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Archbishop Romero Beatification Set for May 23 (2387)

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Romero’s cause, announced the beatification date on Wednesday.

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Archbishop Oscar Romero

VATICAN CITY — May 23 will be the beatification date for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and repressed who was martyred in 1980 while celebrating Mass.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Romero’s cause, announced the beatification date on Wednesday, according to ABC News.

Pope Francis approved the beatification after a Feb. 3 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The congregation’s theologians on Jan. 8 unanimously recognized the El Salvadoran’s assassination as an act of hatred for the faith, a characteristic of martyrdom.

Oscar Romero y Galdamez was archbishop of San...READ MORE

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‘Confession Is a Place of Victory’ (8983)

Father Mike Schmitz, the Diocese of Duluth's director of youth and young adult ministry, discusses the healing properties of the sacrament of reconciliation.

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Father Michael Schmitz

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Father Mike Schmitz is the director of youth and young-adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., the chaplain for Newman Catholic campus ministry at the University of Minnesota at Duluth and a popular speaker. As the chaplain, he makes the sacrament of reconciliation available every day and has written about this sacrament from his priestly perspective.

 

Why do you think people are afraid of the confessional or neglect it today?

First, it means admitting to someone that you’ve messed up. We live in a world afraid of showing weakness, a world where we’re afraid admitting we failed. Living in such a culture makes it hard and scary, admitting my performance didn’t measure up.

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Bishop Morlino and the Surge of Priestly Vocations, Pope Francis and Confession Tips and Much More! (5075)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Diocese of Madison: Bishop Morlino and the Surge of Priestly Vocations by Father John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

Diocese of Madison: Bishop Morlino and the Surge of Priestly Vocations by Father John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis Offers Tips on Preparing for Confession - Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald Magazine

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out – Nicole DeMille, Epic Pew

From Homeschool to College: Five Tips for Success – Athanasius Clark , Seton Magazine

The Islamic State Is Exterminating Christians and Civilization - BigPulpit.com

The Booming TLM Parish in Oklahoma’s Oil Fields – Donna Sue Berry, Regina Magazine

Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia - Anna Rose Meeds, Catholic Stand

Learning the Priesthood: The Role of Altar Service in Vocational Discernment – Peter Lyons,...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Cinderella’ (15886)

Kenneth Branagh’s subversively non-subversive fairy tale offers an antidote to lazy Hollywood revisionism.

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Is there still a place in our fractured fairy-tale world for the real thing?

Will young girls at least as familiar with the darker shades of Tim Burton’s Wonderland, Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent and Kristen Stewart’s Snow White as with the animated originals embrace a retelling that fleshes out and expands on a classic fairy tale without subverting or deconstructing a single dot or stroke?

Will the children of the Hobbit generation accept a live-action big-screen fairy tale without tacked-on epic battles and computer-generated army hordes, climaxing in nothing more violent than a tightly gripped arm and some fraught words? Is it acceptable for Cinderella to live in a world of color and...READ MORE

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Pope: Elderly Have ‘Special Mission’ to Encourage Youth and the World (3160)

“I still treasure the words my grandmother wrote to me on the day of my ordination. I carry them with me to this day inside my breviary,” the Holy Father told pilgrims March 11.

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ROME — Pope Francis said Wednesday that the elderly play a key role in the lives of youth and revealed that he still keeps the letter his grandmother wrote him for his ordination in his daily prayer book.

“I still treasure the words my grandmother wrote to me on the day of my ordination. I carry them with me to this day inside my breviary,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his March 11 general audience.

Francis, the eldest of five children, spent much of his childhood under the guidance of his grandmother, Rosa, who looked after the future pope when his younger siblings were born. She played a key role in his upbringing, and he had great respect for her.

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Ukraine: Latest Cease-Fire Holds for Now (3370)

NEWS ANALYSIS: War divides — regions, religions, countries, alliances and, sometimes, even families.

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A member of the German Bundeswehr's 371st Armored Infantry Battalion looks through binoculaurs during a media event at the battalion's base on March 10 in Marienberg, Germany. NATO member states and many European nations are enhancing their military abilities as a reaction to Russian intervention in Ukraine.

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ROME — When Pope Francis met on Feb. 20 with the Catholic bishops of Ukraine at the conclusion of their weeklong ad limina visit, he warned them, both the Greek Catholics and the Latin Catholics, not to politicize the Church in the heat of their country’s crisis.

In a discourse made public by the Vatican, the Holy Father told them, “I know the historical problems that have marked your land and are still present in the collective memory. They are questions that, in part, have a political basis and to which you are not called to give a direct response.”

The Pope instead advised the clerics to focus on “human dramas that await your direct and positive contribution,” adding, “What is...READ MORE

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Italian Bishop to Offer Vatican’s Good Friday Way of the Cross Meditations (1739)

Bishop Emeritus Renato Corti of Novara preached the annual Lenten spiritual exercises to the Roman Curia in 2005.

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Pope Francis leads the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome.

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ROME — The bishop who preached the final Lenten spiritual exercises for St. John Paul II has been chosen to prepare meditations for the Way of the Cross to be celebrated on Good Friday at the Colosseum before Pope Francis.

Bishop Renato Corti, 79, bishop emeritus of Novara, told Vatican Radio March 7 the meditations he has prepared focus on the keyword “protection.”

In 2005, Bishop Corti was called by Pope John Paul II to preach to the Roman Curia for the traditional Lenten spiritual exercises in the Vatican, the last St. John Paul II attended: The pope died a week later, on April 2, 2005, the eve of the feast of Divine Mercy.

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Verbum Catholic Software Offers $5 Million in Grants for Education Program (3681)

‘Lumen’ curriculum integrates software and classroom textbooks to unlock the Bible, Catechism, Church documents and many other resources.

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Verbum, the Catholic version of the bestselling Logos Bible Software, has created a program to provide $5 million in grant money to help high schools implement its new religious-education curriculum.

The new program called “Lumen” is a four-year series built to connect the classroom textbooks directly to powerful Verbum software, which integrates the Bible, catechisms, original documents, writings of the Church Fathers and many other resources.

As Alex Renn, Verbum’s marketing and operations team leader, pointed out, “Rather than trying to digitize a textbook, we are writing it with the expectation that students will have access to a collection of key texts, so vocabulary words are links,...READ MORE

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