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The Evidence Is on Our Side, Contribution of Catherine Pickstock to Liturgical Renewal and More! (3281)

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08/01/2013 Comment

The Evidence Is on Our Side. Follow the link by Jon Sorensen of Catholic Answers blog to read more.

The Evidence Is On Our Side by Jon Sorensen of Catholic Answers blog - BigPulpit.com

Contribution of Catherine Pickstock to Liturgical Renewal - Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Totus Tuus Again . . . and Again - Sr. Lisa Marie FDCC, Ignitum Today

Silver Fish Prize Awarded to Best Catholic Film - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Are World Leaders Homosexualizing? - A. Elizabeth, Defénde Nos Proélio

Will Francis Have an Impact on Catholic-Jewish Relations? - Yoel Cohen, Aleteia

Quæritur: Genuflecting When Blessed Sacrament is Exposed - Fr. Z’s Blog

Interesting Premise in Universalist/Pessimist Controversy - James Chastek PhD PhL, Just Thomism

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Pope Cries With Brazilian Child Who Wants to Be a Priest (15274)

ʻAs of today, your vocation is set,ʼ Pope Francis tells little Nathan de Brito.

07/31/2013 Comments (33)
Radio FM Cancao Nova

Pope Francis embraces Nathan de Brito during World Youth Day.

– Radio FM Cancao Nova

RIO DE JANEIRO — Nathan de Brito brought Pope Francis to tears during one of his motorcades through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on July 26, when the boy broke past barriers to deliver an important message to the Holy Father.

“Your Holiness, I want to be a priest of Christ, a representative of Christ,” de Brito whispered into the ear of Pope Francis. De Brito, 9, had jumped hurdles and made his way to the popemobile wearing his Brazilian national soccer team jersey. The boy later told reporters about the emotional exchange, which was also captured on video.

“I am going to pray for you, but I ask you to pray for me,” Pope Francis told him.

“As of today, your vocation is set,” said...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate Challenges Headed to Supreme Court? (4459)

Split appeals-court decisions increase the likelihood the high court will rule on religious freedom cases involving for-profit employers.

07/31/2013 Comments (6)

PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, ruled that the Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. must comply with the federal contraception mandate and cover co-pay-free Plan B and Ella in its employee health plan.

The Third Circuit’s recent ruling in the closely watched case, one of about 30 legal challenges to the Health and Human Services’ mandate filed by for-profit employers, increases the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately rule on this issue.

The 10th Circuit had already decided that another legal challenge filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft-store chain, would likely win on the merits and ordered a lower court to approve a restraining order...READ MORE

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Francis Has Not Contradicted Benedict’s Reforms, Say Franciscans of the Immaculate (14192)

The order’s spokesman said the danger of 'heresy and disobedience,' not the traditional Latin Mass, deserves blame for the Vatican decree.

07/31/2013 Comments (19)
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Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in a liturgical procession.

– MaryMediatrix.com

ROME — The Vatican congregation in charge of religious life has issued a decree appointing a commissioner with the approval of Pope Francis to resolve the internal divisions plaguing the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI) but has touched off a firestorm of controversy by restricting the order’s celebration of the Mass in the extraordinary form.

However, FFI leaders dispute allegations that Pope Francis is rolling back Pope Benedict’s liturgical reforms, and they say the decree is a necessary, temporary measure.

“More than 80% of the friars appreciate the intervention of the Church,” Father Alfonso Bruno, a spokesman for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, told Catholic...READ MORE

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Pope’s Remarks on Women in the Church Call for Deeper Theology, Says Expert (10365)

Catholic analyst says Pope Francis’ call for a “more profound theology of women” goes beyond women's ordination and builds on the teachings of Blessed John Paul II.

07/31/2013 Comments (69)
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Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association

– EWTN News.

WASHINGTON — Recent comments by Pope Francis on the role of women in the Church not only assert that their status does not depend on ordination, but call for a developed “theology of women,” says a Catholic analyst.

“He’s acknowledging that a lot has changed with the modern world for women and that maybe the Church hasn’t spoken as much as it could to the issues that women are facing,” said Ashley McGuire, senior fellow of The Catholic Association, a D.C.-based non-partisan policy group.

McGuire told Catholic News Agency that Pope Francis also put to rest “any question as to whether or not he’s going to change Church teaching.”

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Bible Belt Parish Builds God’s Kingdom (9711)

An ‘extraordinary’ South Carolina parish models the New Evangelization — by offering both forms of the Roman rite daily.

07/31/2013 Comments (25)
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Prince of Peace parishioners process with the Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of Corpus Christi 2013. More than 400 parishioners took part in the procession.

– John Olson

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Deep in the heart of the Bible Belt lies Greenville, S.C., home to Bob Jones University and many devout evangelical and fundamentalist Christians with an ingrained animus against Catholicism. So that makes it even more interesting that a Catholic parish, led by a former Baptist from Greenville who converted to Catholicism as a teenager, may serve as one model example of the New Evangelization down South.

Home to two full-time priests with advanced degrees in dogmatic theology who both ably offer both forms of the Roman rite and sacraments, Prince of Peace Catholic Church has nearly 2,000 households on its parish roster. The church is attracting families from diverse...READ MORE

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Demise of Legitimate Political Authority, Singers in Choir Synchronize Their Heartbeats and More! (2744)

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07/31/2013 Comment

The Demise of Legitimate Political Authority. Follow the link by Christopher Manion of Crisis Magazine to read more.

The Demise of Legitimate Political Authority by Christopher Manion of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Singers in a Choir Synchronize Their Heartbeats – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Breaking! Nancy Pelosi’s Guardian Angel Is “Calling It Quits”! - LarryD, The American Catholic

The Problem of Evil – Matt Fradd, Catholic Answers

Fertilizer for Your Faith Seeds - Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Apologetics with Saint Ignatius of Antioch - Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

Beyond Pious Platitudes - Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Archbishop Romero’s First Pastoral Letter – Carlos X., Super Martyrio: The Martyrdom Files

Women Sterilized in Prison Like Animals Who Shouldn’t...READ MORE

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Catholics Begin to Build New Church in the Emirates (2580)

New church will serve thousands of Catholics living and working around the Arab capital.

07/30/2013 Comments (1)
St. Joseph's Cathedral of Abu Dhabi

Bishop Paul Hinder blesses the cornerstone of a new UAE church.

– St. Joseph's Cathedral of Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Catholics in the town of Mussafah in the United Arab Emirates have begun construction on a new church dedicated to St. Paul.

Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, blessed the church’s cornerstone on June 29 in the presence of the local Catholic community, including priests and religious missionaries.

“God dwells in each person ... and with faith and love [is] gathering us together in this new church,” Bishop Hinder said. The bishop said he hoped the love of Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit would enable the “speedy” completion of the church, expected to be finished in two years.

Mussafah is an industrial town southwest of the...READ MORE

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