Alfie Evans Dies by Edward Pentin National Catholic Register
God’s Plan by Drake by David Inczauskis, SJ The Jesuit Post
For the third time in a week, a priest is found dead in Mexico by Inés San Martín Crux
Editorial: Proposed cuts to food program are immoral by NCR Editorial Staff
Debunking Holocaust Denial by Holocaust Denial on Trial
Archbishop Gregory: Catholics must stand against race and gender injustices by Michael J. O’Loughlin America
Realities of the Digital Age: Relationships As technology drives changes in society, significant interpersonal challenges emerge by Nicholas W. Smith OSV Newsweekly
Sex in the News: How Can We Change the Headlines? by Rachel Leininger Life Teen Community
Restorative justice seen as a critical piece of criminal justice reform by Mark Pattison Catholic News Service
In Northern Ireland, anti-abortion graffiti hits Catholic churches by Catholic News Agency
Nigerian herdsmen kill 19 in Catholic church attack by CNA/EWTN News.
Jesuit high school student killed during Nicaragua’s deadly protests by Brian Strassburg America
Horror: priest killed in Mexico while hearing confession by Deacon Greg Kandra Catholic Canada
Jesuits Denounce Violence in Nicaragua, Defend the Right to Peaceful Protest by Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province
Mark Potok on the Rise of Hate on the Radical Right, Violence, and Extremism by Holocaust Denial on Trial
Pope Francis makes Historic Appointment of 3 Women as Consultors for CDF by Catholic News World
Dare to be holy by Jesuits in Ireland
by Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez, Reverend Heriberto Martinez, Reverend Enrique Camacho, and Eric LeCompte. The Hill
Believers must condemn violence in name of religion by David Hilt Inside the Vatican
Stone Soup for Hungry Children by Tony Magliano Association of US Catholic Priests
Justin Trudeau’s ‘celebrity secularism’ and an examination of Canadian conscience by Dean Dettloff America
Archbishop Chaput thinks you should read this young Catholic’s letter by Crux Catholic News Agency
Re-Evangelising Ireland by Brendan Walsh LinkedIn
Pope Francis: Every violation of the body is an 'outrage' to God by Elise Harris CNA/EWTN News
Facebook CEO apologizes for 'mistake' of blocking Catholic content by Courtney Grogan CNA/EWTN News
Miscarriages are happening in I.C.E. custody. Will the pro-life movement respond? by the Editors of America
International Day of Mother Earth, the Encyclical Letter Laudato si by Christian Peschken
Suicide, divorce take center stage at Philippine youth meet by Charlie Saceda, La Croix International
President of France calls on Catholics to engage politically by Courtney Grogan Catholic News Agency
Life without parole is no moral alternative to the death penalty by Katie Rose Quandt America
Strengthen, modernize nuclear weapon systems, says US State Department by James Dearie National Catholic Reporter
Pope denounces use of chemical weapons by Junno Arocho Esteves, Caholic News Service
Founder of 40 Days for Life enters Catholic Church on Easter by Catholic News Agency
Lutheran cathedral in Sweden to host Catholic Mass by La Croix International staff
Jesus Is My Plumber by Cynthia Schrage Pathos
Opus Dei vicar: We are fully united with the pope by Michelle La Rosa Catholic News Agency
America’s opioid crisis has become an “epidemic of epidemics" by Ella Nilsenel Vox
Top Five Takeaways from ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ by James Martin, S.J. America
Facebook apologizes for blocking Steubenville's ad by CNA/EWTN News
Heart of God by Joel Stepanek Life Teen Community
Catholic leaders condemn President Trump’s plan to send troops to the border by Michael J. O’Loughlin America
Death comes for a child in Philippines' drug war killings by Kimberly dela Cruz La Croix International
Altered brain network dynamics in youths with autism spectrum disorder by Evie Malaia, Erik Bates, Benjamin Seitzma and Katherine Coppess Exp Brain Res for more information on autism, link to Autism
In Conversation: Isabella Rossellini by David Marchese Vulture
Rethinking "Mission Territory" by George Weigel First Things
Vatican diplomacy zeros-in on human rights in Africa by Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar.
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Book Reviews and Commentaries
Silent Music of Love: Teach Us to Pray by John O'Brien, OFM Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D.
Let There Be Light by Father James Grant Reviewed and Commentary by John Roskam
Radical Prayer by David Hassel, S.J. Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D.
Take & Read: Christian Writers Reflect on Life’s Most Influential Books Reviewed and Commentary by James T. Keane
Faith: A Journey for All by Jimmy Carter Reviewed and Commentary by Betsy Shirley
Film Reviews and Commentaries
A Quiet Place The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the Year Reviewed by Bishop Robert Barron TheBostonPilot.com
The Devil and Father Amorth Reviewed by Steven D. Greydanus National Catholic Register
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A Prayer to Prevent Nuclear War
Lord God, you created life and beauty in this world. You then entrusted the human community with caring for, and enhancing, your creation.
Strengthen us, we pray, in this challenging time when the power to destroy this creation has grown so dangerously.
Lead us on a road of peace, a road that includes a program of removing all nuclear weapons from our earth.
We cannot hope to meet this challenge without your continuing presence and support. For this we make our prayerful plea in your name.
by John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Fr. Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia.
Lord God, we mourn the death of your faithful servant Fr. Juan Miguel Con. As a Mother, I would just like to hug him, as a member of our Church Itesting. He ventured out to check out the crowd. Suddenly a rubber bullet struck his throat at close range, and he fell to the ground. He was taken to two hospitals where they refused him entrance as a protester. At the third hospital, he died. Lord we are sorry for our brother Alvaro and ask that this murder like that of Blessed Romero help us to realize how to treat each other with the love that you gave us. You asked us to love our neighbor as ourself and this needs to be in our heart and soul every moment of the day. This violence harms every member of your family. We ask you to assist us in peacefully obliterating violence in the name of Jesus.
by by Eileen Quinn Knight ,Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Barbara Bush
by Denise Sutherland Profiles in Catholicism
Gracious Father, and Generous Giver of Life,
All praise and glory to you for blessing the United States of America and the world you created with the life of your daughter, Barbara Bush. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Barbara exemplified your holy values of marriage, family and motherhood, and served you as a role model for families and mothers of many generations. The matriarch of this great nation, Barbara was a beacon of your blessed virtues of truth, integrity, humility, and strength. Moved by the passion of the Holy Spirit in her heart your daughter, Barbara, served the economically and educationally disadvantaged and glorified you with her ardent advocacy of literacy.
May you embrace Barbara lovingly in your arms during this time of transition to her heavenly home, and may you comfort her family and those mourning her passing with the peace that transcends all human understanding.
We offer this prayer in the name of your Son, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
A Prayer for Those Killed and Injured in the Münster, Germany Van Attack
Lord, our God, we give you thanks for all of grace you have bestowed upon us. Lord, we pray for those who fail to recognize the grace and goodness you bring to our soul. We pray for those who are blinded by anger and hatred. We pray for those blinded by mental illness or rage. Lord, give us the strength to fight the weapons of the world with prayer and love. May your grace strengthen us to draw people into your loving embrace. We ask all this united to your Risen Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
by Ryan Brady Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for the Students and Teachers Massacred in Parkland, Florida
Watch over us, God of tender mercy,
as we bury our children and their teachers
who should not have died so soon, and
who should not have come under attack
by dark forces we cannot understand.
Give us courage in our grieving,
a resolute spirit to change what we can,
and a determination to stay with you and each other,
as we all make our journey home to you. Amen
by Father Louis J. Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to End Gun Violence
Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem,
Before your passion,
As you people waved palms in your honor,
You saw the city and wept over it because you
You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer
In that beloved city
still you loved it and wept over it.
Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them,
Love them and protect them.
Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer
Violence and chaos.
Weep over us and love us.
Lord Jesus, weep over us and love us. (See Lk 19)\
by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M. Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer to St. Peregrine
We pray to you to comfort and assist all people with cancer and to hasten approved treatments for cancer in all counties. We also pray that you heal John O'Brien, OFM.
Praying for Phillip
Prayer for Senator John McCain
Almighty God from all evils and the scourges of cancer, deliver your servant John McCain, we pray to the Lord. Graciously hear us, O Lord.
A Prayer for Those with Disabilities
Giving praise and thanks to you, O God
In whose image we have all been created,
We gather in faith and love,
Where through the power of the Spirit,
All our bodies,
disabled and non disabled alike,
all become one Body in Christ Jesus.
With tender mercy and love you created life and hope
out of darkness and emptiness,
and then in your wisdom,
because you understood that human vulnerability
is the source of communion in the Kingdom,
you sent your only child to enter into the frailty of human life.
Your graciousness is a never-ending source of justice and mercy
best known to us through Jesus, the Christ,
Who in life, death and resurrection,
preached hope and inclusion.
Even when we sin by excluding
those who society pushes to the margins because they are different,
you continue to shower us with mercy by inviting us
back to the table of embodied love,
giving us yet another chance to taste and drink of a justice
that welcomes the estranged and the stranger as friend
and bids us, here and now,
to join you in building the Kingdom.
[This is the preface from the "Eucharistic Prayer of Inclusion”
A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking
As shared by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.
God of freedom, beauty and truth
we believe that your deepest desire,
your most powerful energy,
is that all creation might know abundant life.
We raise our voices in anguished prayer
for our sisters and brothers,
women and girls, men and boys,
who are modern day slaves;
They are your beloved daughters and sons,
exploited sexually or forced to work
because of human violence and greed.
Fill us with your holy anger and your sacred passion
that those who are trafficked might know healing and justice;
that traffickers will come to repentance and conversion;
that all of us might live in such a way
that others are not made to pay the price
for our comfort and convenience.
Hasten the coming of the day when all people
and our precious Earth itself
will be treated, not as a commodity,
but as radiant images of your freedom, beauty and truth.
Amen. May it be so.