Pope's prayer intentions for August 2014
The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for August 2014. The Pope's general intention is: "That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights." His intention for evangelization is: “That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region."
US faithful asked to see humanity of child migrants
“As a Church, our first focus is that we are assisting members of our human family in need,” Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, said during a live internet chat July 29. “The Catholic response has to be compassionate, and must recognize the human faces within this issue.” Bishop Flores, who serves on the U.S. bishops’ conference subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs, said his diocese is one of the common entry points into the U.S. for unaccompanied children and young mothers with children.
What is the Kingdom of God? How do We Live in it Now?
In Jesus Christ, the Kingdom has been inaugurated. We are members of the Body of Christ which makes it present as seed and sign in a world which is in labor, awaiting a new birth. We are a people on mission in that world, waiting to be fully liberated from the bondage of sin through redemption in Jesus Christ. Our mission is to bring all men and women into the Body of the Savior, the Church, which is the seed and sign of His Kingdom. As with all seeds, it has the entire genetic composition of what it will be within it.
Changing needs, changing names: Reform of Curia is Vatican tradition
For centuries, popes were assisted in their ministry by the cardinals meeting in consistories; the practical matters were handled by what was called the Apostolic Chancery. But as the church grew and matters became more complicated and more time-sensitive, offices were added. The first was the Sacred Congregation for the Inquisition, a tribunal established in 1542 by Pope Paul III to judge heresy and orthodoxy.
Middle East churches: ‘we are going back to the prehistory period’
The council of churches called upon “believers of all religions and people of good will to pray God to come for the rescue of people of Iraq, especially the Christians who are deeply suffering as if they are sheep taken to be slaughtered, and no one is there to advocate for their right for justice, mercy and life.”
SDG Reviews ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
Guardians is a romp, a lark — rare descriptors for a popcorn summer movie, alas, in these days of dark, grim tentpoles from Maleficent to Hercules, Edge of Tomorrow to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I liked the latter two, but I don’t want every summer action movie to be dire. (Even X-Men: Days of Future Past, which I also liked, is comparatively bleak, with its dystopian nightmare future. Before anyone brings up Transformers: I said “romp,” not “slog.”)
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Love is Patient, Love is Kind
My baby woke me up at 11, 2, 4 and 6:30 am. The bug bites keep me uncomfortable. I miss my husband – we’ve been apart for almost one month. I am surrounded by my family, the people who I love the best and who know all my buttons. They fix me breakfast and take care of Grace so I can nap. Their love is patient, their love is kind.
What Will the World Be Like in 2045?
From portable technology that we wear externally to technology that goes wherever we go because it’s inside us, you would be forgiven if, especially after watching the movie Limitless, your imagination takes flight with unsettling scenarios of psychological alterations, all at the press of a button or secreted at regular intervals by the implanted devices. Indeed, walking biobots powered by muscle cells and tiny enough to dwell inside the human body have been developed for drug delivery, surgery, and as platforms to host smart implants.
What we wear is a statement of what we believe in. Think about it. On one extreme, much fashion today demonstrates an aggressive sexuality which is clearly pagan. On the other end, clothing which swathes the wearer in bulky material hides the body from ‘prying eyes’ — a statement about what the wearer believes about human nature, and the nature of a ‘good’ life. These aren’t frivolous ideas — in fact, they are deeply serious.
Immigrant Children: Refugees from Failed States
These children are suffering even worse conditions than those who are coming over for work and to better their lives. They are looking to simply live. The pope and at least Bishop Taylor are calling for protection and immediate aid to these children. Beyond being just an immigration issue, equal to giving asylum to those fleeing war-torn countries. In these countries the situation is parallel to places living under terrorism. Drug-trafficking and gangs have ruined these cities and states of Latin America. What can we do to begin changing the situation?