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Pope’s Morning Homily: No to Double Lives!

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You are in communion with God, walk in the light. Do works of light, don’t say one thing and do another •April 29, 2016•ZENIT Staff• Pope Francis today exhorted Christians to avoid the “double life” of saying one thing and doing another. This was a main message of his homily this morning in the Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. “If you say you are in communion with the Lord, then walk in the light. But no to double lives! Not that! That lie that we are so used to seeing and where we too sometimes fall (into temptation), don’t we? To say one thing and do another, right? It’s the never ending temptation. And we know where that lie…Continue Reading

Top Catholic Philosopher: Amoris Laetitia Will “Split the Church”

April 29, 2016 breaking Comments Off

Today, 28 April, an important exclusive interview with a well-known Catholic philosopher has been published in Germany. The important statements of Professor Robert Spaemann might well indicate that the wind is turning now against the “Francis Revolution”. Spaemann – who is a personal friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI – says about Amoris Laetitia that there are some ways of interpreting the document against the continuous teaching of the Church. He then continues: However, the article 305 – together with the footnote 351 where it is said that faithful “in the middle of an objective situation of sin” and “because of mitigating factors” may be admitted to the Sacraments – is in direct contradiction to the paragraph 84 of the document…Continue Reading

Christians in Crisis: Report Details Dire Situation in Iraq and Syria

April 29, 2016 breaking Comments Off

ZENIT.ORG People of all religions will miss Christians’ contribution to education, healthcare •April 28, 2016•Fr. John Flynn• With no end in sight to the fighting in Iraq and Syria the remaining Christian population continues to experience very difficult conditions. A recent report, “Salt of the Earth: Impact and Significance of the Christian Presence in Syria and Iraq during the Current Crisis,” details the significant contributions Christians have made to the region and what it stands to lose if they are forced to flee. The report was a joint effort by the organizations Open Doors, Middle East Concern, Served, and the University of East London. Up until a few years ago Christians in Syria accounted for about 8%-10% of the 22-million…Continue Reading

Pope: Do We Know the Other Lesson From the Parable of the Good Samaritan?

April 28, 2016 breaking Comments Off At General Audience, Says There’s More to Learn Than ‘Who Is My Neighbor?’ •April 27, 2016•Kathleen Naab• We know the parable of the Good Samaritan is a lesson to teach us that we must love our neighbor, and that there’s no one in the category of non-neighbor, but beyond that, Pope Francis asked today, have we also learned the parable’s lesson that God treats us with the compassion of the Samaritan? “In the gestures and the actions of the Good Samaritan we recognize God’s merciful action in the whole history of salvation. It is the same compassion with which the Lord comes to meet each one of us: He does not ignore us, He knows our sorrows; He knows…Continue Reading

Over 750,000 pledge to boycott Target for giving men access to women’s bathrooms

April 27, 2016 breaking Comments Off

April 26, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—Over 750,000 people have pledged to boycott Target over the company’s new policy allowing men to use women’s bathrooms. The American Family Association, which launched the petition, says the fact that it’s generated such a large response in only five days shows how outraged Americans are. “American families are concerned about their wives and daughters being harmed by predators or voyeurs who will now have more freedom to enter women’s bathrooms,” AFA president Tim Wildmon. “There are many more sex offenders in America than transgender people, so we believe that Target should keep separate facilities for men and women, but for the transgender community and for those who simply like

Pope to Young People: Get Back Up on Your Feet

April 26, 2016 breaking Comments Off

ZENIT During Jubilee Mass for Young People, Francis Reminds Youth to Not Settle for Mediocrity •April 24, 2016•Deborah Castellano Lubov• Remember that God is always your friend, even when you let Him down. Therefore, don’t worry if you’ve fallen, get back up and start fresh. Pope Francis stressed this during his Jubilee Mass for young people this morning, reminding them that the Lord is faithful to His friends and believes in them. “Even if you disappoint Him and walk away from Him, Jesus continues to want the best for you and to remain close to you; He believes in you even more than you believe in yourself. This, the Pope said, is an example of genuine love that Jesus teaches…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider: God needs the ‘simple faithful’ to protect the faith in this time of crisis

April 24, 2016 breaking Comments Off

HUNGARY, April 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—The Catholic Church is facing widespread internal confusion about doctrine and morals and God can use the laity to preserve the Church’s integrity, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Maria Santissima in Astana, Kazakhstan, said in a new interview conducted in March. Schneider spoke of problems with episcopal conferences’ focus on “earthly” rather than “eternal” matters, lamented the discordant voices of bishops on topics of sexual morality, and blasted Cardinal Kasper’s notion

Appeals court rules that teenagers have a right to use opposite sex’s showers, locker rooms

April 22, 2016 breaking Comments Off

RICHMOND, Virginia, April 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided a teenage girl has an inalienable right to use the boys’ showers, locker rooms, and restrooms at her high school. The American Civil Liberties Union brought suit against Gloucester High School in Virginia on behalf of Caitlyn Hope Grimm, a girl suffering from gender identity disorder. Grimm, who now goes by Gavin, asserts that she has the right to use the boys’ bathrooms and facilities. The ruling, which refers to Grimm as as a male, reverses U.S. District Court Judge Robert George Doumar’s order disallowing Caitlyn to use the same facilities as teenage boys.

Obama Threatens 10 States That Defunded Planned Parenthood After It Sold Aborted Baby Parts

April 19, 2016 breaking Comments Off

The Obama administration is threatening the 10 states that have defunded the Planned Parenthood abortion business after it as caught selling the body parts of aborted babies. Obama officials are sending letters to all states claiming that defunding Planned Parenthood is against federal law — in a move that could be a precursor to lawsuits against the states cutting of taxpayer funds. The 10 states that have defunded the Planned Parenthood abortion company are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. And bills in the legislatures of Minnesota and Missouri would add them to the list.

At Santa Marta, Pope Gives ‘Simple Recipe’ for Not Erring in Christian Life

April 19, 2016 breaking Comments Off

Francis Asks If All Our Decisions Are Made in Jesus’ Name; Stresses ‘Follow Him,’ Not ‘Fortune Tellers,’ Nor ‘Alleged Visionaries’ April 18, 2016•Deborah Castellano Lubov• When we make decisions, do we make them in Jesus’ name? Pope Francis urged the faithful in his chapel to ask themselves this, during his daily morning Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. Moreover, during his homily, the Pope stressed that Christian life can be pretty easy if you always remember to listen to Jesus’ voice–only–and remember where one always finds it. The Pope drew inspiration from yesterday’s Gospel according to St. John which recounted Jesus the Good Shepherd Who cares for His sheep. “He who does not enter the sheepfold…Continue Reading