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Pope Francis urges EU leaders to fight populism with solidarity

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:55:14 GMT ---Quote--- *Pope Francis urges EU leaders to fight populism with solidarity Pope Francis said Europe has “a patrimony of ideals and spiritual values unique in the world,” calling it the “best antidote against the vacuum of values of our time, which provides a fertile terrain for every form of extremism.” The pope was speaking to European Union leaders marking their 60th anniversary. ROME - Pope Francis on Friday challenged leaders of the European Union to imitate the “spirit of service” of the founders of the organization...

Dying Faith

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:48:37 GMT

It's finally happened. I'm on the edge of losing my Faith. No matter what I do, it's a Sin in some way, shape or form. I entered the Church singing "happy to lucky me", and now I'm about to leave it while singing "the sins of life: that's a sin and that's a sin and everything's a freakin sin, that's the sins of life, the sins of life. No matter what you do, you find out that your gonna be screwed and suddenly your finding out the sins of life, are all because youuuu...." I can't do this anymore. I'm done.

Please pray for Peace and Love in our Marriage.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:43:46 GMT

*Thanks.* *Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. *

Prayers for my son, Steve, who is ill

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:43:37 GMT

My son needs housing where he can grow and become self-sufficient in mind, body, and spirit. His mom and I were convinced that Our Lord is leading us in what seems to be a fruitful direction, but we aren't sure what to do with our hands and feet. We try to leave the matter in God's hands, but we also know that _we_ are His hands and feet. We ask for prayers that we have the faith, obedience, and patience for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to lead us in His path.

Gorsuch praised for record of building unity on religious freedom [CNA]

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:20:01 GMT

Image: Washington D.C., Mar 24, 2017 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News ( Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch received a strong voice of support Thursday from a lawyer at a major religious liberty firm, who said that he shows a record of consensus building and protecting religious freedom for all. In addition to ruling on some high profile cases, Gorsuch also defended the religious freedom of religious minorities and prisoners, “some of the most politically powerless in our society,” said Hannah Smith, senior counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Smith testified about Gorsuch before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Gorsuch sits on the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was nominated by President Donald Trump in...

Mixed up Rosary?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:15:05 GMT

Hey everyone, I hate to say it but I mixed up my rosary mysteries. I said the sorrowful mysteries yesterday when in actuality I should have said the Luminous ones. Today is Friday the day of the sorrowful mysteries. Should I say them or say the luminous ones which I neglected to say? Let me know when you can!

Calling Ideas Moronic?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:10:51 GMT

I recall somewhere in the Bible that Jesus tells us to not call people fools or something like that. What about ideas when talking to people about facts? Why is this sinful? What does it fall under? I was talking to my mother about World War II history, and I told her that the Japaneses' last resort attack (which was charging with swords) was totally moronic because they just got mowed down. This obviously isn't uncharitable because it isn't directed at any person. Rather, it's directed at an idea. I didn't intend to sin, so I would suppose it's venial at most. This is such a ridiculously unimportant tidbit from my day that I suppose it's not a sin at all. :shrug:

US Senate votes to allow sale of people's browsing history without consent

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:34:52 GMT

The US Senate has voted to overturn internet privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last October. The US Senate has voted to overturn internet privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last October. The rules were put in place to protect web users, banning internet service providers (ISPs) from sharing consumers’ web browsing data, including history and financial, health, communications and location information, without their prior approval. ISPs have a lot to gain from the Senate’s decision, which will almost certainly lead to them getting the green light to sell people’s web data.

Kissing the Altar

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:58:20 GMT

Hi, Recently we have noticed that an Altar server has been been kissing the altar after bringing the Book to the altar before daily Mass begins. I have never seen this done before and does not seem proper to us, but then again I have only been Catholic for 16 years. I thought only Priests and Deacons kissed the Altar, or am I wrong? Thanks

Gods warning judgement on america

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:24:39 GMT

Are u familiar with prophetic rabbi Johnathan cahn books and teaching on Gods warning of judgement. He is preaching all over america If so what do you think??

What is worldly learning? Vain knowledge?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:57:55 GMT

I've heard that Christians are told to avoid worldly learning and acquiring vain knowledge as this can lead to vanity. How do we identify what is worldly learning and what is not? Like, a professor in literature is free to learn other things of interest and of his choosing such as history and psychology; he doesn't have to only learn more about literature. Does it only become worldly learning when, 1) We seek to be known as ''smart'' or ''knowledgeable;; 2) It has no significant purpose in our lives Could someone please confirm? Thank you

Liturgy of the Hours

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:41:03 GMT

Could someone help me figure out what pages I should be on in The Book of Christian Prayer? There is a great website, apparently, that I have seen people recommend here, but they only allow priests and nuns on that site now, something about copyright laws. If someone could tell me the pages to mark for today, March 24, I think I'll be able to follow from there. Thank you!!!


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:56:22 GMT

Hello Everyone, sorry to bother you again, I was just hoping for a few more prayers to persevere in faith and studies as i was unsuccessful in obtaining a medical residency, and need to find a direction to go. May I have the heart of St. Monica, that never gives up, enduring, and trusting that God will give me peace when this is over. Thanks so much!

The Law of Christ

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:55:42 GMT

Hey, guys. As Christians, we all are under the law of Christ. But for Catholics, Jesus' law has made the rituals and purity laws of the Mosaic law obsolete and has replaced them with the Sacraments. Is this the correct understanding of Scripture from a Catholic perspective?


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:44:39 GMT

If abortion was criminalized buy the U.S. or other governments, would the current excommunication on it be lifted by the Catholic Church?

Mar 24 - Wk 3 - Day 7 - Last Day of Preparation

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:39:34 GMT

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today is the Vigil of the Great Feast of the Incarnation/ Annuciation. It is the 33rd and last day of preparation before we pray our Act of Total Consecration tomorrow. How beautifully the Holy Spirit inspired St. Louis de Montfort to write for us the treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, leading us through 12 days of seeking to rid ourselves of the spirit of the world; Wk 1 - seeking true self knowledge; Wk 2 - seeking to understand Mary better and finally this Wk 3, seeking to know Jesus better! In his treatise, St. Louis wrote: ---Quote--- 231. At the end of these three weeks they should go to confession and Holy Communion with the intention of consecrating themselves to Jesus through Mary as slaves of love. When receiving Holy Communion they could follow the method given later on. (Method for Holy Communion is HERE ( They then recite the act of consecration which is...

Syria: jihadists advance on Christian city [CWN]

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:30:12 GMT

Jihadist groups and their Syrian rebel allies have conquered 11 towns in Hama province since beginning a surprise offensive on March 21, Agence France-Presse reported. More... (

USCCB leadership issues statement on migrants, refugees [CWN]

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:30:12 GMT

The Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a pastoral statement on accompanying migrants and refugees. More... (

How Much Further Off-Topic Can This Get?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:15:07 GMT

Get up!! Get out of bed!!

Are the visionaries in Medjugorje real ?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:36:06 GMT

Some people always have visionaries of virgin mary in Medjugorje, the most famous one is Mirjana. Are the apparitions in Medjugorje approved by the Church already? I heard that Vatican do not approve these visionaries, what are the reasons? And do you all think Mirjana's visionaries and messages every month real? If not, then why does she need to pretend? I think she does see Mary talking to her... and I can't think of why she needs to pretend..

Lent and the Annunciation

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:51:19 GMT

Tommorow is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. We will have a Mass at 7:30 am tomorrow in our school before the family day celebration. As we all know, Solemnities take precedence over Lenten Weekdays, yet the celebrant opts to use the Mass for Saturday of the Third Week of Lent. He said that the Lenten Mass will be used so that the Mass will be finished early to make way for the program. He also said that our Lord should take precedence before Mary, so the Lenten Mass will be used. Should I pursue him to use the Propers and Mass for Annunciation? Or should I follow the celebrant's discretion?

Questions Concerning Promises Made

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:40:12 GMT

Hello, I've been struggling with this for a while now and I just wanted to ask for some help. So here's my question, can I disregard having to keep a promise to God if I made that promise out of fear? I also felt like I made those promises in order to bribe God to do something for me, which in a Bible verse that I read is advised against. Couldn't I do what Proverbs 6:1-5 said when one has become surety for your neighbor, to humble myself and importune my neighbor which in this case is God? In both cases God has answered my prayers, but wouldn't have He answered them regardless of whether or not I made those promises to Him in the first place? Thanks.

Question Concerning Promises Made

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:37:27 GMT

Hello guys, I've been struggling with this one for a long time and I just wanted to ask for your help. So here's my question, can I disregard having to keep a promise to God if I made that promise out of fear? I also felt like I made those promises in order to bribe God to do something for me, which in a Bible verse that I read is advised against. Couldn't I do what Proverbs 6:1-5 said when one has become surety for your neighbor, to humble myself and importune my neighbor which in this case is God? In both of those cases, God has answered my prayers, but wouldn't He have answered my prayers regardless of whether or not I made those promises in the first place? Thanks in advance.

WOW, Dr. Phil, March 21, 2017, Show on Human Trafficking.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:19:09 GMT

Dr. Phil helped to educate millions of people on the deep reality of human trafficking on the March 21, 2017 episode of his show Dr. Phil. This, in my opinion, is the most important Dr. Phil episode ever.

Smile 4 Attachment(s) How Much Further Off Topic Can This Get?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:58:29 GMT

I'm awake! :coffee: :D

I Don't Want to Pray, but he says I need to...

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:54:45 GMT

Hello, I'm a non-catholic, who is interested in the Catholic faith. I've posted a few other times on here. So to catch everyone up, I've backed out of RCIA twice, been called "rude" by a priest, and tried to walk away from faith. I'm a mess. Not only mentally (yes I take my meds daily) but also spiritually. Whenever I talked to someone about how they got through the struggles with the evil one, the subject of prayer always comes up, and I cringe. I Don't Want To Pray!! Why you ask?

The Eucharist is absolutely beautiful and helps the dry soul

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:49:15 GMT

I love Him (

Backing out of RCIA again

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:21:56 GMT

hello My name is Ashley W. I have been going to a catholic church for a while now, off and on. At times I seem to want to be there, other times I walk away. The priest that knows me, he is a patience person, and puts up with a lot of my ****, not towards him, but towards the church. As I said in my title, I have backed out of RCIA again for the second time. And it makes me very frustrated. I at times can be on fire, and want to join the Catholic church that day, and other times I'm ready to curse God and walk away from all religion. I don't like thinking this way, but with my mental illness and even on meds, I struggle. I've tried to explain it to the priest, but I'm not sure he understands, and I'm not the best at communication.

Belgium police find rifle, weapons in car that sped towards crowds in Antwerp; suspect arrested

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:00:08 GMT

Thank God they stopped him before he ran anyone over or did worse. We don't know what was in that gas canister. Seems like the mainstream news isn't really reporting this. ---Quote--- Belgian security forces found a rifle as well as bladed weapons in a car driven by a Frenchman who tried to ram a crowd in the port city of Antwerp, prosecutors said on Thursday. “Different arms were found in the boot – bladed weapons, a riot gun (rifle) and a container of liquid that is still unidentified,” the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement. “The suspect is Mohamed R., born on May 8, 1977, of French nationality and a resident of France,” the statement said.

Anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats move into second place in polls (Reuters)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:54:26 GMT

Sweden will hold an election next year so a lot can change. Will this be a repeat of what happened in the Netherlands? ---Quote--- The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats have overtaken the center-right Moderates and are the second most popular party in the Nordic country, polls showed this week. Growing worries about immigration in Sweden, which received a record 160,000 refugees in 2015, have boosted support for the Sweden Democrats, echoing the rise of populist parties across Europe. The party got 19.2 percent support in a poll published on Thursday by Novus for Swedish Television, up from 18.5 percent a month ago. That compares with the 13 percent they polled in the general election in 2014. ---End Quote--- And some opinion polling context:

Please pray for my 79 year old brother-in-law.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:54:01 GMT

Please pray for my brother-in-law Jerry. He is going to be 79 years old in May. He still works as an accountant and has been working non-stop since January doing taxes for clients. He is never sick. I just found out that he is sick and just wants to sleep. He doesn't even want to eat. I think his wife is worried and so am I. Please pray for Jerry. Thank you so much!

Do I have a "French WWI Military Issue Rosary?"

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:43:17 GMT

Hello, So I went on ebay and was looking around at rosaries and I came across one that said WWII Rosary. Of course, being me, I was interested. WWII is my favorite time period, and so I looked at the item, and it was only $20, and it came with a book, the case and a rosary. Plus the rosary was black, which I adore. So I got it in the mail yesterday and it looks very worn, so I decided to do some "googling" online, and I came across something called "French WWI Military Issue Rosaries". I was wondering if it is actually a WWI rosary instead of a WWII rosary. I know we can't know for sure, but I was wondering what you all think about this rosary. I'll post some pics of it. Not amazing quality (phone) Image: Also I was wondering what the stamp is on the back of the cross? I haven't seen that yet in my short time involved in Catholicism. I'm not a member and I've only been research Catholicism for a while.

Intercession of Saints

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:14:40 GMT

Hi. I believe that the saints are in heaven praying for us. But from what I'm reading and hearing, particularly from this forum kinda confuses me. I need help and direction. Please.

Pope Francis and Sacred Musicians Call for the Reform of the Refrain

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:30:56 GMT

From the National Catholic Register. Ed