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Syria's 1,500-year-old Christian community under imminent threat in civil war

Syria's 1,500-year-old Christian community under imminent threat in civil war Watch

Middle East

As reported by Ruth Sherlock of the Telegraph, the Syrian town of Izraa, home one of the world's oldest Christian communities, is under threat ...

Seventh terrorist suspect released from Guantánamo in two weeks; Republicans protest

Seventh terrorist suspect released from Guantánamo in two weeks; Republicans protest Watch

Politics & Policy

A Saudi Arabian man has been released from the terrorist holding facility Guantánamo Bay. He was the seventh such suspect in two weeks to have been ...

Land-locked African kingdom provides fish for Japan's sushi fix

Land-locked African kingdom provides fish for Japan's sushi fix Watch

Africa

The small mountain kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa would appear to be an unlikely place for commercial fishing. Land-locked and located high in ...

Pope says church must extend help to immigrants, 'so that all may be treated as children of God'

Pope says church must extend help to immigrants, 'so that all may be treated as children of God' Watch

Living Faith

Speaking to the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the Pope says that the Catholic Church "is ...

Homily of Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Christ the King

Homily of Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Christ the King Watch

Daily Homilies

By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D

My dear friends, you and I must become convinced of the rightness of the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews that - we have here no lasting ...

Feast of Christ the King and Advent: What Does it Mean?

Feast of Christ the King and Advent: What Does it Mean? Watch

Living Faith

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

On November 23rd we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. It is one of many opportunities the Catholic Liturgical Church year offers to each of ...

Daily Readings for Monday, November 24, 2014

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 24:1-6, Gospel: Ephesians 21:1-4

St. Andrew Dung Lac: Saint of the Day for Monday, November 24, 2014

St. Andrew Dung Lac: Saint of the Day for Monday, November 24, 2014 Watch

Saints

Through the missionary efforts of various religious families beginning in the sixteenth century and continuing until 1866, the Vietnamese people ...

Prayer for Protection against Storms and Floods: Prayer of the Day for Monday, November 24, 2014

Prayers

Graciously hear us, O Lord, when we call upon You, and grant unto our supplications a calm atmosphere, that we, who are justly afflicted for our ...

The Immigration Conflagration and the Dangers of a Benevolent Dictator

The Immigration Conflagration and the Dangers of a Benevolent Dictator

Politics & Policy

By Keith A. Fournier

There is no question that comprehensive immigration reform is needed. Most people acknowledge this as a fact. However, the truth is President Obama ...

The Marriage Meme of Francis: What Did the Pope Just Say about Marriage and Family?

The Marriage Meme of Francis: What Did the Pope Just Say about Marriage and Family? Watch

U.S.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Pope Francis embraces the unchangeable truth about marriage as solely between one man and one woman, intended for life, open to life and ...

Obianuju Ekeocha: Western Giants Launch Dangerous and Controversial Contraceptive in Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha: Western Giants Launch Dangerous and Controversial Contraceptive in Africa Watch

Africa

By Obianuju Ekeocha

Who will speak up for the women of Africa? Who will lament the crass disregard for their well-being? Who will complain about the cruel disrespect ...

What is 'vape?' The Oxford Dictionary proclaims it the new word for 2014

What is 'vape?' The Oxford Dictionary proclaims it the new word for 2014 Watch

U.S.

What does the word "vape" mean? Before anyone jumps to negative conclusions and think that it means something untoward - rest assured: vape is ...

Running out the door, Republicans too busy with Thanksgiving to address laws

Running out the door, Republicans too busy with Thanksgiving to address laws Watch

Politics & Policy

With Thanksgiving turkeys dancing in their heads, many Republican lawmakers are running out the door in lieu of considering a plethora of new ...

Boko Haram undermines stability of Nigeria

Boko Haram undermines stability of Nigeria Watch

Africa

While the Nigerian army has made movies to retake two small villages overrun by the Islamist sect Boko Haram, another terrorist attack was ...

Nov 21 - Homily: Why We Wear a Blue-Grey Habit

Nov 21 - Homily: Why We Wear a Blue-Grey Habit Watch

AirMaria > Homilies

Fr. Louis Maximilian gives a homily on the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Temple, before the investiture of the ...

Nov 23 - Homily: The Annunciation of Christ the King

Nov 23 - Homily: The Annunciation of Christ the King Watch

AirMaria > Homilies

Jesus Christ came into this world as King, and the Blessed Virgin Mary is rightly called our Queen.  At the Annunciation (Lk 1:26-38) the Archangel ...

Meet the doll that's flipping the world upside down!

Meet the doll that's flipping the world upside down! Watch

U.S.

A simple art project by a graphic designer has become the most coveted toy for the 2014 Christmas season following its November 19 release.

Hilarious viral video: Comedienne does 14 celebrity impressions while in traffic

Hilarious viral video: Comedienne does 14 celebrity impressions while in traffic Watch

Celebrity

Is it safe to do celebrity impersonations behind the wheel of a car? Probably not, but the end result from comedienne Lauren O'Brien does 14 ...

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa in 20 extraordinary photos

The Bloody Battle of Tarawa in 20 extraordinary photos Watch

U.S.

By Robert Mullen (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Battle of Tarawa was one of the bloodiest and costliest battles to the U.S. in WWII in terms of men lost per time spent in combat. During the ...

Magical grain: Barley enabled Tibetans to live at high altitudes

Magical grain: Barley enabled Tibetans to live at high altitudes Watch

Home & Food

Remember your mother telling you to eat your oatmeal, rice and wheat so that I would "stick to your ribs" and build a healthy body? There appears ...

Faithful gather to celebrate 500 years of the Catholic Church in Myanmar

Faithful gather to celebrate 500 years of the Catholic Church in Myanmar Watch

Asia Pacific

As the Catholic Church there begins to celebrate its 500 years there, Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. ...

What's the biggest danger to America? It's not nukes and it isn't terrorism

What's the biggest danger to America? It's not nukes and it isn't terrorism Watch

U.S.

The head of the National Security Agency revealed to a Congressional panel that China and "probably one or two other" countries have the ability ...

Daily Readings for Sunday, November 23, 2014

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Reading 1: Micah 34:15-17, Reading 1: Micah 34:11-12, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 23:1-3, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 23:5-6, Gospel: 2 Corinthians ...

Bl. Miguel Pro: Saint of the Day for Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bl. Miguel Pro: Saint of the Day for Sunday, November 23, 2014 Watch

Saints

Born on January 13, 1891 in Guadalupe, Mexico, Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez was the eldest son of Miguel Pro and Josefa Juarez. Miguelito, as his ...

Prayer of an Expectant Mother: Prayer of the Day for Sunday, November 23, 2014

Prayers

Lord Jesus, I lovingly pray for this sweet hope that I keep within my womb. You have granted me the immense gift of a tiny little life, ...

Massive collection of Catholic artifacts leave Italy for the first time in 700 years: Their destination? The Big Apple!

Massive collection of Catholic artifacts leave Italy for the first time in 700 years: Their destination? The Big Apple! Watch

U.S.

An exhibit of medieval manuscripts and papal documents that have close ties with St. Francis of Assisi will be held at the United Nations in New ...

China's icy heart? Has the Catholic Church warmed up the Asian superpower?

China's icy heart? Has the Catholic Church warmed up the Asian superpower? Watch

Asia Pacific

Relations between the Vatican and China have been frosty since the communist takeover in the 1950s, and the Holy See has found it very difficult ...

Lessons not learned: 132 Indian women sterilized in five hours following tragedy

Lessons not learned: 132 Indian women sterilized in five hours following tragedy Watch

Asia Pacific

The nation of India recently saw the deaths of 13 women, with as many as 50 women seriously injured after a hasty mass sterilization camp in ...

'God always forgives, but the earth does not,' Pope warns

'God always forgives, but the earth does not,' Pope warns Watch

Living Faith

A doomsday scenario in which Mother Nature would exact her revenge is possible, even likely, Pope Francis warns. The pontiff was speaking out ...

Friday, November 21 - Homily: Mary is Greater than the Church

Friday, November 21 - Homily: Mary is Greater than the Church Watch

Daily Homilies

If by "Church" we mean the People of God, all of the baptized (without Mary), then Mary is greater than the Church because we are sinners and She ...

Pope Francis' special message: Why Poverty? 'And while we speak of new rights, the hungry remain'

Pope Francis' special message: Why Poverty? 'And while we speak of new rights, the hungry remain'

Living Faith

Pope Francis has asked the world to do more to help those who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Despite gains made in infrastructure and ...