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#2340     Iraq: Jihadists Expel Monks from Historic Monastery

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 6:28am on July 25th 2014
Sounds like the Crusades re-visited!

#2339     Bishop Tony Palmer, Pope Francis’ Friend, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

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Brian Lamendola wrote at 2:11am on July 22nd 2014
This is very heart breaking, may his soul rest in peace.

#2338     People Power Forces Wicked Campers to Withdraw Misogynistic Marketing

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 1:11am on July 22nd 2014
Just goes to show though - the very name "Wicked Campers" says it all! What do u expect from someone valorizing wickedness anyhow. One sin just leads to another. The real thrust of the protest should have been against the company name for that in and of itself promotes evil.

#2337     What is the Catholic Church?

Moussa Taouk
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Moussa Taouk wrote at 9:54am on July 18th 2014
Hi, any idea what happened to that article? Thanks.

#2336     Official Logo for World Youth Day 2016, Krakow

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 1:24pm on July 7th 2014
Truly......AMAZING!

#2335     A Catholic Priest's Perspective on Interfaith Marriage

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Xt3 .com wrote at 1:05am on June 26th 2014
HI Yara, I think this needs clarification. A civil marriage can be recognised in the Catholic Church only if the couple later decide to return to the Sacraments (including confession), and the Church can determine whether the marriage is indeed valid. The priest was just saying that while this is an exception, it can happen.

However it is important to remember that if a Catholic deliberately chooses a civil ceremony instead of a Catholic ceremony, then this is not a valid marriage in the eyes of the Church.

Thank you for bringing up this important question :)

#2334     A Catholic Priest's Perspective on Interfaith Marriage

Yara Chehade
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Yara Chehade wrote at 5:11pm on June 25th 2014
'For the Catholic, the ceremony can take place in a non-religious setting, and a priest is not even required. It is even possible for the marriage to be done simply by a civil minister, and the church will still recognize it as a valid marriage.'

Is this true? I always thought that the church does not recognise civil marriages.

#2333     A young woman's confirmation gift: reading at Pope's Mass

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Brilliant Thomas wrote at 6:54am on June 14th 2014
Amen

#2332     ‘Prayer Summit’ for Israel-Palestinian Peace to Take Place June 8

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 8:58am on June 2nd 2014
Actually, the British Crown did quite a good thing before the Second World War when as colonial administrators of Israel, they at least gave refugee status to people fleeing political turmoil in neighboring countries of Persia, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey etc, despite the fact they were colonialists. Now once the land had been given back to the traditional owners in 1949, that is, once Israel had been returned to the Jewish people as their traditional home, a new government arose. This new government in reality should have recognized the legitimacy of refugee status for those non-Jewish people from other neighboring countries who needed to find asylum in Israel because it was the safest place to be.

Apparently, when the political turmoil in those respective other countries had ceased, the Persian, Iraqi, Lebanese etc. refugees in Israel from the British colonial era had returned back to their own lands and had vacated their property and settlements in Israel which they acquired as refugees although many never formally sold or dispensed with the titles that they were entrusted with upon receiving them when they first sought asylum. Later on in the piece, turmoil erupted again in the countries of those who returned from their former asylum in Israel not all that long after they had returned, probably a few years stretching into a decade or two. When they decided to return back to their original places of asylum in Israel they ran into a problem. The newly appointed indigenous government had changed the rules which now meant these same asylum-seeker families, maybe one or two generations later were not permitted to return to their properties and residences acquired under the British administration, even though these refugees never gave up their titles to the lands and houses given during their first point of call as asylum-seekers. Shame on the government of Israel for doing such a callous thing! What this government should have done is allow these people the right to return as refugees who had already acquired refugee status under the previous administration. If that had been done, there would be no so-called Israel-Palestine issue. This whole thing was sparked off by a refusal on the part of the Israeli government to let these people back in once things got bad again in their home countries.

All those who identify contemporarily as so-called Palestinians are in the main second or third generation refugees from surrounding countries whose parents and grandparents made the break with their own countries dues to the ravages of war. Israel to them was a safe haven under the British. They could go there and find they were not threatened by civil strife unlike in their own countries. What really peeves me is that the indigenous government of Israel, the Jewish state, will not recognize these 2nd and 3rd generation refugees' right of return to the homes their parents and grandparents acquired when these families first sought asylum. This is in conflict with the very commandment God has given His people in relation to welcoming the strangers, the ones outside of the nation of Israel who are seeking refuge within the country belonging to Israel because of conflicts and strife elsewhere. It's downright selfish and cruel to deny these people the right to go back to the houses their parents and grandparents had been granted originally, particularly since they didn't part with the title deeds.

Now, the situation over the years has been blown right out of proportion in terms of the vast array of beliefs that have circulated 'out there' as to how this conflict came to happen in the first place. The burden is on my heart to clarify some of those ambiguities and misunderstandings. First of all, I will state clearly that Israel, in terms of its' own right to traditional ownership of the lands originally given by God to the twelve tribes, never actually ceded any of these territories. Culturally speaking, Israel has never actually ceded those territories despite political wheelings and dealings of the more recent past. Israel has never made a covenant with God which says that it as a nation relinquishes traditional ownership of those areas. In other words, Israel still has Native Customary Rights (NCR) to all the areas designated as being under the stewardship of Israel from Biblical times. This issue of Israel's NCR does not however exclude refugees from the right to asylum in Israel and should not exclude them. Why this ever happened I don't not really understand. The only way to really explain the logistics of this downright rotten refusal is corruption within the governmental administration. Can you see a parallel here? I can very strongly see a parallel between what is happening in Israel on this front and what is happening all across Africa in terms of Africa's many post-colonial states being unable to rid themselves of dirty politicking at its worst.

I really hope Pope Francis' visit can impinge upon the hearts of those within the Israeli government administration that compassion on those seeking asylum from the myriad conflicts in the Middle East, (Syria being one such location Israel ought to be mindful of in this respect) is absolutely necessary for the forging of truly lasting reconciliation and peace in our world today.

#2331     Dating as a Catholic - Patrick Langrell

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Gillian Njue wrote at 12:07am on May 31st 2014
Awesome!

#2330     Catholic Priest and Other Clerics Arrested during Asylum Seeker Prayer Vigil at PM’s Office

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Paul Grova wrote at 6:04am on May 28th 2014
Hi ... I can't say I'm too impressed with this. It appears they broke the law and were prepared to do so despite a democratic election result which gave a mandate for the current policy. I've no doubt the policy is not as "Christian" as it should be but political stunts reflect very poorly on those involved and their credibility. If they'd stayed outside, their position would have been more moral, credible and attracted more attention to their cause. It didn't promote debate, only ego's and unfortunate headlines.

The test of their bona fides of course, is to see how many turn up outside an abortion clinic for a prayer vigil, or is that too hot a potato as it was in the Adelaide Archdiocese? Another test of credibility would be to see how the 1st commandment is manifest in their areas of responsibility, instead of just the humanist response to the 2nd commandment?

#2329     Saint John Paul II, the Life of a Holy Pope

Gillian Njue
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Gillian Njue wrote at 1:23am on May 25th 2014
Too awesome!

#2328     Repudiating the Calculated Decision to Deprive Children of Mothers

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Paul Grova wrote at 1:49am on May 14th 2014
Dr David Van Gend is absolutely brilliant in articulating what we all know and feel, even if we don't like to recognise or acknowledge it; the truth is written in our hearts and St John Paul II tells us that it is also written in our biological design .. Nature works til it fails but even there, one can see it as failure.

#2327     A World Youth Day Testimony of Faith and Love

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Mary B wrote at 10:33pm on May 13th 2014
Thanks for letting us know Greg. It appears this article has been taken down by the UK pilgrims website which we had hyperlinked to! We have added a link to the Facebook post about it, but I am afraid there is nothing more we can do. Sorry!

#2326     The Vatican Defrocked 848 Priests from 2004-2013

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Guy Sudano wrote at 11:41pm on May 12th 2014
A much better record of justice than the Public School System in the USA has done, with over 290,000 abuse cases in a recent ten year period, There have been about 300,000 cases of abuse in Australia-who accounts for those numbers?
And the majority of those clergy abuse cases were old cases.
Because of S JPII and Pope Benedict there have been , virtually, almost no new cases.
OUR leaders did their job!
Glory to the Lord and the Holy Family-

#2325     A World Youth Day Testimony of Faith and Love

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Greg Borges wrote at 12:40pm on May 12th 2014
The link to Testimony is not working. Please repost here.

#2324     My Secret for a Great Prayer Life

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#2323     "BARKA" - Pope John Paul II's Favourite Song

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Guy Sudano wrote at 5:01am on May 5th 2014
Beautiful!!!
I think the spelling 'bout' is supposed to be 'boat.

#2322     Ellen Murphy World Youth Day Testimony

Moussa Taouk
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Moussa Taouk wrote at 10:39am on May 3rd 2014
Christian disunity is (I think) the greatest scandal in world history. It's the cause of so much misinformation, misconception and division. This has the disastrous effects of confusion and perhaps disinterest amongst those that don't have the faith. There are such great gifts that Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox can give to each other. One hopes for re-unification soon, in a world where one united voice for Christ is badly needed.

#2321     A Mirror on Lent - Lenten Promise and Prayer for Self-Worth

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GentleDove K. wrote at 7:47pm on April 14th 2014
Beautiful!! This will be my prayer for the rest of Lent & beyond!

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