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The Thousands of Irish Slaves Under the British

Irish Central: The history of the African slave trade into the Americas is well-documented as well as largely taught in American schools today. However, as John Martin of the Montreal-based Center for Research and Globalization points out in his article ‘The Irish Slave Trade – The Forgotten ‘White’ Slaves,’ it was not just Africans who were traded as slaves. Indeed, the Irish have a gruesome … More →

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Heart Breaking: Asia Bibi Loses Appeal, Lawyers Will Take It to Supreme Court

AsiaNews: After a hearing that lasted several hours, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death penalty sentence passed by a lower court against Asia Bibi, following her conviction in 2010 on blasphemy charges in 2010. Since then she has been on death row. In Pakistan, many civil society groups have expressed solidarity towards the Christian mother of five, as well as strong concern about … More →

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Syria: 8 Year Old Boy from Kosovo Rescued from Jihadist Father

Kosovo Security know how to get things done. One boy rescued. But the carnage just gets worse. And the other refugees from Syria languish in desperate straits. NBC News: An 8-year-old boy from Kosovo was reunited with his mother late on Wednesday after intelligence and security forces brought him back from Syria where he was taken by his jihadi father and kept for five months, … More →

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Chris Ferrara Defends His Critique of Synod Against Mark Shea

The Remnant: Cardinal Mueller on Secret Synod’s Relatio:  “Undignified, shameful, completely wrong.” Cardinal Burke on the Relatio: “Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable. The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich … More →

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Head of Philippine Military Orders Daily Rosaries to Protect Pope

Catholic News Service: The head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Oct. 13 ordered all military chaplains to dedicate their daily rosary for the safe visit of Pope Francis to their country in January. Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. gave the directive during an Oct. 13 Mass at the military headquarters cathedral to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the date of the first Marian apparition in … More →

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What Does a Priest Have to Say to Be Excommunicated Today?

CNA: The secular press in Chile is defending three priests who have come out in support of ‘gay marriage’ and is accusing Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago of denouncing the priests to the Vatican. The Archdiocese of Santiago issued a statement on Oct.13 denying that the Chilean cardinal had denounced Fathers Felipe Berrios, Mariano Puga and Jose Alduate. Likewise, a Vatican source confirmed to CNA that … More →


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Fr. James Farfaglia Blasts Synod: ‘Gay Lobby Is in Control’

Renew America: Pope Francis has correctly criticized the plague of clericalism within the Catholic Church, but Monday’s document is the most disgusting example of clericalism that I have ever seen in my almost twenty-seven years as a faithful and hardworking Catholic priest. In fact, the entire synod is an example of clericalism in its most horrendous form. How many of the participants in the synod … More →

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Texas Nurse With Ebola a Devout Catholic

Patheos: Biographical details about Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan, are slowly emerging. Today’s New York Times reveals some of her religious background. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Couple Opt for Life, Have Ill Baby, Baptize Baby, Baby Dies and Goes to Heaven

Yahoo News: The Pennsylvania couple that carried out a heartbreaking bucket list for an unborn baby with a terminal condition announced the birth of the boy today, and his death a few hours later. “Today at 6:15 a.m., after meeting his entire family and being baptized into the Catholic faith, baby Shane died peacefully in his Mother’s arms,” Jenna and Dan Haley of Philadelphia wrote … More →


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Philippine Diocese: March of Saints Replaces Halloween Monsters

Philippines: The Archdiocese of Cotabato has decided to recapture the essence of “Undas” (Halloween) by encouraging its parishes to organize wholesome activities that will highlight the lives and virtues of Catholic saints, replacing the popular Halloween practices. Several parishes are promoting the ‘March of Saints’ practice, dressing up children as saints and martyrs instead of the usual scary Halloween costumes. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: … More →

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Thailand: Married Couples Hold Workshop With Holy Family as Model

UCANews: Married Catholic couples in Thailand recently met at a workshop reflecting on pastoral challenges confronting their vocation, which emphasized the role of the Holy Family as their guide. “The seminar engaged the couples in exploring the sanctity of marriage, the art of communication, and enhancing their relationship, keeping the Holy Family of Nazareth as the center of their love,” Fr. Ignazio Adisak Somsangsuang, parish … More →

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Six Miles From ISIS, Brave Iraqi Priest Will Not Leave His People

CNA: On the way back, Father said he saw one young man that was with him when he initially fled. This young man told him: “Father, I saw you always from afar, but this week I found out who you are, and it has given me so much strength (to know) that you are a priest in the middle of your people.” Father also said … More →

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Imprisoned for 20 Years, Chinese Bishop Dies at 90

UCANews: Bishop Giovanni Battista Wang Jin of Yuci (Yütze) in Shanxi province, who died at the age of 90, was buried yesterday with Church people lauding his commitment to nurture vocations in mainland China. Bishop Wang died after a prolonged illness on September 23. He was born in Taiyuan, Shanxi, in a family of long Catholic tradition. From an early age he felt the vocation to … More →

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Cardinal Napier Says to Divorced Catholics: Carry Your Cross

Rorate Caeli: From our friends at Catholic News Service comes a short interview today with Wilfried Cardinal Napier. The good cardinal rightly asks the question: if Kasper et al are successful, how could the Church deny Christ to a polygamist? Interview on video. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Synod Update: Well Then Let’s ‘Get Real’. Teach the Truth Now

Catholic News Service:  In their discussions of sexual and medical ethics, participants at the Synod of Bishops on the family are giving emphasis to the concept of “graduality,” as a way of thinking about morality that allows for human imperfection without compromising ideals. In an address to the assembly on its first working day, Oct. 6, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, said that “Humanae … More →

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