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Catholic Worker Celebrates 80 Years of Gentle Personalism (3321)

Animated by the same Christian vision as Pope Francis, co-founders Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin and their followers have striven to live in solidarity with the socially marginalized.

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Dorothy Day in 1934

– Wikipedia

NEW YORK — Eighty years old and still going strong, the Catholic Worker movement and its followers continue to face the challenge of building a new society on what its co-founder Peter Maurin called “the gentle personalism of traditional Catholicism.”

French immigrant Maurin and Servant of God Dorothy Day founded the Catholic Worker movement in the midst of the Great Depression.

They launched The Catholic Worker newspaper on May 1, 1933. The movement then expanded to houses of hospitality and farming communes following a model of Catholic economics called “distributism.”

Today, the Catholic Worker movement has 224 autonomous communities established in the United States and overseas...READ MORE

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May Is Mary's Month: Scriptural Proof for Marian Devotion; Good Liturgical Music and Much More! (2598)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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May is Mary’s Month: Scriptural Proof for Marian Devotion. Follow the link by Edward Looney of the Ignitum Today website.

May is Mary’s Month: Scriptural Proof for Marian Devotion – Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Keys to Good Liturgical Music: Training and Inspiration – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

One Holy, Baptist, and Apostolic Church by Matt Fradd of the Catholic Answers website - Big Pulpit

Pope Francis to Canonize 800 Italians – Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald

Can You Be Pro-Life While Supporting the Death Penalty? – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

What is This Thing Called Virtue? - Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine

Marian Devotion and the Spiritual Life - Daniel Burke, RCSD

Death of Red China’s Most Famous & Powerful Bishop – Anthony E. Clark PhD, The Catholic World Report


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Pope Emeritus Takes Up Permanent Residence in the Vatican (3563)

Benedict XVI will now spend his remaining days in prayer at the newly renovated monastery of Mater Ecclesiae.

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Edward Pentin

Helicopter carrying Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI flies above the Vatican May 2.

– Edward Pentin

VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican this afternoon to take up permanent residence in a renovated monastery.

Benedict XVI’s helicopter arrived from the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo shortly after 4:45pm local time. He was accompanied by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the pontifical household.

Among those greeting Benedict XVI at the heliport were Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals; Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state; and Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the governatorate of Vatican city state.

The pope emeritus was then transferred to his new residence, the renovated monastery Mater...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Labor’s True Purpose Should Attend Man (1972)

On the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Holy Father reiterates themes promulgated in Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical ‘Rerum Novarum’ and discusses all types of ‘slave labor.’

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– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — Marking the feast of St. Joseph the Worker yesterday, Pope Francis said at his general audience this week that work should serve man and contribute to his dignity, rather than man serving his work.

“How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity?” the Pope said May 1 in St. Peter’s Square.

He added a plea to “my brothers and sisters in faith and all men and women of good will for a decisive choice to combat trafficking in persons, which is a part of ‘slave labor.’”

Rather than a restricted view of “slave labor” focusing only on...READ MORE

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Pro-Lifers Protest Outside D.C. Abortionist’s Business (2277)

A video from Live Action shows Dr. Cesare Santangelo saying he wouldn't try to save the life of a baby who survived an abortion.

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– LiveAction.org

WASHINGTON — Pro-life activists protested outside the business of a Washington abortionist who admitted during an undercover interview that he “would not help” any infant who survives an attempted abortion procedure.   

Melissa Ohden, a survivor of an attempted abortion, spoke at the May 1 protest, saying she was thankful that the doctors at the abortion facility where she was born “didn’t subscribe to Dr. [Cesare] Santangelo’s credo that children like me should be left to die.”

“They didn’t see me as a liability; they didn’t hate me for surviving; they saw my humanity,” Ohden said.

Lila Rose, president of the undercover-reporting organization Live Action, called Santangelo’s...READ MORE

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Focus Prayer Breakfast Remembers Boston Bombing Victims (1626)

Fellowship of Catholic University Students gathers Catholics for faith and fellowship.

05/02/2013 Comment

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ breakfast in the Boston area offered prayers for the victims of the marathon bombings, as speakers encouraged students to evangelize within their communities.

“In times like these, when we are reminded of the broken world we live in, we are given the opportunity to let Christ shine through all the clearer,” said Justin Petrisek, Focus team director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is located in Cambridge, Mass.

Bomb explosions at the April 15 marathon in Boston killed three people and wounded more than 250 others. Within days, authorities began a manhunt in pursuit of suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar...READ MORE

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A True Story, Local Franciscan Recalls Friendship of Padre Pio and Much More! (3164)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A True Story. Follow the link by Leila Miller of the Catholic Stand website to read more.

A True Story – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Local Franciscan Recalls Friendship of Padre Pio – Jim Graves, Catholic San Francisco

What’s Killing American Catholicism by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Big Pulpit

Southern Baptist Seminarian Turns to Rome, One Year Later – Anthony, St. Joseph's Vanguard

Heartwarming Story from Texas Roadhouse – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Building Bridges Between The Orthodox & Catholics – Christopher B. Warner, The Catholic World Report

Who is the Terrorist? - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Woe to Those Who Call Trash Treasure, Treasure Trash - Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Crisis Magazine

What Gosnell Did is Not Rare – Stacy...READ MORE

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April Legislation Promotes Life in Kansas (3467)

Gov. Sam Brownback, a Catholic convert, signed three pieces of pro-life legislation into law last month.

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Gov. Sam Brownback

TOPEKA, Kan. — Three pieces of legislation signed last month by Gov. Sam Brownback have affirmed the hard work of pro-lifers in Kansas.

Brownback signed S.B. 142, “Civil Rights for the Unborn,” into law April 10. It concerns “wrongful life” and “wrongful death” suits. The measure prevents “wrongful life suits,” which are filed under the claim that damages are owed parents because they were not given information that would have led them to abort their baby. When these cases arise, it is generally because the baby has some significant disability.

S.B. 142, on the other hand, allows civil causes of action for the wrongful death of an unborn child throughout the entire nine months of...READ MORE

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