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Historic gathering of pope and patriarchs for Middle East peace

By Tony Magliano

            Pope Francis has not only inherited, but continues to earn the title pontiff – “bridge-builder.”

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Pope Francis, together with patriarchs and representatives of several Orthodox churches, Oriental Orthodox churches, Eastern Catholic churches, and representatives of the Lutheran church and Middle East Council of Churches, prayed for peace and discussed possible paths toward peace, in the war-torn land of the Prince of Peace.  

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Commit yourself to ending war this Memorial Day

 

 As the United States approaches its annual day to remember the more than 1 million American combatants who have died in the country’s many wars, it is most appropriate to ask ourselves, “What would be the wisest and most loving way to celebrate Memorial Day?” 

 Instead of making it a day of intense nationalism which accepts ongoing war as “normal,” the healthiest, holiest way to honor combatants killed, is to stop sending new combatants to take their place – to kill and be killed – again and again.

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Pope Francis on God’s call to holiness – defend all human life!

 . . .  many Catholics and other Christians think that their one life issue – to the detriment of all other life issues – is the most important one of all. The Holy Father calls this mentality a “harmful ideological error.” 

Rather than ranking the life issues, Francis links them. He instructs us to see them as essential parts of an integral whole. 

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Letter from Rome

Bob Mickens, at La Croix International, examines answers to the priesthood crisis in the Church. READ IT HERE.

" . . .  the most likely to be accepted at this time, also for historical and practical reasons, would be to change the criteria for admission to Holy Orders by expanding the pool of candidates to include married men of proven virtue – the so-called viri probati.

Unfortunately, most of the world’s episcopal conferences have been reluctant or stubbornly opposed to exploring this option even despite gentle encouragement to do so by both Paul VI and Pope Francis."

An America Editorial

As miscarriages are suffered in ICE detention, will the pro-life movement respond?

In his apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate,” Pope Francis reminded Catholics that our defense of the unborn must be “clear, firm and passionate” and that the lives of the poor and the marginalized are “equally sacred.” He went on to say that while some might consider the situation of migrants to be “a secondary issue compared to the ‘grave’ bioethical questions,” this dismissal might be understandable from a politician but could not be acceptable for a Christian. And yet, as recent events have made clear, both the defense of the unborn and the rights of migrants have been cast aside in our fear-driven enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.