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  • Vatican statement: religious violence is ‘particularly heinous’ : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News Vatican statement religious violence is particularly heinous February 03 2016 At the conclusion of Pope Francis s February 3 general audience Rinaldo Mirmara a historian and president of Caritas Turkey presented the Pope with a copy of his new history of the Battle of the Dardanelles 1657 which took place during the Fifth Ottoman Venetian War The action led the Holy See Press Office to issue a statement acknowledging the repeated commitment of Turkey to make its archives available to historians and researchers of interested parties in order to arrive jointly at a better understanding of historical events and the pain and suffering endured by all parties The statement added The memory of the suffering and pain of both the distant and the more recent past as in the case of the assassination of Taha Carim Ambassador of Turkey to the Holy See in June 1977 at the hands of a terrorist group urges us also to acknowledge the suffering of the present and to condemn all acts of violence and terrorism which continue to cause victims today Particularly heinous and offensive is violence and terrorism committed in the name

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  • USCCB files brief in support of regulation of abortion clinics in Texas : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News USCCB files brief in support of regulation of abortion clinics in Texas February 03 2016 Joining with other Christian organizations that oppose abortion the Office of General Counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has filed an amicus curiae friend of the court brief as the US Supreme Court decides whether regulations of abortion clinics in Texas are constitutional There is ample evidence in this case that hospital admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements protect women s lives and health the brief stated When such requirements are not enforced abuses detrimental to women s lives and health arise References USCCB Texas Catholic Conference And Other Christian Groups File Amicus Brief To Support Regulations Protecting Women s Health And Safety In Abortion Clinics USCCB U S top court s Texas abortion ruling to have broad impact in states Reuters Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you

    Original URL path: http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27384 (2016-02-11)
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  • UNESCO confirms Jordan site as place of Christ's baptism : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News UNESCO confirms Jordan site as place of Christ s baptism February 03 2016 With a formal ceremony on February 2 the UN s Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO has acknowledged Al Maghtas Jordan as the site of Christ s Baptism declaring it as a World Heritage Site The official ceremony confirming a decision that UNESCO had reached last year lends the UN agency s endorsement to claims for the authenticity of the site in Jordan Popes John Paul II Benedict XVI and Francis have all visited the same site unofficially adding their endorsement as well The site of Christ s Baptism has been in dispute for generations The site in Jordan also know as Bethany beyond the Jordan is on the eastern bank of the Jordan River Some scholars still argue that Jesus was baptized on the western bank at Qasr al Yahud in Israel References UNESCO recognizes the baptism site of Jesus as a World Heritage Site Fides UNESCO recognizes site of Jesus Baptism despite dispute over location CWN 7 14 15 Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are

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  • France: mixed reactions to new law on end-of-life care : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News France mixed reactions to new law on end of life care February 03 2016 French lawmakers have passed legislation on end of life care that rejects euthanasia but permits terminal sedation and the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration for the terminally ill The Bishops Conference of France published a statement praising the new law The legislation rejected the idea that life could be useless while protecting patients from disproportionate therapies said a group of bishops and doctors led by Archbishop Pierre d Ornellas of Rennes A pro life medical ethicist warned however that the law will permit a form of medical and administrative management of euthanasia that will surreptitiously insinuate itself into medical practice according to LifeSiteNews References Loi Claeys Leonetti Oui à la culture palliative Bishops Conference of France French Lawmakers Approve Terminal Sedation Not Euthanasia AP France takes a big step towards euthanasia with new terminal sedation law LifeSiteNews com Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh

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  • Canadian nun recounts ordeal as captive in Cameroon : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Canadian nun recounts ordeal as captive in Cameroon February 03 2016 A Canadian nun held captive for two months in Cameroon likely by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has discussed her ordeal Initially they were laughing and humiliating me said Sister Gilberte Bussiere 76 according to The Catholic Register They were very disrespectful Though our material deprivation was harsh I never felt so much God s presence as I did during my captivity she added I never enjoyed more deeply the soothing power of God s words as well as the joys of prayer No there s no way I can feel any hatred toward them she said of her captors When people are hungry when they have no access to education or health care they get angry Some of them become extremists References Canadian nun tells of spiritual experience while captive in Cameroon The Catholic Register Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to see the comment form

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  • Iraqi Jesuit saved 1,000 manuscripts : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Iraqi Jesuit saved 1 000 manuscripts February 03 2016 An Iraqi Jesuit estimates that he saved 1 000 ancient manuscripts including biblical and liturgical books from the advance of the Islamic State If Daesh burns down a church we can rebuild it but the manuscripts are our history Father Gabriel Tooma told an international news channel If they get destroyed then we are lost and our culture will be forgotten He now operates an orphanage and a school in Alqosh a Christian town in northern Iraq where Aramaic is still spoken Alqosh is the last place in the area where we can live our faith in peace he said References On the Run from the Islamic State Iraqi Christians Are Trying to Save Their Heritage Vice News Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to see the comment form otherwise please support our work and Sound Off Show

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  • Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - February 02, 2016 - Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture
    of the Pro Orantibus Day For those who pray that is celebrated on the feast of the Presentation of Mary 21 November On this day the Church demonstrates its gratitude to all those in the community that dedicate themselves in a privileged way to prayer to those who have a particular religious vocation to the contemplative life In the figure of the venerable Simeon Jesus presentation in the temple also reminds us that prayer and contemplation are not just a waste of time or an obstacle to charity On the contrary time could not be better spent than in prayer as true Christian charity is a consequence of a solid interior life Only those who pray and offer penance like Simeon and Anna are open to the breath of the Spirit They know how to recognize the Lord in the circumstances in which He manifests Himself because they possess an ample interior vision and they have learned how to love with the heart of the One whose very name is Charity At the end of the Gospel Simeon s prophecy of Mary s sufferings is emphasized Pope John Paul II taught that Simeon s words seem like a second Annunciation to Mary for they tell her of the actual historical situation in which the Son is to accomplish his mission namely in misunderstanding and sorrow Redemptoris Mater n16 The archangel s announcement was a fount of incredible joy because it pertained to Jesus messianic royalty and the supernatural character of His virginal conception The announcement of the elderly in the temple instead spoke of the Lord s work of redemption that He would complete associating Himself through suffering to His Mother Therefore there is a strong Marian dimension to this feast and so in the Liturgical Calendar of the Extraordinary Form it is called the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary This refers to the other aspect of the presentation that consists of the ritual purification of Jewish women after they had given birth In Mary s case this purification was not necessary but it indicates the renewal of her total offering of herself to God for the accomplishment of His Divine Plan Simeon s prophecy also announces that Christ will be a sign of contradiction St Cyril of Alexandria in one of his homilies interpreted the words sign of contradiction like a noble cross as St Paul wrote to the Corinthians a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles 1 Cor 1 23 It is a sign of contradiction in the sense that those who loose appear as foolish while in those who recognize its power the cross reveals salvation and life c f PG 77 1044 1049 Excerpted from Congregation for the Clergy Presentation of the Lord The feast was first observed in the Eastern Church as The Encounter In the sixth century it began to be observed in the West in Rome with a more penitential character and in Gaul France with solemn blessings and processions

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  • Liturgical Year Volume 3 Released: LENT | Catholic Culture
    the Lenten volume of our ebook series for the 2015 2016 liturgical year has been released in our ebooks download area This third volume in the annual series covers the entire season of lent from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday March 26th It may be downloaded free of charge in the following formats mobi Kindle epub Nook and other standard ereaders and pdf most computer devices Our liturgical year ebooks include all the liturgical day information for each season just as it appears on CatholicCulture org These offer a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day histories of the various celebrations and devotions descriptions of customs from around the world prayers activities and recipes The series has been developed by the author of our Liturgical Year Blog Jennifer Gregory Miller and our librarian and review coordinator Darden Brock These ebooks provide a wonderful and completely free complement to the widely used Magnificat series which emphasizes spiritual reading for each day To download you must be a registered user and you must be logged in and recognized by the system If you are not yet registered click the Subscribe Login link found near the right end of our main menu and then use the Subscribe for Free option If you are already registered but not logged in click the same link to log in but use the Already a subscriber optioin If you are already registered logged in and recognized by a cookie nothing more is needed You will see a My Account link instead of the Subscribe Login link Once you are recognized proceed to the ebooks download area and click on the book you want to bring up

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