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Mexico Set to Welcome Pope Benedict XVI (1755)

Security measures are in place as Holy Father makes first visit to land of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

03/23/2012 Comments (1)

Archbishop Jose Martin Rabago arrives to bless the media center March 22 prior to Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in León in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

– Reuters/Tomas Bravo

LEÓN, Mexico — The city of León is buzzing with activity as Pope Benedict XVI flies to Mexico today. Workers yesterday were putting the finishing touches on the city’s monuments and planting flowers along the road that the Pope will travel in his popemobile. León is bracing for an influx of more than 300,000 pilgrims.

Security forces are also ready for the Pope’s arrival. When the Holy Father touches down in the Guanajuato airport in León at 4:30pm local time, he will be greeted by a total of 3,500 faithful, civil and religious dignitaries. During his visit, more than 13,000 federal, state and local police officers and soldiers will be standing guard.

The army will be present at all of...READ MORE

Filed under cuba, mexico, new evangelization, pope benedict xvi, president felipe calderón

Catholics Have Model for Following Conscience in Blessed John Henry Newman (1248)

Recent conference focused on English cardinal's holiness and conversion to Catholicism.

03/23/2012 Comments (2)
Wikipedia

– Wikipedia

At a recent conference on Blessed John Henry Newman in Rome, participants were reminded that he is a model of how modern Catholics should carry out God’s will, regardless of the cost.

“He always followed his conscience. His conscience was something sacred for him, and, following the light of conscience, even at the cost of heroic sacrifices in his own life, he came to the fullness of truth,” said Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe, Ireland.

Bishop Boyce was the keynote speaker for the one-day March 14 conference entitled “Tokens of Holiness in the Life of Blessed John Henry Newman.” The summit was jointly organized by Rome’s Venerable English College and the International Center for Newman...READ MORE

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140 Cities Expected to See Religious Freedom Rallies Today (14174)

Thousands expected to gather in opposition to the HHS mandate on second anniversary of health-care reform act.

03/23/2012 Comments (32)

The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is set to take place today at noon in 140 cities across the country. From Hawaii to Maine, citizens are preparing to let their voices be heard on the value of religious freedom. Meeting places include historic sites, congressional offices and federal buildings. The theme for the rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom — Stop the HHS Mandate!”

The rallies, which are scheduled to take place on the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called Obamacare), are being organized by the Pro-Life Action League and by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society in response to the recent Department of Health and Human Services...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, contraception, hhs contraceptive mandate, kathleen sebelius, obamacare, patient protection and affordable care act, religious liberty

Cardinal Dolan Makes a Case for Women Cardinals, The Meaning of Sexual Powers, Cristeros, and more! (6942)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/23/2012 Comment

Cardinal Dolan: Women Can Be Created Cardinals of the Church. Click on the link by Mark Shea to read more!

Cardinal Dolan: Women Can Be Created Cardinals of the Church - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

The Meaning of the Sexual Powers - J. Budzieszewski, Crisis Magazine

For Greater Glory (Movie): ¡Viva Cristo Rey! - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Cardinal Bertone: Pope Bringing Encouragement to Mexico - Anita Bourdin, Zenit

What Is Sloth? It’s a Bit More Subtle than Laziness - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Five Ways to Show Catholic Courage at Work - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

A Saint for Africa, and for the West - Fr. Peter West, Catholic Lane

The Purpose Of Higher Education - Dr. Jeff McLeod, Ignitum Today

New Montreal Archbishop, Sign...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop lepine, catholic blogosphere, for greater glory, mexico, new york times, pope benedict xvi, sloth, st. bakhita, timothy cardinal dolan, women cardinals

SDG Reviews 'The Hunger Games' (22255)

Thought-provoking sci-fi action film features an admirable heroine in a violent culture-of-death future.

03/22/2012 Comments (88)
Lionsgate

– Lionsgate

Suzanne Collins says she got the idea for The Hunger Games while sleepily flicking channels between some reality-show game and footage of the invasion of Iraq until the images began to blur in her mind. What’s bracing about Gary Ross’ film of the first book in Collins’ wildly popular young-adult trilogy is that the topicality of the story’s origins still comes across. When was the last Hollywood science-fiction action blockbuster that felt like actual ideas about the world we live in were at stake?

The Hunger Games is set in a postapocalyptic dystopian world of Panem, a nation composed of a dozen districts, of greatly disparate wealth and status, governed by the totalitarian power of the...READ MORE

Filed under culture of death, hunger games, jennifer lawrence, movies, pro-life, sdg reviews

5 Keys to Transform Difficult Time Into Growth, What Daily Mass Does to a 3-Year Old, and much more! (2242)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/22/2012 Comment
Photo by Paul Johnson via Integrated Catholic Life™

Five Keys to Transform Difficult Times Into Growth. Click on the link by Kevin Lowry to read and learn more.

– Photo by Paul Johnson via Integrated Catholic Life™

Five Keys to Transform Difficult Times Into Growth - Kevin Lowry, Integrated Catholic Life™

What Daily Mass Does to a Three-Year-Old - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

The New Awareness in Liturgical Music - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Catholic Blogger Beats Major Newspaper. . . Again - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

Cerberus, Mythical Three Headed Dog as an Allegory for What Ails Us - Msgr. Charge Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic School Closures: Where Have All the Students Gone? - New Oxford Review

How To Argue Against Same-Sex “Marriage” - Peter D. Williams, Catholic Herald

Bishops? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Bishops! - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Apologia...READ MORE

Filed under baltimore sun, catholic blogosphere, new york times, rocco palmo, same-sex "marriage", stations of the cross

State of Alabama Joins EWTN's Legal Challenge Against HHS Mandate (3070)

Attorney General Luther Strange filed papers March 22.

03/22/2012 Comments (3)

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

BIRIMINGHAM, Ala. — The state of Alabama joined EWTN as a co-plaintiff in the network’s lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception-abortion mandate.

In papers filed March 22 in the U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Attorney General Luther Strange asserted that the controversial federal rule, which requires the inclusion of contraception services in virtually all private employee health-care plans, would pre-empt rights affirmed by the state’s Constitution, which guarantees its citizens’ right of conscience.

“[T]he state seeks to preserve its ability to provide insurance coverage to its citizens in a manner that is consistent with Alabama law and the right of conscience,”...READ MORE

Filed under ewtn, hhs abortion mandate, kathleen sebelius, michael warsaw, president barack obama

Catholic Leaders in the U.K. Mount Opposition to Same-Sex 'Marriage' (2148)

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury decries the 'seismic shift in the foundations' of British society.

03/22/2012 Comments (5)

Bishop Mark Davies

– The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

LONDON — The U.K.’s most senior Catholics have spoken out against the government’s plans to introduce same-sex “marriage.”

In addition, they have urged lay Catholics to raise their voices in defense of marriage between one man and one woman.

As the U.K. government opens a consultation process regarding the legalization of same-sex “marriage,” an unprecedented letter has been sent to every parish in England and Wales. To be read at Sunday Masses across the land, the letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark — the president and vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, respectively — outlined “the Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under catechism of the catholic church, catholic social doctrine, same-sex "marriage"

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