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Pope Francis Visits Parish Serving Homeless, Poor in Rome’s Center (2217)

The Bishop of Rome told the migrants, homeless and poor to have faith in Jesus, who 'never deludes,' but brings peace to the heart.

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Pope Francis meets children of Rome‘s Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Praetorian Barracks parish on Jan. 19.

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ROME — As the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis made a pastoral visit to one of his parishes Sunday, choosing one situated in an area filled with migrants, refugees, homeless persons and drifters.

During his Jan. 19 visit to Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Praetorian Barracks, Pope Francis said Mass in the evening and met with members of the parish, including the homeless who live near Rome’s large Termini train station.

While located in Rome’s geographical center, three miles east of the Vatican, Sacred Heart is in an “existential periphery” of the city.

“Initially [Pope Francis] said, ‘I don’t want to go to a church in the center of Rome, but on the outskirts,’” the parish’s pastor,...READ MORE

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A March for All Seasons (3417)

Organizers hope the nation’s largest annual pro-life event will propel even more good people into action.

01/21/2014 Comment
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WASHINGTON — Organizers for the 2014 March for Life have placed a greater focus on turning the energy from this year’s pro-life march into positive pro-life action at home throughout the year.

The 2014 March for Life begins on Wednesday, Jan. 22, with an 11:30am pre-rally warm-up and live concert. The rally begins at noon, with U.S. Catholic and Orthodox bishops offering the opening prayers. The march itself will begin at 1pm and end at the U.S. Supreme Court building.

The event will be televised live on EWTN.

This year, March for Life organizers have directed marchers to take their protest from the U.S. Supreme Court right into the offices of their elected federal officials.

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Elephant in the Church; Does the Church Hate Women?; Is Purgatory in the Bible and Much More! (4071)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/21/2014 Comment

Elephant in the Church. Follow the link by Fr. Simon Henry of the Offerimus Tibi Domine blog to read more.

Elephant in the Church by Fr. Simon Henry of the Offerimus Tibi Domine blog - BigPulpit.com

Does the Catholic Church Hate Women? - Dr. Christopher Kaczor, Strange Notions

Cuomo to Pro-lifers: Get Out of New York - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Books Most People Lie About Reading - William M. Briggs PhD

Is Religious Life Repulsive? - Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Can a Catholic Artist Succeed in a Secular Art World? - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Waltzing With Satan - Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

The Best Dressed Man - Robert J. Gieb, Catholic Lane

Why I Love the Sinner & Hate the Sin – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

Is Purgatory in the Bible? - Tim...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Scrutinizes Massachusetts Buffer Zone at Abortion Facilities (3388)

Oral arguments for McCullen v. Coakley stir predictions that the state law could be overturned.

01/20/2014 Comments (9)
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U.S. Supreme Court building

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WASHINGTON — Do “buffer zones” at abortion businesses maintain order and protect clients from intrusive protesters? Or do such practices suppress the speech of peaceable pro-life counselors?

On Jan. 15, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed those questions during oral arguments for McCullen v. Coakley, a legal challenge to a Massachusetts law that requires a 35-foot “buffer zone” separating pro-lifer activists engaged in counseling and prayer from the entrances to state abortion businesses.

The closely watched case underscored the high stakes for abortion-rights supporters who have sought to frame McCullen as a threat to “reproductive rights” rather than a First Amendment case.

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Pope Francis the Wonderful, Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan a Vietnamese Church Icon and Much More! (1901)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/20/2014 Comment

Pope Francis The Wonderful. Follow the link to read more.

Pope Francis The Wonderful – BigPulpit.com

Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan: Vietnamese Church Icon – Sr. Ma. Thn. Nguyen, The Catholic World Report

St. Thomas Aquinas on the Hail Mary - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Just Beautiful: Medieval Calendar Pages – Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Pope Francis and Economics - BigPulpit.com

We Have the Power to Help the Persecuted Christians – Ed West, The Catholic Herald

The Belief Gap: Secularism & Young Adults – Mary Rise Hasson, Catholic Stand

Common Core Education vs. Classical Education: A Thomistic Approach - Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Emotions: A Human Thing, Not a Woman Thing - Arleen Spenceley,...READ MORE

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Egyptian Bishop Backs Newly Drafted Constitution (1502)

The new proposed constitution in Egypt would give Coptic Christians freedoms they have sought for decades.

01/20/2014 Comment
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St. Teresa parish in Assiut, the see of Coptic Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan, after an August 2013 attack

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CAIRO — A Catholic Coptic bishop has said he “very strongly” encourages Christians to accept Egypt’s draft constitution for Egypt, voted on last week, citing the autonomy it grants to Christians, Muslims and Jews.

“If the constitution is really taken seriously, then the situation of Christians in Egypt will improve considerably,” Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of the Coptic Eparchy of Assiut told Aid to the Church in Need. He said the new document is “without doubt an improvement on what applied under the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The constitution was the subject of a referendum that took place Jan. 14-15. Official results of the vote have not been released yet.

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Upcoming Concert Will Celebrate Popes John Paul II and John XXIII (3952)

May 5 musical event will air on PBS following the pontiffs' joint canonization on April 27.

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WASHINGTON — An upcoming concert in Washington will celebrate the lives and canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, highlighting their efforts to promote unity, cooperation and peace.

“This concert is going to be unique,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington at a Jan. 16 press conference.

“It will stand in its own right because what it is saying is: 'Look at the fruit of the lives of these two popes and what they have brought to our world today.'”

The concert, “Peace Through Music 'In Our Age,'” will draw its inspiration from the two popes. It will also seek guidance from the 1965 Vatican document Nostra Aetate (In Our Age), which explained the necessity and...READ MORE

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Martin Luther King’s Witness Continues to Push for Justice ‘Rooted in Love’ (2445)

The head of the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Peter Claver urged the faithful to consider the civil-rights leader’s legacy in light of the Gospel.

01/20/2014 Comments (2)
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Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech at the 1963 Washington Civil Rights March.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The example of Martin Luther King Jr., calls Americans today to renew their commitment to justice and charity, reflected the head of the Knights of Peter Claver ahead of the annual federal holiday recognizing the civil-rights leader.

“We must illustrate and express ever more evidently the familial bond we share in faith. Just as people often remember King as a drum major for justice, we must view ourselves as drum majors for justice in this contemporary age,” said F. DeKarlos Blackmon, supreme knight of the historically black Catholic fraternal organization.

“After all, there can be no true justice, no true harmony, no true righteousness and no true integrity...READ MORE

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