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California Bishops Pray for Rain as State’s Drought Continues (2325)

Water reserves in the state are low, and California farmers are asking the governor to declare a state of emergency.

01/13/2014 Comments (7)
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Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Catholic bishops of California have called for prayers for rain to bring relief to the drought in the state, as well as for those threatened by the lack of water.

“May God open the heavens, and let his mercy rain down upon our fields and mountains,” said the prayer composed by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento. “Let us especially pray for those most impacted by water shortages and for the wisdom and charity to be good stewards of this precious gift.”

The prayer also asked that political leaders “seek the common good as we learn to care and share God’s gift of water for the good of all.”

Many major California reservoirs are below 50% capacity, while the state...READ MORE

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Abortion Lobby Tries to Roll Back Pro-Life Victories (4431)

Since 2010, 30 states have passed more than 200 pro-life laws on abortion, sparking a wave of lawsuits by pro-abortion groups challenging these new provisions.

01/13/2014 Comments (8)

NEW ORLEANS — The dozens of pro-life laws that states have enacted in recent years have created a wave of abortion-related litigation that may require the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the new regulations violate Roe v. Wade.

Since late 2012, more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed by pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who contend that the new state laws place undue burdens on women seeking abortions.

The provisions that are most often challenged relate to stricter regulations on physicians who perform abortions and on how chemical abortions are performed. These regulations,...READ MORE

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Initial Reactions to Pope Francis' New Cardinals, Handy List of Catholic Date Nights and More! (4135)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/13/2014 Comment

Initial Reactions to Pope Francis’ New Cardinals. Follow the link to read more.

Initial Reactions to Pope Francis’ New Cardinals - BigPulpit.com

Handy-Dandy List of Catholic Date Nights, Cheap - Martina, Catholic Sistas

A New Grateful You – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

Our Impoverished Approach to the Poor – Daniel McInerny, Aleteia

A Blogger’s Perspective: Tyranny of the Virtual Now - Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

Why Goodness Depends on God – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

St. Teresa, Should I Strive to Quiet my Mind During Prayer? - Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Act of Love: Not Counting the Cost – Mitchell Kalpakgian, Truth and Charity Forum

Did the Beatles Promote Abortion? by Dr. Taylor Marshall - BigPulpit.com


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New Cardinals Represent the Peripheries of the Globe (2769)

New cardinals come from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

01/12/2014 Comments (4)
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VATICAN  — Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various regions of the globe who will be appointed cardinals in February.

In the surprise announcement at the end cf his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the world” and “represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world.”

The geographical distribution entails eight cardinals from Europe; seven from the Americas; and two from both Africa and Asia. No cardinals from the United States were named.

Besides some expected names, such as Archbishops Pietro Parolin, secretary of state; Lorenzo...READ MORE

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Pope Announces Names of 19 New Cardinals (4023)

The new cardinals will be officially elevated during the Feb. 22 consistory.

01/12/2014 Comments (3)

Pope Francis today announced the names of 19 new cardinals (16 cardinal-electors under the age of 80 and three archbishops emeritii) to be formally elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory on Feb. 22.

Six of the new cardinal-electors come from Europe, one is from Canada, and the rest are from the Southern Hemisphere.

Here below is the Holy Father's announcement, made after the Angelus today:

"As was previously announced, on Feb. 22, the feast of the Chair of Peter, I will have the joy of holding a consistory, during which I will name 16 new cardinals, who, coming from 12 countries from every part of the world, represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church...READ MORE

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Think Like St. Paul in Our Neo-Pagan Culture (446)

COMMENTARY: Because, sometimes, we give the devil too much credit.

01/12/2014 Comment

Many Christians believe more that the world is going to hell in a handbasket than they believe the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church.

We give the devil too much credit and too much power and forget that the devil lives under constraints he bitterly resents. If the devil had his way, all of creation would be undone down to the level of the quark.

But the devil is, in fact, on a very tight leash. He is allowed to harass and harm, sometimes gravely harm. But think of how much goes right all the time! Think of the fact that, over the time it took to read the last sentence, some quadrillion chemical reactions have taken place in each cell of your body so that you remain...READ MORE

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Evangelization Made Simple (4010)

Terry Barber Cuts Through Confusion Over Spreading the Good News

01/11/2014 Comments (3)

How to Share Your Faith With Anyone

A Practical Manual for Catholic Evangelization

By Terry Barber

Ignatius Press, 2013

154 pages, $14.95

To order: (800) 651-1531 or ignatius.com


Most Catholics don’t evangelize. Some are silenced by lack of a deep knowledge of Church teaching; others by uncertainty regarding the specific ways to share that teaching; others still by unrealistically high expectations of conversion.

Terry Barber, the man responsible for bringing Catholic audio resources to millions through St. Joseph Communications, is now sharing his easy plan for evangelization in a book called How to Share Your Faith With Anyone.

While a grasp of Church teaching is of...READ MORE

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What Catholic Tradition Meant to Paul Harvey, How to Redeem the College Dating Scene and Much More! (4215)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/11/2014 Comment

What Catholic Tradition Means to a Protestant. Follow the link by Emily Stimpson to read more.

What Catholic Tradition Means to a Protestant by Emily Stimpson - BigPulpit.com

How to Redeem the College Dating Scene – Lilia Draime, Aleteia

The Know Nothing Jamie Stiehm - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Putting a Face on Down Syndrome – Leslie Fain, The Catholic World Report

Scripture Matters, Only Science Disproves Science – Seth Evangelho, Ignitum Today

The Book Whisperer: The Art of Spiritual Writing – Heidi Hess Saxton, Catholic Lane

How To Be a Biblical Literalist - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Book Review: How to Talk to a Skeptic – Sam Entile, The Catholic Voyager

The Bad Evangelist Club: 33,000 Denominations by Benjamin Baxter - BigPulpit.com


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