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Pope Meets President of Czech Republic

Zenit - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:45
This morning, Pope Francis met with the president of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman. According to a statement released today by the Holy See,  the discussions, which took place on the 25th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the then-Czech and Slovak Federative Republi...

April 24, 2015 Friday, 3rd Week of Easter

PCM Province - Fri, 2015-04-24 08:23

Friday. Nothing short of the gift of our whole self is enough when it comes to our response to God’s unconditional love! As you pray today, offer your whole mind, heart and spirit to your loving God.

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Friday, 3rd Week of Easter
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Kenya: Catholic Relief Services Celebrates 50 Years

Zenit - Fri, 2015-04-24 07:41
The Catholic mission in Kenya was established more than 100 years ago and the Church's work there in evangelization, education and healthcare has been exemplary. This observation was made Kenya’s former republican president, Mwai Kibaki, who spoke during the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) golden jubilee celebration...

God’s Garden, April 24, 2015

PCM Province - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:02

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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Cardinal: Migrant Drowning 'Represents a Defeat for Everything That Makes European Union a Community of Values'

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 20:23
Here is a statement from Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), on the death of several hundred migrants who drowned last weekend trying to cross the Mediterranean. * * * « Europe's response will be a litmus test for the european values » ...

Remembering key moments of the Benedict XVI papacy (Video)

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 20:13
His brother, Georg Ratzinger, attended an event for a book commemorating his papacy. To view the video click here URL: http://www.romereports.com/pg161163-remembering-key-moments-of-the-benedict-xvi-papacy-en

Where to learn about early Christians on the Internet (Video)

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 20:13
To view the video click here URL: http://www.romereports.com/pg161179-where-to-learn-about-early-christians-on-the-internet-en

US Bishops Join With Other Religious Leaders to Affirm Marriage

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 20:08
With the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments April 28 on the rights of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, more than 30 religious leaders representing diverse faith communities throughout the United States have reaffirmed their shared commitment to marriage and religious freedom. ...

'Francis' Education Revolution' Reaches New Heights, Says Scholas Director

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 20:01
“We have to bring the classroom to the city, for the city is educating. Society educates! The world educates, otherwise the world is destroyed.” So says Professor Josemaría Del Corral, who along with Professor Enrique Palmeryo serves as the worldwide director of the network of schools and educational centers prom...

Vatican Celebrating Pope's Name Day

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 20:01
Offices in the Vatican are marking today's feast of St. George (Jorge in Spanish) with celebration, as it is the feast day of Pope Francis' baptismal saint. Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina on Dec. 17, 1936, and was baptized a week later, on Christmas night. Vatican Radio shared a reflecti...

Father Brendan Cahill Named Bishop of Victoria, Texas

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 20:01
Pope Francis has named Father Brendan Cahill, 51, a priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, as bishop of Victoria, Texas, and accepted the resignation of Bishop David E. Fellhauer, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese. Brendan Cahill was born November 28, 1963, in Coral Gables, Florida. He receive...

'Reproductive Rights' Speech Fails at UN Commission on Population and Development

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 18:56
Push for SRHR Derailed at UN CPD Meeting  The 48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), ended last Friday and was viewed as one of the last opportunities to send a strong message of support for the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and its myriad of related i...

UNICEF to Support Scholas, Pope Francis Initiative to Connect, Educate and Inspire Adolescents

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 17:00
Here below is a press release, issued by Scholas Occurrentes and UNICEF Tuesday, detailing their new collaboration:  *** His Holiness Pope Francis and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake met today in Rome to launch a new partnership that will provide more disadvantaged adolescents with the skills, informatio...

Editor: Children Are Not Too Young to Learn From the Pope

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 16:24
Pope Francis speaks so simply about God that anyone can understand him, even children, which makes his words a particularly fitting gift for those receiving Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist. These are the sentiments expressed by the editor of a new book from Ignatius Press and Magnificat designed for Fir...

Pope Appoints Apostolic Administrator of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 16:23
Yesterday, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City as apostolic administrator “sede vacante” of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Born on June 4, 1949 in St. Louis, Joseph Fred Naumann would go on to graduate from St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in 1967 and from Cardinal Glenn...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Apr 23, 2015

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-04-23 13:00

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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Nuns, the Church and Society

Zenit - Thu, 2015-04-23 11:21
Below is a reflection of British Ambassador to the Holy See Nigel Baker, entitled 'Nuns, the Church and Society.' Published on April 13th, it is from Ambassador Baker's blog available on the British Embassy to the Holy See Website: *** Stereotypical images tend to come to mind, at least the non-Catholic British...

April 23, 2015 Thursday, 3rd Week of Easter

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-04-23 06:02

Thursday. Surrendering herself to her Beloved, allowed Therese to live with whatever she faced each day – even suffering – with great serenity. Her will and God’s desires for her were one. Pray for the grace of this “peace that the world cannot give.” (Jn. 14:7)

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Thursday, 3rd Week of Easter
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Prayerful, Prophetic, Carmelite–Mychal Judge

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-04-23 05:25

“[From] prayer is born good works and good works alone.”
St. Teresa of Avila


In our spiritual founders, Mary and Elijah, Carmelites recognize models of prophetic action that have been nourished and guided by prayer. The call to be a prophetic contemplative is as relevant in the days of the prophet Elijah as it is today. As our constitutions state: “Carmelites seek the face of the living God through fraternity, and through service in the midst of the people” and provide by their lives “a prophetic statement about justice and peace in society and among peoples.”

To be prayerful and prophetic is as much a call to the Carmelites as it is to the wider Church and in society at large. This photo series journeys within and beyond the Carmelite tradition, revealing the Prayerful and Prophetic life in some unexpected places.

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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Apr 22, 2015

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-04-23 02:55

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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