Pope Francis: Future of Society Rooted in Elderly & Youth

If you’re looking for a bit of motivation heading into the weekend, be sure to read the full text of Pope Francis’ message to the upcoming 47th Social Week for Italian Catholics: In his message, Pope Francis reminded the participants that for the Christian community, the family is much more than a “theme”, but it “is [Read More...]

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Peace Prayer Ponderings

The following is a transcription from my prayer journal entry today, written as I sat in quiet prayer at our parish’s special vigil for peace in Syria. LMH I sit in our silent, cool chapel, trying to pray for Syria but distracted instead by the air conditioning noises and the rumbling of my belly. The [Read More...]

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CNS: President Obama, Church Differ on Syria

From Catholic News Service: “Catholic leaders respond to the calls for military strikes against Syria with words of caution and pleas for diplomacy.” In the video, Professor Maryann Cusimano Love underscores the areas where Pope Francis and President Obama agree as well — in the protection of the innocent: the most vulnerable and civilians and [Read More...]

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Sweet Tweets for 9/5/13 — Praying with Pope Francis for Peace in Syria

With all that is happening in our world this week and with so many parishes and organizations preparing to hold prayer vigils for peace in Syria this weekend, John Clem has assembled our Sweet Tweets early. They contain many helpful resources to aid you in preparing for this significant weekend of prayer and fasting. Thanks [Read More...]

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EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell Debuts

I’ve been waiting for the big debut of Colleen Carroll Campbell’s new show EWTN News Nightly since it was announced. Here’s the video of Colleen’s first episode for those who missed it live: Colleen Carroll Campbell is poised, thorough and ultimately “watchable”. This will be a daily blessing for those of us who want news [Read More...]

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Why One Syrian Pastor Stays

Religion Today has an amazing post online, quoting a pastor from Syria who expresses why he stays amidst the threat of violence: I weep for my country! I am so sad and speechless… They advise me to leave my country … to emigrate. I respond saying: I’m staying … for the church of Jesus … [Read More...]

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Sweet Tweets for 8/30/13 — God is Pure Mercy

In a week that has been filled with challenging news and leading up to a long weekend, I hope you’ll enjoy taking some extra moments today for a roundup of all that’s gone on in the past seven days. I find myself continually grateful for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who never ceases to amaze [Read More...]

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Chaldean Patriarch Calls Potential US Syrian Military Intervention a “Disaster”

From News.va: Baghdad – The US-led military intervention against Syria would be “a disaster. It would be like a volcano erupting with an explosion meant to destroy Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine. And maybe someone wants this”. This is what the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans Louis Raphael I Sako expressed to Fides Agency with regards [Read More...]

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Raising Our Voices for Peace in Syria

Last night, our family sat comfortably in the living room, eating takeout pizza and rewatching Hotel Rwanda. Our Adam, now an 18 year old, remarked on how the devastation had occurred shortly before his September, 1994 birth. I had to admit to Adam that during those bloody days between April and July of 1994, I [Read More...]

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Sweet Tweets for 8/23/13 — Pope Francis’ “Program for Life”

Did your week pass by in a flurry of back to school, end of summer, cross things off the list busyness? Then you’ll want to take five minutes to explore all that happened with this week’s Sweet Tweets. They contain the sad, the challenging, the uplifting and the informative! Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister [Read More...]

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