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Exorcist Writer Gets Response From Holy See on Georgetown Petition (42933)

The Vatican describes the petition as a “well-founded complaint” and says it will work with the Jesuits to address the issues, stirring hope and skepticism.

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WASHINGTON — Last September, William Peter Blatty, the author of The Exorcist and an alumnus of Georgetown University, sent a canonical petition to the Vatican, requesting that the Church “require that Georgetown implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae, a papal constitution governing Catholic colleges.”

If that effort proved fruitless, his petition called for “the removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown’s right to call itself Catholic and Jesuit in any of its representations.”

Many months later, Blatty and the 2,000 other men and women who signed his petition have received a response from the Congregation for Catholic Education, sparking cautious hope that the Holy See will press the Society...READ MORE

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TV Show Canceled Over Hosts' Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage Comments (5622)

Twin brothers saddened by HGTV decision due to their support of traditional values.

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David and Jason Benham, erstwhile hosts of Flip It Forward.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Twin brothers David and Jason Benham have said they are “saddened” that their reality show about giving houses to poor persons was canceled following controversy over their opposition to abortion and same-sex “marriage.”

“With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today, you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles and dedicated professionals,” the two said in a May 8 statement. “If our faith costs us a television show, then so be it.”

The Benham brothers are experienced in “house flipping,” the renovation and resale of houses for profit. Their HGTV reality show...READ MORE

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A Humorous Ode to Mothers (2136)

Moms’ Night Out is a feel-good comedy with heart that the whole family will enjoy.

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Sony’s Christian film division, Provident Films, has come a long way since its partnership with Sherwood Pictures’ (Sherwood Baptist Church) earliest film, Flywheel. With the release of Moms’ Night Out (which is not a Sherwood production), Provident has produced its most commercially viable and broadly entertaining film to date. You could say that Provident Films has come of age.

Moms’ Night Out is a feel-good comedy with heart. It’s a genuinely funny ode to motherhood and all of its challenges.

Brothers Andrew and John Erwin (the writers who brought us October Baby) have produced a very fun, entertaining and real look at the struggles and doubts of the stay-at-home mother.

Approximately...READ MORE

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Pope to Newly Ordained Priests: Blessed Are the Merciful (4941)

The Holy Father encouraged new clergy to follow the Good Shepherd on Sunday, May 11.

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Ordinations in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 11.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of mercy in the sacrament of confession.

“Never grow tired of being merciful. Please. You have the capacity to forgive, as did the Lord, who did not come to condemn, but to forgive! Have mercy, a lot.” he said to the 13 men being ordained to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 11.

“If you come to have concerns about being too much of a ‘forgiver,’ think of that saintly priest ... who went before the tabernacle and said, ‘Lord, forgive me if I have forgiven too much. But you have given me the worst example.’”

In his capacity as Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis ordained 13 men to the priesthood, 11...READ MORE

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Couple Helps to Spread Pro-Life Movement in Romania (3058)

Dan and Julia Calinescu of Life Nation took part in the recent March for Life in Rome.

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Dan and Julia Calinescu speak with CNA during a May 3 international pro-life leaders conference in Rome.

– Andreas Dureren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Founders of the pro-life organization Life Nation were present in Rome for Italy’s March for Life, they and spoke of their decision to return to their native Romania to fill the gap where a pro-life presence is lacking.

“Romania has some of the highest abortion rates not just in Europe, but in the world, and the pro-life movement is virtually inexistent,” Dan Calinescu told CNA May 3; however, his wife, Julia, explained that, although small, “you see little flickers” of the movement “here and there, and they’re growing.”

Originally from Romania, the couple recounted how, as children, their parents had moved their families to Toronto, Canada, during the years of the Romania...READ MORE

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Vatican Pendulum Swings from Theater to Substance, Serving the Holy Mass of Padre Pio and Much More! (3752)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Vatican Pendulum Swings from Theater to Substance by John L. Allen Jr. link to read more.

Vatican Pendulum Swings from Theater to Substance by John L. Allen Jr. - BigPulpit.com

John Paul II Was A Saint Before He Was Pope – Philip Kosloski

Loyola Marymount and the Atheist Dean – Don R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Serving the Holy Mass of Padre Pio – Frank Rega, The Shield of Faith

Righteousness Meter: How I’m Better Than You – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

St. John Shows Bishops How to Save a Lost Soul – Brantly Millegan, Aleteia

Who are We Fighting For? – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

Is it a Sin to Put Yourself Down? – Patti M. Armstrong, Catholic News and Information

The Uncertain Future of Protestantism by Brad Littlejohn of First Things - BigPulpit.com


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Rise and Shine: Five Reasons to Get Up Early in the Morning, Pope Francis Encounter and Much More! (3154)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/11/2014 Comment

Follow Rise & Shine: Five Reasons to Get Up Early in the Morning by Sam Guzman link to read more.

Rise & Shine: Five Reasons to Get Up Early in the Morning by Sam Guzman - BigPulpit.com

Why Skeptical Pediatrician Came to Love Homeschooling – Kathleen M. Berchelmann MD, Aleteia

Pope Francis & the Culture of Encounter – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Facing Our Giants: A Call to Come Back to Confession – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Science vs. Religion, Why the Battle? – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Humanae Vitae: What If? – George Weigel, First Things

Catholic Party? – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Should the Church Refuse Court-Mandated Abuse Settlements - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Do Kids Need Intelligent Design Theory to See Design - Stacy Trasancos...READ MORE

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Pope Confirms Miracle Attributed to Paul VI's Intercession (12122)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The ceremony to formally refer to him as ‘Blessed’ will take place at the Vatican on Oct. 19.

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Pope Paul VI

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has signed a decree confirming that a miracle attributed to Pope Paul VI is authentic and that the former pope will be beatified at the Vatican on Oct. 19.

In a statement, the Vatican said that, in the afternoon of May 9, the Pope received in private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and "authorized the congregation to promulgate" a decree regarding "the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini)."

It added that, at the same audience, the Holy Father "authorized the congregation to communicate that the rite of...READ MORE

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