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A Tale of 2 Brothers
 

MY BROTHER, THE POPE
By Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, as told to Michael Hesemann

Ignatius, 2011
270 pages, $24.95
To order: ignatius.com
(800) 651-1531


The vital importance of holy, Catholic family life in helping a young man to discern the call to priesthood and all that may follow from that call, including even becoming the Pope, is at the heart of this book-length interview with Msgr. Georg Ratzinger. Midway through the sympathetic interview, conducted by German journalist Michael Hesemann, Pope Benedict XVI’s elder brother cites the Ratzinger family itself as the key ingredient that influenced his and his brother’s decisions to become priests.
“It was...READ MORE

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Colorado Company Secures Injunction Against HHS Mandate (2206)

Judge’s decision marks the first ruling to state that religious freedom prevails over the government’s arguments for the HHS mandate.

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In the first legal ruling against the controversial Health and Human Services mandate, a federal judge has granted a temporary injunction protecting a Catholic-run business.

Judge John Kane of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado approved the injunction on the afternoon of July 27.

He said the harm of preventing the government from enforcing Congress-approved regulations “pales in comparison to the possible infringement upon plaintiffs’ constitutional and statutory rights.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom legal group sought the injunction as part of its lawsuit on behalf of Hercules Industries, a Colorado-based manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air...READ MORE

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Liturgy: The Foundation and Strength of Marriages, Catholics Have an Artistic Advantage, and More! (1102)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Liturgy: The Foundation & Strength of Marriages. Click on the link by Sarah E. Maple to read more.

Liturgy: The Foundation & Strength of Marriages – Sarah E. Maple, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Catholics Have an Advantage When It Comes to Producing Great Art – J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

On Being a Dorothy Day Catholic – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Will Christianity Supplant Islam in Iran? – Fr. Z’s Blog

How to Respond When Other Faithful Hurt You – Mark Shea, OSV Newsweekly

The New Intolerance by Melanie Phillips – Big Pulpit

Feeding the Hungry (John 6:1-15) – Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Investing in Our Future – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Why Did Jesus Call Sts. James & John the “Sons of Thunder”? – Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological...READ MORE

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Olympian Becomes a Sister (8390)

London 2012 feature from our July 15 issue. Sister Catherine Holum says, 'I think this is a fantastic opportunity for England and all the Catholics in this country to really utilize the Olympics to share their faith.'

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Sister Catherine Holum, former Olympian

It has been said that Blessed John Paul was the world’s most famous — and perhaps unlikely — soccer goalkeeper, but even he never participated in the Olympics.

But a speed-skating sister has. A speed-skating sister may seem like a novelty, but she is certainly a reminder that sports and Catholicism have much in common.

Sister Catherine Holum of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in Leeds, England, represented the United States at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, when she was a teenager.

Her interest in competition came from her family.

“My mother, Dianne Holum, was an Olympic speed skater and Olympic speed-skating coach,” says Sister Catherine. “She has four Olympic...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops’ Marriage Advocate to Lead San Francisco Archdiocese (3949)

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., the USCCB's leader on defense of marriage issues, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as the ninth archbishop of San Francisco.

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Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., the U.S. bishops’ leader on defense of marriage issues, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as the ninth archbishop of San Francisco.

“I am pleased to welcome Archbishop-elect Cordileone and to assure him of our prayers, loyalty, support and cooperation, as well as our friendship and affection,” said Archbishop George Niederauer, who offered his resignation as archbishop of San Francisco upon reaching the age limit of 75.

The appointment and resignation were both announced on July 27 in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Known for his staunch defense of marriage as well as his...READ MORE

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Franciscan University Image Will Be Removed From Steubenville City Logo (3227)

University responds: 'We find it particularly troubling that an out-of-town and out-of-touch group targeted the university for removal from the logo solely because of our religious identity. For more than 65 years, Franciscan University of Steubenville has proudly served as an integral part of this community, and we were honored to have our chapel included in the new city of Steubenville logo.'

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In response to a threatened lawsuit from an atheist group, the Steubenville, Ohio, city council says it will remove from its new city logo an image of the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s chapel.

The action drew criticism from Franciscan University’s vice president of advancement, Michael Hernon.

“We find it particularly troubling that an out-of-town and out-of-touch group targeted the university for removal from the logo solely because of our religious identity,” Hernon said July 25 on behalf of the university.

“For more than 65 years, Franciscan University of Steubenville has proudly served as an integral part of this community, and we were honored to have our chapel...READ MORE

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St. Anne Find Me a Man, What is the Difference between Desolation and Aridity, and Much More! (2514)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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“St. Anne, St. Anne Find Me A Man”. Click on the link by J. Q. Tomanek to read more.

“St. Anne, St. Anne Find Me A Man” – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

What is the Difference between Desolation & Aridity? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Our Lady of Quito Prophesied 60s Church Collapse & Restoration – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

American Exorcist-in-Training Shares His Experience – David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

From “The Pulpit” to “Big Pulpit” – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Top 10 Signs Your Catholic Co-Worker is Expecting a Child – Andrew Sciba, Truth & Charity

You Can’t Vote for this Man & Call Yourself a Catholic by Django of Catholics Stand Up & Fight blog – Big Pulpit

Change in the World of Catholic Music – Jeffrey A....READ MORE

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Focus Bible Study Leader Heads to the Olympics (4261)

Mexican-American student Diego Estrada brings Catholic faith to London games

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Diego Estrada takes the lead.

– Courtesy of Northern Arizona University Media Relations

Being an Olympic athlete and having his picture plastered on posters would probably fill most 22-year-olds with a healthy dose of confidence, if not arrogance.

But Diego Estrada, a distance runner who will be competing for Mexico at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, maintains a sense of humility and perspective, thanks to his deep Catholic faith.

“Catholicism and Christianity is a big part of my daily life. I wake up with prayer. I go to bed with prayer. Before a race, I pray. All around, it’s a big part of my life,” Estrada said in a recent phone interview.

“I was born to Catholic parents in Mexico. We’re very Catholic. From day one, attending Mass, being Catholic was...READ MORE

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