Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions For July 2013


Vatican City, 28 June 2013 (VIS) - The Pope's general prayer intention for July is: “That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the Gospel.”

His mission intention is: “That throughout Asia doors may open to messengers of the Gospel.”


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Poll: Irish Want Free Vote, Referendum on Abortion Not Government Bill | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • An opinion poll carried out by Amárach Research on behalf of the Life Institute and Family and Life shows that the vast majority of Irish voters believe Taoiseach Enda Kenny is wrong to try to force #prolife TDs and Senators to vote for his abortion legislation.
  • It also shows that 86 per cent of voters would prefer to see the abortion issue resolved by popular referendum than by the politicians in Leinster House. A similar proportion believe that if legislators are to decide the issue they should be allowed a free vote.
  • Kenny has repeatedly insisted that his Fine Gael colleagues will not be allowed to vote according to their consciences. It is clear from the poll results that this autocratic style of leadership is not favoured by Fine Gael voters, among whom support for a free vote is exceptionally high at 74 per cent. Support for a free vote is strongest among Fianna Fáil voters at 85 per cent.
  • Niamh Ui Bhriain of the Life Institute said that the poll showed that TDs such as Peter Mathews were more in tune with the public mood than the Cabinet, and that the public did not agree with the bullying attitude of party leaders towards conscience-based objection to the legislation.

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Poll: Irish Want Free Vote, Referendum on Abortion Not Government Bill | LifeNews.com

#Catholic
#ProLife


Holy Father: “Due To Our Common Roots, A Christian Cannot Be Anti-Semitic!”



Vatican City, 24 June 2013 (VIS) – At noon today, the Holy Father received 30 members of the delegation of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations. The Pope recalled that 21 previous meetings have helped to strengthen the mutual understanding and ties of friendship between Jews and Catholics.

This is Pope Francis' first official meeting with a group of representatives of Jewish organizations and communities since his election. The pontiff said that the “Nostra Aetate” Declaration of the Second Vatican Council represents “a key point of reference for relations with the Jewish people” for the Catholic Church.

In that Council text, the Church recognizes that 'the beginnings of its faith and election are to be found in the patriarchs, Moses, and prophets'. And, with regard to the Jews, the Council recalls the teaching of Saint Paul, who wrote 'the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable' and who also firmly condemned hatred, persecution, and all forms of anti-Semitism. Due to our common roots, a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!”

The Holy Father noted that “the fundamental principles expressed by the Declaration have marked the path of greater awareness and mutual understanding trodden these last decades by Jews and Catholics, a path which my predecessors have strongly encouraged, both by very significant gestures and by the publication of a series of documents to deepen the thinking about the theological roots of the relations between Jews and Christians.”

Nevertheless, this represents “only the most visible element of a vast movement that takes place on the local level a bit throughout the world, as I know from personal experience. During my ministry as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I had the joy of maintaining relations of sincere friendship with leaders of the Jewish world. We talked often of our respective religious identities, the image of the human person found in the Scriptures, and how to keep an awareness of God alive in a world now secularized in many ways. I met with them on various occasions to discuss the common challenges faced by both Jews and Christians. But above all, as friends, we enjoyed each other’s company, we were mutually enriched through encounter and dialogue, with an attitude of reciprocal welcome, and this helped all of us grow as persons and as believers.”

These friendly relations are, in a way, the basis for the development of a more official dialogue,” the Pope said, encouraging those present to follow their path, “trying, as you do so, to involve younger generations. Humanity needs our joint witness in favour of respect for the dignity of man and woman created in the image and likeness of God and in favour of the peace that is, above all, God’s gift.”


Pope Francis concluded his address by recalling the words of the prophet Jeremiah: “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—affirms the Lord—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.”


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lebanon, Middle East consecrated to Immaculate Heart of Mary : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church has consecrated Lebanon and the entire Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  • Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, a Catholic, and Prime Minister Tammam Salam, a Muslim, were present at the consecration.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

House Passes Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • The House of Representatives today approved a bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.
  • The vote for the bill broke down on mostly partisan lines with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it. The House approved the bill on a 228-196 vote with 7 Democrats voting for the bill and 6 Republicans voting against it. (See end for how members voted).
  • The bill, if it receives a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate, is not expected to pass and pro-abortion President Barack Obama has issued a veto threat. But pro-life groups hope to use the measure as an election tool in 2014 in an attempt to wrest the Senate from abortion advocates.
  • “I would hope that stopping atrocities against little babies is something we can agree to put an end to,” Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota said during the debate. “We’re talking about babies who, if they were born and simply given a chance, they could survive outside the womb.”

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House Passes Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks | LifeNews.com

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cuomo’s radical late-term abortion expansion act dies in NY State Senate | LifeSiteNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeSiteNews.com:
  • A controversial provision that would have struck down late-term abortion restrictions in New York state has died in the state senate. The measure, which would have radically expanded abortion-on-demand for reasons of “health,” among other changes, was the tenth point of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Women's Equality Act.
  • However, just after midnight last night, the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) introduced the other nine planks – and others of its own creation – while ignoring the abortion language.
  • Governor Cuomo struck out at the IDC during a public radio interview on Monday, vowing a bruising political fight against the group's four members.

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Obama: Banning late-term abortion shows ‘contempt’ for ‘the Constitution,’ assaults women’s rights | LifeSiteNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeSiteNews.com:

  • President Barack Obama has announced that, if Trent Franks' bill to restrict late-term abortion nationwide passes, he will veto it.
  • In a Statement of Administration Policy, the president called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (H.R. 1797) “an assault on a woman's right to choose” and said it shows “contempt for...the Constitution.”

[Since when has BHO given a rats hiney about the Constitution?]

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Obama: Banning late-term abortion shows ‘contempt’ for ‘the Constitution,’ assaults women’s rights | LifeSiteNews.com

Sunday, June 16, 2013

If Late-Term Abortions Are Sacred Ground to Pelosi, She's Like Kermit Gosnell | LifeNews.com

Nancy Pelosi
The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:

  • No matter how frustrating things are on Capitol Hill, we can all be grateful for one thing: Nancy Pelosi is no longer in charge.
  • Regardless of the GOP’s flaws, the former Speaker reminded pro-lifers how much worse the leadership could be. During a press conference Thursday, the House Minority Leader picked a fight with the men on the Judiciary Committee for passing Rep. Trent Franks’s (R-Ariz.) bill onto the House floor.
  • First, Pelosi accused them of sexism — “All the people who voted for the bill were men,” she insisted. (Only because there are no Republican women on the committee!) Then, she took aim at the legislation, Franks’s Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, for somehow “disrespecting” the “health and safety of American women.”

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If Late-Term Abortions Are Sacred Ground to Pelosi, She's Like Kermit Gosnell | LifeNews.com

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Catholic Charities USA invites pro-gay ‘marriage’ priest to keynote annual gathering | LifeSiteNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeSiteNews.com:
  • Already embroiled in controversy in recent months over issues related to abortion and contraception, Catholic Charities USA has courted new scandal with the announcement of the featured speaker at their 2013 annual gathering on September 15.  In a May 17 press release Catholic Charities announced that Father Greg Boyle would keynote the event.
  • Father Boyle, a very popular figure for his work with the poor, is nonetheless a dissident priest who ridicules Catholic Church teaching on issues touching same-sex ‘marriage’ and women priests.
  • Catholic Charities Communications Director Patricia Cole told LifeSiteNews she had never heard about Fr. Boyle’s stances against Church teaching on the matter and would inform diocesan officials and respond later.
  • However, no response was received by press time.
  • Hichborn added: "The important question now that they know that Fr. Boyle is a dissenting priest,” said Hichborn, “is will they rescind the invitation?"
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Father's Day Is Coming Up!

Fantastic Fathers Gift Set

The Carmelite Monks of Wyoming have a great gift set for dear ol' dad with their Mystic Monk Coffee "Fantastic Fathers Gift Set".

This gift set includes three 12 oz. bags of coffee (Espresso Blend, Dark Roast, and Midnight Vigils Blend), a stoneware mug (the color the mug will be either blue, brown, green or beige), and all packed in a neat toolbox!

Hurry to get yours in time for Father's Day, and don't forget all the other great coffee's and teas (it is iced tea season you know) available from the good monks at Mystic Monk Coffee.


Don't forget, your purchase of Mystic Monk Coffee helps to support the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming and this blogger, too!

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