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On the Road to Rome, With Twists and Turns (3883)

Studies show the number of Americans who switch religious affiliation more than once is on the rise.

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An avowed atheist, Devin Rose entertained thoughts of suicide before turning to God.

Rose was out of options in his battle against severe social anxiety and depression. He saw a therapist. He tried breathing exercises. He blocked out negative thoughts. None of it worked. 

“When I hit the low point in college and was considering suicide, I thought of God because I had good Christian friends who showed me through their lives that they had hope and joy — two virtues I was completely missing,” Rose said. “So God presented himself to me as an alternative, even though it seemed like a long shot that he was real.”

Rose’s search for a virtuous life of faith would lead to Catholicism. But,...READ MORE

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U.N. Harshly Criticized for Pushing Abortion in Peru (2357)

A Peruvian congresswoman said no international organization can force Peru to go against what it says in its Constitution.

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LIMA, Peru — Health and legal experts throughout Peru are denouncing a recent recommendation by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that the nation loosen its laws regarding abortion.

In a report presented on March 28, the United Nations commission recommended that Peru “revise” its laws on abortion to allow the procedure in certain cases such as rape and incest.

“Abortion should be allowed in these cases because they are performed anyway, but in a clandestine, illegal and unsafe way,” the report argued.

Peru “should adopt a national protocol to regulate the practice of therapeutic abortion,” it stated.

Abortion remains illegal in Peru, but it carries no sanction in cases when the...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Couple at Catholic H.S. Prom, Aquinas on Psalms as Source of Wisdom and More! (4687)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Same-Sex ‘Couple’ at the Jesuit High School Prom. Follow the link by Dr. Edward Peters to read more.

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Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Psalms and the Liturgy as the Source of Wisdom – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Is There Any Doubt That We Are Next? – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

The Deutero-Canonical Books of the Holy Bible and Protestant Myths – Tribunus, Roman Christendom

Planned Parenthood Motto: Dead Baby Uber Alles – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

"Absolutely Licit". . .My Foot! – Fr. Z’s Blog

Why Don’t We Have More Priests? – Abram Muenzberg, Ignitum Today

Making Sense of the Shroud – Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

Knights for Peace and Sanctification in the Middle...READ MORE

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John Paul II Seen in Pope Francis, Vatican Official Reflects (2683)

Msgr. Slawomir said the two popes are similar in their openness, in their simplicity in approaching people and in their prayer.

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ROME — On the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death, the Vatican official in charge of overseeing his canonization process says that people see some of him in Pope Francis.

“I see that people remember his words and his gestures, and I think that in many actions you can see similarities with Pope Francis,” Msgr. Slawomir Oder told Catholic News Agency.

“We can perceive that both are similar in their openness, in their simplicity in approaching people and in their prayer,” he said.
“Pope Francis invites each person to hope and to have the courage to embrace God in his life,” he added.

April 2 marks the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II passing away, and he could...READ MORE

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Major League Soccer Player Moves Forward in Faith (4983)

Danny O’Rourke of the Columbus Crew recommits himself to Christ amid life’s difficulties.

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Growing up in a Catholic family, Danny O’Rourke went to Mass regularly, but he didn’t understand  why he had to. Soccer was a greater concern for him, and it continued to be so during his years at Indiana University.

His impressive Hoosier tenure included three consecutive All-Big 10 selections (2002-2004) and two consecutive NCAA Championships (2003-2004). His collegiate career was capped off by being named a first team All-American and the nation’s top player as a senior in 2004.

It wasn’t until dealing with knee injuries early in his professional career that O’Rourke had the time to reflect on the meaning of the Mass and his relationship with Jesus Christ. For O’Rourke, Mass...READ MORE

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Pope Stressed Christ-Centered Evangelization at Pre-Conclave Meetings (2399)

Then-Cardinal Bergoglio’s address during the general congregation meetings was made public with the Holy Father’s approval.

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Then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

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HAVANA, Cuba — Shortly before he was elected as the new Holy Father, Pope Francis told his brother cardinals that the successor of Peter must lead the Church to move outward in evangelizing in Christ’s name.

The next pope, said then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, “must be a man who, from the contemplation and adoration of Jesus Christ, helps the Church to go out to the existential peripheries, that helps her to be the fruitful mother.”

Cardinal Bergoglio was one of numerous cardinals who offered an address during the general congregation meetings that preceded the conclave last month.

Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana, Cuba, sought permission to make public a handwritten copy of the...READ MORE

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World-Famous Welsh Catholic Blogger Retires, Power of Gregorian Chant, Celebrating Love and More! (2280)

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World Famous Welsh Catholic Blogger Retiring. Follow the lik via the Catholic & Welsh blog to read more.

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The Power of Gregorian Chant – Richard J. Clark, Corpus Christi Watershed

Celebrating Love – Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

Extraordinary Form Mass, Georgetown University – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Is Prayer Synonymous With Worship? – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Bona Dies, Amici: Latin for Aussies – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

And When He’s Busy. . .He Sends Mrs. Lana - Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

Solemn is Not the Enemy of Humble – Fr. Z’s Blog

Resurrecting the Authenticity of the Shroud of Turin – Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

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Recognize Risen Christ in Those Suffering Autism, Vatican Says (2994)

The Vatican released a message on World Autism Awareness Day to express solidarity with those suffering from the disorder and their families.

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Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski appears at a Nov. 2012 Vatican press conference.

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VATICAN CITY  — The Vatican is observing World Autism Awareness Day by calling on Christians to recognize the risen Christ in autistic people and increase solidarity with them.

“The [Pontifical] Council wishes to share with people who suffer because of autism the hope and certainty that adherence to Love enables us to recognize the risen Christ every time that he makes himself our neighbor on the journey of life,” said the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski.

“Setting oneself to listen must necessarily be accompanied by an authentic fraternal solidarity,” the archbishop said in his April 2 message.

Today is the sixth year of World...READ MORE

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