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Downton Abbey Season Five: A Catholic Creator's Complex World, Vocations Resolution and More! (7058)

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Cardinal Parolin Blesses North American College’s New Annex (3158)

Speaking afterward with the Register, the Vatican secretary of state called the 10-story facility ‘a sign of great hope’ for the Church in the United States.

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Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin presides over the inauguration of the new wing at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on Jan. 6.

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ROME — The Vatican Secretary of State today blessed a new annex for pastoral and spiritual classes at the Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome, describing the gleaming 10-floor facility as a “sign of great hope.”

Speaking to the Register after celebrating Mass in the college chapel on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Cardinal Pietro Parolin marveled at the increase in vocations across areas of the United States that prompted the construction of the new facility. 

“I believe it is a good sign — a sign of great hope,” he said. “The monsignor [Msgr. James Checchio, the NAC’s rector] was telling me that this increase isn’t coming from all the regions, but the fact that so many young...READ MORE

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Majority of U.S. Lawmakers Are Christian (1789)

More than 90% of the 114th Congress identifies as Christian, said the Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project. The number of Catholics in both parties is split almost evenly in the House and is majority-Democrat in the Senate.

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WASHINGTON — The overwhelming majority of federal lawmakers in the U.S. are Christian, according to a new report, which also found that Catholics in the legislative branch are split between parties, reflecting a split in the U.S. population.

More than 90% of the 114th Congress identifies as Christian: about 20% higher than the average among adult Americans, said the Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project.

“Protestants and Catholics continue to make up a greater percentage of the members of Congress than of all U.S. adults,” the report stated, adding that, “despite the sea change in party control,” those numbers had not shifted significantly from the previous Congress.

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Preparing for Francis, Sri Lanka Church Considers Roadmap for Peace (1645)

Pope Francis' visit to the Asian nation comes mere days after the Jan. 8 presidential elections, which are expected to be contentious.

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NEW YORK — Since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people died, most of them in the final months of the war. It’s only now that the wounds have barely begun to heal.

In 2010, a reconciliation commission was established to deal with atrocities committed by government troops in the northern and eastern parts of the island nation. But little has been done so far, reported Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar in northwestern Sri Lanka

There are doubts whether the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa even wishes to deal with the painful past. Following the army’s defeat of the Tamil rebellion, a new Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalist ideology has taken...READ MORE

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‘No Human Invention’ — Marriage Is a Divine Plan, U.K. Bishop Says (2579)

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, responded to Pope Francis’ call for renewed commitment to the 'gospel of the family' by releasing a pastoral letter on the special vocation and mission of the family.

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SHREWSBURY, England — Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has responded to Pope Francis’ call for renewed commitment to the “gospel of the family” by releasing a pastoral letter on the special vocation and mission of the family in his English diocese.

The pastoral letter was read at Mass in all the churches and chapels of the Shrewsbury Diocese on Dec. 28, the feast of the Holy Family, and reminded the faithful of the Church’s constant and unchangeable teaching regarding human sexuality, marriage and the family.

“I write to you today in the light of the Child born for us, the Savior who was given to us within the love and unity of a human family,” Bishop Davies said. “On this feast of the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Says Magi Believed in Love, Not Worldly Power (2045)

Pope Francis told Mass attendees on the Solemnity of the Epiphany that the Three Wise Men stand as true models of conversion.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Tuesday that the journey of the Three Wise Men reflects a path of conversion taken by each person, in which God breaks the norm of our human expectations.

“The crib points us to a different path from the one cherished by the thinking of this world: It is the path of God’s self-abasement, his glory concealed in the manger of Bethlehem, on the cross upon Calvary, in each of our suffering brothers and sisters,” the Pope told Mass attendees on Jan. 6, the traditional date of the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

On their journey to the manger, where Jesus was laid, the Wise Men realized, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that “God’s criteria are quite...READ MORE

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‘What Is Going on Behind the Headlines’ (3487)

Catholic journalist and photographer Jeff Gardner discusses how the Picture Christians Project puts faces to persecution.

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Nawal is a skydiver and professor in women's athletics who was forced into exile by ISIS for not wearing the hijab.

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Catholic journalist and photographer Jeff Gardner has been writing about the plight of Christians in the Middle East for the past five years for a number of national and international publications.

While he saw value in bringing to light the issues Christians faced in these war-torn countries, he became increasingly frustrated that nothing was getting done.

Then  he realized that what was missing from this Middle-Eastern picture was quite literally the picture.

In the fall of 2013, Gardner launched the Picture Christians Project. He hopes to a put a face on a particular group of persecuted Catholic Christians — the Assyrians, most of whom are members of the Syriac Catholic Church.

For...READ MORE

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If Pope Francis Is a Radical Environmentalist, What Was Pope Benedict; Evolution, Genesis and More! (2755)

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Click on If Pope Francis Is a Radical Environmentalist, What was Pope Benedict XVI? by Carl E. Olson of The CWR Blog link to read more.

If Pope Francis Is a Radical Environmentalist, What was Pope Benedict XVI? by Carl E. Olson of The CWR Blog - BigPulpit.com

Were the Titles of the Gospels Added Later? - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

Does Evolution Contradict Genesis? - Matt Fradd, Strange Notions

Duns Scotus and the Immaculate Conception – David Torkington

Eastern Catholicism and the Universal Church by Jonathan Cariveau of One Peter 5 - BigPulpit.com

The Majesty Of The New Campion Missal – Jim Bryant, Regina Magazine

Why Pope Francis Won’t Meet with the Dalai Lama – William Doino Jr., First Things

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s (Unwittingly) Ironic Trolling - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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