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After Newtown Shooting, Bishops Call for Cultural Changes (3399)

Disturbing trends of violence in society require policy examinations and cultural changes, said three committee leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — Disturbing trends of violence in society should prompt both policy examinations and cultural changes, said committee leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“It is time for our nation to renew a culture of life in our society,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City and Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.

The bishops, who respectively lead the U.S. bishops' Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Communications and Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, released a Dec. 21 statement responding to a recent mass shooting.

They urged a reconsideration of national firearm policies,...READ MORE

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That's Not a Bishop, This Is a Bishop! The Goodness and Humanity of God and Much More! (2335)

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“The Goodness and Humanity of God” – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Crisis Magazine

Cardinal Koch on a Liturgical “Reform of the Reform” – Michael J. Miller, The CWR Blog

“Gay marriage”, Courts and the Executive Power – James S. Cole, MercatorNet

Thousands to Join Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day Over Mandate Fight – Steven Ertelt, Life News

Hobby Lobby: Crafting Religious Freedom – BirgitJ, Catholic Sistas

Time and Prayer - Kaitlin Davis, Ignitum Today

Can a Pope Ever Resign? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

Spiritual Direction On the Rise - Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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Looking Into the Mystique of Notre Dame Football (11356)

Excellence transcends the football field for the famous Fighting Irish, and this commitment to quality incorporates a strong component of Catholic faith.

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A statue of the Blessed Mother stands atop the golden dome of the Main Building.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame is second to none when it comes to rich football tradition.

This is made clear by glancing at the records of just three of the school’s coaches, the legendary Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy and Ara Parseghian. They have a combined 287 wins, 40 losses and 18 ties at Notre Dame (an .857 winning percentage), along with nine national championships.

And it will add another title in 2013, if this year’s unbeaten Fighting Irish squad can overcome the powerhouse University of Alabama team in the Jan. 7 BCS Championship Game in Miami.

Notre Dame’s excellence doesn’t end on the football field, however. In fact, its football team’s athletic...READ MORE

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Venezuelan Cardinal Urges Calm Amid Chavez’s Health Concerns (1501)

According to the Spanish newspaper ABC, the Venezuelan president is in an induced coma and could be disconnected from artificial life support ‘at any moment.’


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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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CARACAS, Venezuela — A Venezuelan cardinal has called on locals to remain calm despite the uncertainty surrounding the health of President Hugo Chavez, who is hospitalized in Cuba after undergoing surgery for cancer. 



According to the Spanish newspaper ABC, Chavez is in an induced coma and could be disconnected from artificial life support “at any moment.”



The newspaper reported that Chavez’s cancer has spread to his entire body and that his vital signs are being kept stable by the life support.

“Plans had been made to disconnect him soon from the artificial assistance that is prolonging the life of the Venezuelan president,” ABC reported.  



Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas...READ MORE

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Peer Pressure and Lot's Wife, Satan's Code Words, What Is Heroic Virtue and Much More! (1990)

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What is “Heroic Virtue”? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Manuel Sanz Domínguez, Restorer, Martyr – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Consecration to Jesus through Mary (DeMontfort) For Priests – Fr. Matthew J. Albright, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Absentee Fathers and the Newtown School Shooting – Russell Nieli, Public Discourse

Conceived in Rape: I Did Not Deserve Death Penalty for Father’s Crime – Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews

The Queen James ‘Gay’ Bible – Katherine Infantine, First...READ MORE

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Reaching Out in Hope, From Her Mother’s Womb (3401)

A photograph of a baby grasping a doctor’s finger goes viral, providing compelling visual testimony to the full humanity of unborn children.

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Baby Neveah reaches out from her mother’s womb to grasp a doctor's hand.

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In this video, Phoenix television station KTVK reports on a compelling picture of a baby reaching out from her mother’s womb to grasp a doctor’s hand during a C-section delivery.

The photo of the baby was taken by her father, Randy Atkins, while his wife, Alicia, was delivering their daughter with the assistance of medical staff at a Phoenix hospital.

The impact of the photo is striking testimony to the full humanity of children in the womb. It has gone viral on the Internet, and the awestruck parents named their daughter Nevaeh, or “Heaven” spelled backwards, after witnessing the event.

And according to KTVK, “Even the hospital staff told her parents there's something almost...READ MORE

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Pope Chooses New Auxiliary Bishop for Atlanta (1748)

Bishop-designate David Talley, a convert to Catholicism, has served previously as the archdiocese’s vocations director, chancellor and judicial vicar of the metropolitan tribunal.

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Bishop-designate David Talley

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has named Atlanta priest Msgr. David Talley, a convert to Catholicism, as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said Jan. 3 that he announced the appointment “with great joy.”

“The Holy Father has selected a wonderful member of this zealous local presbyterate for the episcopacy, and I know that he will bring all of his many gifts and talents to this new office,” he said in a statement.

The archbishop called the appointment “a generous expression of the esteem that the Holy Father has for this local Church and an obvious recognition of and an invitation for our continued growth and development as...READ MORE

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Chicago Bishops: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Would Be Damaging for Illinois (2189)

Cardinal Francis George and the six auxiliary bishops of Chicago issue a letter highlighting the flaws associated with an Illinois proposal to redefine marriage.

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CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George and the six auxiliary bishops of Chicago have warned that a proposal to recognize homosexual “marriage” in Illinois is against the common good and will force Illinoisans to “pretend to accept something that is contrary to the common sense of the human race.”

“Civil laws that establish same-sex 'marriage’ create a legal fiction. The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible,” the bishops said in a Jan. 1 letter.

Cardinal George has sent the letter to every priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago, asking that the letter be distributed in parish bulletins this weekend.

Illinois state Sen. Heather Steans and state...READ MORE

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