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Denver Archbishop: Year of Faith a Time ‘to Meet Jesus’ (1871)

Archbishop Samuel Aquila asked Catholics to continue to ‘move out of our comfort zones’ and witness to Jesus Christ.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila

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DENVER — Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver says the end of the Year of Faith should encourage Catholics to continue to grow from an encounter with Christ and to share their faith with others.

“The Year of Faith was not a marketing campaign for Catholics to get excited about; it was a time to meet Jesus and his Church, to come to know and love Jesus and his Church more deeply. It was a time to grow in intimacy with Jesus, to encounter the Lord in your heart,” the archbishop said in a Nov. 21 pastoral letter to his archdiocese.

“Our lives are forever changed, the more we fall in love with Jesus,” he said.

Archbishop Aquila said that Catholics should “courageously and joyfully” share...READ MORE

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Pittsburgh and Erie Dioceses Win Injunction in Key HHS Case (6782)

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab’s decision is the first in favor of a religious non-profit since the HHS final rule of June 28.

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HHS Secretarty Kathleen Sebelius listens as President Obama announces the contraceptive mandate at the White House, Jan. 12, 2012.

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A federal court handed the Pennsylvania dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie an important legal victory on Nov. 21, when U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab ruled that their legal challenge to the Health and Human Services mandate was likely to succeed on the merits, and granted their petition for a temporary injunction.

In testimony before the court, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh and Bishop Lawrence Persico of Erie argued that the contraception mandate violated the free exercise of Catholic non-profits guaranteed under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic...READ MORE

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The Meaning of Motherhood; Humanae Vitae: Responsible Fatherhood; Finding Time for God and More! (3722)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Meaning of Motherhood.

Pope Francis Rejects the Spirit of Vatican II – BigPulpit.com

The Meaning of Motherhood – Kathleen Dardis Singleton, Truth and Charity Forum

Humanae Vitae: Responsible Fatherhood - Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

The Dedication of Siena Cathedral – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Finding Time for God – Vicki Burback, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Stating the Obvious: Islam & Catholicism are Very Different – William Kilpatrick, Aleteia

Honey, That’s What Hell Is Like – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Kenya: Pastors Want AK-47s for Protection from the Islamists – Fr. Z's Blog

Defining “Young Adult” - Elizabeth Teixeira, Ignitum Today

How Did Lucifer Become Satan? – Dr....READ MORE

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Pope Concludes Year of Faith Preaching ‘Centrality of Christ’ (2860)

At his Sunday Mass on the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis displayed the reliquary containing the bones of St. Peter to the crowd of pilgrims.

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Pope Francis venerates the relics of St. Peter on Nov. 24 in St. Peter’s Square.

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VATICAN CITY — In his homily at Sunday Mass on the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis emphasized Jesus’ crucial place in creation, history and the Church.

“The attitude demanded of us as true believers is that of recognizing and accepting in our lives the centrality of Jesus Christ, in our thoughts, in our words and in our works,” he preached to a crowded St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 24.

The many pilgrims who had come to celebrate the close of the Year of Faith listened attentively as he continued, “When this center is lost, when it is replaced by something else, only harm can result, for everything around us and for ourselves.”

This historic Mass at the “crowning of the...READ MORE

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Kingstree, S.C.:  A Privileged Name for a Privileged Place (4276)

COMMENTARY for Christ the King Sunday

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According to official listings, there is only one location in the entire United States that has the name Kingstree. No city or town in our country is called Kingstree except the one in South Carolina.

Kingstree is the small town where the Shrine of Our Lady of South Carolina, Our Lady of Joyful Hope is located. How Kingstree got its name is providential.

The common story has it that, in 1730, the governor wanted townships to be established in the interior of the state. Explorers went up the major rivers to examine the terrain. When the explorer on the Black River came to this area, he saw something unusual. On a bluff, overlooking the river, was a great northern white pine tree. By...READ MORE

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The Saint Who Promoted Culture and Religious Reform, Fostering a Culture of Vocations and Much More! (3107)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Saint Who Promoted Charity, Culture & Religious Reform. Follow the link by Ed West to read more.

The Saint Who Promoted Charity, Culture & Religious Reform by Ed West - BigPulpit.com

Fostering a Culture of Vocations in 5 Easy Steps – Kerri, Catholic Sistas

The Fear of the Lord – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

The Global War on Christians – George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

The Ketchup Stain on my Soul - Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Philippines: “Spiritual Marines”, Priests, Arrive to Help – Fr. Z’s Blog

Getting It Right, the Foundation of Friendship – Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hugh O’Flaherty, Ireland’s Shining Priest – William Doino Jr., On the Square

Do-It-Yourself Gifts You’d Actually Want to Receive – Anna Keating, The Catholic Catalogue


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Building a Case for Faith (2816)

Book pick on A Faith Brief: A Lawyer's Argument for Why Faith Prevails over Doubt

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A Faith Brief

A Lawyer’s Argument for Why Faith Prevails over Doubt

By Patrick M. Garry

Kirk House Publishers, 2012

91 pages, $14

To order: kirkhouse.com

There are different ways to move people away from disbelief and doubt and toward faith.

To do so, author Patrick Garry takes a road less traveled, because he draws on his expertise as a law professor.

Like a good lawyer, Garry builds his case for faith over doubt clearly and colorfully.

He shows that doubt cannot be the default or starting position in any argument against faith because doubt’s position cannot be proven. He gives evidence that doubt is really an “unsustainable position.”

Garry unmasks doubt’s...READ MORE

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Radical Conversion From 'Racial Hatred to Rational Love' (3759)

Book pick on Joseph Pearce's autobiography Race With the Devil

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Race With the Devil

My Journey From Racial Hatred to Rational Love

By Joseph Pearce

Saint Benedict Press, 2013

264 pages, $22.95

To order: saintbenedictpress.com

On Dec. 12, 1985, a 24-year-old radical white supremacist named Joe Pearce stood in the dock at the Old Bailey and was convicted of violating the British Race Relations Act. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Four years later, on March 19, 1989, this same Joseph Pearce was received into the Catholic Church.

As a professional race-baiter, Pearce was known for his provocative articles and hell-raising speeches. As a Catholic public figure, Pearce is known for his “literary biographies” and has written about...READ MORE

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