Pope Francis’ Energetic Schedule for His First U.S. Trip – UPDATED

Wow, there's a lot happening on September 22-27, when Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States! The Washington Post offered an exclusive look at the preliminary schedule--with the disclaimer that things could change, this is not the "official" schedule. In fact, even after the Vatican releases the itinerary later this week, there could be last-minute changes. Here it is, though--the itinerary, as of this writing:Wednesday, September 23Breakfast at the White H … [Read more...]

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Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of the U.S.A. Offers Help to Displaced Iraqi Christians

"We wish to scream, but there are no ears that wish to hear."Those are the words of Bishop Francis Y. Kalabat, leader of St. Thomas the Apostle Chaldean Eparchy of the U.S.A., in a letter expressing his frustration at the lack of response by the world to the ongoing crisis in Iraq.  Bishop Francis urged Chaldeans and other Catholics to support relief efforts for the people of Mosul who have been displaced by ISIS insurgents.Bishop Francis, along with Chaldean Bishop Sarhad Jammo, led a d … [Read more...]

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Obama Administration Forgets Day of Families, Military; Celebrates Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On May 15, the United Nations celebrated the 20th annual International Day of Families.  Around the world, the U.N. helped nations to refocus on the role of families in development; take stock of recent trends in family policy development; share good practices in family policy making; and review challenges faced by families worldwide.But in the United States, no presidential proclamation.  No encouraging message in the Congressional Record.  No statement on the White House web … [Read more...]

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