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In First Tweet, Pope Blesses His Million-Plus Followers (1403)

The Holy Father’s account, @pontifex, already has more than 1.2 million followers, with accounts in eight languages.

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Msgr. Paul Tighe with the tablet used to send the Pope's first tweet.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI made his debut on Twitter today, sending out a greeting and a blessing as his first tweet to his “followers.”

“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” read his first tweet, which was sent around noon Rome time from the Paul VI audience hall.

The Pope sent his tweet on a mobile tablet device at the end of his Dec. 12 general audience.

His account, @pontifex, already has more than 1.2 million followers, with accounts in eight languages. The English-language feed alone has more than 852,000 followers.

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Advent Is a Time to Reflect on God’s Saving Work, Pope Says (754)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father continued his teaching on the history of salvation.

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VATICAN CITY — Christians should use the time of Advent to become more aware of how God continues to carry out his plan of salvation in the world, Pope Benedict XVI said Dec. 12.

“God has left his heaven and come down to earth for man, forged an alliance with him coming into the history of a people,” the Pope reflected Wednesday.

“He is the King who came down to this poor province that is the earth and gifted us with his visit, taking on human flesh and becoming man like us.”

In his general audience in Paul VI audience hall, Pope Benedict continued his teaching on the history of salvation, reminding the faithful that Advent presents the Church with an opportunity to reflect on God’s...READ MORE

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Marriage at Stake (5377)

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The Supreme Court recently granted review of two lower-court decisions that were hostile to the core male-female nature of marriage. The future of marriage in this country is at stake in these cases. And so, ultimately, are the rights of faithful Catholics to participate fully in public life.

One case (United States v. Windsor) involves the federal Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA was adopted by overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress — with votes from many supporters of homosexual rights, like then-Sen. Joe Biden — and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. For purposes of provisions of federal law only (such as those governing health benefits for federal...READ MORE

Filed under defense of marriage act, first amendment, proposition 8, same-sex 'marriage', u.s. supreme court

The Reawakening of the Catholic Church in France, Three Reasons Why Women Are Not Priests, and More! (1886)

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The Reawakening of the Church in France. Click on the link by Sandro Magister to read more.

The Reawakening of the Church in France – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

Three Reasons Why Women Will Never Be Ordained as Catholic Priests by David L. GrayBig Pulpit

Rules for Katholic Bloggers – Patrick Vandapool, PДTЯICK VДNDДPOOL.com

Historic Vestments from Viterbo, Italy – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Clothe the Naked – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

When Does the Pope Speak Infallibly? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

Quæritur: Can Girls Choose Male Saints’ Names at Confirmation? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Archbishop J. Michael Miller Makes the Case for Theology Departments – Matthew Archbold, The CNS Blog

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Chant – Studite...READ MORE

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Conference Warned About ‘Mediocrity’ in American Christianity (2184)

Vatican official tells Ecclesia in America congress that many contemporary Christians ‘have buried their baptism under a cloak of consumerism and indifference.'

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Guzman Carriquiry

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VATICAN CITY — An official for the Vatican’s Latin America commission has warned against a “gray pragmatism and mediocrity” that he believes has infiltrated Christianity in America.

Guzman Carriquiry, secretary for the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, made his remarks on the first day of the international congress Ecclesia in America taking place this week at the Vatican’s Synod Hall.

During his speech, Carriquiry noted a growing tendency among Americans to live the faith with a lack of enthusiasm, as well as with lukewarmness and ignorance.

“How many Christians today have buried their baptism under a cloak of consumerism and indifference?” he asked.

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Mennonite-Owned Wood Manufacturer Sues Over Contraception Mandate (2355)

‘Forcing Americans to surrender long-standing, deeply-held principles in order to own and run a business is not merely troubling but unnecessary and unconstitutional,’ the company’s president says.

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WASHINGTON — Three Mennonite Christians who own a wood manufacturing company in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate for threatening their right to religious freedom.

“Being told that we must provide a health plan that includes a provision that violates the Christian beliefs of our family and the Christian values that our company was founded on is deeply troubling,” said Anthony Hahn, president and CEO of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation.

“Forcing Americans to surrender long-standing, deeply-held principles in order to own and run a business is not merely troubling but unnecessary and unconstitutional,” he added.

Hahn is challenging a...READ MORE

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Virgin of Guadalupe the Best Evangelist, Supreme Knight Reflects (2163)

Carl Anderson says Mary’s ‘example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure path today for the New Evangelization.’

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ROME — Our Lady of Guadalupe is the model for evangelization, especially in America, according to Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus.

“She is the evangelist par excellence, in part because she enters the world ... from the beatific vision, a state of supreme closeness to God,” he said Dec. 10 at the “Ecclesia in America” conference in Rome.

“Her example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure path today for the New Evangelization.”

The international congress, held Dec. 9-12, commemorates Pope John Paul II’s post-synodal apostolic exhortation of the same name. It also focuses on the New Evangelization.

Anderson’s address reflected on the situation of the...READ MORE

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Evangelizing Through Memes, Pray for Fr. Robert Araujo, Science Si! Scientism No! and Much More! (2104)

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Evangelizing Through Memes. Click on the link by Brand Vogt to read more.

Evangelizing Through Memes by Brandon VogtBig Pulpit

App Full of Saint Names for Expecting Parents – Joshua Mercer, Catholic Vote

Science Si! Scientism No! – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Pray for Father Araujo - Austin Ruse, First Things/First Thoughts

Distributism and the Local Organic Food Movement – Kevin Ford, The Distributist Review

Fatherhood Begins at Conception – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

A Friend Asks, “Where is the Papacy in the Bible?” – PДTЯICK VДNDДPOOL.com

Olivier Messiaen and the Language of Love – Michael E. Lawrence, The Chant Café

On Philosophical Eros – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

Why Did Vatican II Ignore Communism? –...READ MORE

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