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‘God’s Not Dead’ and Christianity in America Isn’t Either (11800)

The film’s writers, two devout Catholics, hope their movie will serve as a rallying cry for Christians to stand up and resist the encroachment of secularism.

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Ever since it opened nationwide on March 21, the film God’s Not Dead has been a favorite at the box office, beating out various other films with much bigger budgets and far more dollars spent on promotion and advertising.

Audiences have erupted with spontaneous applause during showings, and stories of conversions in theaters have appeared on the Internet and blogosphere. Critics — including some religious critics— have panned the film for being a “propaganda piece,” but the attention (and sales — after the April 11-13 weekend, it currently is No. 7 at the box office) it is garnering among ordinary people confounds and astonishes the naysayers.

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Vatican to Launch Webpage for John Paul II-John XXIII’s Writings on Women (2152)

The Pontifical Council for the Laity is behind the initiative ahead of the dual canonizations.

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VATICAN CITY — Leading up to the canonizations of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will publish a new webpage highlighting the emphasis both popes placed on the role of women.

Referring to the upcoming canonizations, Ana Christiana Villa, a consecrated laywoman of the Marian Community of Reconciliation and head of the Womens' Department of the Council for the Laity, explained to CNA April 16 that the new webpage is designed to bring attention to the effect of the popes' work through the voices of women themselves.

Containing testimonies from 11 women around the world, as well as writings on women from the magisteriums of both popes, Villa...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aquila Leads Rally Against Colorado Abortion Bill (4189)

One thousand pro-lifers prayed April 15 outside the State Capitol against the bill, which would ban any state or local policies restricting abortion.

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Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila (front, c) leads 1,000 people in prayer on the steps of the Colorado Capitol April 15.

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DENVER — More than 1,000 Catholics and other pro-life demonstrators showed up outside the Colorado State Capitol for an April 15 protest of what some are calling the most anything-goes pro-abortion bill in history. As they prayed, a Senate vote on the bill was postponed.

“The far-reaching, long-term effects of this bill could be devastating to the pro-life cause,” said Marie Gorham, who attended the protest that was promoted with an email by Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila.

Political pundits have long viewed Colorado as a policy lab for left-of-center political experimentation, such as legalized recreational marijuana, and critics fear the new pro-abortion bill could start a new national...READ MORE

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Holy See to Submit Report on Anti-Torture Agreement to U.N. in May (2040)

Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi indicated that the report is part of its obligation to the U.N. Convention Against Torture treaty.

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VATICAN CITY — The Holy See's press officer said Tuesday that its report on an anti-torture agreement that will be made to the United Nations next month is part of its obligation as a signatory to the treaty

“It is a standard procedure adhered to by all states party to the convention” against torture, Father Federico Lombardi said April 15. “Considering the types of obligations included in the convention, the Holy See signed the convention in 2002 exclusively in the name of and on the part of Vatican city state.

“For this reason, the Holy See continues to fulfill its obligations on the part of Vatican city state and to present periodical reports, in accordance with the procedures set...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Kiss the Crucifix; Kiss the Wounds of Christ (4006)

The Holy Father discussed the triumph of the cross at his April 16 general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — In his general audience address this week, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a mystery which finds its answer in the passion and death of Jesus, who endured it for each of us.

“This week, it will do good for us all to look to the crucifix, kissing the wounds of Jesus, kissing the crucifix. He has taken upon himself the whole of human suffering,” the Holy Father expressed April 16.

Speaking to the thousands gathered for his weekly address, the Pope began by drawing attention to the day’s Gospel reading, which recounts the betrayal of Judas, noting that this event marks the beginning of Christ’s passion.

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Pope’s Holy Week Schedule Both Traditional and Innovative (10251)

The Holy Father will be leading the faithful in a number of traditional Holy Week ceremonies, but he also plans to continue his practice of departing from the liturgical rubric during Holy Thursday’s washing of the feet.

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Pope Francis during the Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on March 30, 2013.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will celebrate all the traditional ceremonies of Holy Week this year, but he will again depart from tradition on Holy Thursday by washing the feet of elderly and disabled residents in a Roman care home.

Before the Easter Triduum, the Holy Father, who began Holy Week by celebrating Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, will first wish a happy birthday to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who turns 87 on Holy Wednesday.

It’s not clear how Francis will send his birthday wishes, but he may visit the pope emeritus at his Mater Ecclesiae residence in the Vatican Gardens before or soon after he holds his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

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Father Brown and the Mystery of Lent, We May Never Know the Value of What We Do and Much More! (3154)

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Obama: All Christians Have Been Moved by Pope Francis (2271)

Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, the president reflected on his inspirational March 27 meeting with the Holy Father.

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WASHINGTON — Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House on April 14, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration.

“I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican.

“I think it’s fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved by Pope Francis,” he said, explaining that this is partly because of the Holy Father’s words, which offer “a message of justice and inclusion, especially for the poor and the...READ MORE

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