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Verbum’s all-new website!!

by Steve Ray on April 24, 2014

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A Long Month Ahead; keep us in Your Prayers

by Steve Ray on April 20, 2014

Janet and I are at the airport in Detroit heading out to Rome to lead a group of 63 people in a double-decker bus on a Rome-Assisi pilgrimage including the canonization of John Paul II and John the 23rd. Rome will be crowded but we’re looking forward to sharing this experience with our pilgrims.

After that we head straight to Israel to pick up two back-to-back groups for holy land pilgrimages. As much as we love doing this it is still a grueling effort on our part. Early mornings and late nights.

But we love, LOVE, to lead our pilgrims to the land of Our Lord and Our Lady. Our itinerary is the Holy Rosary.

Every free minute I will be writing the script for our movie on Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that will be released before Christmas this year. We will be going back to Israel in June to film the rest of the life of Abraham. We did the first part in Iraq in January. We are also editing my book on Genesis which we hope will be released in conjunction with the movie.

There’s a lot of pressure so we ask you to keep us in your prayers. I have not told you half the things we’re doing :-)

Thanks for your moral support and prayers! We will be uploading videos on this blog along the way through the next month. We hope you’ll join us via YouTube video.

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Obama Meets the Pope: the Spin Begins

by Steve Ray on March 27, 2014

By Phil Lawyer | March 27, 2014 2:07

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Pope Francis, President Obama said that Church concerns about religious freedom and individual conscience were “not really a topic of conversation” during the exchange.

Sorry, but I can't help asking myself, "What is wrong with this picture? The Pope and the ... "

That’s funny. The Vatican summary of the discussion mentioned “questions of particular relevance for the Church, such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection..” Since the entire Vatican summary of the conversation encompassed just 98 words, that suggests that the Pope laid heavy emphasis on those questions. Maybe the President wasn’t listening carefully.

Obama did say that he spoke with the Holy Father about “the poor, the marginalized, those without opportunity, and growing inequality.” That sounds entirely plausible, doesn’t it? And yet here’s the interesting thing: The Vatican statement doesn’t mention any of those topics. Not a single word.

If the subject of economic inequality was the main topic of the conversation, why didn’t the Vatican even mention that subject? I can think of two possible explanations:

1) The people who prepared the official Vatican statement aren’t terribly enthusiastic about promoting the Pope’s agenda.

2) The people who prepared the official Vatican statement aren’t terribly enthusiastic about promoting someone else’s agenda.

Read CWN article HERE.

Zenit Article

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Poll Shows Pope Francis Very Popular With American Catholics

March 7, 2014

85% Express Favorable View of Him After 1 Year on Throne of St. Peter By Kathleen Naab WASHINGTON, D.C., March 06, 2014 (Zenit.org) – The Pew Research Center released today results on surveys about Pope Francis. Among the findings, the survey shows that a large majority of American Catholics feel favorably about the Pope and [...]

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Chaldean News Reports on Ray’s Trip to Iraq and Upcoming Abraham Movie

February 28, 2014

Following Footprints: Filmmakers Retrace Abrahim’s Journey in Iraq FEBRUARY 27, 2014 IN FEATURES, MARCH 2014 | 8 VIEWS | LEAVE A RESPONSE Native Detroiters Stephen and Janet Ray spent part of January in Iraq retracing Abraham’s journey in filming the seventh installment of a 10-part video series titled, Footprints of God – The Story of [...]

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Funny Short French Ad: “Is Paper Dead?

February 26, 2014

Have iPads replaced paper? :-) Watch this!

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3-D Printer Helps Blind Parents Feel Unborn Baby Before She’s Born

February 25, 2014

by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 2/21/14 6:56 PM The marvels of modern technology are bringing the experience of pregnancy to people who may otherwise not able to enjoy the same kinds of ultrasound pictures the rest of us get to enjoy and appreciate. The use of 3-D printers is helping blind people who can’t [...]

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Giving Talks in the Great Northern Plain States and Seeing Magnificent Sites along the Way

February 23, 2014

Last night I gave two talks at a wonderful parish called St. Matthews Catholic Church in Gillette Wyoming. It was an amazingly enthusiastic and excited group of Catholics with a great priest. I gave my talk on the Eucharist and Mary. I had to drive there and back through the Black Forest National Park. The [...]

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Catholic Answers Live Tonight

February 21, 2014

I will be joining Patrick Coffin on Catholic Answers Live tonight to take questions from Non-Catholics Only. You can join us online at www.Catholic.com/Radio. If you’d like to join Patrick Coffin and I on a pilgrimage to Ireland, or join us for a St. Paul cruise to the Mediterranean, check out my website at www.footprintsofGod.com.

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Look What I Caught on our Porch this Morning

February 20, 2014

A naughty opossum eating out cat food (and our chicken eggs).

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While President Obama calls religious freedom a “key objective of US foreign policy,” experts question how high a priority combating persecution really is.

February 14, 2014

Janet and I spend a lot of time in countries where the Christians are the minority, mistreated and persecuted. We see it first hand. In fact, I am writing this from Bethlehem where the Christians are leaving in droves because if the mistreatment they suffer. We have not been to Syria or Egypt lately but [...]

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Excellent Response the the UN’s Intrusion into Catholic Church Issues and Freedom

February 7, 2014

Dr. Anne Hendershott, director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville, has written a pointed response to the statement concerning clerical sex abuse issued by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Her commentary in Crisis Magazine points to many flaws in the UN statement [...]

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Investigation on Medjugorje Complete, Findings to be Sent to Vatican

January 20, 2014

After CDF Examination, Pope Will Take Final Decision VATICAN CITY, January 20, 2014 (Zenit.org) – The Vatican has confirmed that the international Vatican commission investigating the events at Medjugorje is ready to submit its findings to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In a statement released Saturday, the director of the Holy See [...]

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Excited Young Catholics and Reunion of Pilgrims

January 19, 2014

Today I gave my talk on St. John here in Omaha with a church FULL, with over 900 enthusiastic Catholics excited to learn the Bible, apologetics and how to defend their faith. It’s always exciting to see young people and teenagers come up and want to talk with pages of notes they just took. Also [...]

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Pope Benedict XVI Defrocked Nearly 400 Priests in Two Years

January 18, 2014

Nearly 400 Catholic priests were laicized in a 2-year period during the pontificate of Benedict XVI because of sexual abuse of children, according to a Vatican document obtained by the Associated Press. The document, covering the years 2011 and 2012, is the first Vatican account of the number of priests disciplined because of sex-abuse charges. [...]

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I Love the Universality of the Catholic Church – Love Being Catholic!

January 12, 2014

We went to Mass today and could not understand a word! It was all in French. We are celebrating Mass with a church FULL of French-speaking Africans with a white French bishop with an Italian parish priest in a church built by Italians in the heart of Istanbul which is 99.9% Muslim. We are all [...]

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