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Holiness Means ‘Letting God Write Our History,’ Preaches Pope (2920)

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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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Thankful for Catholic Family Life (9327)

Backup Bruce Gradkowski enjoys 'how the Church feels like a family.'

12/17/2013 Comments (7)
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Bruce Gradkowski and family

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PITTSBURGH — This season has been a challenging one for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Currently, the team has six wins and eight losses and is a longshot for the playoffs, even if they win their final two games of the regular season. Despite the Steelers’ troubles, the team’s backup quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski, doesn’t have a gloomy outlook.

Gradkowski was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, after playing college football at the University of Toledo. Following stints with the St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals, he came to the Steelers in 2013.

The 30-year-old Pittsburgh native is keenly aware of what a...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Dropped from Key Vatican Agency, Cardinal Wuerl Replaces Him and Much More! (12392)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/17/2013 Comments (8)

Cardinal Burke Dropped from Key Vatican Agency. Follow the link by John Thavis to read more.

Cardinal Burke Dropped from Key Vatican Agency by John Thavis - BigPulpit.com

What Do Catholic Moms Want for Christmas? - Donna-Marie O’Boyle, Catholic Mom

Cardinal Wuerl Appointed to Congregation for Bishops - Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Dominican Solemn Masses, San Francisco Bay - Fr. Augustine Thompson OP, New Liturgical Movement

An Advent Adoption Story - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Pope Won’t Be Naming Women Cardinals - John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

Advent and Confession - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How Can I “Rejoice” When I Feel Miserable? - John Janaro

Merry Digital Christmas - Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

5 Ethical Questions to Ask...READ MORE

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Vatican Secretary of State Encourages Diplomats to Work for Human Dignity (1811)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin met ambassadors accredited to the Holy See for the first time since officially assuming his post.

12/17/2013 Comment
CNA/Elise Harris

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state

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VATICAN CITY — In his first meeting with the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin emphasized their role in working together towards peace and the good of man.

His Dec. 13 address came a day after Pope Francis encouraged the 17 newly appointed ambassadors to collaborate to end human trafficking.

“In a time in which many parts of the world are faced with numerous forms of violence and the persistence of social inequality, I would like to renew before you the guarantee of my willingness to collaborate in the search for peace and respect for the dignity of every human being,” Archbishop Parolin said.

He referred to Pope Francis’...READ MORE

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New App Could Revolutionize Pro-Life Prayer and Action (7135)

The Los Angeles Archdiocese and Options United have teamed up to produce a new app that can increase prayer support and visibility of pro-life work.

12/17/2013 Comments (10)
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LOS ANGELES — Pro-life action is about to undergo a 21st-century revolution: A new app for Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices has the potential to open up a whole new digital frontier of prayer and support for thousands of women and girls over the United States in crisis pregnancies.

On any given day in the United States, approximately 4,000 mothers make a choice to abort their unborn children, despite the heroic efforts and prayers of crisis-pregnancy counselors and pro-life advocates praying for them at abortion centers or at home.

But thanks to the combined efforts of the Los Angeles archdiocese and the pro-life organization Options United, millions of pro-life...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Prays for Church to Be ‘Free of Clericalism’ (15592)

The Holy Father encouraged Christians to have a prophetic spirit and avoid the clerical legalism of the Pharisees.

12/17/2013 Comments (41)
CNA/Elise Harris

– CNA/Elise Harris

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis emphasized the need for prophets in the Church in order to prevent a negative spirit of legalism from taking over in his daily homily preached in the St. Martha guest house chapel.

“May our prayer in these days, in these during which we prepare for the birth of the Lord, be: ‘Lord, let there not be a lack of prophets among your people,’” he said on Dec. 16.

“Lord, free your people from a spirit of clericalism and aid them with a spirit of prophecy,” Pope Francis prayed.

Pope Francis said that, in the Gospel, those who met Christ with a spirit of prophecy welcomed him as the Messiah, but without it, “the void that is left is occupied by clericalism; and it...READ MORE

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Takes St. Francis’ Mission to Heart (4751)

San Francisco’s shepherd discusses the challenges and opportunities that go with being the bishop in a large multicultural region.

12/16/2013 Comments (7)


Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was installed as the metropolitan archbishop in 2012. In 2008, he came to national attention when, as an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of San Diego, he helped spearhead a campaign that won voter approval of Proposition 8, which effectively banned same-sex “marriage” in the Golden State. Proposition 8 was subsequently overturned following a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

In 2009, he was appointed the fourth bishop of Oakland and was named the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

Since his arrival in San Francisco, he has focused on priestly renewal, seminary...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Addresses Marxism Accusations, Women Cardinals (7247)

In a new interview with La Stampa, Pope Francis sets the record straight on several questions raised about his papacy.

12/16/2013 Comments (31)
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis responded to several questions touching controversial topics that have arisen in his papacy, including accusations of Marxism and rumors of women cardinals, in an interview published over the weekend in the Italian journal La Stampa.

Vatican analyst Andrea Tornielli interviewed Pope Francis and asked him about the accusations of Marxism from “ultra-conservative Americans,” who took issue with certain passages of the Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. The Holy Father flatly denounced the economic ideology.

“The Marxist ideology is wrong,” he said.

The Pope had severely criticized the assumptions behind “trickle-down theories” in the...READ MORE

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