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Princeton Prof: Christians No Longer Tolerable

Robert George is brilliant.

Excerpted from The Daily Caller: Last May, one of the most influential conservative and religious intellectual leader in America gave a somber speech in Washington, declaring it to be “Good Friday in America for Christians.” In this exclusive two part video interview, Princeton’s Robert P. George admitted, “that was a hard speech to give.” “Christians, and those rejecting the me-generation liberal dogma of ‘if it feels good do it,’ are no longer tolerable by the intellectual and cultural elite,” says George, 59, director of the James Madison program at Princeton University.
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Can You be a Submissive Feminist?

A pretty well done piece. There's a bit of "oh wow look at these women who are traditional but still like to talk and debate. Weird, huh? But overall a good piece.

To Asma Uddin and Ashley McGuire, accomplished religious women working in Washington’s more conservative circles, there seem to be plenty of outlets for women focused on issues like access to abortion and wives who are breadwinners. But what about the issues they and their friends turn to when they get together, such as: Can you be a submissive feminist? Does being a hard-charging career woman make men think you don’t want to get married? And what if it doesn’t bother you at all if only men can be clergy?
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No Communion for the First Time in 2,000 Years

Prayers.

The ancient city of Nineveh in Iraq, one of the world's first Christian enclaves, has been emptied of its Christians. Islamic State terrorists have driven off or murdered the entire city's population of Christians. Across Iraq other Christians have fled en masse. Canon Andrew White, the only Anglican Vicar in Iraq told the Telegraph "Last week there was no communion in Nineveh for the first time in 2,000 years. All are closed, all their people have run away." Despite the extreme dangers, Christians are permitted to live in the Islamic State, but only if they pay a punishing tax. All who could flee did so. Christians in other parts of Iraq have also fled, lacking confidence in that nation's security forces. According to Canon White, only the poor remain, without the means to flee or pay any taxes. Should the Islamic State resume its advance, these people will simply have to choose between conversion and martyrdom.
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Ravens player retires to give kidney to younger brother, a retired Steelers player

A heckuva story about a strong family:

Ma’ake Kemoeatu missed his final collegiate football game because the NCAA suspended him for improperly providing textbooks to his younger brother. He was a four-year starter at Utah on scholarship and his little brother Tevita was a walk-on. Their parents didn’t have enough money to buy books, so Ma’ake bought them for him and therefore couldn’t play in the Las Vegas Bowl against USC. But Ma’ake wasn’t trying to cause trouble. The oldest of seven kids, he steps up for his family when they need help.
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I Didn't Lose My Virginity on My Wedding Night

This is great.

I’ve never punched someone in the face, but there are definitely times I wish I could ignore the virtue of self-control and let a fist fly. A few months before my wedding, someone asked me (knowing that I was a 29-year old virgin by choice), “So, is your fiancé a virgin, too?” I replied, “Nope.” She responded, “Well at least someone knows what they’re doing.” I pretended not to care about this ridiculously ignorant statement and switched the subject quickly. But, really? Really?! My brain was reeling with anger and annoyance, while my will did all it could to prevent Jackie Francois from turning into Jackie Chan. That stupid response irked me on a few levels.
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Episcopal Pastor Pens Letter Supporting Planned Parenthood

The Screwtape Epilogue:

Yes, Rev. Baer, your words are purely wicked and your letter was written with the spirit and influence of the evil one. You are aiding and abetting a greedy, dishonest, predatory corporation. You have attempted to convey upon them the honor of good service and nobility, which makes you either pitifully deceived and blind or a stone-cold liar. Perhaps both.
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We Only Whisper It

Kevin Williamson on the very much alive eugenics movement:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, having decided for some inexplicable reason to do a long interview with a fashion magazine (maybe it is her celebrated collection of lace collars), reaffirmed the most important things we know about her: her partisanship, her elevation of politics over law, and her desire to see as many poor children killed as is feasibly possible. Speaking about such modest restrictions on abortion as have been enacted over the past several years, Justice Ginsburg lamented that “the impact of all these restrictions is on poor women.” Then she added: “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.”
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Note to Freedom from Religion Foundation: Removing the Cross is Un-American

Anti-Christian nutjobs have no idea of the country's history.

Trying to make sense of the buffoonery that is the daily behavior of the so-called "Freedom from Religion Foundation" is a monumental task. Far beyond just departing from basic common sense, these radical fools are an embarrassment to any form of critical thinking, historical understanding, or intellectual curiosity. They are anti-Christian zealots. And that's it.
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Gonzaga Prof on Bishop Cupich

Says he undermined Catholicism at the Jesuit University.

Now that he has been named archbishop of Chicago, many people have expressed interest in Bishop Blase Cupich’s time as bishop of the Diocese of Spokane. I should make clear that I barely know Bishop Cupich on a personal level. I am only a Catholic layman in the diocese of Spokane. I do, however, hold an endowed chair in “Christian Philosophy” at Gonzaga University, serve as academic advisor to Bishop White Seminary (an undergraduate college seminary at Gonzaga), and am a former director of Gonzaga’s small Catholic Studies Program. Gonzaga University is, primarily, a school of approximately 4800 undergraduates that calls itself Jesuit and Catholic and that operates within the Spokane diocese.
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School Wants To Teacher Kindergarteners to Masturbate

Seriously.

We suspect this won’t be going over too well with parents. Just a hunch. A drove of concerned parents descended on the Clark County School Board Monday to express their astonishment at the sex education material being considered for Clark County public schools that would expose students to a lot more a lot earlier. Considered changes include education of homosexuality as early as ages 5 through 8, and giving everyone “respect regardless of who they are attracted to.” School children of that age range would also be taught that “touching and rubbing one’s genitals to feel good is called masturbation.” “You want to teach my 5-year-old how to masturbate?” said parent Julie Butler, referencing the item getting the most attention Monday night.
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Bishop Cupich: A View from Spokane

A very interesting read.

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THE WEAPON FOR THESE TIMES

54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA FOR DIVINE ASSISTANCE. This is exactly what is needed.

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Gates-Funded Lobby Pushes Common Core in Catholic Schools, Targets Newman Society

Seems like the Cardinal Newman Society has them worried:

A Washington, D.C., organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation—which has invested millions of dollars to develop and promote the controversial Common Core school standards—is contacting Catholic school leaders in an effort to reverse declining support for the Common Core and to oppose The Cardinal Newman Society’s “Catholic Is our Core” initiative.
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Terry Gilliam: Hey Let's Shoot the Capitalists

Something tells me he's not living hand to mouth:

At the conclusion of his interview with pop culture Website Collider.com promoting his new film The Zero Theorem, the only American member of Monty Python drops the mask and reveals his inner liberal fascist: It’s interesting that we look to that as sort of permission to go with that philosophy since I doubt any human being will be around anyway at that point. We should maybe be looking at our own mortality as the signpost for that.
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Readings from Requiem Masses explode protestant myths

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A Wake Up Call to Couch Potato Christians

Your money is going towards the death of innocents:

Too often I hear faithful Christians say, "I'll stay out of the governments business if the government stays out of my business." Well, it's safe to say that the murder of innocent unborn babies, aided by our tax dollars, is our business. Caught red handed, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Americans' tax dollars are subsidizing abortions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare. At least 1,036 plans cover abortions despite President Barack Obama's promise that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place."
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Complaints Against Doctors May Make Abortion Rarer

Complain away people. Complain away.

The Attorney General’s Office has filed complaints against four doctors who provide abortions, claiming faulty record-keeping — a move that could make it more difficult for women to have abortions in Indiana. While the Attorney General’s office routinely investigates consumer complaints against professionals, these cases are the first of this type in recent memory, advocates on both sides of the abortion issue say, and could reduce the number of doctors performing abortions in the state. Three of the doctors — Dr. Kathleen Glover, Dr. Resad Pasic and Dr. Raymond Robinson — practice at the Clinic for Women on West 16th Street. The fourth, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, has performed abortions in South Bend and Gary and before that in Fort Wayne.
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State University Requires Students to Detail Their Sex Life in Writing

Straight up nuts. Think about this. If some dude asked your kid this you'd punch them in the mouth. But for some reason we accept it from colleges.

Clemson University is requiring students to reveal how many times they’ve had sex in the past month and with how many partners. "They’re upset. They’re paying this astronomical tuition to come here, and they’re talking to their parents about these questions, and their parents are getting upset about having to spend this kind of money at Clemson where their students are being asked these kinds of questions." In screenshots obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, the South Carolina university is asking students invasive and personal questions about their drinking habits and sex life as part of what they’ve billed as an online Title IX training course. “How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks one question.
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Blacklist Prevents Escape For FFI

For the FFI, there will be no escape into diocesan clergy.

Rorate has the story about the new blacklist for those Bishops that might consider such action.

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GOp, Dems Unite To Fund Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, and Syrian Rebels

Thank goodness for the GOP, huh?

House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition."
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What's Worse? The Black Mass or Journalists Writing About Catholic Mass?

Terry Mattingly has the answer:

Truth be told, I have been sitting out the "black mass" media storms. I have no doubt that, for the ancient churches, we are dealing with sacrilege of the highest order. At the same time, I am very close to being a First Amendment absolutist and oppose blasphemy laws. So why write about the following ABC News report (as run at Yahoo!) about the new brouhaha in Bible belt Oklahoma? When you read the story, try to forget the whole black mass thing. Instead, focus on the facts in the story's material about the Catholic Mass itself. Just to keep things straight in some of these quotations, a key voice in this story is the leader of the devil-worshiping group, one Adam Daniels of Dakhma of Angra Mainyu.
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Sherry on Three Year Olds and the Big Red Scare

Funny stuff from Sherry:

Everyone knows about the Terrible Twos. Threes however, are a closely guarded state secret. If parents of children 1095 days or older knew of what lay in waiting, well....let's just say, it's something one has to grow into. Exhibit #1 Blacklisting Clifford Anna was being read a bedtime story by her older sister who is eight. The older sister read from the big book of Clifford the Big Red Dog series. I forget that three year olds are terribly self absorbed and literal. So when she heard about the little red puppy jumping through the cream puffs and destroying the pies and then the wedding cake, she got very upset. "Clifford is ruining my beautiful cupcakes." she said, and began to cry. The story was over, the moment lasted much longer. No amount of explaining, this wasn't real. Clifford wouldn't really do that, they aren't your cupcakes, could release America's favorite crimson hound from the emotional doghouse of my toddler's mind.
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Marquette Prof Remembers James Foley

A man for others.

In losing his life to radical Islamist rebels who are mounting a war in Syria and Iraq, James Foley was punished for daring to show the world the tragic underbelly of terrorism among the impoverished and the victims of intolerant religious extremists. Recalling how he was inspired by the Jesuit commitment to social justice while he was a student at Marquette University, Foley told an audience of Marquette students in 2011 he drew strength from the Jesuits during the 44 days he spent in a Libyan prison earlier that year. Foley also said he found great comfort in saying the rosary with his cellmate, a prisoner named Clare. Because he did not have rosary beads, Foley prayed the rosary on his knuckles; the first time he did this, it took him more than an hour. “I became a man of prayer,” he told a journalism class. Former classmates and faculty who heard him that day found him more reflective but still someone who enjoyed being around others.
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Wanna' Be a Cop in Kansas? Homeschoolers Need Not Apply

Discrimination is ok, depending on who you're discriminating against.

Thanks to the Kansas State Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training, it's a lot more difficult for homeschool graduates to become a cop than other privately schooled or publicly schooled graduates. Instead of just accepting a high school diploma for eligibility — as it does for traditionally educated high school graduates — CPOST requires homeschoolers to jump through additional hoops.
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Father Frank Pavone: 16433 Children Buried in in One Grave

They are recognized and prayed for.

For many years, this mass grave had no marker or headstone, just as the children have no names. But now there is a stone, and we are going to name the babies. Supporters of abortion do not want people to see mass graves in our midst. It's too disturbing a reminder of the humanity of the victims of abortion.
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Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced

Check it out:

Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States. Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.
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Will an Independent Scotland be Anti-Catholic?

Uh-oh. First Things has an excellent piece:

In 1707, the Scottish Parliament ‘adjourned’ sine die, having voted to enter into union with England thereby creating the United Kingdom. That multi-nation state, also including Wales and Ireland, grew steadily in power to the point where, by 1907, it had the largest empire in history ruling over a fifth of the world’s population, with Scots prominent in the military, colonial administration, medicine, and missionary work. Thereafter, however, a long process of contraction and decline began. With it grew a movement for Scottish ‘Home Rule,’ far less vigorous than the corresponding Irish movement but encouraged by that example.
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Walking with Chesterton

A trek.

Once a year, a group of admirers of G.K. Chesterton make a 30-mile pilgrimage from the site of his birth to his grave. This year’s trek included several Chestertonian touches.
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How Having Kids Changes Your Life: Now in Hilarious Chart Form

Heh.

So the Doctor and the Dad recently celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. In addition to giving us a legitimate reason to go out and eat excessive amounts of delicious seafood, this also spurred us to look back at everything we’ve done together over the past nine years. Know what we realized? As of right now, we’ve been married with kids and married without kids for almost the exact same amount of time. To help you visualize this state of affairs, we prepared this chart:
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Saudi Police Arrest 21 Christians for Praying in Private

The world continues to ignore.

Dozens of Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia need America's help, according to a key lawmaker who is pressing the State Department on their behalf. Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hard-line Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the home of an Indian national in the eastern Saudi city of Khafji, and their current situation is unknown, according to human rights advocates.
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Prof Explains Controversial History of Catholic Theological Society

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

An associate professor of theology at Providence College, James Keating, recently shared a piece in First Things detailing the controversial history of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). The CTSA is considered by many to be the largest and most prestigious association of Catholic theologians in the United States, yet it has faced accusations of dissent due to several controversial issues undermining Church teaching. Many members of the CTSA hold teaching positions at prominent Catholic colleges and universities around the country.
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Don’t “Rebuild” Your Parish. Restore It.

An excellent article on the problems with "Rebuilt" and where better answers may be.

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Fox News Host's Faith Strengthened Through Son's Illness

Gratitude is an amazing thing.

Bret Baier, host of the popular Fox News program Special Report with Bret Baier and an accomplished journalist at a young age, has an interesting professional story to tell. And in Special Heart he tells it, if only in a few chapters. Born in New Jersey and raised in Atlanta, Baier attended DePauw and from there, worked at local stations in Hilton Head, Rockford, Raleigh, and Atlanta. His big break came when, while working for the Fox Atlanta bureau, he traveled to Washington on September 11, 2001, to cover the response to the terrorist attacks. It turned out to be a one-way trip: The Fox brass decided they wanted Baier to cover the Pentagon, and thus began the second stage of his career. The portrait of Baier in these early chapters is of a young man in a hurry. Captivated at an early age by politics and journalism, he was driven and hard-working, earnest, and determined never to be out-hustled. He knew what he wanted and found ways to get it, including wooing Amy Hills, whom he married in 2004. By the time his wife was pregnant with their first child, in 2007, Baier felt that he was on top of the world.
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Royal Baby: Once Again World Understands a Baby is a Baby

They're even talking about what place in the line of succession the baby is.

The former Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has announced she’s pregnant with baby number two. And once again, the world seems to understand that an unborn baby is a baby, and not something else. The British royal couple announced today that they’re expecting their second child and Kate is being treated for severe morning sickness. The couple’s Clarence House office said they and their families were “delighted” with the baby news.
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Private Revelation and Divine Facepalm

Sometimes we can be a little thick.

So I went on a silent retreat this weekend. Trust me, you’re not as shocked as I was. But I went anyway, and over the course of 42 excruciatingly silent hours, God and I had the following conversation:
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In One State, More Children Homeschool Than Attend Private Schools.

It's the most underreported major trend in the U.S.

In North Carolina, the number of homeschoolers has now surpassed the number of students attending private schools. That statistic may seem shocking if you’ve been a stranger to the growth of the homeschooling movement, which has rapidly increased in recent decades. In 1973, there were approximately 13,000 children, ages 5 to 17, being homeschooled in the United States. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of the 2011-2012 school year, that number has grown to almost 1.8 million or approximately 3.4 percent of the school age population. Other sources report numbers well over 2 million.
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The Grace of Good News: Woman Walks Out of Abortion Clinic

Keep praying for women who need our prayers.

Today, at our homeschool network’s Yahoo group, our prayers were answered. One of our members had asked for prayers for a young mom experiencing a crisis pregnancy, and the great news is that she walked OUT of the abortion mill, today. Thanks be to God. It was welcome news and badly needed. After praying for another case, last week, in which the outcome was tragic and a Trisomy 18 baby girl was forcibly delivered, dying at 5 months gestation, the happy news of a young mom’s unwillingness to abort her child brought me to tears.
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Fr. Sheridan: Pastoral Care, Evangelization Essential to Catholic Campus Life

We must strive to renew Catholic education.

In a new study published by The Cardinal Newman Society, the president of Franciscan University of Steubenville proposes that two things—pastoral care and evangelization—are “essential to the delivery of services traditionally encompassed under the umbrella of student life issues.” The article, “Living the Joy of the Gospel in Student Life” by Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, is part of the Newman Society’s policy series on Catholic higher education. The article is adapted from a talk given by Fr. Sheridan to Catholic college officials at the Newman Society’s student life symposium, “Striving for Excellence as Student Life Leaders,” held in May at Franciscan University.
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Quo vadis, Cardinal Dolan?

Very disappointing and perplexing.

That's my reaction to what's been coming out of the Archdiocese of New York – and Cardinal Timothy Dolan – in recent weeks.
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Abp. Lori: "the scope of toleration for religious expression and for religious institutions is narrowing."

I expect it will only get worse in the very near future.

The head of USCCB’s ad hoc committee on religious liberty: "The real issue here is whether or not we’re sort of 'crossing the Rubicon' here on religious liberty."
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Duck Dynasty's Missy Asked if She Considered Aborting Baby with Cleft Palate

Standing up for life.

When asked whether she considered ending her pregnancy upon learning that her unborn daughter Mia was going to be born with a cleft lip and possible cleft palate, Duck Dynasty’s Missy Robertson said, “absolutely not,” stressing that “God gave each and every one of us life, as a gift,” and that “Mia has a special importance now in her life” because of her condition, which has been corrected over the years through several surgeries.
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ALS Bucket Challenge is Modern Day Secular Baptism

You are now officially a good person.

Video after video it finally hit me: we've been baptizing each other en masse. Anyone with a social media account has seen what ice can do to a person's nervous system: the vital organs seem to seize, the breath panics for escape, and the words, no matter how incoherent, reveal what can only be described as an awakening. The ALS "ice bucket challenge" has become our new rite of social participation. But it's so much more. Mass public movements have many ancestors, including religious ones. This phenomenon is tapping into something deep in the human spirit, feeding on the desire to order our ethical and social lives by ritual. In a time when traditional religiosity may be losing its appeal and religious experience is becoming more diverse and pluralistic, we now see a practice that unites everyone, regardless of religious, political or socio-economic status.
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A Refreshed Benedict XVI Capitvates Students with Homily

He is in good health and still brilliant.

Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God's love. “The homily was very moving. It was the Gospel of the day about Cesarea of Philippi where Jesus asks the apostles, 'Who do you say I am?'” Father Vincent Twomey recalled to CNA Aug. 25. “Peter answered 'you are Christ, son of the living God,'” to which Jesus responds: “you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church.”
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