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The 'Casket Catechesis' of John Paul II (8968)

The late pope’s funeral inspired woodworker Marcus Daly to start his own casket-making business.

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Marcus Daly at work in his shop.

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When the term “catechesis” is used in reference to Blessed Pope John Paul II, most people think of topics such as Marian devotion or the sacrifice of the Mass. Wayne, Pa., native Marcus Daly, however, thinks of caskets.

It was during John Paul II’s funeral on April 8, 2005, that Daly, a 45-year-old father of six, first made the casket-catechesis connection. Amid the grandeur of St. Peter’s Square and the presence of numerous kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers, the late Holy Father’s body had been placed in a simple wooden box. This made a deep and lasting impression on Daly, who began his business, Marian Caskets, in 2009.

Daly, who lives on Vashon Island, Wash., has found that...READ MORE

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‘The Passion of the Christ’ Revisited (5311)

Tom Allen discusses faith and the movies and Mel Gibson’s cinematic blockbuster, which many Christians have made part of their Holy Week devotions.

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A scene from 'The Passion of the Christ.'

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It’s hard to believe it has been 10 years since the release of The Passion of the Christ.

To mark the anniversary, the UP-TV network (formerly GMC) will air the commercial television debut of The Passion on Palm Sunday night, April 13, at 9pm ET, headlining a two-week showcase of Bible-themed movies. It will be edited for television and will air with limited commercial breaks. Check your local listings.

Despite well-documented controversy surrounding it, The Passion was a watershed moment for faith-based films, particularly how they are marketed to believers. Having raked in $370 million domestically, it was a game changer, redefining box-office expectations for “religious” movies and...READ MORE

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Pope Apologizes for Priests’ Sex Abuse, Promises Strong Response (2226)

The Holy Father also stressed the need to fight against all forms of violence against children and affirmed their right to grow up with a mother and father in stable families.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled to “personally ask forgiveness” for priests who have sexually abused children.

“The Church is aware of this damage; it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we deal with this problem and the sanctions that must be imposed,” the Pope told the International Child Bureau in an April 11 audience at the Vatican, according to Vatican Radio.

He said the response to sex abuse has to be “even stronger,” because “you cannot interfere with children.”

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Catholic Hospitals Are Right to Reject Contraceptives, Doctors Say (3242)

The doctors spoke in defense of a Catholic-operated hospital in Oklahoma that was criticized recently for its directives that do not approve or support contraception.

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Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla.

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TULSA, Okla. — Following controversy over a Catholic-affiliated medical center’s rejection of contraceptive practices in Oklahoma, physicians have said that such institutions are trying to act with integrity.

“Catholic hospitals and health-care providers do not prevent women from accessing what they want; they just don’t provide it themselves,” Lester Ruppersberger, a Pennsylvania physician and vice president of the Catholic Medical Association, said April 3.

“They are not lobbying against contraception; they just do not wish to be forced to violate their beliefs and ethics.”

He told CNA that those who do not agree with Catholic medical ethics “are not being deprived” and “do not have...READ MORE

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Pope to Venezuelan Leaders: ‘Violence Can Never Bring Peace’ (1768)

Responding to a government invitation to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a letter to all parties encouraging open dialogue.

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Protesters demonstrate peacefully against the government in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 12.

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VATICAN CITY — Answering an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a letter to all parties involved, encouraging them to foster open dialogue.

“I am deeply convinced that violence can never bring peace and well-being to a country, because it only ever generates more violence,” the Pope stated in his April 10 letter.

“On the contrary, through dialogue, you can rediscover common and shared ground that will help to overcome the current moment of conflict.”

Pope Francis’ message was read aloud by Archbishop Aldo Giordano, the apostolic nuncio in Caracas, at the beginning of the highly anticipated meeting Thursday...READ MORE

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Reforming the LCWR: Where Does It Stand? (8283)


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Two years ago this month, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a sweeping mandate for reform and renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), on April 18, 2012. The LCWR is a superiors’ conference made up of about 1,100 sisters who are on leadership teams in about 80% of the U.S. women’s apostolic orders in the United States.

Yet, to date, there are no signs of any reforms taking place; rather, a just-released book by the LCWR repeats its criticism of the mandate and presents a defense of the organization. Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times (Orbis Books, 2014) is the brainchild of Sister Sandra Schneiders, a Sister of the Immaculate Heart...READ MORE

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Christian Unity: A Goal Shared by John XXIII and John Paul II (2635)


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VATICAN CITY — Both John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, acted for Church unity and dedicated much of their lives and magisterium to foster relations among Christian communities.

John XXIII’s effort was highly appreciated among the Orthodox Churches; when he convoked the Second Vatican Council, representatives of both the Orthodox Churches and Protestant ecclesial communities were invited as observers of the ecumenical council.

According to the late Cardinal Johannes Willebrands, who was for many years president of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, the forerunner of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, John XXIII was revered by the...READ MORE

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Conspiracies and Catholicism: Easter Special; St. Francis on Kickstarter; The Cistercians and More! (3111)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Conspiracies and Catholicism: Easter Special link by Foxfier of Catholic Stand to read more.

Conspiracies and Catholicism: Easter Special - Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Saint Francis on Kickstarter – Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Gay Thought Police Disappointed with Pope Francis - Don. R McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Gods of Israel: Does the Bible Promote Polytheism? – Dr. Matthew Ramage, Strange Notions

About That 'Pedophilia' Crisis. . . by Phil Lawler of The City Gates - BigPulpit.com

Does Inaction Politicize the Faith? – Kristina Johannes, The Catholic Thing

When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!) – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

The End of Christian America – Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

The Cistercians Are Back at Zirc by Randall Smith PhD of...READ MORE

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