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San Diego Padres’ Pitcher Practices Patience (6383)

Joe Wieland looks to recover from arm injury and have a healthy second half of the 2014 season.

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Joe Wieland

– San Diego Padres

Heading into spring training in February, San Diego Padres’ pitcher Joe Wieland was feeling great. He thought his previous arm injuries were behind him, and he was hoping, by this time, to have earned a spot on the team’s major-league roster.

Things turned out differently, however. After re-aggravating a tenacious right arm injury, the 24-year-old Reno, Nev., native is now focusing his attention on a successful surgery and recovery. After a March 26 arthroscopic operation, he’ll have to spend three months rehabbing his arm before he has the opportunity to return to the big-league roster.

As the Padres looked to open their season against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 30, Wieland spoke...READ MORE

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New Website Encourages Return to Confession During Lent (2304)

Catholics Come Home has launched the initiative to assist Catholics who have been away to come back to the sacramental graces confession provides.

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– GoodConfession.com

ATLANTA — The website GoodConfession.com aims to encourage Catholics to go to confession more often and to return to the life-changing sacrament if they have been away for some time.

“We, as practicing Catholics, need to help our brothers and sisters back to the sacramental graces that come through confession,” Tom Peterson, president of Catholics Come Home, told CNA March 26.

“When we do, the results are miraculous. We’ve seen lives change. It’s like a weight lifted off your soul, but also off your back.”

The website offers an explanation of the sacrament, guides people through the process of confession and discusses “struggles with sin,” providing an examination of conscience and...READ MORE

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Argentinian Educator Calls Pope Francis His 'Spiritual Father' (2202)

Jose Maria del Corral, who worked closely with then-Cardinal Bergoglio in Argentina, shares insights into the personality and habits of the Holy Father.

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Jose Maria del Corral

– Rome Reports

When you work alongside the same person for 20 years, you tend to have a pretty good idea of what his personality is like and how he approaches life.

Jose Maria del Corral spent that length of time working with Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the field of education in Buenos Aires. Now, he is heading up a charity, inspired by Pope Francis, that aims to improve education worldwide and make it more inclusive, especially for pupils in low-income schools.

Called Scholas Occurrentes, it also focuses on sports and the arts.

During a visit to Rome in mid-March, del Corral spoke to the Register about Pope Francis, including his personality and his enthusiasm for this project.



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Pope Urges Lawmakers to Embrace Faith Over ‘Theology of Duty’ (5342)

The Holy Father encouraged the approximately 500 Italian parliamentarians who attended a March 27 Mass to follow the path of salvation offered by Christ.

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– CNA photo

VATICAN CITY — Saying Mass for some 500 Italian parliamentarians Thursday, Pope Francis warned them of the corruption of the heart, imploring them not to slip from the theology of faith to a theology of duty.

Describing the religious leaders whom Christ encountered, Pope Francis said March 27, “they resisted the salvation of the Lord’s love and thus slipped away from the faith, from a theology of faith to a theology of duty.”

Because of the large number of parliamentarians who had asked to participate in a daily Mass with him, Pope Francis said Mass for them in St. Peter’s Basilica rather than in the Domus Sanctae Marthae Chapel. Roughly half of Italy’s parliament attended the Mass.


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Pope Didn’t Give President a Free Pass on Religious Freedom (28924)

Catholic commentators note that, despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to downplay the issue, Pope Francis insisted on raising religious liberty during their discussions yesterday.

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Official White House photo by Pete Souza

Pope Francis and President Obama shake hands at the conclusion of their March 27 meeting at the Vatican.

– Official White House photo by Pete Souza

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’ 52-minute meeting with President Barack Obama on March 27 capped a week of intense media speculation about the likely winners and losers of the high-profile exchange between a popular pope and a U.S. commander in chief seeking to reverse sagging poll numbers and contain crises abroad.

The meeting was scheduled two days after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for a pair of free-exercise cases filed against the Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate, and religious-freedom activists feared the White House would use the meeting to blunt public criticism of its controversial law.

Meanwhile, in the run-up to the meeting, the White House and its...READ MORE

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Congressmen Support Legal Challenges to HHS Mandate (2706)

Pro-life members of both parties spoke out in support of the Green and Hahn families as the Supreme Court heard their arguments in defense of their religious-liberty rights.

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Paul Clement, counsel for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, speaks to the press March 25 outside the Supreme Court.

– Addie Mena/CNA

WASHINGTON — Pro-life members of the House of Representatives spoke out in support of the Green and Hahn families after they argued in front of the Supreme Court in defense of their religious-liberty rights.

“To tell people that their conscience is irrelevant and that they must follow the federal government’s conscience rather than their own is completely antithetical to the American principle of freedom of religion and the First Amendment,” said Chris Smith, R-N.J., in a March 25 statement.

The HHS mandate’s “attack on conscience rights will result in government-imposed discrimination against those who seek to live according to their faith,” he continued.

Smith, who is co-chair of the...READ MORE

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Fighting the Wrong Battles? Could Be a Sign of Spiritual Sloth; 7 Great Movies for Lent and More! (6995)

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The Pope’s Über Secret Plan To Save Marriage From The Germans? – Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

7 Inspiring Movies for Lent – Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

Converting the Culture Is Not Easy – George Weigel, Aleteia

Marriage Is Not a Fairy Tale – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

Hey Millennials, Can We Talk? – Rachel Lu, Aleteia

Catholic “Baby Machines” – Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: Filling in the Intellectual Gaps – Fr. Robert J. Spitzer SJ, The Catholic World Report

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Schedule for Pope’s Holy Land Visit Released (2491)

The historic trip, during which the Holy Father plans to meet in Jerusalem with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, will take place May 24-26.

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– patriarchate.org

VATICAN CITY — The Holy See has officially published the itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, during which he is slated to travel to Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

During the May 24-26 trip, he will meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. When the papal visit was announced by Pope Francis himself during his Jan. 5 Sunday Angelus address, he revealed that the principal goal of the trip is “to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras I that occurred … 50 years ago today.”

In January 1964, Pope Paul VI traveled to the Holy Land. He met with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on the Mount of Olives...READ MORE

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