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East Meets West in D.C. (2344)

April 8 issue arts feature

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Cameron Smith

Our Lady of Lebanon

– Cameron Smith

As a student at North Carolina State University in the 1990s, Cameron Smith was pondering the definition of art. Concluding that art was an interaction with the Holy Spirit, he has built his life around this definition. Even deviations into side careers out of financial need couldn’t silence the calling. Although there are times now, as a husband and father of five, that he is tempted to walk away from the difficult task of creating a living based on art, he continues.

He has considered himself a Catholic artist ever since he read Pope John Paul II’s 1999 “Letter to Artists.”

Smith’s sketches of Pope John Paul II and his paintings of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart...READ MORE

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There Is No Way to Justify Evil (4591)

April 8 issue column on the increasing divide between those seeking to remain faithful to the Gospel and to Christ and those Christians, both Catholic and non-Catholic, for whom citizenship in the world is evidently more important than citizenship in the Kingdom.

04/07/2012 Comment

Recently, I had the experience of a wonderful theological discussion with a Protestant repairman who came to our house.

In the course of it, we realized how much we agreed on the truths dividing our culture and their foundation in divine Revelation.

This occasion followed shortly after a visit to Birmingham, Ala., by the papal preacher, Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa, who was enthusiastically received by students at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, which is Baptist.

Both incidents have highlighted for me the increasing divide between those seeking to remain faithful to the Gospel and to Christ and those Christians, both Catholic and non-Catholic, for whom...READ MORE

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A Challenging Book, but Worth the Time (7905)

Saturday Book Pick: Stratford Caldecott’s All Things Made New: The Mysteries of the World in Christ.

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Stratford Caldecott’s latest book, All Things Made New: The Mysteries of the World in Christ, is a serious book about the most serious of things, the mysteries of faith, which all of us should encounter frequently and grasp ever more deeply throughout our journey to Paradise. There we will enjoy an eternity of contemplation according to our state of grace.

This book is not for beginners. It helps immensely if the reader is already well formed in the basics of the faith. You do not have to be a theologian, but it won’t hurt to have the Catechism of the Catholic Church at your side while slowly reading the text. 

As the author puts it, “This book continues and complements the...READ MORE

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Cubans Get Good Friday Holiday for the First Time in More Than 50 Years (2921)

Pope Benedict’s pilgrimage brought the change, but will it be permanent?

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Pope Benedict XVI and Cuban President Raul Castro speak during a farewell ceremony as the Pope leaves Cuba after a three day visit on March 28.

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In Cuba, today is the first Good Friday being celebrated as a national holiday in over 50 years, thanks to Pope Benedict XVI.

As a result of the Pope’s request to the Cuban regime when he met President Raul Castro last week in Havana, the government has declared a day off for the solemnity that marks Christ’s crucifixion, explaining in a statement that the decision honors the Pope’s “transcendental visit.”

Cuba’s Council of Ministers, its highest governing body, will decide whether to make the day a permanent holiday in the future.

The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, considers this news “a very positive sign.”

“The Holy See hopes that this will promote...READ MORE

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The Seating Plan at the Last Supper, Traditional Names for Holy Week Days, and much, much more! (3292)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/06/2012 Comments (2)

The Seating Plan at the Last Supper. Click on the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read and learn more.

The Seating Plan at the Last Supper - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Traditional Names for Holy Week Days - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Exact Date of Christ's Crucifixion - The Catholic Knight

Reason #734 To Be Catholic: Stations of The Cross - Russ Rentler MD, Crossed the Tiber

Vatican Statement Shows Business and Faith Compatible - John Couretas, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Dismas, Crucified to the Right: Paradise Lost & Found - Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, These Stone Walls

Cardinal Ranjith: Communion on the Tongue Only, while Kneeling Mandatory - Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

My Children Fight Over Who Gets to Put Offering in Basket - Mindy Goorchenko, The...READ MORE

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Long-Married Catholic Couple Writes Meditations for Pope's Stations of the Cross (2369)

The Zanzucchis say they compiled the prayers with the help of the Holy Spirit and their own experience of family life.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s meditations for the Good Friday Stations of the Cross ceremony have been written by an Italian couple that has been married for nearly 50 years.

“In all of the moments of the Stations of the Cross, there were special moments within us for the family,” Anna Maria Zanzucchi told EWTN News in a recent interview.

“They were taken on by Jesus to redeem the family. And this was the strongest thing that we confronted, and the path that we have always followed illumined us; we were illuminated by the grace concentrated in the stations,” Anna Maria explained.

The traditional Catholic practice of praying the Stations of the Cross is done each Friday of Lent. The liturgy...READ MORE

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U.K. Businesses Given Okay to Ban Crosses Worn by Employees (4950)

Two women will have their religious discrimination case heard at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

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– EWTN Religious Catalogue

LONDON — The British government’s efforts to allow employers to ban the wearing of the cross at work have been described as “discriminatory” and “theologically illiterate.”

The government is fighting a case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, following the efforts of two British women to establish their right to wear a small crucifix around their necks.

In 2006 Coptic Christian Nadia Eweida was suspended by British Airways for refusing to remove the cross, which the airline claimed breached the company’s uniform code. Shirley Chaplin was barred from working on hospital wards by Royal Devon and Exeter National Health Service Trust after she refused to hide the...READ MORE

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John Senior In Piam Memoriam, Embracing the Challenge as Catholic Parents, Church & Sex, and more! (2390)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/06/2012 Comment
Credit goes to God

John Senior: In Piam Memoriam. Click on the link by Philippe Maxence to read and learn more of the greatest American Catholic layperson of the 20th century.

– Credit goes to God

John Senior: In Piam Memoriam - Philippe Maxence, Crisis Magazine

Embracing the Challenge as Catholic Parents - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Common Misconceptions About the Church & Sex - Ellen Gable Hrkach, Catholic Lane

50 former Anglicans from One Parish Join Ordinariate - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Holy Thursday: 9 Photos of Papa Bene Washing Feet, Videos & More - Saint Peter's List

Papa Bene Hits Hard about Priesthood, Disobedience, Zeal for Souls - Fr. Z's Blog

Market Economies with Churches & Market Economies without Churches - Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

What is a Novena? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Is Being Single A...READ MORE

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