Vatican Confirms Pope to Wash Feet of Refugees on Holy Thursday

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The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will wash the feet of young refugees at a Rome center for asylum seekers on Holy Thursday.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the Holy Father will take place at the Castelnuovo di Porto Center, north of Rome. The Pope is likely to wash the feet of women as well as men, and possibly some non-Catholics.

For the last three years, the Pope has visited prisons to celebrate the Mass. It will also be the first time the Pope performs the washing-of-the-feet ritual since he issued an instruction to allow “all the people of God” to take part, not only men.

Cardinal Robert Sarah has since clarified that it is not obligatory for priests to also wash the...READ MORE

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Pope Condemns 'Blind Violence' of Brussels Attacks

Belgian bishops and the president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences also issue statements of condolence.

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Pope Francis has sent a telegram to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels expressing his “deepest sympathy” after today’s terrorist attacks in Belgium.

He also condemned the “blind violence which causes so much suffering”, entrusted to God’s mercy those who died, and said he “prays for those who have lost relatives.”

At least 31 people were killed and many seriously injured in attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station on Tuesday.

The attacks came four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels.

Here below is the full text of his statement, sent through the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro...READ MORE

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Salvation Through Wrinkles, Who Belongs to Your Catholic Tribe? and More!

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03/22/2016 Comment

Click on Salvation Through Wrinkles by Russell Brewer of Ignitum Today link to read.

Salvation Through Wrinkles – Russell Brewer, Ignitum Today

Who Belongs to Your Catholic Tribe? – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

The Theology of the Healthy Body, Part I – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

When the Quiver Is Missing Three Arrows  – Martina Kreitzer, Catholic Sistas

Blessed Clemens Von Galen Contra the Swastika – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

The Sacredness of Marriage: A Lesson from the Pagans – Msgr. Daniel B. Gallagher, Crisis Magazine

God Makes Our Weakness Strong – Nicholas Senz, Catholic Stand

The Church on War and Peace – Aaron Linderman Ph.D., Truth and Charity Forum

25 Women Saints Who Prove Every Day Is Women’s Day – Chloe Mooradian, Epic Pew


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Here's How to Help Fix the 4 Big Mistakes We've Made With Catechesis

A Catechetical Response to the Flawed Catechetical Practices of the Past

03/21/2016 Comments (28)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), “The Sermon on the Mount”

In last week's post (“4 Big Mistakes We've Made With Catechesis”), we reflected on some of the historical problems related to catechesis and how they have negatively impacted us in the aftermath of the cultural revolution that swept through beginning in the late 1960s. Even prior to that time, some of the strategies and pedagogical philosophies common were problematic in that they tended to remove catechesis entirely from the home, and also focused almost exclusively on the education of children. This left adults (including parents) little opportunity to deepen their own understanding and move to a more mature experience of the faith.

In this second part I present a model for parishes that...READ MORE

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Was Jesus Really Nailed to the Cross?

Scripture, history, and the early Church Fathers help explain the crucifixion

03/21/2016 Comments (7)

Christ on the Cross, by Carl Heinrich Bloch

It seems like an easy question to answer: were nails used to affix The Lord to his cross? The Gospels are silent on this moment of the crucifixion, so how do we know it was with nails?

If you look at the four Gospel accounts of the crucifixion itself, nowhere do they specify that Jesus was nailed to his cross. We have such specific images in our minds of this scene that this may come as a shock to some, but let’s look at the passages.

Mark says simply “And they crucify him” (15:24); Matthew, “And when they had crucified him” (27:35); Luke, “And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him” (23:33); and John, “There they crucified him” (19:18). 


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Archbishop Gänswein: Pope Will Adhere to Magisterium on Divorce-Remarriage

Prefect of the Pontifical Household says the Pope has awoken expectations regarding Church reform but not yet clear how these will all be played out.

03/21/2016 Comments (15)

Archbishop George Gänswein has sought to reassure the faithful that Pope Francis will adhere to the Church’s teaching on Holy Communion and civilly remarried divorcees.

In an interview over the weekend with Deutsche Welle, the prefect of the Pontifical Household, who is also Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s private secretary, said it is “not the first time” that a pope has tried to tackle this question, but that he was “convinced” that Francis “will continue on the path of his predecessors —that is to say, also according to the Church’s Magisterium.”

The German prelate’s comments come after Cardinal Walter Kasper said last week the Pope’s imminent post-synodal apostolic exhortation — his...READ MORE

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“To the Seven Churches go!”

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The Altar of Repose in Manila Cathedral, Holy Thursday 2014 (Credit: Judgefloro, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

One of the all-time greatest devotions in Holy Week in general, and the Triduum in particular, is the Visitation of the Seven Churches after the end of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy (Maundy) Thursday. My father, whom I consider one of the wisest men in the world, often says, “Those who neglect ancient traditions do so at their own peril.” The Seven Churches Devotion is one of those traditions worth keeping. And promoting.

And it seems to be one that is still very much alive, in pockets of this country, as it is a model of simplicity. After attending the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament is moved to a separate altar, and per the Roman Missal (GIRM no. 43): “The...READ MORE

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Fuller House and John Paul II, Self-Help Guru Tony Robbins Saves Soup Kitchen Run by Nuns and More!

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03/21/2016 Comments (1)

Click on Knights of Columbus and Crux by Donald R. McClarey, J.D. of The American Catholic link to read.

Self-Help Guru Tony Robbins Saves Small Soup Kitchen Run by 3 Nuns – Zoe Romanowsky, Aleteia

Five (5) Things Every Catholic Businessperson Must Know – Dawn Carpenter, Catholic Stand

Sex Abuse in Church: Purge Taking Too Long In Altoona, Apology, Updated – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Fuller House and John Paul II – Luke Arredondo, Ignitum Today

Penitential Acts No Longer Be Only During Lent – Dennis Emmons, O.S.V. Newsweekly

Body-Positive Catholicism – Fr. Matthew Schneider L.C., Catholic Stand

Labor and the Human Person – Fr. C. J. McCloskey, Truth and Charity Forum

Planned Parenthood Asked Me to be Their V.P. of Marketing – Sebastian Mahfood O.P. Ph.D., Epic Pew

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