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Religion Causes Peace, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A FATHER DYLAN'S SERMONS & TALKS - January 21, 2017 1 Cor 1:10-13.17 I want to say a few words today about why religion is a force for peace and good in the world. As we all know, the reverse is often asserted, we are often told that religion divides and brings wars. And sadly, as we heard in our second reading today, there are real divisions: we heard St Paul berating the early Christians for the factions among them. And in different ways there are divisions among the Christians churches today, which is ...http://fatherdylanjames.blogspot.com/2017/01/religion-causes-peace-3rd-sunday-in.html

Europe's Catholic, Orthodox Leaders Say They'll Stand Against Terrorism CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 20, 2017 ... escape." The four-day meeting, co-hosted by Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris and Orthodox Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, was the first since East-West ties deteriorated over Russian involvement in Ukraine. The message said the meeting's aim was "to demonstrate the convergence of Catholics and Orthodox on major issues of social ethics" and the will of both churches to stand together in the face of "unprecedented challenges and threats against Christianity." It added that the churches had ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/europes-catholic-orthodox-leaders-say.html

Director of Pope Benedict XVI Centre Appointed to Catholic Position at Oxford University CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 19, 2017 Director of the Pope Benedict XVI Centre in London and Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion at St Mary's University, Twickenham, Prof Stephen Bullivant, has been awarded a visiting research fellowship at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. Blackfriars, founded by the Dominican Order, is one of Oxford University's three Catholic Permanent Private Halls. An article on the St Mary's University website states that Professor Bullivant's appointment will ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/director-of-pope-benedict-xvi-centre.html

UNITY Is Impossible......unless....... GLORIA OLIVAE - January 18, 2017 ... the entire good). And why doesn't Pope Francis join them? Because the truths he believes in and the good he loves are more similar to Martin Luther. These last two are more of the same feather as shown by the latest ...http://odondecastro.blogspot.com/2017_01_01_archive.html#7553647814243900016

Reaching Across Divides ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC WOMEN BLOGGERS - January 18, 2017 http://associationofcatholicwomenbloggers.blogspot.com/2017/01/reaching-across-divides.html

Spirituality in the Land of the Noble - A Book Recommendation ARTICULI FIDEI - January 17, 2017 Spirituality in the Land of the Noble, by Dr. Richard C. Foltz, is an excellent introduction into the incredibly rich history of religion and spirituality in region now known as Iran. When the book was first published back in 2004, Dr. Foltz was an Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Florida; he is currently Professor of Iranian Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His Ph.D is in Middle Eastern History, from Harvard ...http://articulifidei.blogspot.com/2017/01/spirituality-in-land-of-noble-book.html

Interior Spirit REFLECTIONS OF AN RSCJ - January 17, 2017 ... year was "Embrace silence" as a way to help deepen our interior life, I have been thinking about this and I am also preparing a talk to our religion teachers on the spirituality of St. Madeleine Sophie. I know that she was so strong on having us deepen our interior life. She often talked about interior spirit and defined it as the intimate union of our souls with God. She also said that interior persons are the most joyful, and that appeals to me. Here is a quote from St. ...http://reflectionsofanrscj.blogspot.com/2017/01/interior-spirit.html

School Baptism Rule to Be Scrapped CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 16, 2017 ... says he plans to limit or remove the role that religion can play in the school admission process. It is the first such move by any Irish government. Mr Bruton says the system is 'unfair' and does not reflect the reality of modern Irish society, where the number of Catholic-controlled schools is now well ahead of the proportion of families who are practising Catholics. A Catholic-first admissions policy means many children cannot get into their nearest school because they are ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/school-baptism-rule-to-be-scrapped.html

Group Claims 'Nobody Has Been Refused Entry' to Catholic Schools Outside Dublin CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 16, 2017 ... says there is growing momentum across Irish society to remove the baptism barrier. He said: "We've heard from parents who actually regret baptising their children against their beliefs solely on the basis of getting their children into a local school", he said. "We heard last year from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who said he really did not believe in the practice of baptising children to get into your local school. "I think there's widespread agreement that it's really not a practice that ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/group-claims-nobody-has-been-refused.html

90,000 Christians Killed in 2016, Report Says CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 16, 2017 About 90,000 Christians were killed in 2016 because of their faith, accorindg to World Religion News. Most of the deaths occurred in tribal conflicts in Africa, where over 60,000 people were killed. But another 27,000 died in terrorist incidents, in the deliberate destruction of Christian villages, and in government persecution. More than 500 million Christians are unable to practice their faith openly and freely, the report said. Although the number of Christians killed ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/90000-christians-killed-in-2016-report.html

Anacleto Gonzalez Flores THE ONE TRUE FAITH - January 15, 2017 ... time, the Mexican government became very anti-religion. The government purposely aimed to rid the country of Catholicism. Anacleto Gonzalez Flores worked to defeat the government's policies. Eventually, he was martyred for his activities. May he rest in peace and may we all be as steadfast in faith as he. Lord Jesus in Your Name I ...http://theonetruefaith-faith.blogspot.com/2017/01/anacleto-gonzalez-flores.html

Faithless in America SPIRITUAL DEVOTIONAL - January 15, 2017 ... Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Our currency, and our courthouses, declare, "In God We Trust." Reminiscent of Isaiah 49: 6, [ "I will give you as a Light to the Nations"], our Statue of Liberty is engraved with the famous poem by Emma Lazarus: "Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry, yearning to breathe free. . . I lift my lamp beside the gold door!" At the founding of our country, George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." ...http://spiritualdevotional.blogspot.com/2017/01/faithless-in-america.html

India: High Court Bans Religious References in Elections CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 14, 2017 Emphasizing India's nature as a secular state, the country's Supreme Court has ruled that candidates may not invoke religion, race, ethnicity, or caste when campaigning. Catholic observers, according to a UCA News report, cautioned that the ruling might not apply to Hindu candidates, since the court left in place a 1995 decision defining Hinduism as a way of life rather than a religion. "The judgment could have been more complete and global had the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/india-high-court-bans-religious.html

Religious Freedom in the Crosshairs of European Court CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 14, 2017 ... European court based in Strasbourg, France, acknowledged "interference" in freedom of religion but asserted that public schools had a "special role" in integration, particularly of children of foreign origin. Such issues of compulsory public education and religious belief have prompted similar cases in neighboring Germany and Liechtenstein in recent years. Conflict over religious freedom is increasingly a feature of political life in today's Europe. Pope Francis has called on ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/religious-freedom-in-crosshairs-of.html

Religion 'Very Important' to Fb Founder. THE BLOGGING BROTHER - January 13, 2017 ... with Pope Francis at the Vatican, a meeting which had a profound effect on the industry leader. " We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he's found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world." Zuckerberg wrote later, "It was a meeting we'll never forget. You can feel his warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people." From humble beginnings as a computer programmer, Zuckerberg became a universally recognised ...http://thebloggingbrother.blogspot.com/2017/01/thefounder-of-social-media-giant.html

The Danger of Obamism DAD29 - January 11, 2017 ... is essentially an attempt to construct a society without religion and morality , one that is based not on traditional wisdom but upon the "enlightenment" of whoever is in power. Washington smelled a rat in the "refined" conceits of the Enlightenment . He asked in his farewell address — "[W]here is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?" ...http://dad29.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-danger-of-obamism.html

Students Too Triggered by Crucifixion to Learn About It CREATIVE MINORITY REPORT - January 11, 2017 http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2017/01/students-too-triggered-by-crucifixion.html

The Conflict Between Theists and Atheists Has Become a Godawful Bore (Opinion) CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 11, 2017 ... church" with an open mind. Fr O'Hanlon generously invites me to join the move towards a "constructive synergy". These are reasonable enough requests. But there remains a stubborn assumption that the Christian belief system is hard-wired into any conversation about the nature of existence. For large sections of the population, Christianity is of no more interest than astrology, flat-Earthism or the tenets of water dousing. It is no longer even worth rejecting. Mind you, the faith has triggered ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-conflict-between-theists-and.html

A Thought for Christmastide SAINT LOUIS CATHOLIC - January 10, 2017 ... decried these simple customs, wherein the seriousness of religion and the home enjoyments of certain Festivals were blended together. The traditions of Christian family rejoicings have been blamed under pretexts of abuse; as though a recreation, in which religion had no share and no influence, were less open to intemperance and sin. Others have pretended, (though with little or no foundation,) that the Twelfth Cake and the custom of choosing a King, are mere ...http://stlouiscatholic.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-thought-for-christmastide.html

Is a Christian Pastor Facing Trumped-Up Charges in Sudan? EWTN NEWS - WORLD CATHOLIC NEWS - January 8, 2017 Khartoum, Sudan, Jan 8, 2017 / 08:02 am ( EWTN News/CNA ).- Charges have been dropped against one Christian pastor in Sudan, but another pastor could face execution for what his defenders say are trumped-up charges based on animosity toward their religion.http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/EwtnNews-World/~3/0mavKXHEssE/new.php

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