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It’s Official: John Paul II and John XXIII to Be Canonized April 27 (14568)

According to the Vatican decree: “Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be enrolled among the saints on April 27, 2014, the Second Sunday of Easter, of the Divine Mercy.”

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VATICAN CITY — Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, the Vatican has officially confirmed.

In a statement released this morning, the Vatican said that Pope Francis “decreed that Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be enrolled among the saints on April 27, 2014, the Second Sunday of Easter, of the Divine Mercy.”

The Vatican said the Holy Father announced his decision at 10am at an ordinary public consistory made up of cardinals and bishops in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of mid-morning prayer.

The news was widely expected. The Register was among the first to report the...READ MORE

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Florida Catholics Plan Prayer Vigils to Protest Death Penalty (2134)

The Florida bishops said life in prison is a better alternative punishment that gives the sinner a chance for conversion.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As the scheduled execution date approaches for a Florida man convicted of murder, local Catholics are offering prayers and renewing their call for an end to the practice of the death penalty.

“Even those who have committed terrible deeds and caused great pain possess a human dignity that is inherent in all persons,” said the Florida Catholic Conference in a statement. “This dignity, instilled by our Creator, is neither earned, nor can it be forfeited.”

The conference urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott to spare the life of Marshall Gore, who is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 1 for the murders of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick.

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New Orleans Schools to Reschedule Sports and Keep Sunday Sacred (5290)

The new archdiocesan policy keeping Sundays clear of school events will go into full effect by fall 2014.

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Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans is behind the new sports and social events policy for Catholic schools.

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NEW ORLEANS — A new policy for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans aims to reclaim Sunday as a day focused on faith and family rather than sports matches and social events.

The policy is “rooted in the fact that people have a number of obligations and commitments. Our society is fast-paced,” Archbishop Gregory Aymond told the New Orleans Advocate.

“In living such a hectic life, people neglect sometimes, not purposefully, the very basics of faith and family,” he said.

Archbishop Aymond started asking schools to reduce the number of events scheduled on Sundays during the 2012-2013 school year, alongside his declaration of 2013 as a “Year of Family and Faith.”

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Materialism Robs Us of Our Humanity, Warns Pope Francis (5289)

Whenever material things become the center of our lives, the Holy Father warned, ‘we lose our very identity as human beings.’

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square Sept. 29.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis celebrated Mass in cloudy St. Peter’s Square Sept. 29, cautioning the faithful against the danger of losing their personal identity to materialism.

“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of us; they possess us. We lose our very identity as human beings,” he said.

Sunday’s Mass was held at the close of an international weekend conference in Rome for catechists during the Year of Faith.

The Pope explained that Christians must be on guard against “the danger of complacency, comfort, worldliness in our lifestyles and in our hearts, of making our well-being the most important thing in our lives.”

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How Sagrada Familia Will Look When Completed, The Saint Who Was Known as the Little Flower and More! (5277)

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09/30/2013 Comment

How Sagrada Familia Basilica Will Look When It’s Done In 2026. Follow the link via Leslie Horn to read and view the video.

How Sagrada Familia Will Look When It’s Done In 2026 via Leslie Horn – BigPulpit.com

The Saint Who was Known as The Little Flower – The Catholic Herald

Bishop Sheen: Life of Abraham Lincoln – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Grand Debate Over Music & Morals – Peter Kwasniewski PhD, Views from the Choir Loft

The Most Beautiful Thing – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Mozart Is the New Black – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Smother Her with Love – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

The Meaning of Manliness: Matt Walsh Interview – Brantly Millegan, Aleteia

The “Death Threat” Perspective – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

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Because I've Never Been Invited, Help Your Daughter Cope With Pressure to Be Thin and More! (3235)

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09/29/2013 Comment

Because I’ve Never Been Invited. Follow the link by Brantly Millegan of the Aleteia website to read more.

Because I’ve Never Been Invited by Brantly Millegan of the Aleteia website – BigPulpit.com

Help Your Daughter Cope with Society’s Pressure to Be Thin – Sandra McAubre, Catholic Lane

A Defense of Indulgences – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

On the Connection Between Good Art & Good Morals – Peter Kwasniewski PhD, Views from the Choir Loft

Ave Maria, Florida – Julie Machado, Catholic Stand

Hey, do you Remember when Pope Francis was Cool? – David L. Gray

Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You? - J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

My Family and Fertility (Part 2) – Amanda Castro, The Patient Wanderer

Analyzing the 7 Deadly Sins, Pt. 7: Pride – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount...READ MORE

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How to Encourage Laity to Receive Communion on the Tongue, Moral Laws vs. Moral Fashions and More! (7647)

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09/28/2013 Comment

How to Encourage Laity to Receive Holy Communion on the Tongue? Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

Quæritur: How to Encourage Laity to Receive on the Tongue? via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

Must-Have Homeschooling Items for a Large Family – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

Moral Laws vs. Moral Fashions – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

The Siege of Homs: Faith, Hunger & the Cold - Giorgio Bernardelli, Vatican Insider

Metropolitan Hilarion Meets with Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster – Byz Pulpit

Conscientiously Objecting to Obamacare – Dr. Gerard M. Nadal MD

Parable of Vineyard Workers: Divine Mercy in Action - Gabriel Garnica, Catholic Stand

Carrying Forward Noble Work of Liturgical Movement – Peter Kwasniewski PhD, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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Who Will Be Saved, How Many and How? (11509)

Father C. John McCloskey recommends Ralph Martin's latest book "Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization"

09/28/2013 Comments (48)

Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization, published by Eerdmans, is an important and intriguing book by Ralph Martin, S.T.D., a lay theologian, professor at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, consultor to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and author of books on the spiritual life. Many readers will recognize him as an early leader of the Charismatic Renewal in the U.S. Today, he serves as president of Renewal Ministries.

Rarely have I seen a book endorsed by so many cardinals, bishops, Vatican officials and outstanding theologians. And for good reason, as the book considers questions that interest all...READ MORE

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