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St. Maximilian Kolbe on How to Have Heaven on Earth, Read Literature to Love the Truth and More! (2263)

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St. Maximilian Kolbe on How to Have Heaven on Earth – Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

Read Literature to Learn & Love the Truth – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Catholic Book Groups – Anna Keating, The Catholic Catalogue

Lying About Martin Luther by Don. R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Advice from the Artist as a Young Woman – Kevin O'Brien Waiting for Godot to Leave

The Saint Who Lived in the Ruins of the Colosseum – The Catholic Herald

Is Some Sacred Art too Naturalistic? – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

The Prisoner in the Tabernacle - Fr. John Hunwicke, Mutual Enrichment

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John XXIII and the Beginning of the Fall of the Iron Curtain (2839)

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Blessed John XXIII’s tomb under the altar of St. Jerome in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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VATICAN CITY — Blessed John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain during the pontificate of his successor, John Paul II, both of whom will be canonized April 27.

In 1961, the birthday of “Good Pope John” became the occasion for the first communication between the Soviet Union and the Vatican since the October Revolution of 1917.

Semen Kozyrev, the Soviet ambassador to Italy, sent birthday greetings to the pope that read: “On behalf of [Premier Nikita] Khrushchev, I have been entrusted with the task of communicating to His Holiness, Pope John XXIII, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, my congratulations and sincerest wishes for...READ MORE

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Burgeoning Religious Community Sees Global Impact (2055)

The Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres counts a number of its vocations from South Korea, which Pope Francis plans to visit in August.

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Mother Superior Maria Goretti Lee (c) with some of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres

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VATICAN CITY — A missionary order founded in France is sending its burgeoning number of vocations from Asia, and especially South Korea, to evangelize countries throughout the world.

“Our congregation has about 4,200 sisters, and we are serving 37 countries. And we will expand to three countries more this year,” said Mother Maria Goretti Lee, superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, March 18.

“We send missionaries out to all of Asia, Nepal, U.S.A., France, Peru, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia,” she said. “Most vocations come from Vietnam, then Korea, the Philippines and Thailand. The sisters from Korea number about 1,000.”

The mother superior describes their mission:...READ MORE

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Supreme Act of Mercy: Giving the Living Water to the Thirsty (3881)

Connecting the Dots: A Register series on the corporal works of mercy.

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Detail of 'The Water of Life Discourse Between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well' by Giacomo Franceschini

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A religion that practices baptism is a religion that doesn’t have very rigorous membership requirements. No Herculean feats are necessary to prove your mettle. There is no ritual bath in bull’s blood, no gashing yourself with knives or holding your hand over an open flame to attest to your commitment.

No proof is necessary beyond your word that you mean to try to be a good Christian. Just a splash of water three times, a few ritual words, and you are good to go!

You don’t even need to possess the faculty of consciousness if you happen to be born into a Catholic family: Mom and Dad do that bit for you untll you are ready to claim the faith for your own when you reach the age of reason. The...READ MORE

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Coming Home at Easter — It’s Not Just for Catholics (5521)

Since 2008 through to 2014, Catholic Come Home's media evangelization campaigns have inspired a flood of converts on their journey into the Church.

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Pope Francis welcomes two catechumens at the Easter vigil Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica last year.

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WARWICK, R.I. — When Lydia Clark, the 22-year-old daughter of a Presbyterian minister, was confirmed during the Easter vigil at Sts. Rose and Clement Church in Warwick, R.I., last year, she was only one of many non-Catholics who have “come home” at least in part because of contact with the Catholics Come Home organization.

Indeed, although the name Catholics Come Home might sound as if the organization focuses solely on former Catholics, that — as Clark’s story indicates — is not the case.

“The Holy Spirit is using Catholics Come Home to lead home converts, atheists and agnostics, as well as reverts,” said Tom Peterson, a former ad executive, who founded the organization after an intense...READ MORE

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Archbishop Urges Prayer and Action Against Colo. Abortion Bill (3325)

Archbishop Aquila said, 'No action taken in defense of life is meaningless, particularly if it comes from a place of prayer and the Gospel.'

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila concelebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

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DENVER — Archbishop Samuel Aquila is asking the people of Colorado to spend 10 minutes in prayer and take concrete action to support the sanctity of human life in the face of a serious legislative threat.

In an open letter dated April 11, the Denver archbishop explained that Senate Bill 175, touted as the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,” is being debated in the Colorado Senate this week.

“This overreaching piece of legislation would essentially shut down any attempt to pass life-affirming legislation in Colorado ever again,” the archbishop warned. “More than that, it enshrines the ‘right to abortion’ into Colorado law.”

“It’s being praised by anti-life organizations such as NARAL and...READ MORE

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N.Y. Court Evicts God From Public-School Property (4073)

COMMENTARY: This decision should give believers cause for concern.

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God has been evicted.

That is the message from a federal appellate court in ruling that the Bronx Household of Faith, a Christian denomination, could no longer use public-school property for its services. The court overruled the decision of a lower court judge, who had repeatedly protected the congregation’s rights against New York City.

As if that weren’t bad enough, the court’s reasoning should give believers further concern.

But first, some background. The New York City Board of Education allows its public-school property to be used for a variety of purposes and by groups of all kinds. The activities generally take place outside of school hours or in the summers. But it has generally...READ MORE

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British Woman Appointed by Pope to Head Pontifical Academy (2388)

Lady Margaret Scotford Archer is the new president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed Lady Margaret Scotford Archer as president of a group of scholars dedicated to studying issues in the social sciences in order to offer reflection and advice to the leadership of the Church.

According to an April 12 press release from the Holy See, “the Holy Father has named the most illustrious professor Lady Margaret Scotford Archer president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.”

The new president was born in Grenoside, England, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. She is currently a professor at l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Previously, she taught for many years at the University of Warwick in...READ MORE

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