update ...

Prince Charles, Chaldean patriarch correspond on persecution of Iraqi Christians

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:31
Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has offered his "profound sympathy" to the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church for the "unbearable and barbaric persecution" suffered by ...

Situation in Crimea reminiscent of Communist era, says Orthodox prelate

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:13
The actions of the Russia security agency in Crimea, an area of Ukraine annexed by Russia in March, are reminiscent of the Communist era, according to a local prelate of the Ukrainian ...

African cardinal: synod will not change Catholic teaching on marriage

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:48
A South African cardinal has told Vatican Radio that the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family will not change Catholic teaching on marriage, which he noted is founded on the words of ...

Pakistani Christians accused of desecrating Muslim graves

Catholic News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:36
Thirty-one Christians in a village near Faisalabad, Pakistan, were accused of desecrating hundreds of Muslim graves, the Fides news agency reported. After a Muslim landowner gave ...

WHAT'S IN A NAME? - One Bread, One Body, Sep 9, 2014

St. Peter Claver
1 Corinthians 6:1-11 | Psalm 149:1-6, 9 | Luke 6:12-19

"Do not deceive yourselves: no fornicators, idolaters, or adulterers, no sodomites, thieves, misers, or drunkards, no slanderers or robbers will inherit God's kingdom." —1 Corinthians 6:9-10

"Make no mistake about this: no fornicator, no unclean or lustful person — in effect an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with worthless arguments. These are sins that bring God's wrath ... More

Albanian organizers rush to complete preparations for papal visit

Catholic News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:54
Officials in Albania are making last-minute preparations for the visit by Pope Francis later this month, the ANSA news service reports. Organizers in Albania have not completed the ...

Vatican, Viet officials resume talks to improve ties

Catholic News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:49
Vatican representatives are meeting with Vietnamese government officials in Hanoi this week, in the 5th of a series of meetings aimed at improving ties and eventually restoring full ...

Milwaukee archdiocese, abuse victims, return to mediation in bid to end bankruptcy

Catholic News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:21
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is renewing an attempt to reach a mediated settlement with sex-abuse victims, in a bid to resolve an expensive bankruptcy process. The archdiocese has ...
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