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Pope Benedict: Boldly Proclaim God’s Love (919)

Jesus came not to say what people wanted to hear, the Holy Father teaches, but, rather, ‘to give testimony to the truth.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday asked Christians to proclaim God’s love with “boldness, humility and coherence” like Jesus.

“Let us ask the Lord to give each of us a spirit of courage and wisdom, so that in our words and actions, we may proclaim the saving truth of God’s love with boldness, humility and coherence,” said Pope Benedict in his remarks after the Sunday Angelus prayer.

“Jesus did not come to seek the consent of men, but to give testimony to the truth,” Pope Benedict told the thousands of pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s Square Feb. 3.

“The true prophet does not obey anyone other than God and places himself at the service of truth, ready to pay in person,” he...READ MORE

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Romanian Court Orders Skyscraper Demolished to Protect Catholic Cathedral (15662)

After a protracted battle, the Archdiocese of Bucharest triumphs in a legal victory it hails as ‘a blow against corruption.’

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BUCHAREST, Romania — David defeated Goliath, again, last week in Romania’s capital city when an appeals court issued a final ruling in favor of a humble cathedral pitted against a gigantic steel office tower, concluding a seven-year legal and political struggle.

In an unprecedented, definitive decision, the court ordered a 19-story skyscraper demolished and the land restored to its prior condition — a small, city park.

Concurring with several lower court decisions, the judge concluded that the office tower, known as Cathedral Plaza, was illegally constructed without proper permits or authorizations in a brazen gesture that threatened the cathedral’s physical security while limiting...READ MORE

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Obama’s New ‘Accommodation’ Offers Limited Reprieve, Most Lawsuits Will Continue (5572)

Latest HHS mandate proposal still excludes Christian-owned businesses, as well as Catholic hospitals and universities.

02/04/2013 Comments (10)

WASHINGTON -- On Feb. 1, the Obama administration announced the latest modification to its 2012 proposed “accommodation” for religious institutions that object to the federal contraception mandate.

The announcement prompted a flurry of news reports asserting a breakthrough in the yearlong impasse between the administration and religious employers — nonprofits and for-profits — that oppose the mandate on moral grounds.

But the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declined to comment until the proposal had been adequately reviewed, while the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and other organizations defending plaintiffs in legal challenges to the HHS mandate said the modifications would...READ MORE

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Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Birk Stays Centered on Christ (22002)

As he prepares for Sunday’s Super Bowl in New Orleans, the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year upholds life, marriage and children.

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Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk.

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Before the Baltimore Ravens take to the field against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, veteran center Matt Birk will continue to encourage his team to stay focused on the game. Many distractions will be present, so concentration will be a must in order to play well.

Earlier in his career, Birk let distractions get the best of him, not in a professional sense, but in a spiritual one. The 36-year-old St. Paul, Minn., native was dedicated to football, but it was to the exclusion of what matters most in life: his relationship with Jesus Christ.

Birk’s future wife, Adrianna, set a loving example that helped to bring about a change in his heart. Now, the father of six is focused...READ MORE

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College Students Encouraged to Create Culture of Life (2887)

One day after the March for Life, Georgetown University hosted the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, the nation’s largest student-run pro-life conference.

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WASHINGTON — The 14th annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, the nation’s largest student-run pro-life conference, was held Jan. 26 at Georgetown University, the day after the March for Life.

With 695 registrants, it was the largest conference to date. The conference, which is always held at Georgetown, is named in memory of the late Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, whose pro-life ministry was a central focus throughout his 16 years of service as the archbishop of New York City.

Simultaneously, on the other side of Washington, Students for Life of America (SFLA) was hosting its national conference. The focus of the two conferences was different but complementary.

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Was the Mass of Padre Pio Equal to the Mass of Fr. Marcial Maciel, The Age of Apathy and Much More! (4459)

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Was the Mass of Padre Pio Equal to the Mass of Fr. Marcial Maciel. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Was the Mass of Padre Pio Equal to the Mass of Fr. Marcial Maciel by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blogBig Pulpit

The Age of Apathy – Chelsea Houghton, Catholic Stand

H. H. S. Mandate Revision Still Forces Catholics to Fund Contraception – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are Not Human Rights – Austin Ruse, C-FAM

God, Science, and the Pro-life Movement – Elizabeth Hoxie, Ignitum Today

Boy Scouts of America Needs to Hear from You! – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Vladimir Soloviev: Convert to Russian Catholicism – The Holy Unia

Why God Does Not Love Us All the Same – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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Philly Catholic Schools Get the ‘Miracle of Memphis' (6818)

Building on the model that revitalized Memphis, Tenn., schools, a group of Catholic investors is taking over 16 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

02/01/2013 Comments (12)

PHILADELPHIA — A group of Catholic investors in Philadelphia want to save the inner-city’s Catholic schools. They’ve taken over 16 Catholic elementary schools from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and hired the woman who worked the “Miracle in Memphis” and resurrected a long-dead Catholic school system for that city’s poorest and most at-risk communities.

“These schools are essential, particularly in the inner city, where quality education opportunities for these kids are so limited,” Brian McElwee, chairman of the founding Independence Mission Schools (IMS) board, said. “If you’re going to solve the problems of the city, you have to deal with the education of the young folks.”

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Possible Removal of Boy Scouts’ Ban on Homosexual Members Draws Chagrin (2945)

02/01/2013 Comments (27)

WASHINGTON — News that the Boy Scouts of America may soon approve of openly homosexual members and leaders has sparked a wave of concern and criticism throughout the country.

Eagle Scout Andrew Hill, who lives in Philadelphia, said that he is “disappointed” that the organization’s leadership appears to have “caved to external demands.”

“The Boy Scouts are now just another organization or public figure that has given in to societal pressure,” Hill said Jan. 31. “These are the times we live in, and, as Catholics, we need to go forward aware of this reality.”

He added, however, that even if the policy change is made, he does not “expect this to have a significant effect on the majority...READ MORE

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