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Protection of Minors a Priority for Pope Francis, Commission Member Says (2309)

Jesuit Father Hans Zollner said the group of eight will look for ways locate and include members from other continents and countries.

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Jesuit Father Hans Zollner

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VATICAN CITY — A German priest and psychologist recently appointed to the new Vatican commission for the protection of minors has stated that the initiative demonstrates Pope Francis’ concern regarding the immediacy of the issue.

“I believe that people realize that this is an issue that Pope Francis has put on his agenda and with priority,” Jesuit Father Hans Zollner said in a March 25 interview.

Father Zollner is a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was recently named one of the initial eight members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Following the December announcement of the commission by the eight cardinals selected by Pope...READ MORE

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Easter Conversion ‘Boom’? (15078)

Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church.

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Catechumens participating March 9 in the Rite of Election at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

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WASHINGTON — Speaking of the prospect of becoming a Catholic at this year’s Easter vigil, Sheila Bidzinski, a 36-year-old mother of two little boys, excitedly admits, “I hope I won’t pass out, but I have told my husband he has to get behind me in case he has to catch me.”

When Bidzinski, who has been studying the Catholic faith with a group at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Derwood, Md., comes into the Church, she will be participating in what one commentator has dubbed “a boom.”

The Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski’s parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates and catechumens ever recorded for the archdiocese this Easter. The archdiocese will...READ MORE

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The Saint Who Is Celebrated for 'Building' Up The Church, The Man Born Blind and More! (3043)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/31/2014 Comment

Follow The Saint Who Is Celebrated for Building Up the Church via The Catholic Herald to read more.

Why Gonzaga University Is Not Really Catholic by Matthew Archbold - BigPulpit.com

The Man Born Blind Sees the Lion of Judah – Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Integrated Catholic Life™

Surprised by The Real Present – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

The Saint Who Is Celebrated for Building Up the Church – The Catholic Herald

International Pope Sensation & Seriously Catholic by Mark Lambert - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis, the First Pope Lauded by Secular Opinion – Sandro Magister, Chiesa

What Is the Resurrection of the Dead? – Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Exchange

Megabrew for Religious Liberty – Quartermaster of the Barque

A Guide in Praying for Religious Liberty – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic...READ MORE

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Be Open to the Light of Christ, Encourages Pope (1937)

In his weekly Angelus reflection, the Holy Father discusses the account in the Gospel of the healing of a man who was born blind.

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Pope Francis preaches during a penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica on March 28.

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VATICAN CITY — During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis urged the faithful to open themselves to the light of Christ and not be hindered by pride or interior blindness.

“Sometimes, unfortunately, ... from the height of our pride, we judge others and even the Lord! Today, we are invited to open ourselves to the light of Christ to bear fruit in our lives, to get rid of the behaviors that are not Christian,” the Pope encouraged those gathered in St. Peter’s Square on March 30.

The Holy Father reflected on a passage from Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of John, which recounts the story of Jesus healing a man born blind. The scholars of the law seek to undermine Jesus’ work and words,...READ MORE

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Jerome Lejeune, Walking in the Footsteps of St. Thomas More (5905)

An interview with the postulator of the cause for sainthood of the famous French scientist, who chose to follow Christ at the risk of his career.

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WASHINGTON — He died one of the world’s greatest scientists, but God’s first.

Such a phrase may rightly describe Jérôme Lejeune, the discoverer of Down syndrome and the father of modern genetics: a scientist who fell from the pinnacle of his career to follow his conscience and baptismal promises to advocate for the lives of persons with Down syndrome.

Servant of God Jérôme Lejeune (1926-1994), who earned international acclaim and honors for his work in genetics, deeply loved children with Down syndrome, and he hoped his 1958 discovery would help treat or cure their condition. But 10 years later, the world was embracing abortion and using his discovery in prenatal diagnoses to abort...READ MORE

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Four Reasons I Got Married and Started a Family at Age 21, Towards Marian Modesty and Much More! (4340)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/30/2014 Comment

Follow 4 Reasons I’m Glad I Got Married & Started a Family At 21 link by Brantly Millegan of Aleteia to read more.

What Did Pope John Paul II Think of the Cappa Magna? by Jeff Ostrowski - BigPulpit.com

4 Reasons I’m Glad I Got Married & Started a Family, At 21 – Brantly Millegan, Aleteia

Embracing the Cross or Leaning on a Crutch? – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

Towards a Marian Modesty – Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange

Social Justice at Your Local Restaurant – Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

A Modernists’ Nightmare: The New Renaissance in High Sacred Art – Donna Sue Berry, Regina Magazine

St. Augustine & the Pear Tree – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Rebuilding Catholic Society – James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Pope Francis’ Magic Mix Transforming Papacy – BigPulpit.com

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Before 'Noah': Top 100 Proudly Catholic Movies; Chivalry and the Single Girl and More! (5424)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/29/2014 Comment

Follow Before Noah: Top 100 Proudly Catholic Movies link by Tom Hoopes of Catholic Vote to read more.

Before Noah: Top 100 Proudly Catholic Movies by Tom Hoopes of Catholic Vote - BigPulpit.com

All Catholics Obliged to Oppose Legal Recognition of 'Same-Sex marriage' – Rebecca Hamilton, Public Catholic

Dr. Quirino Sugon, Jr.: A Scientist & a Theist – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Chivalry & the Single Girl – Mary Beth Baker, Aleteia

The Secret To Win-Win Business Deals – Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

Fidelity to Spouses & Christ’s Words – Fr. Gerald Murray, The Catholic Thing

President Obama’s Gift to Pope Francis Spotlights Religious Liberty – Maria Wiering, The Baltimore Catholic Review

Jesus, Savior of the World, Save Them! – Mary Kaufman, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction


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San Diego Padres’ Pitcher Practices Patience (6113)

Joe Wieland looks to recover from arm injury and have a healthy second half of the 2014 season.

03/28/2014 Comments (1)
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Joe Wieland

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Heading into spring training in February, San Diego Padres’ pitcher Joe Wieland was feeling great. He thought his previous arm injuries were behind him, and he was hoping, by this time, to have earned a spot on the team’s major-league roster.

Things turned out differently, however. After re-aggravating a tenacious right arm injury, the 24-year-old Reno, Nev., native is now focusing his attention on a successful surgery and recovery. After a March 26 arthroscopic operation, he’ll have to spend three months rehabbing his arm before he has the opportunity to return to the big-league roster.

As the Padres looked to open their season against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 30, Wieland spoke...READ MORE

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