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James Foley, Martyrdom and the Subversive Freedom of Prayer UPDATED

A great deal has been written about the late James Foley, his beheading at the hands of a barbarous Islamic State: the moving response from this band of Syrians, the Jesuit education which, along with the example of his family kept him grounded in his faith; his own words on the power of prayer, … [Read More...]

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Patheos Catholic Introduces Ben Conroy and Tom Zampino

Our "Week of Adding Many Bloggers" is coming to a close, (although there may yet be one more name added by Friday!) with two bloggers who may -- for now -- be only marginally familiar to Patheos readers. It is surely a nice, and a gratifying thing when we can add well-known authors and writers and … [Read More...]

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Patheos Adds Artur Sebastian Rosman & Lisa Mladinich!

Yesterday, we welcomed Kyle Cupp and Rebecca Lane Frech to the Catholic channel, and today, as promised, we introduce two more bloggers to the mix.When you look up "Phenomenology, Catholic" in a search engine, a few names will instantly surface: Pope Saint John Paul II, Saint Edith Stein, and, … [Read More...]

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ISIS “split her in two; she would not convert!”

When I was a little girl, and afraid of monsters in my darkened bedroom, I used to think that if I would just close my eyes and turn my head away, I would be alright. If I could just look away, the monster could not see me, would not get to me, could not use and abuse me. I would be safe. … [Read More...]

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Sisters Rescuing Women from Sex Trades

They are the Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries, and who looking at them could imagine that they have taken upon themselves -- as have so many great missionary sisters before them -- such difficult work, serving populations invisible to so many?Nuns reach out to sex workers in fight against … [Read More...]

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ISIS Sells Them, Female Kurds Fighting UPDATE

UPDATE: This picture is flying around Twitter right now, and purports to be an televised image of ISIS selling their female captives into slavery. In fact, via Google Translate, and a Twitter friend, we discover it is something else, entirely:Witnessed a march of supporters of President Mohamed … [Read More...]

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The End of the Beginning

So, here we are - my time as a guest blogger here at the Anchorhold has come to an end.I have to emphasise the extent to which this whole thing came as a bolt from the blue - a random act of grace. I emailed Elizabeth to get Leah Libresco's email address because I was trying to see if she'd give … [Read More...]

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Round-Up Part II: The last of the Synod Symposium

Our Summer Symposium highlighting the issues we anticipate being addressed during October's Extraordinary Synod on the Family ended several weeks ago, but my ongoing pneumo-drama, and the serious circumstances in Iraq and Syria proved distracting, and I have not been able to tidy up the loose ends … [Read More...]

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Patheos Welcomes Kyle Cupp and Rebecca Frech!

It is a rare thing for the Patheos Catholic Channel to announce the launch of two blogs at once, and we're only doing it this time, and the next two times, in order to avoid announcing six new bloggers at once -- and great scott, they all look so young! -- which might cause distraction and a general … [Read More...]

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Can Finding Peace and Joy in Life Really Be This Simple?

Not easy, mind you, but simple? As in not overburdened with worldly reason and trendy thought; as in intuitive, rather than taught; as in off-the-grid, beyond the collective and as singular as you and I really are?This is a pretty good argument that yeah, peace and joy may not be easy to find, … [Read More...]


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