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The Vatican and War (3310)

Saturday Book Pick: How two popes named Pius took different approaches to powers threatening peace in Europe.

04/14/2012 Comments (3)

The international situation between the world wars was very complicated: Ideologies like fascism and communism were taking hold of countries, governments and political systems.

Although Pope Pius XI (Achille Ratti, whose pontificate covered 1922 to 1939) harshly condemned those anti-Christian ideologies, the Vatican also signed treaties with countries like Italy (Lateran Treaty) and Germany (1933 Concordat) out of concern for Catholics living there. How do we explain this?

Emma Fattorini examines the complexities of that era’s Vatican diplomacy.

Pius XI was uncompromising towards authoritarian regimes; that attitude was not shared by his Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli (the...READ MORE

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Actor Andy Garcia Fights for Religious Freedom in 'For Greater Glory' (8629)

The true story of the Cristero Army's epic battle against the Mexican government's persecution of Catholics is a timely tale.

04/13/2012 Comments (9)
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Andy Garcia stars as Gen. Enrique Gorostieta.

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In the film For Greater Glory, which opens April 20 in Mexico and June 1 in the U.S., actor Andy Garcia plays the lead role of atheistic Gen. Enrique Gorostieta, who is hired to lead the Cristero Army — so-called because they were fighting for Cristo Rey (Christ the King) — in its 1926-1929 fight against the Mexican government, which was persecuting Catholics.

He recently spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the movie and his role.

What motivated you to take the role of Gen. Enrique Gorostieta in For Greater Glory?

I knew nothing about this story and was intrigued that it actually happened. So, No. 1, I was interested that something like this happened, and I hadn’t been...READ MORE

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Pray the Family Rosary, Distractions and All (12208)

April 8 issue feature.

04/13/2012 Comment

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Praying the family Rosary is a challenge, especially if you have young children. Distractions are the rule, not the exception. I remember one afternoon praying together when a UPS truck parked across the street, and as we recited Hail Marys, all eyes surreptitiously watched the windows to see if a package would be coming to our house. And when the baby’s on the floor, it’s often a recipe for disaster, as the baby is fascinated by the colorful soles of her siblings’ sneakers, which are all turned up as we kneel, and we have to stop her from chewing on them.

But having toddlers in the room can present even more obstacles to meditation. Just last week we were praying the Rosary, and our...READ MORE

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How to Qualify as a Virgin, Parish Revitalizes Small Town, Life after Lesbianism, and much more! (4831)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/13/2012 Comment

Quæritur: A Saint’s Qualification for the Title “Virgin”. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read and find out more.

Quæritur: A Saint’s Qualification for the Title “Virgin” - Fr. Z's Blog

Catholic Parish Plays Big Part in Small Town’s Revitalization Project - California Catholic Daily

Life after Lesbianism - Catholic Sistas

Dress for [Liturgical] Success - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Crazy Mel (Gibson) - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Post-Abortive Counseling, Transformative Experience for Priests - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Marriage is Overwhelming - Kayla Peterson, Ignitum Today

The Booming Wyoming Carmelites - New Oxford Review

An Interview with a Saint - Anita Crane, Crisis Magazine

Saint Jerome Emiliani - Catholic Lane

"The Neocatechumenal Way"...READ MORE

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Bishop Bruskewitz Reflects on His Work for the Church and Calls on Laity to Boldly Evangelize (2888)

'We have to face seeing people where they are and bringing Christ to people where they are,' says the bishop as he nears retirement.

04/13/2012 Comments (4)

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As he nears retirement, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., reflected on the importance of the laity in modern culture, observing that well-formed men and women can bring Christ into the workplace and other areas where clergy cannot.

“We have to face seeing people where they are and bringing Christ to people where they are,” the bishop told CNA in Rome March 14.

During a recent ad limina visit with Pope Benedict, the 76-year-old bishop noted in an interview that Catholic laity have an irreplaceable duty in sanctifying the world.

He also had pointed remarks for those who identify as Catholics in the U.S. but work to advance policies that harm the Church and morality. “They...READ MORE

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Marian Priest Previews Divine Mercy Sunday Announcement (7718)

Father Michael Gaitley expands order’s online outreach.

04/13/2012 Comments (10)

Marian Father Michael Gaitley

Father Michael Gaitley is quickly becoming known for promoting the Divine Mercy through every means possible. A priest of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, he is director of the Association of Marian Helpers, which assists others in growing spiritually and raises funds for seminarians.

He has two best-selling books in print and speaks at events around the country. Aside from all this, he is also launching a new parish-evangelization program.

But Father Gaitley, 35, has not always possessed such dedication to the Divine Mercy. Growing up in southern California, he dreamed of becoming a professional beach volleyball player. He even saw his spiritual life at the time through the...READ MORE

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All Happy Trails Lead West, Holy Week Varia, Paul Ryan and Subsidiarity, and much more! (2382)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/13/2012 Comment

All Happy Trails Lead West. Click on the link by Michael Platt to read more.

All Happy Trails Lead West - Michael Platt, Crisis Magazine

Holy Week Varia: Cincinnati, Philadelphia, London - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Paul Ryan and Subsidiarity - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Did You Know the Church Urges Support for Homosexual Catholics - Melinda Selmys, OSV Newsweekly

What is a "Low Quality" of Life? - Andrew and Cristina, Ignitum Today

Melinda Gates: I’m Catholic & Contraception is Not Controversial - Timothy Herrmann, Turtle Bay and Beyond

Meet "Mister Uterus"! - Restore D.C. Catholicism

The Ethics of Genetic Testing: Part 1 - Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

The Growing Cult of Santa Muerte - Matthew Cantirino, First Things/First...READ MORE

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Excerpts From 'Our First, Most Cherished Liberty' (2368)

New USCCB statement on religious liberty: 'What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free ... society — or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good.'

04/12/2012 Comments (2)

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We need … to speak frankly with each other when our freedoms are threatened. Now is such a time. As Catholic bishops and American citizens, we address an urgent summons to our fellow Catholics and fellow Americans to be on guard, for religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad.

[Regarding the HHS “contraception mandate”] In an unprecedented way, the federal government will both force religious institutions to facilitate and fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching and purport to define which religious institutions are "religious enough" to merit protection of their religious liberty. These features of the "preventive services" mandate amount to an unjust law.


Filed under bishops, contraception, marriage, our first, most cherished freedom, religious freedom, religious liberty, usccb

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