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Have Church Authorities in Germany Gone Bonkers?

Catholic Herald: Italian footballer Luca Toni could be taken to court by the Catholic Church in Germany over unpaid church taxes, according to reports. According to Sport Mediaset, Toni did not pay the Kirchensteuer (church tax) while playing for Bayern Munich from 2007 to 2010 and a trial is now possible as the German Church attempts to claw back around €1.7m. More here. Share, Bookmark, … More →

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Cardinal Nichols Not Happy With 461 Priests Who Signed Open Letter for Family Synod

Carl Olson, Catholic World Report: My hope is that when an exhaustive (and exhausting) history of the Great Inter-Synodal Battle of 2014-15 is written someday, the collective sense of it will be: “What were they thinking?”—the “they” being those who prelates, priests, and others who pushed for changes in Church teaching about the sacrament of matrimony. But, in the present moment, every scuffle, tussle, and uproar … More →

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Cal State Professor Defends Blessed Junipero Serra

Catholic World Report: California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented. “When he died, many native peoples came to the mission for his burial. They openly wept. Others of his colleagues and even colonists, believed that he would be made a saint, because of the way he had lived his … More →

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Vietnam: Communists Threaten to Demolish 22 Catholic Chapels

AsiaNews: The communist authorities of Djak Tô district – Diocese of Kontum, in the province of the same name located in the Central Highlands of Vietnam – are threatening to tear down 22 Catholic chapels and places of prayer, because they do not have building permits or permits to be used for worship. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Pennsylvania: A Young Catechumen’s Longing for the Eucharist

Catholic News Service: Tears of longing fill Jessica Bassili’s eyes as she sits in a pew during Mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lebanon. The parishioners around her are lined up to receive holy Communion, and Jessica can only sit and pray. And wait until she can join them. Jessica, a sophomore, is one of four students from Lebanon Catholic School who … More →


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Should Baptism Be Postponed for a Soldier Catechumen Deployed

I don’t think so. Catholic News Service: Twice before, Aaron Tam has come close to being baptized. Once was in Jacksonville, North Carolina, but in preparing for his deployment to Iraq, he missed too many classes. His instructor in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program, himself a retired Marine Corps sergeant, gave him the bad news: “You can’t get baptized this Easter.” He recalled: … More →


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Over Half Million Sign Petition in UK to Free Asia Bibi

UCANews: More than half a million people have signed a petition started by a British woman to save Asia Bibi, the Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy. In her petition on change.org, a social action website, university student Emily Clarke says Asia Bibi, who was condemned to death in November 2010, was alleged to have made disparaging comments about Islam after … More →

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Catholic Online Posts Lutheran ‘Bishop’ Doing Exorcism

What is this? A man in Argentina who thinks he is a bishop, Manuel Acuna, casting out devils? A man who rejects the one, true Faith, and follows the heretical teaching of Martin Luther casting out devils? And Catholic Online posts this nonsense? Well, not exactly. The title of the report uses quotation marks: Rare video shows ‘successful’ exorcism on woman ‘possessed by devil.’ Yet, readers … More →

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St. Rupert, Apostle to Germany, 7th Century

He made converts. Hopefully he did not proselytize or impose any fear upon the pagans as to their state of idolatry. Catholic Online: Tradition states that Rupert was a scion of the Frankish royal Merovingian family.[4] He was also the uncle of Saint Erentrude. Rupert was bishop of Worms until around 697, when unbelievers in the vicinity of Worms exiled him from the city.[4] He … More →

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Half a Million March for Life of Pre-Borns in Lima, Peru

Lima is the city of saints: They are Saints Rose (1617, whose feast day is today, August 30. She was the first person canonized who was born in the New World), Martin de Porres (1639), Turibius (1606), Francis Solano (1610), and John Massias (1645). CNA: More than half a million Peruvians participated in the historic March for Life 2015, held March 21 in Lima, rejecting abortion … More →

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Palestinian Artist’s Painting Honors Our Lady and Two Blessed Marys to be Canonized

Vatican Insider: The abouna.org site has the pleasure to post the excelling painting of artist Robert Giacaman, which represents the two new saints Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas and Blessed Mariam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy, being the major painting in modern time that unveils for the first time the canonization of the two Palestinian nuns on May 17. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Catholic Senator Opposed by Her Bishop for Objecting to Hindu Prayers at Idaho State Session

God bless Senator Sheryl Nuxoll. Shame on Bishop Peter Christensen. The Remnant: When Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed recited prayers for the state senate’s March 3 session in Boise, Senator Sheryl Nuxoll boycotted the invocation and said that she believed the US is a Christian nation and “Hindu is a false faith with false gods”. Her opinions “do not represent the opinions or teachings … More →

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500 Priests From England and Wales Sign Letter Defending Church Moral Doctrine

The Remnant: In a dramatic turn of events, nearly 500 priests from England and Wales have written a letter in defence of the ‘traditional teaching on marriage and human sexuality’ in anticipation of the forthcoming Vatican Synod on the family. This letter comes at a time when a growing number of Catholics are concerned that the gathering of Church leaders in Rome, scheduled for October 2015, … More →

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Teachers in Catholic Schools Beware: Do Not Teach Catholic Morals or Doctrine

Crisis: Chesterton once wrote that “War is not the best way of settling differences—but it is the only way of preventing them from being settled for you.”  If the Catholic Church is to continue to teach the timeless truths about the dignity of all human persons from conception to natural death, and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, the Church needs … More →

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150th Anniversary of Resurrection of ‘Hidden Church’ in Japan

As the photo shows Japanese Catholic women are modest and wear veils in Church. This is far more common in the East. Catholic Herald: On March 17, 1865, a group of “hidden Christians” in Nagasaki announced their faith to a French priest who had been sent to Japan to minister to Catholics in the city’s French quarter. Meeting the Japanese bishops on March 20 during … More →

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