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St. Louis Archdiocese Embraces the ‘Dynamic Catholic’ Challenge (2871)

The first-of-its-kind, diocesan-wide evangelization plan is based on author Matthew Kelly’s writing and institute.

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ST. LOUIS — Prayer, study, generosity and evangelization are the four signs of the “dynamic Catholics” that every parish has the power to form, according to author and evangelist Matthew Kelly.

“Imagine if a whole diocese committed to a four-year plan to raise up its people in the four signs,” he writes.

Imagination is turning into reality, as the Archdiocese of St. Louis has become the first in the country to create an evangelization plan called “Dynamic Catholic, Alive!,” which is based on the program envisioned in Kelly’s Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, but kicks it up from a parish level to a diocesan level.

The concept behind Kelly’s book and the Dynamic Catholic Institute is the...READ MORE

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Death Penalty for the Boston Bomber: How Should Catholics Respond? (2890)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s sentence was a legitimate use of state authority, according to a moral theologian in the nation’s capital, even if Catholics may disagree with it.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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WASHINGTON — The death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a legitimate use of state authority, even if Catholics may disagree with it, said a moral theologian in the nation’s capital.

“We accept that the state has done its job, that this is the decision of the state, which the state is morally free to make, according to the Church’s teaching,” Dominican Father Thomas Petri, dean at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, told CNA.

“I think a Catholic response now is to pray for Tsarnaev, to pray that he repent: that he repent and come to the Lord.”

Catholics were among the most vocal proponents of sparing Tsarnaev the death penalty. The 21-year-old...READ MORE

Filed under boston marathon bombings, capital punishment, death penalty, dzhokhar tsarnaev, father thomas petri, matt hadro, moral theology, pope benedict xvi, pope st. john paul ii

Converted by Love, Not Ideology: Archbishop Gomez Reflects on Dorothy Day (2292)

While it remains to be seen whether the Church will declare Day a saint — she is currently recognized as a servant of God — the archbishop of Los Angeles said that her life makes him want to be a saint.

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Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert, circa 1916.

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles told scholars at the Dorothy Day Conference at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., that the social activist was not converted by ideology, but by love.

“It was not the teachings of the Church that convinced her to leave the past behind and change her life. She was changed by love; changed by the overpowering awareness of the reality of God’s love and mercy,” the archbishop said during his May 14 keynote address at the Dorothy Day Conference in Fort Wayne.

Archbishop Gomez said he admires the social activist for the example of holiness that she has left for today’s Catholics.

As a young woman in the early 20th century,...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, archbishop jose gomez, catholic worker movement, dorothy day, jesus christ, pope francis, servant of god

Pope Francis: Are You Ready for Your Final Farewell? (1283)

The Holy Father’s May 19 homily focused on Jesus’ departure from his disciples and St. Paul’s farewell before going to Jerusalem.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis focused his Tuesday homily on many different “good-byes” that happen during life and asked whether attendees were ready for the final, most important farewell before going to the Father.

“Am I prepared to entrust to God all that I have? To entrust myself to God? To say that word which is the word of the Son entrusting himself to his Father?” the Pope asked May 19.

“I’m thinking of the great farewell, my great farewell, not when I must say, ‘See you then,’ ‘See you later,’ ‘Bye for now,’ but ‘Farewell.’”

Pope Francis spoke to those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse for his daily Mass. He took his inspiration from the day’s readings, where Jesus...READ MORE

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Why Atheists Change Their Mind, Build Your Apostolate Online, Marriage Is Cross and Crown and More! (2797)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Why Atheists Change Their Mind: Eight Common Factors by Matt Nelson of Strange Notions link to read more.

Why Atheists Change Their Mind: Eight Common Factors by Matt Nelson of Strange Notions - Big Pulpit

Refuting the Myth Theory: Why the Resurrection Accounts Are True – Peter Kreeft PhD, Strange Notions

Which Priestly Alcoholic Beverage Are You? - David Rummelhoff, Epic Pew

Build Your Apostolate Online - Anthony English, Restless Press

Young Pro-Life Leaders Gather at Camp Joshua, Nevada – H. L. Duncan, Catholic Stand

Marriage: Cross and Crown – Peter Kwasniewski, PhD, One One Peter 5

Pruning: This Necessary Work of God – Monsignor Charles Pope

Liturgy as the Primary Embodiment of Tradition – Peter Kwasniewski PhD, New Liturgical Movement

Quæritur: Seminarians Required to Stand for...READ MORE

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Could Mother Teresa Be Canonized During the Holy Year for Mercy? (3293)

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said, 'There is no official date, but you can say that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is studying the cause.'

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Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated since it was posted.

VATICAN CITY — Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has said that Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta could be canonized during the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy, although he clarified that no concrete plans have been made.

Father Lombardi told CNA May 19 that the possible canonization of Mother Teresa during the holy year is “a working hypothesis.”

“There is no official date, but you can say that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is studying the cause.” When asked if there was a second miracle attributed to the nun’s intercession, the spokesman said, “The cause is in the process.”

Mother Teresa was born Agnes...READ MORE

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Population Control Has China Headed for ‘Demographic Disaster’ (6318)

Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers discusses 35 years of the nation’s one-child policy.

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ROME — The Chinese Communist Party will never end the “one-child policy” because the policy is effectively terrorizing the Chinese people into keeping the Communist Party in power, according to Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, who gave testimony on April 30 to the U.S. Congressional Executive Commission on China on the effects of the country’s population-control measures.

The 35th anniversary of the policy, which continues to impose forced abortions on countless Chinese mothers, will be marked on Sept. 25. In this May 8 interview with the Register in Rome, Littlejohn explains in more detail what is keeping the policy in place, why reports about China ending the policy...READ MORE

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Beware of Indirect, ‘White-Gloved’ Terrorism, Pope Tells Middle-East Religious (2123)

The Holy Father told the women religious that Christians are ‘driven from their homes, from their lands. … It is hidden, but it is done.”

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Tapestries in St. Peter's Square show four saints canonized May 17: Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve, Maria Cristina Brando and Mariam Baouardy.

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VATICAN CITY — One day after canonizing the first two Palestinian saints since the early days of Christianity, Pope Francis met with a group of sisters from the Holy Land — urging them to pray for peace against “white-gloved terrorism” and persecution.

Speaking of the newly canonized women, Sts. Mariam Baouardy and Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, the Holy Father said: “I give you a mission: Pray to the two new saints for peace in your land, in order that this never-ending war may end and that there may be peace among your people.”

He made these remarks during a May 18 audience with members of the Religious Carmelites of Bethlehem and the Middle East and the Sisters of the Rosary of...READ MORE

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