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Global Rosary Relay to Encourage Prayer for Priests (1956)

Participants in the relay will say a Rosary at a scheduled time for one half hour to thank God for priests

05/21/2013 Comment

Msgr. Ralph Heskett leads the Rosary with the Blessed Sacrament exposed on June 15, 2012.

NEW YORK — The Global Rosary Relay for Priests’ fourth annual event will take place June 7, providing an opportunity for worldwide prayer to support priests in their ministry.

“It’s unifying the whole world. It really is a very beautiful way for the laity to offer this spiritual bouquet of thanksgiving for our priests,” Marion Mulhall, founder and CEO of the event organizer WorldPriest, told EWTN News May 20.

“Our Lady has hugely blessed us. It was her inspiration. It is her Rosary,” Mulhall said. “It is her priests that we’re praying for on this Rosary.”

Participants in the relay will say a Rosary at a scheduled time for one half hour to thank God for priests and to ask the Virgin...READ MORE

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Highlights and Concerns From Graduations Across the Country (5265)

Catholic colleges’ 2013 commencement speakers brought responses ranging from praise for Cardinal Dolan at Notre Dame and criticism for Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at Boston College.

05/20/2013 Comments (11)

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For graduation ceremonies, the outlook was a bit brighter than in recent years, as many Catholic colleges and universities chose as commencement speakers high-profile Catholics who are exemplars of the faith.

Among them are Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.; Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston at Regis College in Weston, Mass.; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.; Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.; Colleen Carroll Campbell at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; and George Weigel at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in...READ MORE

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Cleveland Kidnapping Horrors Focus Attention on Laws Protecting Unborn Children (4983)

Alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro could face the death penalty for inducing miscarriages in one of the women he victimized.

05/20/2013 Comments (6)
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Ariel Castro

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CLEVELAND — The horrific case of Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and keeping them hostage in his basement for more than a decade, is inadvertently casting a new spotlight on federal and state laws that extend legal protections to unborn children.

Prosecutors said Castro, 52, may face the death penalty, in part because he allegedly induced miscarriages in one of the women he allegedly raped. Prosecutors say Castro impregnated one victim, Michelle Knight, five times and ended her pregnancies by starving her and punching her repeatedly in the stomach.

Ohio state law recognizes forced miscarriage as a punishable crime. The state’s aggravated murder...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Ties Mass With Church Movements to First Pentecost (3863)

'Always carry the power of the Gospel!' the Holy Father encouraged May 19.

05/20/2013 Comments (1)
CNA/Stephen Driscoll

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VATICAN CITY — St. Peter’s Square was transformed into an open-air Upper Room, Pope Francis said after he celebrated Pentecost with Church movements.

“This celebration of faith is about to end, which began yesterday with the vigil and culminated this morning in the Eucharist.”

“A renewed Pentecost that has transformed St. Peter's Square into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said May 19 before reciting the Regina Coeli Marian prayer with around 200,000 pilgrims.

His brief reflection prior to the prayer recapped his main message for the Mass, which was that the Holy Spirit brings “newness, harmony and mission” to the lives of Christians.

He saw newness in the pilgrims reliving...READ MORE

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Holy Spirit’s ‘Surprises’ Pave the Way to Happiness, Pope Francis Says (5862)

God brings true fulfillment and true joy that we can’t find anywhere else, the Holy Father tells the throng gathered for Pentecost Mass.

05/20/2013 Comment
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Pope Francis greets some of the cardinals who concelebrated Pentecost Mass with him.

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — Around 200,000 pilgrims packed St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Pentecost with Pope Francis, who called on them to be open to “God’s surprises” because they bring true happiness.

“This is not a question of novelty for novelty’s sake, the search for something new to relieve our boredom, as is so often the case in our own day,” the Pope said May 19.

“The newness which God brings into our life is something that actually brings fulfillment, that gives true joy, true serenity, because God loves us and desires only our good,” he stated.

Pope Francis gave his homily during a 10:30am Mass with Church movements and associations from Europe, Asia and Africa in St. Peter’s...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and the Holy Spirit (13186)

The Holy Father’s homilies provide a compelling invitation to seek the guidance of the third Person of the Trinity.

05/19/2013 Comments (7)
CNA / Stephan Driscoll

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Wednesday audience on May 15.

– CNA / Stephan Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ early-morning homilies in the Casa Santa Marta residence chapel  — often underreported — continue to challenge the faithful, and this past week was no exception.

On Monday, the Holy Father set the tone for the week leading up to Pentecost Sunday. He focused on the Holy Spirit who, he said, helps Christians remember the history of the faith and the gifts God has given. Without this grace, he said, the faithful risk slipping into idolatry.

Many Christians don’t know who the Holy Spirit is or what he is, he said, and the Holy Spirit “is always somewhat ‘the unknown’ of the faith.” And yet, he continued, the Holy Spirit is “God active in us” and “awakens our...READ MORE

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When Doctors Think You're a Liar, Pope Francis on Judas and Poverty, Drive-By Advice and More! (4492)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/18/2013 Comment

When Doctors Think You’re a Liar. Follow the link by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers website to read more.

When Doctors Think You’re a Liar by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers website - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis on Judas and Poverty - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Catholics, Marriage & the Supreme Court – Brianna Heldt, Ignitum Today

The Pope’s Financial Gospel and the Vatican Bank - John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

Drive-By Advice – Paul McCusker, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Ramifications of the New Normal - Fr. Z’s Blog

The News – Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

A Month-Long Immersion in Chant for Young Adults - Jennifer Donelson, The Chant Café

Best Photo of Pope Francis Yet – Tay. Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Ye Olde Vegetable Patch: Mid-May 2013 -...READ MORE

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Gift of Knowledge Glorifies God Above All (5126)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

05/17/2013 Comments (5)

Detail of 'St. Paul Preaching in Athens' by Raphael


As we have seen, Scripture warns repeatedly of separating knowledge from the love of God and neighbor. But that is not because knowledge is bad. It’s because knowledge, like all powerful and good things such as fire, must be wielded with love or it will destroy. The good news is that, wielded with love, knowledge can be a huge and potent force for good.

So again and again, Scripture urges us to “know the Lord” and promises us that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). We find that Solomon in the Book of Proverbs and elsewhere is interested in not only “religious” or “spiritual” knowledge but in...READ MORE

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