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Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular

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Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical churches. A recent […]

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Are All These Christians’ Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?

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The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought Out, Murdered in the Kenyan Mall Massacre,” “Judicial Watch […]

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Does Sunday Morning Church Really Need All This Glitter, Showmanship and Gimmickry?

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What’s wrong with church today? Are we in danger of turning worship into a flashy concert? Of watering down the message so nobody is offended? Of forgetting the simplicity of the Gospel? I grew up with a preacher’s kid. He […]

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Want a Good Movie for Your Youth Group?

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What does it take to make a good Christian movie? “Passion,” says Nicole Abisinio, producer of “The Investigator,” based on the true-life story of comedian Ray Romano’s brother Rich. In the long-running TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond.” the character “Robert” […]

Egypt’s Christians weep as rioters target their churches, homes, businesses … and children

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Christian nuns are paraded through the streets like prisoners of war. Scores of churches and Christian schools smolder in vandalized ruins. Christian children are being gunned down on the street. “The words are heavy to put together this morning,” writes an […]

Can a bunch of kids thrill moviegoers with “Red Line”?

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Can a bunch of San Diego college students pull off a thriller disaster film? Yes, says Robert Kirbyson, director of “Red Line,” which takes place entirely in a mangled subway car underneath the streets of Los Angeles.   Crewed almost […]

ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour: Not your ordinary Christmases

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Christmas has unique memories for international journalist Christiane Amanpour, the ABC News Global Affairs Anchor. As a small child, she remembers wonderful times, “my family with a Christmas tree and presents and a family gathering.” But her father was Muslim. Her mother […]

Have Americans lost their faith … or just their trust in the old “mainline” churches?

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Do Americans have less faith in God? Or is their crisis of faith in the professional bureaucracies claiming to represent Him — particularly in the old, historic “mainline” denominations — the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Disciples of Christ, Methodists and what remains of […]

Is religion to blame for the world’s violence?

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Just a few days ago, a car loaded with explosives attempted to get access to the First Evangelical Church Winning All in Kaduna, Nigeria. However, the suicide bomber’s car with a military uniform folded on the back seat was turned away at […]

After years of terror, corruption, cancer-stricken Chavez cries out to Jesus on state TV

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After years of criticizing the church, kicking out Christian missionaries, assisting terrorists and praising atheists, Venezuela’s mercurial strongman, Hugo Chavez, came home from a botched cancer treatment in Cuba, then took to Venezuela’s airwaves to call out to Christ for help. “Give me Your crown, […]

Did Obama mean to pick a fight with America’s two largest denominations?

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In an election year of all times, why would President Barack Obama choose to infuriate both America’s Catholics and Southern Baptists? “It seems that Obama, in a classic act of hubris, has created the means of his own destruction,” writes […]

Last minute gift: a Jesus toaster!

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“Have breakfast with Jesus every morning!” writes Monsignor Charles Pope, in a tongue-in-cheek message on the website of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., “In the past you’ve had see Him with eyes of faith. Now you can see Him right […]

Pope charged with not wearing seatbelt

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Was it a case of an over-zealous bureaucrat? Safety officials trying to make a highly visible point about the need for car seat belts? “In a case that brought amusement to the Vatican, a German court decided to throw out […]

It’s ‘Christmas tree,’ say irked Rhode Islanders

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Although Governor Lincoln Chafee has decided to declare the decorated evergreen in the State Capitol’s Rotunda a “holiday tree,” a chorus of Rhode Islanders are proclaiming it a Christmas Tree. In fact, a local talk show host is planning a […]

Pope warns against witchcraft

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Pope Benedict XVI praised marriage upon his arrival in Africa and warned the faithful against dabbling in witchcraft. With the western world captivated by such bestsellers and movie franchises as Harry Potter and Twilight, Africa is seeing the darker side […]

Conservative pioneer fund-raiser calls for boycott of annual Catholic offering

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Conservative icon Richard Viguerie is irked with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. He’s annoyed enough that he’s launched a nationwide campaign calling on fellow Catholics to withhold their annual gifts — usually collected on the third weekend of November. […]

Philippine priest lights a candle in the darkness … and adds smoked fish

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“When you were with us, all you did was to cause me and our children pain,” reads the letter from a Philippine inmate’s wife. “We always fought whenever you asked for money to support your vices. But now, you no […]

Complaint says crosses at Catholic school offensive, prevent Muslim prayers

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Crosses in every room at Washingon D.C.’s Catholic University of America are a human rights violation that prevent Muslim students from praying. That’s the complaint to the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights filed by a professor from rival George Washington University […]

Is it time to impose a church dress code?

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Schools nationwide are imposing dress codes — believing that it prompts students to take themselves and their studies more seriously. So, why not the same for church? “The way many people dress to mass is completely offensive,” writes Ashley E. […]

Evangelical, Catholic chaplains say they’ll perform no same-sex weddings

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Two large groups of the U.S. military’s chaplains say they will perform no same-sex weddings. “A coalition representing more than 2,000 Evangelical Christian military chaplains says its members will not perform homosexual ceremonies,” reports Jeremy Kryn of LifeSiteNews. “The Chaplain […]

What do you call a female Episcopal priest who converts to Roman Catholicism?

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You’ve probably heard about the married Episcopal priests who converted to the Roman Catholic Church — and now are serving as non-celibate Catholic priests. So, what happens when a female member of the Anglican clergy turns Catholic? What do you […]

Vatican asks bishops to create ministry roles for priests who left to marry

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Facing a growing shortage of priests, the Roman Catholic Church is turning to former priests who left their callings to get married. While the “dispensed” priests won’t be allowed to take confessions or celebrate mass — they will be asked […]

Will there soon be no Catholic priests left in Australia?

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“My Irish Catholic grandmother may turn in her grave,” writes Jill Duchess of Hamilton for the Catholic Herald.  “In the Diocese of Brisbane there are 142 active priests of whom 13 from Africa or India have arrived in the past five years. […]

Proposed fed rules would disqualify Jesus, Good Samaritan, says cardinal

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New federal guidelines are so narrow that Jesus himself would not qualify for the Department of Health and Human Services “religious employer exemption,” says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. Neither would the Good Samaritan. The HHS rules has so many rules that “it […]

Berlin protesters say they’ll shout all night to disturb Pope Benedict XVI’s sleep

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A group of German protesters plan to yell and make other noise outside the Pope’s bedroom on this weekend when he visits Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will be flying into the German capital for a four-day visit starting Thursday. Thousands of  Catholic faithful are […]

Wikileaks: U.S. Embassy sneered about Catholic influences in Poland

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U.S. Embassy officials in Warsaw, Poland, under the Obama administration complained that Catholic Church doctrine is a major source of “homophobia” in the heavily Catholic country, according to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. The messages from the American embassy in Poland’s capital, […]

LA Times: Mel Gibson planning movie on Judah Maccabee

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Mel Gibson, admired for his tenacity in producing the blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ, but whose personal life has led to embarrassing headlines, is developing a film for Warner Bros. about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. “Gibson’s […]

Our Sunday Visitor: British bishops bring back meatless Friday

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For hundreds of years, Catholics abstained from meat on Fridays — just as many do for the entire month of Lent. Then came the Second Vatican Council — which put aside centuries of tradition. Among the traditions was meatless Friday. But now the bishops […]

Washington Post: It’s time for a “Catholic economy”

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“Should government favor those made rich by the capitalist current system or should it support the interests of a democratic majority?” asks Anthony Stevens-Arroyo in the Washington Post’s On Faith section. His solution — a “Catholic” compromise” The teachings of the […]

China’s “Tibetan bulldog” leads campaign against Beijing-area Catholics

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The hardline Communist bureaucrat who led China’s roughshod campaign against Tibet’s Buddhist dissidents has been given a new target: to destroy China’s “underground” Catholics. Zhang Qingli, known as the “Tibetan bulldog,” has been appointed as the Communist Party Secretary of Hebei […]

China arrests Catholic priests, church members as persecution intensifies

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Priests and church members in China’s immense underground Catholic Church were arrested this weekend in the community of Tianshui — as the Chinese government continues its persecution of Christians. Among those rounded up were the administrator of the underground diocese, Father John Baptist Wang […]

New Philadelphia archbishop blasts CNN, NY Times, Newsweek

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When it comes to finding information on vital issues like abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and faith, the mainstream media simply can’t be trusted, the incoming archbishop of Philadelphia told a group of youth in Spain last week. “Being uninformed about the […]

Pope loses hat, 2 million excited kids cry, whoop, cheer as he drives in their midst

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Despite gusting winds that blew off his hat and driving rain that cut short his sermon, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to a crowd that the Associated Press estimated at “more than a million young people” Saturday night. In the middle of the […]

Corey Feldman warns: “vulture” homosexual predators target child actors

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Former child actor Corey Feldman  describes widespread pedophilia as the longtime “big secret” in Hollywood, where he said older male Hollywood magnates surrounded child actors “like vultures.” “I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was, and […]

World Youth Day: The journey from my armchair

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Editor’s Note: Connie Doss is the mother of Clare Doss, one of the 2 million kids expected to attend the final session of World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. While Connie’s husband, Barry, is helping chaperone the group of teens and […]

Catholic Herald: BBC’s coverage of 1.5 million kids at World Youth Day has been a disgrace

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Yet again the British Broadcasting Corporation’s news division has turned a joyful occasion into an excuse for mean-spirited criticism. That’s the commentary of an obviously irked Milo Yiannopoulos, writing from the midst of 1.5 million teens and young adults who have converged on […]

What is “Catholic identity” and who has it?

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By Anthony Stevens-Arroyo ~ from The Washington Post‘s On Faith There is a “cultural war” within Catholic America as several factions battle over a single question: What is “Catholic identity” and who has it? Bishops rail at universities for not […]

Excited youngsters hope to glimpse Pope as 1.5 million pack Madrid’s World Youth Days

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  Spain’s young “Swiss guards” welcome the Pope “Do not be ashamed of the Lord, ” proclaimed Pope Benedict XVI to an estimated 1.5 million kids who have packed Madrid, Spain. The teens have filled Madrid’s hotels, hostels, campgrounds and parks […]

1 million kids filling Madrid square told “Don’t be afraid to be a saint”

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“Let Christ live in your heart. Respond to Him with a ‘yes’ that’s full of excitement and generosity of life,” Antonio Maria Rouco Varela told a vast sea of Christian kids Wednesday. “Don’t be afraid of being a saint.” The […]

Arkansas kids join 1 million at World Youth Day in Spain keeping in touch on the web

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More than 1 million Catholic kids from across the world are converging on Madrid, Spain, for World Youth Day 2011, and every one of them seems to be tweeting, texting and Facebooking home — including a group from rural Arkansas. Most are using their […]

Cardinal: “Morality has ceased to exist” in today’s society

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“We are witnesses of a society in which, in many respects, morality has ceased to exist,” Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, told the 129th annual Knights of Columbus convention Tuesday. “We are called ever more urgently to the new […]

LA Times: Creditors say they’ll sue if Crystal Cathedral balks at selling their building

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If the financially-troubled Crystal Cathedral’s board refuses to sell their 35-acre complex and landmark church building as part of on-going bankruptcy proceedings, creditors have told a local court they will sue. Prospective buyers include the Orange County Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church and the Disciples of […]

Expected to die, Harry Potter actress reports “miraculous” recovery after baptism

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“A teenage girl who doctors believed was going to die has been hailed a real-life miracle – after she came back to life when a priest put holy water on her head,” reports the British tabloid the Daily Mail. Two […]

Outsider finds insights at Rick Perry’s stadium prayer rally

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“As a Latin Mass fan and former Catholic schoolgirl (St. Jude’s, Rockville, Md.),” writes Joanne Butler, “I was an unlikely attendee at ‘The Response,’ Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Houston prayer event. But I’m glad I went; it gave me some insights […]

India court orders Catholic bishops’ attorneys to read Hindu scriptures

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A court in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has ordered attorneys representing the local Catholic Bishops Council to read Hindu scriptures before a lawsuit can continue. The state’s government had ordered public schools to incorporate “Gita Sar”– a summary of the Hindu scriptures, the […]

African cardinal: Divine judgment will fall on priests who don’t oppose abortion, homosexuality

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Cardinal Robert Sarah has warned that priests who fail in their duty to oppose the breakdown of morality in modern society, particularly abortion and anti-family policies, will receive the condemnation of God. The African cardinal is president of the Pontifical […]

Southern Illinois agency seeks to join lawsuit over homosexual adoption

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The charitable agency Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois in Belleville has petitioned to join a lawsuit filed by the Catholic Charities agency in Springfield, Peoria and Joliet, Illinois. The suit seeks relief against efforts by the Illinois attorney general’s office and […]

India tells 63-year-old nun to leave; pressure from Hindu extremists blamed

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A 63-year-old British nun caring for leprosy patients for three decades in Bangalore, India, was preparing to leave the country Monday after the Indian government refused to extend her resident permit without giving any reason. “I’m leaving with a heavy […]

What? A Catholic saint who had an abortion?

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Is it possible that a social activist being considered for Catholic sainthood underwent an abortion? Yes, writes Kathleen Gilbert on the LifeSiteNews website. “The Catholic Church considers abortion to be murder of an innocent human being, and an unspeakable evil,” […]

What did NY legislator not tell about “priest” who aplauded same-sex marriage vote?

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When New York state Senator James Alesi announced to gay “marriage” supporters recently that his priest “embraced” him at mass after he cast his vote for gay “marriage,” he failed to mention one important point – his priest and his […]

New “liberal” translation changes “Son of Man” to “the Human one”

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Five shrinking denominations generally regarded as “liberal” now have their own translation of the Bible. “There are a number of translations available for conservative churches,” spokesman Paul Franklyn told the Nashville Tennessean newspaper. Now, the liberal churches have theirs, the […]

Americans’ freedom of speech at risk, warns New York archbishop

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  American Christians may one day find themselves facing legal penalties simply for believing marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, a fate already suffered by believers in other countries, writes New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Perhaps one […]

Catholic theologian calls NY Times “attack” on natural contraception “peculiar”

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A prominent Catholic professor says a New York Times attack on natural contraception is “very peculiar” and “completely uninformative.” Professor Janet Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She […]

Catholic bishops: Shun lawmakers who voted for NY same-sex marriage

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By Elizabeth Tenety ~ from the Washington Post’s On Faith New York’s state’s Catholic bishops continue to blast the state’s passage of homosexual marriage this week, with one bishop calling on Catholic schools and other institutions to shun lawmakers in protest […]

Poland to vote on abortion ban; organizers avoided foreign interference

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Poland will vote whether to ban all abortions after a massive nationwide campaign that carefully avoided publicity abroad. In particular, organizers sought to stay under the radar of heavily funded U.S. abortion advocates, fearing they would pour millions of dollars […]

Pope tweets for the first time

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  Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first-ever tweet today, announcing the launch of a new news site from the Vatican News Twitter account. A photo from the Vatican shows the Pontiff typing out the message himself. CLICK HERE to […]

NY Bishop: We Should Speak ‘Forcefully & Clearly’ Against Gay Marriage

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Top Catholic leaders in New York have wasted no time in voicing their continued opposition to gay marriage since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry into law on Friday. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the state’s […]

Cardinal sees ‘no theological obstacle’ to women priests

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Cardinal Jos da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon, Portugal, a veteran European prelate at one point considered a contender to become pope, reportedly has said he sees no fundamental theological obstacle to the ordination of women as priests in the Catholic […]

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