We have received more than 50 requests to watch God's Not Dead, a new movie out in the cinemas.
Not going to give details about the movie but I think if the World Youth Days volunteers loved it, that means it's one amazing movie.
Here's a link to watch the movie for free:
Christian leaders meet Obama, discuss concerns for Mideast minorities
Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.
"We felt how deeply moved he was by what was happening to the Christians there," Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, said at a Mass later the same day at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church. The Sept. 11 Mass closed the three-day inaugural In Defense of Christians summit. A conference organizer said that an American businessman from the Middle East sent his private jet to transport the Christian leaders to the summit.
The cardinal said each of the leaders from Eastern Catholic and Orthodox rites had a chance to speak individually to Obama, who the White House said "dropped by National Security Advisor Susan Rice's meeting at the White House."
Although the White House did not release details of the discussion, throughout the summit the Christian leaders spoke of the threat to Christians and other minorities posed by Islamic State militants, particularly in Iraq and Syria. Several said they were advocating religious freedom, an inherent right. They spoke of the need for local leaders and the international community to become involved in a solution because, as one Orthodox bishop said, "no one can possibly agree to a beheading."
A White House statement, read out near the end of the In Defense of Christians summit, said Obama reinforced the U.S. commitment to fight Islamic State militants and other groups that threaten the Middle East, as well as American personnel and interests in the region.
"He underscored that the United States will continue to support partners in the region, like the Lebanese Armed Forces, that are working to counter (Islamic State fighters) and promote regional stability. The delegations agreed on the need for all leaders in the region to reject violence and prejudice and call for moderation, tolerance of other views and religions, and an end to sectarian divisions.
"The president emphasized that the United States recognizes the importance of the historic role of Christian communities in the region and of protecting Christians and other religious minorities throughout the Middle East," the statement said.
The Christian leaders who met with Obama and rice were Cardinal Rai; Catholicos Aram of Cilicia, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church; Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan; Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham; Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II; Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria; retired Chaldean Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim of St. Thomas the Apostle of Detroit; and Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Joseph of New York and All North America.
By Barb Fraze
Catholic News Service
Here is the beautiful icon chosen for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
The Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been celebrated in the Church at least since the 8th Century. The Church's calendar observes the birthdays of only two saints:b Saint John the Baptist (June 24), and Mary, Mother of Jesus.
John the Baptist is considered especially sanctified even before his birth. His birth to Elizabeth and Zachariah is foretold in the first chapter of Luke, and it is also recorded (Lk 1:41) that Elizabeth felt the infant John "leap in her womb" when Mary approached her soon after the annunciation.
The birth of Mary was also miraculous. She was conceived without sin as a special grace because God had selected her to become the mother of His Son (the feast of her immaculate conception is celebrated on December 8). The dogma of the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary, though generally believed throughout the Church for many centuries, was formally declared by Pope Pius IX in 1854.
There is nothing contained in Scripture about the birth of Mary or her parentage, though Joseph's lineage is given in the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. The names of Mary's parents, Joachim and Anna, appear in the apocryphal "Gospel of James", a book dating from the 2nd Century AD, not part of the authentic canon of Scripture. According to this account, Joachim and Anna were also beyond the years of child-bearing, but prayed and fasted that God would grant their desire for a child.
According to one tradition, the house in which Mary was born in Nazareth is the same one in which the annunciation took place. By another tradition, the annunciation site is beneath the Crusader church of Saint Anna in Jerusalem, under a 3rd Century oratory known as the "Gate of Mary".
In celebrating the nativity of Mary, Christians anticipate the Incarnation and birth of her Divine Son, and give honor to the mother of Our Lord and Savior.
Article taken from www.wf-f.org.
There are plenty of threats against the Catholics among the world recently. It seems to be very obvious having in mind glances from the Middle East, in particular Syria and Iraq. Every day we are being informed about new victims of anti-Catholic actions committed by Muslim radicals.
On the other hand, more closely to my fatherland i.e. Poland, we may see many images full of grieve coming from eastern Ukraine. Where priests and other our brothers and sisters in faith are suffering because of the war.
In this point I must mention that Catholics are instantly and seamlessly becoming “persona non grata” in Russia, where the authorities, powerful politicians and businessman are standing in favor of the Orthodox Church. They’re even chairing patriarchs for positions in governmental agendas. It causes plenty of migrations and additional misfortune every single day.
I could count a lot of other examples of persecutions against our brothers which are currently taking place on a daily basis. Some might ask questions, such as Why are those things happening? Why people still are killing each other and mostly against our religion? Answering for these questions seems to be an issue for us, even eternally unsolved.
However, there is an opinion claiming that the more bad practices and the most visible violence against Catholics appear the better we perform. The stronger is our worship and gospel. It may be called The Sign of the Cross. A Teutonic theology philosopher Hans Kunig wrote in his book The Catholic Church A Short History one very important thing that we shan’t forget.
“Initially the young church was under an unfavorable star and Christians were persecuted. In AD 64 the Emperor Nero had numerous Christians executed in a cruel way as scapegoats for a great fire in Rome which he himself had staged. This was a fatal precedent: from then on, one could be condemned simply for being a Christian.”
Later on he says “the Christians refused to offer worship to the emperor and the state gods because of their belief in the one God. But refusal to participate in the state cult and to think as the state did was a crime against the state (crimen laesae Romanae religionis).”
Summarizing the initial steps of the Catholic Church he had written “But despite all the persecutions, the number of Christians inexorably grew”.
In my opinion this is a great exemplification of what actually made our church “the oldest, numerically the strongest, and probably also the most powerful representative of Christianity”. There’s no need to be threatened, we as the catholic youth should be proud of being God’s volunteers, followers of Jesus Christ. There’s no reason to be ashamed because of bearing our own Cross. We are marked by this sign from the very beginning and it depends on our faith how much heavy will be.
Xabi Alonso spoke to the press in the pressroom at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Basque player said goodbye to Madrid's fans: "I want to say thanks to the fans. From the first day they've helped me feel at home and they gave me the respect and warmth that a player needs. I'm leaving this team, but I will never stop being part of the Madrid family".
THE BERNABÉU IS VERY SPECIAL AND MY MEMORY WILL BE ETERNAL.
“The club did not want me to go, it was my decision and I asked them to understand. From respect and good communication, the club didn't share my idea but they understood my need to start a new chapter, to start from zero in a new club".
I gotta say we have one awesome Pope.
TO THE POPE MOBILE ...
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This picture may be so simple, yet it captured many hearts throughout the whole world.
Our pope is awesome.