Pope Francis With The Quote of the Week

“Dear brothers, dear friends, from this holy place I make a heartfelt plea to all people and to all communities who look to Abraham:  may we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters! May we learn to understand the sufferings of others!  May no one abuse the name of God through violence! May we work together for justice and peace! Salaam!”

- Pope Francis, Visit to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, May 26, 2014

Robert P. George Reminds Us That We Are Pilgrim People…

And that our lives must be lived as a sign to the world. A sign that contradicts the norms of the world as surely as when Jesus proclaimed the following before surreptitiously heading to the Feast of Tabernacles in the seventh chapter of John’s gospel.

“The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I testify to it that its works are evil.” [Read more...]

The Pope’s Harley Davidson Super Glide Fetches $327K At Auction

Photo credit: Bonham’s

The proceeds will benefit a shelter and soup kitchen in Rome that is run by Caritas. [Read more...]

What’s On My Mind? Helping Out Syrian Refugees.

Doing so may be the only positive thing I can do these days, as the West seems bent on wreaking even more havoc than the Syrian people have already endured.

So what is the situation in refugee camps that folks have fled Syria for? In a word, dire. Here’s a 411 from the folks of the PBS News Hour. [Read more...]

The Holy Goalie Fearlessly Skated Across The Thin Ice Of Same-Sex Marriage In Arizona

Feel the heat?

Within the community of St. Blogs, folks have been amazed by the witness given by Bishop Thomas Paprocki on the subject of marriage. You probably have already heard the news, as these events transpired back on the last day of May, and hit the wires a few days later. [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Bartholomew I May Visit the Holy Land Together Next Year…UPDATED

More good news regarding relations with our Orthodox brethren. Nat da Polis, of AsiaNews  shares it here.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – The ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople has invited Pope Francis to travel with him to the Holy Land next year to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the embrace between Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI, the pioneers of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. [Read more...]

What Would the Desert Fathers Think of Pope Francis Blessing the Disabled Man?

Agape in action.

Surely you’ve seen the video of Pope Francis stopping his ride into St. Peter’s Square so he could give a blessing. Deacon Greg shared it earlier, [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput on the Politics of Secularism

In the combox this morning on the post on the new educational website launched by the USSCB, a reader notes that religious freedom is a two way street.

The concern here is America not only as a place of freedom OF religion, but also freedom FROM religion. Both must be honored in a true democracy.

I replied with a few thoughts, noting that yes it is a two-way street, and let’s make sure it isn’t a one way street to the gulag for believers.

Providentially, as no one tips me off to stuff going on within the halls of the chanceries throughout the country, Archbishop Charles Chaput launched a little YouTube video* to help answer the concerns of secularists like the reader above. [Read more...]

Work of Mercy: Why Not Give Alms to Syrian Refugees?

 

Father Dwight Longenecker has a little post up about rich folk, giving, and something Jesus said about being saved.  Fr. Dwight titled it, and you should really go read it. Check the combox too, for further reading.

You realize, of course, that in terms of material wealth, the Rich Young Man is a pauper compared to us, right? So is Louis XIV, except the Sun King had gobs of power. But he didn’t have hot and cold running water, toilets, electricity, etc., etc. [Read more...]

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, And More in Central Park UPDATED!

It’s the Global Citizen Festival and it’s “free” for a ticketed donation. The proceeds will be used to combat extreme poverty around the world.

“Frank,” you’re thinking, “this is great news if I happen to live near New York City. But I don’t, so why bother?” [Read more...]


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