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Vatican Confirms Papal Visit to South Korea (2009)

Pope Francis will travel there in August for the Sixth Asian Youth Day, and he will also preside over a Mass of beatification for 124 Korean martyrs.

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Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea

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VATICAN CITY — In a statement released earlier this morning, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Pope Francis’ apostolic trip to the Republic of Korea, which is slated to occur in August of this year.

“Welcoming the invitation from the president of the republic and the Korean bishops,” Father Lombardi announced in his March 10 statement, “His Holiness Pope Francis will make an apostolic voyage to the Republic of Korea from 14 to 18 August 2014, on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day, to be held in the Diocese of Daejeon.”

Although no further details were released, Pope Francis has both received invitations from and spoken of his desire to visit various countries in...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Recalls Life of Blessed John Paul II in Rare Interview (3309)

The retired Benedict shared aspects of a deep friendship and close working relationship with Blessed John Paul II that also guided his own papacy.

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VATICAN CITY — In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with Blessed John Paul II, highlighting the soon-to-be-canonized pope’s sanctity and commitment to the truth.

“In the years of collaboration with him, it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint,” the pope emeritus told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview, selections of which appeared in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on March 7.

Published as part of the book Beside JPII: Friends and Collaborators Speak, released by Italian press agency Edizioni Ares, Benedict’s written interview was originally requested by...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Chooses Global Leadership for Vatican Economic Office (3055)

The move follows the Holy Father’s guidelines, as set out in his Feb. 24 ‘motu proprio’ Fidelis Dispensator et Prudens (For the Management of the Economic Aspects of the Holy See).

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St. Peter’s Basilica from the Via della Conciliazione

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VATICAN CITY — The Pope has announced the names of eight cardinals and seven laymen from around the world chosen to serve in the newly created Vatican Council for the Economy.

“The members appointed to the council are from various geographical areas, reflecting, as requested by the ‘motu proprio’ Fidelis Dispensator et Prudens, the universality of the Church,” explained Father Federico Lombardi, director of Holy See Press Office, in a statement released on March 8.

The Council for the Economy, headed by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, was created by Pope Francis on Feb. 24 in order to provide oversight, evaluation and advice on Vatican economic affairs. Its membership includes...READ MORE

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Catholic Businessman Puts His Faith on the Line, Battling the HHS Mandate (7882)

John Kennedy’s decision to file suit against the contraception mandate is only one example of his commitment to manifest his Christian faith in the workplace.

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John Kennedy, CEO of Autocam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — John Kennedy, the Michigan-based CEO of Autocam, a closely held automotive company, pinpoints his own spiritual turning point to an impromptu debate at a party on an unusual subject: Is the Eucharist really the body and blood of Jesus Christ?

“During the debate, I said, ‘Well, I don’t have a hard time believing it could be real, but why is that so relevant?’” Kennedy recalled.

“The next day, at Sunday Mass, there was a great homily on the Real Presence. I don’t think that was an accident,” Kennedy told the Register.

That homily inspired the father of four to embark on a pilgrimage of faith that would guide his decision to file suit in October 2012, as one of the...READ MORE

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3 Ways to be Catholic at the Cubicle, Keeping Lent, When Dating Is Hard and Much More! (4646)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow 3 Ways to be Catholic at the Cubicle link by Bob Waruszewski of Ignitum Today to read more.

3 Ways to be Catholic at the Cubicle by Bob Waruszewski of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

Keeping Lent – Anna Keating, The Catholic Catalogue

When Dating Is Hard – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

The Papacy in Scripture, No Rocks Required – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Seeing the Image of Christ in Each Person by Fr. Ted - Byzantine Edition

Holy Fathers, Holy Faces – James Day, The Catholic World Report

Reverse Wreckovation by Fr. Zuhsldorf - BigPulpit.com

The Lost Art of Sacred Art – Sean Fitzpatrick, Catholic Exchange

Will Evil Exist Forever? – Fr. Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Rather than the Benedict Option, the Francis Option – Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

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Thwart Temptation With the Word of God, Pope Advises (2807)

In his weekly Angelus message, the Holy Father reflected on Sunday’s Gospel passage of the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the desert.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Sunday Angelus message March 9, Pope Francis stressed the importance of resisting temptations by finding refuge in God’s word.

Reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel passage of the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the desert, the Holy Father said, “Note well: How does Jesus respond? He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, like Eve had done in earthly paradise. Jesus knows well that with Satan one cannot dialogue, because he’s very cunning. For this reason, Jesus, rather than dialoguing like Eve did, chooses to take refuge in the word of God and responds with the force of this word.”

“Let us remind ourselves of this in moments of temptation, in our own temptations: no discussions with...READ MORE

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The Daily Capybara and a Bit of Legend, Vegetarian and Vegan Guide to Fasting and Much More! (2349)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/09/2014 Comment

Follow The Daily Capybara & a Bit of Legend link by Thomas L. McDonald to view and read more.

The Daily Capybara & a Bit of Legend by Thomas L. McDonald - BigPulpit.com

Rules of Fasting for Children – Mellissa Musick, The Catholic Catalogue

Vegetarian & Vegan Guide to Fasting & Abstinence for Lent – Siobhan Benitez, Ignitum Today

How You Would Have Observed Lent in 1873 – Fr. Z’s Blog

Pope Francis the Evangelical Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, Legend, Mystic, or Lord? – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Strange Notions

His Beatitude Shevchuk Speaks Truth to Secular Powers by Michael J. Miller of The Catholic World Report - Byzantine Edition

Hugs from God – Faith-Hope-and-Life

Dr. Scott Hahn Visits Cardinal Burke in Rome via Corpus Christi Watershed - BigPulpit.com


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Ukrainian Bishop: ‘Blood Is a Serious Thing’ (6651)

Bishop Borys Gudziak says the ouster of President Yanukovych was a step towards a freer country and could lead to a new spiritual reality, but Ukraine’s journey from ‘fear to dignity’ is not over.

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Bishop Borys Gudziak, eparch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Paris

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Bishop Borys Gudziak, 53, is eparch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Paris, a diocesan bishop serving Ukrainian Catholics in five European countries. The eparchy is an Eastern rite, in union with the Bishop of Rome. Bishop Gudziak’s parents emigrated from western Ukraine to the United States; he grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., where he attended a Ukrainian Catholic parish. He moved to western Ukraine in the 1990s and founded the Lviv Theological Academy, which later became Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU). In 2012, he was ordained a bishop, and, today, he resides in Paris. He remains president of UCU, however, and still regularly travels to the Ukraine.

He spoke March 5 with the...READ MORE

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