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Year of Faith Gives Way to the Future (2907)

The events of the past year moved parishes in dioceses from coast to coast forward in their faith.

11/29/2013 Comments (3)

– rediscover.archspm.org

BALTIMORE — The Year of Faith has come to an end, but Church workers across the United States say the years ahead will reveal how the seeds of faith that were planted will give way to new energies of evangelization for the Church in the United States.

“The Year of Faith really opened the minds and hearts of many Catholics that ‘a lot more needs to take place in my own formation,’” said Peter Murphy, executive director for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis. “Formation is a lifelong process, and the Year of Faith reminded us that we can’t become complacent.”

Murphy said Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), has...READ MORE

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Miraculous Stories in the Life of Padre Pio, Sociological Effects of the Liturgy and Much More! (4105)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/29/2013 Comment

Miraculous Stories in the Life of Padre Pio. Follow the link by the Mystics of the Church website to read more.

Miraculous Stories in the Life of Padre Pio by the Mystics of the Church website - BigPulpit.com

Sociological Effects of the Liturgy – Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement

Male & Female He Created Them – Autumn Jones, Catholic Stand

J. F. Powers & the Missing Catholic Subculture – Russell Shaw, The CWR Blog

Pope Francis 24/7 – BigPulpit.com

Surmounting the Faceless, Ominous Ramparts of Modernism – Enzo G. Selvaggi, Regina Magazine

Stop Pushing Boundaries - Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age – Dr. Jeff Mirus, On the Culture

What to Do About a Cold Spiritual Life - Mary Kaufmann, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Man Going into...READ MORE

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Pope: Persecution and Attacks on Religion Are ‘Prophetic’ (5828)

In his daily homily Nov. 28, the Holy Father reflected on the end times, forecasting that faith increasingly will be driven from the public square.

11/29/2013 Comments (17)
Kerri Lenartowick/Catholic News Agency

– Kerri Lenartowick/Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the end times, saying that faith will be increasingly pushed out of the public square and that persecution of Christians is a “prophecy” of what is to come.

The Pope directed his comments to those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican's St. Martha guesthouse for his daily Mass on Nov. 28.

Reflecting on the day's reading, taken from the Gospel of Luke, in which Jesus speaks of the trials and tribulations that will precede the end times, the Holy Father explained that, when the Lord refers to this in another passage, “he tells us that it will be a desecration of the Temple.”

It will be “a profanation of the faith, of the...READ MORE

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D.C. Catholics Provide Thanksgiving Dinners (2026)

Local Catholics are opening their hearts — and kitchens — to the poor, hungry and homeless in the nation’s capital.

11/28/2013 Comment

– catholiccharitiesdcblog.org

WASHINGTON — Catholics in the nation’s capital are opening their hearts — and kitchens — to the poor, hungry and homeless in their neighborhoods for Thanksgiving this year.

“Thanksgiving is a time of the year for all of us to reflect with gratitude on the many blessings we have received,” said Msgr. James Watkins, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, who organizes a Thanksgiving ministry to the poor in the area.

“It is also a time for us to share those blessings with our neighbors who are the least among us, so their families might share in the hope and joy of Thanksgiving.”

The 150-year-old parish, located in Washington’s Shaw neighborhood, carries out an annual "Turkey Basket"...READ MORE

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Decision to Move U.S. Embassy to Vatican Sparks Controversy (6604)

‘To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence,’ warned former ambassador James Nicholson.

11/28/2013 Comments (21)

WASHINGTON — The relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has come under fire from past U.S. ambassadors who say the move will diminish its influence, though State Department officials defend the decision as good for security.

Former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See James Nicholson said the embassy’s planned move to the grounds of the U.S. Embassy to Italy is “another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican — and to Christians in the Middle East.”

“This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties, but particularly in the Middle East,” Nicholson told CatholicVote.org. “This is anything but a good time to diminish the...READ MORE

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Peter O'Toole in New Film on St. Catherine of Alexandria, Swing Dancing Until 4am and More! (3467)

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11/28/2013 Comment

Peter O’Toole Stars in New Film on St. Catherine of Alexandria. Follow the link by Ed West to learn more.

Peter O’Toole Stars in New Film on St. Catherine of Alexandria by Ed West - BigPulpit.com

Swing Dancing Until 4am – Denae & Allen Hebert, Catholic Sistas

Remembrance of Turkeys Past - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Real Lives of Gay Men - Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Thanksgiving Special Edition - BigPulpit.com (link repaired)

Why the Kalam Cosmological Argument Fails - Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

Is the Catechism “Extra Stuff”? – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

With the Point of a Nail – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

3 Tips from Proverbs About Finances – Robert Waruszewski, Catholic Lane

C. S. Lewis and J. F. K. – BigPulpit.com

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Seattle Seahawks’ Coach Draws Strength From Catholic Church (9763)

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is guided by the communal aspect of the faith.

11/27/2013 Comments (7)

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn

– Seahawks.com

Community has always been part of Dan Quinn’s life. Having five older siblings and going to Mass regularly from his youth have prepared him for his present-day coaching duties. As the defensive coordinator for the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks, Quinn uses, on a daily basis, what he has learned from his family and faith.

The connectedness Quinn values so highly has also been helpful in his marriage. The 43-year-old Morristown, N.J., native has benefitted from the support of his wife, Stacey. She has been with him over the years as he has moved from coast to coast for coaching changes.

Dan Quinn spoke with Register correspondent Trent Beattie in time for the Seahawks’...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Cautions Against ‘Trivialized’ Vision of Death Without Hope (4630)

The Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Creed by discussing ‘the resurrection of the body.’

11/27/2013 Comments (7)
CNA/Kerri Lenartowick

– CNA/Kerri Lenartowick

VATICAN CITY — During his general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian death, emphasizing that the resurrection of Jesus gives it light and cautioning against worldly ideas which can overcome us.

“If we allow ourselves to be taken in by this mistaken vision of death, we have no other choice than that of hiding death, of denying it or of trivializing it, so that it won’t make us afraid,” the Holy Father said in his Nov. 27 general audience.

Pope Francis closed his catechesis on the Creed by speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square about the last phrase, in which believers proclaim their belief in the “resurrection of the body.”

Bringing to light the...READ MORE

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