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Pope Francis: Don't celebrate the mistakes of others (Video)

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 18:38
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Patriarch Laham: Save the Arab World, Put Out the Fire

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 18:24
Today, the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin brings glad tidings to the universe. My prayer is for joy to fill the hearts of millions of people in our Arab countries, which are so filled with worries, fears, suffering and tragedy that impact lives both in public and in private. While spreading hope and joy in C...

Pope Francis' Address to Italian Biblical Assocation

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 17:47
At 12:30 this afternoon, the Holy Father Francis received in audience – in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Vatican Palace -- the Italian Biblical Association, at the end of the 43rd National Biblical Week, held in Rome from September 8-12 at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, on the theme: “Who can proclaim th...

Archbishop Tomasi's Human Rights Council Intervention on Combating Human Trafficking

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 16:50
Here below is an intervention of the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, delivered on September 9 during the XXVII Ordinary Session of the Council of Human Rights on the theme "to combat contemporary forms of ...

Preparations for Papal Visit to Turkey Confirmed

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 16:41
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Pope Francis would be visiting Turkey after the Holy See received an official letter of invitation from the country’s President this morning. In a statement, Father Lombardi said: “This morning the Holy See received a formal letter of invitation to Pope Francis...

Archbishop Tomasi: Human Trafficking Not Confined to Poor Countries

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 16:41
The fight against contemporary forms of slavery was the theme of the address given by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi. Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, during the 27th Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The archbishop referred to a number of tragic forms of contemporary slavery th...

Thousands of Mourners Celebrate Lives of Slain Missionary Sisters

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 16:41
Thousands of mourners in Burundi have celebrated the lives of three Italian missionary sisters brutally murdered this week in their convent near the country’s capital, Bujumbura. The emotional and sombre funeral Mass on Wednesday, presided by Archbishop Evariste Ngonagoye of Bujumbura, took place before their bod...

Pope's Morning Homily: Do Not Take Pleasure in Others' Mistakes

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 16:41
True fraternal reprimand is painful because it is done with love, in truth and humility. Moreover it is unchristian to take pleasure when reprimanding someone.  This was the focus of Pope Francis homily Friday during Mass in Santa Marta, on the day when the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Holy Name of Mary. ...

Catholic-Orthodox Commission to Discuss 'Synodality and the Primate'

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 16:41
The eighth plenary session of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church will take place in Amman, Jordan from 15 to 23 September, following the invitation from the Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Theophilos III. The session...

Pope Francis' Ad Limina Address to Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 13:47
At 12 o’clock this afternoon, the Holy Father Francis received in audience, in the Hall of the Consistory, the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the occasion of their Visit “ad Limina Apostolorum.” Here is a translation of the text of the Pope’s address to the Prelate...

Pope: Biblical Interpretation Must Help Faithful to Live Fully in Communion With God

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 12:13
This morning the Holy Father met with the participants in the 43rd National Biblical Week, organised by the Italian Biblical Association, a meeting that inaugurated the celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution of Vatican Council II on the Divine Revelation “Dei Verbum”, promulgated on ...

U.S. Congressional Hearing Held on Plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:13
A hearing on the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria was convened Wednesday at the U.S. House of Representatives. Entitled Genocidal Attacks Against Christian and Other Religious Minorities in Syria and Iraq, the hearing was sponsored by Chris Smith, U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional distr...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Sept 12, 2014

PCM Province - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:58

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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God’s Garden, September 12, 2014

PCM Province - Fri, 2014-09-12 07:39

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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Beyond the Nihilist Barriers: Radical Uncertainty and Its Consequences

Zenit - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:41
Modern society does not permit and rejects, with the accusation of dogmatism, any personal decision that goes jenseits der Dinge (beyond the things). In a kind of “materialistic imposition“, disguised as “scientific paradigms” with a bitter ideological taste, there is the clear attempt to ban every metaphysical cal...

Celebration and Reflection: Carmelite Rule #6

PCM Province - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:02


As Carmelites mark the 800th anniversary of St. Albert’s death, we invite you to join us in reflecting on the Carmelite Rule. Each day over the course of the nine days leading up to Saint Albert’s Feast (September 17) we will be posting excerpts from the rule–designed by Carmelite seminarian, Manu Franco OCarm–both on our Facebook page and our website.

We hope that sharing our way of life with our online communities will help others deepen in their own spiritual journey. As always, your reflections/comments are most welcome.

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Friday September 12, 2014

PCM Province - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:02

Friday, September 12, 2014. Just as St. Paul when he experienced so many difficulties in his travels, Teresa recognized that in God alone is our strength and without God we have no fortitude. In your prayer today, ask to not lose sight of the source of your strength and faithfulness.

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Celebration and Reflection: Carmelite Rule #5

PCM Province - Thu, 2014-09-11 23:02


Though the original Carmelites lived as hermits on Mount Carmel, part of the wisdom of the Rule of St. Albert is in its enormous adaptability. When the early Carmelites were forced to flee Mount Carmel they moved to Europe and eventually established “Carmels” all over the earth. Where in your spiritual journey have you discovered your own ability to adapt?

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Thursday September 11, 2014

PCM Province - Thu, 2014-09-11 21:26

Thursday, September 11, 2014. Therese experienced God’s justice as merciful and God’s mercy as just. Pray today for that same balance of mercy and justice toward all whom you serve.

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Cardinal Sandri: Education Urgently Needed to Avoid Yielding to Vision of Conflict Between Civilizations

Zenit - Thu, 2014-09-11 19:57
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, has spoken of a situation of "extreme urgency” in Iraq, and remarked that Church leaders "have the responsibility of educating our faithful lest they yield to a vision of conflict between civilisations or religions." Addressing the P...
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