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Jesuit Priest Saw Christ Crucified Again in Syria (5629)

The martyr’s death of Father Frans van der Lugt has once again drawn attention to the enormous suffering of Syrians caught in a vicious civil war with no end in sight.

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Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt

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HOMS, Syria — He decided to remain with Christ crucified in the suffering people of Syria.

And for that choice, a gunman gave the faithful son of St. Ignatius his martyr’s crown.

On April 7, a masked gunman abducted Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt in the early morning from his Jesuit monastery in Homs, where some 24 remaining Christians had taken refuge, took him out in the street and shot him twice in the head, according to information the Dutch Jesuit Order provided Agence France-Presse. The priest is another Christian martyr in a savage conflict that has claimed close to 150,000 lives, displaced 7 million people and has no end in sight.

The 75-year-old Dutch priest had been a...READ MORE

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The Power of the Same-Sex Lobby (2256)

Book Pick: Father C. John McCloskey Recommends Robert Reilly’s new book, Making Gay OK

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Making Gay OK

How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything

By Robert Reilly

Ignatius Press, 2014

220 pages, $22.95 (paperback)

To order: Ignatius.com


Editor’s note: Listen to Robert Reilly talk about his new book on the April 11 Register Radio show.


Robert Reilly is a polymath — I will let you look up his astonishing talents and experiences in many diverse fields of life.

His new book from Ignatius Press, Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything, in my opinion, is simply the best one written up to now on this extremely contentious and crucial topic of our time. In it, Reilly explains systematically the ongoing vicious...READ MORE

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Legion of Christ Names New North-American Head (932)

Father John Connor will be the new director of the order’s North-American territory, replacing Father Luis Garza.

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Legionary Father John Connor, director of the order’s North-American territory

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NEW YORK CITY — Maryland-born Legionary Father John Connor has been named the head of the Legion of Christ’s territory of North America.

“I’m humbled by this assignment and ask for the prayers of everyone in the North-American territory,” Father Connor said April 14.

Father Eduardo Robles Gil, the Legion of Christ’s general director, announced the appointment April 12. Father Connor will replace the territory’s outgoing director, Father Luis Garza, as of May 1.

Father Connor said he especially wanted to thank Father Garza “for his leadership and example of faith and perseverance over the past several years.”

Father Connor was born on Feb. 15, 1968, in Severna Park, Md., the Legion of...READ MORE

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Boston Marathon 2014: Catholic Runners Commemorate Martin Richard (1023)

One hundred marathoners will run this year’s 26.2-mile course in memory of the 8-year-old boy, who was one of the three persons killed in last year’s Boston Marathon bombings.

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'No more hurting people. Peace,' reads the poster held by Martin Richard, the youngest life lost on Marathon Monday last year.

– Courtesy of Richard family

BOSTON — “No more hurting people. Peace,” read the poster held by Martin Richard, the youngest life lost on Marathon Monday last year.

The image of the smiling, snaggletoothed 8-year-old boy accompanied by his message against violence stood in stark contrast to the twin explosions that killed three and injured an estimated 264 others on April 15, 2013.

Both friends of the Richard family and total strangers report being inspired by the photo, and some say the Richard family’s story caused them to lean on their own Catholic faith.

This Patriots Day, April 21, 100 people will run the Boston Marathon’s 26.2-mile course in honor of Martin. They are raising funds for the Martin W. Richard...READ MORE

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St. Maximilian Kolbe on How to Have Heaven on Earth, Read Literature to Love the Truth and More! (1328)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the St. Maximilian Kolbe on How to Have Heaven on Earth link by Sam Guzman of Catholic Exchange to read more.

Catholic Schools Pressed to Give Up Morality - BigPulpit.com

St. Maximilian Kolbe on How to Have Heaven on Earth – Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

Read Literature to Learn & Love the Truth – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Catholic Book Groups – Anna Keating, The Catholic Catalogue

Lying About Martin Luther by Don. R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Advice from the Artist as a Young Woman – Kevin O'Brien Waiting for Godot to Leave

The Saint Who Lived in the Ruins of the Colosseum – The Catholic Herald

Is Some Sacred Art too Naturalistic? – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

The Prisoner in the Tabernacle - Fr. John Hunwicke, Mutual Enrichment

The Nature of Holy...READ MORE

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John XXIII and the Beginning of the Fall of the Iron Curtain (1322)


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Blessed John XXIII’s tomb under the altar of St. Jerome in St. Peter’s Basilica.

– CNA/John Mosbaugh

VATICAN CITY — Blessed John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain during the pontificate of his successor, John Paul II, both of whom will be canonized April 27.

In 1961, the birthday of “Good Pope John” became the occasion for the first communication between the Soviet Union and the Vatican since the October Revolution of 1917.

Semen Kozyrev, the Soviet ambassador to Italy, sent birthday greetings to the pope that read: “On behalf of [Premier Nikita] Khrushchev, I have been entrusted with the task of communicating to His Holiness, Pope John XXIII, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, my congratulations and sincerest wishes for...READ MORE

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Burgeoning Religious Community Sees Global Impact (1028)

The Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres counts a number of its vocations from South Korea, which Pope Francis plans to visit in August.

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Mother Superior Maria Goretti Lee (c) with some of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres

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VATICAN CITY — A missionary order founded in France is sending its burgeoning number of vocations from Asia, and especially South Korea, to evangelize countries throughout the world.

“Our congregation has about 4,200 sisters, and we are serving 37 countries. And we will expand to three countries more this year,” said Mother Maria Goretti Lee, superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, March 18.

“We send missionaries out to all of Asia, Nepal, U.S.A., France, Peru, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia,” she said. “Most vocations come from Vietnam, then Korea, the Philippines and Thailand. The sisters from Korea number about 1,000.”

The mother superior describes their mission:...READ MORE

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Supreme Act of Mercy: Giving the Living Water to the Thirsty (1441)

Connecting the Dots: A Register series on the corporal works of mercy.

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Detail of 'The Water of Life Discourse Between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well' by Giacomo Franceschini

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A religion that practices baptism is a religion that doesn’t have very rigorous membership requirements. No Herculean feats are necessary to prove your mettle. There is no ritual bath in bull’s blood, no gashing yourself with knives or holding your hand over an open flame to attest to your commitment.

No proof is necessary beyond your word that you mean to try to be a good Christian. Just a splash of water three times, a few ritual words, and you are good to go!

You don’t even need to possess the faculty of consciousness if you happen to be born into a Catholic family: Mom and Dad do that bit for you untll you are ready to claim the faith for your own when you reach the age of reason. The...READ MORE

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