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Reported Papal Limit on ‘Monsignor’ Could Be Return to Older Tradition (5609)

Professor James Hitchcock says the title was intended to be awarded only to senior priests who were believed to be qualified to serve as bishops.

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VATICAN CITY — Commenting on Pope Francis allegedly restricting the honorary title of “monsignor” to priests over the age of 65, one historian has suggested that the move could be a return to traditional practice.

On Jan. 4, the Italian daily La Stampa reported that, “henceforth, the only pontifical honor that will be conferred on ‘secular priests’ will be that of ‘Chaplain to His Holiness,’ and this will be conferred only on ‘worthy priests’ who are over 65 years of age.”

James Hitchcock, professor emeritus of history at St. Louis University, told CNA/EWTN News Jan. 6 that the honorary title had been one given “almost always to senior priests, very few in number.”

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Why Christians Are Crucial to the Middle East’s Future (5771)

Religious freedom expert Thomas Farr says protection of persecuted Christian communities is key to stability and development of the war-torn region.

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Thomas Farr is the director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center and a visiting associate professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. A former American diplomat, he is a leading authority on international religious freedom.

In December, the Religious Freedom Project hosted a Rome-based conference titled "Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives."

"From Cairo and Damascus to Tehran and Beijing, religious freedom is under siege. Ironically, it is Christianity — a faith that contributed decisively to the rise of religious liberty — that now finds itself...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput Calls Contribution to Controversial Philly Priest’s Bail ‘Just’ (1850)

Philadelphia’s shepherd said that Msgr. Lynn is still prohibited from functioning publicly as a priest and that the archdiocese will continue to wipe out any possibility of sexual abuse from its personnel.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput.

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PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has explained his decision to provide 10% of the bail money for Msgr. William Lynn, whose conviction for child endangerment was overturned last week.

Msgr. Lynn was secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese from 1992 to 2004 under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. The priest was convicted in 2012 on one count of child endangerment for failing to protect children from a sexually abusive priest.

That conviction was unanimously overturned Dec. 26, 2013, by Pennsylvania's appellate court as “fundamentally flawed.” [See the Register’s story for details.]

He was released Jan. 2, after serving 18 months in prison, on $250,000...READ MORE

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Little Sisters’ Case Reflects Administration’s Bully Tactics (10947)

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Just sign on the dotted line, Sister; it’s just a piece of paper. Don’t worry about your faith.

That’s the position the government has put the Little Sisters of the Poor in, because it is enforcing the HHS contraceptive mandate against an order of nuns that provides free health care for the aged. The government has threatened the order with substantial fines if they don’t comply, which could cripple their ability to continue to help the poor.

In a moment of clarity, Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stayed the imposition of the mandate against the religious sisters Dec. 31, giving the U.S. Justice Department a deadline of 10am Jan. 3 to respond. At deadline, the Justice...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Journey of the Magi Symbolizes Humanity’s ‘Destiny’ (3028)

In following one star’s light to Bethlehem, the Holy Father said, the Wise Men were really seeking the ‘great Light of Christ.’

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The Magi ride through St. Peter's Square during a parade held after Pope Francis' Jan. 6 Mass for the feast of the Epiphany.

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VATICAN CITY — In his homily for the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis described how our lives are a continuous search to encounter “the Light” of Jesus, urging that we be “cunning” in our defense against darkness.

“The destiny of every person is symbolized in this journey of the Magi of the East,” the Pope said in his Jan. 6 homily. “Our life is a journey, illuminated by the lights which brighten our way, to find the fullness of truth and of love, which we Christians recognize in Jesus, the Light of the World.”

Addressing those gathered inside of St. Peter’s Basilica for the special Mass celebrating the solemnity, Pope Francis stated that, in “following a light,” the Three Kings...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Announces Pilgrimage to Holy Land (2337)

The announcement of the pilgrimage, which will take place May 24-26, was made on the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s historic Holy Land pilgrimage.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has announced that he will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this coming May to mark a key moment in Catholic and Orthodox Christian relations.

“In this atmosphere of joy, typical of this Christmastime, I wish to announce that from 24 to 26 (of) next May, God willing, I will carry out a pilgrimage in the Holy Land,” he said after the Jan. 5 Sunday Angelus to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis will meet with the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, during his May pilgrimage. Along with representatives of “all the Christian Churches of Jerusalem,” the two leaders will celebrate an ecumenical meeting at the site of the Holy...READ MORE

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Recommended Books for 2014: 12 Catholic, 4 Secular by Taylor Marshall; Significant Others and More! (4866)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Recommended Books for 2014: 12 Catholic, 4 Secular. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall, PhD, to find out more.

Recommended Books for 2014: 12 Catholic, 4 Secular by Taylor Marshall, PhD – BigPulpit.com

Significant Others – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

Facing Relativism, Standing for Morality – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

Having “Only” One – Marie Meaney PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

My Type of Brainwashed Morons – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

VA Hospital Bans Religious Christmas Carols - Fr. Z’s Blog

Masterpieces Upon This Transient Earth - Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

How Common-Core Approach Conflicts with Catholic Teaching – Phil Lawler, The City Gates

Falling Into the Scapegoat Trap – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Common Core: A Threat to Catholic...READ MORE

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Pope: Christmas Reveals God’s ‘Immense Love’ (1724)

With the birth of Jesus, the Holy Father teaches, a new world has been born — one that can be constantly renewed.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis delivered his Sunday Angelus greeting to a packed St. Peter’s Square today, emphasizing the greatness of Divine love revealed in God becoming man.

“The birth of Jesus shows us that God wanted to unite himself to every man and every woman, to each one of us, to communicate to us his life and his joy,” Pope Francis said Jan. 5.

“Thus Christmas reveals the immense love of God for humanity. From that flows also the enthusiasm, the hope of us Christians, that in our poverty we know that we are loved, we are visited, accompanied by God; and we see the world and history as the place in which we journey together with him and amongst ourselves, towards a new heaven...READ MORE

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