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Confessional Not a ‘Dry Cleaner,’ Says Pope (10938)

Pope Francis taught that being ashamed of sins is ‘not only natural; it’s a virtue that helps prepare us for God’s forgiveness.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said the sacrament of confession does not work like a dry cleaner but is a moment in which Jesus imparts his peace.

“Jesus in the confessional is not a dry cleaner; it is an encounter with Jesus … who waits for us just as we are,” said Pope Francis.

“Many times, we think that going to confession is like going to the dry cleaner to clean the dirt from our clothes,” he observed during his April 29 homily.

But what really happens is that Jesus “donates to us the peace that only he gives,” he said.

The Pope usually invites different groups to attend his daily Mass in the chapel of St. Martha's residence, where he lives.

Today, the personnel from the...READ MORE

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Can Evil Spirits Be Good? Host and Chalice Craft for Catholic Kids and Much More! (2968)

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04/30/2013 Comment

Can Evil Spirits Be Good? Follow the link by Fr. John Bartunek of the Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction website.

Can Evil Spirits Be Good? - Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Host and Chalice Craft for Catholic Kids - Lacy, Catholic Icing

“Does This Mean I’ve Lost My Faith?” by the Carmelite Sisters of the ICL™ website - Big Pulpit

Pope Benedict To Return To The Vatican The Second of May – Andrea Tornielli, Vatican Insider

Our Excuses for the Boston Bombing - Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

So That’s Where The Apostles Are - Mark Shea, Catholic & Enjoying It!

Comparing Sales And Evangelizing – Larry D, Catholic Stand

Dominican House Chapel, Lviv – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Narrative Patrol – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Jacques...READ MORE

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New Film Depicts Dramatic Revival of Omaha Parish (7589)

Where Heaven Meets Earth will make its premiere today on EWTN.

04/30/2013 Comments (20)

St. Peter's Church in Omaha, Neb.

OMAHA, Neb. — A new documentary tracks the gripping journey of how a priest and his community — through fidelity to Church Tradition and Vatican II — turned a church with dwindling numbers into a thriving parish.

“We’re trying to do everything as faithfully as we can, as beautifully as we can, to what the Church has given us,” Father Damien Cook, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Omaha, Neb., told Catholic News Agency April 24.

St. Peter’s is “dedicated to the restoration of the sacred,” he said, with Masses sung with Latin and chant, liturgies celebrated both facing the people and facing the altar, altar boys, Eucharistic adoration, evening prayer sung every day, processions and...READ MORE

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SSPX: We Didn’t Criticize Pope Francis; We Agree With Him (15452)

The spokesman for the society unites Bishop Bernard Fellay’s remarks from his latest letter to Holy Father’s.

04/29/2013 Comments (37)

A  spokesman for the Society of St. Pius X has denied its leader, Bishop Bernard Fellay, was criticizing Pope Francis for his concern for the poor in a recent letter to supporters.

“It is an analysis of the current situation facing the Church, not a criticism of Pope Francis’ concern for the poor,” said Father Alain Lorans, spokesman for the traditionalist group, which holds no canonical status in the Church.

Reuters reported in an April 19 article that Bishop Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, had “begun criticizing ... Pope Francis for the popular approach he has taken since his election last month.”

It suggested Bishop Fellay had “publicly taken issue with Pope Francis’...READ MORE

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Augustine's Favorite Apologist Explains the Eucharist, This Is What Jesus Looks Like and More! (2576)

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04/29/2013 Comment

Augustine’s Favorite Apologist Explains the Eucharist. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Augustine’s Favorite Apologist Explains the Eucharist by Joe Heschmeyer - Big Pulpit

This Is What Jesus Looks Like – Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Anti-Bullying = Homosexual Trojan Horse – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Know Everything: Peter Kreeft’s Summa Philosophica – William M. Briggs

An Essential Aspect of the New Evangelisation – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

Parental Responsibility Trumps Child’s Privacy - Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

On the Years of Gestation on Earth – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Jesus: The Original Hipster? – Hector Molina, Catholic Answers

“Hipster Jesus”: Engaging Culture or Watering-Down faith? – Mark...READ MORE

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How Will Pope Francis Address Persecution of Christians Around the World? (5043)

Authority Nina Shea discusses the issue and what awaits the Holy Father.

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A rash of recent anti-Christian violence from Nigeria to Pakistan to Syria has highlighted the vulnerable status of this religious group.

Meanwhile, the U.S. bishops have spoken out on behalf of the beleaguered Christian community of Iraq. And, in February, retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong called on the Vatican to reverse its policy of “compromise” with Beijing that had failed to prevent the government’s interference in the local Church.

Nina Shea is a longtime expert on international religious-freedom issues. She is the co-author, with Paul Marshall and Lela Gilbert, of a new book, Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians. Shea is also the director of the Center...READ MORE

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Military Archbishop Encourages His Auxiliary: Serve Vigilantly, Humbly (2191)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio welcomes auxiliary Bishop-elect Robert Coyle.

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Auxiliary Bishop Robert Coyle

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WASHINGTON — The Archdiocese for the Military Services received a new auxiliary bishop on Thursday, as Msgr. Robert Coyle was ordained with exhortations to remain humble, vigilant and faithful to the Gospel.

“The successor of the apostles is humble and recognizes that he has received everything from God. He is sober and alert so as to be vigilant,” Military Archbishop Timothy Broglio told Bishop-designate Coyle in his homily before the ordination.

He encouraged the new bishop to listen willingly to those he serves.

“Much of your ministry will be listening as you allow the soldier to tell his story, the veteran afflicted with PTSD relate what brought him to this point or the Marine...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls Newly Confirmed to Be Steadfast in Faith (2719)

The Holy Father confirmed 44 young people at Mass yesterday in St. Peter’s Square.

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Pope Francis celebrates the sacrament of confirmation at a papal Mass on April 28.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis encouraged the youth of the world to persist in their faith even in the midst of obstacles at a Mass where he confirmed 44 young people.

“Remaining steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord, is the secret of our journey,” he told more than 70,000 young people gathered yesterday in St. Peter’s Square.

“There are no difficulties, trials or misunderstandings to fear, provided we remain united to God as branches to the vine, provided we do not lose our friendship with him, provided we make ever more room for him in our lives,” he said during the 10am Mass.

The Mass marked the ending of a two-day celebration as part of the Year of Faith,...READ MORE

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