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Spend Lent With St. John Paul II (2348)

Book Pick: Bringing Lent Home With St. John Paul II

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Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II

Prayers, Reflections and Activities for Families 


By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Ave Maria Press, 2014

96 pages, $2.95

To order: avemariapress.com


Lent is a penitential season that is designed to transform hearts and souls. It is also a time when families can grow closer to one another by praying together and communicating with one another. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle has provided an excellent way for readers to accomplish both objectives.

Using St. John Paul II as a spiritual guide, Cooper O’Boyle effectively assists families in experiencing a deeper spiritual growth and conversion during the holy and penitential season of Lent in...READ MORE

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Archbishop to Politicians: Would You Hire a Campaign Manager Who Works Against What You Stand for? (3740)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone defends Catholic schools' teacher handbook against California politicians' criticism.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense.

“Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general?” he wrote in his reply to eight state legislators who had criticized Catholic standards for school employees.

The archbishop suggested a hypothetical situation in which Democratic politicians employ a “brilliant campaign manager,” though a Republican, who is willing to work for them and not speak or act contrary to his employers or his...READ MORE

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Are Catholic Schoolteachers ‘Ministers’? (2640)


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Catholic education in the United States will be substantially stronger if dioceses follow the lead of bishops in California, Hawaii and Ohio, who are requiring their teachers to both know and adhere to Catholic teaching.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is among the latest to declare that Catholic schoolteachers must be “ministers” to their students, a designation that has great significance for the mission of Catholic education, as well as for protecting Catholic schools from lawsuits and violations of religious freedom.

Others who have sought similar improvements to teacher contracts and policies include Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland, Calif., Bishop Robert Vasa of...READ MORE

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Pope: Love of God and Neighbor Are Inseparable (1022)

The Holy Father said: ‘You cannot make offerings to the Church on the shoulders of the injustice that you practice towards your dependents. This is a very serious sin: using God as a cover for injustice.’

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ROME — In his homily on Friday, Pope Francis said that the love of God and neighbor are inseparable. He castigated the actions of those who give to the Church but at the same time exploit and mistreat others.

Although many claim to practice charity because they write a check to the Church every month, “at your home, within your own [domestic] church, are you generous and are you fair with those who are your dependents, be they your children, your grandparents, your employees?” the Pope asked during Mass on Feb. 20.

“You cannot make offerings to the Church on the shoulders of the injustice that you practice towards your dependents. This is a very serious sin: using God as a cover for...READ MORE

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Egypt’s Coptic Catholics Consecrate First Church in Sinai (1039)

The celebration at Our Lady of Peace was held Feb. 15.

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Dedication of Our Lady of Peace Church in Sinai on Feb. 15.

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ISMAILIA, Egypt — “The Church in Egypt has been strengthened by the murder of our brothers in Libya.” Such was the reaction of Coptic Catholic Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir of Sohag to the beheading of 21 Orthodox Coptic men in Libya by Islamic State affiliates.

The guest workers in Libya "suffered a holy death, with prayers on their lips. They went to their deaths just like the early Christians,” the bishop told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

As fate would have it, the Islamic State released gruesome video of the executions on the very day, Feb. 15, that Egypt’s Coptic Catholic Church celebrated the consecration of its first church in Sinai, in the community of...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: ISIS’ Acts ‘Threaten Civilization, Everything Decent, Noble’ (1259)

“Simply because these Christians make the Sign of the Cross, there is a price on their heads,” the archbishop of New York observed, adding that “we cannot ignore their cries and cannot let their blood be spilled without moving us to tears and saying, ‘This must stop.’”

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NEW YORK — With ISIS threatening all of human civilization, no one of any background or religion can remain silent, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

The ISIS militants who are perpetrating these acts of violence in the name of Islam “threaten civilization, everything that is decent and noble about humanity,” Cardinal Dolan warned, saying that their vicious acts are creating a worldwide crisis that cannot and must not be ignored.

“These aren’t sporadic attacks. This is part of an orchestrated fanaticism and ideology that sees Christianity, Judaism and any religion of peace as the enemy,” he said Feb. 17 in the New York Post.

The cardinal responded to a graphic video that was...READ MORE

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Egypt Roars for Its Christians: ‘They Have a Shield’ (7468)

Egyptian society and its government have rallied in defense of the Copts, but the White House has declined to support Egypt’s military actions in defense of its citizens.

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Egyptian F-16 fighter planes

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CAIRO — When the Islamic State group paraded before the world its grisly slaughter of 21 Egyptian Christians on a Libyan beach, it could hardly have expected Egypt’s response: a massive outpouring of solidarity for Christians from their government and Sunni Muslims in society.

“This criminal act has united more and more the Egyptian people, Christians and Muslims,” Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt, told the Register from Cairo.

Egypt is the most populous Arab nation, with 85 million people, 10% of whom are officially estimated to be Christian.

Within hours of ISIS’ video, Egypt unleashed its military might against the fundamentalist Muslim group in...READ MORE

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Now Streaming: Watch These 12 Movies About Faith, More Ways to End the Vocation Crisis and More! (4049)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Top 12 Movies about Faith Now Streaming on Netflix by Zelda Caldwell of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

Top 12 Movies about Faith Now Streaming on Netflix by Zelda Caldwell of Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

More Ways to End the Vocations Crisis - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

34 Ways to Earn Your Man Card – Jessica McAfee, Epic Pew

Thinking Morally about Vaccinations - Doctor Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Why Aren’t Italians Having Babies? by Katie Vidmar of Time for the Family - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis “Endorses Referendum” Denying Same-Sex 'Marriage', Adoption - Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress

Correlation and Causation – P. Z., The American Catholic

No, President Obama, The Crusades and ISIS Are Not The Same Thing – Scott Eric Alt

Chin Up! – Molly Milroy, Ignitum Today

In Praise of...READ MORE

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