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A 'Culture of Life' or a 'Tyrant State'? (1767)

NEWS ANALYSIS: St. Paul II's encyclical Evangelium Vitae coined the term ‘culture of death’ and offered a wake-up call for the West.

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Pope John Paul II kisses a child as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of his weekly general audience at the Vatican on April 30, 2003.

– AP photo/Andrew Medichini

BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston can still recall the excitement he felt when Pope John Paul II asked bishops across the world to forward ideas to him for his new encyclical on life issues.

Back in the early 1990s, then-Bishop O’Malley of the Virgin Islands was thrilled just to receive a letter from the pope soliciting the thoughts.

But the stir of emotions was an omen of things to come, for the 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) would be a high-impact document that offered a robust framework for the renewal of Catholic moral teaching and the Church’s engagement with mainstream culture.

U.S. presidents, bishops and pro-life activists have cited the pope’s...READ MORE

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Fortnight's Best in Catholic Apologetics, Courageous Leadership of Abp. Cordileone and More! (663)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Fortnight’s Best in Catholic Apologetics by David L. Gray of Epic Pew link to read more.

Fortnight’s Best in Catholic Apologetics by David L. Gray of Epic Pew - BigPulpit.com

The Courageous Leadership of Archbishop Cordileone – George Weigel, Denver Catholic

Maintaining A Personal Relationship When You Can’t Even Think Straight – Jessica McAfee, Epic Pew

The e-Book Revolution: ‘Excellent and Beautiful’ Classic Books for Catholic Kids – Jim Bryant, Regina Magazine

Patience in the Desert – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

When We Entrust Our Darkness to Christ We Come Into the Light – Bishop David McGough, Catholic Herald Magazine

God’s Game Plan (John 3:16-21) – Father John Bartunek LC, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Catholic Gentleman: Fortitude – Whiskey Catholic


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Celebrating Teresa of Avila, a Prayerful Saint (607)


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In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI provided a role model for evangelization, writing, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”

Pre-eminent among role models for our time is St. Teresa of Avila, who shines as a teacher and witness to prayer. The Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Carmelite mystic’s birth tomorrow.

Through her writings, St. Teresa teaches prayer by testifying to her own inner journey. Her pedagogical approach becomes even more convincing as she admits shortcomings, which began early on in her monastic life. She wrote, “Since I thus began to...READ MORE

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Cardinal Baselios on Indian Nun’s Rape: ‘This Is an Abominable Crime’ (774)

But the cardinal told the Register he was ‘amazed by the serenity and the grace’ the 74-year-old nun displayed when he visited her last week in hospital after the vicious attack.

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Anto Akkara

Cardinal Cleemis mar Baselios, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

– Anto Akkara

NEW DELHI — Two weeks after a 74-year-old nun was gang-raped by masked young men who broke into a convent during the early hours of March 14 in the town of Ranaghat, 50 miles from Kolkata, the nation is yet to recover from the shock of the heinous crime.

While media continue to criticize the police for their failure to arrest the four culprits — whose faces were caught on security cameras — protests continue throughout the country even as the elderly nun, who underwent surgery afterward, has been moved out of the West Bengal state where the crime occurred.

“This is an abominable crime. I don’t how human beings can do such an act,” Cardinal Cleemis mar Baselios, president of the Catholic...READ MORE

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Catholic Students Put a Human Face on Immigration (525)

A visit to the Arizona-Mexico border inspired students and staff at Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Prep to educate their community on the issue and the Church’s mission.

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Students with the Harlequin players do a dramatic performance for the student immigration summit at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

– Courtesy of Peter Corrigan

CHICAGO — A Jesuit prep school in Chicago has a mission to set all its students afire with the Church’s teaching on the dignity of immigrants and its call for concrete actions on immigration reform.

Throughout Lent, St. Ignatius College Prep has been engaging its students and the broader community on the issue of immigration reform, looking at the complex situation with the eyes of the Church, in response to the call of the U.S. bishops and Pope Francis.

On Ash Wednesday, the school held an “Immigration Summit” for Ignatian Values Day, where more than 1,500 students, faculty and staff participated in discussion sessions that presented the immigration issue in a variety of formats and...READ MORE

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Pope to Homeless on Vatican Visit: ‘This Is Everyone’s House and Your House’ (423)

‘The doors are always open for all,’ the Holy Father told his guests during their March 26 visit to the Vatican Museums.

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6 19 1 26 Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before general audience on Oct. 29, 2014

– Daniel Ibáñez/ CNA

Pope Francis stopped by to visit with 150 of Rome’s homeless in the Sistine Chapel after they were invited for dinner and a private tour by the Vatican.

“Welcome. This is everyone's house and your house. The doors are always open for all,” the Pope told his homeless guests during their March 26 visit to the Vatican Museums. He said that their visit was like a tender caress from God.

The group was invited by the papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who oversees the office of papal charities.

In the course of the visit, the homeless guests received a tour of the Vatican City, passing by the guesthouse where the Pope lives, as well as several galleries in the Vatican Museums,...READ MORE

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The ‘Bach to School’ Program (554)

COMMENTARY: The world of music offers its own example of the healing power of music and how good can triumph over evil.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, copy or second version of his 1746 canvas.

– Wikipedia/public domain

“Musick,” wrote William Congreve in The Mourning Bride, “has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, to soften Rocks or bend a knotted Oak.”

Congreve’s words are far truer than he may have suspected back in 1697. Music’s healing effects have been well documented in contemporary clinical studies, although Congreve’s reference to rocks and trees may be taken as poetic hyperbole.

Nonetheless, music’s basic charms and healing potentialities have been recognized throughout history. Pythagoras called music medicine. For Plato, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” In the Middle Ages, the study...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller to Cardinal Marx: Bishops’ Conferences Are Not the Magisterium (3437)

The Vatican’s prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reminded his fellow countryman that ‘the president of an episcopal conference is nothing more than a technical moderator, and he does not have any particular magisterial authority.’

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller

– CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French newspaper that doctrinal, or even disciplinary, decisions regarding marriage and family are not up for determination by national bishops’ conferences.

“It is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the Catholicity of the Church,” Cardinal Müller said when asked, “Could certain doctrinal or disciplinary decisions on marriage and family be delegated to the episcopal conferences?”

“Episcopal conferences have authority on certain matters, but they are not a magisterium beside the magisterium, without the Pope and without communion with all the bishops,” he...READ MORE

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