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Pope Benedict XVI Takes to Twitter (3045)

More than 200,000 have signed on to follow @Pontifex, the Holy Father’s handle. His first official 'tweet' will be Dec. 12.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s own personal Twitter account has been created to help the Church directly engage with believers and nonbelievers and to encourage the faithful already using and considering using new social media, the Vatican said Dec. 3.

The Pope’s new Twitter handle is @Pontifex, the Vatican announced today, adding that he will be penning his first tweet from that account during his weekly general audience on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12.

Until then, Twitter users can also ask the Holy Father questions on matters of faith, using the #askpontifex handle. The Pope is then expected to reply personally to a selected number of questions.

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Pope Calls on Bishops to Run Charities Better (1956)

In a new apostolic letter, the Holy Father asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has released an apostolic letter on charitable activities that asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching.

The Pope’s six-page letter, released Nov. 1, notes the duty of the diocesan bishops and parish priests to see that in charitable service the faithful “are not led into error or misunderstanding.”

Bishops and parish priests “are to prevent publicity being given through parish or diocesan structures to initiatives which, while presenting themselves as charitable, propose choices or methods at odds with the Church’s teaching,” he said.

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Parishes in Queens Remain Ravaged by Hurricane Sandy (1826)

Catholics display faith and generosity as they struggle to get through the storm’s devastating aftermath.

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A destroyed building is shown Nov. 27 in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York City.

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BROOKLYN, N.Y — The faith and generosity that Catholics in the borough of Queens are displaying as they struggle to get through the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are an inspiration to Father Richard Ahlemeyer.

St. Camillus and St. Virgilius parishes are in the Rockaway area of Queens in New York City, and they are among the worst- affected parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The faithful there, however, are rising to the challenge brought to them by Providence.

“I’m humbled by the faith of the people, by the generosity of the people and by the spirit of the people, even in the face of such great adversity,” Father Ahlemeyer, pastor of the two parishes, told Catholic News...READ MORE

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Dramatization of St. Anthony’s Life Inaugurates Year of Faith in India (1559)

With assistance from a world-record-size cast of actors, a porter in a local rice market stages an epic play at a soccer stadium in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

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A scene from ‘Morocasa’ in Thrissur, India.

THRISSUR, India — The staging of a historic drama on the life of St. Anthony of Padua, enacted by more than 3,000 actors, marked the inauguration of the Church’s Year of Faith in this city in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

There is a large Christian minority in Kerala, comprising approximately 20% of the state’s 33 million residents.

The three-hour Year of Faith drama, Morocasa (The Sacrifice of Morocco), re-enacting the life of St. Anthony in the milieu of 13th-century Morocco, was staged over the first weekend of November.

All four performances were held in a temporary hall, with a seating capacity of 5,000, erected at a soccer stadium in the heart of Thrissur. By the final...READ MORE

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Pope Says Advent Is a Time to Listen to God (1718)

Holy Father marks First Sunday of Advent on Dec. 2.

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VATICAN — Pope Benedict XVI has said Advent is a time to extend God’s “Kingdom of love” and to reflect on the coming of Jesus into the world.

“Amid the turmoil of the world, or the deserts of indifference and materialism, Christians accept salvation from God and witness with a different way of life, like a city set on a hill,” said Pope Benedict during his Dec. 2 Angelus comments at St. Peter’s Square.

The Holy Father said that the community of believers is “a sign of the love of God, his justice that is present in history but that is not yet fully realized, and that we must, therefore, always be waiting and seeking it with courage and patience.”

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What If B16 Appointed a Catholic Patriarch of Constantinople? US Military Catholic Trivia and More! (1247)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/03/2012 Comments (4)

What if Pope Benedict XVI Appointed a Catholic Patriarch of Constantinople? Follow the link by Bonetus of the Rorate Cæli blog to read further.

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What if Pope Benedict XVI Appointed a Catholic Patriarch of Constantinople by Bonetus of the Rorate Cæli blog - Big Pulpit

U.S. Military Catholic Trivia – LTC James Harvey, Pray the Rosary!

Womb Fight! – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Mariology of John 1:13 – Anthony Rosselli, Until We Rest in Thee

Shakespeare’s Nativity Scene – Emi Parker, Ignitum Today

Advent Orients Us to the Heart of the Nativity – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How God Makes Beauty from Barrenness – Colleen Carroll Campbell, Catholic Lane

Pay a Visit to the ‘Wobbly Room’ this Advent – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

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Top 10 Books on Spiritual Warfare, Navigating the Interior Life, The Power of a Baby and Much More! (2545)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/01/2012 Comments (2)

Spiritual Armory: Top Ten Books To Spiritual Warfare. Follow the link by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog to read more.

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Navigating the Interior Life – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Power of a Baby: A Christmas Story – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Summus Pipiabit Pontifix! – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Birth Pangs of Mary: Original Sin – Nicholas Hardesty, Phat Catholic Apologetics

New Year of Faith App – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Belmont Abbey College Dramatically Cuts Tuition Rate – The CNS Blog

Magnificat Advent Companion: eVersions Available – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

The 42 Worst Nativity Sets! – Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and...READ MORE

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Pope Highlights U.N. and Catholic Push for AIDS-Free Childhood (2284)

As the international community marks World AIDS Day, Catholic groups continue to take a lead role in the global campaign to eradicate infections of unborn children.

11/30/2012 Comments (3)

Pope Benedict XVI has highlighted the United Nation’s Global Plan to eradicate HIV infections of unborn children in their mother’s wombs by 2015 — and the key role Catholic health and aid groups are playing in the campaign.

The Pope drew attention to the issue at his Nov. 28 general audience at the Vatican, where he said, “My thoughts turn in particular to the large number of children who contract the virus from their mothers each year, despite the treatments which exist to prevent its transmissions.” The Holy Father timed his remarks to promote the U.N.’s World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

“This is a truly timely message,” said Karen Moul, spokeswoman for Catholic Relief Services, the U.S....READ MORE

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