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An Open Letter From Ukraine’s Catholic Primate (8446)

His Beatitude Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, writes ‘on the very difficult situation in Ukraine.’

09/01/2014 Comments (8)
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Editor’s Note: The letter has been edited for style.

To the Catholic Episcopal Conferences,

То the World’s Religious and Political Leaders,

To All People of Goodwill:

For nine months, Ukrainians have been on an arduous pilgrimage from post-Soviet fear to freedom and God-given dignity. Traumatized by the 20th-century world wars, brown and red totalitarianism and genocide, they seek a just society and a democratic European future.

With patience, endurance and great human sacrifice, they overcame in February the brutal regime of Victor Yanukovych. This moral triumph was answered in March by Russia’s territorial annexation of Crimea. Now, for months, the country endures foreign supported...READ MORE

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St. Padre Pio's Five Point Rule of Life; St. Toribio de Mogrovegjo: Apostle of Peru and More! (4019)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/01/2014 Comment

Follow the Saint Padre Pio’s Five Point Rule of Life by Sam Guzman of The Catholic Gentleman link to read more.

Saint Padre Pio’s Five Point Rule of Life by Sam Guzman of The Catholic Gentleman – BigPulpit.com

Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo: Apostle of Peru – Joseph F. X. Sladky, The Standard Bearers

Jesus Wept – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pablo and Kristin’s Tips on How to Stay Married 10 Years and Then Some – Karee Santos, Can We Cana!

A Kindness to My Papi – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

Ten Children in 17 Years: An Ode to a Large Family – James Sullivan, One Peter 5

Five Books Catholic Students in College Need To Possess – Tom Perna

Spiritual Warfare: You Are a Commissioned Officer – Father Richard Heilman, One Peter 5

Taking Care of the Caregivers Among Us – Russell...READ MORE

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God Has a Flare for the Dramatic (13651)

COMMENTARY: A harmless solar event last year was the most powerful storm on the sun in more than 150 years. If it happened a week earlier, scientists say it would have set the earth back to the Middle ages.

08/31/2014 Comments (27)
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NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has recently disclosed that two years ago, on July 23, 2012, planet Earth almost plunged into global catastrophe.

On that date, a solar flare — better known in scientific parlance as a “coronal mass ejection” (CME) — came close to hitting the Blue Planet and disabling electrical appliances everywhere, thereby causing a widespread global blackout. It was the most powerful storm on the sun in more than 150 years.

Had it flared up just a week earlier, Earth, according to scientists, would have been directly in its line of fire. As a result, it would have sent the planet back to the Middle Ages. Just 10 minutes without electricity,...READ MORE

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Censoring Saint Therese of Lisieux: Five Things Unknown about the Little Flower; Crybaby and More! (4149)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/31/2014 Comment

Follow the Censoring Saint Thérèse: Five Things Unknown about Little Flower by Joe Sparks link to read more.

Censoring Saint Thérèse: Five Things Unknown about Little Flower by Joe Sparks – via BigPulpit.com

Pope Saint Pius X, “Pope of the Eucharist” – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

PopeWatch: China – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Reasons to Go to Confession – Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

You Can Be With Him In Paradise – Guy McClund, Catholic Stand

Modesty Helps Women Be Friends – Jennifer Fulwiler, ChurchPOP

Crybaby – Melanie Shaniuk, Ignitum Today

How the Catholic Blogosphere Can Survive – Mary O’Regan, The Catholic Herald

Lesson In Prudence: Stopping the Black Mass in Oklahoma City – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Ophelia’s Funeral: Suicide and The Church – Thomas L....READ MORE

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When Reagan and Ratzinger Teamed Up on Faith and Hope (7933)

COMMENTARY: Thirty years ago, the duo wrote words of wisdom worth paying attention to today.

08/30/2014 Comments (14)

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI almost a year after the June 2004 death of Ronald Reagan.

I don’t know if Ratzinger and Reagan ever met, though there’s a chance they did during one of Reagan’s visits to the Vatican to meet with Pope John Paul II, especially his first and most prominent visit, in June 1982.

Beginning then, Reagan got to know John Paul II well and admired him greatly. The two forged a friendship, a partnership, and even found a notable degree of spiritual harmony, despite their theological differences as a Protestant and a Catholic.

In truth, those differences were not vast. Ronald Reagan was not only remarkably pro-Catholic, but also strikingly Catholic...READ MORE

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Mosul Foretold, Ten Things Pope Francis Says about Evangelization, I Am and Us and Much More! (2981)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/30/2014 Comment

Click the Mosul Foretold by Christopher Check of Catholic Answers link to read more.

Mosul Foretold by Christopher Check of Catholic Answers – BigPulpit.com

Ten Things Pope Francis Says about Evangelization – Kevin Cotter, Focus Blog

Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You! – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

The Meaning of “Intrinsically Disordered” – Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

Who Is The Master Of Our Fate? – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

Dhimmitude: Coming Soon to a Country Near You – Andrew Bieszad, One Peter 5

I Am and Us – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Our Lady of Fatima Saved Padre Pio from Death 55 Years Ago – Mary O’Regan, The Path Less Taken

A New Direction in Church Design – Michael Tamara, Crisis Magazine

Path to Freedom and...READ MORE

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Bishop Galantino: Catholics in ‘Irregular’ Relationships Welcome in Church (5471)

The secretary general of the Italian bishops’ conference affirmed they can’t receive Communion but should be made to feel ‘at home’ in Catholic churches.

08/29/2014 Comments (69)
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Bishop Nunzio Galantino, secretary general of the Italian bishops’ conference.

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ROME — Those who are in irregular marital situations cannot receive holy Communion but are still part of the Christian faithful and “must feel at home” in Catholic churches, a leading Italian bishop has said.

Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio told a national liturgical gathering of the Center of Liturgical Action Aug. 27 in Orvieto, Italy, that Communion is “the sacramental act that excellently expresses the union with Christ and the Church.”

The bishop, who serves as secretary general of the Italian bishops’ conference, noted Catholic teaching: that those in “an irregular marital situation” cannot receive Communion “because of their condition.”

He discussed how people in...READ MORE

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Legion of Christ Apologizes for ‘Poorly Chosen and Inappropriate’ Remarks (15247)

A pamphlet from the Magdala Center in Jerusalem quoted Father Juan Solana comparing the congregation’s disgraced founder to St. Mary Magdalene.

08/29/2014 Comments (44)

Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, in late 2004.

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VATICAN CITY — A priest of the Legion of Christ has offered his profound apologies for published comments in which he is quoted as comparing the Legion’s disgraced founder, Father Marcial Maciel, with St. Mary Magdalene.

In a pamphlet entitled “Magdala: God Really Loves Women,” Father Juan Solana wrote that Father Maciel’s initials “are also MM, just like Mary Magdalene.”

The saint, the first witness to the Resurrection who is often thought of as the second most important woman of the New Testament after the Blessed Virgin Mary, “had a problematic past before her deliverance, so there’s a parallel,” he wrote in the pamphlet, which was published to promote the Legion-operated Magdala...READ MORE

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