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New Survey Shows Secularist Pull Among the West’s Educated Elites (7795)

The international poll found positive attitudes towards religion worldwide, but support drops sharply in Western Europe and within academia.

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WASHINGTON — A majority of the world’s people believe that religion plays a positive role in society, according to a new WIN/Gallup International survey released April 17. However, the poll found two areas where religion is likely to be viewed more negatively: Western Europe and academia.

More than half (59%) of the close to 67,000 people interviewed by WIN/Gallup International reported that religion plays a positive role. Overall, those in the world who felt positive about religion outnumbered those who felt negatively about religion by 37%.

“What we see is in line with other religious studies we have been doing for the past 30 years, which is that religion is important for people in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Spread Easter’s ‘Joyous Wonder’ (1302)

Addressing thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 21 for the Regina Coeli, the Holy Father cited the example of Mary Magdalene.

04/21/2014 Comment

Pope Francis prays the Regina Coeli on April 21.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Monday exhorted the Christian faithful to spread the joy of Easter to others.

“Happy Easter!” he said. “Christ is risen! He is truly risen.”

The Pope addressed thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli on April 21.

“Let the joyous wonder of Easter Sunday radiate through our thoughts, looks, attitudes, gestures and words,” he said, according to Vatican Radio.

Those who help radiate the joy of the Resurrection can bring the “light” of the risen Lord to others by spreading happiness, by helping those in pain and by bringing “serenity and hope,” the Pope explained.

This radiating wonder must come “from within us,” from a heart...READ MORE

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Cardinal McCarrick Promotes Peace During Visit to Central African Republic (1344)

Following his return from the war-ravaged country as part of a State Department delegation, the cardinal says he believes the country can recover if it abandons vengeance.

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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick meets with religious leaders in the Central African Republic to discuss possible solutions to end recent violence.

– Whitney Wilding/Catholic Relief Services

WASHINGTON — Despite the violence currently plaguing the Central African Republic, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick believes the country can recover if it abandons vengeance and focuses on a shared sense of humanity.

“It is a rich country in its natural resources and its human resources, which is why it’s a shame that they have had to suffer so,” the archbishop emeritus of Washington told CNA on April 15, after returning from a trip to visit the conflict-torn country.

While “we weren’t there long enough to do a lot,” Cardinal McCarrick said, the delegation promoted a vision of peace focused on the fact that “we’re all brothers and sisters in God’s one human family.”

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Nevada Republicans Drop Pro-Life, Traditional Marriage Stands From Party Platform (5378)

The state’s GOP chairman said dropping opposition to abortion and the redefinition of marriage is ‘where the party is going.’

04/21/2014 Comments (47)

LAS VEGAS — Several hundred delegates of the Nevada Republican Party approved a party platform April 19 that drops both its pro-life plank and support for the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought the party platform was “about inclusion, not exclusion.”

“This is where the party is going,” he said.

Fewer than half of the original 520 party delegates were present to vote to approve the platform the evening of April 12 at the party’s annual convention, held at South Point Casino-Hotel in Las Vegas.

The platform vote took place long after the convention’s scheduled 9am start...READ MORE

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Easter Triduum at the Vatican (1988)

The Holy Father said Sunday that the resurrection of Christ is nothing less than ‘a testimony to unconditional and faithful love.’

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Pope Francis celebrates Easter morning Mass April 20 in St. Peter's Square.

– CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — Easter is a time for each Christian to recall the origins of his or her journey with Jesus, to renew his or her service to others and to remember the marginalized and outcast, Pope Francis said during his addresses over the Easter Triduum.

In his message and blessing urbi et orbi (to the city of Rome and to the world), the Holy Father stressed that the good news of Christ’s resurrection “is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love.”

It is about “leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast,” he said....READ MORE

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Yearning to Escape Ourselves and the Example of Saint Pope John XXIII and Much More! (2730)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Yearning to Escape Ourselves & the Example of Saint Pope John XXIII by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture to read more.

Identify This Building. . . by Richard Collins of Linen on the Hedgerow - BigPulpit.com

Does Faith Need Culture? Answers from Scripture & The Church – R. Jared Staudt, Catholic Exchange

Yearning to Escape Ourselves & the Example of Saint Pope John XXIII – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Separation of Church & State; A Saint’s Visit To Wisconsin – Philip Kosloski

12th Century Christian Geometric Art – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Basilicas, Cathedrals, Shrines: The Difference? – Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Exchange

Rwanda & Forgiveness, Twenty Years On – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

What Can Asia Expect of Upcoming Papal Visits? – Hector Welgampola, Catholic In Asia


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Why Jesus Is God: A Response to Bart Ehrman; Jesus The Water of Life, The Little Things and More! (4225)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/20/2014 Comment

Follow the Why Jesus Is God: A Response to Bart Ehrman link by Fr. Robert Barron of Strange Notions to read more.

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Why Jesus Is God: A Response to Bart Ehrman – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Jesus The Water of Life – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Bl. John Paul Is the Reason I’m a Priest – Fr. Brendan Rolling OSB, Aleteia

Three Reasons to Garden with Your Son – John Cuddeback, Aleteia

Mother Teresa’s Little Way – David Scott, Catholic Exchange

The Littlest Things. . . – Faith-Hope-and-Life

John Paul II, Patron of the Catholic Literary Revival – Peter Mongeau, Catholic Lane

Fr. Barron: What Is The Kingdom of God? – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Music Beautiful by Nature – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski,...READ MORE

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Pope: Easter Invites Return to Our First Encounter With Jesus (2395)

In his Easter vigil homily, the Holy Father encouraged the faithful to relive the first moment when they felt God’s love, through the resurrection of Christ.

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Pope Francis delivers his homily during the April 19 Easter vigil Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In his homily for the Easter vigil, Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the love of God, saying that Jesus’ resurrection is a time to relive this experience anew.

“Returning to Galilee means treasuring in my heart the living memory of that call, when Jesus passed my way, gazed at me with mercy and asked me to follow him,” the Pope said during the April 19 evening vigil, held every year the night before Easter as a commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection.

“It means reviving the memory of that moment when his eyes met mine, the moment when he made me realize that he loved me.”

Beginning his reflections, Pope Francis recounted the events...READ MORE

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