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Pope Francis to Meet With Families of Mafia Victims (1982)

More than 15,000 persons in Italy have suffered the loss of a loved one from mafia violence.

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VATICAN CITY — This coming Friday, Pope Francis is slated to preside over a prayer vigil for victims of mafia violence and their families, which takes place the night before the national day commemorating the lives lost.

“For the families of innocent victims, this meeting with the Pope is a gift,” Father Luigi Ciotti expressed in a March 15 article on the Vatican Radio website.

“The availability of the Pope to accompany these family members in this moment, laden with suffering but also marked by hope, is a sign of attention and sensitivity, which they seized from the first moment,” he said.

Father Ciotti, an Italian priest from the Archdiocese of Turin, is president of Libera Foundation,...READ MORE

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Honoring St. Patrick (4863)

The recently restored cathedral in the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., bears the name of Ireland’s patron saint.

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NORWICH, Conn. — Mention St. Patrick Cathedral, and most people immediately think of the grand church in New York City across from Rockefeller Square.

But there’s another grand St. Patrick Cathedral about 130 miles away, in Norwich, Conn.

My wife, Mary, and I had not visited this cathedral in several years, but we wanted to get reacquainted with it, especially since it was recently restored and redecorated. In fact, the last major mural was completed the day before we arrived in early March.

The majestic cathedral, with its stone and lawn plaza, looked its same pristine self, standing at the edge of the town’s historic district just as it has since 1879.

Its Gothic façade features a...READ MORE

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Three Abducted Priests in Crimea Returned Safely (2940)

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church priests were kidnapped over the weekend, ahead of the March 16 referendum that backed uniting Crimea with Russia.

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A Catholic church in Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine.

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KIEV, UKRAINE — Three priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church who were kidnapped in Crimea over the weekend have reportedly been returned and are safe.

“We have just spoken with Father Nicholas Kvych, pastor of the UGCC in Sevastopol. With the help of his parishioners, he was able to leave Crimea, and he is now on mainland Ukraine,” the information service of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in a statement released late in the day on March 16, according to Radio Svoboda.

Father Kvych had been kidnapped this weekend by pro-Russian forces, as had Father Bohdan Kosteskiy from Yevpatoria and Father Ihor Gabryliv from Yalta. Father Kvych, a navy chaplain, had been abducted...READ MORE

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Let the Word of God Grow in Your Heart, Encourages Pope (2489)

In his weekly Angelus address, the Holy Father recommended reading the Gospel frequently, in order to listen to God and share it with others.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the scene of the Transfiguration, emphasizing the importance of listening to God, especially in Scripture, and of sharing the Gospel with others.

“And this is curious. When we hear the word of God, listen to the word of God and have it in our heart, that word grows. And do you know how it grows? Giving it to others,” the Pope exclaimed in his March 16 Angelus address.

“The word of Christ in us grows when we proclaim it, when we give it to the others!”

Addressing the thousands present in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father centered his weekly discourse on the day’s Gospel, which recounted the story of the...READ MORE

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Bernard of Clairvaux and Humility, Francis the Preacher, Are You Distracted During Prayer and More! (4168)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/17/2014 Comment

Follow the Bernard of Clairvaux & Humility link via Saint Etheldreda’s Place to read more.

3 Days of Darkness Begins – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Bernard of Clairvaux & Humility - Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Resolving Medical, Ethical & Liberty Reproductive Life Issues – Victor Ajluni MD, Catholic Stand

St. Francis the Preacher - i.d. 916

Duke's Sex Star & Pope Francis' Lenten Intentions by St. Theresa Noble of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

Are You Distracted During Prayer? – Fr. Joseph M. Esper, Catholic Exchange

Child Euthanasia & the Creative Character of Suffering – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Everything You Want to Know About Saint Patrick’s Day & More - BigPulpit.com

Catholic Journalists & Bloggers Have a Duty to Tell the Truth About Pope Francis –...READ MORE

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Piety's Enemy: Sovereign Desire; Darth Vader and the Good Hiding in Evil and Much More! (3437)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/16/2014 Comment

Follow the Piety’s Enemy: Sovereign Desire link by R. R. Reno of First Things to read more.

Defending the Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville - BigPulpit.com

Catholic Snacks Interview with Stacy Trasancos – T. J. Burdick, Catholic Snacks

Darth Vader & the Good Hiding in Evil – Nicholas Senz, Catholic Stand

Piety’s Enemy: Sovereign Desire – R. R. Reno, First Things

Hear the Gospel in Spoken Word Every Sunday – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Sacrificing Religious Life: A Reply to Critics - Br. Justin Hannegan, Crisis Magazine

The Definition of Venial Sin & More Info – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Churching of Women & Relation to the Presentation - Msgr. Charles Pope

Are Children a Burden or a Blessing? – Karee Santos, Catholic Lane


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Fasting for Healing; What Is a Suffering Man Worth? Are We a Well Read Culture and Much More! (2804)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/15/2014 Comment

Follow the Fasting for Healing link by Victoria Gisondi of Catholic Stand to read more.

Fasting for Healing – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

What Is a Suffering Man Worth? – Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

Are We a Well Read Culture? – Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Scott Hahn & Patrick Madrid Presenting at Defending the Faith Conf.

Are You on the Fence About Veiling? Consider This by Lily - BigPulpit.com

Spiritual Weapons: The Name of Jesus – Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

A False Anthropological Dichotomy – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Origins of Lent – Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Exchange

Sign of the Cross Abuse During Mass? via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

How to Present Christian Message When Message Is Medium – Rebecca Hamilton, Public Catholic


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Case of German Home-School Family Cause for Celebration and Concern (9353)

American home-schooling groups are happy that the Romeike family avoided deportation, but worry the U.S. government’s handling of the situation sends a mixed message on home-schoolers’ rights.

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The Romeike family

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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — Home-schooling families around the country celebrated earlier this month when a German home-school family on the verge of deportation received a last-minute reprieve to stay in this country.

But the case has sent disturbing signals to American home-schoolers about their own government’s willingness to stand up for the rights of parents who choose to teach their children at home.

The story of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children captured the attention of U.S. home-schoolers in 2008, when the family arrived in America seeking asylum from the German government’s requirement that children be educated in established schools.

According to laws that were enacted...READ MORE

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