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Lent & the Kingdom of God – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

Journey with Jesus through “Meditations for Lent” – Patti M. Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

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Illiberal Catholicism: A Sharp Critique – Stephen Herreid, The American Catholic

Pro-Life Heroes: The Heart of Blessed Margaret of Castello – Fr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady OP, Truth and Charity Forum

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Pope Francis on Marriage: Not Based on Emotional Satisfaction – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

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Group of 200 Catholic Employers Sues to Block HHS Mandate (3081)

The lawsuit, from an association that represents more than 19,000 employees nationwide, charges that the Affordable Care Act compels the violation of religious beliefs.

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Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City


WASHINGTON — In one of the largest collective lawsuits against the federal HHS mandate, the Catholic Benefit Association, representing more than 200 Catholic employers and more than 19,000 employees nationwide, has filed suit on the grounds that the measure compels the violation of Catholic teachings.

The association’s employers are “united and committed in their defense of their first amendment right to give witness to their Catholic faith through their ministries and businesses by providing life-affirming employee health-care coverage that is consistent with Catholic teaching,” the Archdiocese of Baltimore said March 12.

The benefit association’s employers include Catholic dioceses,...READ MORE

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St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop Glad to Return to Ministry (2099)

A criminal investigation found no evidence to support an allegation of abuse made against Archbishop John Nienstedt.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is happy to resume public ministry, after he recused himself during an investigation that did not end in charges over accusations he inappropriately touched a youth.

“I look forward to returning to public ministry during this Lenten season, especially during Holy Week and the great feast of Easter,” Archbishop Nienstedt said in a March 11 statement.

He had been accused of touching a male minor’s buttocks during a group photo following a May 5, 2009, confirmation.

On Tuesday, the criminal division director of the Ramsey County attorney, Richard Dusterhoft, wrote that “this case could not be proven...READ MORE

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Pope Francis, the Church and the Big Picture (3115)


03/12/2014 Comment
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As we approach the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis on March 13, it’s a fitting time to step back from the whirlwind of papal activity to look at the big picture of what Pope Francis has been trying to do and what it heralds for the future.

He was elected to lead the reform of the Church. Three days after the white smoke rose, he joked with media representatives that some had suggested he take the name Hadrian, after Hadrian VI, the pope who tried to reform the Church’s central administration after the scandals that led to the Protestant Reformation.

Instead, he took the name of the greatest reformer in Church history, Francis of Assisi, who was the Lord’s instrument to...READ MORE

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Legislators Urge Secretary of Defense to Buttress Military Religious Freedom (1587)

‘We share deep concerns about an evolving military environment increasingly hostile to religious practices,’ Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Louisiana Rep. John Fleming said in a March 4 letter.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. senator and a congressman have urged Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reissue military rules to strengthen religious-freedom protections for military service members who fear reprisals for their beliefs.

“We share deep concerns about an evolving military environment increasingly hostile to religious practices, one in which service members fear that expressing their religious beliefs would be grounds for disciplinary action or hinder career advancement,” said U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., in a March 4 letter to  Hagel.

“This proclivity to marginalize religious liberties in the military can have a pronounced negative effect on morale...READ MORE

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Cardinal Kasper’s Speech on Marriage to Be Released as Book (2143)

The cardinal’s controversial proposal to provide Communion to some divorced-remarried Catholics after a period of penance is now making its way into Italian and German bookshelves.

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Cardinal Walter Kasper, prefect emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Walter Kasper’s Feb. 20 address on marriage to a group of cardinals, controversial for its comments on remarriage and the reception of Communion, is to be published as a book this week, he says.

The booklet, Gospel of the Family, will be released in Italian and German and will feature the text of his speech. Its 78 pages will include two additional texts from Cardinal Kasper.

In a March 10 interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Kasper, the president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said, “My main intention was not to speak about divorced and remarried people but to speak about the gospel of the family.”

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Casting a Wide Net: Pope Francis’ Inaugural Year (4801)


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“Everyone needs to be touched by the comfort and attraction of God’s saving love, which is mysteriously at work in each person, above and beyond their faults and failings” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 44).

A year ago, I was blessed to serve as a commentator for EWTN’s coverage of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and also the election of Pope Francis. I have subsequently followed the words and actions of our new Pope closely. When I reflect on Francis’ first year, the Parable of the Lost Sheep and Jesus’ encounter with the woman caught in adultery come to mind.

In the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7), Jesus teaches us that a good shepherd will leave 99 of his sheep to...READ MORE

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Vatican Celebrates Pope’s Anniversary With Virtual Book (3662)

The online publication is a compilation of various phrases that the Holy Father has spoken throughout the first year of his papacy.

03/12/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY — In honor of the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican website has published a special online book, compiled of various phrases he has spoken throughout the year.

Entitled “Do we want to be holy? Yes or no?” the online publication can be found on the Vatican’s official website by clicking on one’s language of choice, after which a pop-up window appears with the book’s cover and title.

Beginning with the Pope’s familiar plea for the faithful not to be “men and women of sadness” because “a Christian can never be sad,” the virtual memoir offers short quotes by Pope Francis taken from his homilies, speeches and addresses given throughout...READ MORE

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