Je Suis Catholique: A Catholic Response to the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

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by Patrick Angiolillo

In the wake of the horrifying attacks in Paris that occurred at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters on January 7, as well as those others in the ensuing days, we have seen the swift response from the world, not least of all from the people of France themselves.

Immediately following the tremendous events of that day, leaders the world over spoke out against the form of radicalized, fundamentalist religion that led the Muslim gunmen to commit their heinous act of violence. Pope Francis, along with French bishops, as well as French Imams, and hosts of political leaders from different countries have voiced their sorrow and rage in reaction to the terror attack. The hacktivist group known as Anonymous even released a video in which a speaker, hidden by a Guy Fawkes mask, declared war on radical terror organizations like Al-Qaeda. The group claims to already have shut down…

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Home By Another Way: An Epiphany Homily

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As I was driving through my hometown after New Years’ Day, I noted that in the town circle, maintenance crews were already in a cherry picker taking the Christmas lights off the giant evergreen that had been decorated.   Throughout Yonkers, we will be beginning to see Christmas trees at the curbs; post-Christmas sales are already in full swing. School starts again on Monday (congratulations parents, you made it!)

And well, for the religious minded among us, mark your calendars: just a month and a half to Ash Wednesday!

Yet in this place – right here – our crèche still adorns the altar. The baby still rests in the manger, Mary and Joseph still keep watch, and the wise men arrive today as we celebrate the Epiphany.

And the Epiphany – the manifestation of Jesus – brings the Good News that though the trappings of Christmas have fallen away, the Father…

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Is the Night Really Silent?

Is the Night Really Silent?.

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What Are We Waiting For?

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by Patrick Angiolillo

The Advent season has arrived. For many this is a favored season in the liturgical calendar. In the American Northeast, the days grow shorter and the air exponentially chillier, but the joy and warmth of this season of expectation provide the necessary retreat from the wintry weather descending upon us all. But as we enter into this Christian season of waiting, which may more properly be understood as a season of welcoming, or coming—the word advent comes from the Latin adventus, a combination of ad (to, toward) and venire (to come)—we might do well to ask what exactly it is we are waiting to arrive?

The readings from the first Sunday of this Advent give us the answer, and remind us what this season, and every season, is truly about.

The reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah (NAB 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7) reminds us of…

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WordPress Recognizes Catholic How

The faith-based blog I write for, CatholicHow, is now a WordPress recommended blog!

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Mighty cool news swept through my in-box yesterday.

CatholicHow is now listed as one of the preferred religion blogs hosted by WP: https://wordpress.com/recommendations/

Congratulations to our staff – and thanks to our readers!

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A Curious Incident of Ecumenism in the Night

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by Patrick Angiolillo

The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.

So beings “An Order for Compline” from the Book of Common Prayer according to the use of the Episcopal Church.

As a recently matriculated student to Yale Divinity School, I have found myself in a new place, with new friends, and among new religious traditions. At Boston College, I was never for lack of Mass, prayer, or all things Catholic. As a member of several Catholic student groups on campus, I had ample opportunity to discuss everything from the Bible to Church teaching to recent issues facing the church and her leadership. “My cup overflows,” as the Psalmist writes.

But, as with many things, life kept moving, even though I probably did not want it to. I graduated. And now I have begun my studies in Bible here at YDS.

I have already…

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Philippine cardinal hopes synod debate goes beyond Communion question

Synod of Bishops on the family

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, arrives for the opening session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 6. (CNS/Paul Haring) Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, arrives for the opening session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 6. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The separation of married couples is a huge issue in the Philippines and other parts of Asia, not because of divorce but because poverty pushes couples to separate in search of jobs abroad, said Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila.

While he hopes the pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried couples is debated openly and with good will, he said he also hopes members of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops give appropriate consideration to the impact of poverty and migration on families and to a host of other issues that help or hinder family life.

Cardinal Tagle, who is one of three presidents Pope Francis appointed to guide the synod…

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