Lost innocence: Muslim child brides and US sex education for children

In this post, I shall talk about two things: Muslim child brides in the Muslim East and US sex education for children in the Secular West–an education not only in schools, but also in movies and TV shows.  And lastly, I shall propose the Catholic remedy by discussing the 6th and 9th Commandments, together with the virtues of modesty and purity.

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Pope Francis declares a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria on Saturday, 7 Sep 2013

Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria on Saturday, September 7, 2013

Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria on Saturday, September 7, 2013

This graphic was from Ignatius Press.  The graphic contains Pope Francis’s call for the Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syriaon Saturday, September 7, 2013.  This call was made during his Wednesday audience at St. Peter’s Square last September 1, 2013:

I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church… a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.

According to the Code of Canon Law:

Can.  1249 The divine law binds all the Christian faithful to do penance each in his or her own way. In order for all to be united among themselves by some common observance of penance, however, penitential days are prescribed on which the Christian faithful devote themselves in a special way to prayer, perform works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their own obligations more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence, according to the norm of the following canons.
Can.  1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.

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