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Pope Francis: ‘Padre Pio Was a Servant of Mercy’ (1927)

‘The face of Padre Pio reflected the light of the Resurrection,’ the Holy Father told prayer groups on Saturday.

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St. Pio banner is St. Peter's Square Feb. 6

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VATICAN CITY — On Saturday, Pope Francis said St. Padre Pio is a key example of someone who has given his entire life in the service of God’s mercy. The Holy Father said there is only one reason he was able to do so: prayer.

“We can say that Padre Pio was a servant of mercy. He did so full time, practicing, at times in exhaustion, the apostolate of listening,” the Pope said Feb. 6.

Through his ministry in the confessional, where he would at times spend 10-15 hours a day, the saint was able to become “a caress of the living Father, who heals the wounds of sin and refreshes the heart with peace.”

Francis said Padre Pio never tired of welcoming and listening to the people who came to...READ MORE

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Pope Appeals for ‘Martyred Country’ of Syria, Reminds Faithful to ‘Fear Not’ (1166)

Francis advocated for the plight of Syrians, as well as trafficking persons, on Sunday, in addition to sending Lunar New Year greetings and reflecting on Jesus calling St. Peter to follow him.

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VATICAN CITY — The plight of Syrian civilians involved in the nation’s ongoing conflict was at the heart of Pope Francis’ appeal to the international community on Sunday, in an address where he also called for a renewed commitment to the protection of life at all stages.

“I follow with deep concern the dramatic fate of civilian populations involved in heavy fighting in their beloved Syria and who are forced to leave everything behind in order to escape the horrors of war,” the Pope said Feb. 7 to crowds that almost filled St. Peter’s Square.

In a wide-ranging post-Angelus address, the Pope expressed his hope that, “with generous solidarity,” the Syrian people might receive the help they...READ MORE

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Member of Vatican Abuse Commission Takes Leave of Absence (1470)

A survivor of priestly sexual abuse, Peter Saunders reportedly became increasingly critical of the commission's process of reforming the Church's abuse protocol.

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ROME — The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children has announced member Peter Saunders will take a leave of absence from his work with the commission.

“Today’s meeting of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors discussed the direction and purpose of the Commission,” read a Feb. 6 press release from the commission. “As the result of this discussion, it was decided that Mr. Peter Saunders would take a leave of absence from his membership to consider how he might best support the commission’s work.”

Saunders is founder of the U.K.’s National Association for People Abused in Childhood, which focuses on abuse prevention and support for abuse survivors. 

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What’s Worse — Failing to Recycle Your Pepsi Can or Seeking Out Pornography? (3700)

Online porn use is ubiquitous among young Americans, and most believe it’s not immoral, a new study reports.

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Below, Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler, R--Woods Cross, sponsored a resolution, which was approved on Feb. 5, that declared pornography a public health crisis.

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The question almost sounds like the beginning of a joke, but according to research from a new study previewed this month, a majority of teens and young adults in this country will tell you that failing to recycle is more immoral than porn. Fifty-six percent consider not recycling to be “usually or always wrong.” But less than one-third say the same about viewing smut.

“The cultural acceptance [of porn] has, by generation, gone rapidly upward,” explained Marcel LeJeune, assistant director of Catholic campus ministry at Texas A&M and author of the just released book Cleansed: A Catholic Guide to Freedom From Porn. “In other words, [youth] are much, much more likely to accept [porn] on face...READ MORE

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Donald Trump Won’t Elaborate on His Pro-Life Position, Why?; The Spirit of Adoption and More! (2463)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Donald Trump Won’t Elaborate on His Pro-Life Position, Why? by Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com link to follow and read.

Donald Trump Won’t Elaborate on His Pro-Life Position, Why? by Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com - Big Pulpit

Racial Discrimination Escalating: Black Babies Aborted Most – Judie Brown, Catholic Lane

Lourdes: Bittersweet and Beautiful – Colleen McCrum, Catholic Stand

Truth and Religious Freedom – Veronica Arntz, Truth and Charity Forum

Solidarity with Islam? by William Kilpatrick of Crisis Magazine - Big Pulpit

Anger and Citizenship – George Weigel, The Dispatch

You Know, Hitler Was Pretty Good on the Environment – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

The Spirit of Adoption – The Wild Goose

“A Single Bead” Book Review – Michele Chronister, Ignitum Today

Troubles at Home (Luke...READ MORE

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Pope Francis! Restore the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ!; The Sanctity of Life and Much More! (2372)

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Click on Pope Francis! Restore the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ! by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z’s Blog link to follow and read.

Pope Francis! Restore the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ! by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

How Catholics Should Reboot The Social Justice Debate – Dominic Lynch, The Federalist

Catholic Schools: A Complete Education – David Roney, Catholic Stand

Insufficiency and Insecurity: Putting Profits Before People – Hilaire Belloc, The Distributist Review

A Hope Filled Look at New Year’s Resolutions – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Planned Parenthood Trashes Ted Cruz After Iowa Win – Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

What is the Perspicuity of Scripture-And is it Even Scriptural? – Shane Kapler, Epic Pew

The Sanctity of Life - Fulton J. Sheen, The Catholic Gentleman

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Toasting to Holiness: Can Drinking Be Saintly? (3135)

Book Pick: Drinking With the Saints

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Drinking With the Saints

The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour

By Michael P. Foley

Regnery History, 2015

487 pages, $26.99

To order: ignatius.com

 

 

In September 2015, Pope Francis canonized Father Junípero Serra for his extraordinary missionary efforts in bringing the Gospel to present-day California. Wine enthusiasts, however, can also celebrate the fact that it was Serra, and his fellow Franciscans, that brought the first wine grapes to the region. This is one of many fun-filled facts in Michael Foley’s Drinking With the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour.

Foley’s book tells the storied past of wine, beer and spirits, and it also serves as an actual recipe guide...READ MORE

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Bronco-Panther Quarterback Now in a Win-Win Situation (1582)

CBS analyst Steve Beuerlein’s former teams go head to head in Super Bowl 50.

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Steve Beuerlein

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Former NFL quarterback Steve Beuerlein is in an interesting situation: Having played for both the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, one of his old teams will come out victorious in tomorrow’s Super Bowl 50.

While Beuerlein did not win a Super Bowl with either the Broncos or the Panthers in his playing career, he did reach the NFL’s pinnacle with the Dallas Cowboys in 1993. This victory came about under the guidance of Jimmy Johnson, a coach Beuerlein sees as a particularly sharp leader who knew how to get the most out of his teams.

Another coach receiving praise from Beuelein is Lou Holtz, who started his successful tenure with the Fighting Irish in 1986. This was Beuerlein’s...READ MORE

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