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SSPX: We Didn’t Criticize Pope Francis; We Agree With Him (15694)

The spokesman for the society unites Bishop Bernard Fellay’s remarks from his latest letter to Holy Father’s.

04/29/2013 Comments (37)

A  spokesman for the Society of St. Pius X has denied its leader, Bishop Bernard Fellay, was criticizing Pope Francis for his concern for the poor in a recent letter to supporters.

“It is an analysis of the current situation facing the Church, not a criticism of Pope Francis’ concern for the poor,” said Father Alain Lorans, spokesman for the traditionalist group, which holds no canonical status in the Church.

Reuters reported in an April 19 article that Bishop Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, had “begun criticizing ... Pope Francis for the popular approach he has taken since his election last month.”

It suggested Bishop Fellay had “publicly taken issue with Pope Francis’...READ MORE

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Augustine's Favorite Apologist Explains the Eucharist, This Is What Jesus Looks Like and More! (2609)

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04/29/2013 Comment

Augustine’s Favorite Apologist Explains the Eucharist. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Augustine’s Favorite Apologist Explains the Eucharist by Joe Heschmeyer - Big Pulpit

This Is What Jesus Looks Like – Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Anti-Bullying = Homosexual Trojan Horse – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Know Everything: Peter Kreeft’s Summa Philosophica – William M. Briggs

An Essential Aspect of the New Evangelisation – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

Parental Responsibility Trumps Child’s Privacy - Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

On the Years of Gestation on Earth – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Jesus: The Original Hipster? – Hector Molina, Catholic Answers

“Hipster Jesus”: Engaging Culture or Watering-Down faith? – Mark...READ MORE

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How Will Pope Francis Address Persecution of Christians Around the World? (5334)

Authority Nina Shea discusses the issue and what awaits the Holy Father.

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Nina Shea

– The Hudson Institute

A rash of recent anti-Christian violence from Nigeria to Pakistan to Syria has highlighted the vulnerable status of this religious group.

Meanwhile, the U.S. bishops have spoken out on behalf of the beleaguered Christian community of Iraq. And, in February, retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong called on the Vatican to reverse its policy of “compromise” with Beijing that had failed to prevent the government’s interference in the local Church.

Nina Shea is a longtime expert on international religious-freedom issues. She is the co-author, with Paul Marshall and Lela Gilbert, of a new book, Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians. Shea is also the director of the Center...READ MORE

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Military Archbishop Encourages His Auxiliary: Serve Vigilantly, Humbly (2259)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio welcomes auxiliary Bishop-elect Robert Coyle.

04/29/2013 Comment
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Auxiliary Bishop Robert Coyle

– Archdiocese for the Military Services

WASHINGTON — The Archdiocese for the Military Services received a new auxiliary bishop on Thursday, as Msgr. Robert Coyle was ordained with exhortations to remain humble, vigilant and faithful to the Gospel.

“The successor of the apostles is humble and recognizes that he has received everything from God. He is sober and alert so as to be vigilant,” Military Archbishop Timothy Broglio told Bishop-designate Coyle in his homily before the ordination.

He encouraged the new bishop to listen willingly to those he serves.

“Much of your ministry will be listening as you allow the soldier to tell his story, the veteran afflicted with PTSD relate what brought him to this point or the Marine...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls Newly Confirmed to Be Steadfast in Faith (2880)

The Holy Father confirmed 44 young people at Mass yesterday in St. Peter’s Square.

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Pope Francis celebrates the sacrament of confirmation at a papal Mass on April 28.

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis encouraged the youth of the world to persist in their faith even in the midst of obstacles at a Mass where he confirmed 44 young people.

“Remaining steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord, is the secret of our journey,” he told more than 70,000 young people gathered yesterday in St. Peter’s Square.

“There are no difficulties, trials or misunderstandings to fear, provided we remain united to God as branches to the vine, provided we do not lose our friendship with him, provided we make ever more room for him in our lives,” he said during the 10am Mass.

The Mass marked the ending of a two-day celebration as part of the Year of Faith,...READ MORE

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Kneeling for Communion, The Many Worlds of Chant, Family Daily Mass and Much More! (5603)

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04/29/2013 Comments (5)

Catholics in the United States Can Kneel Now! Follow the link by Jeff Ostrowski via the CCW website to read more.

Catholics in the United States Can Kneel Now! by Jeff Ostrowski via the CCW website - Big Pulpit

The Many Worlds of Chant – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Girls Gone Witless – Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

6 Reasons to Go to Daily Mass as a Family – Susanna Spencer, Truth & Charity

Columbus, Same-Sex Attraction & Marriage - Big Pulpit

Ways At-Home Moms Can Volunteer for the Pro-Life Movement – Lisa Schmidt, The Practicing Catholic

Obama, Abortion, the 1950s & Race – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pier Giorgio Frassati: A Commentary by Fr. Barron – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

7 Things You Can Do to Stand Up for The Family – Chelsea Houghton, Catholic...READ MORE

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Knowledge: All Truth Is God’s Truth (6410)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Knowledge is the fifth of the seven sanctifying gifts of the Holy Spirit. As we have discussed previously, all the sanctifying gifts are ordered toward conforming us to the image and likeness of Jesus Christ and making us participants in his life.

Because we are all called to be fully conformed to Jesus, all the sanctifying gifts are available to all the baptized and confirmed. In this, they are different from charismatic gifts, which are distributed by the Holy Spirit in such a way that nobody has all the gifts but everybody has some of them.

We receive the gift of knowledge, as we receive all the sanctifying gifts, when we are infused with sanctifying grace. And, as with all gifts...READ MORE

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Raising Kids Outside the Church Now 'Pastoral', Fave Saint: Bl. Pier G. Frassati and More! (4641)

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04/27/2013 Comments (1)

Raising Children Outside the Church is Now “Pastoral”. Follow the link via Rorate Cæli to read more.

Raising Children Outside the Church is Now “Pastoral” via Rorate Cæli - Big Pulpit

My Favorite Saint: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

N. F. P.: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom? – Jay Boyd PhD, Catholic Stand

Extremely Easy English Propers – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Reading Grand Jury Report on Gosnell Case – Mrs. DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Church is a Love Story, Pope Francis Says – Catholic News Agency

Conscious Beings? Two-Month-Olds Still in Question – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Benedictines of Mary – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Restlessness – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Cave Diving and Apologetics – Trent...READ MORE

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