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Knights of Columbus Voices Gratitude for Pope Francis (2973)

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the 1.8 million members of the Catholic fraternal organization extend best wishes and prayers to our newly elected pope.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Prayers and best wishes are being sent from the Knights of Columbus to Pope Francis on his election.

“The election of Pope Francis — the first pope from the American hemisphere — highlights the fact that America is the continent of baptized Christians and a place of central importance to the faith today,” the fraternal organization, with over 1 million members worldwide, stated.

“Pope Francis is well known also for his emphasis on charity — the first principle of the Knights of Columbus.”

The Knights plan to work together with Pope Francis throughout his pontificate to further the mission of the Church.

“Both in our efforts for evangelization and in our...READ MORE

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Busy Schedule Ahead for Pope Francis (4709)

Today the Holy Father is expected to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore privately and will celebrate Mass with cardinals in the Sistine Chapel.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has announced Pope Francis’ schedule for the coming days, which will begin with Mass today in the Sistine Chapel together with the cardinals at 5pm.

It is expected that Pope Francis will pay a private visit to Santa Maria Maggiore today as well, asking for the Blessed Virgin’s protection and intercession during his pontificate.

On March 15 at 11am, he will officially welcome and address the cardinals, both those who elected him and those who are over 80.

On Saturday, March 16, Pope Francis will hold an audience for journalists and media representatives in the Paul VI hall. He will give an Angelus address on Sunday.

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L.A. Archdiocese Settles Sex-Abuse Case for Nearly $10 Million (2337)

Payments made to four alleged victims of former priest Michael Baker, who was removed from ministry in 2000.

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LOS ANGELES — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.99 million to settle a case brought by four alleged sex-abuse victims of Michael Baker, who was formerly a priest of the archdiocese.

The cases allege that Baker sexually abused the boys on multiple occasions as early as the 1970s. Baker was ordained a priest in 1974 and resigned from the priesthood in 2000.

As part of the settlement, announced March 12, none of the parties admit wrongdoing.

In 2007, Baker pleaded guilty to 12 counts of molesting two minors and was jailed. He was released in 2011.

The same year as Baker's conviction, the Los Angeles Archdiocese made a “global settlement” with more than 500 alleged...READ MORE

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Champion of ‘Feminine Genius’ Celebrated on 90th Birthday (2273)

Catholic theologian Alice von Hildebrand is esteemed as a pillar of courage, knowledge and wit.

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Alexandria, Va. — On her 90th birthday, noted philosopher and Catholic theologian Alice von Hildebrand has been lauded for both her teachings and example of “authentic womanhood.”

“Alice von Hildebrand has written eloquently on the beauty of femininity,” John Henry Crosby, director of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, told Catholic News Agency.

“Yet what makes her such a compelling proponent is that she embodies in her own person the grace, depth, receptivity — and, indeed, the genius — of authentic womanhood.”

March 11 marked von Hildebrand’s 90th birthday. She is regarded as a pillar of courage, knowledge and wit and is well known in the Catholic world and beyond.


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Can the Free Market Adequately Care for the Poor, Why Natural Law Arguments are Not Enough and More! (3436)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Can the Free Market Adequately Care for the Poor? Follow the link to The American Catholic

Can the Free Market Adequately Care for the Poor? – The American Catholic

Why Natural Law Arguments for Marriage are Not Enough – John S. Hamlon, The Catholic World Report

Advocates Ask Three Cardinals to Withdraw from the Conclave via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

This, That, and Great Lent – Renee Clayton, Claytonopolis

Bless Me Father. . . – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

“…Avoid Conversation With Him” – Kaiserswest

Moving From Fear To Faith – Gary Zimak, Catholic Stand

Young Adults in New Zealand – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Third-trimester Abortions in America: Healthy Babies at Seven, Eight and Nine Months Gestation’ – Sarah Terzo, LifeSiteNews

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Pope Francis: A Welcome Surprise to the Faithful (15713)

Reportedly runner-up in the conclave of 2005, the Church’s new Argentinian leader has all the credentials required of a pope.

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VATICAN CITY — Uncertainty quickly gave way to elation among the faithful that thronged St. Peter’s Square as the name of Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was announced from the loggia of the basilica.

Few of the 100,000-strong crowd who had gathered to welcome the successor to Benedict XVI were expecting the 76-year-old Argentine cardinal to become Pope in this election.

Delight seemed initially to mix with some bewilderment as people took in the name.

But, quickly, shouts of “Fran-ce-sco” from the Roman-heavy international crowd signaled the Italians had already taken him to their hearts, helped by the fact that he has Italian ancestry.

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U.S. Political Leaders Applaud Election of Pope Francis (2819)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum calls it ‘an awesome celebration of faith in the public square.’

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WASHINGTON — American politicians offered prayers and congratulations upon hearing the news that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires had been elected as the Successor to St. Peter, taking the name Pope Francis.

“On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of St. Peter and begins his papacy,” said President Barack Obama in a March 13 statement.

Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas, as well as the first Jesuit pope. He was elected by the College of Cardinals during the fifth vote of the conclave on March 13.

“Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI,” President Obama said,...READ MORE

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Vatican Pilgrims Hail the Election of Pope Francis (4022)

Initial surprise in St. Peter’s Square is quickly replaced with joy, as the new Holy Father emerges to greet his new global flock.

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People talk in St. Peter's Square after newly elected Pope Francis appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13 in Vatican City. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

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VATICAN CITY — With a Colombian flag tied around her shoulders, Sister Laura Teresa took a last look back at the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square, where, moments before, Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio emerged to greet the world as Pope Francis.

He is the 266th pope, but the first Latin American, the first Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope and the first non-European since 741.

“Yes, there is history here tonight,” said the religious sister from Bogota.

Speaking amid a din from the estimated 200,000 umbrella-wielding onlookers making their way out of the vast horseshoe-shaped piazza after the end of the conclave, Sister Laura said that “I am surprised and happy that...READ MORE

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