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Notre Dame, Focus Lawsuits Challenge HHS Contraception Mandate (2685)

Notre Dame’s president warned that the government forcing religious institutions to violate their beliefs would mark 'the end of genuinely religious organizations.'

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Lawsuits from the University of Notre Dame and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) are challenging the HHS mandate for forcing them to violate Catholic teaching or face crippling fines.

Notre Dame’s president, Holy Cross Father John Jenkins, said the university’s lawsuit is about the freedom to “live out a religious mission” with broader significance than a debate about contraception.

“For if we concede that the government can decide which religious organizations are sufficiently religious to be awarded the freedom to follow the principles that define their mission, then we have begun to walk down a path that ultimately will undermine those...READ MORE

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Advent and Christmas 2013 at the Vatican (4923)

Pope Francis will continue the liturgical traditions established by his papal predecessors.

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Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, participating with two children at a Dec. 2 benefit concert at the Vatican for the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ first Advent and Christmas at the Vatican look set to be much like his predecessors,’ but with the possibility of a few surprises.

As in previous years, it will be liturgically intense, with no clear change in custom.

According to the liturgical schedule published Nov. 28 by Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, Pope Francis will begin the Christmas season in the usual way by celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Dec. 8 at Rome’s Spanish Steps, where he will pray before an image of the Blessed Mother.

On Dec. 21, the Pope will visit the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital in Rome. Announcing the visit at a...READ MORE

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Legion of Christ Acknowledges Abuse Committed at Connecticut Seminary (6971)

The sexual abuse of a minor by Legionary Father William Izquierdo occurred while he served as instructor of novices in Cheshire, Conn., between 1982 and 1994.

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ROME — The Legion of Christ has expressed its “deep sorrow” after internal investigations revealed that a Legionary priest has been found guilty of sexually abusing a minor.

The charges against Legionary Father William Izquierdo involve a novice when Father Izquierdo served as instructor of novices in Cheshire, Conn., between 1982 and 1994.

Legionary Father Luis Garza, North American territorial director of the congregation, was informed of the case in July 2012, the Legion said, and added that a third party and independent investigation of the allegation then took place that concluded in August of this year, ruling that the allegation was true.

In a Dec. 5 statement, Father Garza...READ MORE

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Sacrosanctum Concilium and the ‘Reform of the Reform’ (4037)

For the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Australian Bishop Peter Elliot reflects on its authentic interpretation.

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As a former Anglican, Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia, brings a unique perspective to the liturgical reforms that have taken place in the Catholic Church since the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

Bishop Elliott is the author of Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year and Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite, both published by Ignatius Press, and he will be presenting a workshop on Sacrosanctum Concilium in January 2014, at Australia’s national liturgical conference. He responds here to questions from Register correspondent Judy Roberts on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The ‘Seed of Eternity’ Has Been Planted in Our Hearts (3371)

The Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Creed, discussing ‘the resurrection of the body.’

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 4 during his general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reflected on the resurrection of the body during his general audience Dec. 4, explaining that we are “imprinted” with eternal life, which we are able to experience even now through the sacraments.

“Through baptism, we are inserted into his death and resurrection and begin to experience new life,” the Pope stated in his Dec. 4 general audience, highlighting how “the seed of eternity is planted within us.”

Pope Francis directed his weekly address to the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square, returning to the conclusion of the Creed, when believers proclaim their belief in “the resurrection of the body.”

“Dear brothers and sisters,” he began,...READ MORE

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Judge Hears Arguments in Colorado Same-Sex Wedding Cake Dispute (5541)

An evangelical Christian baker is charged with violating the state’s anti-discrimination law by not baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

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DENVER — A district judge in Colorado heard arguments yesterday in Craig and Mullins v. Masterpiece Cakeshop, a case concerning a Christian bakery owner who refused to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.

In July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited the Masterpiece Cakeshop bakery to ask for a cake for their wedding reception, following their same-sex “marriage” ceremony in Massachusetts. The owner, Jack Phillips, an evangelical Christian, declined to make one on the basis of his faith.

“We are confident that we put our best foot forward today for liberty, for religious liberty, and that Jack’s free-speech rights and free exercise (of religion) rights will be...READ MORE

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If Pope Could Perform One Miracle, It Would Be ‘to Heal Children’ (8060)

Pope Francis talked candidly with parishioners of a Roman church after confirmation, talking about the sacraments, his experiences and drawing others to Jesus Christ.

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VATICAN CITY — During a recent visit to a parish on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis revealed that if he had the power to perform one miracle, it would be to heal suffering children.

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported the Pope was visiting St. Cyril parish to celebrate the sacrament of confirmation, and, afterwards, he spent several hours visiting with the people there. One of the teenagers who was being confirmed asked him what miracle he would perform if he could.

The Holy Father’s answer was: “To heal children, because it pains me to see children suffer.”

The Holy Father greeted the sick people at the parish one by one, embracing them with a smile and sharing...READ MORE

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Six Simple Ways to Nudge Conversions, Does God Still Give Visions? and Much More! (3793)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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6 Simple Ways to Nudge Conversions. Follow the link by Carrie Gress of The CWR Blog to read more.

6 Simple Ways to Nudge Conversions by Carrie Gress of The CWR Blog - BigPulpit.com

Abortion Wymyn Attack Men Praying in Front of Cathedral – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Devil You Say? – Donald R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Does God Still Give Visions? – Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers

Venerable Fulton Sheen: Theologian? Timeless? – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

Was Christ’s Birth Preceded by 400 Years of Divine Silence? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

My Journey as a Catholic So Far: First Encounters – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

The ‘Try-On’ Wife – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

Faith, Hope & Charity: 3 Unorthodox Thoughts – Emmanuel Joseph, Catholic Stand

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