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The Amazing Adventures of a Romanian-Born New England Patriot (6503)

NFL punter Zoltan Mesko’s Catholic faith has been refined by his improbable and inspiring journey through life.

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New England Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko.

– Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman

Even though his favored New England Patriots lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the recent AFC Championship Game, Zoltan Mesko is not letting that get him down. The three-year pro has faced much tougher situations, starting in his home country of Romania.

Economic hardships were a way of life under communist rule, despite the fact that both of Mesko’s parents were engineers with good jobs. The family had money, but it couldn’t buy them much in an economy with oppressive regulations. Then there were days when the family narrowly escaped a violent death. During the 1989 revolution, the toddler Mesko and his parents evaded gunfire that careened through their apartment.

Eight years later,...READ MORE

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Vatican Rosary Begins Live Broadcast (2465)

The Vatican television outlet CTV and the Catholic Internet portal Aleteia are now broadcasting ‘A Moment With Mary’ Monday through Friday at 4pm. Rome time.

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Deacons from St. Paul's Seminary pray the Rosary Jan. 16 at St. Peter's Basilica.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is now broadcasting the Rosary live every weekday from St. Peter’s Square.

The Vatican television outlet CTV and the Catholic Internet portal Aleteia are broadcasting A Moment With Mary, which is being held Monday through Friday at 4pm outside St. Peter’s Basilica.

“We really want to bring the prayer to the people and enable the people all around the world to bring themselves closer to the heart of the Church,” said the initiative’s coordinator at Aleteia, Carly Andrews.

“We’re trying to bring it to people through the new-media technologies, through their social networks and with the new technology Google+,” Andrews explained.

The broadcast is meant to...READ MORE

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Liturgy Teaches Us to Hear God’s Voice, Pope Reflects (1679)

Jesus dedicated the Sabbath to prayer and listening to the Scriptures, the Holy Father notes, providing a sound liturgical example to Christians.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI told thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 27 that marking Sunday as a day of rest and engaging in the liturgy can teach us to listen to the voice of God.

“Before we can speak of God and with God, we need to listen, and the liturgy of the Church is the ‘school’ of this listening to the Lord who speaks to us,” he said during his weekly Angelus address.

Exploring the day’s reading from the Gospel of Luke, the Pope recounted how Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath.

“As a true believer, the Lord does not avoid the weekly liturgical rhythm and joins the assembly of his fellow citizens in prayer and in listening to the...READ MORE

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Pakistani Official: Society Flourishes With Religious Freedom (1131)

Minority Affairs Minister Paul Bhatti, whose brother Shahbaz was killed in 2011 for defending Christian interests, spoke at this month’s New York Encounter.

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Paul Bhatti speaks at the New York Encounter.

– Nicholas Erickson, Courtesy of New York Encounter

NEW YORK  — Paul Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister of minority affairs, called religious liberty a Christian value that can enhance life in the country and impart stability to society at large.

“With religious freedom, societies are more likely to flourish, because people can express their deepest belief and highest ideas, so societies are more stable,” he said in a Jan. 19 interview with Catholic News Agency.

“It’s the wrong concept that religious freedom leads to instability, but, actually, it leads to more public order and more economic empowerment, so this is the Christian teaching.”

Christianity can also offer to Pakistani culture its emphasis on compassion and the works of mercy,...READ MORE

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Pope Transfers Responsibility for Catechesis, Seminaries (1881)

Two new papal directives have reassigned oversight of these areas to different Vatican offices.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has written two new directives modifying the departments in the Roman Curia that are responsible for catechesis and the formation of priests throughout the Church.

The Pope gave the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization the task of “caring for ... the relevant instrument of evangelization that the Catechism of the Catholic Church, along with catechetical teaching in all its diverse forms, represents for the Church, in order to bring about a more organic and effective pastoral outreach.”

“This new pontifical council will be able to provide the local Churches and the diocesan bishops an appropriate service in this area,” he wrote Jan....READ MORE

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Upon Ordination, He and His Wife Will Cease Conjugal Relations; The Richness of the Word and More! (4026)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Upon Ordination, He and His Wife Will Cease Conjugal Relations. Follow the link by Dr. Edward Peters to read more.

Upon Ordination, He and His Wife Will Cease Conjugal Relations by Dr. Edward Peters - Big Pulpit

The Richness of the Word - Donald DeMarco PhD, Crisis Magazine

By What Right? – Jacob Tawney, The American Catholic

Man’s Role in Writing Sacred Scripture – Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

One Priest’s Tips for a Better Celebration of Holy Mass – Fr. Z’s Blog

Constantinople: 25 Quotes from Eastern Fathers on Petrine Ministry – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

The Pastoral Care and Responsibilities of the Soloist Musician – W. Patrick Cunningham, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Vatican Praises U. S. Marches for Life as Witness for The Whole World – Thaddeus Baklinski

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U.S. Bishops Bring New Weapon to Human-Trafficking Fight (8794)

More than a year after losing HHS funding over its pro-life commitment, the USCCB’s Anti-Trafficking Program launches a new initiative to help at-risk communities.

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WASHINGTON — A new innovative weapon in the fight against human trafficking and sex slavery is coming this year from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, more than a year after abortion politics led the Obama administration to kill federal funding for the Church’s top-rated outreach effort.

“We lost a contract, but we’ve not gone away,” said Nathalie Lummert, special-programs director at the USCCB’s Office of Migrant and Refugee Services (MRS). “We’re taking a decade of experience and now are rolling out a new program that brings communities directly into the fight against human trafficking.”

The new initiative of the U.S. bishops’ Anti-Trafficking Program is “The Amistad...READ MORE

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Pope Joins March for Life Via Twitter (2707)

‘I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life,’ the Holy Father tweeted Jan. 25.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has sent a Twitter message expressing his solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people marching in America this week for a culture of life and an end to abortion.

“I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life,” he tweeted Jan. 25.

From coast to coast, pro-life marches and rallies in America continue to mark the week of Jan. 22 as the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion throughout the nation.

San Francisco's Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 26 will be attended by Archbishop Carlo Viganò, apostolic...READ MORE

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