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Refugees Already 'Extremely Vetted' Should be Welcomed

Refugees Already ‘Extremely Vetted’ Should be Welcomed

Mar 8 17 • 0 comments

In my work as a journalist, I try to personalize what is otherwise an ‘issue’ and apply universal principles of human rights to policies that impact human lives. That’s the case for many national and global news stories, breaking and current or ongoing. When President Donald Trump issued the Executive Order on immigration and refugees […]

A Lent of Tears

A Lent of Tears

Mar 7 17 • 1 comment

By Archbishop Samir Nassar An apocalypse In six years of war the face of Syria has been completely transformed. A large wasteland of ruins, pulverized buildings, burned out homes, neighborhoods turned into ghost towns, villages razed to the ground … and more than 12 million Syrians (half the population) don’t have roofs over their heads […]

Finding Jesus Examines Historical Evidence

Finding Jesus Examines Historical Evidence

How ironic that Pontius Pilate who sentenced Jesus Christ to death, should give testimony to the existence of Jesus 2,0000 years later through a stone bearing Pilot’s name. The decision of the prefect of Judea to crucify Jesus, clinched salvation history and was both the greatest good and the greatest evil—killing God and saving mankind. […]

Vatican Academy of Science Says Population Control is Not “Crucial” To Save Biodiversity

Vatican Academy of Science Says Population Control is Not “Crucial” To Save Biodiversity

The Pontifical Academy for Science distanced itself from population control theories at the end of a controversial conference about biological extinction featuring renown population control advocates. “It isn’t population that produces carbon dioxide. It’s human activity which uses up energy and thereby contaminates the environment” said Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, longtime chancellor and spokesperson for […]

Poem: "I Must Seek Out Paper"

Poem: “I Must Seek Out Paper”

Mar 5 17 • 1 comment

I Must Seek Out Paper If the words were mine, I should fear for my soul, For surely pride would betray me. ’Tis better as is, that He is the author, And I, just a happy pen. Oft times the words flow in a rapid verse, And at others a slow line at a time, […]

UN Tries to Fast-Track LGBT Acceptance and Abortion Access, Again

UN Tries to Fast-Track LGBT Acceptance and Abortion Access, Again

The UN bureaucracy is once again trying to fast track the adoption of hundreds of statistical indicators to measure progress on the UN development goals, without giving time for the UN’s political organs to review them. The UN Statistical Commission may adopt a global set of indicators, that among other disputed measurements included social acceptance […]

Ash Wednesday:  Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

Ash Wednesday: Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

On February 25, 2004, I was teaching English at the University of Central Florida in the Diocese of Disney, lecturing on “Ash Wednesday,” T.S. Eliot’s famous poem. There before me in the lecture hall sat several students with ashes smudged across their foreheads in the shape of a cross. Ash Wednesday. How apropos. T.S. Eliot […]

Poem: "The Convent Threshold"

Poem: “The Convent Threshold”

The Convent Threshold There’s blood between us, love, my love, There’s father’s blood, there’s brother’s blood; And blood’s a bar I cannot pass: I choose the stairs that mount above, Stair after golden skyward stair, To city and to sea of glass. My lily feet are soiled with mud, With scarlet mud which tells a […]

Poem: Wine and Water

Poem: Wine and Water

Feb 25 17 • 0 comments

Wine and Water Old Noah he had an ostrich farm and fowls on the largest scale, He ate his egg with a ladle in a egg-cup big as a pail, And the soup he took was Elephant Soup and fish he took was Whale, But they all were small to the cellar he took when […]

In Paraguay, Women Religious Work Where Priests Can Rarely Visit

In Paraguay, Women Religious Work Where Priests Can Rarely Visit

Feb 24 17 • 3 comments

By Jacques Berset WHEN the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Verbo y Víctima from Peru arrived toward the end of the 20th century, it caused a veritable sensation in the rural enclaves of Virgen del Carmelo de Villa Ygatimy, a sprawling community northeast of Paraguay’s capital of Asunción. Today, the sisters serve some 20,000 faithful through […]

"The Dream of Gerontius" On the 216th Anniversary of Newman's Birth

“The Dream of Gerontius” On the 216th Anniversary of Newman’s Birth

Feb 21 17 • 4 comments

John Henry Newman’s longest poem, The Dream of Gerontius, is a spiritual work rich in theology. Composed at the time in which he had the presentiment of an impending death, the reality of Last Things was very present to the author. The poem, written in 1865 when Newman had been a Roman Catholic for twenty […]

Terrifying Love

Terrifying Love

Feb 14 17 • 1 comment

Once, love was too heavy a word to be uttered casually at random people and objects. Once, love was the object of contemplation by the wisest and keenest philosophers. Once, the subject of love was tread upon very carefully lest it would catch fire. Nowadays the word and the concept of love have been reduced […]

European Parliament Abortion Campaign Seeks to Indoctrinate Children

European Parliament Abortion Campaign Seeks to Indoctrinate Children

The European Parliament has launched a campaign to promote abortion among the continent’s adolescents. At a recent interactive conference, “My Body, My Rights”, a campaign entitled “#AllofUs” sought to indoctrinate future European leaders. The Socialist and Democrats’ Progressive Alliance Group and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats organized the event for Europe Group (ALDE), the […]

Poem: "Precious Child"

Poem: “Precious Child”

Precious Child If we wants the child, The precious, Get it from mommy and daddy, How can we does it? We hides us, We sneaks around, Near the ground, And we calls us, “Village”. We means “steal,” but we says “raise”. “Village” is good, “raise” is good. Takes a village to raise a child! We gets […]

Benedict's Daughter: Poems

Benedict’s Daughter: Poems

Feb 9 17 • 0 comments

As I read Benedict’s Daughter, by Philip C. Kolin, I was treated to the talent of a veteran author who has already published several books of poetry. With poetic rhythm and stunning imagery, Kolin’s poems manage to get to the heart of the matter. With his gift of poetic sight, he is able to bring the reader […]

Poem: "Hanger Shirts"

Poem: “Hanger Shirts”

Feb 7 17 • 0 comments

Hanger Shirts Each year before school started, mother led him to the store, through the men’s department, past the boys’ clothing to the back room with the faded cardboard sign that said: Irregulars. He didn’t know what made him irregular— perhaps it was the birthmark on his left leg or the cowlick of hair he […]

she: robed and wordless

she: robed and wordless

Feb 6 17 • 0 comments

she: robed and wordless I opened this jewel of a book, hoping beyond hope that it would be filled with the type of poems that would inspire my prayers. I was not disappointed. After reading through the poems in Sister Lou Ella Hickman’s new collection, I am pleased to say she has done a wonderful job. […]

A 'Marshall Plan' for Iraq: Rebuilding Christian Villages on the Nineveh Plains

A ‘Marshall Plan’ for Iraq: Rebuilding Christian Villages on the Nineveh Plains

Feb 3 17 • 0 comments

By Maria Lozano NEW YORK—“Hope is coming back to the Nineveh plains!” That is the verdict of the Middle East expert of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the international Catholic charity. Just back from a fact-finding mission to the region in northern Iraq recently liberated from the grip of ISIS, Father Andrzej Halemba […]

Marriage - A Turning Point

Marriage – A Turning Point

Feb 2 17 • 0 comments

Christmas has always been a season of Hope, especially for children and most especially for young children. We invest so much in our children, trying to make them happy, secure and successful. But new statistics have shown how our secular lifestyles are threatening their future, the future of society. As Christians we are not supposed […]

For Groundhog's Day -- An Interview with Punxsutawney Phil

For Groundhog’s Day — An Interview with Punxsutawney Phil

Feb 2 17 • 1 comment

Every Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog, is pulled from a tree stump in Punxsutawney, PA. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring is just ahead. In a 2010 interview, I asked Phil about a request made by the People for the Ethical Treatment of […]

Poem: "Calm My Childish Fear"

Poem: “Calm My Childish Fear”

Feb 2 17 • 0 comments

Calm My Childish Fear Here I am, Lord, sitting at your feet, Awaiting Your command; Lord, what is it you seek? Am I to do a major thing or something oh so small? Whatever it is you ask, Lord, I will do it all. For I know no matter what the task, I do not […]

"Don't Believe the Liberal Media"

End the Media

Jan 30 17 • 1 comment

The press corps is the embodiment of the old establishment.

Poem: "A Better Resurrection"

Poem: “A Better Resurrection”

Jan 29 17 • 0 comments

A Better Resurrection I HAVE no wit, no words, no tears; My heart within me like a stone Is numbed too much for hopes or fears; Look right, look left, I dwell alone; I lift mine eyes, but dimmed with grief No everlasting hills I see; My life is in the falling leaf: O Jesus, […]

House Bill on No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Is Stronger than Hyde Amendment

House Bill on No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Is Stronger than Hyde Amendment

Jan 27 17 • 1 comment

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would permanently prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion. The bill , titled the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Disclosure Act of 2017” (H.R. 7), would amend federal law to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. Currently, the Hyde […]

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