Prayer Vigil Held For Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square

06/22/2012 Comments (1)

Faithful gather to follow a program of prayer and readings at this evening's prayer vigil for Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, promoted by the Italian movement, Movimento dell'Amore Familiare.

This evening at the Vatican, the archpriest of St. Peter’s basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, led a prayer vigil for Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square.

A group of about 500 faithful gathered around the central obelisk to pray for the Holy Father, recite the Rosary, read Gospel passages and reflect on excerpts taken from the Pope’s speeches.

Those present at the event this evening, promoted by the Italian Movement for the Family (Movimento dell'Amore Familiare), also lit torchlights as the sun set over the basilica, drawing to an end one of the longest days of the year.  

Although the vigil drew a fair amount of attention, given the particularly challenging circumstances...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Pixar's Brave! Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!

06/22/2012 Comments (3)

Latest Reel Faith 60 Second Reviews from David and me! Enjoy! And watch tonight's episode at 8pm Eastern!

Brave (SDG)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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Register Radio: Court Decision on Obamacare & Fortnight Films

Attorney Hannah Smith and Film Critic Steven Greydanus

06/22/2012 Comments (4)

Still from "A Man for All Seasons"

On today's fast-moving "Register Radio," Hannah Smith, senior counsel with the Becket Fund, and former clerk to Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, spoke about how the Supreme Court's decision on the "Affordable Care Act" will impact the many lawsuits filed against Health and Human Services, including one on behalf of EWTN.

Smith went through each of the three possible scenarios: the Court decides in favor of the Act; the Court rules that part of the Act is unconstitutional; or the Court rules against the Act. In the first two cases, Smith explained that the lawsuits against the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate would continue forward.

A total of 23...READ MORE

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How to Protect Your Religious Freedom with One Simple Action a Day

06/22/2012 Comments (33)

Fortnight For Freedom

Want to participate in the Fortnight for Freedom campaign (hope so!), but don't know where to start?
Well The Catholic Association is making it really easy for you (along with a whole lot of other people who have joined them). Here are 14 things they put together that you can do - one per day - that will each take only a few minutes. Make it a personal goal over this Fortnight to support the cause by following these simple steps:
  1. Share The Catholic Association's one-minute video with 14 of your friends through email, Twitter, or Facebook.
  2. Call your Member of Congress to ask them to support efforts to protect religious liberty and to oppose the HHS mandate.   Call the...READ MORE

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Why Would An Unmarried Woman Chart Her Cycle?

06/22/2012 Comments (147)

When I first heard the idea that unmarried women, and even teenage girls, may want to learn to chart their cycles, I resisted the idea strenuously.  I have accepted that it's sometimes necessary for me and my family, but I really, really, really hate charting.  So why would someone take on that responsibility before she has to?

I've changed my mind recently, though.  In today's mail, I received some charts intended specifically for teenage girls.  They are very basic, and include space to record menstrual flow, the presence of cervical fluid, and things like "feelings, headaches, cravings for sweets or chocolate, or if your face breaks out."  I called their designer, Kathy Rivet, who...READ MORE

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How Music Led Me to God

06/22/2012 Comments (44)

A while back I mentioned to an atheist acquaintance that I'd cried at Mass that morning. I explained that it was one of those times when I felt overwhelmed with the presence of God; I was so perfectly at peace, so surrounded by love, that I couldn't help but be moved to tears.

"Maybe it was the music," he responded. He went on to offer an erudite analysis of how music is known to produce certain positive sensations in the brain, noting that religious leaders from time immemorial have used the evolved human response to the stimulus of music to delude the faithful into believing that they've experience the divine.

I had to smile at his suggestion, because I actually agreed with part of...READ MORE

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Meditations on the Rosary: The Agony in the Garden

06/22/2012 Comments (31)

Another title sometimes used to honor Mary is "Co-Redemptrix." It's not an "official title." It's just an expression of piety among some Catholics. And it affords a fairly typical example of the way in which the Church mulls things over for long time (usually centuries) before it makes any hard and fast decisions. At present, the Church doesn't condemn the title, but it doesn't encourage it either. A few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI (then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger) was asked about the many petitions Rome has received asking that Mary be formally declared "Co-Redemptrix." He replied:

I do not think there will be any compliance with this demand, which in the meantime is being supported...READ MORE

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New Movie About Jesus by Director of "Showgirls." What Could Go Wrong?

06/21/2012 Comments (26)

A new movie about Jesus is being made by the producer of American Psycho, the director of Showgirls, and the writer of Pulp Fiction.

What could go wrong?

Well, lots. According to Deadline, the movie will be based on a book that director Paul Verhoeven wrote that discounts all the miracles that inform the New Testament. "Verhoeven doesn’t believe any of them happened" writes Deadline.

The book turned movie will declare that Jesus might have been the product of his mother being raped by a Roman soldier, Jesus was not the Son of God, and Jesus was simply a radical who was convinced he would find the kingdom of Heaven on earth.


It seems that once again we have the specter of...READ MORE

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