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Pope meets with NBA players’ union delegation at the Vatican…

ROME — A delegation representing the National Basketball Players Association, a union representing professional athletes from the NBA, met with Pope Francis and spoke with him about their work in promoting social justice. The players association said the group meeting the pope Nov. 23 included: Marco Belinelli, a shooting guard for the San Antonio Spurs; Sterling Brown and Kyle Korver, shooting guards for the Milwaukee Bucks; Jonathan Isaac, power forward for the Orlando Magic; and Anthony Tolliver, a 13-year power forward who is currently a free agent. The NBPA said the meeting “provided an opportunity for the players to discuss their individual and collective efforts addressing social and economic injustice and inequality occurring in their communities.” NBA players have been vocal on so...

This is as evil as anything I’ve seen in a long time…..

This is as evil as anything I’ve seen in a long time. What the hell. pic.twitter.com/wE6sR8x8TV — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 23, 2020 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6 And you can see a homosexualist Jesuit smiling at the window. This will be promoted by a Harris-Biden administration and Pelosi-Schumer congress. Please share this post! Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

Can’t visit family for Thanksgiving? Interview them instead. Years from now, you’ll be glad you did…..

After my father died, my sister called up our oldest surviving relative, my great aunt Bebe who lives in Florida, and they ended up having several conversations. The things she told us about our family have been delightful (and occasionally insane). We knew, for instance, that my mother was pregnant when my parents got married, but here’s a part of the story we never heard: When my father was 19, he needed an emergency appendectomy, but his mother was away on vacation. They wouldn’t operate on him without a relative signing for permission, or possibly to pay for it. So my great aunt Bebe goes to the hospital and there is my mother, age 18, in the waiting room all upset, because, since she’s not a relative, they won’t let her up to see him. Bebe had never met her before. Bebe signs the...

Xi Jinping gets his man: Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association announces ordination of new bishop of Qingdao…

CNA Staff, Nov 24, 2020 / 08:00 am MT (CNA).- The Chinese Patriotic Association announced Monday the ordination of a new bishop of Qingdao. The episcopal ordination of Thomas Chen Tianhao, 陈天浩, took place on Nov. 23 in Qingdao Cathedral with the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association Chairman Bishop Fang Xingyao presiding, according to a statement and photos on the association’s website. Chen, 58, had previously served as the president of the Patriotic Association of Qingdao in Shandong Province in 1998 and as a National Patriotic Association Standing Committee member since 2010. He was ordained a priest in 1989 after studying at a seminary in Shandong. In 2019, Chen led a Shandong Province standing committee meeting to “study the spirit” of a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping in...

Santa Cruz Historical Commission calls replica mission bell “racist symbol,” tells city to remove it from intersection…

During the years that the missions were active, the bells were mainly used to wake the Franciscan friars for their daily prayers. The historical preservation commission of Santa Cruz, California last week advised the city council to remove a replica mission bell from a city intersection, saying the bell represents painful history for the indigenous people of the city. In a Nov. 18 recommendation to the city council, the Santa Cruz Historic Preservation Commission wrote that some California indigenous peoples view the mission bells as a “colonial settler and racist symbol” that “glorifies the killing, dehumanization, forced labor and imprisonment of their ancestors.” “The mission bells are a constant reminder of the brutal history of the Santa Cruz mission and to our indigenous populations,...

Why Thanksgiving is a perfect example of the common good…

A natural precept attributed toward the dignity of the human person is to seek the good of another person through the act of community. I propose this argument from the nature of faith and reason that the human state is ordered to not only seek the good in another person but also to nurture and protect the person in order propagate a healthy society. The clearest example of this structure is the recognition and affirmation of the natural relationship between man and women through a natural marital covenant. If I take this premise even further, the aim and premise of the common good is to respect the dignity of the person. Because we are creatures bestowed with the gift or vice of free will depending on how one views human behavior, essentially a person would be inclined to see their fellow...

Some thoughts on Jesus as a “concealed king”…

We do well to further examine a quality of Christ’s kingship mentioned in yesterday’s sermon notes, namely that he is a “concealed” King. In the gospel, both the saved and condemned are surprised and wonder when they encountered Jesus at all, whether as hungry, thirsty, naked, a stranger, sick or in prison. He replies, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matt 25:41). So, although concealed, Jesus says he was, quite present in those who were in such need. To examine and further understand the concealment of Jesus, consider another gospel passage. In the afternoon of the resurrection, two disciples are on the road to Emmaus and, as they journey and discuss the events of passiontide, Jesus joins them but they do not recognize hi...

The battle to free the Mass…

This year, Americans have endured not only the intertwined economic, health, and political crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also a deep spiritual shock. For the first time since the Spanish Flu of 1918, our local and state governments have restricted worship services. And while the Word can be livestreamed, the Eucharist cannot. I am well aware that this spiritual crisis has intensified the concern that faithful Catholics have about their leaders. When I launched an ultimately successful campaign to “free the Mass” in San Francisco, Philip Lawler wrote, “Why ask city officials to ‘free’ the Mass? There is only one man who has the rightful authority to restrict and regulate the liturgy of the Catholic Church in San Francisco, and his name is Cordileone.” The best way to answer Lawler’s ...

Here’s an amazing, incredibly detailed reconstruction of the Beirut Port explosion, using every video and photo available…

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‘Long live Christ the King’ — The 51 Claretian martyrs of Barbastro…

At various times in history, martyrdom has been a real possibility for Christians. One such time was for Catholics during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, particularly those who were members of the clergy. The Spanish Civil War marked the most violent and prolonged spasm of the sort of religious persecution that had afflicted Spain for the last 100 years. In 1931, the Spanish monarchy ended and a Republic was established in its place. Still the political scene remained an unstable contest of Left and Right. By July 1936, this division erupted into a bloody civil war when the left took control of the Republic. Opposing the new leftist government, the Spanish Army, calling themselves Nationalists, revolted and chose Generalissimo Francisco Franco as their leader. They spent the next three y...

Ralph Martin: The biggest crisis in the world revealed…

November 19, 2020 The biggest crisis in the world “is alienation from God, rebellion against God, it’s not believing in Jesus Christ, it’s not accepting the offer of mercy and salvation that God’s offering to the human race. The primary mission of the Church is not to improve the world. We should absolutely apply the social teaching of the Church, out of charity in all these different areas. But the primary purpose of the Church is to lift up Jesus Christ and call all people, everywhere, to believe in Him and repent,” said Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries and author of books, including the recent “A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward” (Emmaus Road Publishing). Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

Toronto’s Cardinal Collins rebukes Catholic school board members for barring Catechism reading…

CNA Staff, Nov 20, 2020 / 04:48 pm MT (CNA).- Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto has rebuked members of the local Catholic school board for refusing to allow a passage of the Catechism of the Catholic Church pertaining to ministry to people with same-sex attraction to be read during a recent meeting. “That a Catholic should be criticized, and effectively be prevented by Catholic Trustees from reading from the Catholic Catechism at a meeting of a Catholic School Board is reprehensible,” Collins wrote in a Nov. 17 letter to board chair Joseph Martino. “The Catholic faith must guide all who are engaged in Catholic education— including students, teachers, administrators, and trustees— or that education ceases to be Catholic.” Jose Luis Dizon, a parishioner at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sc...