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Pope: A Christian Refusing to Serve Others Is ‘Pagan’ (2703)

The Holy Father asked the crowds in St. Peter’s also to repeat with him, “Jesus is God with us.”

12/19/2013 Comments (18)
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VATICAN CITY — In his Wednesday morning general audience, Pope Francis stressed the importance of humility and service in the Christian life, telling Christians that they must imitate God’s example in lowering himself to become man.

“It is an ugly thing when one sees a Christian who does not want to lower himself, who does not want to serve, a Christian who parades around everywhere. It’s terrible, no? That person isn’t a Christian: He is a pagan,” the Pope said on Dec. 18 in St. Peter’s Square. “The Christian serves [and] lowers himself.”

With Christmas approaching, Pope Francis focused on the great “gift” of God in sending his Son, who came humbly as a baby in Bethlehem.


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Why December 25? Your Ultimate Guide to Having the Perfect Family and Much More! (2685)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/19/2013 Comment

Why December 25? Follow the link by Jon Sorensen of Catholic Answers to know why.

Why December 25? by Jon Sorensen of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

Your Ultimate Guide to Having the Perfect Family - Michelle, Catholic Sistas

The Lord’s Hidden Message - Sr. Lisa Marie, Ignitum Today

My Advent Parenting Fails – Cari Donaldson, Aleteia

Priest Shortage? Not Everywhere by Brad Noel of Southern Fried Catholicism - BigPulpit.com

Understand What’s at Stake, Divorce & Interesting Times - Dr. Ed Peters

Reasons to Love the Immaculata - Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ & Redefining the Greek: Malakoi & Arsenokoitai – Quartermaster of the Barque

Why You Need a Wish List . . . or Two - Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

The Traditional Latin...READ MORE

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New York Catholic Nonprofits Win Permanent Injunction in HHS Case (4798)

A federal judge rules that the contraception mandate ‘burdens plaintiffs’ religion by coercing them into authorizing third parties to provide this coverage.

12/18/2013 Comments (4)

NEW YORK — Last year, when a slew of Catholic dioceses and nonprofits began to file legal challenges against the Health and Human Services' contraception mandate in courts across the country, a May 27 New York Times editorial dismissed the lawsuits as “a dramatic stunt, full of indignation but built on air.”

But a year and a half later, a federal district judge in Brooklyn took a very different view of the merits of one HHS lawsuit filed on behalf of the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Rockville Center and four Catholic nonprofits in the New York area.

On Dec. 13, Judge Brian Cogan ruled that the HHS mandate compelled the Catholic nonprofits “to perform acts that are contrary...READ MORE

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Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas; Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis Talks Beauty and More! (2698)

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12/18/2013 Comment

Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas. Follow the link by Foxfier of Catholic Stand to read more.

Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas by Foxfier of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis Talks of the Way of Beauty - David Clayton, By Way of Beauty

Asking for Directions on the Way to Holiness – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Spice Up Your Advent with “Driveway Dating” - Christi, Catholic Sistas

Our Vicars of Bray – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pope Emeritus Benedict Defends Pope Francis on Markets & Ethics - Andrew M. Haines

A Biblical Look at Confession - Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

When I Will Concern Myself with the Roman Curia - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

My Journey as a Catholic So Far, Pt. 8: Church-Hopping – Jason Liske,...READ MORE

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Pope Appoints, Confirms Members of Bishops’ Congregation (2857)

The latest reshuffle has Cardinal Donald Wuerl in and Cardinal Raymond Burke out, although some American observers said this move is not politically motivated.

12/18/2013 Comments (20)

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WASHINGTON –- On Monday, Pope Francis made appointments to the Congregation for Bishops, confirming as its prefect Cardinal Marc Ouellet, a position he has held since 2010.

The Holy Father appointed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington as a member of the congregation. Cardinal Wuerl currently serves on several pontifical councils, as well as committees of U.S. bishops. He also served as relator general for the October 2012 Vatican Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

The Congregation of Bishops is responsible for what pertains to the “establishment and provision of particular Churches and to the exercise of the episcopal office in the Latin Church,” primarily overseeing the...READ MORE

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Papal Economics 101: What Francis Meant in ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ (7581)

Argentinian Catholic journalist José María Poirier explains that the Pope is condemning an economy that is insensitive to those on the margins, not the free market.

12/18/2013 Comments (31)

BUENOS AIRES — José María Poirier is an Argentine journalist and has been the director of the Catholic magazine Criterio since 1996. He first met Father Jorge Bergoglio when the priest was the superior of the Jesuits in Argentina. The journalist later interviewed him several times when he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Poirier authored the introduction of the book On Heaven and Earth, a series of dialogues between then-Cardinal Bergoglio and Rabbi Abraham Skorka. In the book Francis, Our Brother, Our Friend, journalist Alejandro Bermudez interviewed Poirier about his longtime coverage of the current Pope. And, recently, for the Register, Bermudez asked Poirier about Pope Francis’...READ MORE

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Archbishop Nienstedt Steps Aside During Investigation of ‘Touching’ Allegation (10185)

The Minnesota archbishop states ‘this allegation is absolutely and entirely false,’ but will refrain from all public ministry while it is investigated.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John Nienstedt has temporarily stepped down and is cooperating in a police investigation involving a claim that he inappropriately touched a young man during a group photo four years ago.

In a Dec. 17 letter, the St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop denied the charge made by a male youth claiming that his buttocks was inappropriately touched after a 2009 confirmation ceremony in the archdiocese.

“True, I am a sinner, but my sins do not include any kind of abuse of minors,” the archbishop wrote. “I have met victims, and I know the lasting damage that such abuse causes.”

He stated that his normal practice is to stand for group photos “with one hand on my...READ MORE

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Holiness Means ‘Letting God Write Our History,’ Preaches Pope (2918)

Pope Francis reminds Christians that God wants to 'make history' with them by being present in their lives.

12/18/2013 Comments (1)
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VATICAN CITY —Pope Francis’ daily homily on Tuesday focused on the importance of allowing God to be active and present in our daily lives.

“This is holiness: to let God write our history. And this is a Christmas wish for every one of us, that the Lord writes your history and that you let him write it. May it be so,” Pope Francis preached on Dec. 17 in the chapel of the St. Martha guesthouse.

God’s joy “was to live his life with us,” explained Pope Francis. Even after mankind sinned, God did not abandon us, but came closer, wishing to “make history” with us.  

“When God wishes to say who he is, he says, ‘I am the God of Abraham, of Isaac and Jacob.’ But what is God’s last name? It is...READ MORE

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