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Fresh Crisis for German Catholic Church As Ordinations Sink to New Low CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 11, 2016 ... When compared to the official statistics of 20 years ago, average church attendance was down from 18.6 per cent in 1995 to 10.4 per cent in 2015, while the number of baptisms has declined by more than a third, from almost 260,000 in 1995 to just over 167,000 in 2015. The decline in marriages was even steeper, with 86,456 couples marrying in church 21 years ago, and almost half that number – 44,298 couples – tying the knot in church last year. Despite the figures, the head of the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/09/fresh-crisis-for-german-catholic-church.html
Good Samaritan COMMUNIO - July 10, 2016 ... (the neighbor), even loving our enemy. No one gets to pick and choose who to love and who not to love. The power of the holy gospel is that it is not tribal but universal. The power of the gospel knows no need other need than to know, love and serve God and our neighbor as ourself. The Gospel does not admit socio-economic, racial or gender theories into its message. Least of all the gospel is not a mere trend. We know ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2016/07/good-samaritan/
Homily for July 10 A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS - July 9, 2016 source Homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time ( Scriptures for today's Mass) Audio for homily After all the violence we've witnessed in the past month, the past year, the past decade, what does it mean to preach the gospel of the Prince of Peace? The truth of the ancient scriptures is attested to in today's first scripture, written some 7 centuries before the time of Jesus. Recall the words we heard from Moses' lips. It's not hard to imagine Moses weeping and ...http://concordpastor.blogspot.com/2016/07/homily-for-july-10_9.html
Make America KIND Again A FRIAR'S LIFE - July 9, 2016 HOMILY FOR THE 15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, July 10, 2016: If you're like me and millions-upon-millions of other people of a certain age, you grew up each day listening to Mr. Fred Rogers sing a little song that went something like this, "It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?" Every day, Mr. Rogers would invite his viewers to please be his neighbor as he took us to the land of Make-Believe or ...http://afriarslife.blogspot.com/2016/07/make-america-kind-again.html
Back and Blogging Καθολικός διάκονος - July 6, 2016 It is safe to say that last month was the lightest blogging month since I began blogging in earnest 10 years ago this month. My primary reason for not writing much was that I spent most of the month at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. From Sunday, 12 June until Friday, 1 July, I completed my first (of three) residencies in pursuit of a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degree. My experience there was wonderful. Since ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2016/07/back-and-blogging.html
July 2016 Morning Offering Prayer Intentions A WING AND A PRAYER - July 1, 2016 Here are the intentions for this month when reciting the Morning Offering: Universal Intention - Indigenous Peoples. That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are being threatened, will be shown due respect. Evangelization Intention - Latin America and the Caribbean. That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. Reflections for ...http://awingandaprayer.blogspot.com/2016/07/july-2016-morning-offering-prayer.html
In Armenia, the Pope's Prayer: "May Our Communion Be Complete" WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - June 26, 2016 ... expected to be called either late in the Fall or early next year. By November's end, the voting College will be at least 13 members shy of the maximum 120, and given Francis' practice of anticipating future vacancies, his third crop of scarlet could see some 20 electoral red hats doled out – a figure which would give Bergoglio's picks just shy of a majority of the voters in a hypothetical Conclave. Though the possibilities of the Pope's precedent-shattering penchant for the peripheries ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2016/06/in-armenia-popes-prayer-may-our.html