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Pope’s Pentecost Homily

Vatican City, May 24, 2015     

“As the Father has sent me, even so I send you… Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:21-22). The gift of the Spirit on the evening of the Resurrection took place once again on the day of Pentecost, intensified this time by extraordinary outward signs. On the evening of Easter, Jesus appeared to the Apostles and breathed on them his Spirit (cf. Jn 20:22); on the morning of Pentecost the…–2?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch

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Living the Moral Life 5

There is another part to this relationship not mentioned yet. We are striving to have a relationship with God. God is God, and we are not. With other people, we are having a relationship with others that are equal to us. God is superior to us. He has all wisdom, knowledge and understanding. He also loves us and is willing to share all of His goodness with us. Continue reading

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In Syria, a Pastor Comes Home to Comfort His Flock

Syria, May 22, 2015

By Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart

I just returned to Aleppo from a trip to the US, where I did my best to explain our situation to American Christians in several major cities on the East Coast. My journey appears to have been useful; so say the organizers of the awareness-raising campaign, the team of Aid to the Church in Need-US, which has been terrific in its dedication and commitment to our cause! They gave me…

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Jihadists in Syria Kidnap Another Priest

Syria, May 22, 2015

This report is contributed by Marta Petrosillo of Aid to the Church in Need:

Almost two years since the abduction in Raqqa, Syria, of Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, jihadists grabbed a monk from the Deir Mar Musa monastery, some 50 miles north of Damascus, the Syrian capital

Thursday, another of its monks, Father Jacques Mourad was abducted in Qaryatayn – a small town in central Syria…

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Federal Court Forces University of Notre Dame to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

A federal appeals court has denied a request by the University of Notre Dame to get out of having to comply with the pro-abortion HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare and requires businesses and church groups to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. …

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Holy See Warns OSCE Against Imposing False Separation of Public, Private Christian Witness

Vienna, May 20, 2015

Intolerance and discrimination against Christians was the theme of a conference organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna on Monday.

A Holy See delegation noted that persecution against Christians in some areas of the globe reaches genocidal tendencies. …


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