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Pope Counsels Parents to Share Faith With Joy, Dialogue (1912)

Parents are ‘the first messengers of God,’ the Holy Father says, and the family is ‘the first school to communicate the faith to new generations.’

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VATICAN CITY — Sharing the faith with children and others should be done in a joyful, clear and simple manner, Pope Benedict XVI said at his Wednesday general audience.

“In our time, a special place to talk about God is the family, the first school to communicate the faith to new generations,” Pope Benedict said Nov. 28 in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall.

He delivered his remarks, which are part of an ongoing weekly series on faith, to thousands of pilgrims who were gathered in the hall.

“The Second Vatican Council,” he noted, “speaks of parents as the first messengers of God, called to rediscover their mission, taking responsibility in educating.”

“They are called to open...READ MORE

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Parents vs. The State, More Women Die from Legal Abortions, The UK Anglican Ordinariate and More! (1328)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/28/2012 Comment

Parents vs. the State. Click on the link by M. D. Aeschliman, Ph.D. to read more.

Parents vs. the State – M. D. Aeschliman PhD, Crisis Magazine

Italian Theologians: Holy See Should Issue Fornication Dispensation by Larry DBig Pulpit

Report: Number of Women Dying From Legal Abortions Doubles – Steven Ertelt, Life News

The Story of You: A Letter to My Unborn Child – Kristin Detloff, Ignitum Today

My Porn Addiction – John Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews

News and Pics from the UK Anglican Ordinariate – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

How Many Minor Basilicas Does Brooklyn Want? – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Catholics Must Face Squarely the Dire Threat to Religious Liberty – Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

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Leader of Anglican Ordinariate Recalls Joy of First Year (2490)

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, the shepherd of the new Anglican communities that are coming into the Catholic Church, says the past months have been showered with blessings.

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Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

WASHINGTON — Almost a year after being appointed to shepherd Anglican communities seeking to join the Catholic Church, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson says the past months have been showered with blessings.

“I think the real joys have been to see communities that have struggled with the decision of discerning whether to become Catholic and have made that choice, and they have come in,” he told Catholic News Agency in a November interview.

He described “the joy on their faces” as they enter the Catholic Church and said, “That’s the thing that sticks in my mind the most.”

Msgr. Steenson leads the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which was canonically erected on Jan. 1, 2012....READ MORE

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Rome Conference to Study TV Father Figures (1867)

Many television series ‘portray the father as being the family's problem,’ according to one of the organizers of the conference, which is scheduled for next April at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

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Hugh Bonneville of 'Downton Abbey.'

– Masterpiece

ROME — At an upcoming spring conference, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross will examine father figures and their portrayal in TV, including Lord Grantham from the British series Downton Abbey.

Many television series “portray the father as being the family's problem,” observed professor Enrique Fuster, one of the organizers of the conference, which is scheduled for April 22-23, 2013, at the Roman university.

Fuster, who teaches cinema history at Holy Cross, noted that screenwriters often depict schizophrenic and dysfunctional families, and their solution for these situations is usually “a family rupture.”

The official title for the conference will be “The Figure of the...READ MORE

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Index of Forbidden Books; On Cultivating the Catholic Mind; The Poor, the Maimed; and Much More! (2649)

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11/28/2012 Comment

About the Index of Forbidden Books. Follow the link by Canon Lawyer Cathy Caridi to read more.

Index of Forbidden Books by Canon Lawyer Cathy Caridi - Big Pulpit

On Cultivating the Catholic Mind – Brian Jones, Crisis Magazine

The Poor, the Maimed, the Lame, the Blind – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

U. S. Nuncio: Dissident Catholic Profs are Grave Threat to Religious Liberty – Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

“Where Are The Catholics?” – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Catholic World Report

Shakespeare, Thomas More, and Henry VIII – Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

Mass in the Private Chapel of Milton Manor House – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Shocking Case of Unbelief – Fr. Ed Tomlinson’s Blog

Inclusive Language and Baptismal Validity – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made...READ MORE

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Praying for the Dead: Duty and Privilege (5456)

A daughter prays for the repose of her mother’s soul every day — and for all of the holy souls, especially in November, the month dedicated to the holy souls.

11/27/2012 Comments (12)

Detail of 'A Procession in the Catacomb of Callistus' (Alberto Pisa, 1905), Inscriptions in the catacombs include prayers for the dead.

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After my mother died in October 2011 from cancer, I threw myself into cleaning her home. The last six months of her illness she hadn’t able to do any housework. As I cleaned in every corner, I contemplated the afterlife, wondering whether she was in heaven or purgatory and weighing her many virtues compared to her faults. Engrossed in organizing and dusting, I would unexpectedly happen upon books on purgatory, and each time I felt jarred — wondering if it was a coincidence or message.

My mom had a strong devotion to the holy souls and prayed for them often. Even before she became ill, she would tell us to make sure that the priest who buried her did not eulogize about her saintliness....READ MORE

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Jesus, the Perfect Christmas Gift (2657)

An Advent initiative in Washington urges people to use the holiday season to learn about the Catholic faith and grow closer to Christ.

11/27/2012 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — A successful Advent initiative in Washington is urging people to use the true meaning of the Christmas season to learn more about the Catholic faith and grow closer to Christ.

In an online video, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington reflected, “When we think of Christmas, we think of gifts” because gift-giving is “one of the ways in which we show our love for the people around us.”

“We are always looking for the right gift, the perfect gift,” he observed. “Christmas is all about that great and perfect gift that is Jesus Christ.”

To aid people in remembering that Christmas is an invitation to celebrate Christ’s birth and grow in a relationship with him, the archdiocese is...READ MORE

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Longest Surviving Coma Patient Dies: Mom Never Left Her, Virgin of Breezy Point Graphic and More! (1756)

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11/27/2012 Comment

World’s Longest Surviving Coma Patient Dies, Mom Never Left Her Side. Click on the link by Steven Ertelt to read more.

World’s Longest Surviving Coma Patient Dies, Mom Never Left Her – Steven Ertelt, Life News

New: “The Virgin of Breezy Point” Graphic – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Ivy League Atheists Attack Mother Teresa by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blogBig Pulpit

A History of Tobacco and Catholicism – John B. Buescher, Catholic World Report

We Need More Death – Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

Those Terrible Middle Ages – Rich, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

A Catholic’s Gratitude for Barack Obama – Catholic in Brooklyn

Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum Celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica – Alberto Carosa, The CWR Blog

For Gay Marriage Opponents, Election...READ MORE

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