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Pope Appoints, Confirms Members of Bishops’ Congregation (2886)

The latest reshuffle has Cardinal Donald Wuerl in and Cardinal Raymond Burke out, although some American observers said this move is not politically motivated.

12/18/2013 Comments (20)

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WASHINGTON –- On Monday, Pope Francis made appointments to the Congregation for Bishops, confirming as its prefect Cardinal Marc Ouellet, a position he has held since 2010.

The Holy Father appointed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington as a member of the congregation. Cardinal Wuerl currently serves on several pontifical councils, as well as committees of U.S. bishops. He also served as relator general for the October 2012 Vatican Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

The Congregation of Bishops is responsible for what pertains to the “establishment and provision of particular Churches and to the exercise of the episcopal office in the Latin Church,” primarily overseeing the...READ MORE

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Papal Economics 101: What Francis Meant in ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ (7653)

Argentinian Catholic journalist José María Poirier explains that the Pope is condemning an economy that is insensitive to those on the margins, not the free market.

12/18/2013 Comments (31)

BUENOS AIRES — José María Poirier is an Argentine journalist and has been the director of the Catholic magazine Criterio since 1996. He first met Father Jorge Bergoglio when the priest was the superior of the Jesuits in Argentina. The journalist later interviewed him several times when he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Poirier authored the introduction of the book On Heaven and Earth, a series of dialogues between then-Cardinal Bergoglio and Rabbi Abraham Skorka. In the book Francis, Our Brother, Our Friend, journalist Alejandro Bermudez interviewed Poirier about his longtime coverage of the current Pope. And, recently, for the Register, Bermudez asked Poirier about Pope Francis’...READ MORE

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Archbishop Nienstedt Steps Aside During Investigation of ‘Touching’ Allegation (10227)

The Minnesota archbishop states ‘this allegation is absolutely and entirely false,’ but will refrain from all public ministry while it is investigated.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John Nienstedt has temporarily stepped down and is cooperating in a police investigation involving a claim that he inappropriately touched a young man during a group photo four years ago.

In a Dec. 17 letter, the St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop denied the charge made by a male youth claiming that his buttocks was inappropriately touched after a 2009 confirmation ceremony in the archdiocese.

“True, I am a sinner, but my sins do not include any kind of abuse of minors,” the archbishop wrote. “I have met victims, and I know the lasting damage that such abuse causes.”

He stated that his normal practice is to stand for group photos “with one hand on my...READ MORE

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Holiness Means ‘Letting God Write Our History,’ Preaches Pope (2939)

Pope Francis reminds Christians that God wants to 'make history' with them by being present in their lives.

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VATICAN CITY —Pope Francis’ daily homily on Tuesday focused on the importance of allowing God to be active and present in our daily lives.

“This is holiness: to let God write our history. And this is a Christmas wish for every one of us, that the Lord writes your history and that you let him write it. May it be so,” Pope Francis preached on Dec. 17 in the chapel of the St. Martha guesthouse.

God’s joy “was to live his life with us,” explained Pope Francis. Even after mankind sinned, God did not abandon us, but came closer, wishing to “make history” with us.  

“When God wishes to say who he is, he says, ‘I am the God of Abraham, of Isaac and Jacob.’ But what is God’s last name? It is...READ MORE

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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Thankful for Catholic Family Life (9432)

Backup Bruce Gradkowski enjoys 'how the Church feels like a family.'

12/17/2013 Comments (7)
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Bruce Gradkowski and family

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PITTSBURGH — This season has been a challenging one for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Currently, the team has six wins and eight losses and is a longshot for the playoffs, even if they win their final two games of the regular season. Despite the Steelers’ troubles, the team’s backup quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski, doesn’t have a gloomy outlook.

Gradkowski was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, after playing college football at the University of Toledo. Following stints with the St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals, he came to the Steelers in 2013.

The 30-year-old Pittsburgh native is keenly aware of what a...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Dropped from Key Vatican Agency, Cardinal Wuerl Replaces Him and Much More! (12420)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/17/2013 Comments (8)

Cardinal Burke Dropped from Key Vatican Agency. Follow the link by John Thavis to read more.

Cardinal Burke Dropped from Key Vatican Agency by John Thavis - BigPulpit.com

What Do Catholic Moms Want for Christmas? - Donna-Marie O’Boyle, Catholic Mom

Cardinal Wuerl Appointed to Congregation for Bishops - Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Dominican Solemn Masses, San Francisco Bay - Fr. Augustine Thompson OP, New Liturgical Movement

An Advent Adoption Story - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Pope Won’t Be Naming Women Cardinals - John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

Advent and Confession - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How Can I “Rejoice” When I Feel Miserable? - John Janaro

Merry Digital Christmas - Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

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Vatican Secretary of State Encourages Diplomats to Work for Human Dignity (1836)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin met ambassadors accredited to the Holy See for the first time since officially assuming his post.

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Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state

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VATICAN CITY — In his first meeting with the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin emphasized their role in working together towards peace and the good of man.

His Dec. 13 address came a day after Pope Francis encouraged the 17 newly appointed ambassadors to collaborate to end human trafficking.

“In a time in which many parts of the world are faced with numerous forms of violence and the persistence of social inequality, I would like to renew before you the guarantee of my willingness to collaborate in the search for peace and respect for the dignity of every human being,” Archbishop Parolin said.

He referred to Pope Francis’...READ MORE

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New App Could Revolutionize Pro-Life Prayer and Action (7231)

The Los Angeles Archdiocese and Options United have teamed up to produce a new app that can increase prayer support and visibility of pro-life work.

12/17/2013 Comments (10)
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LOS ANGELES — Pro-life action is about to undergo a 21st-century revolution: A new app for Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices has the potential to open up a whole new digital frontier of prayer and support for thousands of women and girls over the United States in crisis pregnancies.

On any given day in the United States, approximately 4,000 mothers make a choice to abort their unborn children, despite the heroic efforts and prayers of crisis-pregnancy counselors and pro-life advocates praying for them at abortion centers or at home.

But thanks to the combined efforts of the Los Angeles archdiocese and the pro-life organization Options United, millions of pro-life...READ MORE

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