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Supreme Court Injunction Protects Little Sisters (7772)

The religious health-care provider will not have to comply with the demands of the mandate while their case is being challenged in court.

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Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

– Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON — A new injunction from the U.S. Supreme Court will protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from the demands of the contraception mandate while the group’s case works its way through the court system.

Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is helping represent the Little Sisters in court, said Jan. 24 that he was “delighted” by the order.

“The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people,” he said. “It doesn’t need to force nuns to participate.”

The Jan. 24 order was issued by the entire Supreme Court. It said that if the Little Sisters of the Poor tell Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in writing...READ MORE

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Penny Lord, 'An Indomitable Woman of Faith' (1928-2014) (27442)

Remembering the favorite EWTN personality and pilgrimage host

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Penny Lord

– EWTN

MORRILTON, Ark. — Penny Lord — who with her husband, Bob, became a familiar sight to Eternal Word Television Network’s international family of viewers as they hosted a series of programs that began the year after the Lords had their first interview with Mother Angelica in December 1986 — died at home on Jan. 21. She was 85.

The Lords would go on to be network regulars over the next 26 years, with programs that continue to air today. They became particular favorites of viewers and would frequently appear at EWTN events, including the 2013 Family Celebration in Birmingham, Ala.

“From the earliest days of the network’s history, Penny Lord was a devoted and faithful supporter of Mother...READ MORE

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The Opening of the Scientific Mind, Technology Turned Against Kiev Protestors, On Hunger and More! (3611)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/25/2014 Comment

The Opening of the Scientific Mind. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos, PhD, of Strange Notions to read more.

The Opening of the Scientific Mind - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Stange Notions

Technology Turned Against Kiev Protesters by Thomas L. McDonald - BigPulpit.com

What Not to Do When Loved One Facing Infertility - Catherine Boucher, CatholicMom.com

We Need to Hear More from the Dads - Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: Gossip Is Devil’s Weapon, Destroys Communities – Domenico Agasso Jr., Vatican Insider

Finding the One, True Church: Connect the Dots Approach – Gary Zimak, Catholic Stand

On Hunger - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

A Confession - Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

Understanding the Spiritual Works of Mercy – Judith Costello, Integrated Catholic Life™

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Opus Dei Prelate’s Beatification Set for Madrid (2224)

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the organization’s second leader, will be beatified there Sept. 27.

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Bishop Alvaro del Portillo with John Paul II

– Opus Dei

VATICAN CITY — Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, will be beatified in his birthplace of Madrid on Sept. 27, the Vatican has announced.

The current prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, said the Vatican’s Jan. 21 announcement of the beatification ceremony was a “moment of profound joy.” He said Bishop del Portillo “loved and served the Church so much.”

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will preside over the beatification ceremony, which could draw thousands of faithful from around the world. Related events will also be held in Rome.

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, known as “Don Alvaro,” was born in Madrid on...READ MORE

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U.S.-Holy See Relations at 30 (2456)

Three decades of diplomatic partnership were celebrated at a Vatican gathering — as well as the rich history beforehand.

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Archbishop Dominique Mamberti addresses 30 years of Vatican-U.S. relations at the launch of a photo exhibit in Palazzo della Cancelleria as U.S. Ambassador Ken Hackett looks on.

– Edward Pentin

VATICAN CITY — The United States and the Holy See celebrated 30 years of full diplomatic relations Jan. 23 at a reception in the Vatican’s 16th-century Palazzo della Cancelleria in the center of Rome.

The event was marked by the launch of a photo exhibit that tells the history of U.S.-Holy See engagement over the past century.

Addressing a group of diplomats and media in the Renaissance palace’s magnificent Sala dei Cento Giorni, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Holy See’s secretary for relations with states, said that U.S.-Holy See ties have grown “slowly but steadily stronger over time” and that he was confident the bond between them would grow stronger still.

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Archbishop Müller Encourages Church Unity Serving Evangelization and Mission (1902)

‘An exaggerated centralization in administration does not help the Church, but instead impedes her missionary dynamic,’ the future cardinal said Jan. 20.

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Archbishop Gerhard Müller speaks at the Vatican on July 5, 2013.

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VALENCIA, Spain — At a Spanish university’s canon-law conference Jan. 20, the Vatican’s head for doctrinal matters emphasized collegiality and unity in the Church, especially the orientation to evangelization.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, based his commentary on Pope Francis’ Nov. 24 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), in which he discussed a “conversion of the papacy” and “sound ‘decentralization.’”

“A readjusting of independence and collaboration with the local Churches, of episcopal collegiality and of the primacy of the Pope will enable us not to lose sight of the transcendent need for the...READ MORE

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Issues of Life and Getting Back to the Basics (1876)

Father Shenan Boquet, the president of Human Life International, discusses engaging and educating an increasingly secular culture.

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Father Shenan Boquet is the president of Human Life International (HLI), established in 1981 by Father Paul Marx. It bills itself as the largest pro-life organization in the world, with affiliates and members in more than 80 countries.

A native of Bourg, La., Father Boquet has long been active in promoting pro-life causes and pro-family teaching and advocacy. Last month, the international pro-life leader spoke to the Register in Rome about current concerns over abortion, the redefinition of marriage and euthanasia. He also discussed Pope Francis’ approach to pro-life issues.

 

The redefinition of marriage is a hot topic all over the  world. What is HLI doing to strengthen the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The ‘Poison’ of Jealousy Divides Christians, Destroys Communities (3267)

The Holy Father said rumors are ‘weapons of the devil,’ seeking to sow jealousy and envy in the heart.

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– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In his Thursday homily, Pope Francis warned against the dangers of envy, explaining that it is a sin that fosters bitterness against our brothers, stifles our joy and inhibits us from truly praising God.

When someone in a Christian community suffers from jealousy, Pope Francis said, the community “ends up divided: one against the other.” He said “this is a strong poison — a poison that we find on the first page of the Bible in [the story of] Cain.”

Giving his remarks to those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse for the Jan. 23 Mass, the Pope centered his homily on the day’s first reading, taken from the First Book of Samuel, in which King Saul seeks to kill...READ MORE

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