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Pope Francis Prays at St. Peter’s Tomb (2820)

Monday marked Pope Francis’ second visit to St. Peter’s tomb in the first month of his pontificate.

04/01/2013 Comments (6)
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Pope Francis prays at St. Peter’s tomb.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis made a private visit to the tomb of St. Peter on the afternoon of Easter Monday to spend time in prayer before the remains of the first pope.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, accompanied the Pope to St. Peter’s tomb in the Necropolis, a series of burial sites beneath the basilica.

St. Peter headed the Church after Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, and he was martyred under the Roman Emperor Nero in the year 64 on Rome’s Vatican hill. He was crucified upside down at his own request because he said he was not worthy to die as Jesus did.

In 1965, archaeologists working on the Necropolis said they found the bones of St. Peter...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Ideas of What Is at the Heart of the Church (11460)


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Italian television covered the personal struggle of a 20-something, non-practicing Catholic woman who was deeply moved by Pope Francis’ first two encounters with the world after his election: directly on the day of his election and via television the next day, when he presided at the cardinals’ Mass in the Sistine Chapel.

The young woman told the Italian state-run television station RAI that she felt moved to buy a Bible and was planning to read the Gospels over the weekend.

RAI caught up with her again on the following Monday, after Pope Francis’ Mass and homily at the tiny Church of St. Anna inside the Vatican walls. “What I saw in Pope Francis’ person is totally consistent with...READ MORE

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Shroud of Turin: Let's Include Facts, Please; Secret Side Chapel in St. Peter's and More! (2995)

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Shroud of Turin: Let’s Include the Basic Facts, Please. Follow the link by Terry Mattingly to read more.

Shroud of Turin: Let’s Include the Basic Facts, Please by Terry Mattingly - Big Pulpit

Secret Side Chapel Inside Saint Peter’s Basilica – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Fisking Msgr. Charles Pope on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Paris: Notre Dame Gets New Bells for Her 850th Birthday – Fr. Z’s Blog

The “Truth” Problem – Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

Orthodox Patriarch Foresees Reunion of Christian East and West – Catholic Culture/Catholic World News

A Better Connected World – Julie Rodrigues, Catholic Stand

One God: No More, No Less – Michael Baruzzini, The Catholic Thing

Evangelical Catholicism, Pope Francis and the 21st-Century Church –...READ MORE

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Tools for Knowing the Nature of Marriage and the Source of Human Thriving (11759)

A Register exclusive from Archbishop Charles Chaput.

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In late March, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases — Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor — with big implications for the future of marriage. Perry involves California’s Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment. Prop. 8 restored to California law the principle that marriage is the conjugal union of husband and wife. Windsor involves DOMA (the federal Defense of Marriage Act). DOMA defines marriage in the same way for the purposes of federal law. It also authorizes states to decline to recognize same-sex “marriages” entered into in other states.

Proposition 8 passed by a clear majority in a 2008 statewide popular vote. DOMA passed by large...READ MORE

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Easter Sacraments Offer Huge Potential for Renewal, Pope Francis Says (3194)

Holy Father encourages the faithful to receive the grace of the risen Christ at his first ‘Regina Coeli’ gathering.

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VATICAN CITY — The Pope told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the “Regina Coeli” that the grace from the sacraments received at Easter can renew relationships.

“The grace contained in Easter sacraments has a huge potential for renewal in personal life, family life and social relations,” Pope Francis said April 1 to a packed St. Peter’s Square.

He noted that “everything passes through the human heart,” and the sacraments allow people to “receive the grace of the risen Christ,” which gives them the freedom to change those faults that “can hurt me and others.”

The Pope underscored that this “allows the victory of Christ to remain in my life and broaden its beneficial action.”...READ MORE

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The Logic of the Resurrection, Insight Into Pope Francis' Thought and Much More! (3505)

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Thank You, Pope Francis for the Female Foot Washing! Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Thank You, Pope Francis for the Female Foot Washing! via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

The Logic of the Resurrection – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report

Google Celebrates Their Religion – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

“The Truth of the Resurrection” by Cardinal Ratzinger – Ignatius Insight Scoop

We Cannot Have Dissent! – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Remind Me Again Why You Can’t Sing the Propers – Ben Yanke, From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

Clues to Francis’ Thought – Bridget Littleton, Ignitum Today

Breakfast is a Catholic Thing – Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

The Forgotten Eucharistic Vision of Virgil Michel – Roland Millare,...READ MORE

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MLB Veteran Mark Kotsay Pursues Perfect Work (5066)

The San Diego Padres’ outfielder strives to implement patience on and off the diamond and, for Kotsay, it all centers on the Mass.

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Thirty-seven year-old Mark Kotsay has done nearly everything that can be done in baseball. At Cal State Fullerton his team won the College World Series, and he was named MVP. He then played on the USA’s bronze medal-winning squad at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Kotsay’s professional career includes stints with seven teams. In 2011, his Milwaukee Brewers won the National League Central Division title and made it to the National League Championship Series, where they lost to the eventual World Series-champion St. Louis Cardinals.

One thing Kotsay has yet to accomplish is a World Series victory. He hopes that will change this season with the Padres, a team he returned to last season...READ MORE

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Welcome Jesus as a Friend, Pope Encourages at Easter Vigil (4462)

The Holy Father baptized four people, including one American citizen.

03/30/2013 Comments (8)

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him with trust as a friend during the Church’s most holy night of the year.

“If up until now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. ... He will receive you with open arms,” Pope Francis said at St. Peter’s Basilica during the Easter vigil Mass.

“If you have been indifferent, take a risk; you won’t be disappointed,” he told thousands gathered at the Vatican on March 30.

At the opening of the liturgy — which Pope Francis concelebrated with numerous cardinals — candles were lit among the faithful and passed in complete silence, illuminating the church as the Easter candle...READ MORE

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