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In Catholic Church Architecture, Tradition Shouldn’t Be Ignored (12205)

Some American architects are looking to the past in order to remedy the defects of the modernistic designs of recent decades.

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courtesy Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Mass being celebrated at the central altar of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Littleton, Colo.

– courtesy Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

WASHINGTON — When a ranking Vatican official criticized modernistic church architecture in June, James McCrery was glad to hear it. An architect who works just blocks from the White House, McCrery devotes his career to reversing a trend he describes as decades of church design that does little to glorify God or inspire the faithful.

“It’s a big-time problem,” McCrery said of architecture that dismisses centuries of Tradition and most symbolism of the Catholic religion.

He spoke with the Register after Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, expressed similar concerns.

“The lack of integration between the architect and the faith community has...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Celebrate Fatima and Vatican II Anniversaries (9808)

The Holy Father will give a catechesis on Mary in St. Peterʼs Square to pilgrims honoring Our Lady of Fatima.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis plans to take part in a mid-October Marian celebration that will commemorate the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 51st anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization organized a Marian weekend for Oct. 12-13, upon the request of then-Pope Benedict XVI.

This event will mark the 51st anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, as well as the date of the last apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal.

On Oct. 13, 1917, at Cova da Iria, Mary appeared for the sixth time to three shepherd children: Lucia Santos and her cousins, Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto....READ MORE

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Caritas Struggles to Provide Relief as Floods Devastate Philippines (6055)

Caritas relief workers are working around the clock to deliver basic supplies to hundreds of thousands in Manila.

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Caritas relief volunteers in action.

– Caritas Manila

MANILA — Seasonal monsoon rains and a tropical storm off the coast of the Philippines have inflicted massive damage to homes and property, leaving hundreds of thousands in need.

“Our team is presently working day and night,” said Gilda Avedillo, program officer for Caritas Manila’s disaster risk reduction and management program.

She told CNA that despite the difficulties caused by the flooding, the grace of God and support of the local Church “keeps us energetic and happy to help the needy.”

Manila and surrounding areas have been hit by severe flooding over the past few days, as a powerful typhoon intensified the effects of the monsoon rains. Authorities say 60% of the capital is...READ MORE

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Bishop Thomas Tobin: Why I Switched to the Republican Party (7862)

The shepherd of Providence, R.I., believes that his baptismal certificate is more important than partisan political loyalties.

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Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I.

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Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., sparked headlines after he told a local group of Young Republicans Aug. 13 that he had ended his long affiliation with the Democratic Party and had recently joined the Republican Party.

“The aha moment for me was the 2012 Democratic Party Convention. It was just awful,” Bishop Tobin told the GOP gathering, while noting that he had been a Democrat since 1969. “I just said that, 'I can’t be associated structurally with that group,' in terms of abortion and NARAL and Planned Parenthood and [the] same-sex 'marriage' agenda and cultural destruction I saw going on.”

In an Aug. 21 interview with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, Bishop...READ MORE

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Why Youths are Bored at Mass, "Effectiveness Rates" of Natural Family Planning and More! (9531)

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Why Some Youths are Bored at Mass. Follow the link via the Saint Etheldreda's Place blog to read more.

Why Some Youths are Bored at Mass via the Saint Etheldreda's Place blog - BigPulpit.com

“Effectiveness Rates” of Natural Family Planning – James Chastek PhL, Just Thomism

John Kerry, the Muslim Brotherhood & the Copts – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Holiness Is Attractive – Mindy Goorchenko, The Devout Life

The Virtue of Humility – Carl E. Olson, OSV Newsweekly

Shrewd, Very Shrewd – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pope St. Pius X: Humility & Determination – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Muslims, Christians, and the Middle East - BigPulpit.com

Is Hell Highly Populated? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

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Report: Benedict XVI Resigned After ‘Mystical Experience’ (50648)

The pope emeritus reportedly disclosed God has planted the ‘absolute desire’ in his heart ‘to remain alone with him, secluded in prayer.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has reportedly said that he retired from the papacy after a “mystical experience” and because “God told me to.”

The news comes from an anonymous source who visited the former pope a week ago, according to the Zenit news agency.

Asked why he resigned, the pope emeritus said, “God told me to,” but added that he had not received any kind of apparition or similar phenomenon. Rather, it was a “mystical experience” in which the Lord planted a seed of “absolute desire” in his heart “to remain alone with him, secluded in prayer.”

According to the source, this mystical experience has lasted throughout these past months, increasing “more and more” his...READ MORE

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Oklahoma Judge Blocks Law Keeping Morning-After Pill From Children (6661)

Judge Lisa Davis cites a legal technicality in preventing the state law from going into effect.

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The Plan B pill, also known as the morning-after pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf in Boston.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma judge has temporarily blocked a state law that would keep minors from obtaining the Plan B contraceptive pill without a prescription, on the grounds that lawmakers may have violated a constitutional technicality in writing the bill.

District Judge Lisa Davis on Aug. 19 granted a request for a temporary restraining order on the law, which requires women under 17 to have a prescription to obtain the Plan B One-Step pill and generic emergency contraceptives. The law requires women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist to acquire the drugs.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office voiced disappointment in the judge’s decision.

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After Five Centuries of Division, Catholics and Lutherans Consider Their Common Heritage (22386)

A new joint document has been released in advance of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.

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Belgian artist Ferdinand Pauwels' depiction of Martin Luther nailing his 'Ninety-Five Theses' to the door of a church in Wittemburg on Oct. 31, 1517.

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — Although Martin Luther likely simply sent his Ninety-Five Theses — his harsh critique of contemporary Catholicism — to the local archbishop instead of dramatically nailing them to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, the event is commonly regarded as marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

A new document, “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017,” has been released to pave the way for joint observances of Luther’s action by both Lutherans and Catholics, a development that certainly could not have been foreseen in previous centuries.

Signed by Catholic Bishop Karlheinz Diez, auxiliary bishop of Fulda, Germany,...READ MORE

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