Vatican newspaper decries ‘caliphate of brutality’; Mosul cathedral becomes mosque
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has removed the crosses from all 30 churches and monasteries in Mosul and converted the Syriac Orthodox cathedral into a mosque, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. ISIL, also known as Islamic State and ISIS, took over Iraq’s 2nd-largest city in June and later ordered all Christians to leave, pay an unspecified tax, or convert to Islam.
Along the border: Agent has keen eye for signs of people on move
"Someone came over here recently," said Border Patrol Agent Bryan Flowers pointing to the shirt and rubber-sole skid marks left on the 20-foot-tall rusted steel fence. Flowers has a keen eye for spotting signs of people on the move. He can make out fresh footprints in the dry desert sand and easily spot newly discarded water bottles, backpacks or clothing.
The Courage of the Catholic Bishops, Religious Liberty, Hobby Lobby and ENDA
One of my growing concerns is that many Catholics do not even read what they are saying. Sadly, in a propagandized media where sound bites substitute for serious reporting, the clarion defense put forth by the Catholic Bishops is often not properly quoted, if even mentioned. Instead, the media continues to disparage the Church with caricatures rooted in a growing anti-Catholic animus.
Caritas appeal for Gaza
Caritas, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has issued a $1.5-million appeal for aid to hospitals and families in Gaza. “Most of the victims are children, women and old people,” said Father Raed Abusahlia, director of Caritas Jerusalem. “We strongly believe that the Church of Jesus Christ cannot remain silent; we cannot stand aside and do nothing.”
Catholics reportedly upset by Pope's plans to visit Protestant congregation in Caserta
Magister reports that the Pope had planned to travel to Caserta to meet with his friend, the Evangelical pastor Giovanni Traettino, and speak to his congregation. Pope Francis, Magister notes, has had friendly ties with Pentecostal clergy and congregations since his days in Buenos Aires, and has expressed admiration for their evangelical energy.
Church response to refugees is part of pro-life call, bishop says
Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States. “The Catholic Church responds to humanitarian crises here at home and all across the world because we are pro-life,” said Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh. “Being pro-life requires we protect and care for vulnerable persons from conception to natural death,” he emphasized in a July 19 statement.
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Ten Tips for a Better Confession
In the context of an Ignatian retreat it is always beneficial to prepare oneself to make an excellent Confession. To make a good confession demands prior preparation. The better the prior preparation, the more abundant the graces and the more overflowing the river of peace in your soul! Following are ten short helps to make the best confession in your life.
Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul
Living my vocation is hard. So, so hard. However, when I truly invest myself completely in loving and serving these humans that God has given me, the graces flow and joy abounds. Its true, what they say: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. To that end, over the last few years I’ve been seeking out and collecting books which I hope will help me to grow in living my vocation with more true joy in my heart.
The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death
My family has never been one to shy away from talking about death. A number of factors contributed to that being a normal part of the fabric of our family, and my late husband used to have something he would say regularly. He would reference his wishes for his eventual death by saying, “I hope I don’t get really old or sick, I want to be walking around in my house one day and my heart will just explode.”
How to Forgive When I Can’t Forget
Since forgetting is not an option given our memories, Waltz said that God has provided an even better remedy—the divine transformation of a resurrection within our souls. He pointed out that Christ himself retained the wounds of his crucifixion. “Had he wanted to, Jesus could have healed his body so completely that even the scars did not exist,” he explained. “Christ is not ashamed of these scars, rather he wears them as his testament to his victory over sin and death.”