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August 01, 2014
Christians Under Fire in the Middle East
By Dr. Saliba Sarsar

If there is hell on earth, it is found these days in the Middle East where aggression and violence are rampant. Political and religious extremism are leading to fear, disempowerment, dispossession, trauma, injury, and death, in addition to the destruction of property and infrastructure.  Major areas of the Gaza Strip, Iraq, and Syria are up in flames and in ruins.
In Gaza, Palestinian civilians—both Muslim and Christian—are caught in the bloody fight between Hamas and Israel.  More...

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July 31, 2014
A world-wide persecution of Christians is well underway
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Recently, I picked up in Barnes and Noble a book entitled The Global War on Christians. My split-second reaction was that this was probably a work of hysteria and exaggeration.

Until I saw the author’s name: John L. Allen Jr. Allen is one of the most respected religious journalists in the U.S., having worked for many years as the senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, and now for The Boston Globe. Allen is no purveyor of hysteria and exaggeration, but a sober and...

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July 30, 2014
A treasury of blessing and gift for the world
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

“The only known way to physical fitness is through physical exercise; wishing is not good enough,” writes W.A. Orr, Chief of the Air Staff in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In 1961, an exercise plan was published for the RCAF, one for men and a corresponding plan for women. This old school, no-frills, no-nonsense program is intense, tightly structured, and personalized; it contains directives, cautions, and progress charts. The idea is to work all the muscle groups through...

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July 24, 2014
Was Vatican II needed?
By Russell Shaw

Why did we need the Second Vatican Council? Did we need it at all? Hearing those questions, most Catholics who’ve thought about Vatican II would probably cite renewing and updating of the Church as solid reasons for the ecumenical council.

That answer isn’t wrong. But a half-century after Vatican II (it took place between 1962 and 1965) it’s clear that a much larger purpose was at work, with Church renewal and updating its handmaids.

You start to see that when you consider a...

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July 23, 2014
Vacation-pilgrimage to sheer beauty
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

If you’re among those who plan ahead of time, you might want to combine a vacation and pilgrimage to Florence, Italy.  Most people visit Florence for its cultural attractions.  Strictly speaking, Florence is not a place of pilgrimage in the way Assisi is.  Yet so much of Florentine culture is embedded in Renaissance religious history that the city can serve as both a vacation and pilgrimage. In Florence, there is hardly a street or avenue that does not reveal some aspect of faith,...

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July 22, 2014
The Church's take on immigration
By Deacon Ryan Kaup

The immigration debate rarely lays dormant in the United States, but the arrival of some 52,000 migrant children from Latin America since October and the resulting crisis have brought tensions to a boiling point. The complicated circumstances boil down two core issues: long-term immigration reform and dealing with the situation in the here and now. The question we must ask, putting party alliances and political leanings aside, is this: what is the Christian approach to these problems?

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I awakened this morning to the shocking news that Bishop Tony Palmer of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches had gone home to the Lord whom he loved and served with such sincerity.

His passing occurred as a result of a tragic motorcycle accident in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2014.  May he rest in peace and may his family and friends know the comfort that comes from living faith.

I first read the news through the twitter feed of Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia. Rocco...

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July 18, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Sex Tape' and 'Begin Again'
By Carl Kozlowski

The world has gone video-crazy, with people everywhere recording their greatest moments and sharing them with the world. Two new films, “Sex Tape” and “Begin Again,” offer different spins on this idea, and both have their own distinctly different charms. 

Obviously, most people seeking a Catholic perspective on film will probably already know that a movie called “Sex Tape” is morally problematic, to say the least. It stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as Annie and Jay, a...

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July 17, 2014
What is the defenition of a really active Catholic?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

When you think of an active Catholic, what comes to mind? Probably, someone who, at least, attends weekly Mass, maybe prays a little each day, and does some reading on spiritual matters now and then.

Yes, but what is a really active Catholic? Why, someone who also does one or another or a combination of the following: acts as a lector and/or an extraordinary minister of Communion, serves at Mass, sings in the choir, teaches Sunday School, works with the RCIA, belongs to the Knights of...

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July 16, 2014
The Glenn Miller Sound
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In 1954 when the American film, “The Glenn Miller Story” was released, it was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Score.  The film won the Oscar for Best Sound Recording.  The figure of Glenn Miller was artfully played by James Stewart. 

Glenn Miller’s story takes us to music and beyond.  In the 1940s, Glenn Miller (1904-MIA 1944) rose to critical acclaim as a trombonist, jazz musician, leader of his own band in the Big Band era, and an Army Air...

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