Cardinal Kasper Suggests Exhortation Could Be Published Saturday

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Cardinal Walter Kasper giving a talk in Rome in February.

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UPDATE: Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters March 17 that the apostolic exhortation will be released sometime after Easter week, in the first half of April.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said Pope Francis’ eagerly anticipated summary document on the Synod on the Family could be published as soon as this Saturday, and that it will mark the “first step” in a reform of the Church that has taken nearly two millennia to achieve.

According to the Italian newspaper Il Terreno, the German theologian told an audience in the Italian city of Lucca on Monday evening that in a “few days (March 19)” a document of about “two hundred pages will be released”.

It’s not clear if, by...READ MORE

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Spanish monsignor says journalists didn't threaten him to obtain information; questions raised over why the Vatican is prosecuting Italian assistant.

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Statue of a saint on the top of the colonnade in St. Peter's Square.

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UPDATE: Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters March 17 that the trial has been adjourned after Francesca Chaouqui's lawyer presented medical documentation showing that, following a hospital visit, Chaouqui, who is pregnant, should take "absolute rest in bed" for a period of 20 days. The next hearing is scheduled to take place in the morning of April 6.

On the second day of testimony on Tuesday in the trial of five people accused of leaking confidential Vatican documents, a former Vatican official said he felt pressured to divulge the information after receiving threats from a colleague.

Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda told the Vatican court that Francesca...READ MORE

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I’m Glad Hollywood Took a Chance on “Miracles From Heaven”

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Do you remember when it was that you knew God was real? Do you remember knowing everything you learned about your Catholic faith was the real deal? Maybe it happened when you lost someone or when you experience a difficult time and came away a stronger person. Or maybe it was due to an illness. Or then again, maybe you just knew all along.

For Jennifer Garner, the star of the Christian-based movie “Miracles from Heaven” (opening on March 16th in theaters across the country), it came to light by starring in this film based on the true story about a young girl from Texas, Annabel Beam.

Annabel was cured from a chronic digestive disorder after falling three stories from a tree, which...READ MORE

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Theistic Evolution Is Redundant – Stacy Trasancos Ph.D., One Faith

Pope Judging 101 – Pete Socks, Catholic Stand

Catholic Children’s Choirs – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Talents, Vocation, and Stewardship – Erin Cain, Ignitum Today

Silence in the Liturgy – Cardinal Robert Sarah, The Catholic World Report

Why Priests Fail, and How We Fail Them – David Roney, Catholic Stand

What Is Social Justice? – George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

The Scandal in the Omaha Archdiocese - Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

The Resurrection of Christ Through the Eyes of a Film Producer – Diane Montagna, Aleteia

Book Review: Catholic Street Evangelization – Shaun McAfee, Epic...READ MORE

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The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer

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Antônio Parreiras (1860-1937), “A Preces”

One of the most impressive literary figures of the twentieth century was the Irish writer Iris Murdoch. You may have heard of her surprising and thoughtful novels such as A Severed Head and The Good Apprentice; or perhaps you are conversant with her more abstract philosophical texts such as The Sovereignty of Good and Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals. She reached her greatest notoriety, posthumously, in the work of her husband John Bayley, who penned a moving memoir of his wife's slow and emotionally wrenching descent into Alzheimer's disease. To hear the story of one of the brightest women of her time gradually losing her mind is, to say the least, unnerving. But due to Bayley's artful...READ MORE

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God Gave Mother Teresa the Grace to Tell Him ‘Yes’

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(Photo Credit: Manfredo Ferrari, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord;
let it be to me according to your word. — Luke 1:38

How precious this one sentence uttered by our Blessed Mother is to the salvation of all of mankind. With this one sentence, Mary said, “Yes” to a completely unknown and unchartered path for her life, one that meant an inexplicable abandonment of her plans, dreams and hopes that heretofore had been an intimate part of who she was. The gift of faith that we all enjoy and the sustaining graces we experience in our lives are beholding to the utterance of this one sentence. It’s boggling to think about the impact that so few words, freely spoken, had on so many lives and souls. Mary’s Yes allowed the...READ MORE

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Dominicans Bringing Back the Lost Traditions of Passiontide

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You can’t miss it.

Last Sunday you probably noticed that all the statues, images, and crosses in your parish sanctuary had been covered with a purple veil. We are closer to Good Friday and the Holy Week is nearly upon us. These last two weeks of Lent that commence with the covering the statues traditionally were known as Passiontide.

With the revision of the General Roman Calendar in 1969, the term Passiontide and the accompanying commemoration fell out of use, although the covering of the purple veils continued.

That may be changing, thanks to the Dominican Friars of the Eastern Province of United States, who last Saturday held their second annual Passiontide prayer vigil in an effort...READ MORE

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Did the Pope Recently Drop a Hint About His Upcoming Document?

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Pope Francis aboard the papal flight from Mexico to Rome, Italy on February 17, 2016. (Alan Holdren/CNA)

This past week­end I was speak­ing to a gen­tle­man who expressed con­cern over Pope Francis’s upcom­ing post-​synodal doc­u­ment. He won­dered whether it was a good idea for the pope to have given such free range to Car­di­nal Kasper, and oth­ers of his way of think­ing, in shap­ing the synod debate.

I asked whether a sim­i­lar envi­ron­ment had pre­vailed in the months lead­ing up to Humanae Vitae.

“Well,” he said, “Pope Paul VI had brought in advis­ers from a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent faiths.”

“Is it pos­si­ble,” I spec­u­lated, “that the rea­son for doing that kind of thing is precisely in order that the best cur­rent argu­ments against Church teach­ing will be artic­u­lated, so that...READ MORE

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