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In Wake of Paris Terror Attacks, Catholic Missionary Reaches Out to 'Muslim Friends'

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:07
In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris last week, an Asian missionary is reaching out to the Muslim community, saying how disgusting it is that some kill in the name of God. In an open letter addressed to Muslim friends, missionary Fr. Sebastiano D'Ambra, founder of the movement "Silsilah" for Islamic-Christi...

Changes Made in Hierarchy of Chaldean Church

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:07
The Vatican announced today Pope Francis' approval of the canonical election by the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Church of Rev. Basel Yaldo as auxiliary of the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans. The bishop-elect was born in Telkaif, Iraq, in 1970 and was ordained a priest in 2002. He studied theology a...

Father Lombardi Discusses Highlights of Pope's Visit to Sri Lanka

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:07
As Francis' whirlwind visit to Sri Lanka drew to a close, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, has reflected on what he believes are the highlights of the second day of the Pope’s visit there. According to Vatican Radio, Fr. Lombardi responded last night in Sri Lanka to questions pose...

Press Office Official Clarifies Pope's Words on Freedom of Speech, Respect

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:07
Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the CEO of Canada's Salt and Light network, serves as the English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office. Regarding the Pope's words on the flight today from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, about freedom of speech and the attacks in Paris, Fr. Rosica released the following cl...

Pope Makes 2 Unscheduled Stops on Final Day in Sri Lanka

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:07
On his final day in Sri Lanka, Pope Francis made two unscheduled stops upon his return from the Marian shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Madhu. The Holy Father first stopped at the Apostolic Nunciature in Colombo where he met with former Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former head of state, who was...

Pope Francis: 'Freedom of Expression Is a Right and a Duty, But It Has Its Limits'

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:07
While defending freedom of expression as a fundamental right and a duty, Pope Francis said that it also has its limits and should not be used to mock or insult. The Holy Father made these comments during an in-depth press conference aboard his flight from Colombo to Manila today. According to Italian newspaper La...

Thousands Welcome Pope Francis to Manila

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:07
Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos excitedly greeted Pope Francis as he arrived on the second leg of his Apostolic Trip to Asia. The Holy Father's plane landed in Manila's Villamor Air Base at 6:35 p.m.local time after a six plus-hour flight from Colombo International Airport. Before departing Sri Lanka, the Pope...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Jan 16, 2015

PCM Province - Fri, 2015-01-16 14:00

A brief, Catholic, daily prayer experience of simple faith in the Carmelite tradition. The Daily Disconnect is a daily podcast focusing on the exercise of prayer from a Catholic Carmelite perspective.

The post The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Jan 16, 2015 appeared first on Order of Carmelites.

Pope 'Very Moved' by Meeting With Abandoned Children

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 13:52
Following this morning’s Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to a center run by the Anak-Tnk foundation, an organization founded in 1988 by a Jesuit priest, which cares for abandoned children. A group of 300 children were there to greet ...

Coptic Patriarch Says French Magazine Cartoons Are 'Offensive'

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 13:30
Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II denounced the recent cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published another cartoon of Mouhammed following the terrorist attack on their offices last week.   According to Fides, the Patriarch said that the images were "offensive" and that any insult must be rejected...

Pope Francis: 'Every Threat to the Family Is a Threat to Society Itself'

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:26
Pope Francis arrived on his 'popemobile' to the “Mall of Asia” Arena this afternoon in Manila for a Meeting of Families, greeting thousands of cheering Filipinos along the way. As he entered, excited Catholics screamed, “We love you, Papa Francis” and ran up to catch a glimpse of the Argentinian Pontiff. Despite ...

Pope Calls on Filipino Leaders to Reject Corruption, Support Families in Transmitting Values

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 09:29
Pope Francis says families must be supported because, "like all God’s gifts," the family can be disfigured, and families are needed to transmit basic human values, which democracies today are failing to defend. The Pope said this after a ceremony officially welcoming him this morning to the Philippines, following...

Cardinal Tagle's Speech Thanking Holy Father

Zenit - Fri, 2015-01-16 07:28
Here is the text of a speech given at the end of today's Mass in Manila by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila. * * * Most Holy Father, Before you are representatives of the bishops, priests, religious men and women and lay faithful of the Philippines and of Asia. In their name I welcome you to ...

Friday January 16, 2015

PCM Province - Fri, 2015-01-16 06:02

Friday. Teresa knew that the more we become preoccupied with the things of this world, the less we “see” our true spiritual value. Pray today for the grace to remember that you are the dwelling place of God.

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God’s Garden, January 16, 2015

PCM Province - Fri, 2015-01-16 06:02

The geographic Mount Carmel that we take our Carmelite name from is a mountain range along the Mediterranean in Israel. It is a green oasis surrounded by desert; hence, its name “Carmel,” which means “the Garden of God” in Hebrew. The metaphorical Carmel is a way of life, our disposition as we make our spiritual path up Mount Carmel.

The images and insights presented here represent a small sampling of what has bloomed in “God’s Garden” over the course of our 800-year existence. Welcome to our Carmelite garden; we hope you are nourished by what grows here and invite you to comment and share it with others.

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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Jan 15, 2015

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-01-15 09:00

A brief, Catholic, daily prayer experience of simple faith in the Carmelite tradition. The Daily Disconnect is a daily podcast focusing on the exercise of prayer from a Catholic Carmelite perspective.

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Thursday January 15, 2015

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-01-15 06:02

Thursday. Therese knew the difficulty of giving God her whole being…heart, mind and spirit. Viewing this as a type of martyrdom, she invites us to believe that the gift of self, is as valuable as the “shedding of blood.” In your prayer today, give God your entire being…heart, mind and spirit.

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January 15, 2015
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Bishop Named for Grand Island, Nebraska

Zenit - Wed, 2015-01-14 19:17
Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Joseph Hanefeldt, 56, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Omaha, Nebraska, bishop of Grand Island, Nebraska, and accepted the resignation of Bishop William J. Dendinger, 75, from pastoral governance of the diocese. The appointment was publicized in Washington today by Archbishop C...
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