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Nelson Mandela’s Checkered Legacy (6407)

COMMENTARY: The late South African politician sadly leaves behind a mixed record that includes support for abortion rights and violence. In this personal reflection, Stratford Caldecott remembers the controversial figure.

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A man can achieve great things in prison. One thinks of Boethius, in classical times, writing The Consolation of Philosophy after a visit from the lady Philosophy herself while he awaits trial. Or St. Thomas More, scratching his last works with pieces of coal in the Tower of London. Or St. Maximilian Kolbe, giving witness to the greatest love by offering his life for a fellow prisoner.

Nelson Mandela, in our own time, became a symbol of resistance and hope that brought a government to its knees. Unlike many other political prisoners, he was released, and in freedom lived on as a potent symbol after becoming president of the nation he changed forever.

He was no saint, and no Boethius,...READ MORE

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The Economic Message of Pope Francis’ ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ (14678)


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Too narrow a focus by some commentators on  the economic aspects of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) risks hiding the unity of the Holy Father’s challenge to Catholics.

Francis wants the joy that “fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus” (1) to spread through evangelization, with a renewed effort to serve the poor (48). He gives us both principled and pragmatic reasons for prioritizing this concern for the poor. First, because God wills it (187). Second, because this would be the “‘the greatest and most effective presentation of the good news of the Kingdom’” (199; quoting Blessed John Paul II). Imagine the powerful impact and...READ MORE

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On Marian Feast, Pope Francis Prays for Desire for Holiness (3031)

The Holy Father marked the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with visits to the Piazza de Sapgna and the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

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The Immaculate Conception, by Murillo

ROME — On a day dedicated to celebrating the Mother of God, Pope Francis made a special trip in Rome to pray before a traditional statue of Mary.

“Enkindle in all of us a renewed desire for holiness; may our words glow with the splendor of truth; may our works resound with the song of charity; may purity and chastity live in our bodies and in our hearts; may our lives express the presence of all the beauty of the Gospel,” he prayed on Dec. 8.

Pope Francis had crossed the city to Piazza di Spagna, where, on the top of a tall ancient Roman column, stands a statue of the Virgin Mary under the title of “Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.”

On Dec. 8, the Church celebrates the solemn...READ MORE

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Pope Says Early Christians a Model for ‘Digital Age’ Church (2919)

Pope Francis said that while ‘the Internet is not enough,’ the Church’s presence there is ‘indispensible.’

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity on Saturday, who had gathered to discuss the theme “Announcing Christ in the Digital Age.”

“The Internet is a widespread reality, complex and in continual evolution, and its development reproposes the ever-present question of the relationship between faith and culture,” the Pope told participants of the council’s 26th plenary assembly.

“Already during the first centuries of Christianity, the Church wanted to face the extraordinary heritage of the Greek culture. Facing a very profound philosophy and an educational method of exceptional value, but soaked in pagan elements, the [early Christian] Fathers...READ MORE

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New Chapter in Battle for Christmas in the Public Square (7571)

State laws give relief to schools and parents.

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The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was lit on the West Front Dec. 3 in Washington. The 88-foot Engelmann spruce, from the Colville National Forest in Washington state, is decorated with approximately 5,000 ornaments.

– Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — People of faith seeking to keep celebrations of Christmas and other religious holidays in the public square have some reason for good cheer this year. While the debate over religion’s place in public continues, two laws in Missouri and Texas have given legal cover to celebrating Christmas in public places.

The bipartisan Missouri law enacted this year over a governor’s veto protects public celebrations of Christmas by prohibiting state and local entities from banning or restricting “the practice, mention, celebration or discussion of any federal holiday” on public property.

“For people in the state, their rights are now protected in the public square,” said the...READ MORE

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Photo: Pope Francis Looking Like Pope John XXIII; Comforting Advice for the Elderly and Much More! (4682)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Photo: Pope Francis Looking Like Pope John XXIII. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read and view the entire pic and article.

Photo: Pope Francis Looking Like Pope John XXIII by Dr. Taylor Marshall - BigPulpit.com

Comforting Advice for the Elderly & Those Who Love Them – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

The Purge: Review & Reflection – Robbe Lyn Sebesta, Catholic Stand

Recovering the Greatness of the Roman Rite – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Views from the Choir Loft

The Saint Who Is Venerated by both Catholics & the Orthodox – Byz Pulpit

Masterpieces of Gregorian Chant: “Populus Sion” – Fulvio Rampi, Chiesa

My Journey as a Catholic So Far, Pt. 4: RCIA & Arrogance – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Beating a Catholic Straw-Man: A Review of “The Swerve” – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

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Top 5 Books on the Blessed Virgin Mary; Tales of Glory: A Gift to the Catholic Faithful and More! (4332)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/08/2013 Comment

Top 5 Books on the Blessed Virgin Mary. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to find out more.

Top 5 Books on the Blessed Virgin Mary by Dr. Taylor Marshall - BigPulpit.com

The Anglican Ordinariate Is More Beautiful in Action than in Theory – William Oddie PhD, The Catholic Herald

Tales of Glory: A Gift to the Catholic Faithful – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Catholic Universities Get Top Rankings for Study Abroad Programs – Adam Wilson, Catholic Education Daily

More on Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel – BigPulpit.com

Why Be Still & Silent at Mass? – Romano Guardini, Catholic Exchange

Are You Just Flipping Out? - Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

Discrimination Against Christians? – Grégor Puppinck, On the Square

Unique Advent Calendar for the Digital Age –...READ MORE

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Demons & the Consecration to Mary, A Brief Explanation of Nuptial Meaning of the Body and More! (4776)

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12/07/2013 Comment

Demons & the Consecration to Mary. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

Demons & the Consecration to Mary by Dr. Taylor Marshall - BigPulpit.com

A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body – Msgr. Charles Pope

Music Ministry: Performance or Prayer – Greg Yoko, Catholic Stand

Should Catholics Avoid Erotic Romance Novels? – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Did Cardinal Dolan Step in a Mess? Not Really, Despite His Critics – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

How Catholics Understand the Bible – Mark P. Shea, Strange Notions

Pro-Choice Violence & Radical Love – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

“. . .Share Your Food with the Hungry” Isaiah 58:7 – Thomas J. Neal PhD

Pope Francis Expresses Hope for Catholic-Orthodox Unity – Byz Pulpit


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