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Military Archbishop Offers Prayers, Support to Fort Hood Victims (2196)

President Obama and Gov. Perry also expressed their condolences and prayers for the victims and their families.

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Darnall Hospital at Fort Hood Army Base near Killeen, Texas.

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WASHINGTON — Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, as well as President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered their condolences and prayers to the victims of a shooting at the Fort Hood Army Base and their families.

Archbishop Broglio expressed his condolences April 3 for the families of those who lost loved ones in the shooting, and he added that, as “believers, we also pray for the repose of the souls of the victims and the assailant.”

He added in his statement that he has also been in contact with the priests serving at Fort Hood.

“The remedy for this senseless violence can only be found in a more profound respect for human life, a deeper...READ MORE

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False Accusations of Sexual Abuse Can Leave Lasting Scars (7192)

Two recent cases, in the U.S. and Ireland, have highlighted how the Church’s commitment to take all accusations against clergy seriously sometimes injures innocent parties.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — A decision last month not to charge Archbishop John Nienstedt in connection with an allegation that he inappropriately touched a boy during a group photo was good news for a Church battered by scandal in recent years.

The determination by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office in Minnesota that there was insufficient evidence to support a charge against the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis was announced March 11, days before another priest, Father Eugene Boland of Northern Ireland, returned to ministry after his acquittal on sexual-assault charges involving a teenage girl.

Both cases raise questions about the nature of such charges and how the process for resolving...READ MORE

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Cardinal Tells Business Schools: Form Principled Leaders (2054)

Cardinal Peter Turkson said business-school leaders need to form students in the Church’s social teaching in all their courses, not just one ethics class.

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HOUSTON — Cardinal Peter Turkson has encouraged business-school faculty to teach their students about the Church's social teaching and to form them in ethics, morals and stewardship.

During his April 1 address, the cardinal pointed to the Church's social doctrine and its use in business, asking "that your graduates develop themselves to be 'principled leaders,' not merely market technicians, with their guidance provided by a 'faith with works' philosophy."

Cardinal Turkson, who is president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was speaking at the 2014 Business Ethics Conference for deans of Catholic schools of business, held in Houston.

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The Pan-Orthodox Council, Ukraine Crisis and Christian Unity (11203)

An interview with Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Russian Orthodox Department of External Church Relations.

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Where does the Russian Orthodox Church stand on the crisis in Ukraine? And why is a Pan-Orthodox Council planned for 2016?

To find out answers to these and other questions, the Register interviewed Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow.

A noted theologian, Church historian and composer, Metropolitan Hilarion also shared in this April 2 email interview his thoughts on the current status of Catholic-Orthodox relations.


How important for the Orthodox Church is the Pan-Orthodox Council planned for 2016? Is it to be seen...READ MORE

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Atlanta Archbishop Apologizes for Example Set by $2.2-Million Residence (7494)

The leader of the fastest-growing diocese in the United States said he didn’t consider the example he was setting, adding, ‘I took my eye off the ball.’

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ATLANTA — Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has apologized for constructing a new $2.2-million residence, saying the plan was well-intended, but he failed to consider the example it set.

“To all of you, I apologize sincerely and from my heart,” he wrote in a March 31 column for The Georgia Bulletin, the Atlanta archdiocesan newspaper.

“Our intention was to recreate the residence I left behind, yet I know there are situations across the country where local ordinaries have abandoned their large homes, some because of financial necessity and others by choice, and they continue to find ways to interact with the families in their pastoral care without the perception, real or imagined, of...READ MORE

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Vatican Radio Releases Digital Archive of Papal Voices (3181)

The archive includes more than 23,000 events and more than 37,000 digital files.

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Cardinal Giovanni Re (l) listens as Guido Gusso discusses the 'papal voices archive' April 1 at Vatican Radio.

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VATICAN CITY — Vatican Radio presented its digital archive of “The Voice of the Popes,” a collection of more than 8,000 audio recordings of every pope since Pius XI, which makes their messages more easily accessible.

“This is moving; this initiative of Vatican Radio has made me very happy that we can listen to their discourses,” said Cardinal Giovanni Re, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Bishops, in an interview with CNA following the April 1 presentation.

“It’s beautiful that these popes remain among us with their voices, though the most important thing is that they are in our hearts.”

Guido Gusso, butler to Blessed John XXIII; Gianfranco Svidercoschi, Vatican observer; Sandro...READ MORE

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The Real ‘Divergents’: Young Adults Lead Defense of Traditional Marriage (14738)

Millennials support God’s plan for family life at events, as well as through outreach and example.

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At only 28 years old, Sherif Girgis is one of the most notable defenders of marriage in the public square.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — From college campuses to city centers, young adults are defying their peers and standing up for the Catholic conception of marriage, through their words and their example, bucking dominant cultural trends.

Michael Bradley is one of the emerging leaders of this “resistance movement.” While many of his fellow students were out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in a decidedly un-Catholic fashion, the University of Notre Dame senior was leading an event that would make the non-Irish eyes of Ireland’s patron saint smile: a conference devoted to the Catholic understanding of marriage.

The event featured a panel of experts who established the theological, philosophical and...READ MORE

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Why I Love Confession, The Plague of Pride, Pope Benedict Option Catholics, First Penance and More! (4375)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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For Why I Love Confession link follow Maximilian Hart of Restless Hart to read more.

Why I Love Confession – Maximilian Hart, Restless Hart

Nasty Comic Strip on Religious Freedom Ran in The New York Times by Matthew Archgold - BigPulpit.com

Pope Benedict Option Catholics – Will Seath, Fare Forward

John Wright Watched the Movie 'Noah' So You Don’t Have To – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Reading Richard Dawkins Led To My Conversion – Judith R. Barbarsky, Dead Philosophers Society

Saint of the Day: Saints Agape, Chionia and Irene - BigPulpit.com

Religion: Fighting For Tolerance Or Existence? – God & Caesar

First Penance – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

The Plague of Pride – Vicki Burbach, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

“Noah”: A Post-Modern Midrash –...READ MORE

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