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Before and After Reverse-Wreckovations in K.C., Are Unseen Things Real, Time in Liturgy and More! (2432)

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Before & After Reverse-Wreckovations in Kansas City. Follow the link by Shawn Tribe of New Liturgical Movement to read and view more.

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Are Unseen Things Real? – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Time in the Liturgy – Stephanie Mann, Pray the Mass.org

“Liberty & Justice for All”: Roe v. Wade’s Betrayal – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Sky God – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at War with Catholics – Kirsten Andersen, LifeSiteNews

The Original (Ecumenically Incorrect) Prayers for Church Unity – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Laws of This World are Built on Sand – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Boston Archdiocese Unveils First...READ MORE

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Desire for Freedom Celebrated, Pondered at ‘New York Encounter’ (3089)

Communion and Liberation’s annual event in the Big Apple showcases the experience of freedom in the arts, politics, business and faith.

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Paul Bhatti was one of the featured speakers.

– NewYorkEncounter.org

NEW YORK — The soaring lyrics of the black spiritual greeted the crowd gathered to celebrate the “Experience of Freedom” at the 2013 New York Encounter: “But I know this: If Jesus leads me, I shall be free one day.”

The music provided a fitting prelude to the Jan. 18-20 New York Encounter, which offered multiple perspectives on freedom, from an eye-witness account of the life and death of Shahbaz Bhatti, the slain Pakistani religious-freedom activist, to a business leader’s adventure story of exploring for natural gas and a priest’s reflections on the spiritual struggles of families in Newtown, Conn., after the killing of 20 local children and six adults at an elementary school last month....READ MORE

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Abraham Exemplifies Christian Journey, Pope Says (1934)

The Old Testament patriarch is the ‘first great role model’ of faith, the Holy Father instructs, and exemplifies the Christian longing for the ‘true homeland’ of heaven.

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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — In his weekly general audience, Pope Benedict pointed to the legacy of Abraham as an example of the Christian’s longing for the “true homeland” of heaven and as the “first great role model” of having faith in God.

“Abraham, the believer, teaches us faith and, like a stranger on earth, points out our true homeland. Faith makes us pilgrims on earth, situated in the world and in history, but on the path toward our heavenly homeland,” the Pope said Jan. 23 at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“Believing in God thus makes us heralds of values that often do not coincide with fashion or the opinion of the moment. The Christian should not be afraid to go ‘against the grain’ to live...READ MORE

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Civil-Rights Groups Criticize Vietnam for Severe Treatment of Political Dissidents (3208)

Fourteen Catholic writers and political-reform activists were sentenced to prison terms of three to 13 years.

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The Socialist Republic of Vietnam

– Wikipedia

The Jan. 13 jailing of Catholic writers and political-reform activists in Vietnam has once again spotlighted the attitude of the country’s communist rulers toward political dissent and religious freedom.

The situation in the country gained further attention Jan. 22, when Pope Benedict XVI received Nguyen Phu Trong, the secretary general of Vietnam’s Communist Party, at a Vatican audience.

After a high-security trial on Jan. 9 in Vinh, in central Vietnam, where the group of 14 faced charges, including violating Article 79 of Vietnam’s constitution — a vague stipulation banning “subversion of the administration” — the detainees were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to 13...READ MORE

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SDG’s Top Films of 2012 (13675)

A masterpiece on the importance of fatherhood, by filmmakers honored by the Vatican, is among the year’s best films.

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TOP 3. 'Barbara,' 'The Kid With a Bike' and 'Argo,' from top to bottom.

A few weeks before New Year’s, my impression was that 2012 hadn’t been a great year for movies. But, then, I had seen and reviewed fewer films than in previous years, due to my beginning diaconal studies.

Following a late sprint of catching up with some movies I’d missed, I went from wondering how to fill the slots in my “top films” lists to debating what to exclude (and that’s not including the daunting list of notable films I still haven’t seen).

I’ve known since seeing it last April that my favorite film of the year would almost certainly be the latest film from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the Belgian brothers recently honored with the Robert Bresson Prize, given each year by the...READ MORE

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Robert George: Catholic Oppression Coming Over Marriage (10055)

The Princeton professor predicts that persecution will be directed against those who oppose a redefinition of marriage.

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Robert George

WASHINGTON — A Princeton law professor has predicted increasing persecution of Catholic teaching on sexuality, amid accusations by a New York scholar that such teaching creates a culture of rape.

In a Jan. 17 email to Catholic News Agency, Robert George of Princeton University warned of rising oppression against those who oppose a redefinition of marriage.

Such persecution includes an increase in “the use of ‘anti-discrimination’ laws to violate the freedom of religious institutions and religious individuals to honor their beliefs about marriage and sexual morality,” he said.

George’s comments came amid claims by one scholar that Catholic teaching on human sexuality contributed to...READ MORE

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After 40 Years of Abortion, Bishops Voice Sorrow, Hope (1379)

Abortion remains 'the defining human-rights issue of our age,’ Cardinal Wuerl asserts.

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West Coast Walk for Life

Pro-life supporters participating in the 2012 West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco.

– West Coast Walk for Life

WASHINGTON — Church leaders across the U.S. expressed both grief and renewed determination on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout America.

“Forty years after Roe v. Wade, the scourge of abortion is still a part of our land,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, “but the faith, love and witness of our young people is a reminder to all of us that, in the end, truth, goodness, life and love will win out.”

“Abortion continues to be the defining human-rights issue of our age,” the cardinal said in a Jan. 22 blog post.

He called for “serious reflection, prayer and action” on the millions of lives that have been lost in the name of...READ MORE

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Justice Scalia Wears Martyr's Cap at Obama Inauguration, The Mystery of Suffering and More! (4472)

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Justice Scalia Wears Martyr’s Cap to Inauguration. Follow the link by Matthew Schmitz of First Things to read more.

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The Cross, the Church, and the Mystery of Suffering – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

A Beautiful Symmetry – Pavel Chichikov, StAR

A Vatican Spokesman’s Misguided Statement on Gun Control – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Welsh Starlight – Meredith Wise, Dappled Things

Some Bishops Want Your Guns – Nicholas G. Hahn III, Crisis Magazine

Ordo Militia Templi – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Life of St. Barbara Hits the Big Screen – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Fr. Schall at Eighty-Five – The Catholic Thing

Encounter with Bhatti – David Mills, First...READ MORE

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