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ISIS Atrocity Underscores the Importance of Religious Freedom

July 31, 2014 breaking Comments Off on ISIS Atrocity Underscores the Importance of Religious Freedom
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Denver Archbishop Calls for ‘Involvement of People of Authentic Faith in the Political System, at All Levels’ enver, Colorado, July 30, 2014 (Zenit.org) Here is the latest column from Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, reprinted from the Denver Catholic Register. * * * “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” Patriarch Louis Sako said after the July 19 noon deadline passed. Mosul has been a city with a Christian presence for more than 1,700 years, but now the radical militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has banished them and is trying to expand its territory. Our brothers and sisters in the faith were told that they must leave…Continue Reading

“What Prayer Does Not Dare to Ask”

July 30, 2014 breaking Comments Off on “What Prayer Does Not Dare to Ask”
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Rome, July 29, 2014 (Zenit.org) Father Edward McNamara, LC Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: Many of us are perplexed by the Third Roman Missal translation for the collect of the 27th Week of Ordinary Time, particularly the meaning of the phrase, “pour out your mercy upon us to pardon what conscience dreads and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.” What exactly would genuine prayer not dare to ask? One wonders if this is an accurate translation of the Latin text and, if so, how it is to be understood. The prayer, as given, seems to have little connection with the “dynamic…Continue Reading

Pope Has Casual Q&A With Priests Of Caserta

July 29, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Has Casual Q&A With Priests Of Caserta
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2014-07-28 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the priests of the Diocese of Caserta on his visit there on Saturday afternoon. The Pope engaged in a question-and-answer period with the priests in the Palatina della Reggia di Caserta Chapel. The Vatican Radio translation of this exchange is offered below. Pope Francis: I prepared a speech but I will give it to the bishop. Thank you very much for the welcome. Thank you. I am happy and I feel a little guilty for having caused many problems on the day of the patronal feast. But I did not know. And when I called the bishop to tell him that I wanted to come and make a private visit here…Continue Reading

Pope’s Angelus Address, Sunday July 27th

July 28, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope’s Angelus Address, Sunday July 27th
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“Everything makes sense when you find this treasure, which Jesus called “the Kingdom of God,” that is, God reigning in your life, in our lives.” Vatican City, July 27, 2014 (Zenit.org) At 12pm today, Pope Francis appeared at the window of the study in the Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Here below is an English translation of his words introducing the Marian prayer, and his address that followed: *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, The brief similarities put forward in today’s liturgy conclude the chapter of Matthew’s Gospel dedicated to the parables of the Kingdom of God (13:44-52). Among these are two small masterpieces: the parables of the treasure hidden in the field, and the…Continue Reading

Pope Francis in Caserta: “Say No To Corruption And Lawlessness”

July 27, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis in Caserta: “Say No To Corruption And Lawlessness”
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday evening called the people of Caserta to have the courage “to say no to corruption and lawlessness” during an afternoon visit to the city, located in the Campania region of southern Italy. He celebrated Mass the Square in front of the Royal Palace of Caserta, which used to a residence of the King of Naples. In his homily, Pope Francis said to inherit the Kingdom of God, Christians must put God first in their lives. He said the presence of Jesus  “transforms our lives and makes us sensitive to the needs of  our brothers; a presence that invites us to accept every other presence, including that of foreigners and immigrants.” “Giving primacy to God…Continue Reading

Let Us Praise Joachim and Anne

July 26, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Let Us Praise Joachim and Anne
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Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, July 26 Rome, July 25, 2014 (Zenit.org) Fr. Jason Mitchell LC Sirach 44:1,10-15 Psalm 132:11,13-14,17-18 Matthew 13:16-17 Today we celebrate the memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They were chosen by God to conceive and raise the mother of his only-begotten Son. As grandparents of our Savior and the parents of the Mother of our Redeemer, they were participants in the great mystery of our salvation. The child whom they conceived, Mary, was preserved from the stain of original sin and was redeemed from the moment of her conception. Today we venerate, Anne, the one chosen by God from all eternity to conceive Mary, the Immaculate…Continue Reading

2 Christian Brothers Face Jihadist Threat in Iraq: Will They Stay or Flee?

July 25, 2014 breaking Comments Off on 2 Christian Brothers Face Jihadist Threat in Iraq: Will They Stay or Flee?

Rome, July 27, 2014 (Zenit.org) By Oliver Maksan There is no doubt in the mind of 23-year-old Haram. With his second child on the way, he is prepared to rush his family out of town at a moment’s notice: “My tank is always full,” he says. “If the situation escalates I’ll grab my wife and child and flee,” he adds with determination. Haram’s older brother has also made his choice—to stay, no matter what. Mohand’s certainty reflects an even bigger decision he made many years ago: to become a Chaldean Catholic priest. Along with some 5,000 fellow believers—most of whom have fled there from overrun Christian communities—the brothers are trapped in the Iraqi town of Kirkuk, the capital of an oil-rich region…Continue Reading

Bishops: Obama’s Executive Order on Discrimination ‘Implements Discrimination’

July 24, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Bishops: Obama’s Executive Order on Discrimination ‘Implements Discrimination’

Washington, D.C., July 23, 2014 (Zenit.org) The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection. Two USCCB Chairmen – Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth – together issued the following statement on Monday.…Continue Reading

Christ is Risen . . .

April 17, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Christ is Risen . . .
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Your Prayers Are Requested . . .

February 27, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Your Prayers Are Requested . . .

We sadly report that our longtime news editor, Paul Likoudis, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. He will be incapacitated for about six months as he undergoes chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. His From the Mail column will be suspended. We ask your prayers for Paul’s full recovery. If you would like to help Paul with his overwhelming medical expenses, a fund has been set up at his parish: St. James the Apostle Church, 17 Whig St., Trumansburg, NY 14886; phone: 607-387-6781; pastor: Fr. John Tokaz. Paul can be emailed at paullikoudis@empacc.net.