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Catholic Church in Venezuela Braces for Uncertain Times After Chavez (6382)

The socialist dictator, who once was very close to the Church, became more antagonistic after his 2000 re-election, but he reportedly reconciled prior to his death.

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President Hugo Chavez in January 2006

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ROME — “We are prayerful; we are ready for uncertain times.”

This was the brief response Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino, archbishop of Venezuela, gave to the Register early today in Rome in reaction to the news that the charismatic and controversial Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez had finally succumbed to cancer.

Cardinal Urosa, who is in Rome to participate in the conclave, also announced that he will celebrate in Rome “a public Mass to pray for the eternal repose of President Chavez.”

The death of Chavez was announced March 5 by Venezuela Vice President Nicolás Maduro. Military troops were immediately deployed in the country’s major cities, but most of the people who took to the...READ MORE

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Understanding: Connecting the Physical With the Abstract (4516)

COMMENTARY: Part of a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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As we saw last time, the natural human faculty for understanding means the ability to “read between the lines” and see the inner essence of a thing. At a very basic level, for instance, a written word is not merely made up of black marks on white paper, but has significance in its meaning.

A series of those words strung together is not merely a random concatenation of words thrown together, but is a sentence, conveying an even deeper meaning. Our ability to grasp this is why we experience the normal human thrill of discovery when, in first grade, we are able to decode “See Jane run” and understand what that sentence means.

However, human beings don’t and can’t remain at this simple...READ MORE

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Bishops’ Group Gives Nearly $1 Million for Immigration Reform (2098)

Funding will go to promote comprehensive reform and to aid Catholic organizations that serve migrant communities.

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Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., speaks at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ official domestic anti-poverty agency has announced $800,000 in grants to push for comprehensive immigration reform.

“There is an urgent need to mobilize resources efficiently in order to meet the challenge,” said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif.

Bishop Soto, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development subcommittee, stressed that “the possibility for real immigration reform has never been closer.”

“These grants represent a distinctively Catholic contribution in promoting comprehensive immigration reform,” the bishop explained. “They will strengthen the capacity of our institutions to help immigrant...READ MORE

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Catholics Speak Out Against Colo. Civil-Unions Bill (2191)

Catholic Charities seeks religious-freedom provision on new bill.

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DENVER — Those who testified against a Colorado civil-unions bill last week included a Catholic man with same-sex attraction and a Colorado attorney general who was adopted through Catholic Charities.

State Attorney General John Suthers told the Colorado House Judiciary Committee Feb. 28 that if the bill passes in its current form, “Catholic Charities and some other religiously affiliated social-service agencies will no longer be in the adoption business in Colorado.”

Suthers, a Catholic and a Republican who testified against the bill in his capacity as a private citizen, was adopted through Catholic Charities as an infant.

The bill, S.B. 11, would create civil unions for two people...READ MORE

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The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had; Virtue and Beauty, For Women; and Much More! (2444)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had. Follow the link by Dr. Peter Kreeft of the Integrated Catholic Life™ blog to read more.

The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had by Dr. Peter Kreeft of the Integrated Catholic Life™ blog - Big Pulpit

Virtue and Beauty, For Women – Mary C. Tillotson, Catholic Lane

The Church is “Generally Reliable” – Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

Remembering Who We Are: Recovering from Cultural Amnesia – Dr. Wanda Skowronska Ph. D., Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Like it’s 1415 – Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

Saint Casimir: The Prince without Reproach – Paul Radzilowski, Crisis Magazine

A New/Old Model for Catholic Health Care? – Fr. Z’s Blog

New Extraordinary Form Mass in Charlotte, North Carolina – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Pope Benedict XVI Honored by Eastern...READ MORE

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Recipe for a Pope: a Christlike Man Who Can Govern and Unite (3479)


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VATICAN CITY — Ask any Vatican official or leading Church figure in Rome what one of the most important characteristics of the new pope should be, and, chances are, they’ll say he must have an ability to govern.

Amid the many tributes being paid to Pope Benedict XVI, among the few criticisms is the observation that governance wasn’t the Holy Father’s strong point.

Although he has been widely praised for certain aspects of governance — namely his episcopal appointments, his efforts to crack down on clerical sex abuse and measures to make the Vatican’s finances more transparent — running the Roman Curia was his Achilles heel, made harder by his infirmity and old age.

He appeared to...READ MORE

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College of Cardinals Imposes Media Silence (4525)

Italian prelates divulge too much information in press briefings, leading to the move.

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A screenshot of the cardinals' March 4 general congregation in the Vatican's New Synod Hall.


VATICAN CITY — The College of Cardinals has decided that its members will no longer speak to journalists after several cardinals gave too much information to the Italian press.

“Concern was expressed in the general congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not to do interviews,” she added in a March 6 statement sent to journalists who were hoping to attend a press conference with U.S. Cardinals Francis George and Theodore McCarrick.

The U.S. cardinals have been the only ones to organize press...READ MORE

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Art Historian Says Benedict's 'Way of Beauty' Will Continue to Flower (3488)

Liz Lev believes that the pope emeritus planted the seeds to help people better understand the nature of beauty.

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Art historian Elizabeth Lev.


ROME — Pope Emeritus Benedict’s emphasis on beauty as a means to encounter truth and grow in faith is one of the “greatest seeds” planted during his pontificate, says art historian Elizabeth Lev.

“In his way of beauty, he says the true way of humanity is this beauty we have in the image and likeness of God,” said Lev, a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas' Rome Program, in a February interview.

“Over the course of his pontificate, and even as cardinal, he has implemented these seeds, these stepping stones for us to follow, to understand the nature of beauty.”

Lev, who studied renaissance art at the University of Chicago and who did her graduate work in baroque art at the...READ MORE

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