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Cubans Get Good Friday Holiday for the First Time in More Than 50 Years (3165)

Pope Benedict’s pilgrimage brought the change, but will it be permanent?

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Pope Benedict XVI and Cuban President Raul Castro speak during a farewell ceremony as the Pope leaves Cuba after a three day visit on March 28.

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In Cuba, today is the first Good Friday being celebrated as a national holiday in over 50 years, thanks to Pope Benedict XVI.

As a result of the Pope’s request to the Cuban regime when he met President Raul Castro last week in Havana, the government has declared a day off for the solemnity that marks Christ’s crucifixion, explaining in a statement that the decision honors the Pope’s “transcendental visit.”

Cuba’s Council of Ministers, its highest governing body, will decide whether to make the day a permanent holiday in the future.

The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, considers this news “a very positive sign.”

“The Holy See hopes that this will promote...READ MORE

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The Seating Plan at the Last Supper, Traditional Names for Holy Week Days, and much, much more! (3436)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Seating Plan at the Last Supper. Click on the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read and learn more.

The Seating Plan at the Last Supper - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Traditional Names for Holy Week Days - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Exact Date of Christ's Crucifixion - The Catholic Knight

Reason #734 To Be Catholic: Stations of The Cross - Russ Rentler MD, Crossed the Tiber

Vatican Statement Shows Business and Faith Compatible - John Couretas, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Dismas, Crucified to the Right: Paradise Lost & Found - Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, These Stone Walls

Cardinal Ranjith: Communion on the Tongue Only, while Kneeling Mandatory - Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

My Children Fight Over Who Gets to Put Offering in Basket - Mindy Goorchenko, The...READ MORE

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Long-Married Catholic Couple Writes Meditations for Pope's Stations of the Cross (2541)

The Zanzucchis say they compiled the prayers with the help of the Holy Spirit and their own experience of family life.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s meditations for the Good Friday Stations of the Cross ceremony have been written by an Italian couple that has been married for nearly 50 years.

“In all of the moments of the Stations of the Cross, there were special moments within us for the family,” Anna Maria Zanzucchi told EWTN News in a recent interview.

“They were taken on by Jesus to redeem the family. And this was the strongest thing that we confronted, and the path that we have always followed illumined us; we were illuminated by the grace concentrated in the stations,” Anna Maria explained.

The traditional Catholic practice of praying the Stations of the Cross is done each Friday of Lent. The liturgy...READ MORE

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U.K. Businesses Given Okay to Ban Crosses Worn by Employees (5257)

Two women will have their religious discrimination case heard at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

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LONDON — The British government’s efforts to allow employers to ban the wearing of the cross at work have been described as “discriminatory” and “theologically illiterate.”

The government is fighting a case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, following the efforts of two British women to establish their right to wear a small crucifix around their necks.

In 2006 Coptic Christian Nadia Eweida was suspended by British Airways for refusing to remove the cross, which the airline claimed breached the company’s uniform code. Shirley Chaplin was barred from working on hospital wards by Royal Devon and Exeter National Health Service Trust after she refused to hide the...READ MORE

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John Senior In Piam Memoriam, Embracing the Challenge as Catholic Parents, Church & Sex, and more! (2552)

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Credit goes to God

John Senior: In Piam Memoriam. Click on the link by Philippe Maxence to read and learn more of the greatest American Catholic layperson of the 20th century.

– Credit goes to God

John Senior: In Piam Memoriam - Philippe Maxence, Crisis Magazine

Embracing the Challenge as Catholic Parents - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Common Misconceptions About the Church & Sex - Ellen Gable Hrkach, Catholic Lane

50 former Anglicans from One Parish Join Ordinariate - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Holy Thursday: 9 Photos of Papa Bene Washing Feet, Videos & More - Saint Peter's List

Papa Bene Hits Hard about Priesthood, Disobedience, Zeal for Souls - Fr. Z's Blog

Market Economies with Churches & Market Economies without Churches - Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

What is a Novena? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Is Being Single A...READ MORE

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State of Washington Will Appeal Ruling That Recognized Pharmacists’ Conscience Rights (3011)

Pro-life leader fears losing 'the nation we love' as state demands encroach freedom.

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OLYMPIA — The office of Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna will file an appeal on behalf of the state’s Department of Health in response to U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton’s recent decision in favor of protecting pharmacists’ conscience rights.

The Washington State Pharmacy Board, which is under the state’s Department of Health umbrella, had attempted to force pharmacists to dispense abortion-causing drugs, despite their religious objections to the practice. However, Leighton saw the Pharmacy Board’s regulations as targeting religious practice in a way forbidden by the U.S. Constitution, and he granted a permanent injunction against their enforcement in regard to the...READ MORE

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Xavier University Will End Contraception Coverage in Insurance Policy (2887)

Cincinnati Jesuit school takes a stand for Catholic teaching.

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 Xavier University president Jesuit Father Michael Graham has directed the Cincinnati Jesuit school to stop its health plan's insurance coverage of contraception and sterilization.

“As a Catholic priest and as president of a Catholic university, I have concluded that, absent a legal mandate, it is inconsistent for a Catholic institution to cover those drugs and procedures the Church opposes,” he said in an April 2 letter to members of the Xavier University community.

Father Graham said he reviewed the university’s policy amid controversy over the Obama administration's federal mandate requiring insurance coverage of contraception and sterilization under the new health-care law.

The...READ MORE

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A Chronology of the Passion & Death of Jesus, The Thomas Peters Interview, Sheep, and much more! (6582)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Chronology of the Passion & Death of Jesus. Click on the link by Father Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

A Chronology of the Passion & Death of Jesus - Father Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

The Thomas Peters (is the American Papist) Interview: H.H.S. Mandate, Marriage, & Faithful Citizenship - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Sheep - Kevin Bezner, The Catholic Thing

Marketing Infanticide - Mark Pickup, Catholic Lane

Quæritur: Can I Be Godfather to Child of a Former-Catholic, Now Orthodox? - Fr. Z's Blog

Remarkable Insights by C. S. Lewis on Loss of Faith in West - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Spiritual C.P.R. - Michelle Burns, Ignitum Today

61 Abortion Workers Have Quit After 40 Days for Life Campaigns - Shawn Carney, LifeSiteNews

The Dark Gulf...READ MORE

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