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Easter Sacraments Offer Huge Potential for Renewal, Pope Francis Says (3515)

Holy Father encourages the faithful to receive the grace of the risen Christ at his first ‘Regina Coeli’ gathering.

04/01/2013 Comments (3)


VATICAN CITY — The Pope told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the “Regina Coeli” that the grace from the sacraments received at Easter can renew relationships.

“The grace contained in Easter sacraments has a huge potential for renewal in personal life, family life and social relations,” Pope Francis said April 1 to a packed St. Peter’s Square.

He noted that “everything passes through the human heart,” and the sacraments allow people to “receive the grace of the risen Christ,” which gives them the freedom to change those faults that “can hurt me and others.”

The Pope underscored that this “allows the victory of Christ to remain in my life and broaden its beneficial action.”...READ MORE

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The Logic of the Resurrection, Insight Into Pope Francis' Thought and Much More! (3578)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/01/2013 Comment

Thank You, Pope Francis for the Female Foot Washing! Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Thank You, Pope Francis for the Female Foot Washing! via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

The Logic of the Resurrection – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report

Google Celebrates Their Religion – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

“The Truth of the Resurrection” by Cardinal Ratzinger – Ignatius Insight Scoop

We Cannot Have Dissent! – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Remind Me Again Why You Can’t Sing the Propers – Ben Yanke, From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

Clues to Francis’ Thought – Bridget Littleton, Ignitum Today

Breakfast is a Catholic Thing – Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

The Forgotten Eucharistic Vision of Virgil Michel – Roland Millare,...READ MORE

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MLB Veteran Mark Kotsay Pursues Perfect Work (5597)

The San Diego Padres’ outfielder strives to implement patience on and off the diamond and, for Kotsay, it all centers on the Mass.

03/31/2013 Comments (5)
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Thirty-seven year-old Mark Kotsay has done nearly everything that can be done in baseball. At Cal State Fullerton his team won the College World Series, and he was named MVP. He then played on the USA’s bronze medal-winning squad at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Kotsay’s professional career includes stints with seven teams. In 2011, his Milwaukee Brewers won the National League Central Division title and made it to the National League Championship Series, where they lost to the eventual World Series-champion St. Louis Cardinals.

One thing Kotsay has yet to accomplish is a World Series victory. He hopes that will change this season with the Padres, a team he returned to last season...READ MORE

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Welcome Jesus as a Friend, Pope Encourages at Easter Vigil (4610)

The Holy Father baptized four people, including one American citizen.

03/30/2013 Comments (8)

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him with trust as a friend during the Church’s most holy night of the year.

“If up until now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. ... He will receive you with open arms,” Pope Francis said at St. Peter’s Basilica during the Easter vigil Mass.

“If you have been indifferent, take a risk; you won’t be disappointed,” he told thousands gathered at the Vatican on March 30.

At the opening of the liturgy — which Pope Francis concelebrated with numerous cardinals — candles were lit among the faithful and passed in complete silence, illuminating the church as the Easter candle...READ MORE

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Counsel: Gift Given to Us Through the Church (3847)

COMMENTARY: Part of a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

03/30/2013 Comments (5)

So many of us seem to think that while the faith insists on being incorrigibly public and common to all Catholics, it is also “private,” individualistic and esoteric. Consequently, many tend to think of gifts like counsel as Divine lightning zaps of mystical Revelation.

Relative to this, our individualistic culture tends to think of the faith as the personal property of the pope, which he perversely refuses to “update” in order to fit the mood of the times. So, for instance, when the pope says that the Church is no more authorized to ordain women than to consecrate beer and pretzels in the Eucharist, people will frequently speak as though the pope is being irrationally stubborn. The...READ MORE

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Roman Baker’s Easter Cakes Commemorate Vatican Basilica (2678)

His special ‘cupolone’ treat, shaped in the form of a dove, is intended to recall Catholicism and the Holy Spirit.

03/30/2013 Comment
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Angelo Colapicchinoi presents one of his Colomba cakes at his bakery near the Vatican.

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ROME — Italians are known for their food, and at Easter time one Roman baker is putting his craft on display by making cakes to commemorate St. Peter’s Basilica and remind people of the Holy Spirit.

“We call it ‘Cupolone’ [dome] to recall Catholicism and the Holy Spirit,” said Angelo Colapicchioni, an Italian baker who grew up next to the Vatican.

The big sweet cakes have a similar texture to bread, but with a faint taste of orange, and are topped with almonds and thick grains of flaky sugar.

“We make them with flour, fresh eggs, butter, candied orange and citrus peels and almonds from Sicily,” said Colapicchioni.

They are traditionally made each year at Easter time in Italy and...READ MORE

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The Supernatural Case for Catholicism, Catholics Don't Read the Bible? and Much More! (5660)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/30/2013 Comment

The Supernatural Case for Catholicism. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer of the Shameless Popery blog to read more.

The Supernatural Case for Catholicism by Joe Heschmeyer of the Shameless Popery blog - Big Pulpit

Catholics Don’t Read the Bible? An Interview with Sr. Maria Suso – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The Best Links on Holy Saturday from Around the Catholic Blogosphere - Big Pulpit

A New Blog by Faithful Catholic Women: Catholic Women Rising – Fr. Z’s Blog

A Poem for Holy Thursday – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Seven Reasons Why Christ Died on a Wooden Cross – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Screen Pilates: Stephen Russell – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Cross-Centered Catholic Renewal – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

The Danger of...READ MORE

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Anatomy of a Lie: The Assault on Pope Francis’ Reputation (15994)

COMMENTARY: Who Slanders Pope Francis — and Why?

03/30/2013 Comments (67)

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The Eighth Commandment is clear: Thou shall not bear false witness.

The Catechism states that misrepresenting the truth to harm another’s reputation violates the Eighth Commandment, given by God to Moses, and Jesus’ commandment in the Gospel of Matthew, love your neighbor as yourself (2477-2479). Just over an hour after Jorge Bergoglio was announced as Pope Francis, a devastating example of false witness against the Holy Father was winging its way around the world.

Media outlets seized on the allegation that Pope Francis was guilty of conspiring with a violent Argentinean military dictatorship to kidnap two Jesuit priests, Father Franz Jalics and Father Orlando Yorio, in May 1976.


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