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Images from Canonizations, Exclusive with Lady Who Received St. John Paul II Miracle and Much More! (3621)

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04/29/2014 Comment

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Exclusive with Lady Who Received Saint John Paul II Miracle – Aleteia

Saint John XXIII: The Traditionalist of Change – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Legacy of a Visionary: The Life of Saint John XXIII, Part II – Thoughts from a Catholic

If Saints Were Superheroes – Seth Evangelho, Ignitum Today

Memories of Saint John Paul – Fr. Gerald Murray, The Catholic Thing

A Fresh Look at the Newest Saints Most Beloved Supplication – Richard G. Evans, Catholic Stand

Are Canonizations Infallible? – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Italians Watch the Canonization in 3D Glasses – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons...READ MORE

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Council of Cardinals Now Meeting for Fourth Session (2422)

A Vatican source indicated discussion this time could focus on the establishment of a new ‘Congregation of the People of God,’ focused on the laity.

04/28/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY — The latest meeting of the group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform of the Roman Curia began Monday and will continue for the following two days.

The meeting, April 28-30, follows previous meetings held in February, December and October.

The council of cardinals was instituted by Pope Francis shortly after his election to aid him in governing the Church and to revise Pastor Bonus, the apostolic constitution governing Rome’s Curia.

It is speculated that the discussion may focus on the establishment of a “Congregation of the People of God,” focused on the laity, a Vatican source told CNA April 24.

The source added that the proposed congregation would...READ MORE

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Susan B. Anthony Draws Support From Justices in First Amendment Case (3608)

At the U.S. Supreme Court, oral arguments for Susan B. Anthony v. Driehaus highlight free-speech concerns posed by Ohio ‘false statement’ law.

04/28/2014 Comments (2)

WASHINGTON — When is it permissible to challenge laws that restrict campaign rhetoric and attack ads?

On April 22, that was the narrow legal issue before the U.S. Supreme Court, when it heard oral arguments in Susan B. Anthony v. Driehaus, pitting a leading activist group that raises money for national pro-life candidates against an Ohio state law that bars “false statements” from being made during political campaigns.

The justices weighed legal technicalities that will decide whether the Susan B. Anthony List has standing to pursue its First Amendment case. But the organization’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, contends that the closely watched case points to a more urgent and...READ MORE

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Deacons Inspired by Saintly Papal Witness (3019)

One man from England noted that the four popes' involvement in the canonization Mass made a significant impression on him.

04/28/2014 Comment
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Clergy section at the April 27 Canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — The April 27 canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are a source of spiritual inspiration for young men on the path to priesthood.

The proclamation of the two popes as saints “reminds us, whether we’re popes or not, we’re all called to be saints,” reflected Deacon Marc Homesy of Leeds, England.

“Especially for me, becoming a priest, who is someone in the public eye, I must seek to be visibly configured to Christ and also in my ministry encourage others in their spiritual life and in helping to build the kingdom [of God],” he said April 27.

Deacon Homsey, who will be ordained to the priesthood in three months, said he was “inspired and encouraged by all four of...READ MORE

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Fr. Walter Ciszek: With God in Russia, Was Jackie O Excommunicated? and Much More! (7582)

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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 (5652)

‘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.’

04/27/2014 Comments (5)
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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 (3982)

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.

04/27/2014 Comments (16)


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! (6800)

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04/27/2014 Comment

Follow the 10 Great Jokes Told by Pope John XXIII link by John White of Catholic Vote to read more.

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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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