Monday, April 30, 2012

Prayers For Lucas



If you're going to follow any blog, follow this little guy's blog. He has a terminal disorder, Sanfilippo Syndrome/ MPS III-A.

So please give him a follow on his new blog, and keep him and his family in your prayers.

Click here:

Prayers For Lucas

Rights group: US, China ironing out American asylum deal for Chinese dissident | Fox News

The following excerpts are from Fox News:


  • U.S. and Chinese officials are ironing out a deal to secure American asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest, with an agreement likely before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives this week, a U.S. rights campaigner said Monday.
  • Bob Fu of the Texas-based rights group ChinaAid said that China and the U.S. want to reach agreement on the fate of Chen Guangcheng before the annual high-level talks with Clinton and other U.S. officials begin in Beijing on Thursday.
  • "The Chinese top leaders are deliberating a decision to be made very soon, 
  • maybe in the next 24 to 48 hours," Fu said, citing a source close to the U.S. and Chinese governments. Both sides are "eager to solve this issue," said Fu, a former teacher at a Communist Party academy in Beijing whose advocacy group focuses on the rights of Christians in China and who maintains a network of contacts in the country.
  • "It really depends on China's willingness to facilitate Chen's exit," Fu said.

Read more:

Rights group: US, China ironing out American asylum deal for Chinese dissident | Fox News

Cardinal Martino and Lord Alton Unite in "Compassion" Plea for Blind Lawyer Chen

Note: The following is a press release in it's entirety from Dignitatis Humanae Institute



Rome, 30th April 2012

Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, Honorary President of the Rome-based Dignitatis Humanae Institute and Lord Alton, Chairman of the British Parliament's Cross-Party Working Group on Human Dignity, today met to discuss the situation of blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng.

The self-taught lawyer, who sought sanctuary in the US Embassy in Beijing over the weekend after escaping six years of house imprisonment, remains separated from his family, members of whom have been taken into custody.

As talks between Chinese and US officials continue, Lord Alton urged China to show compassion on humanitarian grounds for Chen and his family, and asked for them all to be allowed to leave for the United States, to receive medical treatment (as previously happened with the case of Fang Lizhi):

Lord Alton said: "Chen Guangcheng and his family have a number of well-known medical issues that would reasonably justify a decision, on humanitarian grounds, to allow them to travel to the United States or Europe for medical treatment."

Despite losing his sight at an early age, Chen Guangcheng managed to teach himself law and has become an international icon in his native China, and around the world. After a period in prison ended in 2010, Chen remained under house arrest until he fled to the US Embassy for sanctuary on 22 April.

Cardinal Martino added: "With a decision on Chen's future likely to be decided in the next week, the Dignitatis Humanae Institute appeals for compassion and mercy for Chen and his family."

POPE BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MAY




Vatican City, 30 April 2012 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for May is: "That initiatives which defend and uphold the role of the family may be promoted within society".

His mission intention is: "That Mary, Queen of the World and Star of Evangelisation, may accompany all missionaries in proclaiming her Son Jesus".


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Mother's Day Is May 13


Yes Mother's Day will be here sooner than you think.

Mom's do so much for us, that there is just no way we could ever do for them what they have done for us throughout our lives.

They carried us for nine months, nursed us through all kinds of sickness, helped us with our homework and helped us in our lives.

Mom has worked hard for us, so this year let's help mom relax with a nice soothing cup of coffee from Mystic Monk Coffee, the only coffee that is carefully blended and roasted by the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming.

No matter whether mom likes a dark roast, a medium roast or decaffeinated, you can be sure that mom will enjoy a great cup of coffee from Mystic Monk Coffee, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your purchase helps to support the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming.

Also, for those warmer days let's help mom cool off with a nice glass of iced tea brewed from the great tea blends from Mystic Monk Coffee. Bold or brisk, delicate or sweet, and decaffeinated, you can find a tea that mom will love.

Does your mom already have a favorite Mystic Monk Coffee or Tea? Then let mom know you how much you appreciate her the whole year with a subscription to her favorite coffee or tea! Just choose the coffee or tea mom likes, and the good monk's will send it to her each month.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Fax: LGBT Lawyers Sue Pastor for “Crime Against Humanity”

Friday Fax: LGBT Lawyers Sue Pastor for “Crime Against Humanity”

The Republican Party’s Catholic cadre. . .coming soon - The Washington Post

The following is from The Washington Post blog "The Fix" by Chris Cillizza:

  • Forget Mormonism; the real story in the Republican Party right now is the rise of the Catholics.
  • Republicans, who according to Smart Politics have put a Catholic on the ticket just once before (vice presidential candidate William Miller in 1964), seem to be experiencing something of a Catholic renaissance.
  • First, a pair of Catholics in Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum gave Mitt Romney a run for his money in the nominating contest, and now, four of the five politicians seen as most likely to join Romney on the ticket are Catholic as well.


Read more:


The Republican Party’s Catholic cadre. . .coming soon - The Washington Post

Monday, April 23, 2012

Vote For Marriage #4

In the final installment of this series of videos Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh talks about the importance of traditional marriage and of the proper attitude toward people of different viewpoints.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Republicans Nullifying Conservatives - Steve Deace - Townhall Conservative Columnists


The following excerpt is from TownHall.com columnist Steve Deace:

  • “It seems the Oklahoma GOP leadership is trying to fill the Romney Republican mold, which is a lot of pro-life speech but no pro-life action,” Personhood USA’s Keith Mason said. “What’s happening in Oklahoma begs a question pro-lifers must ask themselves: if the Republican leadership won’t vote pro-life why should we vote for them?”


Click the link below for the entire article:


Republicans Nullifying Conservatives - Steve Deace - Townhall Conservative Columnists

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment | CNSNews.com

Well, just as we Catholics said, the enemies of freedom who are trying to undermine freedom of religion, are now going after freedom of speech. Attacks on the freedom of the press can't be far behind!

Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment | CNSNews.com

Mali bishops warn of Sharia imposition : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Mali bishops warn of Sharia imposition : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bishop Bruskewitz Reflects on His Work for the Church and Calls on Laity to Boldly Evangelize | Daily News | NCRegister.com


The following excerpts are from the National Catholic Register. The emphases are mine:

As he nears retirement, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., reflected on the importance of the laity in modern culture, observing that well-formed men and women can bring Christ into the workplace and other areas where clergy cannot.

“We have to face seeing people where they are and bringing Christ to people where they are,” the bishop told CNA in Rome March 14.

During a recent ad limina visit with Pope Benedict, the 76-year-old bishop noted in an interview that Catholic laity have an irreplaceable duty in sanctifying the world.

He also had pointed remarks for those who identify as Catholics in the U.S. but work to advance policies that harm the Church and morality. “They have to realize that what they are doing is very serious, and very seriously wrong.”

Click the link below to read the entire article:


Bishop Bruskewitz Reflects on His Work for the Church and Calls on Laity to Boldly Evangelize | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Divine Mercy Novena -- Day Nine



Today is Day Nine of the Divine Mercy Novena.

Please join us as we pray this novena with all 15,000 Catholics at Pray More Novenas.

You may also take a moment to look around here and pray for the intentions of the rest of the Pray More Novenas community. 


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Divine Mercy Novena -- Day Seven



Today is Day Seven of the Divine Mercy Novena.

Please join us as we pray this novena with all 15,000 Catholics at Pray More Novenas.

You may also take a moment to look around here and pray for the intentions of the rest of the Pray More Novenas community. 


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Vatican Cardinal: US Healthcare Mandate is “Contrary to the Very Foundation of Our Nation.”

The following excerpt is from Dignitatis Humanae Institute:


  • In a further sign of Christian unity against President Obama's compulsory birth control mandate, Cardinal Raymond Burke has called on all Catholics to bravely oppose this unprecedented attack on freedom of conscience and religious liberty.


Click the link below to read the entire article:

Vatican Cardinal: US Healthcare Mandate is “Contrary to the Very Foundation of Our Nation.”

Divine Mercy Novena -- Day Six



Today is Day Six of the Divine Mercy Novena.

Please join us as we pray this novena with all the Catholics at Pray More Novenas.

You may also take a moment to look around here and pray for the intentions of the rest of the Pray More Novenas community. 


Cardinal Burke sees 'no excuse' for employers covering contraceptive costs : News Headlines - Catholic Culture



The following excerpt is from Catholic World News at Catholic Culture:

Cardinal Raymond Burke has stated that employers who provide contraceptive coverage for their workers are guilty of both formal and material cooperation in contraception.

The cardinal--who is now one of the top-ranking Americans at the Vatican, where he serves as head of the Apostolic Signatura—said that there is “no way to justify” a health-care program that includes contraceptive coverage. He urged resistance against the Obama administration’s drive to make such coverage mandatory.

Click the link below to read the entire article:


Cardinal Burke sees 'no excuse' for employers covering contraceptive costs : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Divine Mercy Novena -- Day Five



Today is Day Five of the Divine Mercy Novena.

Please join us as we pray this novena with all the Catholics at Pray More Novenas.

You may also take a moment to look around here and see the intentions of the rest of the Pray More Novenas community. 


Monday, April 09, 2012

Divine Mercy Novena -- Day Four



Today is Day Four of the Divine Mercy Novena.

Please join us as we pray this novena with all the Catholics at Pray More Novenas.

You may also take a moment to look around here and see the intentions of the rest of the Pray More Novenas community. 


Sunday, April 08, 2012

Divine Mercy Novena -- Day Three



Today is Day Three of the Divine Mercy Novena.

If you haven't already posted your intentions for this novena, feel free to click here and post them (be sure you put only your first name for privacy). 

You may also take a moment to look around here and see the intentions of the rest of the Pray More Novenas community. 

Please join us as we pray this novena with all the Catholics at

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Divine Mercy Novena -- Day Two



Today is Day Two of the Divine Mercy Novena.

If you haven't already posted your intentions for this novena, feel free to click here and post them (be sure you put only your first name for privacy). 

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Please join us as we pray this novena with all the Catholics at

Friday, April 06, 2012

Divine Mercy Novena -- Day One



Today is Day One of the Divine Mercy Novena.

If you haven't already posted your intentions for this novena, feel free to click here and post them (be sure you put only your first name for privacy). 

You may also take a moment to look around here and see the intentions of the rest of the Pray More Novenas community. 

Please join us as we pray this novena with all the Catholics at Pray More Novenas.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Aid to the Church in Need: Iranian bishop encourages Western Christians to value their freedom

  • In a meeting with international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Chaldean Bishop of Tehran, Ramzi Garmou, had a message for Christians in the West, saying, “Be aware of the value of the freedom that you enjoy.”
  • He then challenged Western Christians to “make good use of their freedom,” asking, “How do you use it in your countries?”



Aid to the Church in Need: Iranian bishop encourages Western Christians to value their freedom

PAKISTAN Punjab: Muslim threats against Christians during Holy Week - Asia News

In Eidgah Colony, Sarghoda District, fanatics defaced signs and sacred images belonging to the minority. Police refuse to file a report on the incident, tell complainants to leave the station. Human rights activists file a writ before the Lahore High Court for violation of religious freedom.

PAKISTAN Punjab: Muslim threats against Christians during Holy Week - Asia News

Chrism Mass 2012 Diocese of Charlotte

Bishop Peter Jugis con celebrates the 2012 Chrism Mass with the priests of the Diocese of Charlotte. The bishop's complete homily is included.

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