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Teaching Sisters Share Joy of Faith Through Spiritual Motherhood (9335)

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist grow from four to 120 nuns in 17 years — and continue to attract abundant vocations.

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Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, vocation director for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, with Pope Francis.

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A Catholic Schools Week Register feature interview.

Religious life in the United States has undergone a remarkable decline in the United States in the past 50 years, with once-dominant communities experiencing a dearth in new vocations and an average age well into the twilight years.

A handful of traditional communities are bucking the trend, however, and among the most notable is the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Cardinal John O’Connor of New York canonically established the community with four sisters on Feb. 9, 1997; today, there are 120 sisters whose average age is 29. Their apostolate is Catholic teaching; they operate the Spiritus...READ MORE

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‘Superpope’ Artist: Pope Francis Is a True Hero (2307)

Discussing his viral artwork, Mauro Pallotta explains that the Holy Father uses his spiritual power ‘for the good, like the superheroes of the American Marvel.’

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Roman artist Mauro Pallotta stands in front of his 'Superpope' artwork.

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VATICAN CITY — Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the Holy Father uses his papal authority “for the good.”

“I thought of representing this pope, Francis, as a superhero of the Marvel (comic-book heroes), simply because, according to me, he is one of the few people who, having a real power, as a pope, uses it for the good, like the superheroes of the American Marvel,” Pallotta told CNA on Jan. 29.

Pallotta, 41, is a painter and sculptor who has been living off his artwork in Rome for the last 15 years. Although he says he does not consider himself a street artist, that might change after images of his...READ MORE

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Little Sisters Continue Legal Fight Against HHS Mandate (4245)

After being granted temporary relief, the Little Sisters of the Poor and 500 fellow plaintiffs are set to argue their case before a federal appeals court in February.

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Mother Patricia Mary, right, and nurse Friary Nguyen visit 99-year-old resident Helen Reichenbach Jan. 2 in her room at the Mullen Home for the Aged, run by Little Sisters of the Poor, in Denver.

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WASHINGTON — Granted a reprieve by the U.S. Supreme Court from having to pay “ruinous” fines, the Little Sisters of the Poor are continuing their fight against the federal government’s contraceptive mandate.

“This is a very encouraging sign,” said Adele Keim, counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The public interest law firm is representing the Little Sisters in a pending class-action federal lawsuit that includes almost 500 other Catholic nonprofit organizations that receive health benefits through the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust and Christian Brothers Services.

On Jan. 24, the Supreme Court granted the Little Sisters and their fellow plaintiffs an...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aquila to Celebrate Mass for the Denver Broncos Before Super Bowl (11495)

The Denver archbishop, a longtime Broncos fan, will fly to New Jersey to celebrate Mass with the team prior to Sunday’s NFL championship game.

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Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila at the AFC Championship game.

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DENVER — The Archdiocese of Denver late Tuesday confirmed Archbishop Samuel Aquila will say Mass for the Denver Broncos prior to their Super Bowl XLVIII matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. 

“I have been edified by the example of many NFL athletes and coaches and their families who make the effort throughout the football season to attend Sunday Mass,” Archbishop Aquila said in a statement issued to the Register. “I enjoy sports, and I’m a longtime Broncos fan from when I went to school at CU [University of Colorado] Boulder. Even when I was bishop of Fargo, I followed and rooted for the Broncos.”

The archbishop will celebrate Mass for the team on Saturday evening at the team hotel in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Confirmation Gives Us Strength to Defend the Faith (4757)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father said confirmation ensures that a Christian’s life is infused with the Holy Spirit and embodied in Jesus’ image ‘for us to love like him.’

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VATICAN CITY – In his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of confirmation, explaining to Christians that this sacrament is intrinsically linked to their baptism and fortifies their relationship with the Church.

“[Confirmation] unites us more firmly to Christ,” the Pope said in his Jan. 29 general audience. “It strengthens our relationship with the Church, and it gives us a special strength from the Holy Spirit to defend the faith and confess the name of Christ.”

The Pope began his weekly audience by addressing the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square, stating, “Dear brothers and sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the seven sacraments, we...READ MORE

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Israel’s Abortion Expansion (6845)

The national health ministry has approved a multimillion-dollar package to provide free abortions to all women aged 20 to 33, regardless of the circumstances.

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JERUSALEM — Since Jan. 1, the "health basket" of medications and services covered by Israel’s universal health-care system has included free abortions to all women aged 20 to 33, regardless of the circumstances.

Until now, government-funded abortions have been reserved for women under 19 or over 40 and in cases where the unborn child has a severe defect, the mother’s life is endangered or the pregnancy is a result of sexual abuse. In other cases — for example, if a woman believes the pregnancy will cause her harm, physically or emotionally — she has had to pay for the procedure herself.

Up to 6,300 women who could not otherwise afford an abortion will be able to do so now, due to the...READ MORE

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Opus Dei Bishop Showed ‘Enormous Faith,’ Biographer Says (2282)

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, who will be beatified in Madrid in September, dedicated his life to selflessly serving the Church he loved.

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St. Josemaría Escrivá (l) with Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

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NEW YORK — The upcoming beatification of Opus Dei lead prelate Bishop Alvaro del Portillo brings to prominence a man of deep faith and love of God, according to his biographer.

“He was someone who reached out to all kinds of people. He would befriend the doormen in the Vatican. They’d come over and say hello to him. He was interested in everybody,” Seton Hall University professor John Coverdale told CNA Jan. 24.

“There can’t be too many people who take up interest in the doorman.”

Bishop del Portillo, a native of Madrid, headed the personal prelature of Opus Dei from 1975 until his death in 1994. He will be beatified in Madrid on Sept. 27, with Cardinal Angelo Amato of the...READ MORE

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12 Secrets of Happily Married Women; Why Materialism Restricts Science, Not Christianity and More! (3993)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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12 Secrets of Happily Married Women. Follow the link by Theresa Thomas of Everyday Catholic to read more.

12 Secrets of Happily Married Women by Theresa Thomas of Everyday Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Blessed Maria Bolognesi, Mystic, Stigmatic, Layperson - Mystics of the Church

Why Materialism Restricts Science, Not Christianity – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Pope Francis, Between Roncalli’s & Martini’s Utopias – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican

Forgiveness: Love’s Companion – Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

Do All Religions Deserve Respect? - Joseph G. Trabbic, Crisis Magazine

Doug Kmiec Jumps Shark – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Satan, Sin & Sociology – Anne Hendershott, The CWR Blog

Salvation Outside the Church – Siobhan Benitez, Ignitum Today

Prayer to Saint Thomas...READ MORE

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