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Fortitude Goes Beyond Courage (6542)

A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Naaman and Elisha, detail of a painting by Pieter de Grebber (1600–1652)

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As noted previously in this series, grace perfects nature. So we saw that the natural virtue of prudence is elevated by grace in the gift of counsel.

Similarly, fortitude is singular, in that it is both a cardinal virtue and a gift of the Holy Spirit. It comes after the gift of counsel because it gives us the guts to do what the gift of counsel tells our conscience must be done to obey Jesus.

Spiritual fortitude is sometimes called courage, and certainly it is related to courage. But it also goes beyond courage, which relates more to natural fortitude. The natural virtue of fortitude has in view earthly objects and tends to feed off earthly rewards and seek earthly goals.

So, for...READ MORE

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‘The Croods’: New Caveman Comedy Is No ‘Brave’ (4112)

Movie Offers Teenage Rebellion and Advocates Self-Autonomous Individuality.

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Contrary to geneticists’ grim predictions, redheads are on the rise. At least, that is, in the virtual world of computer-animated movies.

Last year, Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave introduced us to Princess Merida, a bonnie lass with wild, flaming locks. The crimson tide continues with Eep, the auburn-haired teen heroine of The Croods, Dreamworks Animation’s caveman comedy.

Like Merida, Eep (voiced by Emma Stone) is a restless soul with an insatiable curiosity about what lies beyond the constricting confines of hearth and home — here, a rock den that she shares with her Neanderthal kin: prehistoric patriarch, Grug (Nicolas Cage); mom, Ugga (Catherine Keener); kid brother, Thunk (Clark...READ MORE

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Despite Threat, Lawyer Thinks Miami Sisters Can Continue Outreach (2985)

The Missionaries of Charity have been ministering to Miami’s poorest of the poor since 1980.

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Blessed Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

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MIAMI — After the city of Miami issued a violation to the Missionaries of Charity for “operating a business without a license,” a lawyer providing legal support said he is confident the city will withdraw the notice.

“The city has full knowledge” of the sisters’ work and has given them “numerous approvals over the years,” attorney Tom Equels told Catholic News Agency April 4.

“Sometimes they forget, so I’m going to do my best to remind them.”

On March 20, inspector Cornellius Pierre of Miami issued a notice of violation to “Missionaries of Charity, Inc.” for “failure to obtain a valid certificate of use for the type of business being conducted.”

The notice stated that if the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Confirms Strong Stance Against Clerical Abuse (2530)

The Holy Father said that victims of abuse and their suffering are especially present in his thoughts and prayers.

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Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican process established by Benedict XVI for handling instances of sexual abuse by priests.

The Pope told Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who is responsible for abuse cases, to “continue the line desired by Benedict XVI of decisive action regarding cases of sexual abuse,” according to an April 5 statement from the congregation.

He also underscored that “victims of abuse and their suffering are especially present in his thoughts and prayers.”

Pope Francis made his comments during a morning audience with the archbishop.

The main measures that the congregation is responsible for...READ MORE

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Story of Pope’s Desire to Visit Sicily Emerges (2620)

Pope Francis, like John Paul II, invites guests to attend Mass in his private chapel and then invites them for breakfast.

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Pope Francis greets people after celebrating Mass at St. Anne's parish on March 17.

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ROME — Some might call it fate, but through a series of Providential connections, Bishop Michele Pennisi discovered that Pope Francis wants to visit Sicily “as soon as possible.”

The story begins with Father Pasquale Di Dio waiting for Pope Francis outside the Vatican parish of Sant’Anna on March 17, standing next to an Argentinian priest.

“The Pope,” Father Di Dio related in an April 2 interview with Catholic News Agency, “recognized and called by name the Argentinian priest, telling him to come into the church. I followed him. This is how I could have access to the Mass in Sant’Anna.”

After the Mass, Father Di Dio gave the Pope’s secretary, Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, a letter for Pope...READ MORE

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Fiftieth Prayer for Vocations Day to Focus on Hope (2125)

The 2013 World Day of Prayer for Vocations will take place on April 21, the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

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Mazur

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WASHINGTON — As the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations draws near, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared resources emphasizing the hope that religious vocations offer to the world.

“We need good holy priests and dedicated men and women committed to the consecrated life to help build the Kingdom of God here and now,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

“Therefore, we want a stronger culture of vocations in our own nation to help each Catholic realize that we all have a responsibility to invite young people to consider if God is calling them to the priesthood or consecrated...READ MORE

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‘How I Believe in Roger Ebert’ (20100)

Reflections from the Register’s film writer on the passing of the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, TV host and blogger.

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Roger Ebert as an altar boy (second from right).

Just over a month before his death on Easter Thursday, Roger Ebert wrote a blog post titled “How I Am a Roman Catholic” — a follow-up of sorts to a 2009 post called “How I Believe in God.”

For years I’d been toying with the idea of a response to that 2009 piece called “How I Believe in Roger Ebert”; for the last four weeks I’d been hoping to get to it sooner rather than later. I had hoped he might read it, perhaps even interact with it, as he had with at least two other pieces I wrote. Alas, I waited too long.

It goes without saying that, like many film critics writing today, I am incalculably indebted to Ebert. Of course I grew up watching him discuss and debate movies with Gene Siskel...READ MORE

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U.N. Secretary General to Meet Pope Next Week (3789)

The Vatican says Ban Ki-moon will meet the Holy Father April 9, at the end of his official visit to Europe.

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will welcome United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Vatican next week, his first private audience with a world leader since his inauguration.

The South Korean U.N. chief will be making an unscheduled visit to the Vatican on Tuesday, April 9, the Vatican confirmed to the Register. His visit will come at the end of an official European trip that has included stops in San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Spain and the Netherlands.

Increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula are expected to top the agenda, as well as the conflict in Syria and conflicts in other parts of the Middle East and Africa. 

A Vatican official told the Register that the U.N....READ MORE

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