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Cardinal-Designate Dolan and Fellow Priests on Pilgrimage Boost Holy Land Christians (3259)

The trip could have been canceled when the archbishop learned he was to become a cardinal, but New Yorker didn’t want to miss the chance for retreat and reflection.

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Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, receives the gift of an icon from the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal.

– courtesy of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — When Pope Benedict XVI announced that New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was to be elevated to cardinal on Feb. 18, many people expected the popular archbishop of New York to cancel a Holy Land retreat he had planned to lead.

But Cardinal-designate Dolan, who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wouldn’t hear of it. He didn’t want to disappoint either the 50 New York-area priests who were scheduled to accompany him or the Holy Land Christians who had long anticipated their visit.

Also, Cardinal-designate Dolan yearned for the retreat as a way to spiritually prepare for the challenges his new position will entail.

“What better place to pray and recharge your...READ MORE

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A Misunderstood Sacrament, The Soul is Meant to be a Kind of Heaven, Prayer and Action, and more! (2441)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Divine Doctoring, and the Church's Least Understood Sacrament. Click on the link by Mark Shea to learn more.

Divine Doctoring, and the Church’s Least Understood Sacrament - Mark Shea, OSV

The Soul is Meant to be a Kind of Heaven - Dr. Anthony Lilles, Beginning to Pray

Prayer and Action (Mark 1:29-39) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Faith at Work and Working the Faith - Kevin O’Brien, StAR

Vestments from the Era of Pope Clement VIII - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Carnational Musings: Beauty of the Senses - Nathaniel Gotcher, Ignitum Today

Home: the First Catholic School - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Let’s Go Over This Again, It’s Our Liturgical Worship - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Is Prayer to the Saints Pointless? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Who Wrote...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, catholic school, de-baptism, enneagram, faith, pope clement viii, prayer and action, sacrament of anointing, same-sex attraction, soul

Pope: Christ's Prayer in Garden of Gethsemane Shows God's Constant Providence (2659)

Jesus shows the faithful how to pray in all circumstances, Benedict XVI said Feb. 1.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Christians should trust in the loving providence of God, even when going through dark periods in life, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Feb. 1 general audience.

“In prayer we must be able to bring before God our fatigue, the suffering of certain situations and of certain days, our daily struggle to follow him and to be Christians, and even the weight of evil we see within us and around us, because he gives us hope, makes us aware of his nearness, and gives us a little light on the path of life,” he said.

Pope Benedict offered his reflections to thousands of pilgrims who gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

His address continued an ongoing series on the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua Dies at 88 (2874)

The Philadelphia archbishop was instrumental in implementing the new Code of Canon Law, serving on the Pro-Life Activities Committee and in immigration services.

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PHILADELPHIA — Bells tolled from St. Martin’s Chapel on the campus of Philadelphia’s St. Charles Borromeo Seminary last night, announcing the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. The 88-year-old cardinal died in his sleep in his apartment at the seminary.

With the death of Cardinal Bevilacqua, who was the retired archbishop of Philadelphia, the Church in the United States lost its second cardinal in less than two months. Cardinal John Foley died Dec. 11 in the archdiocese’s home for retired priests.

Cardinal Bevilacqua, who fought cancer and dementia recently, led his flock of 1.5 million members from 1988 until he retired in 2003.

“I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of my...READ MORE

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Eduardo Verastegui Predicts End of Abortion in America (5025)

Bella star tells Denver crowd: 'I think we will see regeneration and the end of abortion in this country.'

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DENVER (CNA)—Former Mexican soap-opera-star-turned-pro-life-activist Eduardo Verastegui told a crowd of more than 500 that he thinks abortion in the U.S. will one day come to an end.

“I think we will see regeneration and the end of abortion in this country,” he said at a sold-out Jan. 26 fundraiser for Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Denver.

Verastegui gave his testimony about growing up in a pro-life country and eventually seeing Mexico City legalize abortion.

“Pro-choice, pro-life, all that; all those terms in Mexico didn’t exist until a few years ago, when Mexico City passed that horrible law.”

Although abortion was legalized in Mexico City in 2007, 19 states have since passed...READ MORE

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Susan G. Komen Cuts Ties to Planned Parenthood (5428)

But the breast cancer foundation still denies the abortion link

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the leading fundraiser for breast cancer research in the country, will stop providing funds to the country’s leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, according to a Jan. 31 announcement.

Komen, famous for its “pink” campaigns to raise awareness about the risks of breast cancer and raise money for research, provided annual grants to support breast screening at various Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Last year, Komen adopted a policy against giving any funds to organizations currently under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Planned Parenthood is under investigation on several fronts, most notably by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chairman...READ MORE

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Proud to be Catholic, Catholic Maryland, Famous Former Soccer Player Enters a Seminary, and more! (4268)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Catholic Maryland. Click on the link by John Whitehead to learn more.

Proud to be Catholic - Charla, Catholic Sistas

Catholic Maryland - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Former Norwich Footballer’s Entry Into Seminary Brings Back Memories - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Saving Souls Amid the Sales Racks - Teresa Tomeo, OSV Newsweekly

The Troubling Error of Rene LeBouvier and the De-Baptism Movement - DavidLGray.info

Implement the Motu Proprio: A Bishop Speaks - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Back to the Future in Ireland - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Waiting for Death? - Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Vatican Fears the Rebellion of Austrian Priests - Guido Horst, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

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Is Denial of Life-Saving Care for Mentally Disabled Girl a Sign of Things to Come? (5163)

Philadelphia hospital won’t discuss the case, but medical experts view the situation cautiously.

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Amelia Rivera

– Courtesy of wolfhirschhorn.org

PHILADELPHIA — When Joe and Chrissy Rivera sat down with a physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to talk about their child’s medical prognosis, the couple had no inkling they were about to become part of a heated national debate.

Their 3-year-old, Amelia, has a rare genetic disorder, Wolf Hirschhorn syndrome, a condition caused by missing chromosomal material. It causes mental disabilities and may include other birth defects. Amelia’s kidneys were failing, and she would need a kidney transplant sometime within the next year or so.

As described in a blog post by Chrissy Rivera, a high-school English teacher, the doctor, who is not named, placed two sheets of paper on the...READ MORE

Filed under amelia rivera, children's hospital of philadelphia, end-of-life decisions, healthcare, medical ethics, quality of life

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