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Pope: Contemplate St. Joseph’s ‘Greatness of Soul’ (3399)

In his weekly Sunday Angelus prayers, the Holy Father reflected on the heroic Christian witness of the foster father of Jesus.

12/22/2013 Comments (1)
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VATICAN CITY — In his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the Christian witness of St. Joseph, who was faithful to God’s call despite impossible circumstances.

St. Joseph “was not stubborn in following his own life plans, he did not allow resentment to poison his soul, but he was prepared to make himself disposed to the news that, in a disconcerting way, was presented to him,” said the Pope on Dec. 22.

Referring to the Gospel story that recounts St. Joseph’s plans to divorce Mary quietly after learning about her pregnancy, and his subsequent dream regarding the miracle of the Incarnation, Pope Francis reflected on “the greatness of St. Joseph’s soul.”

“He was following a good...READ MORE

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Veni, Veni, Emmanuel; How a Subculture can Brainwash; Joyful Waiting and Much More! (5544)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/21/2013 Comments (3)

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. Follow the link by Zephyrinus to read more.

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel - Zephyrinus

How a Subculture Brainwashed America by Thomas M. Doran of The CWR Blog - BigPulpit.com

Putting the Squeeze on Bob Newhart, Duck Dynasty - William M. Briggs PhD

Joyful Waiting – Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Should Catholic Schools Be Allowed to Discriminate? - Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson & Same-Sex Attraction - BigPulpit.com

Vandals Trash Brighton Church, Destroy Painting Of Pope Francis - Fr. Z's Blog

Why Aren’t They Preaching What I Think Is Important? - Kevin Tierney, Catholic Lane

Oh Silent Night - Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

Hegelianism & Naturalism - James Chastek PhL, Just Thomism

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Same-Sex Attraction and the Duck Dynasty Debate; A Miracle or Coincidence? and Much More! (6372)

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12/20/2013 Comments (2)

Homosexuality & the Duck Dynasty Debate. Follow the link by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers to read more.

Homosexuality & the Duck Dynasty Debate by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

A Miracle or Coincidence? - Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson, Catholic Lane

My Journey as a Catholic: Over-Zealous Convert Syndrome – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Just Bring It, Pope Francis’ Action Plan & Birthday Wish – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson & Same-Sex Attraction - BigPulpit.com

Context: God’s Great Liberating Event - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

The Importance of Brightness in Christmas - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Fear Not: Angels We Have Heard On High - Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

Day 3: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse) - Joe...READ MORE

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New Minnesota Bishop Brings Heart for Evangelization (5741)

Bishop Andrew Cozzens’ college-ministry work helps him share the joy of the Lord.

12/20/2013 Comments (9)
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — When Bishop Andrew Cozzens’ phone rang Oct. 1 with the news that he’d been nominated to become an auxiliary bishop for the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese, he sensed it was also a call for him to give himself more fully to God.

And since it was St. Therese of Lisieux’s feast day, he felt he should have her confidence that Christ and his Blessed Mother would guide him in this somewhat daunting new endeavor. 

At 45, he is the second-youngest U.S. bishop, after Detroit Auxiliary Bishop José Arturo Cepeda Escobedo, and Bishop Cozzens brings to the episcopacy his own pro-life story, youth evangelization experience, a love of the Eucharist and priesthood — which he...READ MORE

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Vatican to Host January Meeting to Seek Peace in Syria (5267)

The meeting will take place Jan. 13, just a few days before U.N.-backed peace talks begin on ending the conflict.

12/20/2013 Comments (1)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is to assemble diplomats and experts next month for a surprise meeting on how to resolve the conflict in Syria, the Register has learned.

The meeting, to be hosted at the Vatican by Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, will take place Jan. 13, just a few days before U.N.-backed peace talks begin on ending the conflict.

The Geneva II Middle East peace conference, to take place Jan. 22, will bring together the Syrian regime and the Syrian opposition to discuss a possible transitional government with full executive powers.

The Vatican meeting is aimed at “influencing” the peace talks so that the most just and...READ MORE

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Suspension Sparks Backlash (9835)

A&E’s ‘hiatus’ of Phil Robertson for comments he made to GQ magazine about sin and homosexual behavior has fomented a backlash against the network.

12/20/2013 Comments (29)
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The Robertsons (left to right): Miss Kay, Phil, Willie, Si, Jase, and Korie.

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WASHINGTON — The recent suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson over comments he made on homosexual behavior has prompted a storm of controversy and major boycott threats.  

Robertson and his family are the focal point for the A&E show Duck Dynasty, which follows the Louisiana clan’s home, business and recreational life as successful duck-call manufacturers.

The reality TV show attracts a weekly viewership of around 14 million people, according to the Nielsen Co.’s television ratings reports, and it has broken records for the most-watched nonfiction cable telecast in history. In addition, the family has been involved in a number of books, speaking events and merchandise...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ (8479)

Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in an entertainingly Disneyfied take on the making of the beloved family film.

12/20/2013 Comments (14)
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Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. That’s almost enough to sell the picture by itself, isn’t it? Who but Hanks can one imagine in the role?

Hanks isn’t the spitting image of Disney: His face is a bit broader, and Disney had a more prominent nose. Hanks is squintier, too, and tends to knit his brows, where Disney’s brows often levitated well above his eyes.

Yet Hanks’s genial, beloved public persona — the most trusted man in America, according to a rather head-scratching recent poll — may be the nearest analogy we have to Uncle Walt in his day. Disney was Mickey Mouse; Hanks was (and is) Pixar’s Woody.

At 57, Hanks is almost the right age to play Disney at 60, when he finally met Pamela L....READ MORE

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Computer System Could Help Deaf Catholics Make Confessions (2668)

The Holy See must still approve the system that allows priest and penitent to communicate via typed messages.

12/20/2013 Comments (5)
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PHOENIX —  A Phoenix priest has invented a computer system intended to help Catholics who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired to make their confessions.

Father Romuald Zantua, the system’s inventor, told CBCP News, the news service of the Philippine Catholic bishops, that his invention will help increase the practice of confessions, especially for deaf people, who have limited access to priests who know sign language.

The website for the system, called St. Damien’s Confession Box, says it is primarily aimed at the deaf and those with speech impediments who may not be able to communicate well to the priest hearing their confession.

“Most priests are also not trained or...READ MORE

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