Pope Francis transfers Vatican cardinal to Spanish archdiocese
Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments since 2008, as the new Archbishop of Valencia, Spain. The Pope has not named a replacement for Cardinal Cañizares as prefect of the curial dicastery.
US bishops to honor 50th anniversary of civil rights milestones
“Recalling the Catholic Church’s past participation in these important historic moments serves to challenge the faithful to work constructively today to enhance the common good for people of all races and ethnicities,” said Bishop Shelton Fabre, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on African-American Affairs. Over the next year, the bishops’ subcommittee will remember the Mississippi Freedom Summer advocacy campaign of June-August 1964, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the civil rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery held in March 1965, and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
St Augustine on a Personal Relationship with Jesus
We can touch Christ's Heart and feel him touching ours. Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we truly become Christians. And in this way our reason opens, all Christ's wisdom opens as do all the riches of truth. Therefore let us pray the Lord to illumine us, to grant us an encounter with his presence in our world, and thus to grant us a lively faith, an open heart and great love for all, which is capable of renewing the world.
Middle East patriarchs meet diplomats, call for wiping out terrorists
Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East denounced attacks on Christians and called upon the international community to work toward eradicating terrorist groups. "The very existence of Christians is at stake in several Arab countries -- notably in Iraq, Syria and Egypt -- where they have been exposed to heinous crimes, forcing them to flee," the patriarchs said in a statement after the summit and meeting with diplomats.
Iraqi prelate holds US responsible for plight of Christians
The United States created the conditions that led to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to Iraq’s leading Catholic prelate. “The US is indirectly responsible for what is going on in Iraq,” said Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako. He said that American leaders promised to bring democracy to Iraq, “but ten years have passed and on the contrary we have gone backward.”
No one wins by destroying each other, Jerusalem bishop says
“This time we are much more hopeful for one important reason: no one is victorious after two months. Two are losers I believe, no one is victorious even if someone says 'I won.' No one won,” Bishop Shomali, auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told CNA Aug. 27. Each has “finally understood that no one can destroy the other” and that “there is a need for a compromise” as well as “a comprehensive solution to the problem,” he said.
Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere
The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians describes a transformation of marriage from a social institution to a sacramental sign of the love between Christ and the Church. He writes, “Wives, be subject to your own husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church.” (Ephesians 5:22-23) This is where the flags go up and people get upset. Why should she have to be subject to him? What does that mean? She has to be his slave? Why is the wife getting the short end of the stick?
The Hilarious Evangelist – On Laughter in Religion
Laughter is God’s gift to the human being. Like the gift of tears it is what makes us human. Animals don’t laugh and cry. Apes grunt but they don’t guffaw. Wolves howl and owls hoot, but not with laughter. Laughter lightens and enlightens the soul. Laughter is a sign of enthusiasm for religion, and don’t you always suspect any religion that lacks enthusiasm?
The 14 Most Challenging, Radical, Do-We-Really-Have-To Teachings of Jesus
Everyone loves Jesus – until they read what he really taught. Jesus’s life and teachings are just as radical today as they were 2000 years ago. It’s easy to call ourselves Christians. But are we really willing to accept and follow everything Jesus taught? All of Christ’s teachings are important, but here are some of the most challenging…
Lebron James’ 3 Point Teaching on the New Evangelization
While Lebron James’ infamous July 8, 2010 decision to take his talents to go play basketball with his friends, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, in South Beach (i.e. the Miami Heat), shocked Cleveland, Ohio, there was nothing new there for Catholic evangelists to reflect upon. We already knew about the power of friendship and companionship. How many religious orders do we have that were started by friends? How many centuries did Catholic philosophers write on the subject of friendship? How central and connected is Jesus’ teaching on friendship to His teaching on love?