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Fortitude: The Courage to Allow Christ to Increase in Us (5209)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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'The Crucifixion of Peter,' by Caravaggio

As we saw last time, the gift of fortitude, while related to the natural virtue of fortitude, also goes beyond mere earthly courage — just as the gift of counsel goes beyond mere earthly prudence.

As we see in the Scriptures, St. Peter had plenty of natural fortitude, but not the supernatural and sanctifying gift of fortitude. He was a man who was brave enough to take a sword to Malchus’ ear in a fit of heroic bravado, but who, hours later, could be found claiming, “I do not know the man” to a scullery maid and two others.

Peter’s denial of Christ filled him with shame, but not enough to keep him from doing it again two other times. His earthly programming for self-preservation was...READ MORE

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Little Sisters Plead for Accommodation From Government (2929)

The Little Sisters of the Poor said the Health and Human Services' mandate ‘threatens the operation’ of their homes for the elderly poor.

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BALTIMORE — The Little Sisters of the Poor have submitted comments to the Health and Human Services Department explaining why proposed changes to the contraception mandate continue to imperil their religious freedom.

“The federal government should not force us to counteract through the health benefits that we arrange for our employees the very same gospel of life that we attempt to live in communion and solidarity with the needy elderly,” the Little Sisters said in an April 8 comment signed by the superiors of three U.S. provinces.

The Little Sisters of the Poor serve the elderly poor nationwide, providing them with shelter, food and care. The sisters take a vow of hospitality,...READ MORE

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Pope Thanks Foundation for Fighting Material, Spiritual Poverty (2008)

A Philadelphia-based charity presents Pope Francis with an $8.6-million donation, which he will be able to use during the coming year for his charitable activities.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told members of The Papal Foundation that their contributions are helping combat “the many forms of material and spiritual poverty” present throughout the world.

“The needs of God’s people throughout the world are great, and your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family and to contribute to the growth of fraternity and peace,” the Pope said April 11 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall.

This year, around 100 members of the Philadelphia-based foundation traveled to Rome during the week after Easter to present Pope Francis with their annual contribution.

They were...READ MORE

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Vatican Official Urges Use of Technology to Proclaim Gospel (3006)

Blessed John Paul II placed great importance on the use of the new technologies in evangelization.

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Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications


SANTIAGO, Chile — The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Celli, encouraged Catholics to make bold use of new technologies in the work of evangelization.

During the second International Seminar on Communications in the Church, taking place in Santiago, Chile, Archbishop Celli used statistics and graphics to show the evolution of the use of the social networks by different generations, underscoring their strong impact on young people.

In his address titled “Communications and the Second Vatican Council: Can a Council Held 50 Years Ago Still Be Current?” Archbishop Celli recalled that the last pontificates have highlighted the challenges...READ MORE

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A Catholic Executive Goes ‘Undercover’ (6348)

An interview with Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO of The Dwyer Group

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Courtesy of The Dwyer Group

Editor’s Note: Randy Hain will be a guest on Register Radio on April 12. Listen on EWTN Radio at 2pm Eastern, with encores at 7pm Eastern on Saturdays and 11am Eastern on Sundays. Or listen online here.

I was introduced to Dina Dwyer-Owens a few months ago via a mutual friend, having never heard of Dina, her popular episode of Undercover Boss, which aired on CBS in January 2012 or The Dwyer Group, which she leads as chairwoman and CEO. 

On Undercover Boss, senior executives disguise themselves and work in entry-level jobs within their companies in order to learn how their businesses operate from an often eye-opening perspective. 

In Dina’s episode, she candidly shared her devotion...READ MORE

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Fr. Barron on Same-Sex 'Marriage', What Difference Does Heaven Make and Much More! (5753)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Fr. Barron on Same-Sex 'Marriage' Follow the link via Brandon Vogt's blog to read more.

Fr. Barron on Same-Sex 'Marriage' via Brandon Vogt - Big Pulpit

What Difference Does Heaven Make? – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Homosexual Conspiracy – Godwin Delali Adadzie, Ignitum Today

Catholics Must Remain a Sign of Contradiction – James Kalb, The Catholic World Report

How Many Dead Babies? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Early Church and the Development of the Papacy – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on My Head

Altar Servers and Priests: From the View of the Child – Jacob Tawney, Catholic Stand

Why Liturgical Bad Habits Must Be Broken – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Corpus Christi Watershed

What If I Denied the Existence of Science –...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and the Reform of the Laity (44789)

COMMENTARY: The Holy Father has identified ecclesiastical narcissism as the fundamental illness the Church needs to address.

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CNA/Stephen Driscoll

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

The reform of the Church already evident in the words and witness of Pope Francis may be starting, but it won’t be stopping at the revamping of the Vatican Curia and the renewal of the clergy.

It also will involve a thorough reform of the laity, since some of the cancers the cardinals elected him to confront in Rome have metastasized throughout Christ’s mystical body.

In his conclave-changing address to the cardinals four days before his election, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio identified what he believes is the Church’s fundamental illness: ecclesiastical narcissism.

“When the Church does not come out of itself to evangelize,” he said, “it becomes self-referential and then...READ MORE

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Palestinian Christians Want Action, Not Words (2206)

They hope President Obama’s recent comments can improve the current situation, where harsh security restrictions and lack of citizenship stymie almost any chance of independent living.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama visits the crypt of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on March 22.

– Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

BETHLEHEM — When President Barack Obama told a priest in Bethlehem recently that he wanted to help maintain a Christian presence in Jerusalem, Father Jamal Khader Daibes couldn’t help but be skeptical.

After living most of his life under the Israeli occupation of his homeland north of the West Bank, the 48-year-old chairman of the Religious Studies Department at Bethlehem University in the Palestinian National Authority, said he and his fellow Palestinian Christians are becoming more like St. Thomas the Apostle, in that they believe more what they see than what they hear.

Daily, they face restrictions on their movements in the form of hundreds of security checkpoints and limited...READ MORE

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