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Pope: Christian Leaders Should Be ‘Good Servants,’ Not Masters (2111)

The Holy Father asked Christians to pray that the Church’s leaders respond to the call to service that helps the community ‘walk the path of holiness with joy.’

02/24/2014 Comment
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Pope Francis greets a little girl and her mother at Sunday Mass.

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VATICAN CITY —  In his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of service rather than special privilege in the Christian community, and he connected the day’s Gospel reading to the Saturday consistory that created 19 new cardinals.

“Through baptism, we all have the same dignity — all of us, in Jesus Christ, we are sons of God,” the Pope said on Feb. 23 to the huge crowds filling St. Peter’s Square and spilling out onto the road.

Many pilgrims had come to Rome for the consistory of cardinals. Pope Francis took the opportunity to issue a reminder about the importance of a spirit of service in the Church.

“Those who have received a ministry of leadership, preaching,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to New Cardinals: This Is a Church, Not a Royal Court (19643)

At a consistory attended by Pope Emeritus Benedict, the Holy Father gave the red biretta to the 19 newest members of the College of Cardinals.

02/24/2014 Comments (21)
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Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti receives his biretta from Pope Francis during a consistory at St. Peter's Basilica on Feb. 22.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis used his homily at a Mass for new cardinals to hold up a vision of holiness for the 19 new recipients of the red biretta, exhorting them to be docile to the Holy Spirit, to love their enemies and to answer the call to conversion.

During the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, he also stressed that each member of the College of Cardinals enters the Church of Rome rather than a royal court.

“A cardinal — I say this especially to you — enters the Church of Rome, my brothers, not a royal court,” the Holy Father told a packed basilica. “May all of us avoid, and help others to avoid, habits and ways of acting typical of a court: intrigue, gossip, cliques,...READ MORE

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Vatican Consistory Mulls How to Repair the Catholic Family (3764)

Discussions centered on the canonical implications of administering the sacraments to divorced-and-remarried Catholics and the procedures of annulments.

02/24/2014 Comments (14)
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Cardinals at the Feb. 20-21 extraordinary consistory on the family in the Vatican's Synod Hall.

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VATICAN CITY — Administering the sacraments to remarried divorcees figured highly in the extraordinary consistory on the family last week, but no decisions were made on the issue, the Vatican said.

In a statement on the second day of the two-day meeting in the Vatican’s Synod Hall, Father Federico Lombardi, Holy See Press Office director, said there were broad-ranging and detailed discussions, but “no decisions or pronouncements” were made on the issue.

Church teaching on this sensitive topic, which some fear may be altered during the Extraordinary Synods on the Family in October and in 2015, was addressed “from the perspective of canon law,” Father Lombardi said. He also said the...READ MORE

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Catholic University of America Leaders Reject Criticism of Koch Grant (3033)

The criticism came from a Democratic-leaning lobby group that opposes the U.S. bishops on life and marriage issues.

02/24/2014 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America’s president and business-school dean say criticism of a $1-million grant from the Koch Foundation is unfounded and treats debatable positions as official Church teaching.

“We think the groups complaining about the Koch Foundation gift are suggesting a litmus test that neither we nor they would want to apply to other cases,” John Garvey, university president, and Andrew Abela, dean of the university’s School of Business and Economics, said in a Feb. 20 Wall Street Journal essay.

“We welcome constructive criticism, but we believe it would be a mistake to stifle debate by pretending that genuinely controversial positions are official Church...READ MORE

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Teaching Kids the 5 Steps to a Good Confession; Raise Prudent Kids, Not Independent Kids and More! (6883)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/24/2014 Comment

For the Teaching Kids The 5 Steps To A Good Confession follow the link to read more.

Christianity, Islam & The Middle East - BigPulpit.com

Teaching Kids The 5 Steps To A Good Confession - Lacy, Catholic Icing

Raise Prudent Kids, Not Independent Kids – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Does Compromise Apply to Annulment’? – Dr. Edward Peters, Canon Law Blog

What Is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part II) - Fr. Ezra Sullivan, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pope Francis Reaches Out to Pentecostals. . . – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Dignity in Death - Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Devotion to the Traditional Latin Mass Isn’t Fad or Fashion – Susanna Spencer, Truth & Charity

Liberalism, Capitalism & Pluralism: Catholic Wars - Bonchamps, The American...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and One Joy, Pope Francis Calls for End of Ukraine Violence and Much More! (2163)

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02/23/2014 Comment

For the New York City Cabbie: Pope Francis & One Joy, follow the link by Jamey Brown to read more.

New York City Cabbie: Pope Francis & One Joy - Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis Leads Calls for an End to Violence in The Ukraine – The Catholic Herald

Bishop R. Malone Lambasts Kennedy Flip on Abortion – BigPulpit.com

The Sweetest Heart of Jesus - Donna Sue Berry, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

What to Expect When You’re No Longer Expecting - Bridget Green, Truth & Charity

St. Silouan the Athonite – Jason Liske, Unblack

High School Q&A: Engagement & Prayer - Andrew Sciba, Truth & Charity

In Other News, Water Is Wet - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

‘Cause You Can’t Eat Flowers: Relationship Advice - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

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60,000 Unaccompanied Minors Could Arrive in U.S. in 2014, Warns Bishops’ Report (9542)

The report predicts that violence and lawlessness in parts of Mexico and Central America will drive an unprecedented influx of young migrants to the American border.

02/21/2014 Comments (10)
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SAN FRANCISCO — Julio Escobar, the restorative-justice coordinator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has devoted much of the past decade to assisting young people in trouble.

Some of those young people are undocumented minors from Mexico and Central America, and, in recent years, Escobar has witnessed a sharp increase in their numbers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Families have sent young people to the U.S. alone, while others have been trafficked,” reported Escobar, noting the danger of forced prostitution and other unanticipated problems that await many young migrants who arrive here without papers.

Escobar’s account echoes reports from Church-affiliated outreach groups...READ MORE

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Cardinal Entreats Consistory to Proclaim ‘Gospel of the Family’ (3307)

Cardinal Walter Kasper spoke Feb. 20 to a gathering of about 150 cardinals, after Pope Francis addressed 'the beauty of family and marriage.'

02/21/2014 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Walter Kasper urged the Extraordinary Consistory on the Family to rediscover and proclaim the “gospel of the family.”

Cardinal Kasper spoke to about 150 Catholic cardinals on the morning of Feb. 20, after brief remarks by Pope Francis, who discussed “the beauty of the family and marriage,” as well as the family’s joys, hopes, struggles and sufferings.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, summarized the cardinal’s speech, the text of which will not be released.

Father Lombardi said the cardinal discussed everything that is beautiful about the family, without avoiding its problems, Vatican Radio reported. The cardinal...READ MORE

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