• Inspiration,  Mission Giving

    Korean cardinal to consecrate Pyongyang Diocese to Mary on Assumption

    CNA Staff, Aug 14, 2020 / 12:38 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Seoul, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, has announced that he will consecrate the Diocese of Pyongyang to Our Lady of Fatima on the Solemnity of the Assumption. “In this meaningful year, marking the 75th anniversary of [Korean] Liberation and the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, I decided to dedicate the Pyongyang Diocese to Our Lady of Fatima through careful prayer and discernment,” Cardinal Yeom wrote in a message for the Assumption feast published on the archdiocesan website. “I hope that the North Korean Church will be able to praise the Lord again in joy and…

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    Lebanese scholar: The West cannot afford to abandon Lebanon

    Denver Newsroom, Aug 13, 2020 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- A Lebanese academic and aid worker told CNA on Thursday that if Western nations fail to help Lebanon recover from the explosion that rocked Beirut last week, the effect on regional and global security could be disastrous. “There are very tangible, concrete, strategic reasons why looking the other way as Lebanon sinks is very bad for the West itself,” Habib Malik, Associate Professor of History at Lebanese American University, told CNA in an interview. “Lebanon is reeling and in very bad shape. And keeping in mind what’s at stake, both on the humanitarian level, but beyond that on the strategic level,…

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    US Senator asks attorney general to fight anti-Catholic vandalism

    CNA Staff, Aug 13, 2020 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- A United States senator has asked the nation’s attorney general to intensify efforts to fight the vandalism that has been carried out against Catholic places and statues throughout the country in recent months. “The trend of desecrating Catholic spaces and property must stop,” U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) wrote in an August 11 letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. “Catholics are under attack in America,” he said, referencing “at least nineteen attacks on Catholic churches, statues, businesses, cemeteries, parishioners, and personnel” since May. In recent weeks, several Catholic churches have faced attacks and acts desecration. Last month, church in Ocala,…

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    Pro-life Democrats hail Minnesota primary win

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 13, 2020 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- One of the last remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress won a primary victory in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District on Tuesday. In contrast to the struggles faced by pro-life Democrat candidates in other parts of the country, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) defeated two primary challengers in the August 11 election, garnering 75% of the vote. He will face Republican Michelle Fischbach, who is the state’s former lieutenant governor, in the general election in November.  Peterson, who was first elected to Congress in 1990, narrowly won reelection in 2018 by a vote of 52 to 48 percent. The 7th District has been…

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    Denver archbishop praying for conversion after St. Jude statue beheaded

    Denver, Colo., Aug 13, 2020 / 01:33 pm (CNA).- After the statue of a saint was beheaded outside a Denver parish, the city’s archbishop said he’s praying for the conversion of those who have attacked churches and religious statues across the country in recent months. A statue of St. Jude was beheaded in the courtyard of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish this weekend, diocesan officials confirmed, and devotional candles were destroyed at an outdoor prayer shrine. “It is extremely disturbing to see a statue at one of our local parishes desecrated in this manner,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila told CNA Aug. 12. “As our archdiocese begins a Rosary Crusade this weekend,…

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    Nebraska passes dismemberment abortion ban 

    CNA Staff, Aug 13, 2020 / 12:52 pm (CNA).- The Nebraska legislature on Thursday passed a ban on dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions in the state, a move hailed by the Nebraska Catholic Conference. “Life has won today in Nebraska. By ending dismemberment abortion, our state has demonstrated and reaffirmed its deep respect for the human dignity of preborn children and their mothers,” said Marion Miner, Associate Director for Pro-Life and Family at the Nebraska Catholic Conference, on Aug. 13. “Passing LB814 will again establish Nebraska as a national leader in the cause for life. We are committed to affirming the humanity of every single life and making every form…

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    The annual Assumption tradition of blessing the sea

    Denver Newsroom, Aug 13, 2020 / 02:43 am (CNA).- For hundreds of years, Catholic parishes in coastal cities have participated in the tradition of blessing the sea and praying for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Feast of the Assumption. While believers in landlocked areas may be unfamiliar with the practice, it is a longstanding tradition that provides an opportunity not only to pray for safe travel at sea during the coming year, but also to profess one’s faith outside of church walls, one priest told CNA. “Obviously, the prayers and blessings are good in themselves … I think it’s [also] a good reminder that there is…

  • Real Estate Investing,  Travel & Lifestyle

    AIG, Goldman lend on Shvo’s “Big Red” buy in Chicago

    John Buck, Michael Shvo, and 333 South Wabash Avenue (Credit: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images, and TJBC) AIG and Goldman Sachs provided Michael Shvo and his partner with a $240 million loan to acquire Chicago’s “Big Red” office tower. Shvo and partner Deutsche Finance America closed Wednesday on the $376 million purchase of the 1.2 million-square-foot tower, a source familiar with the transaction told The Real Deal. AIG and Goldman financed the deal with an eight-year, interest-only loan, according to the source. Shvo declined to comment and AIG and Goldman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The iconic 45-story red office tower at 333 South Wabash Avenue…

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    Bilgili wants Shvo to open his books

    Michael Shvo and Serdar Bilgili in December 2019 (Getty, iStock) Turkish real estate mogul Serdar Bilgili tapped his Rolodex two years ago to build a partnership that’s been buying trophy U.S. properties with abandon. But now that Bilgili claims his partner Michael Shvo cut him out of the team’s most recent deals, and has turned to the courts to demand access to his partner’s books.  Shvo’s ability to charge his partners for expenses was limited because “of the fact that he had previously been indicted for and pleaded guilty to tax fraud, and that investors in the projects needed comfort that he was subject to review and oversight by the…

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    Analysis: Will anything change on pro-choice politicians and holy communion?

    Denver Newsroom, Aug 12, 2020 / 09:05 pm (CNA).-   Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been working from home these last few months, like a lot of people have. Biden has been campaigning from his house in Delaware: livestreaming interviews, appearing on radio shows, and releasing videos. But now that Biden has selected a running mate, and is less than three months from Election Day, the candidate is expected to hit the road again —  while respecting social distance, of course. Biden, a Catholic, is in the habit of going to Mass while traveling. If he resumes that habit, it will soon raise questions familiar both to bishops…