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How the Church Was Destroyed in Shanghai (8124)

Communist Party dossiers reveal the methods that dismantled a flourishing Catholic community.

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No China scholar wants to answer a knock on the door and find Chinese government officials standing at his doorstep. Yet, in 2006, that is what happened to Jesuit Father Paul Mariani. He had traveled to China to research how the Communist Party crushed the Catholic Church in Shanghai, one of the most dynamic Catholic communities in the country.

While working in the Shanghai Municipal Archives, Father Mariani discovered newly de-classified dossiers that detailed the party’s campaign against Catholics and how the communists dismantled the Church in Shanghai.

Realizing that he had a real treasure in his hands, he asked the archivists if he could have copies of the material; incredibly,...READ MORE

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Decay Leads to Nothing: French Revolution and Elections, 5 Short Stories You Should Read, and more! (2692)

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Decay Leads to Nothing: The French Revolution & Recent Elections. Click on the link by New Catholic to read more.

Decay Leads to Nothing: The French Revolution & Recent Elections - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

5 Short Stories that Every Catholic should Read - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

Can a Friend be my Spiritual Director? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Proper Care and Feeding of a Choir: Part 2 - Wendi, Cradle Stories

Hey, Maureen It’s None of Your Business - Christian Tappe, Crisis Magazine

Anti-Catholic Bigot & Obama Appointee Heads Pro-Abortion Organization - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Why We Need Work - Rachel Howell, Ignitum Today

Beautiful: Opera Familia Christi, Fourth Sunday After Easter - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

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Cajun Catholics Find Home at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2570)

Active Catholic center encourages faith and prompts vocations: May 6 issue feature.

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Like gumbo, Catholic campus ministry gets served six ways to Sunday, depending on who’s doing the cooking and what goes into the pot.

At the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the recipe infuses two rich traditions — Catholicism and the culture of southwest Louisiana. Daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, spiritual direction and devotionals get mixed with crawfish boils, po’ boy fundraisers and Cajun dancing.

And, unlike what often happens at secular universities, the mission of forming UL Lafayette Catholic students — affectionately known as “Ragin’ Cajun Catholics” — is made easier by a campus that helps with the cooking.

“It’s a Catholic culture we live in,” said Father Bryce...READ MORE

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Georgetown University Invites HHS Secretary Sebelius to Speak During Commencement Weekend (2454)

Cardinal Newman Society president and other Catholics are upset by the invitation due to Sebelius' role in the contraception mandate and her support of abortion.

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Georgetown University is drawing strong criticism for inviting U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak during its commencement weekend.

“Georgetown insults all Americans by this honor,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society.

In a letter to Georgetown's president, John DeGioia, Reilly called it “scandalous and outrageous” that America’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university would provide such a “prestigious platform” to a Catholic who supports abortion and has played a key role in launching the controversial contraception mandate that threatens the continued existence of many Catholic intuitions.

On May 4, Georgetown announced...READ MORE

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Use the Thurible in Close Quarters Combat, Healing Sexual Wounds, Caravaggio, and much more! (2596)

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Using the Thurible as a Weapon in Close Quarters Combat. Click on the link by Fr. Tim Finigan to read more.

Using the Thurible as a Weapon in Close Combat - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Healing Sexual Wounds: Dawn Eden Interview & Her New Book - Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

Caravaggio: The Calling of St. Matthew - Medical Matins

Bishop Supports his Priests in Upholding the Traditional Faith - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Shakespeare and St. Jerome - Robert Asch, St. Austin Review/Ink Desk

Georgetown: Final Examinations for the Bishops - Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

Who should I Go to for Spiritual Direction? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Palliative Care vs. Physician Assisted Suicide - Dr. Ty Meyer, Ignitum Today

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Bishop Conley: Pope Smiled When He Heard U.S. Seminarian Numbers Are Up (1336)

Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming bishops had an audience with Pope Benedict as part of their five-day ad limina pilgrimage to Rome.

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Bishop James Conley of Denver said the news of rising seminarian numbers across the United States has delighted Pope Benedict XVI.

“He was very happy to receive that information,” Bishop Conley told EWTN News on May 4 after meeting the Pope at the Vatican.

“He said he had heard that vocations were going up in the United States, and he said this is very positive news; and, in fact, he had a big smile on his face when he heard the news.”

Bishop Conley was one of 10 bishops from Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming who had an audience with Pope Benedict as part of their five-day ad limina pilgrimage to Rome, which concludes today.

He explained to the Pope that there is now a...READ MORE

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Pope: Fruitful Lives Need to Be in Union With Christ (1747)

The Holy Father's May 6 reflection on the Gospel about the vine and the branches.

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Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims May 6 that their lives will be fruitful and have meaning if they live in union with Jesus Christ.

"Dear friends, every one of us is like a vine, which lives only if it is growing every day in prayer, participation in the sacraments, in charity, in its union with the Lord," said the Pope in his midday Regina Coeli address marking the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

"And he who loves Jesus, the true vine, produces fruits of faith for an abundant spiritual harvest."

The Pope spoke to large crowds in an overcast and drizzly St. Peter’s Square, reflecting upon the words of Jesus, as recorded in the’s Gospel of St. John: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the...READ MORE

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Legatus: 25 Years Old and Growing (10373)

Catholic business leaders organization founded by Tom Monaghan looks back over quarter-century of forming CEOs in the faith.

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AT THE BEGINNING. Then-Domino’s CEO Tom Monaghan and his wife, Marjorie, meet Pope John Paul II, on May 7, 1987, a meeting that inspired Monaghan to found Legatus.

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PHILADELPHIA — While Tim Flanagan, then-owner of the Flanagan Financial Group, was Catholic, he felt something was missing in his life.

“I had a desire to strengthen my relationship with Christ and felt a real desire to do that beyond the scope of my parish,” said Flanagan.

Friends invited him to join the Philadelphia chapter of the Catholic fraternal association Legatus in 1994. It was precisely what he was searching for.

“With as big as the Church is, I always felt like there was something lacking. This was a way to bring business leaders together,” said Flanagan. “I was able to expand my relationships with Catholic business leaders.”

Legatus has been making connections between...READ MORE

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