Praying for Kenya’s Mall Victims by Name

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All too often, we rush past catastrophes half a world away with hardly a thought. We may pause to pray for them in fleeing moments, but quickly we forget, caught up in our daily busyness. I’m not casting any stones here — I’m guilty of feeling horrible when such tragic acts of violence happen but [Read More...]

Prayers for Pakistan

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With yesterday’s horrific attack on a church in Pakistan, we pray for all in harm’s way, but especially for those Christians being persecuted around the world: PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 75 people in the deadliest-ever attack on [Read More...]

Mass of Consolation in Washington D.C.

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From the USCCB: Tuesday, September 17 at 12:10pm EDT Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, District of Columbia In the wake of the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass for Consolation and Healing at St. [Read More...]

Praying for Navy Yard Shooting Victims

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As we watch the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard continue to unfold, let’s pray together for the shooting victims and their loved ones, as well as for the safety of those law enforcement personnel involved in the tragedy. Heavenly Father, we pray for the repose of the souls of those lost in today’s tragedy [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 9/13/13 – Friday Fast: #PrayforPeace

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As we head into the weekend, I hope you’ll take time to catch up on these highlighted tweets from the past week, which again underscore the power of social media to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel and to propel the New Evangelization. Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services [Read More...]

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...]

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

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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...]

Why One Syrian Pastor Stays

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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...]

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

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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...]

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

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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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