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Two Books by Pope Francis Due to Be Published in Italian (2751)

English-language book by Pope Francis is due to be published in May.

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VATICAN CITY — Two books written by Pope Francis while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires are available in Italian as of March 26, according to the Vatican.

Both texts were written in Spanish in 2006. They are titled Humility, the Road Towards God, and Recovering From Corruption — also called Corruption and Sin: Some Thoughts on Corruption.

Both draw upon Jesuit spirituality, offering solutions for the corruption of society based on the wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Among the solutions offered by Pope Francis is the need for an ecclesial life characterized by fraternal charity.

Corruption and Sin examines corruption in Argentina...READ MORE

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Franciscan University Undaunted After HHS Suit Dismissed (3190)

U.S. district judge dismissed the case on March 22 on the grounds it lacked standing.

03/26/2013 Comments (3)

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Although a judge has dismissed Franciscan University of Steubenville’s lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, the Catholic college says it will continue to fight for its religious liberty.

“We will not stop fighting this unjust mandate, this unjust attack on our first freedoms,” said Michael Hernon, vice president of advancement at Franciscan University. “As a university, we believe this goes right to the heart of who we are as a Catholic institution. We cannot and will not back down.”

Hernon told Catholic News Agency that the university finds it “repugnant” to follow new federal regulations requiring that its health-care plan provide employees access...READ MORE

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Pope App Tops iTunes Charts (6223)

Social media is a powerful means to reach out to both Catholics and non-Catholics.

03/26/2013 Comments (1)

DENVER, Colo. — A Vatican-sponsored news application for smartphones known as “The Pope App” has risen to the top of the charts in the iTunes store, reflecting a spike in interest in the papacy and newly elected Pope Francis.

In the last week, The Pope App is the most downloaded news app for the iPhone in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Venezuela, Peru, Poland, Chile, Mexico, Portugal and Pope Francis’ home country of Argentina.

It is the second most downloaded news app in France and Germany and the third most downloaded in Germany. The app also ranks in the top 10 in eight other countries, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said.

The Pope App is managed by the pontifical...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Recalls Benedict’s Resignation and Pope Francis’ Election (5462)

In an exclusive Register interview, the archbishop of Washington discusses an unprecedented month in the life of the Church.

03/26/2013 Comments (11)
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

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WASHINGTON — When Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington learned that Pope Benedict XVI would resign, like every other Catholic in the world, he found himself thrust into an unprecedented period in Church history.

But it was especially novel for Cardinal Wuerl, who, for the first time, made his way to Rome to join with the Church’s other 114 cardinal electors in preparing for the conclave and then retreating together into the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope.

During a conversation with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, Cardinal Wuerl recalled those tumultuous weeks and discussed strategies that might be employed to limit the Pope’s foreign travel and address some of the...READ MORE

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Famous Anti-Catholic Won Over by Pope Francis, Fast and Pray for March for Marriage and Much More! (5648)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Famous Ant-Catholic Won Over by Pope Francis. Follow the link by Giorgio Bernardelli to read more.

Famous Ant-Catholic Won Over by Pope Francis by Giorgio Bernardelli - Big Pulpit

Reminder: Fast and Pray for Today’s March For Marriage – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

The Best Punditry, Analysis and News on Same-Sex 'Marriage' - Big Pulpit

Viri Selecti: Who Can Have Their Feet Washed? – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Student Refuses to Stomp on Jesus, Punished – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Prominent Muslim Convert, Magdi Allam, Leaves the Church – John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

Meet the Darlings of Class Action Lawsuits – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Is Magdi Allam Still a Catholic? – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of Law

Why Forgive? – Amanda...READ MORE

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Pediatricians Group Accused of Ignoring Data in Endorsing ‘Gay Marriage’ (4837)

Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, criticized the group’s dismissal of evidence that children raised by same-sex partners face disadvantages.

03/25/2013 Comments (4)

WASHINGTON — The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent support of “gay marriage” is drawing criticism from those who argue that it disregards evidence about the well-being of children of same-sex couples.

Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, noted that there are “at least four reviews or studies in peer-reviewed literature that contest the claim that children do equally well with same-sex parents.” 

None of these studies were “mentioned by the American Academy of Pediatricians in their endorsement of gay marriage,” she wrote for National Review Online.

On March 21, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a statement entitled “Promoting...READ MORE

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Pope Plans Full Easter Schedule With a Twist (9454)

Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at Casal del Marmo youth detention center.

03/25/2013 Comments (14)
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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will celebrate a full schedule this Holy Week, including washing the feet of youth detainees and leading the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum.

His six main events are: chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Holy Thursday morning, followed by Mass at a youth detention center that evening, a Communion service and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, Easter vigil Mass on Saturday evening and Easter Mass on Sunday morning.

Pope Francis will celebrate the chrism Mass on March 28 with cardinals and other clergy from Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica. During the Mass, the Pope will consecrate the oils that will be used throughout the year for baptism,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Make Side Trip Home? (3768)

Holy Father mulls a visit to Argentina on his trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July.

03/25/2013 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis may be visiting more than just Rio de Janeiro when he travels to the Brazilian city for World Youth Day in July.

Vatican officials are currently mulling the possibility of a stop in the Pope’s native Argentina on the same trip, partly in a bid to ease possible significant logistical challenges.

Yesterday, the Holy Father confirmed via Twitter that he would be traveling to Rio. Before stepping down, Benedict XVI had intended to attend the event that was expected to attract as many as 2.5 million attendees.

But now, with the Church’s first Latin-American pope, Brazilian civil and Church authorities have revised those estimates, placing the number of...READ MORE

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