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Pope: Keep Confessional Light On and They Will Come, Flowering Faith Since Vatican 2 & More! (2357)

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04/03/2013 Comment

Pope Francis: Keep the Confessional Light On and They Will Come. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Pope Francis: Keep the Confessional Light On and They Will Come via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

The Flowering of the Faith Since Vatican II – Paul Erich Menge, The CWR Blog

Protection from Victoria’s Secret – Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

Easter Vigil Mass, St. Peters – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Pange Lingua – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Easter Vigil at the London Oratory – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Filling the Bucket of Self Esteem – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

A Forbidden God: Movie of the Martyrs of Spain’s Civil War – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Ritual, Evidence of Eternity – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

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‘House of Horrors’ Abortionist on Trial for Murder (4893)

Longtime Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is currently being tried on eight charges arising from deaths at his facility.

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell

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PHILADELPHIA — Father Rayford Emmons prays for Dr. Kermit Baron Gosnell, the late-term abortionist currently on trial for murder in this city. Just like he has been doing for the last 15 years.

For more than a decade, starting in the late-1990s, the Philadelphia priest, along with about 15 to 20 pro-lifers, has processed out of morning Mass on the second Saturday of every month, walked three blocks, and kneeled outside Gosnell’s abortion facility to pray.

Father Emmons, one of the few black priests in Philadelphia, did not just pray for the unborn and the women in crisis there; he always added a special intention for the scurrying figure of Gosnell disappearing through the back to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Prays at John Paul II’s Tomb (3897)

On the eighth anniversary of the Holy Father’s death, Pope Francis prays at the tombs of his predecessors who are buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Pope Francis praying at the tomb of John Paul II.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis spent a “long time” kneeling in silent prayer before the tomb of Blessed John Paul II on April 2, the eighth anniversary of his death.

The visit “this evening in the Vatican basilica expresses the deep, spiritual continuity of the Petrine ministry shared by the popes. It is precisely this Petrine ministry that Pope Francis so deeply feels and shares, and which he has also shown in his meeting with and repeated telephone calls to his predecessor Benedict XVI,” said an April 2 statement from the Vatican Press Office.

Over the last two days, the Pope seems to have been steeping himself in the spiritual riches and strength of his predecessors who are buried in...READ MORE

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Seattle Archbishop Decries Washington Abortion Bill (6232)

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain warned that this bill discriminates unjustly against churches, religious organizations and people who for religious reasons oppose abortion.

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Archbishop J. Peter Sartain celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, April 23, 2012.

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SEATTLE — The archbishop of Seattle warned state legislators that a proposed bill requiring abortion coverage in health-care plans will result in a fight to protect the Catholic Church from being forced to pay for the procedure.

“The Catholic Church in Washington state and its affiliated organizations do not now, nor will we in the future, offer coverage for abortion in our health-care plans,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain told the Washington Senate Committee on Health Care April 1.

He warned that the legislation would result in court appeals that would be “protracted and costly to all parties.”

“It will not come as a surprise that we oppose the very intent of this legislation,” the...READ MORE

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On the Road to Rome, With Twists and Turns (4042)

Studies show the number of Americans who switch religious affiliation more than once is on the rise.

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An avowed atheist, Devin Rose entertained thoughts of suicide before turning to God.

Rose was out of options in his battle against severe social anxiety and depression. He saw a therapist. He tried breathing exercises. He blocked out negative thoughts. None of it worked. 

“When I hit the low point in college and was considering suicide, I thought of God because I had good Christian friends who showed me through their lives that they had hope and joy — two virtues I was completely missing,” Rose said. “So God presented himself to me as an alternative, even though it seemed like a long shot that he was real.”

Rose’s search for a virtuous life of faith would lead to Catholicism. But,...READ MORE

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U.N. Harshly Criticized for Pushing Abortion in Peru (2516)

A Peruvian congresswoman said no international organization can force Peru to go against what it says in its Constitution.

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LIMA, Peru — Health and legal experts throughout Peru are denouncing a recent recommendation by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that the nation loosen its laws regarding abortion.

In a report presented on March 28, the United Nations commission recommended that Peru “revise” its laws on abortion to allow the procedure in certain cases such as rape and incest.

“Abortion should be allowed in these cases because they are performed anyway, but in a clandestine, illegal and unsafe way,” the report argued.

Peru “should adopt a national protocol to regulate the practice of therapeutic abortion,” it stated.

Abortion remains illegal in Peru, but it carries no sanction in cases when the...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Couple at Catholic H.S. Prom, Aquinas on Psalms as Source of Wisdom and More! (4734)

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The Same-Sex ‘Couple’ at the Jesuit High School Prom. Follow the link by Dr. Edward Peters to read more.

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Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Psalms and the Liturgy as the Source of Wisdom – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Is There Any Doubt That We Are Next? – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

The Deutero-Canonical Books of the Holy Bible and Protestant Myths – Tribunus, Roman Christendom

Planned Parenthood Motto: Dead Baby Uber Alles – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

"Absolutely Licit". . .My Foot! – Fr. Z’s Blog

Why Don’t We Have More Priests? – Abram Muenzberg, Ignitum Today

Making Sense of the Shroud – Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

Knights for Peace and Sanctification in the Middle...READ MORE

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John Paul II Seen in Pope Francis, Vatican Official Reflects (2929)

Msgr. Slawomir said the two popes are similar in their openness, in their simplicity in approaching people and in their prayer.

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U.N. Photo-Evan Schneider.

– U.N. Photo-Evan Schneider.

ROME — On the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death, the Vatican official in charge of overseeing his canonization process says that people see some of him in Pope Francis.

“I see that people remember his words and his gestures, and I think that in many actions you can see similarities with Pope Francis,” Msgr. Slawomir Oder told Catholic News Agency.

“We can perceive that both are similar in their openness, in their simplicity in approaching people and in their prayer,” he said.
“Pope Francis invites each person to hope and to have the courage to embrace God in his life,” he added.

April 2 marks the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II passing away, and he could...READ MORE

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