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Rome’s Vicar General: Papal Canonizations Will Be a ‘Feast of Holiness’ (2309)

Cardinal Agostino Vallini discussed the Diocese of Rome’s plans for celebrating the upcoming canonizations of two of its recent bishops.

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VATICAN CITY — At a Monday news conference detailing preparations for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII, the Holy See announced initiatives designed to help the Church live the event in a spiritual way.

“This is a spiritual event … not just a worldly happening. It is a feast of holiness,” Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, said March 31 of the Holy See’s preparations for the April canonization of the two late bishops of Rome.

Announced by Pope Francis in September, the canonizations will take place April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Cardinal Vallini expressed that, although we might be used to hearing about saints, these two men are...READ MORE

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Pope: Don’t Be Immobile in Your Faith (2114)

The Holy Father explains that Christians need to have direction and not be ‘one of these who goes around in circles in life but never makes a step forward.’

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Pope Francis speaks during the Mass he celebrated March 31 at the St. Martha guesthouse chapel at the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — In his homily Monday, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of having direction in our lives rather than turning in circles and never advancing, emphasizing that we move forward only through faith in God.

“They are wandering Christians: turning around and around, as if life was an existential tourism, without destination, without taking promises very seriously,” the Pope reflected in his March 31 Mass.

Addressing those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse chapel, the Holy Father began his homily by returning to the day’s first reading, taken from the Book of Isaiah, and the day’s Gospel, taken from John, in which the son of an official is healed because the man...READ MORE

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Carmelite Convent and Cloister Make Home in Bismarck Diocese (3939)

Two groups of Carmelite sisters, one missionary and the other monastic, bring their witness to North Dakota.

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Sister Mary Baptist of the Carmel of the Holy Face in North Dakota

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BISMARK, N.D. — Two groups of religious sisters new to North Dakota’s Diocese of Bismarck bring the blessings of prayer and their examples of faith and service to the area, according to an official with the local Church.

“One of the things you see about both of these groups of sisters is that they live lives of joy,” Matthew Kurtz, communications director for the Bismarck Diocese, told CNA.

“They exude joy; that will be one of the most valuable aspects of having their presence in our diocese,” he said.

Two groups, each comprised of four religious sisters, have moved to the Diocese of Bismarck.

Four sisters from the Congregation of Teresian Carmelites have moved from their home in...READ MORE

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Protection of Minors a Priority for Pope Francis, Commission Member Says (2372)

Jesuit Father Hans Zollner said the group of eight will look for ways locate and include members from other continents and countries.

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Jesuit Father Hans Zollner

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VATICAN CITY — A German priest and psychologist recently appointed to the new Vatican commission for the protection of minors has stated that the initiative demonstrates Pope Francis’ concern regarding the immediacy of the issue.

“I believe that people realize that this is an issue that Pope Francis has put on his agenda and with priority,” Jesuit Father Hans Zollner said in a March 25 interview.

Father Zollner is a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was recently named one of the initial eight members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Following the December announcement of the commission by the eight cardinals selected by Pope...READ MORE

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Easter Conversion ‘Boom’? (15220)

Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church.

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Catechumens participating March 9 in the Rite of Election at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

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WASHINGTON — Speaking of the prospect of becoming a Catholic at this year’s Easter vigil, Sheila Bidzinski, a 36-year-old mother of two little boys, excitedly admits, “I hope I won’t pass out, but I have told my husband he has to get behind me in case he has to catch me.”

When Bidzinski, who has been studying the Catholic faith with a group at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Derwood, Md., comes into the Church, she will be participating in what one commentator has dubbed “a boom.”

The Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski’s parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates and catechumens ever recorded for the archdiocese this Easter. The archdiocese will...READ MORE

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The Saint Who Is Celebrated for 'Building' Up The Church, The Man Born Blind and More! (3077)

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Why Gonzaga University Is Not Really Catholic by Matthew Archbold - BigPulpit.com

The Man Born Blind Sees the Lion of Judah – Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Integrated Catholic Life™

Surprised by The Real Present – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

The Saint Who Is Celebrated for Building Up the Church – The Catholic Herald

International Pope Sensation & Seriously Catholic by Mark Lambert - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis, the First Pope Lauded by Secular Opinion – Sandro Magister, Chiesa

What Is the Resurrection of the Dead? – Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Exchange

Megabrew for Religious Liberty – Quartermaster of the Barque

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Be Open to the Light of Christ, Encourages Pope (1955)

In his weekly Angelus reflection, the Holy Father discusses the account in the Gospel of the healing of a man who was born blind.

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Pope Francis preaches during a penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica on March 28.

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VATICAN CITY — During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis urged the faithful to open themselves to the light of Christ and not be hindered by pride or interior blindness.

“Sometimes, unfortunately, ... from the height of our pride, we judge others and even the Lord! Today, we are invited to open ourselves to the light of Christ to bear fruit in our lives, to get rid of the behaviors that are not Christian,” the Pope encouraged those gathered in St. Peter’s Square on March 30.

The Holy Father reflected on a passage from Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of John, which recounts the story of Jesus healing a man born blind. The scholars of the law seek to undermine Jesus’ work and words,...READ MORE

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Jerome Lejeune, Walking in the Footsteps of St. Thomas More (6047)

An interview with the postulator of the cause for sainthood of the famous French scientist, who chose to follow Christ at the risk of his career.

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WASHINGTON — He died one of the world’s greatest scientists, but God’s first.

Such a phrase may rightly describe Jérôme Lejeune, the discoverer of Down syndrome and the father of modern genetics: a scientist who fell from the pinnacle of his career to follow his conscience and baptismal promises to advocate for the lives of persons with Down syndrome.

Servant of God Jérôme Lejeune (1926-1994), who earned international acclaim and honors for his work in genetics, deeply loved children with Down syndrome, and he hoped his 1958 discovery would help treat or cure their condition. But 10 years later, the world was embracing abortion and using his discovery in prenatal diagnoses to abort...READ MORE

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