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Venezuela Cardinal Calls for Peace Amid Escalating Violence (2067)

At least 20 people have been killed in student protests over the last several weeks.

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Protesters clash with riot police on Feb. 15 in Altamira, Caracas, Venezuela.

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino of Caracas again urged peace amid increasing conflict in Venezuela, where at least 20 people have been killed in student protests over the last several weeks.

“We wish to reiterate our call to all the inhabitants of Caracas, regardless of their political sympathies, to live together in peace,” he said in a March 7 statement.

Student protests began to spark across the nation’s cities early last month but escalated when three people were killed. The National Guard has been criticized for an unnecessarily strong response to demonstrators, who are urging greater protection of freedom of speech, better security and an end to goods shortages.


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Olympic Gold Medalist Shares Sochi Experience (4569)

Bobsledder Curt Tomasevicz recounts his awesome adventures on the ice.

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Curt Tomasevicz, second from left, poses with his bobsled teammates who won a bronze medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Curt Tomasevicz’s illustrious bobsledding career includes three World Championship gold medals and one Olympic gold medal. However, the medal he appreciates most may be the bronze one he and his teammates won in Sochi on Feb. 23.

Because the competition was much greater this year than in years past, Tomasevicz sees tremendous value where others more cynical see only a third-best finish.

The Shelby, Neb., native’s sights have always had a special character to them, looking beyond outward appearances to an object’s deeper meaning. Tomasevicz has been interested in the importance of church architecture and liturgical practices since his days as an altar boy. He maintained that curiosity...READ MORE

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Polls Prompt Call to Educate Catholics on the Beauty of Marriage (3006)

'Although there is a concerted effort to redefine marriage, this attempt still cannot change the fact that marriage can only ever be between one man and one woman,' says a spokesman for the U.S. bishops.

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WASHINGTON — Although recent polls on Catholics supporting same-sex “marriage” are viewed as less disheartening than they appear, the results have sparked a call for education on the beauty and truth of Church teaching.

Tim Roder, associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said that Catholic belief in marriage is about “remaining faithful to Jesus and his teaching.”

He cited Christ’s words about married couples in the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 10: “From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall...READ MORE

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Before Conclave, Cardinal Bergoglio Stressed Need to Focus on Christ (2566)

Former Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone shares memories of some of Cardinal Bergoglio’s talks at pre-conclave meetings.

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Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, then archbishop of Buenos Aires, arrives at the Vatican for pre-conclave meetings on March 5, 2013.

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has shared some of his memories of the meetings held in preparation for the 2013 conclave, recounting that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s talks emphasized the need to focus on Jesus Christ.

“The activities and the approach of the pontificate that is now being revealed in Pope Francis’ style” are an outcome of the pre-conclave meetings, the Vatican’s former secretary of state told CNA.

Cardinal Bertone was one of the main figures of the transition between the papacies of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Having served as secretary of state under Benedict since 2006, he served as Camerlengo of the Apostolic Chamber during the sede vacante, and he briefly...READ MORE

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Nancy Pelosi to Receive Planned Parenthood Award (11925)

The nation’s largest abortion provider will recognize the Catholic politician with its highest honor, prompting a fresh round of criticism from those who say her faith is incompatible with her public record.

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Nancy Pelosi speaks at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America's VIP Reception at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on April 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

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SAN FRANCISCO — On March 27, Planned Parenthood will bestow its highest honor on Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., minority leader in the House of Representatives and a self-identifying Catholic. The Margaret Sanger Award, named for the organization’s founder, who was a known proponent of eugenics, will recognize Pelosi for her legacy of “excellence and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement.”

The move will revive questions from Catholics and pro-life activists who have pressed Church leaders in the United States to direct the congresswoman to refrain from receiving the Eucharist due to her public acceptance of what the Church calls intrinsic evil. And the ensuing...READ MORE

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‘God Did Not Leave Us’: Abducted Nuns Released by Syrian Rebel Group (3726)

After three months in captivity, 12 Orthodox nuns and three women from their convent’s orphanage were set free by the Islamist al-Nusra Front.

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Mother Pelagia Sayaf of the St. Thekla Convent in Ma’loula, Syria, speaks with reporters March 10 following her release after being held for three months in captivity by Syrian rebels.

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DAMASCUS, Syria — A group of Greek Orthodox nuns in Syria, as well as women from their convent’s orphanage, were returned safely Sunday, following their kidnapping by the rebel al-Nusra Front.

“God did not leave us,” said Mother Pelagia Sayaf of the convent of St. Thekla, when they arrived in Damascus Monday, March 10.

One dozen nuns and three workers were abducted from St. Thekla Convent in Ma’loula, located 35 miles north of Damascus, when the town was seized by al-Nusra Front Dec. 2. They had been held three months in the nearby town of Yabrud.

The abductees were brought through a rebel-held border crossing to Arsal, a Lebanese border town, where they were given to Lebanese officials...READ MORE

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Destroying Myths of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis' Vision of the Church and Much More! (4191)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Destroying Myths of the Catholic Church by Karl Keating of Catholic Answers to read more.

Destroying Myths of the Catholic Church – Karl Keating, Catholic Answers

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Romantic Roman Catholic? The Romance of Religion - Dr. Taylor Marshall

This Is How We End the Death Penalty – Anthony Barrata, Aleteia

God Likes Tricycles – Gabriel Garnica, Catholic Stand

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Church in the Bay Area Works to Strengthen Marriages and Help Hurting Couples (4061)

Efforts are under way in San Francisco to restore God’s plan for matrimony

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO — In a city with a reputation for homosexual activism, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, one of the architects of California’s Proposition 8, considers supporting couples in the sacrament of matrimony a higher priority than repealing same-sex “marriage” laws.

Proposition 8, a much publicized ballot proposition and state constitutional amendment passed in 2008 that recognized marriage as only between a man and a woman, was overturned last year following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Along with defending the principle that children deserve both a mother and a father, there is the need to rebuild and restore a marriage culture by educating archdiocesan Catholics...READ MORE

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