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Pope Concludes Year of Faith Preaching ‘Centrality of Christ’ (2840)

At his Sunday Mass on the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis displayed the reliquary containing the bones of St. Peter to the crowd of pilgrims.

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Pope Francis venerates the relics of St. Peter on Nov. 24 in St. Peter’s Square.

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VATICAN CITY — In his homily at Sunday Mass on the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis emphasized Jesus’ crucial place in creation, history and the Church.

“The attitude demanded of us as true believers is that of recognizing and accepting in our lives the centrality of Jesus Christ, in our thoughts, in our words and in our works,” he preached to a crowded St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 24.

The many pilgrims who had come to celebrate the close of the Year of Faith listened attentively as he continued, “When this center is lost, when it is replaced by something else, only harm can result, for everything around us and for ourselves.”

This historic Mass at the “crowning of the...READ MORE

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Kingstree, S.C.:  A Privileged Name for a Privileged Place (4259)

COMMENTARY for Christ the King Sunday

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According to official listings, there is only one location in the entire United States that has the name Kingstree. No city or town in our country is called Kingstree except the one in South Carolina.

Kingstree is the small town where the Shrine of Our Lady of South Carolina, Our Lady of Joyful Hope is located. How Kingstree got its name is providential.

The common story has it that, in 1730, the governor wanted townships to be established in the interior of the state. Explorers went up the major rivers to examine the terrain. When the explorer on the Black River came to this area, he saw something unusual. On a bluff, overlooking the river, was a great northern white pine tree. By...READ MORE

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The Saint Who Promoted Culture and Religious Reform, Fostering a Culture of Vocations and Much More! (3097)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Saint Who Promoted Charity, Culture & Religious Reform. Follow the link by Ed West to read more.

The Saint Who Promoted Charity, Culture & Religious Reform by Ed West - BigPulpit.com

Fostering a Culture of Vocations in 5 Easy Steps – Kerri, Catholic Sistas

The Fear of the Lord – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

The Global War on Christians – George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

The Ketchup Stain on my Soul - Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Philippines: “Spiritual Marines”, Priests, Arrive to Help – Fr. Z’s Blog

Getting It Right, the Foundation of Friendship – Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hugh O’Flaherty, Ireland’s Shining Priest – William Doino Jr., On the Square

Do-It-Yourself Gifts You’d Actually Want to Receive – Anna Keating, The Catholic Catalogue


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Building a Case for Faith (2761)

Book pick on A Faith Brief: A Lawyer's Argument for Why Faith Prevails over Doubt

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A Faith Brief

A Lawyer’s Argument for Why Faith Prevails over Doubt

By Patrick M. Garry

Kirk House Publishers, 2012

91 pages, $14

To order: kirkhouse.com

There are different ways to move people away from disbelief and doubt and toward faith.

To do so, author Patrick Garry takes a road less traveled, because he draws on his expertise as a law professor.

Like a good lawyer, Garry builds his case for faith over doubt clearly and colorfully.

He shows that doubt cannot be the default or starting position in any argument against faith because doubt’s position cannot be proven. He gives evidence that doubt is really an “unsustainable position.”

Garry unmasks doubt’s...READ MORE

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Radical Conversion From 'Racial Hatred to Rational Love' (3729)

Book pick on Joseph Pearce's autobiography Race With the Devil

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Race With the Devil

My Journey From Racial Hatred to Rational Love

By Joseph Pearce

Saint Benedict Press, 2013

264 pages, $22.95

To order: saintbenedictpress.com

On Dec. 12, 1985, a 24-year-old radical white supremacist named Joe Pearce stood in the dock at the Old Bailey and was convicted of violating the British Race Relations Act. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Four years later, on March 19, 1989, this same Joseph Pearce was received into the Catholic Church.

As a professional race-baiter, Pearce was known for his provocative articles and hell-raising speeches. As a Catholic public figure, Pearce is known for his “literary biographies” and has written about...READ MORE

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Want to Direct History? Chants for Thanksgiving; Blessed Mother Teresa's Dark Night and More! (3277)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/23/2013 Comment

Want to Direct the Course of History? Try This. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

Want to Direct the Course of History? Try This by Msgr. Charles Pope - BigPulpit.com

Proper Chants for Thanksgiving (Roman Missal Antiphons) – Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” - Ralph Martin, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Theory & Practice of Solidarity – Fr. Maciej Ziba OP, First Thoughts

The Eternal Liturgy vs. Contemporary Worship - Byz Pulpit

Can the Church Save the Black American Community? – David L. Gray, Aleteia

Abortion Theater - God & Caesar

American Catholicism: A Schism Set in Amber – Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Proof of God via Business Consultant - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

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Conference Reaffirms Need for New Evangelization in Americas (4334)

Church leaders from North and South America gathered in Mexico City with Vatican officials to discuss the blessings and challenges to faith in the region.

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MEXICO CITY — A meeting of Church leaders from North, South and Central America considered the region’s common blessings and challenges, highlighting the importance of evangelization rooted in the love of Christ.

In a culture that grows increasingly hostile to the faith, we see a shift from “a strong cultural Catholicism to an ‘intentional Catholicism,’” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

“The transition … urgently requires a new type of evangelization and a new apologetics that will respond to the questions that people have,” he explained. “To continue to do things as we have in the past simply no longer works.”

Cardinal José Robles Ortega of Guadalajara, Mexico, added that...READ MORE

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Archbishop Rejects Misuse of Pope’s Words to Justify Illinois’ Redefinition of Marriage (5460)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Pope Francis forcefully opposed same-sex ‘marriage’ in Argentina and asked Catholics to defend the family.

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CHICAGO — As same-sex “marriage” becomes law in Illinois, the U.S. bishops’ head of marriage-defense issues has lamented the “disgraceful” misuse of Pope Francis’ words to justify the institution’s redefinition to accommodate same-sex couples.

“Pope Francis has forcefully reminded us that we are to show love and respect to all people and to seek their greatest good, and he, therefore, continues to clearly promote and defend marriage and family, recognizing that this is in everyone’s best interest as members of a common society,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

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