Category Archives: World Affairs

Turkey promises to return some Religious properties. (But not Roman Catholic!).

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Turkish prime minister’s announcement that the government will return hundreds of properties confiscated from non-Muslim religious groups or compensate the groups for properties sold to third parties is “a historic decision,” said the Vatican nuncio … Continue reading

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NYC Fire Chaplain recalls experience on September 11, 2001

September 10, 2011. Fr. Joe Bayne, Fire Chaplain at Ground Zero remembers… “Certainly I had the humble experience of ministering there as a fire Chaplain and being with just some amazing down to earth people, whose humanness to me showed … Continue reading

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Christians Moving Back to the Holy Land

There are signs of a reversal of the massive emigration that has been caused by war and economic hardship by MICHELE CHABIN Palestinian Christians and other pilgrims at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem light candles celebrating the … Continue reading

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Do hard things

Right on the heels of what the press here called ‘the world’s first consumerist riots’ (they’ve clearly never heard of the Vikings), I came across a book called ‘Do hard things‘ by twins Alex and Brett Harris, written when they … Continue reading

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Atheists Sue to Block Display of Cross-Shaped Beam in 9/11 Museum

By ELISSA GOOTMAN In the days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, some workers and mourners at the World Trade Center site seized upon a cross-shaped steel beam found amid the rubble as a symbol of faith and hope. … Continue reading

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Evil and the empty soul

The author Dr. Theodore Dalrymple (the pen name of Anthony Daniels), who worked for many years in Britain as a prison doctor and psychiatrist, talks to Wall Street Journal about the mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik, the mystery of evil, … Continue reading

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Time for penitence

There is a powerful editorial in the Irish Catholic. It looks at a church that it says was unique to Ireland, and is now firmly in the past where it belongs. ‘‘Le catholicisme du type Irlandais” in many ways betrayed … Continue reading

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Archduke Otto von Habsburg: Monarch, Freedom Fighter, Catholic

By David G. Bonagura, Jr. On July 4th Archduke Otto von Habsburg, head of Europe’s oldest house and former heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, passed from this world at the age of 98. He was buried last week in Austria. With him … Continue reading

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Repent; do penance; pray

On November 28, 1981, the Virgin Mary began appearing in the tiny village of Kibeho, Rwanda.  Among Our Lady’s many messages was a chilling prophecy. This prophecy of mass genocide sadly came true in the nineties when a million people were killed … Continue reading

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The Holy Father on Twitter!

Pope tweets for 1st time, announces launch of Vatican news information portal Associated Press Link to original VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday tweeted for the first time, announcing the launch of a Vatican news information portal. … Continue reading

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Prelates Approve Statement on Physician Assisted Suicide


This is a precis (from Zenit) of the important statement from the U.S. Bishops Conference. The full statement (which is too long to reprint here) can be seen at: http://www.usccb.org/toliveeachday/bishops-statement-physician-assisted-suicide.pdf Afraid to Die? US Bishops Propose “Infinitely Better Way” WASHINGTON, D.C., … Continue reading

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Relentless targeting of churches in Indonesia (Aid to the Church In Need)

Christian churches in Indonesia are increasingly being targeted by Islamic and anti-Christian  elements. The following report is from Aid to the Church In Need. Please support this most worthy Catholic charity by your prayers, and, if you can, by making a … Continue reading

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Wednesday Catechesis – Holy Father calls for Catholics to pray for the salvation of humanity and the Church in China.

PRAY FOR SALVATION OF HUMANITY IN DAILY PRAYER VATICAN CITY, 18 MAY 2011 (VIS) – After having visited the theme of prayer as a universal phenomenon in the past two Wednesday catecheses, today the Pope began a new Biblical reflection … Continue reading

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Dozens killed; hundreds missing in Vietnam

Thousands of Viet-Hmong Christians, who are staging mass protests demanding religious freedom and land reforms, have been attacked by Vietnam and Laos security forces. Dozens were killed and more were wounded with hundreds went missing. “At least seventeen Viet-Hmong Christians … Continue reading

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What is the Christian Response to Bin Laden’s Death?

 Author: James Martin, S.J  As someone who worked at Ground Zero in the days and weeks following 9/11 I rejoiced to hear that Osama Bin Laden’s long reign of terror, which had dealt death, destruction and untold misery to millions … Continue reading

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