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Fr. Walter Ciszek: With God in Russia, Was Jackie O Excommunicated? and Much More! (7570)

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04/28/2014 Comment

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Key Insights on Record Number of Converts in D. C. – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington (D. C.)

Father Walter Ciszek: With God in Russia – Don. R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Young Girls and Authentic Beauty – Lilia Draime, Aleteia

Christ Teaches Us How to Die – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Fidelity to Tradition: Saint Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council – Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Singing Priest at Wedding: Well Beyond the Liturgical Problems by Adam Wood - BigPulpit.com

Vast Majority of Younger Priests Appreciate New Roman Missal – Ben Yanke, The Chant Café...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Canonizes St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII (5615)

‘These were two men of courage,’ the Holy Father declared, ‘and they bore witness before the Church and the world to God’s goodness and mercy.’

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Pilgrims attend the April 27 canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII in St. Peter’s Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Rain was threatening to spoil today’s historic canonization of two popes in St. Peter’s Square, but at the very moment that Pope Francis proclaimed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints at the Vatican, the sky began to brighten.

Speaking in Latin at the canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square for the two popes, Francis confirmed they were in heaven with the words: “We declare and define Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints, and we enroll them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church.”

St. Peter’s Square, filled with what the Vatican estimated were 800,000 pilgrims from all over the world — with especially large...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori: Grace From Canonizations Will Strengthen Church’s Mission of Evangelization (3930)

Baltimore’s shepherd said he hopes ‘authentic renewal of the Church’ will spring from the Divine Mercy Sunday canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore will be one of more than 5,000 priests, bishops and cardinals to take part in the canonization Mass for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II today at the Vatican.

Named to the episcopacy by John Paul II in 2001, the archbishop is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. Prior to today's ceremonies, Archbishop Lori discussed the canonizations, the lives and legacies of the saintly men and the way that both of them advanced the Church’s mission in contemporary America.


What do you think are the most important aspects of these canonizations?

Well, I think the most significant aspect is the holiness...READ MORE

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10 Great Jokes Told by Saint Pope John XXIII, The 11 Best Educational Websites for Kids and More! (6783)

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04/27/2014 Comment

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The 11 Best Educational Websites for Kids – Kathleen M. Berchelmann MD, Aleteia

Viewing Passion Thru Eyes of St. Gemma Galgani – Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

Cry Room Survival 101: When Mass Is a Near Occasion of Sin – Carrie Gress, The CWR Blog

Reflection on the Holy Land – Matthew Heinrich, Ignitum Today

Tradition Begins at Home – Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange

Fr. Robert Barron Comments on the Meaning of Easter – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Catholicism: Scandalous in Every Age - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Crucifixion in the Ancient World and Why Jesus Died This Way – Michael...READ MORE

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John XXIII, John Paul II and Their Love Affair With Rome (4135)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Despite being shepherds of the universal Church, both John XXIII and John Paul II clearly acted as the bishop of the Diocese of Rome. They loved Rome, and Rome loved them back.

04/26/2014 Comment

John XXIII visits children in a hospital.

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The churches of Rome are staying open all night Saturday to welcome pilgrims on the eve of the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. The Vicariate of Rome prepared liturgical services in 11 churches and in several languages, ranging from Italian to Arabic and including Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Polish.

The liturgical office of the Vicariate of Rome prepared three liturgical events of prayer: the Office of the Readings of the Second Sunday of Easter; the Lucernario (skylight), a traditional rite that is celebrated Saturday evening after the sunset, waiting for the light of Sunday to come; and a Eucharistic celebration followed by a time of Eucharistic adoration....READ MORE

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Pope Francis: 'Matrimony Is a Lifelong Covenant of Love Between One Man and One Woman' (4055)

The Holy Father’s remarks came during an ad limina meeting April 25 with bishops from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis stressed the need for bishops and priests to give a “consistent witness” to Christian moral teaching, including the lifelong nature of Christian marriage, and to teach these truths “with great compassion.”

“The holiness and indissolubility of Christian matrimony, often disintegrating under tremendous pressure from the secular world, must be deepened by clear doctrine and supported by the witness of committed married couples,” Pope Francis said. “Christian matrimony is a lifelong covenant of love between one man and one woman; it entails real sacrifices in order to turn away from illusory notions of sexual freedom and in order to foster conjugal fidelity.”


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Cardinal Burke Discusses John Paul II’s Lasting Impact (4733)

The prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura says Evangelium Vitae was ‘one of the most spectacular documents’ the soon-to-be saint wrote.

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Cardinal Edward Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

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Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, is well acquainted with the soon-to-be St. John Paul II.

Cardinal Burke was consecrated to the episcopacy in 1995 by John Paul. Prior to that, the Holy Father named him the first American Defender of the Bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest ecclesiastical court in the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI named him cardinal in 2010 and gave him his current post.

Cardinal Burke discussed his personal memories of Pope John Paul II and the late pope’s immense impact on the Church that he shepherded for more than 25 years, on the eve of his canonization together with Pope John...READ MORE

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Think Pope Francis Is Squishy? Think Again; Why Don't Moderns Name Little Girls Mary and More! (4171)

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04/26/2014 Comment

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Why Don’t Modern Parents Name Their Little Girls ‘Mary’? – Mary Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

Treasures of the Abbey of St. Maurice at the Louvre - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Into the Garden We Walk – Katie Richard, Ignitum Today

Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II – George Weigel, First Things

Remembering Good Pope John – William Van Ornum, Aleteia

Why Paul J. Griffiths Is Wrong About Homosexual Acts – Mark S. Latkovic STD, Truth and Charity Forum

Mideast Christians, Dhimmis Once More? – Mark...READ MORE

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