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Atlanta Archbishop Apologizes for Example Set by $2.2-Million Residence (7508)

The leader of the fastest-growing diocese in the United States said he didn’t consider the example he was setting, adding, ‘I took my eye off the ball.’

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ATLANTA — Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has apologized for constructing a new $2.2-million residence, saying the plan was well-intended, but he failed to consider the example it set.

“To all of you, I apologize sincerely and from my heart,” he wrote in a March 31 column for The Georgia Bulletin, the Atlanta archdiocesan newspaper.

“Our intention was to recreate the residence I left behind, yet I know there are situations across the country where local ordinaries have abandoned their large homes, some because of financial necessity and others by choice, and they continue to find ways to interact with the families in their pastoral care without the perception, real or imagined, of...READ MORE

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Vatican Radio Releases Digital Archive of Papal Voices (3231)

The archive includes more than 23,000 events and more than 37,000 digital files.

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Cardinal Giovanni Re (l) listens as Guido Gusso discusses the 'papal voices archive' April 1 at Vatican Radio.

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VATICAN CITY — Vatican Radio presented its digital archive of “The Voice of the Popes,” a collection of more than 8,000 audio recordings of every pope since Pius XI, which makes their messages more easily accessible.

“This is moving; this initiative of Vatican Radio has made me very happy that we can listen to their discourses,” said Cardinal Giovanni Re, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Bishops, in an interview with CNA following the April 1 presentation.

“It’s beautiful that these popes remain among us with their voices, though the most important thing is that they are in our hearts.”

Guido Gusso, butler to Blessed John XXIII; Gianfranco Svidercoschi, Vatican observer; Sandro...READ MORE

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The Real ‘Divergents’: Young Adults Lead Defense of Traditional Marriage (14797)

Millennials support God’s plan for family life at events, as well as through outreach and example.

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At only 28 years old, Sherif Girgis is one of the most notable defenders of marriage in the public square.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — From college campuses to city centers, young adults are defying their peers and standing up for the Catholic conception of marriage, through their words and their example, bucking dominant cultural trends.

Michael Bradley is one of the emerging leaders of this “resistance movement.” While many of his fellow students were out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in a decidedly un-Catholic fashion, the University of Notre Dame senior was leading an event that would make the non-Irish eyes of Ireland’s patron saint smile: a conference devoted to the Catholic understanding of marriage.

The event featured a panel of experts who established the theological, philosophical and...READ MORE

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Why I Love Confession, The Plague of Pride, Pope Benedict Option Catholics, First Penance and More! (4378)

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Why I Love Confession – Maximilian Hart, Restless Hart

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John Wright Watched the Movie 'Noah' So You Don’t Have To – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Reading Richard Dawkins Led To My Conversion – Judith R. Barbarsky, Dead Philosophers Society

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Religion: Fighting For Tolerance Or Existence? – God & Caesar

First Penance – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

The Plague of Pride – Vicki Burbach, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

“Noah”: A Post-Modern Midrash –...READ MORE

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Priest Survived Labor Camp, Recalls Suffering as Gift (2569)

Unjustly sentenced to 30 years' hard labor, Msgr. Matthew Koo recalls the sufferings and blessings of life in one of communist China's "re-education camps," where he was ordained in secret.

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Msgr. Matthew Koo speaks with CNA.

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VATICAN CITY — Msgr. Matthew Koo recounted being detained in a Chinese labor camp for 30 years due to his Marian devotion, noting that, although the experience was painful, there were also many blessings.

“Oh, I thought that sacrifice is God’s gift. People say that ‘you suffered a lot’; I said if not to suffer, how could I be here?” the priest said.

Msgr. Koo is originally from Shanghai in mainland China. After entering the seminary in 1953, he was arrested two years later for being an active member of the Legion of Mary — a lay Catholic organization whose voluntary members serve the global Church — and sentenced to serve five years in a labor camp.

Often referred to as “re-education...READ MORE

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Culture of Life and Culture of Abortion Collide on California Campus (5004)

Pro-life advocates Thrin and Joan Short were accosted by a professor in the University of California-Santa Barbara’s free-speech zone’— and they captured the confrontation on video.

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Thrin Short

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OJAI, Calif.— Thrin Short is just 16, but she is already a trained member of the pro-life organization Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust.

So when a March 4 pro-life outreach at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) turned ugly, the teenager grabbed her video camera and let it roll.

Thrin and her sister Joan, 21, were standing within the university’s “designated free-speech zone” when Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of women’s studies, allegedly grabbed one of the pro-lifers’ signs that showed graphic pictures of aborted babies and pushed and scratched the teenager’s arm as Thrin tried to get the sign back.

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Pope Francis: Married Couples Are ‘Living Icons of God’s Love’ (4634)

In his weekly general audience, the Holy Father reflected on the sacrament of holy matrimony.

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A pilgrim couple listens during Pope Francis' April 2 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

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VATICAN CITY — In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis closed his catechesis on the sacraments by reflecting on the vocation of marriage, noting that the marital couple is a unique example of divine love in the world.

“Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of life. As ‘one flesh,’ they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity,” the Pope expressed in his April 2 general audience address.

Speaking to the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to hear the weekly discourse, the Holy Father announced that the day’s reflections would close his catechesis on the sacraments as he turns to the sacrament...READ MORE

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Remarriage, Divorce and Communion: Patristic Light on a Recent Problem (5034)


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On Feb. 20, Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany gave an address, “The Gospel of the Family,” to the Extraordinary Consistory on the Family called by the Holy Father, much of it concerned with outlining current difficulties — massive mobility, immigration, costs of childrearing, aging populations, individualism, alienation of urban life, civil divorce, etc . — faced by Catholics entering the married state.

A married Catholic such as me might suppose that these prevailing circumstances suggest, rather than a relaxation of the rules debarring from Communion the divorced and “re-married,” that promulgating from Rome requirements for far more serious marriage instruction to be given to couples by...READ MORE

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