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At Colosseum, Pope Leads Thousands in Stations of the Cross Reflections (1705)

‘We find in the trial of the cross a force of hope, of the hope of the Resurrection and of the love of God,’ the Holy Father commented at the end of the meditations.

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Pope Francis leads pilgrims April 18 in the Stations of the Cross for Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

ROME — Following his celebration of the liturgy commemorating the Lord’s passion, Pope Francis led pilgrims in the traditional prayer of the Stations of the Cross, which was held inside of the Colosseum in Rome.

“I know Jesus guides us from the cross to the Resurrection,” Pope Francis said during his brief comments at the end of the meditations, adding that he “teaches us that evil does not have the final word, but love, mercy.”

“O Christ, help us to exclaim anew: ‘Yesterday I was crucified with Christ; today I am resurrected with him. Yesterday I was dead with Christ; today I am alive with him. Yesterday I was buried with him; today I am resurrected with him,’” the Pope reflected.

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Celebrities Endorse a New Product: Children as Commodities (4355)

COMMENTARY: Redefining marriage and family at the recent Fertility Planit conference in Los Angeles.

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Men and women on the front lines of the culture war have been saying for some time that the next step after redefining marriage will be redefining parenthood. The next arena for “choice,” they predicted, will be not just the negative “choice” of deciding to not be a mother, but the positive “choice” to become a mother. “When I am good and ready to become a parent,” the mantra will become, “I am entitled to have my dream baby, on my own terms.”

I am sorry to say that we have been proven correct in our predictions. It is now official: Childbearing is a fully commercialized industry, complete with celebrity endorsements, advertisements, free giveaways and plenty of other trappings of the...READ MORE

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Cuban Government Makes Good Friday Official Holiday (851)

Responding to a request made by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, the Communist regime is making the commemoration of the Passion of Christ a permanent national observance.

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Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during Pope Benedict XVI's visit in March 2012.

HAVANA — After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided to grant a request made by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday.

Although the norm will not be in force until June, the Ministry of Work and Social Security issued a special resolution allowing Cubans to observe Good Friday this April 18.

However, it said those who work in services such as sugar-cane harvesting, shipping and receiving, transportation, health care, tourism and other services would not be granted the holiday.

After Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, religious holidays and...READ MORE

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How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me This Lent, Making Every Friday 'Good' and Much More! (1925)

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Follow the How Fasting & Prayer Blessed Me this Lent by Lisa Shefferly-Gillay of Catholic Stand to read more.

How Fasting & Prayer Blessed Me this Lent – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

The Saint Who Carried Water to the Last Supper – The Catholic Herald

Making Every Friday “Good” – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Love & Envy: Exploring the Psychology of Judas – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

A Clown Mass Would Be An Improvement on This by Don. R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Calvary Film: Jet Black Comedy with Serious Things on Faith – Will Gore, The Catholic Herald

The Uroboros: Symbol of Sin – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Prayer as Turning Point Toward Christ – Carolyn Humphreys OCDS, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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Pope Urges Faithful to Serve With Jesus’ Radical Love (1823)

The Holy Father celebrated Holy Thursday Mass at a center for disabled persons, washing the feet of 12 of the residents.

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Pope Francis greets the elderly and disabled following his Holy Thursday Mass at Rome’s Don Gnocchi facility.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate.

“He did it this way out of love. You too should love each other. Be servants in love,” the Pope said in his April 17 homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Celebrated by the Church each year in commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist and Jesus’ call for his disciples to imitate him in serving others, this particular Mass was held in the Don Gnocchi facility. Located in Rome’s Casal del Marmo area, it serves as a rehabilitation center for the elderly and...READ MORE

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This Easter, Ukrainians ‘Have Nothing but Faith’ (1737)

One family celebrates the Triduum amid hopes and fears for their country’s future.

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Mykola and Tania Symchych with their 3-year-old daughter, Olenka.

– Courtesy the Symchych family

KIEV, Ukraine — According to Mykola Symchych, the design on a Ukrainian Easter egg is a mystery, created while applying alternating layers of wax and dye. Only when the wax is melted off is the egg’s richly colored pattern revealed.

“It’s a very interesting process, because nobody sees what it will be in the end,” said Symchych, a philosophy instructor at the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences in Kiev, Ukraine, in an April 15 interview.

Like the design of a new Ukrainian Easter egg, his country’s future is unknown. Now mired in violence, ethnic tension, foreign threats and economic instability, Ukrainian Catholics such as the Symchych family hope and pray that a more peaceful,...READ MORE

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Pope at Chrism Mass: Priests Must Anoint Others With Oil of Gladness (1351)

Priestly joy ‘is a priceless treasure not only for the priest himself, but for the entire faithful people of God,’ the Holy Father stressed.

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Pope Francis blesses sacred oils during the April 17 chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In his homily given during the chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the joy of the priestly vocation, saying a cleric “is useless” unless his happiness is found in the grace of God.

“Anointed with the oil of gladness, so as to anoint others with the oil of gladness,” he said April 17, noting that priestly joy “is a priceless treasure, not only for the priest himself, but for the entire faithful people of God.”

Pope Francis made his remarks on the priesthood during the morning’s chrism Mass, which takes place in the Catholic Church each year on Holy Thursday and involves the blessing of oils used for the sacraments of confirmation, holy orders and the...READ MORE

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Radical Abortion Bill Dies in Colo. Senate (3752)

After Catholics and other pro-lifers mobilized against the legislation, the state Senate effectively killed the controversial legislation that would have banned pro-life laws.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver leads an April 15 prayer rally at the Colorado Capitol.

– Jennifer Kraska

DENVER — Amid growing protests, led in large part by the Catholic Church, the Colorado Senate on April 16 killed a controversial bill that could have banned all pro-life laws in the state.

“Lift up your hearts in gratitude to God,” said Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila in a post on Twitter. “Blessings on everyone who prayed and contacted legislators! Stay involved!”

The legislation had passed committee on a party-line vote. While the floor debate and vote were initially scheduled for April 15, they were delayed until the following day, after Democratic State Sen. John Kefalas of Fort Collins went home sick. The Democrats control the Senate in the state by a single vote.

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