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St. Malachy Prophecy and B16, In Defense of Holy Images, 5 Resources for Catholic Artists and More! (4260)

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02/21/2013 Comment

St. Malachy Prophecy, Why Pope Benedict is the "Glory of the Olive". Follow the link by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

St. Malachy Prophecy, Why Pope Benedict is the "Glory of the Olive" by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

In Defense of Holy Images: Eight Pearls of Wisdom from St. John Damascene – Saint Peter's List

Five Resources For Catholic Artists – Burke Ingraffia, Catholic Stand

Benedict Face to Face with Islam – Andrew Doran JD, First Things/On the Square

The Alleged Conflict Between Science & Faith – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Bells and Smells of Mass, Why Our Senses Matter When We Worship – BrigitJ, Catholic Sistas

Peter Rabbit and the Fall of Man – Connie Rossini, Contemplative Homeschool

What are the Real Differences between Cardinals Mahony and Gomez? –...READ MORE

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Father Fessio’s Pope Benedict (7124)

The founder of Ignatius Press has been powerfully influenced, personally as well as professionally, by his 40-year friendship with the Holy Father.

02/20/2013 Comments (9)
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SAN FRANCISCO — As the founder of Ignatius Press, a leading publisher of Catholic theological works, Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio has tackled his fair share of turgid academic prose.

Thus he is especially appreciative of Pope Benedict XVI’s clarity — not only in his writing, but also his public statements.

In both cases, said Father Fessio, the Pope uses simple images and words to present complex themes and teachings.

Father Fessio has known Pope Benedict XVI since 1972, when the American priest began doctoral studies at the University of Regensburg, where then-Father Joseph Ratzinger had a strong following among graduate students.

Father Ratzinger was just 45 years old when the...READ MORE

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Pope Considering Changes to Papal Election Rules (3164)

But it’s still uncertain whether the Holy Father will authorize an earlier start date for next month’s papal conclave.

02/20/2013 Comments (1)
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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi

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VATICAN — Pope Benedict XVI is considering modifying the laws that govern how a pope is elected, given the circumstances created by his resignation.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists Feb. 20 that Pope Benedict is thinking about publishing a document to further clarify the conclave section of the apostolic constitution.

This means he would have to issue a motu proprio — a new set of legal regulations — before he steps down on Feb. 28. The Latin title motu proprio is a designation that means the document is personally signed by the pope and is issued solely under his authority.

“I don’t know if he will deem it necessary or appropriate to...READ MORE

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Pope Names, Benedict XVI's Coming Revolution Over State-Funded Catholic Charity and More! (2223)

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02/20/2013 Comment

Pope Names. Follow the link by Jeffrey Miller of the Curt Jester blog to read more.

Pope Names by Jeffrey Miller of the Curt Jester blog – Big Pulpit

Benedict’s Coming Revolution Over State-Funded Catholic Charity – Christopher Manion PhD SMOM, Crisis Magazine

Pope Benedict’s African Legacy – Obianuju Ekeocha, Catholic Stand

Petrus Beatus Catenarum Laqueos: Feast of Chair of Peter Hymn – Kathleen Pluth MATh, The Chant Café

A Short Discourse on Love – Ink Not Quill, Ignitum Today

Four Ways Les Misérables Converted Me – Melissa Keating, Focus Blog

One Man’s Heaven is Another Man’s All-You-Can-Eat Dessert Buffet – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Sedevacantists Shall Be Right, Momentarily – Patrick Coffin, Catholic Answers

Conclave and Prophecy 2013...READ MORE

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Court Sides With Texas Teen Against Forced Abortion (1731)

‘This is a tremendous victory, and another life has been saved,’ says a state pro-life leader.

02/20/2013 Comments (4)

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HOUSTON — A pregnant Texas 16-year-old on Monday won a legal injunction against her parents, whom she accused of trying to coerce her into an abortion.

“This is a tremendous victory, and another life has been saved,” said Greg Terra, president of the Texas Center for Defense of Life, on Feb. 18.

“We are extremely happy with the judge’s decision today, and we are very proud of our teenage client for being strong enough to stand against her parents to save her unborn child’s life.”

Attorneys from Terra’s organization are representing the teen.

After the legal injunction, the Harris County teenager, identified in court documents only as R.E.K., reached an agreement with her parents...READ MORE

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Mary: The Dwelling Place of Wisdom in Body and Soul (5214)

COMMENTARY: Part 3 in a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

02/20/2013 Comments (6)

Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, sixth-century icon from St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai.

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The Old Testament “patron saint” of wisdom was, as we noted last time, King Solomon. Given his choice of all the goodies the world offers, Solomon chose wisdom and was both commended by God for it and rewarded with an answer to his prayer.

As we also saw, the thing that marks out wisdom in the Jewish tradition is an emphasis on incarnating the heavenly in the things of earth. So Proverbs shows us wisdom as a sort of co-worker with God, working at his side to build the universe:

“The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago, I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when...READ MORE

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Down Syndrome Orphans Find the Reece’s Rainbow Connection (5091)

American families are being enriched through the adoption of children who are neglected in their native countries.

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Pictures courtesy of Meg and Ryan Stout.

– Pictures courtesy of Meg and Ryan Stout.

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Meg and Ryan Stout were not looking to adopt a baby with Down syndrome. But, after years of infertility and prayer, they found their son Paul with the help and financial support of Reece’s Rainbow.

“We’re faithful Catholics, and we felt like God was calling us to adopt one of these children from Ukraine,” Meg Stout said. “International adoption was not something previously on our radar, nor was adopting a child with special needs, but we were confident this was God's will, and so we moved forward.”

The Ryans discovered Paul, now 18 months, in February 2012 through Reece’s Rainbow. The nonprofit U.S.-based adoption apostolate raises funds to connect families like...READ MORE

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Youth: Benedict XVI Has Shared the Joy of Faith With Us (908)

Young Catholic convert recalls papal Easter Mass: 'The joy of Easter was present in his demeanor. His connection to Our Lord was evident in his bright eyes and smile.'

02/20/2013 Comment

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to conclude his duties as Holy Father, young Catholics are recalling his marked efforts to renew the faith of the youth throughout the world.

Catholic youth speaker and author Chris Stefanick told Catholic News Agency that the Pope has been “extremely effective with young people” because of the “amazing clarity” and “humility with which he has carried out his pontificate.”

Echoing his predecessor’s call for a New Evangelization, Pope Benedict often spoke of the importance of taking the Gospel message to all parts of the world, including to what he called “the digital continent.”

Stefanick noted that, although the Church “has been talking about New...READ MORE

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