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Pope denounces 'scourge' of human trafficking, hails joint efforts against it

Catholic News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:19
Human trafficking is "an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the Body of Christ," Pope Francis said in an April 10 address to participants in the Second ...

Do theology on your knees, Pope tells students at Gregorian University

Catholic News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:13
The study of theology is "fruitful only if it is done with an open mind and on one's knees," Pope Francis said in an April 10 address to students at the Gregorian University in Rome. In ...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 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/

Archdiocesan data breach leads to identity theft, false tax returns

Catholic News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:56
A data breach of the Archdiocese of Portland's computer systems has led to the filing of fraudulent tax returns, according to local media reports. "A number of employees and volunteers ...

Vatican conference on human trafficking

Catholic News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:40
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is hosting a two-day conference on combating human trafficking. The conference, organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, ...

Ukraine's Roman-rite bishops support nation's territorial integrity

Catholic News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:18
The Roman-rite bishops of Ukraine have issued a statement supporting the nation's territorial integrity in the face of recent Russian actions. 10% of Ukrainians are Catholic, and the ...

Pakistani report: 700 Christian women kidnapped yearly, forced into Muslim marriages

Catholic News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:48
A coalition of organizations, including the Pakistani bishops' justice and peace commission, has found that 700 Christian girls and women, and 300 Hindu girls and women, are kidnapped each ...

Opponent of proposed religious garb ban wins Quebec election

Catholic News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:32
An opponent of a proposed ban on religious garb has been elected premier of Quebec. "Ahead of the vote, [Philippe] Couillard said that he opposed the ban on religious symbols for public ...

$24.5M donated to typhoon relief in US special collections

Catholic News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:14
Special collections undertaken in the dioceses of the United States to aid the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan have raised $24.5 million, according to the United States Conference of Catholic ...

Pope laments Jesuit's murder, issues new plea for peace in Syria

Catholic News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:01
At the conclusion of his April 9 general audience, Pope Francis issued a new appeal for peace in Syria. "Last Monday Father Frans van der Lugt, a Dutch Jesuit brother aged 75, was ...

DEAD ENDS AND THE LIVE END - One Bread, One Body, Apr 10, 2014

Genesis 17:3-9 | Psalm 105:4-9 | John 8:51-59

"Whom do You make Yourself out to be?" —John 8:53

"Abraham is dead. The prophets are dead" (Jn 8:52). Buddha is dead. Mohammed is dead. Caesar is dead. Nations, societies, and civilizations are dead. Everyone is dead or on the threshold of death except for Jesus, "the Resurrection and the Life" ... More

Cardinal George will not attend canonizations, suggests beginning search for successor

Catholic News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:37
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George has announced that he will not travel to Rome for the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II later this month. The cardinal, who is ...

The Surprising Implications of Man’s Natural Ends

Catholic Commentary - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:45

Recently I’ve revisited the massive shakeup of Catholic theology occasioned by Henri de Lubac’s remarkable study Surnaturel (French for "supernatural"), published just after the close of World War II. The whole episode demonstrates the immense consequences that can follow from getting key ideas just a little bit wrong. Almost in one fell swoop, De Lubac demonstrated the weakness of too much modern Thomistic thought by exposing the consequences of what had become an almost classic division of the order of Creation into the natural and the supernatural.

Pope Francis begins weekly audiences on gifts of the Holy Spirit

Catholic News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:41
Pope Francis has begun a new series of Wednesday general audiences devoted to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said, is himself the gift of God, and he ...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 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/

Priest murdered in Nicaragua, served in California parish

Catholic News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:19
A Nicaraguan priest who ministered in California from 2008 to 2011 was murdered at his parish in Nicaragua. Father Juan Francisco Blandón Meza, 42, was speaking with a woman who had ...

Cardinal Delly, former Chaldean patriarch, dead at 86

Catholic News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:55
Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, who led the Chaldean Catholic Church from 2003 to 2012, has died in a San Diego hospital, according to a Fides news service report. Born in 1927, Cardinal ...

Moscow patriarch compares Ukrainian protests to Russian Revolution

Catholic News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:41
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has compared the Euromaidan protest in Ukraine, which led to the resignation of a pro-Russian government, to the Russian Revolution of 1917, which ...

DC Courtyard of the Gentiles initiative features hip hop concert, Cokie Roberts

Catholic News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:10
The Courtyard of the Gentiles, the Pontifical Council for Culture's outreach to nonbelievers, is hosting "Faith, Culture, and the Common Good" at Georgetown University. "In the US, ...

Prelates urge participation in March for Marriage

Catholic News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:32
Bishop Richard Malone, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the ...
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