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Video Review of Jen Fulwiler's New Book, St. John Paul II: Catholic Resurgence Pope and More! (2823)

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04/30/2014 Comment

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St. John Paul II’s American Legacy – William Doino Jr., First Things

St. John Paul II: The First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

St. John Paul II′s Vision of Family and Marriage for New Evangelization – Roland Moreno, The Catholic World Report

On the Papacy, St. John Paul II, and the Nature of the Church from Ignatius Insight Scoop - BigPulpit.com

St. John Paul II Corrected Interpretation of Vatican II – Bishop James D. Conley, First Things

Pope Francis & “Father” Bergoglio – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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Two Saints for ‘La Belle Province’ (6964)

COMMENTARY: The intercession of Sister Marie of the Incarnation and Bishop François de Montmorency-Laval might just be what Quebec needs right now.

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St. Marie of the Incarnation, canonized April 3

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Pope Francis, in what may be a spiritual booster shot to a spiritually ailing Quebec, signed a decree on April 3 certifying canonization for Marie of the Incarnation and François de Montmorency-Laval. The two new saints, both from Quebec City, are the first from that historic and charming community.

As the province of Quebec promotes abortion and euthanasia, endorses same-sex “marriage” and displays an exceedingly low birth rate, a reminder of its more glorious Catholic past may be just what is needed to revive its dormant Christianity.

These two staunch Catholics may not be well known, even in today’s Canada. Nonetheless, both were beatified by St. John Paul II on June 22, 1980. But that...READ MORE

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Poor Brazilian Parish Honors St. John Paul II (1557)

The parish of Notre Dame of Alagados will now be called Notre Dame of Alagados and of St. John Paul II, the first parish in the world named after the new saint.

04/29/2014 Comment
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Notre Dame of Alagados and of St. John Paul II Church

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BRASILIA, Brazil — A small parish in the poor neighborhood of Alagados in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, has become the first in the world to be named after St. John Paul II, after the pope’s canonization April 27.

Sara Gomes, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Salvador, told Agence France-Presse that the “small church of Notre Dame of Alagados will now be called Notre Dame of Alagados and of St. John Paul II. It is the first in the world to be named after the new saint.”

The official name change took place the morning of April 27, after Mass at the parish. Pope John Paul II was declared a saint alongside Pope John XXIII at a Vatican Mass earlier that day.

Archbishop Murilo Krieger signed a...READ MORE

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Cardinal Bertone Rebuts Accusations of Luxury Living (2988)

In an open letter, he stated that Pope Francis ‘called me April 23 to express his solidarity and his disappointment for the media attacks about the apartment.’

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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone at his apartment in the Apostolic Palace, March 7, 2014.

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VATICAN CITY — In an open letter, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has addressed accusations that he had angered Pope Francis with his “luxurious” new residence, saying he and the Pope are on good terms.

“I am personally grateful to Pope Francis for having called me April 23 to express his solidarity and his disappointment for the media attacks about the apartment, of which he had been informed as soon as the article was published,” the emeritus secretary of state wrote in an open letter published in the magazines of the Archdioceses of Vercelli and Genoa, both of which he led for a time.

Italian daily La Repubblica published an article April 20 claiming that the cardinal was moving into a...READ MORE

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Masses of Thanksgiving Offered for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II (1903)

The holiness of the new saints was the focus.

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Cardinal Angelo Comastri celebrates a Mass of thanksgiving for Pope St. John Paul II April 28 in St. Peter’s Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Following the canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XIII, Church officials presided over two Masses of thanksgiving, drawing attention to the saints’ enormous contributions to the Church and to society.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri presided over Mass in giving thanks for the 27-year pontificate of John Paul II Monday in St. Peter’s Square. In his homily, Cardinal Comastri — who is archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica and vicar general for the Vatican City State — emphasized the courage John Paul II had in proclaiming the Gospel, especially during a time when the world pretended as if God no longer existed.

Observing how the Holy Father’s witness became stronger, even as...READ MORE

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A Look at the Indian Elections: Church on the Edge (4922)

Catholic leaders are wary of the consequences of a possible victory by the coalition led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Narendra Modi, chief minister of India's Gujarat state and one of the leaders of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the current national election campaign.

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NEW DELHI — The tiny Christian community in India is receiving major media attention during the month-long election season, after the head of the Jesuit-run St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai encouraged the student body to support political parties that stand for inclusive economic growth.

In an email to the students, which called for support of parties that support “inclusive development,” principal Jesuit Father Frazer Mascarenhas also cautioned the students against supporting the “Gujarat model of development” — in apparent reference to the stance of Narendra Modi, one of the leaders of the Hindu nationalist and socially conservative Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian Peoples’ Party).

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Images from Canonizations, Exclusive with Lady Who Received St. John Paul II Miracle and Much More! (3556)

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04/29/2014 Comment

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Exclusive with Lady Who Received Saint John Paul II Miracle – Aleteia

Saint John XXIII: The Traditionalist of Change – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Legacy of a Visionary: The Life of Saint John XXIII, Part II – Thoughts from a Catholic

If Saints Were Superheroes – Seth Evangelho, Ignitum Today

Memories of Saint John Paul – Fr. Gerald Murray, The Catholic Thing

A Fresh Look at the Newest Saints Most Beloved Supplication – Richard G. Evans, Catholic Stand

Are Canonizations Infallible? – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Italians Watch the Canonization in 3D Glasses – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons...READ MORE

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Council of Cardinals Now Meeting for Fourth Session (2327)

A Vatican source indicated discussion this time could focus on the establishment of a new ‘Congregation of the People of God,’ focused on the laity.

04/28/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY — The latest meeting of the group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform of the Roman Curia began Monday and will continue for the following two days.

The meeting, April 28-30, follows previous meetings held in February, December and October.

The council of cardinals was instituted by Pope Francis shortly after his election to aid him in governing the Church and to revise Pastor Bonus, the apostolic constitution governing Rome’s Curia.

It is speculated that the discussion may focus on the establishment of a “Congregation of the People of God,” focused on the laity, a Vatican source told CNA April 24.

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