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Why Catholics Practice Fast & Abstinence? Giving Up Facebook for Lent; Holy Obedience and More! (3885)

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Follow the Why Do Catholics Practice Fast & Abstinence by Deacon Mike Bickerstaff link to read more.

Holy Obedience by Sword of Peter - BigPulpit.com

Why Do Catholics Practice Fast & Abstinence? – Dcn. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Quantum Divine Action: The Delayed Choice Experiment – Dr. Robert Kurland, Catholic Stand

5 Reasons I’m Giving Up Facebook for Lent – Amy Bonaccorso, Catholic Lane

The Subtleties of Satan by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of Standing on my Head - BigPulpit.com

On Daughters, Vocation & Human Happiness - Richard Becker, Crisis Magazine

So Called Same-Sex Marriage & Religious Liberty – God & Caesar

Welcome to the Dark Age of Designer Babies – Carly Andrews, Aleteia

St. Augustine: Repent Today! – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic


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Catholic Ministries Combat Pornography (6798)

From support groups to software, Church-backed ministries confront rampant smut addiction.

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Part II of a Register series. Part I can be read here.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It took some investigating, but the culprit responsible for exposing a handful of third-graders to pornography at a Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Kansas City was discovered: an 8-year-old boy.

The boy, who comes from a Catholic family, was not only showing his friends how to find pornography, but also telling them how to erase the Internet history so they wouldn’t get caught.

Various companies are trying to prevent such disturbing incidents.

“People are not aware that so many young children from good Catholic homes are being exposed to Internet pornography,” warns Sam Meier, consultant for My House, an...READ MORE

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Last Von Trapp Family Singer Passes Away (2667)

Maria Franziska von Trapp, who was portrayed as Louisa in The Sound of Music, died at the age of 99. Her half-brother Johannes von Trapp said, 'She was a lovely woman who was one of the few truly good people.'

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Von Trapp siblings prepare for Boston concert in 1941.

– Wikipedia

On Feb. 18, Maria Franziska von Trapp passed away at the age of 99, after spending her life as a performer alongside her six siblings and later served as a lay missionary with her stepmother in Papua New Guinea.

Maria von Trapp was the third child and second-oldest daughter of Austrian Naval Capt. Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp. She was the last surviving member of the original seven children in the Trapp Family Singers.

The group became famous in the 1959 Broadway musical and 1965 film The Sound of Music, which recounts their story and in which Maria was portrayed as the character Louisa.

Loosely based on a book written by Georg's second wife, Maria...READ MORE

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Napa Institute’s July Gathering to Explore Economic Justice, Leadership (1782)

The California meeting features leading U.S. Catholic figures discussing the future of the faith in the ‘Next America.’

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Tim Busch speaking at the first Napa Institute meeting.

– Patrick Novecosky via CNA

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. — The fourth annual Napa Institute conference will bring together cardinals, clergy and lay leaders this July for spiritual enrichment and discussion about the challenges of Catholic leadership today.

“The Napa Institute was created to offer a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith in relation to the ‘Next America,’” said Timothy Busch, the Napa Institute’s chairman of the board.

“This year’s theme will explore economic justice, beauty and the arts and reason and faith — and who better to lead these discussions than the who’s who of Catholic leadership,” he added.

The July 24-27 gathering will take place at the Meritage Resort and Spa in California’s Napa Valley....READ MORE

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FDA Considers Genetically Modified Children, Making the Church Beautiful Starts at Home and More! (4048)

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03/03/2014 Comment

Follow the F. D. A. Considers Allowing Genetically Modified Children link to read more.

9 Questions About the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by Carson Holloway of Catholic Vote - BigPulpit.com

F. D. A. Considers Allowing Genetically Modified Children – Chelsea Zimmerman, Catholic Lane

Making the Church Beautiful Starts At Home – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Do Natural Rights Really Exist? – Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

'Same-Sex Marriage' & Religious Liberty - God & Caesar

Envy: The No Win Sin – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

“Learning the Virtues that Lead You to God” by Romano Guardini – Mary Hartwell, Integrated Catholic Life™

Social Media: Are We Excarnating Ourselves Online? – Joel & Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand


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Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Prays for Crimea (3048)

Protesters take refuge and pray for peace in one of two tent-chapels in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Protesters take refuge and pray for peace in one of two tent-chapels on Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine.

– CNA/Jakub Szymczuk/GOSC NIEDZIELNY/Courtesy Aid to the Church in Need

KIEV, Ukraine — The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church issued a statement Feb. 28 praying for the people of Crimea and appealing for the unity of Ukraine, as Russia has reportedly deployed troops in the peninsula.

“The entire family of the UGCC faithful pleads to the compassionate Lord for his protection and assistance to peacefully overcome the deteriorating situation in Crimea and that the unity of our country might be preserved,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halyc.

Earlier that day, armed men in unmarked military uniforms took control of airports in Crimea, as well as the autonomous republic’s parliament building and state telecommunications and television...READ MORE

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Pope: Heart Set on Possessions Is ‘Empty of God’ (3186)

In his Sunday Angelus message, the Holy Father explained wealth should never become a goal in itself for Christians.

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Pope Francis delivers his March 2 Angelus remarks.

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VATICAN CITY — Crowds filled a rainy St. Peter’s Square Sunday to hear Pope Francis’ Angelus message, which focused on the importance of seeking God above all else, especially earthly goods.

“A heart occupied by the desire to possess is full of this desire to possess [things], but empty of God,” said the Pope on Sunday, March 2.

“In a heart possessed by riches, there is not much space for faith. Everything is occupied by riches: There is no place for faith. If instead one allows God his rightful place, that is, first, then his love also leads to sharing the wealth, putting riches at the service of charitable and development projects, as evidenced by many examples, even recent ones, in the...READ MORE

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Saints in the City of Brotherly Love (2823)

The Holy Charity of Sts. John Neumann and Katharine Drexel in Philadelphia

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Neumann photo, courtesy of the Redemptorists; Drexel photo, Robert J. Borton/courtesy of the Archives of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

Top photo, St. John Neumann shrine crypt; bottom photo, St. Katharine Drexel shrine crypt

– Neumann photo, courtesy of the Redemptorists; Drexel photo, Robert J. Borton/courtesy of the Archives of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

Philadelphia’s most important churches are the Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul and Old St. Joseph’s Church, the oldest Catholic Church in Philadelphia, which was built in 1733.

But the City of Brotherly Love is also home to a duo of very special American shrines: St. John Neumann National Shrine and St. Katharine Drexel National Shrine and Mission Center.


St. John Neumann

St. John Neumann National Shrine is situated in the Church of St. Peter the Apostle on North Fifth Street, in the bustling urban neighborhood of Northern Liberties.

Not far from Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center, pilgrims gravitate to the lower level of the 1843...READ MORE

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