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Pope Benedict on the Spiritual Battle That Is Lent (4558)

At its core, temptation is always meant to exploit God for some lowly end, the Holy Father explains in his second to last Angelus address Feb. 17.

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An Italian pilgrim expresses his sentiments to Pope Benedict following the Feb. 17 Angelus in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI used his penultimate Angelus address Feb. 17 to tell the throng of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that Lent is a “spiritual battle.”

Lent, he said, “always involves a battle, a spiritual battle, because the spirit of evil naturally opposes our sanctification and seeks to divert us from the way of God.”

Pope Benedict has just 11 days left as spiritual leader of the Church until his almost unprecedented resignation takes effect Feb. 28. More than 35,000 people have registered with the pontifical household to officially bid him farewell.

The Holy Father, speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace, explained that the Lenten “spiritual...READ MORE

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Conclave May Take Place Earlier Than Expected (3902)

The College of Cardinals could decide to move the start date forward from the previously indicated March 15-20 window.

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Coat of Arms during the Vacancy of the Holy See.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s spokesman announced that the coming conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor might be convened in shorter order than previously thought.

“It is possible that Church authorities can prepare a proposal to be taken up by the cardinals on the first day after the papal vacancy,” Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi told the press on Feb. 16.

Church law currently prescribes that from the moment a Pope dies or renounces the pontificate “the cardinal electors who are present must wait 15 full days for those who are absent.”

In Blessed John Paul II’s 1996 document, the apostolic constitution titled Universi Dominici Gregis, cardinals are...READ MORE

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The Men Who Will Influence the Conclave, 10 Steps to Start Catholic Homeschooling and More! (3645)

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The Kingmen Who Will Influence the Conclave. Follow the link by Giorgio Bernardelli of the La Stampa website to read more.

The Kingmen Who Will Influence the Conclave by Giorgio Bernardelli of the La Stampa website – Big Pulpit

Ten Steps to Start {Catholic} Homeschooling – Catholic Sistas

What he Church Teaches on Infant Baptism – Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

U. S. Government Tries to Block Homeschooling Refugees – Joseph Knippenberg, First Things/First Thoughts

If Only the Church Were More Episcopalian! – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Ten Things That Changed My Spirituality – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Papa Bene’s Lesson for Us this Lent – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Why Lent is Forty Days? – Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Cthlc Life™


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Holy Land Populace Unites in Support of Pope Benedict (4517)

Local Christians, Jews and Muslims don’t often agree on issues, but they express their mutual respect and support for the Holy Father following his resignation announcement.

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Pope Benedict XVI lights a candle in the Golgotha in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City.

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BETHLEHEM — The Holy Land’s Christians, Jews and Muslims don’t often agree on issues, but they are seemingly united in their respect for Pope Benedict XVI.

News of the Pope’s imminent retirement set off a wave of concern about his health, but also accolades for his efforts to promote Middle East peace and to strengthen the small Christian community here.

Many recalled Benedict’s 2009 pilgrimage to Israel and the Palestinian territories and his ongoing involvement in interreligious dialogue.

“Everyone remembers the journey of the Holy Father to the Holy Land in 2009 and to Cyprus in 2010. These were events of strong symbolism for Christians, but also for Jews and Muslims,” Archbishop...READ MORE

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The New Pope: Should We Speculate, About Fra Angelico's Work, Shakespeare for Lent and More! (4389)

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The New Pope: Should We Speculate? Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

The New Pope: Should We Speculate? by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Big Pulpit

About Fra Angelico’s Work – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Shakespeare for Lent – Peter J. Leithart, First Things/On the Square

How to Find Faith at the Movies – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

How to Create a Strategy for Lent’s Meatless Fridays – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Humility Speaks Loudest – Kaitlin Davis, Ignitum Today

Muskrat on Friday? You Must Be in Michigan! – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Not Just Romance: Marriage has Wide-Ranging Social Benefits – Sarah Torre, LifeSiteNews

Governor Dale – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

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Peter Cardinal Turkson Campaigning to be Pope, Five Questions with George Weigel and Much More! (4368)

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Peter Cardinal Turkson Campaigning to be Pope? Follow the link by Patrick Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog to read more.

Peter Cardinal Turkson Campaigning to be Pope? by Patrick Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog - Big Pulpit

Five Questions with George Weigel – Catholic Vote

Charity vs. Justice – Jason Hall, Catholic Stand

Best Predictor of Abortion Views? Opinion of Premarital Sex – Michael New, LifeSiteNews

Hey Latin Students: Conventiculum Viomingense (Very Cool) – Fr. Z’s Blog

Rousseau’s Shame and Lena Dunham’s – R. R. Reno, First Things/First Thoughts

Farewell to “Papa” Benedict XVI – Kelly Shircliff Williams, Ignitum Today

Papa Bene: “The Future is Ours” – San. Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

The New York Times as State Organ – D. R. McClarey, The American Catholic


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‘Love Is Never Finished’ (2936)

Editorial: Pope Benedict draws us toward another path that perceives both the beautiful and difficult elements of reality through the eyes of faith. This faith is not the stuff of delusion, but 'a response to the love of God,' rooted in his laws.

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Catholics across the world learned of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign just two days before Ash Wednesday.

In an unexpected way, the 2013 Lenten season will be remembered as a time of sadness, yet it will also be one of gratitude for the legacy of a spiritual father who courageously defended the Catholic faith and the dignity of the human person across all cultures and political systems.

Pope Benedict presented his decision as the fruit of deep prayer and a prolonged examination of "conscience before God." He said he was "well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and...READ MORE

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Resignation Aftermath: Pope as CEO? (3523)

After Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, the decision stirs confusion, concern and spin.

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Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with parish priests of the Rome Diocese Feb. 14 at the Paul VI Hall.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — [Editor's note: This story was updated Feb. 17] Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign his office on Feb. 28 shocked Catholics who expected him to remain in office until his death.

While Church leaders have since described the move as an act of profound “humility,” some media commentators and longtime critics have presented the decision as a stark break with tradition, resonating far beyond the individual Pope.

“This decision has been the only great reform of Benedict, and, at the same time, it is a revolutionary step for the Catholic Church,” said Marco Politi, the author of a book on Pope Benedict, in a Feb. 11 interview with The New York Times.

Politi described...READ MORE

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