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During World War I Pope Benedict XV was roundly ignored and criticized for trying to end that war. He established a tradition of efforts to make peace for subsequent popes, including his namesake Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
Visitors to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia are witnessing the rise of a massive new Mormon temple located just across the Vine Street Expressway in center city. CatholicPhilly.com looks at the similarities and differences of the two houses of worship.
As their temple rises in Philadelphia, learn about the history and beliefs of the Mormon religion.
In their statement for Labor Day this year, Sept. 1, the U.S. bishops denounced the fact young adults have “borne the brunt” of unemployment and underemployment. “For those fortunate enough to have jobs, many pay poorly,” wrote Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski.
Hundreds of protesters took part in a rally and march in Washington Aug. 28 chanting: “Not one more! Not one more!” to urge President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of immigrant families, workers and children.
The Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Jesuit Relief Service, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services and Aid to the Church in Need are among Catholic agencies that have launched appeals to fund assistance to Christians and other religious minorities displaced in the Middle East.
Catholic scholars are following Pope Francis’ lead in debating the use of force in the region. Should the U.S. go in alone or with a coalition of nations? Is the U.N. the “competent authority” in this matter? Does the Pottery Barn rule — “you break it, you bought it” — apply to Iraq today?
Dan Dougherty of St. Luke Parish in Glenside lives a full, active life as he works through the difficulties of epilepsy and other challenges that help him see God’s plan for his life.
Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East denounced attacks on Christians and lamented the indifference of Islamic authorities and the international community. The prelates called on the world’s major powers to deprive extremist groups of resources by compelling countries financing them to stop their support.
Economic and military intervention will be needed to protect the Christian and other minority communities of the Middle East, said the Franciscan custodian of sites in the Holy Land. But their survival will depend on the courage of the region’s inhabitants to love and protect one another.