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Pope Reflects on the Power of Prayer (1899)

The Holy Father reminded the faithful May 9 to trust God like Peter did and thanks everyone for their prayers for him as the Successor of Peter.

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Pope Benedict XVI says he has been sustained during his seven years as Pontiff by the prayers of people around the world.

“From the first moment of my election as the Successor of St. Peter, I have always felt supported by the prayers of you all, by the prayer of the Church, especially by your prayers at moments of greatest difficulty, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his May 9 general audience.

“Unanimous and constant prayer is a precious instrument in overcoming all of the trials that may arise in the path of life, because it is our being deeply united with God that allows us to also be deeply united to others,” the Pope...READ MORE

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Juventutem Established in Michigan, Meekness: The Third Lively Virtue, and much more! (1661)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Juventutem Chapter Established in Michigan. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read more.

Juventutem Chapter Established in Michigan - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Meekness: The Third Lively Virtue - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Answering Common Objections About Mary - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s former Girlfriend becomes a Cloistered Nun - Mauro Pianta, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

(Video) Interview with Jennifer Fulwiler On Atheism & Blogging - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

4 Reasons to Keep Bikini Pictures Off Facebook - Mary Lane, Catholic Lane

Bill Donohue Asks if Georgetown University is Catholic or Not? - Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Now “Occupy Anna Maria College” - The Motley...READ MORE

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Legatus Files Suit Against HHS Mandate (2161)

Catholic CEO group is latest group to sue over religious freedom.

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Legatus, a national organization of leading Catholic business CEOs and professional leaders, has filed a federal lawsuit against the HHS mandate that requires insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization.

“This is a case about religious freedom,” the lawsuit’s 42-page complaint began. It charges that the mandate “forces employers and individuals to violate their religious beliefs because it requires employers and individuals to pay for insurance from insurance issuers which fund and directly provide for drugs, devices and services” that they believe are sinful.

The lawsuit specifically cites Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which condemned contraception,...READ MORE

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Blessing of a Child in the Womb Published (4081)

USCCB releases prayer ahead of Mother's Day

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"Following Vatican approval, the 'Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb' is now available for use by dioceses in the United States. The text of the blessing is posted online and is being published as a booklet addendum to the Book of Blessings/Bendicional," a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops May 8 press release stated. "The blessing will be included in future editions of those liturgical volumes."

“We hope the use of this blessing will provide not only support and God’s blessing for expectant parents and their child in the womb, but also another effective witness to the sanctity of human life from the first moment of conception,” said Archbishop Gregory Aymond, chairman of the...READ MORE

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Beverley Minster, Chivalry is Dead, New Wine New Eve, Youth Ministry Has Failed, and much more! (3410)

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Beautiful Beverley Minster. Click on the link by John Whitehead to read more.

Beautiful Beverley Minster - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Chivalry Is Dead: It Collided With My Stroller - Catholic Sistas

New Wine, New Eve: Knowing Mary Through the Bible- Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Youth Ministry Has Failed - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

8 Quotes from Christian Authors about Importance of Good Fiction - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

A Gay Saint? Why Not? - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

A Hidden, Mysterious, & Much Debated Word in the Our Father - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Executive Director of ICEL on "The Future of the Liturgy" - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

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U.S.-U.K. Foreign Aid Tied to India’s Forced Sterilization Campaign (3284)

Tax dollars support 2-minute procedures done by flashlight.

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An Indian woman carries her infant child along a busy street in New Delhi, in 2005.

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When Saraswati Devi awoke from the anesthesia, her clothes were soaked in blood. She was lying on a grass mat on the floor in excruciating pain, and there were no medical staff to answer her cries. She was one of 53 women who underwent surgeries at a “sterilization camp” sponsored by the government of India in its national campaign to drastically cut population growth.

The campaign is underwritten by tens of millions of dollars in American and British foreign-aid funds.

According to papers filed in the Supreme Court of India last month, the 53 women of low caste were recruited by government “motivators” who took them to a government middle school in Bihar this January. Anay Jumar...READ MORE

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Sebelius at Georgetown — A Shot Across the Bow of the Bishops? (8339)

Professor initiates letter campaign to rescind the invitation for the HHS secretary to speak at a graduation event.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gives a talk in March commemorating the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

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WASHINGTON — For the U.S. bishops, the battle to overturn the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate is a religious-freedom fight — though partisan groups have sought to characterize it as a “war against women.”

Now, Georgetown University’s decision to invite HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a prestigious graduation awards event suggests that the controversy has moved into a new phase, with an open attempt by the mandate’s supporters within a Catholic university to endorse the new federal rule over the objections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Further, the ensuing controversy has revived all the issues that were hotly debated in the wake of the...READ MORE

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Worldwide Vocations Boom, Sodom & Gomorrah Excavated: Guess How They Were Wiped Out, and more! (3790)

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05/08/2012 Comment

More Evidence of the Vocations Reversal. Click on the link by Matthew Cantirino to read and learn more.

More Evidence of the Vocations Reversal - Matthew Cantirino, First Things/First Thoughts

Why More Women are Becoming Nuns, Especially in Britain - Ruth Gledhill, London Times

Sodom and Gomorrah Excavated, Guess How They were Wiped Out - Fr. Z's Blog

For Greater Glory: Interview With Andy Garcia - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Rito Ambrosiano Antico & the Seminarians of the ICRSS - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

On Conversions: “Here Comes Everybody!” - Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Three Things about the Composer Antonio Vivaldi - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

New Book: B16's Reform: The Liturgy Between Innovation & Tradition -...READ MORE

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