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Egyptian Tragedy

by JesseRay on February 18, 2014

The news of an attack in Eygpt by a muslim suicide bomb on a group of South Korean pilgrim bus is terrible, and our prayers go out for victims and their families.

We ceased all pilgrimages to Egypt back in 2011 because we decided it was no longer a safe place to visit. On the other hand, Israel continues to be very safe, with a long history of security for all pilgrims traveling in the Holy Land. So please be aware of the inaccurate headlines that try to increase fear in traveling to Israel.

Those who have been to both Egypt and Israel know that there has always been a clear difference between the two countries. In general terms Egypt has scattered and inconsistent security, and tends to be more disorganized and dirty. Our experience visiting Israel over 100 times is that it is security is impeccable and efficient, and the infrastructure is modern and clean.

We will continue to pray for peace and stability for Egypt, especially the minority Coptic Christians, and we will continue to enjoy the wonderful modern country of Israel as often as we normally do.

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Article below from www.CatholicVote.org

 

Another week, another media frenzy over our pope.

This morning Time announced they have selected Pope Francis as Person of the Year.

Good news? A non-story? What to make of this all?

George Weigel has said that the late Blessed John Paul II regularly inquired of his visitors the details of what was happening in their corner of the world.

According to Weigel, the pope wasn’t as much interested in the political stories that dominated the headlines. He was more fascinated by what the Holy Spirit was doing through these events.

Which brings us to the widespread popularity of Pope Francis.

What is the Holy Spirit up to?

According to the headlines this morning, the Holy Father’s approval rating (who knew there was such a thing!) is at 92% among Catholics. Non-Catholics too are intrigued. Even non-religious. And the media, evidenced by today’s news, loves him.

But wait! Many of you are writing us saying: these people don’t understand what our Church teaches! They aren’t pro-life, they don’t defend traditional marriage, or they don’t believe in the Real Presence.

Stop.

The Church is most assuredly facing significant threats. The list is long, and we need not recount them all here. The newfound popularity for Pope Francis and the Church can at times seem like a contradiction. Many new people are intrigued by our Church, while its adversaries seemingly continue to grow.

We can’t help but recall St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. For it seems that what we are witnessing is the battle not of flesh and blood, but of spiritual principalities. Satan is worried. And he is working overtime. We see his poisoned fruits everywhere in our culture.

But the Holy Spirit too is clearly at work as well. Big time.

Will the popularity of our Holy Father translate to a deeper faith among Catholics? Will it lead to higher Mass attendance, more vocations, and a greater embrace of the fullness of Catholic teaching? We don’t know.

The ways of Our Lord are a mystery. But we do know what Christ promised us in his Church.

For that reason, we ask you to pray with us today for the Pope in the words from St. Paul that follows in Ephesians: 

With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones’ and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. 

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Mixed Reviews on How Great Mandela Really Was

by Steve Ray on December 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela with wife Winnie and Joe Slove, head of South Africa Communist Party and leading member of ANC.

While the world has it’s eyes on South Africa and the funeral of Nelson Mandela, his praises are being sung around the world. No doubt he was a huge figure on the world stage, was unjustly imprisoned and did some important things for South Africa, but his legacy is mixed.

He was a huge pro-abortion leader who ushered in some of the world’s most anti-life laws. He also supported the gay movement and paved the way for homosexual “marriage” in South Africa. He was also a communist which opens a bit of a window into his worldview.

Yes, he suffered nobly for freedom and to eliminate apartheid, was a great example of forgiveness and magnanimity, but we need to be aware of the condemnatory aspects of his legacy as well.

Here is an interesting article in LifeSiteNews.com entitlePro-life leaders urge caution, while Pope, Cardinal Dolan praise controversial Nelson Mandela.

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Immoral Silence regarding Slaughter of Christians Around the World

October 8, 2013

Janet and I have been to parts of the world where it is dangerous to be a Christian: India, southern Philippines, Muslim countries, China, Egypt and more. It is distressing that the free world is silent about this massive persecution of our brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope their plight is made known and [...]

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Are You SURE Syria Used Gas on its Own People? – linkfixed

September 9, 2013

I’ve said before that I doubt that President Assad gassed his own people. He would have everything to lose and absolutely nothing to gain. The Islamist terrorists invading Syria under the name of “freedom fighters” would have everything to gain by implicating Assad with using gas and nothing to lose. If we bomb Syria under [...]

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The Mystery Priest at the Accident Discovered…

August 13, 2013

…The mystery priest who recently showed up at a crash site, anointed a victim and then vanished has been identified — and he came forward by posting his identity in the comments section of a Catholic news site. The story began on Aug. 4, after Aaron Smith, 26, struck Katie Lentz, 19, in a head-on car crash. [...]

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Mysterious Priest Performs Miracle at Site of Mercedes Crash

August 8, 2013

by Rajah Maples, Posted: 08.06.2013 at 11:15 PM, Updated: 08.07.2013 at 4:30 PM CENTER, MO. – Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning. Emergency crews spent an hour and a half trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in crushed car on Missouri [...]

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In Light of the Zimmerman Acquittal – Self-Defense?

July 14, 2013

There will be many opinions and the discussion and wrangling will go on for quite a while, I suppose. Unhappily, this promises to further divide our country, especially along racial lines. However, I am not getting into that discussion here. Rather, it is important to understand the teaching of the Church on the matter of [...]

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The Good News about Egypt from it’s Coptic Patriarch, Leader of Egyptian Christians

July 5, 2013

Coptic Patriarch Hopeful After Egyptian President Deposed Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak Believes Country is Now On The Right Track By Junno Arocho Esteves CAIRO, July 04, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Patriarch of Alexandria of the Catholic Copts Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak expressed his support for the ouster of Mohamed Morsy as president of Egypt by the Egyptian [...]

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The Ugly Truth of Racism in America: What the Zimmerman Trial is Again Revealing – link fixed

July 5, 2013

This article by Fred Reed entitled “Riots” is a sad but all to accurate read.  Watching the Zimmerman trial, I wonder whether we may not be in for big trouble. Racial hostility is much higher in the United States than it is allowed to appear. In the Twittersphere there is much traffic from blacks, saying [...]

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Pedophile Prostitution Ring in the Vatican?

June 30, 2013

Has a gay pedophile prostitution ring been discovered at the Vatican? (8 things you need to know) by Jimmy Akin

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Links to Important News that Effects Catholics This Week

May 7, 2013

  Dying 8-yr-old bomb victim denied priest  Harrisburg Bishop McFadden, 65, dies   Massachusetts bishop earns DUI  Pentagon ban on proselytizing  Report 2  Abortion drug OK’d over counter for teens    Abortionist: I won’t aid babies born alive   UN abortion activist laments 20-yr failure  Columbus bishop risks jail for the faith  Gay ‘marriage’ or [...]

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Interesting Updates on Boston Jihadist; the Lefts’ Reactions; Picture of the Murdered Catholic Boy, the Bomber and the Bomb

April 20, 2013

Second Boston jihad murderer arrested     Apr 19, 2013 09:07 pm | Robert One less jihadi on the street tonight. “Police arrest second suspect in Boston bombings,” from the Times of Israel, April 20: WATERTOWN, Mass. — Boston Police confirmed Friday night that the second suspect in Monday’s Boston bombings was arrested after a tense [...]

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Are Popes Bound to Serve for Life? Popes Who Resigned (a new e-book)

February 26, 2013

E-mail I received from St. Benedict Press: “Dear Steve: “As you know, questions regarding the process, history and meaning of papal resignations are of burning interest to Catholics right now. Popular author Thomas Craughwell addresses these questions in Popes Who Resigned, a fascinating new ebook from TAN. Craughwell spans 20 centuries to unveil fourteen unique [...]

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Cardinal Mahoney Falls from Grace

February 1, 2013

“Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez on Thursday announced dramatic actions in response to the priest abuse scandal, saying that Cardinal Roger Mahony would no longer perform public duties in the church and that Santa Barbara Bishop Thomas J. Curry has stepped down. “Gomez said in a statement that Mahony — who led the L.A. archdiocese [...]

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‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ papyrus is a fake fragment, Vatican says Editorial in Holy See’s official newspaper declares it to be a ‘clumsy forgery’

September 29, 2012

Like I said a week ago, this had to be a forgery if not a heretical document written by the gnostics back on the 4th century. Catholics should be prepared for repeated reports (assaults) like this. Here is the article about the Vatican’s comments on the fake document suggesting that Jesus had a wife.  By Naomi [...]

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