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Expulsion of Christians a 'crime against humanity,' Mosul bishop says

By Carol Glatz

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Backed up by death threats and property seizures, the expulsion of the entire Christian community from Mosul is "a crime against humanity," said an archbishop from Mosul.

Chaldean Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona said the Islamic State, which took control of Iraq's second-largest city in early June, is carrying out "religious cleansing."

"It's an ugly word, but it is what happened and is happening," he told Vatican Radio July 22.

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Archbishop preparing a prayerful public response to "Black Mass"


Archbishop Paul S. Coakley is in the process of preparing a prayerful public response to the proposed Black Mass on September 21.  Please watch the Archdiocesan website for further information.



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Court may compel priest to break confessional seal in abuse case

By Catholic News Service

BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case.

The priest, Father Jeff Bayhi, faces automatic excommunication if he breaks the seal of the confessional. But he also could face jailing if found to be in contempt of the court should he refuse to testify.

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OKC Museum of Art’s “Gods and Heroes” is a worthwhile exhibit

By J.E. Helm
For the Sooner Catholic

5 out of 5 stars
“Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris” is the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s latest exhibit. This wonderful collection features 140 paintings, sculptures and works on paper dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries.  For fans of classical art and for those with an interest in art history, this is an exhibit not to be missed.
Viewing this collection is an education. Wall signage accompanies the groupings and explains their significance. Four separate booklets are available for use by visitors, each with information about the sections of works on display.
Viewing the artwork allows patrons to understand the aesthetical and political culture shifts that took place during the period of the school’s (“Ecole”) existence. The exhibit examines the teachings of the school and the school’s influence on art beginning with the monarchy of King Louis XIV, through the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire, concluding with the beginning of early modernism.

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Emmaus Days Retreat

“Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” Luke 24: 35

Priests have the awesome responsibility of participating in Christ’s sacrifice, in the changing of bread and wine into Body and Blood at every Mass. They shepherd the people of God through every stage of life, from baptisms, to marriages, to the final hours of life. Are you being called to this extraordinary way of life?

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High youth unemployment rates are ‘defeat’ for society, pope says

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Job creation, respect for the environment and the second chances God grants to every sinner were recurring themes as Pope Francis visited the southern Italian region of Molise July 5. Read the Full Story

Sooner Catholic Calendar


A short video with stories of those who have been empowered and helped through different programs that have received funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.



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