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Benedict XVI Sent Pope Francis Commentary on Early Interview (4147)

Prior to publication of last fall’s interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Pope Emeritus submitted a detailed review at the request of his papal successor.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis meet at the Mater Ecclesia Monastery on May 2, 2013.

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ROME — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent a four-page commentary to Pope Francis on the September 2013 interview he granted to Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica, according to Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household.

The Italian news agency Korazym reports that in an interview with the German television station ZDF, Archbishop Gänswein — who is also Benedict XVI’s secretary — said the retired pope wrote the commentary at the request of Pope Francis.

“When Father Spadaro [the director of La Civilta Cattolica] delivered the first copy of this interview, [Pope] Francis gave it to me and asked that I take it to Benedict,” said Archbishop Gänswein, speaking to ZDF on...READ MORE

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Atheist Organization Sets Its Sights on WTC Cross (6359)

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People wait for the blessing of the World Trade Center Cross before it was moved into its permanent home at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

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Museums, beware: The atheists want to censor your collections.

That is the essential argument of the organization American Atheists before a federal appellate court in its continuing litigation over the so-called World Trade Center Cross. The cross is a piece of fused metal that became an instant defining image of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and a source of solace for people trying to understand the tragedy. In particular, the cross became a site for daily reflection for rescue workers, volunteers, survivors and others in the days following Sept. 11, 2001.

The atheists want to erase that history.

The cross is being included in the 9/11 Memorial Museum, along with thousands of other...READ MORE

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Pope Reminds Faithful to Draw Close to Jesus in Lent (2063)

Holy Father warns against hypocrisy at daily Mass.

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VATICAN CITY -- In his daily homily, Pope Francis cautioned against those who appear to be holy but are in fact self-absorbed, explaining that Lent is a time of purification that allows us to grow closer to the Lord.

“The sign that we are far from the Lord is hypocrisy. The hypocrite does not need the Lord; he is saved by himself – so he thinks – and he disguises himself as a saint,” the Pope observed in his March 18 daily Mass.

Speaking to those present in the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Pope began his homily by reflecting on the day’s first reading, taken from the Book of Isaiah, in which the prophet pleas for Sodom and Gomorrah to convert and warning that they...READ MORE

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South Sudan Diocese ‘Completely Destroyed’ by Civil War (3923)

‘There is absolutely nothing left,’ says the diocese’s administrator, pleading for Christians to show material and spiritual solidarity with the devastated Church.

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Refugees from the violence in South Sudan.

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MALAKAL, South Sudan —The Diocese of Malakal in South Sudan has been evacuated now that many areas have been “completely destroyed” following violence committed by rebel forces, the diocesan administrator says.

“We have lost everything, all our possessions. Many of our churches, homes and so on have been razed to the ground — and everything has been looted,” Msgr. Roko Taban, administrator of the Diocese of Malakal, told Aid to the Church in Need.

South Sudan was formed in 2011, when the region gained independence from the Republic of Sudan following a 20-year-long civil war. Recently, the nascent country erupted in violence again as forces loyal to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and...READ MORE

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Historians of Science Poke Holes in New ‘Cosmos’ Series (6706)

Especially troubling was a segment on 16th-century philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for heresy in 1600.

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WASHINGTON — Scholars of the history of science have discussed the merits and shortcomings of the new television series Cosmos, saying that the first episode’s discussion of Church history strayed from historical facts.

“I thought it was wonderfully done, for the most part,” said Robert Goulding, associate professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, who studies the history of science, humanism and magic in a March 14 interview with CNA. “However, I’m surprised by the standards of the historical segment.”

Cosmos, narrated by physicist Niel DeGrasse Tyson, is a remake of the 1980s public television show of the same name narrated by Carl Sagan.

The show focuses on the universe and...READ MORE

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Separate-Sex Classrooms Under Fire (3759)

Citing the ‘harmful’ effects of gender stereotypes, the ACLU is pressuring school districts across the country to end programs that recognize differences in the way boys and girls learn.

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MIDDLETON, Idaho — When an Idaho school district responded favorably to a principal’s idea to establish separate-sex classrooms, there was little concern that the district would run afoul of the American Civil Liberties Union.

But that’s exactly what happened in the Middleton School District, one of many school systems being singled out by the ACLU’s “Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes” campaign.

Launched in 2012 with the sending of “demand letters” to school districts in six states, the ACLU campaign seeks to eliminate single-sex programs that it says “rely on and promote archaic and harmful sex stereotypes” by using methods tailored to a particular gender.

According to the ACLU, examples of...READ MORE

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Thai Nuns Share Ray of Hope Among Landfill Scavengers (1721)

Living out Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to ‘go to the peripheries,’ the nuns are bringing humanitarian assistance to a community that experiences extraordinary hardships.

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Sister Mary Clare with volunteers at the landfill outside Lopburi, Thailand.

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand — A group of missionary sisters is bringing humanitarian assistance to the scavengers who live in the rubbish dump of the Thai city of Lopburi.

“We bring to them the necessary, basic items of life and spend some time teaching them, sharing their struggles and encouraging their shattered hopes,” Sister Mary Clare Thong In, superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres in Lopburi, told CNA March 11.

Lopburi is a city of more than 26,000, located 80 miles southeast of Nakhon Sawan, and the Paulist sisters there have begun reaching out to those on the periphery of the city.

“St. Paul instructed Christians to serve and embrace all people, irrespective of class,...READ MORE

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Veiled Allusions; Marriage: The 100-100 Principle; Calvary's Crosses, Conversations and More! (3285)

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Follow the Veiled Allusions link by Sequoia Sierra of Regina Magazine to read more.

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Mercy for the Divorced & Remarried – Dr. Jeff Mirus

Marriage: The 100-100 Principle – Olivia Spears, Ignitum Today

Moms of Down Syndrome Babies: Be Not Afraid – Kathy Schiffer

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Adventures in Anglo-Catholicism – Mark Lambert

Calvary’s Crosses & Conversations – Susan Anne, Catholic Stand

Our Father Who Art-Where? – Kevin O’Brien

Some Fallout after Cardinal Dolan Steps Into a Snake Pit – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Guinness & Heineken are Now Political Statements – God & Caesar

The Dynamic of Prayer with Baroque Sacred Art – David Clayton, The Way of...READ MORE

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