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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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03/28/2014 Comment

Follow the Are You Fighting the Wrong Battles? It Could Be a Sign of Spiritual Sloth link via Saint Etheldreda's Place (SEP) to read more.

Are You Fighting the Wrong Battles? It Could Be a Sign of Spiritual Sloth via Saint Etheldreda's Place (SEP) - BigPulpit.com

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

Whither the University of Notre Dame? – Don. R....READ MORE

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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.

03/27/2014 Comment

– 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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The ‘Noah’ Movie Controversies: Questions and Answers (128880)

The Register’s film critic offers perspective on the arguments and allegations around the new movie about the story of the flood.

03/27/2014 Comments (66)

The punning headlines write themselves: “Noah Awash in Flood of Controversy.” “Deluge of Criticism Inundates Filmmakers.” In the weeks preceding the release of Noah, controversy has swirled around the film — and will no doubt continue to do so in the weeks ahead.

Does Noah replace the biblical theme of judgment of sin with environmental themes? Is Noah a radical environmentalist? Does the movie mention God at all? Is the director an atheist? Why are there giant rock monsters? And so on.

I touched on some of these questions in my review of the film (and my interview with writer-director Darren Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel). Others kept coming up in the combox. Eventually, I decided...READ MORE

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Pope Francis, President Obama Discuss Religious Freedom, Life Issues and Immigration Reform (11366)

The 52-minute meeting also touched upon human trafficking and conflict resolution.

03/27/2014 Comments (17)
AP photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis March 27 at the Vatican. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama’s administration and the Church remain sharply divided on issues of abortion, contraception and same-sex ‘marriage.’

– AP photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis discussed the right to religious freedom, life, conscientious objection and conflict resolution with President Barack Obama today.

The 52-minute meeting in the library of the apostolic palace was “cordial,” the Vatican said in a statement, and views were exchanged “on some current international themes.”

“In the context of bilateral relations and cooperation between church and state, there was a discussion on questions of particular relevance of the Church in that country, such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection, as well as the issue of immigration reform,” the statement said.

It also said it was “hoped that, in...READ MORE

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1,000 Children Ask Pope Francis to Speak Against Parents’ Deportation in Obama Summit (2670)

The letters come from children of immigrants without legal papers whose families may be separated by President Barack Obama's deportation policies.

03/27/2014 Comments (10)
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Jersey Vargas (bottom, center) meets Pope Francis after the general audience at St. Peter's Square on March 26, 2014.

– Catholic Coalition for Immigration Reform

VATICAN CITY — A group of U.S. immigration-reform advocates participated in Wednesday’s general audience at the Vatican, giving the Pope letters from children who face being separated from their parents by deportation.

The group, which traveled from Los Angeles and was blessed by the city’s Archbishop Jose Gomez, hoped to encourage Pope Francis to advocate for them during his impending meeting with President Barack Obama.

The group chose 10-year-old Jersey Vargas, the daughter of undocumented immigrants, as their representative to the Pope. Vargas was born in the U.S., and her father is currently imprisoned in Indiana and at risk of being deported.

At the end of the March 26 audience,...READ MORE

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A Lenten Reflection on Fidelity; For Lent Go to Confession, A New Website Can Help and Much More! (3979)

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03/27/2014 Comment

Follow A Lenten Reflection on Fidelity link by Stacy Trasancos, PhD, to read more.

A Lenten Reflection on Fidelity – Stacy Trasancos PhD

This Lent, Go To Confession! New Website Can Help – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Parental Bragging & Legacy – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Qvadriga: Racing in Ancient Rome – Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

When 'No!' Is Pastoral! Wherein Fr. Z Rants - BigPulpit.com

The Holy Cross: A real life “Mockingjay” for Catholics – Dusty Gates, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Living a Holy Life Is Child’s Play – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Bishops Conley & Loverde Issue Letters on Contraception, Pornography – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Blessed John Paul II: First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence – Don. R. McClarey, The...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: Change in Annulment Process Could Cause ‘Grave Damage’ (6405)

The U.S. cardinal, who heads the Vatican’s highest tribunal, explained that the process must serve to safeguard doctrinal truth regarding the nature of marriage.

03/27/2014 Comments (10)
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Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura

– Patrick Novecosky

WASHINGTON — Ecclesiastical tribunals are an essential part of the Church’s saving mission; thus, changes to their procedures, including the annulment process, should be considered with great care, Cardinal Raymond Burke has said.

Understanding the Church’s tribunal system, Cardinal Burke said March 20, “requires an understanding of the service of canon law in general to the saving mission of the Church and its role in the Petrine ministry.”

Cardinal Burke is prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest tribunal court, which ensures the correct administration of justice in the Church, and he was delivering a lecture at The Catholic University of America.

Speaking to...READ MORE

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The Pope, the President and the Blind Spot (20819)

COMMENTARY: The solution to abortion is not to ‘agree to disagree.’

03/26/2014 Comments (33)

Tomorrow’s meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis will, no doubt, be the subject of much commentary about what the Pope might or should tell the president and much speculation afterwards about what was said and why.

I have no concerns about the content of the meeting. Pope Francis and his advisers will know what should be said and how to say it. Nor do I doubt the Pope’s pro-life credentials; in fact, I have had the honor of discussing the topic of pro-life with him more than once.

But here’s what I am concerned about: Spin and commentary about the meeting will reinforce what can only be described as a blind spot in our national discourse — our ability to affirm human rights and...READ MORE

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