Pope Francis to Vladimir Putin and the G20: In Syria, Seek Peaceful Solution, Not Military Action

Let me make this perfectly clear…

Once again, Pope Francis appeals for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Syria. Specifically, the Holy Father asks that all leaders of the nations meeting in St. Petersburg today, “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.”

Here is the text of the letter in full. [Read more…]

G.K Chesterton Appears on Breitbart? Would That Count As A Miracle?

I’m where you least expect me to be. Huzzah!

I’d count it as a minor one, at least. Take a look at Kate O’Hare’s piece, G.K. Chesterton: Making the Case for Sainthood in Hollywood.

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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…]

I Warned You About Never Knowing When Pope Francis Might Give You A Call…

“You should listen to Frank. He knows.”

But everyone ignores me.  So a young man in Italy gets the surprise of his life.

An Italian teenager who wrote to Pope Francis was shocked when the informal Argentinian pontiff phoned him for a chat. [Read more…]

Remember the Ruined Fresco? Cecilia Gomez teaches Us How To Make Mistakes Pay

The gift that keeps on giving…

I mean, that seems to be the takeaway to me.

An 82-year-old Spanish pensioner who gained global notoriety for ruining a fresco of Christ in a clumsy restoration has signed a lucrative royalty deal for the merchandising of her ‘art’. [Read more…]

The Virgin Mary Church Building in Delga, Egypt Is No More

Not even being named for the most revered woman in the Koran could spare the site, which had endured in Delga since the 4th or 5th century, AD. [Read more…]

Someone Send Governor Christie A Catechism. Please.

By just perusing it briefly, see, he could learn a lot of neat things. You know, like how the Church teaches that homosexuals are no more sinful than folks who are not homosexuals. [Read more…]

Like the Coptic Church Does, The United States Should Be Supporting the Egyptian Provisional Government UPDATED

Christian churches scapegoated the other day…

The Coptic Christian Church in Egypt has put out the following statement,

“The Egyptian Coptic Church is following the unfortunate developments on the ground of our country Egypt and emphasizes its strong stance with the Egyptian police, armed forces and other organizations of the Egyptian people in the face of groups of armed violence and black terrorism…While we appreciate the sincere and friendly position that understands the nature of the developments, we strongly deplore the media fallacies that are prevalent in Western countries.”

But for some reason, our nation officially seems to still be pining for Mohammed Morsi and his despotism leaning Muslim Brotherhood. [Read more…]

Meet Father Dowling, Accident Scene “Mystery” Priest

Catholic News Service has the scoop,

Jefferson City, Mo., Aug 12, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA).- The mysterious Missouri priest who gave anointing to a woman in her wrecked car near Center, Mo. has been identified as Father Patrick Dowling, of the Diocese of Jefferson City.

“I thank God and the amazingly competent rescue workers,” Fr. Dowling stated today in a comment on CNA’s original article on the Aug. 4 incident. [Read more…]

Because You Never Know When Pope Francis Might Pick Up The Phone, And Give You A Call

Call me maybe? I gotta say, it’s a pretty incredible story. [Read more…]