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Saints in the City of Brotherly Love (3035)

The Holy Charity of Sts. John Neumann and Katharine Drexel in Philadelphia

03/03/2014 Comment
Neumann photo, courtesy of the Redemptorists; Drexel photo, Robert J. Borton/courtesy of the Archives of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

Top photo, St. John Neumann shrine crypt; bottom photo, St. Katharine Drexel shrine crypt

– Neumann photo, courtesy of the Redemptorists; Drexel photo, Robert J. Borton/courtesy of the Archives of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

Philadelphia’s most important churches are the Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul and Old St. Joseph’s Church, the oldest Catholic Church in Philadelphia, which was built in 1733.

But the City of Brotherly Love is also home to a duo of very special American shrines: St. John Neumann National Shrine and St. Katharine Drexel National Shrine and Mission Center.


St. John Neumann

St. John Neumann National Shrine is situated in the Church of St. Peter the Apostle on North Fifth Street, in the bustling urban neighborhood of Northern Liberties.

Not far from Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center, pilgrims gravitate to the lower level of the 1843...READ MORE

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Debunking 'Philomena,' Russell Crowe Tweets Pope Francis to Watch Noah and Much More! (3794)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/03/2014 Comments (2)

Follow the link of Debunking “Philomena” by Bill Donohue of the Catholic League to read more.

Debunking “Philomena” by Bill Donohue of the Catholic League - BigPulpit.com

Why Can’t Christians Make Better Films Than This? – David Ives, Aleteia

Married St. Louis Deacon to be Ordained as Priest – Byzantine Edition

Russell Crowe Tweets the Pope, Asks Him to Watch Noah – Mathew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

'Same-Sex Marriage' & Religious Liberty - God & Caesar

18. Worry Right (Matthew 6:24-34) – Fr. Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

5 Free Activities for Lent 2014 – Shaun McAfee

Tolerance, Choice, Argument & Religion – God & Caesar

Parsing Cardinal Kasper’s Words on Remarriage? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Agnes Sanford: Friend Among Communion of Saints - Melanie Jean Juneau,...READ MORE

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Belgium’s Child-Euthanasia Move Deplored as ‘Unbelievable’ (5596)

Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life convened Feb. 20-21 for a workshop on aging and disability at the Pontifical Augustinianum University.

02/28/2014 Comments (9)
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Belgium’s House of Parliament

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VATICAN CITY — In the wake of Belgium’s recent decision to legalize euthanasia for children, several members of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life voiced their dismay at the new practice.

John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and governing member of the academy, called the development “dreadful.”

“They are appealing to ‘rights of children’ to make these determinations, but children aren’t capable of making those types of self-determinations,” Haas said in Rome Feb. 21.

“So what is really going to happen is that, under the rules of children making these decisions for themselves, parents and physicians are going to be making those decisions...READ MORE

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Memories of Archbishop Bergoglio (5013)

An exclusive Register interview with Buenos Aires journalist Jorge Rouillon.

02/28/2014 Comments (4)
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Jorge Rouillon

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Jorge Rouillon is a veteran Buenos Aires journalist who became acquainted with Pope Francis when the Pope served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998-2013.

Rouillon has the distinction of being among the many people for whom the future pope has prayed for personally, after he mentioned to Archbishop Bergoglio that he was awaiting the results of medical tests for possible prostate cancer. Doctors subsequently gave Rouillon a clean bill of health, but not knowing this to be the case, the archbishop continued to pray for the journalist for several weeks afterward.

In this interview with Register correspondent Father Fernando Mignone, Rouillon shares memories of that incident and of other...READ MORE

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Iraqi Patriarch Asks for Prayer, Fasting That Christians Remain (2982)

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon has asked Christians all over the world to offer prayer and sacrifices for the Christians of the Middle East throughout Lent.

02/28/2014 Comments (2)
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Iraq Archbishop Louis Sako

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ROME — Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, has issued an urgent appeal to mark the beginning of Lent, calling for “prayer and fasting that Christians not leave Iraq.”

“Our Christian identity has had profound roots in the history and geography of Iraq for 2,000 years,” Patriarch Sako said, according to the Fides news agency. “Our roots and our clear sources are found in our country, and if we leave, we would be separated from our roots.”

Christians in Iraq need to “persevere and wait” and avoid listening “to those who instill fear” and those who, “in different ways, invite or encourage Iraqi Christians to abandon their country,” he said.


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Was Arizona’s Religious-Freedom Bill ‘Anti-Gay’? (7162)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill, which opponents claimed allowed discrimination against homosexual persons, but a group of top constitutional scholars said it did no such thing.

02/28/2014 Comments (26)

PHOENIX — Amid a blizzard of attacks and boycott threats, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed an amendment to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that was criticized as “anti-gay.”

Brewer, a Republican, vetoed the bill on Feb. 26 after her office had received thousands of phone calls registering both support and opposition, as well as pleas from state business groups.

The National Football League also hinted that if the bill passed it would consider finding a different location for next year’s Super Bowl, which is scheduled to take place in Glendale, Ariz.

Homosexual-rights activists and their allies hailed Brewer’s action as a victory for their cause and for civil rights for...READ MORE

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Jesus Returns to the Big Screen in ‘Son of God’ (14552)

History Channel miniseries spins off feature film, which opens in theaters today.

02/28/2014 Comments (29)

– movieweb.com

The producers behind Son of God are attempting something that hasn’t been tried for years, even decades — and I’m not just referring to the fact that their film is an explicitly Christian adaptation of the Gospels that is getting a wide release from a major distributor.

Son of God is adapted from the History Channel miniseries The Bible, which got huge ratings last year and has since become one of the bestselling TV-based DVDs ever — so this film may mark the first time since the rise of home video that filmmakers have repackaged a TV show for the big screen and asked an audience to pay to see it all over again.

Son of God does include a few minutes of new footage, and it moves some...READ MORE

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Pope to Mother of Train-Crash Victim: I Weep for You (2604)

The Holy Father sent a letter of condolence to the mother of a victim who died in a horrific 2012 train crash in Buenos Aires.

02/28/2014 Comment
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– Elise Harris/CNA

BUENOS AIRES — Pope Francis sent a letter offering his continued condolences to the mother of one of the victims of a 2012 Argentina train crash that killed dozens of people and injured hundreds more.

According to the Argentina Catholic Information Agency (AICA), the letter was read during a recent ceremony at the station where the accident occurred, marking the anniversary of the tragedy.

The accident took place Feb. 22, 2012, when the brakes failed on a train arriving at a Buenos Aires train station, causing it to crash into the platform.

The eight-car train was carrying more than 1,200 passengers. Fifty-two people died, and 702 were injured in the accident.

“That day grieved us all …...READ MORE

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