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Pope Francis Discusses the Faith With Belgian Youth (2476)

The Holy Father spoke March 31 with a group from Ghent, accompanied by Bishop Luc Van Looy.

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Pope Francis rides through St. Peter’s Square after Mass.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis recently gave an interview to some youth from Belgium, accompanied by Bishop Luc Van Looy of Ghent. The Holy See Press office has released the text of the March 31 interview in Italian. The young people posed their questions in English and the Pope responded in Italian.

Below is Catholic News Agency’s translation, done by CNA’s Alan Holdren and Kerri Lenartowick.

The first question is: Thank you for having accepted our request, but why did you do so?
When I hear that a young man or woman is restless, I feel that it is my duty to serve these young people, to give a service to this restlessness — because this restlessness is like a seed, and, later, it will go...READ MORE

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Bishops Voice Abortion Concerns Over Affordable Care Act (3363)

A spokesman for pro-life activities said President Obama’s signature legislation has grave moral errors on abortion, conscience and immigrants that must be fixed.

04/07/2014 Comments (15)

WASHINGTON — A spokesman for pro-life activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) explained that the bishops hope to see grave concerns with the Affordable Care Act’s permission of abortion funding and lack of coverage of immigrants fixed.

“We are not among those pushing for repeal of the health-care act,” said Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the USCCB’s Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

Instead, Doerflinger told CNA that the conference hopes that Congress can fix “the moral problems that we saw when it was enacted.”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as “Obamacare,” is a 2010 health-care law reforming parts of the nation’s...READ MORE

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CUA Business School Baptizing the Free Market (5179)

Business leaders, graduates and students associated with the CUA School of Business and Economics say their goal is to transform how America does business.

04/07/2014 Comments (4)

Andrew Abela, dean of the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America

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WASHINGTON — Famous U.S. economist Milton Friedman once remarked that the only social responsibility of business “is to increase its profits.”

But the School of Business at The Catholic University of America is challenging that economic philosophy with the social teachings of the Church and is forming new captains of free enterprise to realize that the business of business is ultimately serving the needs of people.

CUA’s School of Business and Economics is challenging businesses large and small in the 21st-century economy to anchor their business practices in the Catholic Church’s social teachings. Late last month, the school’s dean, Andrew Abela, along with co-editor and professor of...READ MORE

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15 Hilarious Catholic Memes, Beauty and Inward Prayer, The Artist as Co-Creator and Much More! (5179)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/07/2014 Comment

Follow the 15 Hilarious Catholic Memes by Brantly Millegan to read and view more!

15 Hilarious Catholic Memes by Brantly Millegan - BigPulpit.com

Mozilla CEO Fired For Donating $1,000 to Prop 8 – Rebecca Hamilton, Pblc Cthlc

What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Opts. for Fasting in Lent - Anna Rose Meeds, Catholic Stand

The Artist as Co-Creator – Dale M. Coulter, Frst Thngs

Profiles in Cowardice and the Bishop of Charlotte - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Transfiguration: 4 Steps to Hearing God’s Voice – Shane Kapler, Catholic Exchange

Beauty & Inward Prayer – Jason Liske, Unblack

Pope John XXIII & the Jews – Thomas L. McDonald, The Catholic World Report

What the Defenestration of Brendan Eich Portends by Robert P. George DPhil - BigPulpit.com


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Pope Distributes Free Pocket-Sized Copies of Gospels (3646)

The copies were handed out to the crowds of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus to encourage them to read the word of God.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis handed out free pocket-sized copies of the Gospels to crowds filling St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, as an encouragement to read the word of God.

“Last Sunday, I suggested that you get little copies of the Gospels to carry with you during the day, to read often. Then I thought over the ancient tradition of the Church, during Lent, to give the Gospel to catechumens preparing for baptism. So, today, I want to offer to you who are here in the piazza — but as a sign for all — a pocket-sized Gospel. They will be distributed to you freely,” the Pope explained on April 6.

“Take one; carry it with you: It is truly Jesus who speaks to you,” he urged those...READ MORE

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Remembering Nathan Trapuzzano; Saints Agape, Chionioa and Irene; Rocky Versace and Much More! (2262)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/06/2014 Comment

Follow Remembering the Nathan Trapuzzano link by Fr. Christopher Roberts to read more.

Remembering Nathan Trapuzzano by Fr. Christopher Roberts - BigPulpit.com

Saints Agape, Chionia and Irene – uCatholic

Rocky Versace: The Bravest (Catholic) Man You Have Never Heard Of – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Modern Day Polish Saints – Philip Kosloski

Resist Temptation to Make Easter an Empty, Cultural Ritual – Seth Evangelho, Ignitum Today

A Catholic Man Opens Up About Being “Restless” – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

What are My Jars? – Jenni Groft, Catholic Stand

4 Surprising Facts About John Calvin & the ‘Apocrypha’ – Joe Heschmeyer, Strange Notions

True Freedom Through Prayer – Patti M. Armstrong, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

“I’m Back!”: The...READ MORE

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To Clean or Not to CLean; All Pope Francis Special; St. Augustine: Late Have I Loved Thee and More! (4448)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/05/2014 Comment

Follow To Clean Or Not to Clean link by the Carmelite Sisters to read more.

All Pope Francis Special – BigPulpit.com

Saints Who Were Artists – Fr. David Friel, Views from the Choir Loft

St. Augustine: Late Have I Loved Thee – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Central African Republic: When the Church Is a Field Hospital – Davide Demichelis, Vatican Insider

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

Rise in Canine Attendance to Pope’s General Audiences – Rome Reports

To Clean Or Not to Clean – Carmelite Sisters, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

A Call to Untrimmed Spirituality in a Clean-Shaven World – Tyler Blanski, Catholic Exchange

Check Your Amazon Account by Thomas L. McDonald of God and the Machine - BigPulpit.com


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In the Michigan Marriage Case, Which Side Is ‘Unbelievable’? (7084)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Judge Bernard Friedman made a highly selective reading of the evidence about same-sex parenting, in his March 21 decision striking down the state’s marriage law.

04/04/2014 Comments (44)

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On Friday, March 21, Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that Michigan’s voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman was unconstitutional. The following Monday, a higher court stayed enforcement, pending appeal.

But an analysis of the empirical evidence presented during the trial to Friedman, about how children fare when raised by same-sex parents, suggests that his decision was based in part on a highly selective reading of that evidence — one that overlooked the known shortcomings of the studies that claim to have established that same-sex parenting provides equally good outcomes for children as those raised in families composed of married,...READ MORE

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