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Pope to Newly Ordained Priests: Blessed Are the Merciful (4609)

The Holy Father encouraged new clergy to follow the Good Shepherd on Sunday, May 11.

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Ordinations in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 11.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of mercy in the sacrament of confession.

“Never grow tired of being merciful. Please. You have the capacity to forgive, as did the Lord, who did not come to condemn, but to forgive! Have mercy, a lot.” he said to the 13 men being ordained to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 11.

“If you come to have concerns about being too much of a ‘forgiver,’ think of that saintly priest ... who went before the tabernacle and said, ‘Lord, forgive me if I have forgiven too much. But you have given me the worst example.’”

In his capacity as Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis ordained 13 men to the priesthood, 11...READ MORE

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Couple Helps to Spread Pro-Life Movement in Romania (2911)

Dan and Julia Calinescu of Life Nation took part in the recent March for Life in Rome.

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Dan and Julia Calinescu speak with CNA during a May 3 international pro-life leaders conference in Rome.

– Andreas Dureren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Founders of the pro-life organization Life Nation were present in Rome for Italy’s March for Life, they and spoke of their decision to return to their native Romania to fill the gap where a pro-life presence is lacking.

“Romania has some of the highest abortion rates not just in Europe, but in the world, and the pro-life movement is virtually inexistent,” Dan Calinescu told CNA May 3; however, his wife, Julia, explained that, although small, “you see little flickers” of the movement “here and there, and they’re growing.”

Originally from Romania, the couple recounted how, as children, their parents had moved their families to Toronto, Canada, during the years of the Romania...READ MORE

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Vatican Pendulum Swings from Theater to Substance, Serving the Holy Mass of Padre Pio and Much More! (3723)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/12/2014 Comment

Follow Vatican Pendulum Swings from Theater to Substance by John L. Allen Jr. link to read more.

Vatican Pendulum Swings from Theater to Substance by John L. Allen Jr. - BigPulpit.com

John Paul II Was A Saint Before He Was Pope – Philip Kosloski

Loyola Marymount and the Atheist Dean – Don R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Serving the Holy Mass of Padre Pio – Frank Rega, The Shield of Faith

Righteousness Meter: How I’m Better Than You – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

St. John Shows Bishops How to Save a Lost Soul – Brantly Millegan, Aleteia

Who are We Fighting For? – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

Is it a Sin to Put Yourself Down? – Patti M. Armstrong, Catholic News and Information

The Uncertain Future of Protestantism by Brad Littlejohn of First Things - BigPulpit.com


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Rise and Shine: Five Reasons to Get Up Early in the Morning, Pope Francis Encounter and Much More! (3127)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/11/2014 Comment

Follow Rise & Shine: Five Reasons to Get Up Early in the Morning by Sam Guzman link to read more.

Rise & Shine: Five Reasons to Get Up Early in the Morning by Sam Guzman - BigPulpit.com

Why Skeptical Pediatrician Came to Love Homeschooling – Kathleen M. Berchelmann MD, Aleteia

Pope Francis & the Culture of Encounter – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Facing Our Giants: A Call to Come Back to Confession – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Science vs. Religion, Why the Battle? – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Humanae Vitae: What If? – George Weigel, First Things

Catholic Party? – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Should the Church Refuse Court-Mandated Abuse Settlements - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Do Kids Need Intelligent Design Theory to See Design - Stacy Trasancos...READ MORE

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Pope Confirms Miracle Attributed to Paul VI's Intercession (11651)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The ceremony to formally refer to him as ‘Blessed’ will take place at the Vatican on Oct. 19.

05/10/2014 Comments (9)
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Pope Paul VI

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has signed a decree confirming that a miracle attributed to Pope Paul VI is authentic and that the former pope will be beatified at the Vatican on Oct. 19.

In a statement, the Vatican said that, in the afternoon of May 9, the Pope received in private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and "authorized the congregation to promulgate" a decree regarding "the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini)."

It added that, at the same audience, the Holy Father "authorized the congregation to communicate that the rite of...READ MORE

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A Beautiful Chicago Church Saved, Calling Men to Be Icons of God the Father and Much More! (3279)

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05/10/2014 Comment

Follow A Beautiful Chicago Church Saved! (Video) via the Regina Blog link to read more.

A Beautiful Chicago Church Saved! (Video) via the Regina Blog - BigPulpit.com

The Purpose of Sex in Marriage - Pete Jermann, Crisis Magazine

Common Core at Work - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pope Francis, Divorce, Remarriage, Holy Communion – Fr. Z’s Blog

Collateral Damage Catholics – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis, Remarriage, Communion & Sense of the Faithful – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Benefits of Being Catholic at a Nondenominational University – Anna Rose Meeds, Catholic Stand

Calling Men to Be Icons of God the Father - Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

Catholics Must Learn to Resist Pope Francis by Michael B. Dougherty - BigPulpit.com


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Harvard Satanic Mass Organizers: Catholic Outcry Paranoid, Intolerant (6024)

The father of modern Satanism, Anton Lavey, called the “Black Mass” a “parody” of Catholic worship, but a Harvard student club says it is not mocking Catholic belief by holding the event on campus.

05/09/2014 Comments (34)
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Harvard University campus

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Harvard student group organizing a re-enactment of a satanic “Black Mass” on campus has dismissed its Catholic critics, calling their views arrogant and their objections to the ritual ignorant and intolerant.

“Satanists have a ritual that they perform for their own affirmative reasons,” the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club told CNA May 8, adding that these reasons “currently have absolutely nothing to do with Catholicism beyond the symbols themselves.”

“Offense is anachronistic and based on intolerance and ignorance about the practice [of] Satanism.”

The Cultural Studies Club has faced controversy since it announced its plans to host a re-enactment of a...READ MORE

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Commencement Speakers 2014 (5730)

A look at the good and the bad at Catholic colleges and universities for this year’s graduation addresses.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, attends last year’s commencement ceremonies at The Catholic University of America.

– The Catholic University of America/Ed Pfueller

Editor's Note: Commencement remarks by EWTN CEO and Register publisher Michael Warsaw were added to this story following his speech on May 10.


They only speak for 30 minutes or so, but the speakers selected to deliver the commencement addresses at graduations are a significant indicator of a college or university’s values and priorities.

This is especially true of Catholic institutions of higher education, who have a smaller pool to draw from if they’re intent on elevating models of the faith as commencement speakers. Many commenters agreed that 2013 was a good year in this respect, as a number of Catholic colleges picked prominent Catholics whose private and public actions are...READ MORE

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