Pope Francis, Holy Land Peacemaker; But Will It Work?

Pope Francis in Bethlehem

 The world's a mess, it seems.  The downed airplane in Ukraine; the drug cartels and irrepressible violence driving children northward from Mexico and Central America; the unremitting terrorism in parts of the world where Islamists seek to impose their culture by force....And of course, the rising tensions in the Holy Land, where Israel and Palestine continue their struggle to define their borders. *     *     *     *     * And into that strife between Israel and Palestine, Pop … [Read more...]

Does Social Media Drown Out God? Or Does It Draw You Closer?

Social Media

Social media is drowning out God.  Young people need to find silence away from the constant "noise" of social media in order to encounter Him.That's the warning from Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.  Speaking to youth at Invocation 2014, a British discernment retreat for young people on July 4-6, the archbishop said: "Today there is so much noise, with social media, we don't understand the value of silence....  We go a … [Read more...]

“Have a Blessed Day,” She Said; So They Fired Her

Polly Neace (screenshot from Fox 19 video, courtesy of Christian Today)

Polly Neace had the same message for every customer at the Walton, Kentucky branch of U.S. Bank where she worked as a teller:  "Have a blessed day," she would say with a smile.And so they fired her.Neace, who had worked for U.S. Bank for more than twenty years, began offering her greeting in 2009.  Bank officials claim that they had received customer complaints, and they had issued repeated warnings to Neace to avoid any mention of faith.According to a report in Christian Today, N … [Read more...]


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