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Archbishop Chaput Confident of 2015 Papal Visit to Philadelphia (2841)

While Archbishop Chaput noted that Pope Francis won’t announce his decision ‘before he is ready,’ it is anticipated the Pope will attend the World Meeting of Families.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia greets Pope Benedict XVI during the Seventh World Meeting of Families in Milan, Italy, in June 2012.

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PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said he has “great confidence” that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held in the city in September 2015.

The archbishop said March 7 that a Pennsylvania delegation will visit the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis to share the “great excitement and momentum” surrounding the Eighth World Meeting of Families, to be held Sept. 22-27 of next year.

He said that if Pope Francis decides to attend, the Pope will not announce his decision “before he is ready.”

The archbishop told a news conference that the inclusion of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter in the leadership...READ MORE

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Cardinal George of Chicago Announces His Cancer Has Returned (3721)

The archbishop told his flock the sad news in an archdiocesan newspaper column.

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CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George of Chicago told his archdiocese that Lent finds him in “poor health,” as cancer in his right kidney that was dormant for over a year is “showing signs of new activity.”

“While I am not experiencing symptoms of cancer at this time, this is a difficult form of the disease, and it will most probably eventually be the cause of my death,” he wrote in his most recent column for the Catholic New World archdiocesan paper.

Cardinal George said that after “many tests, scans, biopsies and other inconveniences,” he was advised to enter into an aggressive round of chemotherapy, which will take place over the next two months.

The 77-year-old cardinal underwent a...READ MORE

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Francis Gives an Ignatian Twist to the 2014 Vatican Lenten Retreat (4651)

Drawing on the spirituality of the founder of his Jesuit order, the Holy Father has moved this year’s retreat to a secluded retreat center near Castel Gandolfo.

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Pope Francis leads a papal procession on the Aventine Hill in Rome for Ash Wednesday.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will continue to have a number of pressing engagements during Lent, but next week he will participate, as is tradition, in the annual weeklong spiritual exercises with the heads of Vatican departments.

The retreat normally takes place in the Vatican, but, consistent with St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, this year it will take place far from familiar surroundings.

At 4pm on Sunday afternoon, after reciting the Angelus, the Holy Father and Curial heads will leave the Vatican by coach and embark on a 45-minute journey to Ariccia, a small, picturesque town in the Castelli Romani district, close to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

The retreat itself...READ MORE

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen Alleged Miracle Passes Major Vatican Test (27274)

The Vatican’s medical team unanimously approved the healing of a stillborn baby as unexplainable by science, marking a major step toward the beatification of the beloved American archbishop.

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PEORIA, Ill. — Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the beloved American Catholic televangelist, took a major step closer to beatification and sainthood, as a team of Vatican experts verified that science cannot explain the reviving and complete healing of a stillborn baby that is credited to his intercession.

“Today is a significant step in the cause for the beatification and canonization of our beloved Fulton Sheen, a priest of Peoria and a son of the Heartland, who went on to change the world,” Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., announced in a statement.

News that the seven-member board of medical advisers had unanimously approved the miracle to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints first...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dziwisz: Burning of JPII’s Letters Would Have Been Senseless (3335)

John Paul II’s former secretary explains his decision not to comply with the late pope’s request that his personal notes be burned following his death.

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Bishop Stanislaw Dziwisz helps Pope John Paul as he begins his weekly general audience Oct. 2, 2002, in St. Peter’s Square.

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ROME — Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz addressed his controversial publishing of letters that John Paul II asked to be burned, affirming that the decision is prudent because the letters are “a good for humanity.”

“These writings were consigned for the process of beatification. They were delivered, examined by the commission,” Cardinal Dziwisz told CNA in an interview last month, adding that any “polemic” surrounding the situation “is senseless.”

The cardinal serves as archbishop of Krakow and was the secretary to and close friend of Blessed John Paul II for 40 years — both in Poland before the future pope was elected to the See of Peter and afterward for the entirety of his pontificate.


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Disney Ends Boy Scout Donations Due to Homosexuality Policy (5021)

The company has cut the scouting group from an employee donation program because the organization excludes openly homosexual scout leaders.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Less than a year after the Boy Scouts lifted its ban on openly homosexual members, the Walt Disney Co. has cut the scouting organization from an employee donation program because the Boy Scouts does not allow openly homosexual scout leaders.

On Feb. 28, the company said employees may no longer donate to the scouts through the company’s VoluntEARS program. A Disney spokesperson noted the company’s anti-discrimination policy, which bars contributions to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

The Disney program allows employees to convert at least 10 hours of annual volunteer work at nonprofit and community organizations into cash donations for their...READ MORE

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Fulton Sheen, My Son, A Miracle and Exciting News from Rome, Electronic Resources for Lent and More! (3349)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Fulton Sheen, My Son, A Miracle & Exciting News from Rome link by Bonnie Engstrom of Ignitum Today to read more.

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Electronic Resources for Lent – Thomas L. McDonald, God & the Machine

Spiritual Combat During Lent – Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

3 Techie Things I’m Doing This Lent – Fr. Matthew Schneider, Project YM

Why The Catholic Church Is Dying In Latin America by Bernardo Aparicio Garciá - BigPulpit.com

Your Father Who Sees in Secret Will Repay You – Elizabeth Tichvon, Catholic Lane

Gay Anti-Catholic Group Attacks Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Organizers – God & Caesar

St. John Joseph of the Cross – Catholic Exchange

Divine Ministry: More Holy Kisses – Susan Anne, Catholic Stand...READ MORE

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Got Apps for Lent? (6994)

Kindles, iPads, tablets and smartphones are part of the fabric of American life, so why not make mobile applications part of this penitential season?

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CHICAGO — Looking for prayer and penance ideas for this year’s Lenten journey? Or a faithful guide and friendly reminder to practice virtue, do good works and read Scripture? Whatever you’re searching for to help you draw closer to Jesus Christ these 40 days of Lent, there’s an app to help you.

“It’s a beautiful thing to have access to, and it expands our growth and understanding of the faith or an aspect of our spirituality that we need to develop,” said Daughter of St. Paul Sister Anne Flanagan, a social-media authority  who is known as the “Nunblogger.”

“An advantage of these technological tools that we have is that it reminds us that we’re not [going through Lent] on our own as...READ MORE

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