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Candidate in Washington state attacked for his Catholic faith

Seattle, Wash., Oct 31, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mark Miloscia, a candidate for Washington’s state senate, has been attacked for his Catholic faith and adherence to Church teaching on a website belittling his faith as incompatible with representing his district.

“’Mississippi Mark’ has always worn his church on his sleeve. Rather than represent the people of Federal Way, he has best represented the people of The Vatican,” read an image which was posted on markmiloscia.info, a website erected by critics of Miloscia, the Republican senate candidate for Washington’s 30th legislative district.

The district is located off of Puget Sound, around 25 miles south of Seattle. It includes the communities of Federal Way, Des Moines, Milton, Auburn, Algona, and Pacific.

The image, which has since been taken down from the website at the request of  Democratic candidate Shari Song, depicted Miloscia in cartoon form, wearing a mitre and clutching a rosary and a briefcase with the Mississippi flag.

The image also targeted Miloscia’s positions, calling him a “Lobbyist for the Catholic Church,” and claiming he is “against women’s freedom over their own health choices” and “proposed a sin tax against Playboys and marital aids,” among other stances.

The image also mocked Miloscia’s Southern heritage – the candidate was born and lived in Mississippi as a small child- reading that he “comes from the Deep South…with plenty of baggage.”

The website’s author has not identified himself. According to SeattlePi’s Joel Connelly, “a Democratic campaign strategist” said that “a couple of local Democratic legislative district members got together and did it on their own. I don’t know all the names of who’s involved . . . We’ve had to talk to them to try to get them to fix it.”

Miloscia had previously served as a Democratic representative for Washington state, switching to the Republican party earlier this year after stating that the Democratic party no longer supported socially conservative views.

Miloscia has come under fire from Democratic and other organizations for his defense of unborn life and the traditional view of marriage, as well as his opposition to the death penalty. He has also worked as a lobbyist for the Washington State Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Song asked that the image be taken down, saying that the image “may have crossed the line of what is appropriate” and stated that she does not condone attacks on the basis of Miloscia’s religion.

While the image has been removed, several condemnations of Miloscia’s Catholic faith remain on the website.

One page entitled “Church Or State? The Dogmatic Public Policy of Mark Miloscia” details his voting record in support of issues outlined in Catholic social teaching, including opposition to euthanasia, abortion, and the death penalty, protection of traditional marriage, and expansion of contraceptive promotion in public schools. The page cites John F. Kennedy’s insistance that whatever “one’s religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts — including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state.”

Another post titled “Pope Francis vs. Mark Miloscia,” picks specific quotes of Pope Francis, such as “The Church has grown obsessed with… abortion and birth control,” and contrasts them with Miloscia’s voting record, implying that the candidate is opposing the Pope by voting in line with the Church’s teachings on same-sex marriage, abortion, and contraception.

“It’s unconscionable that that website is up,” Miloscia told The Daily Caller on Oct. 25. “People say to me, ‘Didn’t they do this against Kennedy?’”

The image which has since been removed has been likened to the anti-Catholic bigotry of the 1800s seen in the U.S. The cartoonist Thomas Nast produced a famous cartoon for an 1871 edition of Harper’s Weekly depicting Catholic bishops in mitres as crocodiles coming onto America’s shores.

Mary Lane Strow, a Republican legislative aide who is also Catholic, commented on Facebook that “it reminds me of the crude anti-Catholic bigotry in this country from the 19th century … Imagine if they had gone after a Jewish candidate in this way.”

Pope’s Address to Fraternity of Charismatic Communities

Here is a translation of the Pope’s address today to members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, on the occasion of their 16thInternational Conference on the theme: “Charismatic Praise and Adoration for a New Evangelization” (Rome, October 30-November 2, 2014). * * *

Pope meets with the new Belgian ambassador … and many children (Video)

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The Saints and Our Deceased Ones

Roman Rite and Ambrosian Rite 1) Entrusted to Love.
Today’s Liturgy reminds us of the faithful deceased with a great prayer that embraces them all in our thoughts and in our memories. Our prayer must turn to the Lord so that He may welcome into h…

Joe Zambon: Defying the odds to pursue his singing career (Video)

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The Sistine Chapel: Before and After (Video)

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Want to bolster families? Return to Gospel concepts of freedom, fidelity

Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church must work to strengthen the family by helping couples practice Christian concepts of virtues if it wishes to “open wide the doors to Christ” in the vision of St. John Pau…

March of Saints aims to catechize Filipino children about heaven

Manila, Philippines, Oct 30, 2014 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Families in Manila are gearing up to march in a colorful Oct. 31 parade dressed as their favorite saints, to evangelize and to catechize on heaven and the communion of the saints.

According to Chita Monfort, executive director for Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls, “the March of Saints primarily is a Christ-centered way of celebrating Halloween, and an avenue of catechizing the kids at an early age, and families, about the lives of the saints.”

“The idea is to create a counter-culture and to bring back the sacredness of the celebration of the vigil of All Saints’ Day,” Monfort told CNA Oct. 27.

Bishop Bernardino Cortez, Prelate of Infanta, will say Mass at 3 pm on Oct. 31 at the Manila cathedral, which will be followed by a procession of hundreds of children and their parents dressed as saints and angels. The procession will include snacks, candies, and a drum and bugle corps.

“We are responding to the call of new evangelization and brief inspiring summaries on the lives of saints will also be distributed in encouraging living life of sanctity and holiness.”

Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan praised the event, saying that “there is a growing concern among Christians in general that the modern observance of the eve of All Saints’ Day has become a secular celebration that trivializes and even glamorizes occult and pagan practices and beliefs that are incompatible with the Christian faith and the true meaning of All Saints’ Day.”

Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu, said of the March of Saints: “I am convinced that this will further catechize our sisters and brothers on the tenets of our faith, particularly on the importance of praying for the souls in purgatory.”

Leodigario Rivera De Guzman designed a logo for the march, showing a boy dressed as St. Paul leading a group of children dressed colorfully as fellow saints. The figure of St. Paul was chosen, Guzman said, “so as to entice other children into following his example of leading them to Christ, though in the pattern of youth and fun.”c

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for November

The Vatican today released Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for October. The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for this month is:
“That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.”
His intention for evangelisation is:
“That young seminarians and religious m…

Statement of the Holy See at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, Second Committee, Agenda Item 19 (d): "Sustainable Development: Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations"

Here below is the statement made by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly Second Committee, Agenda Item 19 (d): “Sustainable Development: Protec…

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