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A Different Kind of Martyrdom
How I learned to stop talking and start listening.

“A Different Kind of Martyrdom” by Rose Almeter DomineyMartyrs go straight to heaven. I first heard this when I was about five and, after quickly thinking it over, I decided to ask God to let me die as a witness to the truth. It seemed to me the surest, fastest way to be with Jesus forever. Trekking through the jungle, sharing the good news with a lost tribe, being quickly put to death-it couldn’t be all that bad, right?

Thirteen years later, more realistic about martyrdom but still wanting to be with Jesus forever, I began my first semester at a large secular university. I knew it would be different from the Christian environment I had grown up in at home and in the Christian schools I had attended, but I felt equipped and ready to defend my beliefs to every student, teacher, and colleague I met. Full Story

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September 26-27, 2014
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October 25-26, 2014
In The News
 Votive Mass for peace and justice in Ferguson
 Pope Francis and the New Values Debate
 Tulsa bishop urges prayer, fasting in response to black mass
 God’s Mercy and Forgiveness - even in Boston
 Catholic Mass done unlike any you've ever seen
 Strong USCCB support for Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act
 Congressman rips administration's silence on 'genocide' in Iraq
 How Americans Feel About Religious Groups
 The Hobby Lobby decision and the future of religious-liberty rights
 University of Mary adds bioethics program to roster
 Catholic charity to hold day of prayer for peace in Iraq
 Abortion's grim reality may explain 'pro-choice' label drop
 “Do not fear the call of Jesus”, Pope says in radio interview
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Nurturing Vocations in the Family: A Parent’s Guide - Today’s secular world makes raising godly children more difficult than ever. There are steps however, that when taken, help parents be the best caregivers they can be and help ensure that they raise God-fearing and disciplined children. Parenting is a never ending and difficult cycle but these guidelines will help bolster any parent-child relationship.

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Empty Shell MarriagesEmpty Shell Marriages - Sociology textbooks define Empty Shell Marriages as: A marriage in name only, where a couple continues to live under the same roof but as separate individuals. It may occur where divorce is difficult for legal, religious or financial reasons, or where a couple decides to stay together for the sake of the children.

NBCC Spotlight >>

My Time In PrisonMy Time In Prison -
It is easy for us to get “comfortable” with our lives as people of faith and forget about those that may not regularly grace the inside of our churches with their presence. It is easy for us to judge others because they sin differently than us and not think of them worthy of our love and attention because they do not fit into our “clique” of holy folk. But just as we are looking at them, God is looking at us.

NBCC News >>

Votive Mass for peace and justice in Ferguson - With strife and violence in the aftermath of Michael Brown's shooting death by a police officer in Ferguson, more than 500 St. Louis Catholics gathered for a Votive Mass for peace and justice, Aug. 20 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated the Mass with 27 priests and, in his homily, laid out five important steps to "dismantle systemic racism," which has become evident in Ferguson...

Pope Francis and the New Values Debate - Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia broke some big news recently when he announced that Pope Francis would make his first trip to the United States next September. While the Vatican has not officially confirmed the visit, it's widely expected the pope will attend a Philadelphia conference focused on families with possible stops at the United Nations and in Washington. This papal trip is shaping up to be a blockbuster worth watching for anyone who cares about the intersection of religion and politics.

Tulsa bishop urges prayer, fasting in response to black mass - A novena of prayer and fasting leading up to the Feast of the Assumption has been planned to combat the Satanic black mass slated to take place at Oklahoma City's Civic Center in September

God’s Mercy and Forgiveness - even in Boston - Boston. Beantown. Boston Strong. "The Athens of America." Home of Red Sox Nation, Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, Cheers, and countless other cultural phenomena. But in 2002, Boston unwittingly became known for something far less luminous-Boston became ground zero for the clerical sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Without warning, this predominantly Irish Catholic city was thrust into the epicenter of a massive scandal unlike any other. It was unparalleled because those at the heart of the scandal were people whom we loved and trusted. The whole crisis carried with it a sense of unspeakable betrayal. Forgiveness and reconciliation seemed like a bleak, far-off impossibility.

Catholic Mass done unlike any you've ever seen

Strong USCCB support for Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

Congressman rips administration's silence on 'genocide' in Iraq

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups

The Hobby Lobby decision and the future of religious-liberty rights

University of Mary adds bioethics program to roster

Catholic charity to hold day of prayer for peace in Iraq

Abortion's grim reality may explain 'pro-choice' label drop

“Do not fear the call of Jesus”, Pope says in radio interview

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Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, ArchangelsSts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels - The three Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the only angels named in Sacred Scripture and all three have important roles in the history of salvation. Saint Michael is the “Prince of the Heavenly Host,” the leader of all the angels. His name is Hebrew for “Who is like God?” and was the battle cry of the good angels against Lucifer and his followers when they rebelled against God. He is mentioned four times in the Bible, in Daniel 10 and 12, in the letter of Jude, and in Revelation.

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How to Avoid Lightening - There are important things to know when it comes to how to avoid lightning. Some precautions you can take well before a storm arrives are to prepare a disaster supplies kit and to properly care for your trees. Once you hear that first clap of thunder, remember these life-saving tips.

Black Catholic Profile >>

Fr. Steve ThorneFr. Steve Thorne - Fr. Steve Thorne was ordained to the priesthood in 1998 and has served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia ever since. He is currently the pastor of St. Martin DePorres Church in Philadelphia. Fr. Thorne has had a connection with the NBCC for over 25 years, and since 1987, Fr. Thorne has been involved either officially or unofficially with the Congress.

Book of the Month >>

All the Women of the BibleAll the Women of the Bible - All the Women of the Bible is a treasure trove of information. Saints, sinners, harlots and angels, not a one is missing from this wonderful collection of biographies and stories of over 400 biblical women. If you've ever asked yourself the question, "Who was she?" - you need only to open this amazing book to find out! They're all here, all real women, and all willing to pay whatever price asked to gain their heart's desire. Their struggles, successes and failures still resonate within us today.

Author of the Month >>

Monique B. MartinMonique B. Martin - Monique B. Martin, author and publisher, is the mother of a beautiful teenage daughter. The Moon Is Broken! is Monique's first children's story. Inspired by her daughter, the idea for the story came to her as she was driving her daughter home from a Girl Scouts Brownie meeting. Her daughter looked up to the sky and said, "Look Mommy, the Moon is Broken!"

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