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Chicago Cardinal in Hospital with Flu-Like Symptoms (1458)

Cardinal George was admitted last Friday, after physicians found during a routine checkup that he was dehydrated.

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Cardinal Francis George of Chicago speaks at a news conference in Rome on Feb. 27, 2013.

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CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has been in the hospital at Loyola University Medical Center since Friday, after physicians found during a routine checkup that he was dehydrated.

“Cardinal George is expected to be released from the hospital later this week,” the Chicago Archdiocese said March 18.

“He asks that people continue to pray for him as he continues to keep people in his prayers.”

He is being treated with an antibiotic and is receiving intravenous fluids.

Earlier in the month, he announced to his local Church that cancer in his right kidney, which had been dormant for more than a year, is “showing signs of new activity.”

“While I am not experiencing symptoms of...READ MORE

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Fr. Barron: What Helps Protestants Become Catholic; Transitioning to Religious Life and Much More! (5126)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the link by Fr. Robert Barron: What Helps Protestants Convert to Catholicism via the Catholic Fire blog to read more.

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Transitioning to Religious Life: One Postulant’s Story – Rebecca Hamilton, Public Catholic

The Rise of Secular Religion – God & Caesar

6 Things that Led This Evangelical to the Catholic Church – Brantly Millegan, Aleteia

Book Review: Consuming the Word by Scott Hahn – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Sacred Music of Nicholas Wilton & Paintings of Fra Angelica – Views from the Choir Loft

One Year Anniversary of Pope Francis - BigPulpit.com

Slash & No Burn: New Icon of Our Lady of Czestachova – David Clayton, By Way of Beauty

Suffering from Mental Illness with the Saints – Anna Rose Meeds,...READ MORE

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St. Joseph, the Ultimate Action Hero (3339)

Honoring the masculine holiness of the Church’s universal patron on his feast day.

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St. Joseph the Carpenter, by Georges de La Tour.

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According to the latest box-office numbers, 13 of the top 20 grossing films of all time are what the industry calls “action movies.” Audiences obviously love them and have endorsed these films with billions of dollars’ worth of box-office receipts.

Usually these films are anchored by an actor who plays it straight as the strong silent type. These films are also populated by men armed with a slew of catch phrases, and their actions speak much louder than words. As I was reading the litany of popcorn movies that fit this bill, my mind wandered to an action hero of another sort: St. Joseph.

In honor of his March 19 feast day, I think he deserves to make some kind of top-10 list when it comes...READ MORE

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New, Critical Conversation Brewing on Birth-Control Usage in the U.S. (16329)

From scientific studies to star athlete Megan Henry in the pages of Vanity Fair, the harmful consequences of contraception usage are increasingly being discussed in the public square.

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WASHINGTON — Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1965 ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut, which said laws making contraception illegal were unconstitutional, the use of birth control among Americans has become an epidemic: More than 90% of the adult population uses some form of birth control, a figure that includes most self-described Catholics. In fact, a recent Pew Research survey reveals that 56% of U.S. Catholics believe the Church should change teaching to accept the use of birth control.

For decades, supporters of birth-control use have used data like this to argue that the Church should alter its position on contraception. However, new research reveals a dark side to using birth...READ MORE

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Pope Praises Virtue of St. Joseph on Solemnity (2913)

The Holy Father reminded fathers to guide their children like the patron saint of the Church did with Jesus: ‘Be for them as St. Joseph: guardians of their growth in age, wisdom and grace.’ He also prayed for all educators and families.

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VATICAN CITY — Marking the Solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary, Pope Francis called the saint a role model for all fathers and educators during his March 19 general audience at the Vatican.

“Let us look at Joseph as the model for educators, for he guards and accompanies Jesus in his journey of growth ‘in wisdom, age and grace,’” the Pope said.

Examining these three modes of Jesus’ growth in life, Pope Francis began with his growth in age: “Joseph, together with Mary, took care of Jesus, first of all, from this point of view, that is, ‘brought him up’” — with all the worries of providing for necessities.

“Don’t forget that the faithful caring for the life of the Child led...READ MORE

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Cardinal Encourages Lenten Prayers for Venezuela (2117)

Student protesters' clashes with national guard have resulted in the deaths of 29 people.

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Protesters run from riot police on Feb. 15 in Altamira, Caracas, Venezuela.

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela, called on the faithful to intensify their prayers during Lent for God to rid Venezuela of violence, as the death toll from recent protests continues to rise.

“I want to ask you to pray a lot for Venezuela this Lent, that Venezuelans can resolve our problems peacefully, with everyone seeking the common good,” Cardinal Urosa said in his Lenten message.

“Regardless of the political sympathies of each person, Catholics need to banish hatred, bitterness and revenge from our hearts.”

Student protests began across the nation's cities early in February but escalated when three people were killed. The National Guard has been...READ MORE

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Worldwide Christian Persecution a Growing Trend, Report Shows (4714)

Aid to the Church in Need's comprehensive report shows that global persecution of Christians has increased over the last 10 to 15 years.

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NEW YORK — In a recently released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency.

The persecution of Christians “has increased over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Ed Clancy, director of evangelization and outreach at Aid to the Church in Need, in an interview with CNA last month, adding that “persecution has many faces, unfortunately, and many places.”

Since there is no single threat to Christians across the world, he said, but myriad forms of oppression, “it might become more incumbent on the Catholic Church, and Christians in general, to be aware of the many dangers...READ MORE

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Ukrainian Catholics Experiencing ‘Total Persecution’ in Crimea (5034)

Priests in Crimea have been accused of being 'Vatican agents' and of serving in the 'SS Army' by supporters of unity with Russia.

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Father Mykola Kvych, naval chaplain in Sevastopol, blesses Easter baskets in 2013.

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KIEV, Ukraine — As the Russian president signed a bill to annex Crimea Tuesday, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the peninsula has been experiencing what a Church official calls “total persecution.”

“At this moment all Ukrainian Greek Catholic life in Crimea is paralyzed,” Father Volodymyr Zhdan, chancellor of the Stryi eparchy in western Ukraine, told CNA March 18.  

From 2006 to 2010, Father Zhdan served as chancellor of the Odessa-Krym Exarchate, which encompassed both the mainland port city of Odessa and the Crimean Peninsula.

Since late February, the peninsula has seen the emergence of pro-Russian troops, who have taken control of its airports, parliament and telecommunication...READ MORE

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