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Santiago, Chile, Jan 23, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- A dog named Rambo lived up to his “action hero” name, when his barking alerted sleeping religious sisters that a chapel next to their convent was on fire.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 20, a fire destroyed the Virgen de la Candelaria Chapel in the town of Calafquen, Chile, next to the home of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters. Police suspect the fire was caused by arson.

Fr. Alejandro Gutiérrez is the pastor of San Sebastián Parish, which includes the chapel. The priest told Radio Bio Bio that the sisters' [...]

Wed, Jan 24, 2018
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Both Dr. Craig, who is Protestant, and I agreed heartily in our opposition to dumbed-down versions of Christianity and that authentic faith ought never to [...] [...]
Wed, Jan 24, 2018
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Jerusalem, Jan 23, 2018 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed America's commitment to both peace and persecuted Christians during his four-day trip to Israel and the Middle East, which concluded on Tuesday.

In a Jan. 22 speech to the Knesset, Israel's national legislature, Pence confirmed that the U.S. government intends to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.

“Our President made his decision...we believe that his decision is in the best interests of peace. By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction. [...]

Tue, Jan 23, 2018
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Beijing, China, Jan 23, 2018 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's efforts to resolve the split between underground Chinese bishops and the government-recognized Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association face another challenge, as an aging bishop faithful to Rome has reportedly declined a Vatican request to retire, to be replaced by a bishop favored by the Chinese government.

The Church in China is split between an underground Catholic Church and the officially recognized Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Every bishop recognized by Beijing must be a member of the association.

The Holy See's negotiations with the Chinese government could eventually lead [...]

Tue, Jan 23, 2018
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Rome, Italy, Jan 23, 2018 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A documentary on the ministry of Father Gabriele Amorth, popularly known as the “Vatican exorcist,” will be released this spring. The film was directed by William Friedkin, director of ... [...] [...]
Tue, Jan 23, 2018
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By Edward Pentin | In light of the spread of “fake news” in today's rapidly changing world of communications, Pope Francis has invited those working in the media to “promote a journalism of peace” that is truthful and helps to... [...]
Wed, Jan 24, 2018
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By Tito Edwards | Alexa, O.K. Google, Siri–Which Gives Catholic Information – Bob Kurland Ph.D., The American Catholic The Very Best Spiritual Warfare Prayer for the Conversion of Loved Ones – Fr.... [...]
Wed, Jan 24, 2018
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By Bishop Robert Barron | Ten years ago, when I was a visiting scholar at the North American College in Rome, I fell into a spirited conversation with one of the seminarians about the state of evangelization in America. We both... [...]
Wed, Jan 24, 2018
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By J.D. Flynn/CNA | DENVER — It is no secret that the pontificate of Pope Francis has been a challenge for Church leaders to navigate, and the bishops of the United States are no exception. A man often... [...]
Tue, Jan 23, 2018
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By Leah Libresco Sargeant/CNA | NEW YORK CITY— There are better models of fraternal correction than telling the story of the horrible night you spent with comedian Aziz Ansari to a reporter... [...]
Tue, Jan 23, 2018
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Ten years ago, a seminarian friend told me that Dr. William Lane Craig, an evangelical Protestant, was by far the most effective spokesman for the Christian point of view and that he had taken on the atheists with great intelligence, wit, and panache. That night, I looked up Dr. Craig on YouTube and watched, with fascination, his debates with the superstars of the atheist movement. From that evening on I was a fan. This is why, when I was invited by the good people at the Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs to participate in an all-day dialogue [...]
Tue, Jan 23, 2018
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What makes us happy? Often fame and wealth are listed as the top sources of human happiness. While these facets of human flourishing are just the first steps to true happiness, today Jared Zimmerer discusses how an “apologetic of happiness” can speak directly to these life goals. [...]
Tue, Jan 23, 2018
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Today the Church in the United States observes a day of penance on the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision that deprived children in their mother's womb of a human right so foundational that its denial precipitates an unraveling of all other rights that are necessary for a civil society to ensure human flourishing. This foundational right is the right to life. [...]
Mon, Jan 22, 2018
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Word on Fire exists to proclaim Jesus Christ in the culture. We are blessed as an apostolate to hear some of the incredible ways the Holy Spirit is working in the lives of those who have been engaged through our content and our ethos of evangelization. Today, we wanted to share the stories of three people who have been changed through the Gospel as presented by Bishop Barron's Word on Fire. [...]
Fri, Jan 19, 2018
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The rapid pace of technological advancements has left an indelible mark on the way we think, interact, and make decisions. Today Chris Hazell discusses this tech milieu and challenges us to consider what we do with our lives online. [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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Innumerable controversies surround the origins and textual integrity of the four gospels, and especially of the three synoptic gospels. We can be forgiven if we do not keep up. But the 2017 Fall / Winter issue of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly caught my attention with an interesting survey by Jerome D. Gilmartin, entertainingly entitled “Jesus Emerges from the Historical-Critical Fog”.

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Mon, Jan 22, 2018
Source: Catholic Culture

In an Insights message recently, I asked for feedback on the question of whether I should place the increasingly bad news about Pope Francis toward the end of each message, striving to keep more positive material nearer the top. The responses were mixed, and no clear preference emerged. But an examination of the different points of view—without names—should prove instructive. This is a discussion, as the title indicates, of positioning Pope Francis on CatholicCulture.org.

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Fri, Jan 19, 2018
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