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Napa Institute’s July Gathering to Explore Economic Justice, Leadership (1905)

The California meeting features leading U.S. Catholic figures discussing the future of the faith in the ‘Next America.’

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Tim Busch speaking at the first Napa Institute meeting.

– Patrick Novecosky via CNA

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. — The fourth annual Napa Institute conference will bring together cardinals, clergy and lay leaders this July for spiritual enrichment and discussion about the challenges of Catholic leadership today.

“The Napa Institute was created to offer a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith in relation to the ‘Next America,’” said Timothy Busch, the Napa Institute’s chairman of the board.

“This year’s theme will explore economic justice, beauty and the arts and reason and faith — and who better to lead these discussions than the who’s who of Catholic leadership,” he added.

The July 24-27 gathering will take place at the Meritage Resort and Spa in California’s Napa Valley....READ MORE

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FDA Considers Genetically Modified Children, Making the Church Beautiful Starts at Home and More! (4168)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the F. D. A. Considers Allowing Genetically Modified Children link to read more.

9 Questions About the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by Carson Holloway of Catholic Vote - BigPulpit.com

F. D. A. Considers Allowing Genetically Modified Children – Chelsea Zimmerman, Catholic Lane

Making the Church Beautiful Starts At Home – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Do Natural Rights Really Exist? – Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

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

Envy: The No Win Sin – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

“Learning the Virtues that Lead You to God” by Romano Guardini – Mary Hartwell, Integrated Catholic Life™

Social Media: Are We Excarnating Ourselves Online? – Joel & Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand


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Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Prays for Crimea (3318)

Protesters take refuge and pray for peace in one of two tent-chapels in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Protesters take refuge and pray for peace in one of two tent-chapels on Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine.

– CNA/Jakub Szymczuk/GOSC NIEDZIELNY/Courtesy Aid to the Church in Need

KIEV, Ukraine — The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church issued a statement Feb. 28 praying for the people of Crimea and appealing for the unity of Ukraine, as Russia has reportedly deployed troops in the peninsula.

“The entire family of the UGCC faithful pleads to the compassionate Lord for his protection and assistance to peacefully overcome the deteriorating situation in Crimea and that the unity of our country might be preserved,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halyc.

Earlier that day, armed men in unmarked military uniforms took control of airports in Crimea, as well as the autonomous republic’s parliament building and state telecommunications and television...READ MORE

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Pope: Heart Set on Possessions Is ‘Empty of God’ (3375)

In his Sunday Angelus message, the Holy Father explained wealth should never become a goal in itself for Christians.

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Pope Francis delivers his March 2 Angelus remarks.

– ctv.va

VATICAN CITY — Crowds filled a rainy St. Peter’s Square Sunday to hear Pope Francis’ Angelus message, which focused on the importance of seeking God above all else, especially earthly goods.

“A heart occupied by the desire to possess is full of this desire to possess [things], but empty of God,” said the Pope on Sunday, March 2.

“In a heart possessed by riches, there is not much space for faith. Everything is occupied by riches: There is no place for faith. If instead one allows God his rightful place, that is, first, then his love also leads to sharing the wealth, putting riches at the service of charitable and development projects, as evidenced by many examples, even recent ones, in the...READ MORE

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Saints in the City of Brotherly Love (3057)

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

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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! (3800)

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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’ (5624)

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

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CNA/ChadBriggs via Flickr

Belgium’s House of Parliament

– CNA/ChadBriggs via Flickr

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 (5027)

An exclusive Register interview with Buenos Aires journalist Jorge Rouillon.

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Jorge Rouillon

– Emilia Trabuchi

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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