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Pope's Visit to Cuba: Historic Visit at Vital Time (3224)

March 25 issue preview of the Holy Father's trip this week.

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PRAYERFUL PREPARATION. Cuban Catholics carry candles and pictures of Pope Benedict XVI during a Stations of the Cross procession in Havana March 7 in advance of the Holy Father’s visit.

– Reuters/Stringer

WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to Cuba March 26-28 has demonstrated the breathtaking power of the universal Church to erase borders.

When the bishop of Santiago de Cuba, the easternmost city in Cuba, realized he needed more priests for the expected surge in confessions around the Holy Father’s visit, he turned to his northern neighbors in the Archdiocese of Miami.

No matter that relations between the United States and Cuba remain tense, as they have been for more than 50 years. “Reconciliation” is the theme emphasized by the Church in both countries.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami recently shared Bishop Dionisio Garcia’s request with a gathering of archdiocesan priests,...READ MORE

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It Takes a Family (2227)

March 25 issue editorial relevant to the Solemnity of the Annunciation, March 26: what the Holy Family can teach modern families.

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As the struggle over “social issues” continues unabated in the United States, the Church universal prayerfully seeks ways to counter a global slide into secularism.

According to a Catholic News Agency report, a meeting of the world’s bishops this October in Rome is likely to identify the family as the key place for beginning the re-evangelization of the Western world.

A Feb. 27 communiqué issued by the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops identified the family as “the primary place for the transmission of faith.” It is in the family, the communiqué said, where “the faith is communicated to young people, who, in the family, learn both the contents and practice” of Catholic belief.

As...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict and Mexican Children: an Invitation to Protect Those Who Will Inherit World (2432)

'My little friends, you are not alone,' Holy Father tells thousands gathered in Peace Square in Guanajuato.

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Crowds listen to Pope Benedict XVI speaking in La Plaze de la Paz in Guanajuato.

– Walter Sánchez Silva/CNA

GUANAJUATO, Mexico — Confetti fell like snow over Guanajuato’s picturesque streets, filled to the brim with cheering crowds estimated at 10,000 people — including a special contingent of children — as Pope Benedict XVI appeared in his popemobile on his way to the Plaza de la Paz (Peace Square). On the agenda was a meeting with President Felipe Calderón and his family, a special address specifically for children, and the reception of the keys to the cities of Guanajuato and León.

Children, from newborn to 14 years, make up just under 30% of the country’s population as a silent constituency that feels the impact of insecurity, poverty and violence perhaps more than anyone else. For the Pope,...READ MORE

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EWTN Radio Network Celebrates 20 Years on Air (3796)

180th Affiliate Launches Catholic Programming

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ON THE AIR. Mother Angelica and the late Piet Derksen, a Dutch businessman, devout Catholic and philanthropist who helped Mother Angelica launch EWTN’s worldwide shortwave operation, WEWN, in 1992. EWTN Radio is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

– EWTN photo

EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network marked a huge milestone on March 7 to celebrate its 20th year on the air: It added its 180th affiliate when Bishop Cirilo Flores of San Diego flipped the switch to launch KCEO 1000 AM.

On hand for the festivities were San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, his wife, Tiffany, and attorney Charles LiMandri, the co-chairpersons who helped raise the funds for this new station.

The occasion included another milestone, too. This affiliate also is Immaculate Heart Radio’s 26th station that broadcasts EWTN radio programming throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Immaculate is EWTN’s largest affiliate group.

“This is a great event to...READ MORE

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For These Students, a Very Different Spring Break (3163)

March 25 issue feature on service over vacation.

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Christendom College

WORKING VACATION. Christendom College students did missionary work in Honduras last year. Student missionaries did door-to-door evangelizing every morning, and in the evenings, they hosted catechetical and recreational programs for children, teenagers and adults.

– Christendom College

For a small but increasing number of faithful Catholic students, spring break is coming to mean much more than time off: It is a time for generosity and self-denial.

Students at such schools as Christendom College, Ave Maria University, Catholic University of America and the University of Dallas are going not to Fort Lauderdale but the Dominican Republic, not to Daytona but the Bronx.

This year, Christendom’s director of missions, Mike Brown, reports that 16% of its students, 58 in all, will spend their break doing mission work in the Dominican Republic, assisting the Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World in Peru, and helping the homeless with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal...READ MORE

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Putting Out Into the Deep (1725)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Tomáš Halík, a Czech scholar who was ordained in the underground Church, pens Night of the Confessor.

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I was not surprised to learn that Father Tomáš Halík, a Czech scholar who was ordained in the underground Church during the communist regime, won the Romano Guardini Prize, for, as I read Night of the Confessor, that is whose works I kept thinking of.

I especially thought of The End of the Modern World (1956), in which Guardini, one of Pope Benedict XVI’s teachers, wrote that in describing the modern world’s end, he was not proclaiming a “facile apocalyptic.” In other words, that Jesus was coming back and all shall be well.

Father Halík writes that he “would like to take a stand against ‘religious optimism’ — facile belief, making use of people’s anxiety and suggestibility for a manipulatory...READ MORE

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Mary Mother of Mercy Christ the Power of Merciful Love, Book for a Man Going to Seminary, and more! (2882)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Mary, Mother of Mercy, Christ the Power of Merciful Love. Click on the link by Fr. Jame McTavish to read and learn more.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, Christ the Power of Merciful Love - Fr. Jame McTavish, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Quæritur: Book for a Man Going to Seminary - Fr. Z’s Blog

The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

90% of the World’s Bishops can Trace Their Lineage to One Bishop - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

How Can I learn to Trust? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

What Is ‘Normal’ - Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Sunday Is For Pancakes - Richard Evans, Catholic Boy Richard

The Catholic “Ghetto” as a Last Resort - Wolfgang Grassl, Crisis Magazine

The Triumph of Greed - Ken Connor, Catholic Lane

History and the Austrian Clerical...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Arrives in Mexico (2144)

León's streets come alive with enthusiasm, while the Pope invites Mexican people to live hope as a ‘profound conviction.’

03/23/2012 Comments (5)
Walter Sánchez Silva

People view Pope Benedict XVI's speech on large screen at the airport of Guanajuato.

– Walter Sánchez Silva

León, Mexico — Pope Benedict XVI’s flight touched down at the León airport this afternoon, in the midst of nearly 90-degree heat and relentless sun, which the 3,500 guests had endured for hours prior to his arrival.

But the heat did not stop the crowd from erupting into enthusiastic cheers as the Holy Father came into view.

After welcoming words by the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, the Holy Father addressed the crowd and the nation, saying that “the fervor of the Mexican people is famous” and that he had been wanting to make this trip “for a long time.”

“I come as a pilgrim of faith, hope and charity,” he said, with the desire to “strengthen and encourage” the Mexican faithful...READ MORE

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