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The Vatican’s New Point Man on Sexual Abuse (5111)

Father Robert Oliver, a canon-law expert from the Archdiocese of Boston, will deal with serious canon-law offenses by clergy, including allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

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BRAINTREE, Mass. — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a widely respected canon lawyer from the Archdiocese of Boston to the key Vatican post of promoter of justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

In that capacity, Father Robert Oliver will be charged with ensuring that Church law is followed carefully and with equity — most notably with respect to the high-profile area of clergy sexual abuse of minors.

Currently assistant for canonical affairs to Boston’s vicar general, Father Oliver enjoys a stellar reputation among his fellow American canon-law specialists.

J.D. Flynn, canon lawyer and chancellor for the Archdiocese of Denver, called Father Oliver an...READ MORE

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Iranian Pastor’s Christmas Arrest Worries Religious-Liberty Advocates (1890)

The Christian, who spent nearly three years in an Iranian prison for his religious conversion, was reportedly rearrested contrary to a previous agreement.

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Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani during his first prison incarceration.

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TEHRAN, Iran — A Christian pastor who spent nearly three years in an Iranian prison for his religious conversion was reportedly arrested again on Christmas Day, contrary to a previous agreement.

“Iran has historically cracked down on the Christian community over the Christmas season; this year was no exception,” said Tiffany Barrans, international legal director at the American Center for Law and Justice, which has been monitoring the case of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani.

Barrans told CNA on Jan. 2 that, through the timing of the arrest, “the barbaric regime wanted to send a strong message that no Christian is beyond reach of its persecution.”

Nadarkhani was initially arrested in 2009...READ MORE

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The Disgrace of Papal Blessing for Ugandan Homophobia, The N. F. P. Generation and Much More! (3338)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Disgrace of Papal Blessing for Ugandan Homophobia. Follow the link by Marc Barnes to read more.

The Disgrace of Papal Blessing for Ugandan Homophobia by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blogBig Pulpit

The NFP Generation – Mary C. Tillotson, Ignitum Today

How Same-Sex Marriage Suffocates Freedom - Bryce J. Christensen, Crisis Magazine

John B. Tabb: America’s Forgotten Priest-Poet – E. L. Core, Catholic Lane

The Traditional Latin Mass in the Archdiocese of Toronto and Suffragan Dioceses – Rorate Cæli

Orwell’s Misreading of Evelyn Waugh – Matthew Walther, First Things/On The Square

Three Kings—No, Forty—No, 60? Rethinking the Magi – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

On Drama and Perfection, Subjectivity and Objectivity – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Character...READ MORE

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Christ Was Born 2013 Years Ago! Josephus Was Wrong; India's Christian Untouchables and More! (1903)

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Christ Was Born 2013 Years Ago! Chronology of Josephus Was Wrong. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

Christ Was Born 2013 Years Ago! Chronology of Josephus Was Wrong by Dr. Taylor MarshallBig Pulpit

India’s Christian Untouchables – Peter Limieux, Catholic Near East Welfare Association

Work-Ethic vs. the Cell Phone and Computer; Stealing and Lying – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

What Is The Cause of the Crisis in the Church? – Catholic in Brooklyn

Apple’s Icons and Windows Into Heaven: Iconography in 21st Century – Tristyn Bloom, First Things/First Thoughts

The Passion of Consumerism – Ramblings of a Byzantine Catholic

Our Future Is in Your Hands – Dappled Things

The 2013 Atlanta Catholic Business Conference – Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

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Jesus’ Birth Should Deepen Trust in God, Pope Teaches (1502)

At his first general audience of 2013, the Holy Father said the birth of Christ ‘once again illuminates the darkness that often surrounds our world.’

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VATICAN CITY — The birth of Jesus causes joy because it gives us the certainty that God “works wonders in weakness,” Pope Benedict XVI said Jan. 2.

“The Nativity of the Lord once again illuminates the darkness that often surrounds our world and our hearts with his light, bringing hope and joy,” he said during his weekly general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

The Pope opened and closed his remarks with Pilate’s question to Christ at his trial: “Where do you come from?”

Pope Benedict answered that the Gospels show Christ’s “true origin” is from God the Father and that he “comes entirely from him.”

That Christ “by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,” is a...READ MORE

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Bishop Conley Highlights Value of Latino Catholics in U.S. Church (2051)

The recently appointed bishop of Lincoln, Neb., said Americans nationwide can learn much from the Latino community on how to live their faith.

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Bishop James Conley.

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ROME — Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., said Americans nationwide can learn much from the Latino community on how to live their faith.

“They bring a strong sense of family, a great love of the Catholic faith, of the sacraments and of the blessed Virgin Mary,” said Bishop Conley.

“Those are all positives, and I think we Anglos can benefit from that because it’s almost instinctual for Hispanics,” he said last month shortly after the “Ecclesia in America conference in Rome.

“They’re the ones having children, working, looking for jobs, finding their place, and so we need to be right there with them,” said Bishop Conley, who was installed as the ninth bishop of Lincoln on Nov. 20.

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Another Busy Year Ahead for Pope Benedict XVI (2993)

Although the Holy Father will turn 86 in April, a new encyclical, a visit to Rio de Janeiro and possibly two consistories of new cardinals are just some of the highlights expected for 2013.

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VATICAN CITY — A new encyclical, a visit to Rio and possibly two consistories of new cardinals are just some of the highlights expected for Pope Benedict XVI this coming year.

Over the past few months, the Holy Father has been putting the finishing touches on his fourth encyclical, scheduled to be published during Lent. Dedicated to the subject of faith and published to coincide with the Year of Faith, the encyclical will be used by the Pope to offer encouragement to a world in crisis, Vatican sources say.

It will follow three other encyclicals during this pontificate: two on the other theological virtues of charity, Deus Caritas Est (2005), and hope, Spe Salvi (2007), and a “social...READ MORE

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New Year Is a Journey We Face With God’s Grace, Pope Says (1418)

During the first Angelus of 2013, the Holy Father asked Mary to bless the world ‘like a mother blesses her children who must leave on a trip.’

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Balloon for world peace soars during the first Angelus of 2013.

VATICAN CITY — During the first Angelus of 2013, Pope Benedict XVI asked Mary to bless the world “like a mother blesses her children who must leave on a trip,” since “a new year is like a journey” which we must face “with the light and grace of God.”

 

Pope Benedict’s full Angelus address follows:

Dear brothers and sisters,

Happy New Year to all! On this first day of 2013, I would like God’s blessing to be extended to every man and every woman in the world. I do this with the ancient formula contained in sacred Scripture: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon thee and show thee mercy. The Lord turn his face to you and give you peace" (Numbers...READ MORE

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