A Message from the Editor
My mother had two miscarriages which has haunted me all my life. Miscarriage is one of the Pregnancy Challenges that we address in this issue. Faith can provide healing and hope, especially during the darkest times like miscarriage. That baby is a child of God, I also thank Francis Etheredge for possibly the most beautiful prayer that I have ever read titled A prayer for those who have lost a child through miscarriage.
I also thank Father Shay Cullen for agreeing to be on our Board of Directors. Having someone who has been nominated four times for a Nobel Peace prize is a great honor. I hope that our readers will support his critical work.
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A Quote to Remember
"Let nothing rob you of the interior joy of motherhood. With great affection I urge all future mothers: keep happy and let nothing rob you of the interior
joy of motherhood. Your child deserves your happiness.
Don’t let fears, worries, other people’s comments or problems lessen your joy at being God’s means of bringing a new life to the world.
Prepare yourself for the birth of your child, but without obsessing, and join in Mary’s song of joy: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant” (Lk 1:46-48).
Try to experience this serene excitement amid all your many concerns, and ask the Lord to preserve your joy, so that you can pass it on to your child."
by Pope Francis
Prayer for Pregnant Women
Dearest Lord - As you look upon us with all of the challenges facing our world today, I beg you to help us to open our hearts and minds to your will. Among other problems, we are in desperate need of a better understanding of how to help the mothers of unborn children. Help us to find ways to meet the needs of pregnant women everywhere, whether they deal with job discrimination, health issues, coercion, family concerns or other barriers to life. Help us to respect and love both mother and child. by Denise Mackura Profiles in Catholicism
A prayer for those who have lost a child through miscarriage
Your Presence in Our Loss Oh Holy Family, at the heart of heaven, dwelling |midst angels uncountable, we turn to you to welcome The innocent child who has come to you today.
We do not wholly understand the passing of one so Innocently lost and we entrust our child, Unbaptized and full of the beauty of beginning, Plunging into your fountainous love, nestling In your gathering, outstretched and embracing arms:
Named in the mystery of Love’s loving to bless: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Like the seed awakening in the soil, The dew-bright sparkling existence of the Gift of a child transplanted into eternal day To dwell amidst the extended family of all Utterly at peace, happy and blessed beyond telling.
Oh Holy Mother of God, Virgin Mother of Jesus, Take to your maternal heart the child whose life, Given without recall by the Creator-Father of all, and Enwrap this child, this mother and father and their loss,
In the folds of gentle love, tending tenderly their pain. Oh Joseph, virgin and spouse, foster-father of Jesus, You understood being with your wife and child Through all the difficulties of life, as long as you lived, Give encouragement, wisdom and most of all an Understanding heart to all husbands and fathers.
Oh Jesus Christ, Redeemer of all, opening what is closed, Take all our uncertainty, blame, guilt, recriminations, All the fruitless bitterness, belittling, and pain, And begin again the blessing of your love-in-us: The hope of helping others with your help to us.
Oh Holy Family, at the heart of heaven, dwelling Amidst angels unimaginable, we turn to you to turn Our mourning into rejoicing and your presence in our loss: Help us to hope on coming, too, to meet with love’s not lost, Filling our loss with over-spilling thanksgiving As we are reunited, as all are, with the company of the blessed. by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism
Oh, Lord, one in four young adults in our country have considered suicide in just the last month. Especially in danger are racial and ethnic minorities, essential workers and unpaid adult caregivers.
Oh Lord, the pandemic does not just endanger those who might catch the disease, but increasingly all of us as we strive to cope with the traumas of our changed lives.
Help us Oh Lord to reach out to each other safely and perceive your image in all of our fellow humans. Help us to open our hearts and souls to You that you may enter into us all and bring us peace, love and hope.
Help those of us who are especially vulnerable to ending their fears and sufferings by ending their own lives.
Come to them in your goodness and help them to find your Love in their hearts and souls so that they may live for the sake of us all. by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for the passing of Archbishop Oscar Cruz
He was a true prophet of the Lord, the voice of the voiceless,
the defender of the oppressed and the friend of the victims of abuse.
Lord you gave us a champion in our brother and spiritual leader
Archbishop Oscar Cruz who has departed from among us.
He was totally committed to your Gospel Jesus and bravely
stood against social evil, presidential corruption, child abuse.
He lived simply and spoke the truth without compromise.
Inspired by you he dedicated his life to your service and that
of the people of God.
His inspiration lives on, motivating true Christians everywhere to sacrifice
for others, to serve the poor and oppressed to bring true love into the world
everyday by acts of justice ,kindness and service.
Jesus, your friend Oscar, a faithful servant lived for you and the people,
he brought the Gospel values to life in his prophet voice and action,
and that love lives on among us everyday. Amen.
Prayer to Saint Joseph Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the Holy Family of Nazareth
with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor, and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, His tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done. Amen
Oración del Santo Papa Juan XIII a San José San José, guardián de Jesús y célibe esposo de María, pasaste tu vida cumpliendo tu deber con amor. Apoyaste la Sagrada Famlia de Nazareth con la labor de tus manos. Por favor, protejea los que en tí confían. Tú comprendes sus aspiraciones,sus problemas, su esperanza. Te procuran porque sabenque los entiendes y los protejes. Tú sabes como ellos sabían de tribulaciones y fatigas. Desde las aflicciones materiales, tu alma llena de profunda paz cantaba sobre el verdadero gozo de la intimidad con el Hijo de Dios confiado a tu cargo y con Su Madre, nuestra Madre. Asegura a los que protejes que no trabajamos solos. Enséñanos a encontrar a Jesús al acatar Su voluntad como tú lo hiciste. Amen.
A Prayer for our Murdered Brethren in Cameroon
Good and loving God,
We ask you to bless those wounded and killed as reported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency who strongly condemns an unprovoked and brutal attack on a site hosting 800 internally displaced people (IDPs) near the village of Nguetchewe, in Cameroon’s Far North region. We ask you to hold in your warm embrace those 18 people who were killed and 11 injured in the incident during the early hours of Sunday 2 August when assailants threw an explosive device, thought to be a grenadee, into the makeshift camp while people were sleeping. Those in union with the mission of the UN Refugee Agency wish to implore you Lord for your helpful kindness in reaching out to those most in need. Some of the wounded were evacuated to Mokolo district hospital, an hour’s drive from Nguetchewe. Lord, this is a sad and painful time for all of us and we ask for your assistance. Some 1,500 people, including terrified residents of the hosting village, have fled to the nearby town of Mozogo for safety
The pain of the community fills our hearts with pain and sadness the UNHCR is deploying an emergency mission to assess the situation and evaluate the protection and health needs of those affected. Please help the local communities in this impoverished area who are often the first responders to those fleeing growing insecurity and violence in the area which covers Lake Chad and north-east Nigeria. They are sometimes related and they share with them the few resources they have. Against the background of growing insecurity, UNHCR anticipates enhanced community protection, shelter, water and sanitation will be needed as the country responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask you Lord to see how UNHCR calls on all actors to respect the civilian and humanitarian character of IDP camps, and to respond promptly to the urgent needs of people who have fled violence and suffered multiple displacements. This attack follows a significant rise in violent incidents in Cameroon’s Far-North Region in July, including looting and kidnapping by Boko Haram and other armed groups active in the region. The Far North region, tucked between Nigeria’s Borno and Adamawa states and Lake Chad, currently hosts 321,886 IDPs and 115,000 Nigerian refugees.
The incident is also a sad reminder of the intensity and brutality of the violence in the wider the Lake Chad Basin region that has forced more than three million people to flee: 2,7m are internally displaced in Northeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, while 292,682 Nigerian refugees fled into neighboring countries. Cameroon reports that since January this year, it has recorded 87 Boko Haram attacks on its northern border with Nigeria. Twenty-two of them were in the northern district of Mozogo alone. Violent attacks have cost the lives of 30,000 people and displaced more than 3 million in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad. Please Lord respond to all those in your loving care, through Christ Our Lord. Amen by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Jacob Blake, his Family, and the People of Kenosha Wisconsin.
Oh Lord, the One God of Jews, Christians and Muslims,
and people of all faiths and backgrounds,
we pray for Jacob Blake, shot by the police
in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
As we pray, Jacob is in the hospital, fighting for his life.
He may never be able to walk again, even if he survives.
His family, especially his children, who witnessed the tragedy
are deeply troubled, even traumatized.
It will take years for them to return to normal.
We pray, Oh Lord, that they may be healed,
in heart and soul.
We pray also for the people of Kenosha, Wisconsin,
many of whom are also deeply hurt by what happened.
Oh Lord, may all be healed.
And may our country find reasonable ways
to make progress to heal its racial and religious divides.
Out of many, One, Oh Lord.
May our country once again be united
in hope, faith and love.
Amen by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for all who suffer from Hurricane Laura.
Lord when the force of nature descends upon our communities, homes and families and wreak them,
causing destruction and havoc we pray Heavenly Father for the strength and courage to endure and
Be with us Lord as we struggle to survive Hurricane Laura ,give eternal life to those who have died and healing to those that suffer injuries or loss. Give the spirit of generosity and love to all who will come to help their injured brothers and sisters.
We know these natural forces and not sent you, all loving and caring God, but sometimes come from human activity that causes climate change that has disastrous consequences.
Lord help us survive disaster, give us the wisdom to respect your creation and may our faith be seen in action to prevent the global warming and to care for the planet.
Lord God may we have your grace and the spiritual strength to survive and live in your presence in creation so we can prevent such natural events.
May You Lord be with us and we with you all times but especially at times of disasters. We live with you in hope and love. Amen.
by Father Shay Cullen Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer to Our Lay of Guadalupe in Times of the Coronavirus
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe: In these times of trial and testing, shelter us under the mantle of your protection; keep us in the embrace of your arms; help us to always know the LOVE of your Son that we might be spared the worst of this illness. by Carmen Julia Rodríguez Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Chadwick Boseman
Lord, please welcome the soul of Chadwick Buseman into your loving embrace.
He was s a role model and hero to Black children and cared deeply for all children
Also, please address the special challenges that our Black Brothers and Sisters
face with cancer with markedly later diagnosis and earlier mortality
by Gordon Nary Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for the Kidnapped Children in Nigeria
Dear Lord, Your Word is filled with accounts of miraculous protection. We
pray for an end to their captivity and for the safety and well-being of these children, Please return these children safely to their loving parents. by Gordon Nary Profiles in Catholicism
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 in the hour of our death. Amen.
Chwała Ojcu…Chwała Ojcu i Synowi i Duchowi Świętemu. Jak była na początku, teraz i zawsze,|i na wieki wieków. Amen.
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This Is How Saint Michael Cast Out Satan From Robbie Mannheim by Norman Fulkerson Return to Order
Case of 10-year-old’s abortion in Brazil further polarizes the country by Eduardo Campos Lima Crux
Hospitals in China’s Xinjiang region allegedly forced to abort Uyghur babies by LiCAS News reporter LiCAS News
Groundbreaking National Study Shows That Americans Struggle to Think Coherently About Abortion by Jessica Keating Church Life Journal
Woman Told She Should Have Aborted Autistic Children by Fr. Mattew P. Schneiger LC Link to Autism
Trump Said Two Years Ago That He Would Deny Citizenship to Americans Like Kamala Harris, In 2018, the president called birthright citizenship “ridiculous” and vowed to stop it by executive order. by Robert Mackey The Intercept
Trump says QAnon conspiracy theorists 'like me very much' and 'love our country' by Courtney Subramanian USA Today
Pope Francis Calls for Justice and Dialogue in Belarus After Violent Protests. An estimated 6,700 people were arrested in violent protests as demonstrators clashed with police forces, who used tear gas and rubber bullets. by Courtney Mares CNA/National Catholics Register Link to General Violence Challenges
Catholic archbishop: Let priests visit detained Belarus protesters by CNA/The Catholic World Report
Beating peaceful demonstrators is ‘grave sin,’ says Belarusian archbishop by Jonathan Luxmoore Crux
Nigeria is becoming world’s ‘biggest killing ground of Christians’ by Crux Staff Crux
The Federal Government is about to execute the only Native American man on death row—despite his tribe’s wishes. by Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy America Link to Death Penalty
Catholic Archbishop Prays Outside of Prison for Detained Protesters in Belarus by Courtney Mares CNA/National Catholic Register Link to Prison Challenges
When Autocrats Reach Their Political Expiration Dates by Andrei Kolesniko The Moscow Times
While political leaders squabble, Catholic Charities pushes to meet greater pandemic demands by Mark Nacinovich National Catholic Reporter
Q & A with Sr. Louisa Abid, providing health care in Cameroon in the face of war and COVID-19 by Joyce Meyer Global Sisters Report
National Women’s Board releases domestic abuse resource for UK by Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp Vatican News Link to Domestic Violence
English Catholic women ID ways to spot all types of domestic abuse by Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service/USCCB via Crux
Catholics urged to learn signs of domestic abuse by Simon Caldwell The Tablet
Catholic leaders condemn Philippine bombings as ‘unconscionable’ by CNA/The Catholic World Report
Irish cousins call Trump girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle the “lunatic on the telly”after GOP speech by Shane O'Brien IrishCentral
Police: Suspect ID’d, charges deferred in church assault by Associated Press/Crux
At LA Archdiocese, immigration outreach is no ‘single-issue mission by Tom Hoffarth Angelus Link to General United States Immigration Challenges
Israel-UAE agreement does not promote peace by Clare Bergin Independent Catholic News
The Israel-UAE Accord is a Mere Sideshow by Zaha Hassan Newsweek
Israeli forces detained and kill teenager by Independent Catholic News
More than 300 faith leaders call on Trump, Republican delegates to change immigration policies by Jack Jenkins Religion News Service
Israel's Maronites watch Lebanon's devastation with horror, send donations by Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service/Angelus
One in four young adults in the US contemplated suicide during pandemic by Tamar Lapin New York Post Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
The Death Penalty Cannot Be Justified Through Retributive Justice Or Self-Defense by Henry Karlson Patheos Link to Death Penalty
Police shooting of Jacob Blake prompts calls by faith leaders, governor for reform by Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Link to Police Brutality
Priest accused of financial misconduct at Brazil’s second largest shrine by Eduardo Campos Lim Crux Link to Financial Crimes
Metuchen bishop says Catholics must remain anchored in respect for all life by Catholic News Service/Crux
Pope Francis: Catholics Should Combat ‘Dismal’ Economic Inequality with Hope by Hannah Brockhaus CNA/National Catholic Register
Church in the Philippines condemns efforts to resurrect capital punishment by Charles Collins Crux
Prayers at the D.N.C. by Sr. Simone Campbell and Fr. James Martin by Simone Campbell, S.S.S .and James Martin, S.J. America
10 years later, still no answers for families of San Fernando massacre victims by Inés San Martín Crux
Bishops should follow sisters' lead in dismantling racism by NCR Editorial Staff National Catholic Reporter Link to Racial Challenges
The racism racket is just a variation on the tired and inimical practice of inventing programs to pour money on alleged victim groups, distracting us from paying attention to the Ten Commandments and proclaiming the Gospel. by Father Jerry J. Pokorsky The Catholic World Report
Milwaukee Archbishop Prays for Peace After Kenosha Shooting by Catholic News Agency/National Catholic Register
Muslim Groups in WI & DC Condemn Police Shooting of Jacob Blake by Muslim Advocates
Pope Francis: Make Coronavirus Vaccine Available to All by Catholic News Agency/National Catholic Register
Fears over virus probe rise after WHO team fails to visit Wuhan by Christian Shepherd i Katrina Manson, and Jamie Smyth Financial Times
Media key in Preventing COVID-19 related Stigma and Discrimination by The Communication Initiative Network
WHO’s Next — The United States and the World Health Organization by Barry R. Bloom, Ph.D., Paul E. Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., and Eric J. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D. N Engl J Med 2020; 383:676-677
South Korean president turns to Catholic bishops to help fight coronavirus by Elise Ann Allen Crux
Anti-mask rally turns violent in Dublin by IrishCentral Staff IrishCentral
In openly criticizing Brazil's president, 152 bishops spur anger, controversy by Eduardo Campos Lima National Catholic Reporter
German archbishop calls for open debate about women priests in the Catholic Church by Colleen Dulle America Link to Women Challenges/ Outreach/Protection
In the Now: What Caring for My Father With Alzheimer’s Taught Me About Being Present by Jesse Neve Busted Halo Link to Alzheimer ’s disease
Coronavirus Lockdown Leaves Catholic Priests Struggling for Funds. Clergy financial problems began soon after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown in March to slow the spread of COVID-19, which has killed 41,552 people in the U.K. as of Aug. 27. by Catholic News Agency/Crux
The mortal end of truth: when leadership becomes nothing but lies by Joan Chittister National Catholic Reporter
Committee Sensitive – Russia Investigation by McCain Institute US
Coronavirus researchers must examine Trump-backed conspiracy—or lose Wuhan lab. funding. by Beth Mole arsTechnica
Political Polarization in South and Southeast Asia: Old Divisions, New Dangers by Thomas Carthers and Andrew O'Donohue Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mike Pompeo accused of violating Hatch Act in Jerusalem RNC speech by Jack Jenkins Religion News Service Link to Political Crimes
How much does Mexico’s president really think like Pope Francis? by Inés San Martín Crux/Angelus
Over 80 clergy and religious in Mexico have died of COVID-19 by Inés San Martín Crux
Led by women, Latin America rallies against modern-day slavery by Inés San Martín Crux Link to Human Trafficking
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Broken Glass, Blood, and Anguish: Beirut After the Blast by Seema Jilani NYR Daily
The Light from the Southern Cross: Promoting Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia by Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious
Hagia Sophia: A Bridge Unlike Any Other. Why the West Should Care by George E. Demacopoulos Commonweal
Poland struggles to deal with pedophilia in Catholic Church by Claudia Ciobanu Balkan Insight Link to Catholic Clerical Sexual Violence Against Minors
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GOP Candidate Calls Into Question Kamala Harris’ Blackness in Bigoted Tweets by Beth Stoneburner Patheo
Guest Post: A Letter from a TLM Catholic Who Stands with BLM by Elias Crim Patheos
Black woman films man repeatedly calling her the n-word in Co Galway by IrishCentral Staff IrishCentral
After another priest is killed in El Salvador, local clergy ask ‘who will be next?’ by Claire Giangravé Religion News Service/America Link to Murdered Priests and Seminarians
Trenton priest was helping a father through grief when boat capsized by Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press
Vatican-China deal on bishop appointments appears set for renewal by Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter Link to Catholicism and China
Arrested Hong Kong Catholic ‘chose those handcuffs,’ for justice, godfather says by Catholic News Agency/The Catholic World Report
Zimbabwe: Bishops issue pastoral letter on current crisis by Independent Catholic News Link to African Challenges
Catholic relief agencies in Africa step in as pandemic impacts mental health by Tawanda Karombo National Catholic Reporter Link to Mental Health/Illness
The ‘Cancelling’ of Flannery O’Connor? by Angela Alaimo O’Donnell Commonweal
Sojourners pulls article about Catholic Church and race from website. Article and editor-in-chief's decision both controversial by Christopher White National Catholic Reporter Link to White Supremacy
Joe Biden leans into his Catholicism, openly discusses his faith by Michael Sean Winters National Catholic Reporter Link to Catholicism
USCCB official says Biden-Harris ticket good for ‘people on the margins’ by CAN/The Catholic World Report
Pavone’s Tweet Is Sacrilege and Bishops Must Act by Mary Pezzulo Patheos
US Senator asks attorney general to fight anti-Catholic vandalism by CNA/The Catholic World Report Link to Fear, Hate, Prejudice, and Discrimination against Others
Executive actions seen providing minimal boost to economy hit hard by COVID-19 by Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service/National Catholic Reporter
Bayer to pay $1.6 billion in contraception injury settlement by CNA/The Catholic World Report
Catholic Hong Kong media tycoon’s arrest sparks fear Church could be next by Elise Ann Allen Crux Link to Catholicism and China
130 Years After Hitler's Birth, He Continues to Live as a Symbol of Evil by Time Link to Antisemitism and to The Holocaust
Pakistan’s persecution of Ahmadi Muslims must end by Siobhain McDonagh Religion Mews Service
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Amid escalated police presence, Episcopal church offers sanctuary to protesters in Pasadena by Alejandra Molina Religion News Service
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