Prayers for Precious Souls Lost in #CharlestonShooting

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I’ve been praying this morning about how to possibly write about last night’s horrific tragedy in Charleston at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.  There is no possible way to succinctly describe the horror of an intruder infiltrating a prayer meeting and then taking the lives of nine souls, including that of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, [Read More...]

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Let’s Skip the Pizza Tonight and Provide Emergency Shelter in Nepal

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and India on April 25, 2015. CRS, Caritas and its local partners are responding with much needed relief in the affected areas. Photo by Jake Lyell for Catholic Relief Services, used with permission

For the last week, we’ve been watching heartbreaking images coming out of Nepal. Immediately after the quake hit, I thought of my friends at CRS, certain that they were already mobilizing immediate relief into the area. I was right, and on their Newswire website they have been giving frequent updates like this one, posted yesterday: [Read More...]

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Baltimore Area Parish Shares Musical Call to Prayer for City

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I had a great chance last night to speak for a few moments with Father Michael White, the awesome pastor of Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland. Father White is well known around the country as the author of Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter. He tweeted earlier this week about [Read More...]

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Facebook Safety Check Aids with #NepalEarthquake Info Flow

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I was happy to see this weekend that Mark Zuckerberg posted about the activation of Facebook’s “Safety Check” feature following the earthquake in Nepal: This morning we activated Safety Check for people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. It’s a simple way to let family… Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday, April 25, 2015 In [Read More...]

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Prayers for #NepalEarthquake

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As news comes out this morning about the 7.9 earthquake in Nepal today, I ask you to join me in praying for the families impacted by this tragedy and for the aid workers who are rushing to provide relief. Catholic Relief Services has provided this prayer: Loving God, We pray for all those affected by [Read More...]

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Westminster Cardinal Welcomes Modern Slavery Act

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From Zenit comes the report of Cardinal Nicols of Westminster offering words of encouragement on the Modern Slavery Act of 2015: “I welcome the Modern Slavery Act 2015 as the Bill receives Royal Assent today. While no Act can cover everything in the serious criminal activity of human trafficking and modern slavery, which abuses vulnerable [Read More...]

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Archbishop to UN: “Feminine Genius” is at Core of Women’s Equality

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CNA has a great recap today of Archbishop Auza’s recent addresses at the United Nations on the occasion of International Woman’s Day. His remarks centered largely around the Feminine Genius in the effort to protect and uplift women’s right and equality: The feminine genius, Archbishop Auza said, is linked deeply to “solidarity in caring for [Read More...]

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We Can’t Neglect the Call for Prayer Amidst ISIS Religious Persecutions

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Perhaps you were like me: you missed watching this video on 60 Minutes Sunday night: More than 125,000 of Iraq’s Christians have been forced to flee the homeland they have lived in for nearly 2,000 years because of ISIS violence and threats. Lara Logan reports. We’re reminded by the USCCB that we each need to [Read More...]

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What’s “News”? Top Catholic Tweets for the Week of 02/07/15

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Just about every week, we bring you a weekly feature that includes the top news and information as shared on Twitter and is of import in the Catholic realm. These tweets are compiled by John Clem, O.F.S., who does a masterful job of keeping us all “in the loop” about what’s happening in the Church. [Read More...]

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USCCB & Bishop Oscar Cantú on Release of Alan Gross and #CubaPolicy

This has been a busy week for Bishop Oscar Cantú, who is Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace. Just yesterday, I posted his statement on the torture report. Today, we have his statement (included below for your reference) on the release of American Alan Gross from Cuba and the shift in the Administrations [Read More...]

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