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Church leaders appeal to EU to safeguard 'very fragile' Christian presence in Iraq

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:54
Iraqi Christian leaders are seeking help from the European Union to avert a new civil war that would threaten the existence of the country's "very fragile" minority groups. Chaldean ...

Christian college, seeking exemption from White House order on LGBT equality, faces questions on accreditation

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:32
A Christian college in Massachusetts will face questions from the local accreditation bureau after its president sought exemption from a new White House order banning discrimination on the ...

Polish doctor fired for declining to perform abortion

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:22
A Catholic doctor in a Polish public hospital has been dismissed for his refusal to perform an abortion or refer the pregnant woman to an abortionist. Dr. Bogdan Chazan offered free ...

Pontifical Council issues statement for World Tourism Day

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:15
The Vatican has released its annual statement for World Tourism Day, with a focus on the relationship between tourism and community development. The statement, issued by the Pontifical ...

Vatican employees reassured: pensions are secure

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:14
The Council for the Economy has moved quickly to ease fears among Vatican employees about the security of their pensions. After Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat ...

Vatican council promotes 'pause for peace' at World Cup final

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:14
The Pontifical Council for Culture is promoting a "Pause for Peace" during the World Cup final on Sunday, July 13. The initiative calls for a moment of silent prayer for peace, and for ...

Missouri police stumped by disappearance of pro-life leader's wife

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:13
In Missouri, the wife of a pro-life activist has disappeared, and police are at a loss to explain. Lynn Marie Messer apparently walked away from her home during the night, taking ...

Canadian pro-life activist enjoys freedom, expects to face jail again

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:12
Catholic World Report profiles Mary Wagner, the Canadian pro-life activist who was recently released from prison after serving 22 months for entering an abortion clinic in an attempt to ...

Italian bishop bans processions to deter homage to Mafia

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:11
A bishop in Italy's Calabria region has banned public processions indefinitely, responding to the uproar that was roused when a procession in a neighboring town paused to honor an ...

Friday, July 11, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 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/

I WILL IF YOU WILL - One Bread, One Body, Jul 11, 2014

St. Benedict
Hosea 14:2-10 | Psalm 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17 | Matthew 10:16-23

"You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings, to give witness before them and before the Gentiles on My account." —Matthew 10:18

We may have promised Jesus that we would speak up for Him if He would give us the words. Many times, however, He wants us to speak up first, and then He'll give us the words. Jesus said: "When they hand you over, do not worry about what you ... More

First-Class Relic of St. John Paul II to Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral This Weekend

News from the Knights of Columbus - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:00
Relics of St. John Paul II — who was canonized in April — will visit New York City this weekend as part of a tour that began last month that will several U.S. cities over the next several months. The relics have already been to Boston and Baltimore with Philadelphia the next stop on the weekend of July 19-20.

Jesuit-school alumni press Congress to enact immigration reform

Catholic News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:21
More than 1,200 alumni of Jesuit high schools and universities have signed a petition urging the US Congress to press forward with comprehensive immigration-reform legislation. The ...

Madagascar: priest kidnapped, released in bandit raid

Catholic News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:17
In Madagascar, a Catholic priest was kidnapped on July 8, but released the same day, the Fides news service reports. The priest was one of four people taken hostage by bandits who ...

Anglican leadership will force acceptance of women bishops, sources report

Catholic News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:14
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury plans to force acceptance of female bishops even if the General Synod of the Church of England again votes down the proposal, according to a report in ...

No papal rivalry for World Cup final

Catholic News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:09
Despite scores of light-hearted media reports that Pope Francis and Pope-emeritus Benedict will have rival interests when Germany meets Argentina in the World Cup soccer final, Vatican ...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 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/

BABY STEPS - One Bread, One Body, Jul 10, 2014

Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 | Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16 | Matthew 10:7-15

"It was I Who taught Ephraim to walk, Who took them in My arms." —Hosea 11:3

When we were baptized, we received a new nature. We became new creations (Gal 6:15) and infants in Christ (1 Cor 3:1). Like all infants, we need to learn how to live. God our Father wants to teach us how to walk (Hos 11:3), eat, feel, think, ... More

Knights of Columbus Announces Accelerator Term Insurance Series

News from the Knights of Columbus - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:00
New product provides insurance coverage for Knights and their eligible family members at extended issue ages and with longer coverage periods.

Iraqi Christians 'disappearing,' but Kurdistan opens borders

Catholic News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:32
Christians in Iraq are "in the process of disappearing," warns a Chaldean Catholic prelate, "just as the Christians in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and North Africa have disappeared." But another ...
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