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Ecuador’s Consolation: Mary Statue Stands Untouched by Devastating Earthquake (3156)

The amazing preservation of the statue of Our Lady of Light has given comfort to the Latin American nation where hundreds have been killed by one of the worst earthquakes in living memory.

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Courtesy of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

Statue of Mary found amid rubble from the Earthquake in Ecuador on April 16, 2016.

– Courtesy of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of Our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on April 16.

The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas most strongly affected by the earthquake.

The Oblates have been working in this school since 1960 and had more than 900 students enrolled for this school year.

The earthquake, which was declared the worst in Ecuador in approximately 70 years, left 600 people dead and thousands more injured.

Sister Patricia Esperanza, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales community...READ MORE

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Promoting Saints: What Goes Into Causes That Investigate Holy Lives (4933)

There are more than 70 causes for canonization under way for U.S.-born men and women. And the process is an arduous one.

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Above, Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich; below, Sister Mary Annella Zervas, Bishop Frederic Baraga and Venerable Angeline McCrory

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Mother Angelica’s recent passing has put a certain word on many people’s lips: “saint.” Following her death on Easter Sunday, even Pope Francis said, “She’s in heaven.”

Whatever the truth of that statement, no formal declaration can be made by the Church until her beatification process officially starts. That can’t happen for five years, and then it will take years of compiling everything she ever wrote, said or did, interviewing those who knew her, collating all of that information, sending it to Rome, gathering a miracle performed by God through her intercession and having the Pope give his approval. And those are just a few of the steps.

If she receives beata status, she will join...READ MORE

Filed under beatifications, causes for canonization, congregation for the causes of saints, saints, saints and blesseds

The Shakespeare (Catholic) Code (3312)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Bard, 400 Years Later

04/23/2016 Comments (7)
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Cobbe portrait of Shakespeare

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LONDON — Britain is seeing a month of special events marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, April 23. In London, the Globe Theatre — reconstructed some years ago near its original site by the Thames — is the focus of much of this; and in addition, there are great celebrations in Stratford upon Avon, a nationwide tour of a spectacular 700-cast production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and presentations at the British Library, the British Film Institute and the Royal Festival Hall. And, of course, his plays are being staged everywhere.

Bristol is offering The Merry Wives of Windsor and Hamlet, together with a new play, The Herbal Bed, about Shakespeare’s daughter....READ MORE

Filed under british history, catholic, catholic england, joanna bogle, william shakespeare

Was Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain an Interfaith Eden? (3983)

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise debunks a romanticized view of Muslim-ruled Spain.

04/23/2016 Comments (20)

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

Muslims, Christians and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain

By Dario Fernandez-Morera

ISI Books, 2016

336 pages, $29.95

To order: isibooks.org


No contemporary historian who wished to remain in the good graces of his colleagues would marvel about the way in which Spanish conquistadors lifted the Aztecs and Incas from their dark ages of ignorance and superstition. Nor would any scholar rhapsodize about how the colonization of India by the British brought civilization to a backward society. Much less would any of today’s historians claim that black slaves in the U.S. South lived happy and contented lives under the benevolent protection of...READ MORE

Filed under book picks, islamic history, muslim spain, william kilpatrick

Solidarity Transforms Unjust Citizens and States (2089)

CONNECTING THE DOTS: Part Six of a Register Series on Catholic Social Teaching

04/23/2016 Comments (7)

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The great Roman playwright Terence said, “I am a man. Nothing human is alien to me.” It’s significant Terence was known for his comedies, since comedy is the art form that focuses most strongly on our weaknesses and our need for help from both divine and human grace and mercy.

In tragedies, the protagonists die isolated in their grandeur: great men and women left in splendid ruins, while lesser beings look on in awe and say, “Now cracks a noble heart!” But in comedies, the quintessential ending is when everybody comes together at a great wedding banquet, and all’s well that ends well. It’s rather like the heaven Jesus constantly compares to a wedding banquet: the marriage supper of the...READ MORE

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Moral Theology and Amoris Laetitia: Some Expert Assessments (4692)

NEWS ANALYSIS: A range of opinions is found among moral theologians about the implications of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation.

04/22/2016 Comments (22)
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VATICAN CITY — Since the publication of Amoris Laetitia this month, some of the strongest and most impassioned reflections on the document have come from moral theologians.

Their responses to the Pope’s post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family have been mixed, but can be divided into roughly three groups: those who see the document in continuity with previous papal teaching on marriage and the family; those who see the document as containing some erroneous, contradictory and vague passages, which, for some, invalidate the whole document; and those who see it as opening the door to revolutionary changes in pastoral practice (and, therefore, eventually doctrine).

For professor John...READ MORE

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Abby Johnson Tells Georgetown University Students: ‘At the Heart of Life Is Christ’ (2711)

‘My goal is not just to make abortion illegal: My goal is to make abortion unthinkable,’ Catholic pro-lifer said the same day that Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards spoke on campus.

04/22/2016 Comments (10)
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Abby Johnson speaks at Georgetown University on April 20.

– Matt Hadro of CNA via Twitter

WASHINGTON — No matter how deeply people may be entrenched in the culture of death, they are never beyond the loving reach of Christ, said former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson to a group of Georgetown University students on Wednesday.

“I’m standing in front of you today as a testament to the power of conversion,” Johnson, a former Texas Planned Parenthood director who later converted to Catholicism, said in a talk scheduled the same day as Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards’ address to students on Georgetown’s campus.

Reflecting on Richards addressing students earlier in the afternoon, Johnson said, “I just kept thinking, you know, I believe that one day – I have...READ MORE

Filed under abby johnson, abortion, cardinal donald wuerl, catholic, cecile richards, georgetown university, planned parenthood

Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives: ‘No One Should Profit From Baby Body Parts’ (1202)

A special House investigative panel is alleging that a tissue-procurement company and the abortion businesses it partnered with may have illegally profited from the sale of fetal tissue from aborted babies.

04/22/2016 Comments (8)
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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, at the April 20 hearing.

– Rep. Marsha Blackburn Facebook

WASHINGTON — A special House investigative panel is alleging that a tissue-procurement company and the abortion businesses it partnered with may have illegally profited from the sale of fetal tissue from aborted babies.

“No one should profit from a sale on baby body parts. Nobody,” stated Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, at a Wednesday hearing on the pricing of fetal tissue.

Wednesday’s hearing on fetal-tissue pricing stems from a series of videos released last summer by the group Center for Medical Progress on the role of Planned Parenthood in providing fetal tissue of aborted babies to harvesters for compensation.

The videos were...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abortion worker, center for medical progress, planned parenthood, u.s. house of representatives, unborn victims

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