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Damascus, Syria, Aug 3, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church encouraged Syria’s Eastern Catholics to offer prayers for peace during their Church’s traditional August 1–14 fasting period in honor of the Virgin Mary (Dormition Fast.)During the run-up to the August 15 feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God (known in the West as the Assumption), Melkite Catholics will be “praying especially for the safety of all Syrians and for the cessation of the violence,” Patriarch Gregorios III said in a letter marking the two-week fast.“We pray too during this period for the return of charity, friendship, fellowship and compassion among all citizens,” wrote the patriarch, whose headquarters are located in the Syrian capital Damascus.He called for liturgical services to be supplemented with “special litanies for peace and reconciliation,” and for the faithful “to participate in these services, with fasting, prayer and repentance.”Syrians, he said, “ are still capable of loving and forgiving each other, being reconciled and showing tolerance to one another … United together, they can rebuild what has been destroyed and work for development and prosperity, for a better future for all citizens.”The patriarch’s prayer is for “a renewed, free, secure, conciliatory Syria, in which citizens regardless of group, party, religion or affiliation can enjoy freedom, dignity, employment and education.”In recent weeks, fighting has escalated in the country’s capital Damascus and in the commercial capital Aleppo.
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SOURCE: Catholic CultureMore weddings in Scotland are now conducted by the Humanist Society than by the Catholic Church, according to newly released government statistics. Of the 29,135 marriages that took place in 2011, there were 15,092 civil weddings, 5,557 Church of Scotland weddings, 2,486 humanist weddings, 1,729 Catholic weddings, 865 Assembly of God weddings, and 694 Anglican weddings.
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Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese, 3 Aug 2012 Fr Chris Ryan of the Missionaries of God’s Love will conducta seminar at Proclaim 2012 More than 450 church youth leaders, religious, parish priests, diocesan and parish staff and volunteers, school principals, RE teachers and individuals of all ages have signed on to attend Australia’s first-ever national conference on the New Evangelism.The three-day Proclaim 2012 Conference begins next week on Thursday, 9 August at The Concourse, Chatswood NSW and will be attended not only by participants from across Australia but by a contingent from New Zealand as well as a small group from Africa.An initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and organised by Catholic Mission Australia and the Catholic Enquiry Centre’s National Office for Evangelism, Proclaim 2012 is one of the key events celebrating the Year of Grace and is to deepen understanding of the New Evangelisation, showcase what is happening in evangelisation and the Catholic Church, and to begin developing a map for the future of evangelisation in Australia.”We want to take the experience, energy and enthusiasm of the charisms, movements and groups involved in the New Evangelism and inject this into parishes,” says Marita Winters, Director of the National Office for Evangelisation at the Catholic Enquiry Centre.
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I can understand why parents want the Pope to kiss their babies.
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For Christians are not distinct from other men in terms of their territories, their language, or their way of life….They live in the cities of the Greeks or the barbarians, as the lot has fallen to each one, and they adapt to the customs of the place in their clothing and food and in the rest of their way of living, offering the example of their marvelous form of social life, which all admit has something incredible about it.
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A GREAT idea in The Catholic Herald: Benedictine call for the donation of relics.Posted on3 August 2012byFr. John ZuhlsdorfFor both your Just Too Cool file and your Brick by Brick file, this comes from the full, online digital edition of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald.For Catholic Herald Digital:£40 for an annual subscription.
“There is only one problem in the whole world: restoring spiritual sense in people. Showering on them something like a Gregorian chant.” – Saint-ExupérySimple
Christianity Demands More Than Just Freedom To Worship! “A Nation Based On License, Not Freedom, Will Have No Claim On Virtuous Hearts”Catholic Culture.orgArchbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia delivered an urgent call for Catholics to take action to protect the American tradition of religious freedom, in a July 26 address to the Napa Institute in California.The archbishop questioned whether America has “crossed the Rubicon” on religious-freedom questions, reaching a point at which political confrontation is inevitable.
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ALEX SCHADENBERG: DWD newsletter accuses the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of lying. DWD newsletter accuses the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of lying.
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From a reader:Can the Churching ritual be performed directly after the baptism, or should it be done on a different day? I ask this for clarity, as this will be the priest’s first time performing a baptism in the EF and is not very familiar with Churching.This custom should be brought back, and brought back soon and brought back everywhere.This is one of those über-Catholic things we should know and love and revive.Thank you, Lord, for Pope Benedict and Summorum Pontificum.I usually “Church” directly after a baptism, but the really traditional way is to wait for 40 days after childbirth