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Two Years Into Retirement, Pope Benedict’s Legacy Continues to Grow (6064)

Conversions and a profound teaching magisterium are among the lasting gifts of the pope emeritus’ pontificate.

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– vatican.va

VATICAN CITY — Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from the papal office, those impacted by his pontificate say that his legacy is still burning bright.

“Pope Benedict’s legacy is really very massive,” said Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary for the congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

“His teaching, his balance, his ability to get to the bottom of so many things with such clarity” are among the marks that remain from Benedict’s pontificate, the archbishop told CNA.

While Feb. 11 is normally set aside as a holiday in the Vatican for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the day took on added...READ MORE

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Why a Priest Saved the Lives of Thousands of Muslims, How to Fraternally Correct a Friend and More! (3745)

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Why a Catholic Priest Saved the Lives of 1000 Muslims by Sister Grace Candiru of Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

How to Fraternally Correct a Friend – Lisa Cotter, Focus Blog

Bringing Lent Home with Saint John Paul II – Shane Kapler, Epic Pew

Explaining Pope Francis’ Economic Message – Austen Ivereigh, OSV Newsweekly

Lessons on “With-ness” from Pope Francis – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Pope Benedict XVI’s Theology of Beauty and the New Evangelization – Matthew J. Ramage PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Do You Fear Success? – Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

The Lord’s Jester and the Pig’s Feet: The Story of Brother Juniper – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Sober Scriptural Wisdom on...READ MORE

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Jersey Girl Gets Wish to Meet Pope Francis (3473)

Grace West was blessed to go to Rome through Make-a-Wish.

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Grace West was excited to meet Pope Francis on Dec. 17.

– West family

When people think of the wishes made possible by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, most recall children who went to Disney World, got to be a superhero for a day or met a beloved celebrity.

Eleven-year-old Grace West had a different wish, and one more in keeping with the strong faith that has sustained her family through their trials: Grace wanted to meet Pope Francis. Make-a-Wish New Jersey, working with its national and international sister organizations, made it happen.

 

Prayer Warriors

Back in November 2013, Grace was diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma, which affects nerve cells, and began a grueling series of chemotherapy treatments.

From the beginning, the West family was...READ MORE

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Pope: ‘Children Are the Joy of Family and Society’ (3026)

‘Children are a gift,’ the Holy Father emphasized at his Feb. 11 general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — In his general audience address on Feb. 11, Pope Francis said that children are gift to parents and society and that there is no future for a civilization which views them as merely an inconvenience.

“A society that is not surrounded by children, that considers them a problem, a burden, has no future,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Children, he said, “are the fruit of their parents’ love and a gift of God, whose own infinite love bestows inviolable dignity and worth upon each person who comes into the world.”

Pope Francis’ words on children came as part of a series of catechesis on the family that he began last fall, in order to reflect ahead of...READ MORE

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Peaceful Protest Leads to Jail for Hundreds of India’s Christians (2688)

Police said those who protested recent attacks on Christian churches were detained because they weren’t authorized to gather on a public street outside of a church.

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Following a series of attacks on churches in New Delhi, Christians protest government and police inaction Feb. 5.

– CNA/Father Savarimuthu Sankar/Archdiocese of Delhi

NEW DELHI — Police in the Indian capital of New Delhi arrested numerous Christians on Thursday who were participating in peaceful protests requesting that the government take action following a series of attacks on churches in the city.

“The Christian community in the national capital, New Delhi, staged a peaceful protest Thursday morning, on Feb. 5, for the second time in two months, demanding that the High Court monitor investigations into the attacks on five city churches since December last year,” Father Savarimuthu Sankar, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Delhi, told CNA Feb. 5.

The first attack in the past two months was an arson at St. Sebastian Church, Dilshad Garden, on Dec. 2....READ MORE

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Pope’s Surprise Shantytown Showed Great Mercy, Spokeswoman Says (1598)

A member of the Sant’Egidio Community who accompanied the Holy Father said the inhabitants shed tears of joy upon meeting the Pope.

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Pope Francis visits a shantytown in Italy Feb. 8.

– CNA/St. Egidio Community/Gianna Iasilli

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis made a surprise stop at a shantytown on his way to celebrate Mass at a Roman parish Feb. 8 — a “secret” plan that only the Holy Father knew about and which prompted tears of joy from residents.

“We forgot that we can cry also for joy. We cry for shame and for suffering. Today, we remembered that we can pray for joy. This was the best day of our lives.”

According to Gianna Iasilli, who spoke with CNA Feb. 10, these were the sentiments of those who live in the Arcobaleno shantytown, where Pope Francis made a stop on his way to celebrate Mass at the Roman parish of St. Michael the Archangel Feb. 9.

A member of the Sant’Egidio community, Iasilli was one of three...READ MORE

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Christopher Check Takes the Helm of Catholic Answers (6586)

The former Marine captain and noted Catholic lecturer succeeds the apologetics apostolate’s founder and longtime president, Karl Keating.

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Christopher Check is the new president of Catholic Answers.

– catholic.com

SAN DIEGO — More than two decades ago, Christopher Check was deployed with his fellow Marines for Operation Desert Shield and help beat back Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

Now, the former Marine captain and noted Catholic lecturer will lead a different kind of battle, one that seeks to transform hearts, minds and souls, as he takes up his new duties at Catholic Answers, a leading apologetics apostolate.

This month, Catholic Answers announced that Karl Keating, its founder and longtime president, has handed over the reins of the apostolate to Check, who previously served as the organization’s vice president for development.

Keating, who will remain at the organization, will focus on writing...READ MORE

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Theologian: Faith No Justification for Rep. Ryan’s Support for Abortion (4877)

The Ohio Democrat, who is Catholic, disclosed in late January that he has shifted from a pro-life to a pro-abortion stance.

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Planned Parenthood posted this picture on its website on Jan. 30.

– plannedparenthoodaction.org

WASHINGTON — A Catholic congressman’s use of faith to justify his recent statements in support of legal abortion is morally problematic and logically incoherent, one theologian told EWTN News.

“If we were to outlaw abortion, we’re not claiming to stand in judgment over anyone’s soul any more than we do when we outlaw murder and stealing and fraud,” said Donald Asci, a professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Asci responded to Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, a Catholic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who was formerly pro-life but has recently shifted his views to now support legal abortion, quoting the Gospel of Matthew to do so.

Ryan represents a district...READ MORE

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