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Trappist Monks’ Spirituality Praised as Key to Business Success (4231)

Business could learn from the culture of ‘service and selflessness’ that makes the Trappists so successful in their ventures, says entrepreneur and corporate executive August Turak.

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WASHINGTON — A spiritual focus on generous service and community is the key to success for the Trappist monks, not only in their business ventures, but in all of their pursuits, said a businessman closely acquainted with the order.

Trappist monks build a culture of “service and selflessness” in their monasteries, which explains “why the monks are so successful, not just in their business practices but in everything that they do,” said August Turak at a recent address to young professionals at the Catholic Information Center in Washington.

“There’s no such thing for the monks as balancing your personal life and your spiritual life: It's all one,” he explained.

Turak is a businessman who...READ MORE

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12 Latin Words that Shaped the Faith, The Limits of Life, The Mother of All Virtues and Much More! (4680)

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12 Latin Words that Shaped the Faith. Follow the link by Stephen Beale of Catholic Exchange to read more.

12 Latin Words that Shaped the Faith by Stephen Beale of Catholic Exchange – BigPulpit.com

The Limits of Life: Biology & the Philosophy of Nature – William E. Carroll

Does The New York Times Think Religious Freedom Violates the First Amendment? – God & Caesar

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The Mother of All Virtues – Stacy Trasancos PhD

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How Do the Two Become One? – The Alexanders, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Death of the Sarum Rite – Fr. John Hunwicke, Mutual Enrichment

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Anointing of the Sick Assures Christ’s Nearness, Pope Affirms (2491)

At his Wednesday general audience, the Holy Father gave a brief catechesis on the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.

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Pope Francis kisses a child during his Feb. 26 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Wednesday general audience Pope Francis gave a brief catechesis on the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, noting that its purpose is to bring Christ close to the recipient.

“Every time we celebrate this sacrament, the Lord Jesus, in the person of the priest, comes close to those who suffer and are gravely ill or elderly,” explained the Pope on Feb. 26.

“The special grace of this sacrament” should not cause us to fall into an “obsessive search for a miracle” or “the presumption that it can always obtain healing,” cautioned the Holy Father. Rather, “it is the certainty of the closeness of Jesus to the sick, the elderly.”

Pope Francis then went on to explain to...READ MORE

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Legion of Christ Completes Extraordinary General Chapter (5015)

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis says the congregation has dealt with the questions concerning its disgraced founder, ‘the one issue to which all the rest of the questions were connected.’

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Cardinal Velasio De Paolis delivers his homily at the Feb. 25 Mass in Rome that marked the conclusion of the Legion of Christ’s Extraoardinary General Chapter.

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ROME — The papal delegate to the Legion of Christ ended a three-year period of reform Tuesday, declaring the congregation “reconciled with themselves, with their history, with the world and the Church.”

Closing the Legion’s Extraordinary General Chapter, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis said the congregation had “looked inside themselves with a new and purified glance” and examined their current situation “in order to single out potential traces of pollution left by the founder of the Legion in their identity and action, in their legislation and way of working.”

He added that in “renewing their vocations, their self-giving to Christ and to one another, they have been freed of the burden that...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Affirms Absolute Validity of His Resignation (3013)

The Italian daily newspaper La Stampa published excerpts of a letter from the pope emeritus, who called speculation over his abdication ‘absurd.’

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Pope Benedict XVI greets participants at the Feb. 22 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica.

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VATICAN CITY — The Italian newspaper La Stampa today has published excerpts of a letter from Benedict XVI, who wrote to affirm the existence of only one pope, Francis.

“There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry,” wrote Benedict XVI in a letter published on Feb. 26.

His letter was a response to the Italian daily’s inquiries regarding “various interpretations that have been circulating in the press and on the Web regarding his gesture,” the article noted. Some have questioned whether or not Benedict XVI’s resignation was valid, a speculation the pope emeritus roundly rejected.

“The only condition for the validity of my resignation is...READ MORE

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Appellate Court Denies HHS Mandate Protection for Notre Dame (3438)

The court upheld a Jan. 1 ruling that denied injunctive relief while Notre Dame’s legal challenge to the mandate moves forward.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A Chicago appellate court has upheld a previous ruling denying the University of Notre Dame  legal protections while it moves forward in challenging the federal contraception mandate.

“We imagine that what the university wants is an order forbidding [insurer and plan administrator] Aetna and Meritain to provide any contraceptive coverage to Notre Dame staff or students, pending final judgment in the district court,” wrote Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

However, he said in the Feb. 21 decision, “we can’t issue such an order” without the insurance companies also voicing objections to the mandate.

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Facebook’s Shift on Gender Draws Catholic Criticism (12896)

Critics say the website’s decision to include more than 50 gender options beyond male and female is wrongheaded, but also reflective of how the culture currently understands sexuality.

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Screenshot of some of the ‘custom’ gender choices on Facebook's 'Diversity' page.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook’s decision to expand gender options available to the website’s users beyond male and female is receiving criticism from Catholic quarters across the country, with many calling the move misguided, but hardly a surprise.

The reactions come after the social-media platform announced the change on its "Diversity" page on Feb. 13. Facebook said the move was about making sure users “feel comfortable being [their] true, authentic self.”

“An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just ‘male’ or ‘female,’" the statement said. “So today, we’re proud to offer a new custom gender option to help you better...READ MORE

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‘We Are Brothers,’ Pope Declares in Heartfelt Message to Pentecostals (11100)

The Holy Father told the audience at Kenneth Copeland Ministries that he was speaking to them ‘heartfully’ as a ‘brother’ and that the ‘tears of love’ will help unite Christians.

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Pope Francis sent a video message to a gathering of U.S. Pentecostal leaders, voicing his “yearning” that separation between Catholics and other Christians may end.

“We have a lot of cultural riches and religious riches. And we have diverse traditions,” he said. “But we have to encounter one another as brothers.”

“Let’s give each other a spiritual embrace and let God complete the work that he has begun,” he said, adding that “the miracle of unity has begun.”

The Pope quoted a character from Alessandro Manzoni’s novel The Betrothed, who says, “I’ve never seen God begin a miracle without him finishing it well.”

“He will complete this miracle of unity,” the Holy Father...READ MORE

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