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Pope Delivers Series of Poignant Addresses on the Faith (2790)

This past week the Holy Father has focused on culture, faith, families, religious freedom and vocations.

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VATICAN CITY — “There is much talk about the Church of Rome; many things are said,” Pope Benedict XVI told a large gathering of seminarians in a spacious and brightly lit chapel at Rome’s largest seminary the evening of Feb. 15. “Let us hope that people also talk about our faith.”

At a time when much of the world’s media coverage of the Catholic Church has been focused on leaked documents coming from the Holy See (what has been labeled as the Vatican’s own “Wikileaks” crisis), the Pope himself has been following his own advice and focusing on delivering a series of poignant addresses on the faith.

He began the week by reassuring the faithful during his Feb. 12 Angelus address that the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: 'As Grateful as I Am for Being a Cardinal, I Really Want to Be a Saint' (4447)

New cardinal reflects on his new role.

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New Cardinal Timothy Dolan, with red biretta, a four-cornered hat, is seen during the Feb. 18 consistory ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI installed 22 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York says he is happy to be a cardinal but that he is aiming for a higher calling.

“As grateful as I am for being a cardinal, I really want to be a saint,” Cardinal Dolan said to the media after the Feb. 18 ceremony. “I mean that, and I’ve got a long way to go, but it is all about holiness; it is all about friendship with Jesus, and it is all about being a saint. And that’s what I want to be.”

Cardinal Dolan said he was particularly moved by the announcement of two new American saints at the conclusion of the consistory.

In total, Pope Benedict announced seven new saints who will be canonized on Oct. 21. The group includes Blesseds Marianne Cope and Kateri...READ MORE

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Congress Continues to Oppose HHS Mandate (2267)

Members of Congress convened last week to reiterate their support for the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—About 50 members of Congress convened to oppose the Obama administration’s contraception mandate and to voice support for legislation that would overturn it.

“We have come together to say it’s time to act to protect Americans’ most basic rights: our religious freedom and rights of conscience,” said Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., at a Feb. 15 press conference.

Fortenberry called for “swift action” on the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which he introduced in the U.S. House last March to repeal the mandate and amend the 2010 health-care overhaul to preserve conscience rights for employers and health-care providers.

The bill, which currently has 190...READ MORE

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Evangelical General Dropped by West Point Because of Views on Islam (4075)

Says a defender, 'It is a sad day when the young people being trained to defend our Constitution get to see West Point not stand up for freedom of speech and religious liberty because these things are in conflict with political correctness.'

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William Boykin’s ardent Christian beliefs finally caught up with him.

Forty years ago, they nearly got him disqualified from joining the U.S. Army’s elite Delta Force. Nine years ago, when he had attained his present rank of lieutenant general, they nearly got him fired from his job in the Bush administration.

And, recently, the evangelical Christian, now a college instructor and ordained minister, was forced to withdraw from giving a talk on spirituality to the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

In demanding West Point replace him as speaker at the annual Prayer Breakfast, his critics claimed he had in the past argued that the Constitution’s First Amendment...READ MORE

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A Dictionary for Philosophers, Dickens Not a Catholic Lover, Dawkins Fails, Lent, and much more! (3314)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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You Can Look It Up, A Dictionary for Philosophers. Click on the link by Joseph R. Wood to read more.

You Can Look It Up, A Dictionary for Philosophers – Joseph R. Wood, The Catholic Thing

Charles Dickens, Not a Lover of the Catholic Faith - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Richard Dawkins Failed His Own Orthodoxy Test, The Atheist’s Latest Assault on Fiath Only Proves His Own Lack of Humility - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Quæritur: Ashes, Very Small Children, and You - Fr. Z’s Blog

Consecrate this Lent to Jesus through Mary, a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity - Fr. Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Lenten Observances - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

What is This Shrine & Pilgrimage Thing? Is it Important to My Faith? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

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Pope Benedict Tells Cardinals 'to Bear Witness to the Joy of Christ's Love' (2186)

Holy Father reflects on the Chair of St. Peter and the Church as 'the place where God draws near to us, where he comes towards our world.'

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The Holy Father reflected on the significance of this window in St. Peter's Basilica Feb. 19.

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On Feb. 19, Pope Benedict XVI gave this homily at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, with the newly created cardinals:

Dear Cardinals,
Brother bishops and priests, dear brothers and sisters:

On this solemnity of the Chair of St. Peter, we have the joy of gathering around the altar of the Lord together with the new cardinals, whom yesterday I incorporated into the College of Cardinals. It is to them, first of all, that I offer my cordial greetings and I thank Cardinal Fernando Filoni for the gracious words he has addressed to me in the name of all.

I extend my greetings to the other cardinals and all the bishops present, as well as to the distinguished authorities, ambassadors, priests,...READ MORE

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Pray the Way of the Cross Amid God's Creation (2050)

Outdoor Stations of the Cross draw visitors: Feb. 12 issue feature.

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The devotion of meditating on the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ by making the Stations of the Cross is a centuries-old tradition.

Sometimes described as a “miniature pilgrimage” to Jerusalem’s holy sites along the Way of the Cross, the deeply prayerful devotion began in the Holy Land, then spread to other places over the centuries. In 1731, Pope Clement XII set the number of stations at 14. In 1742, Pope Benedict XIV urged the 14 stations to be installed in all churches.

The faithful can even follow Christ along the Via Crucis at outdoor shrines.

San Luis, Colo., a small town of less than a thousand residents, is home to the Stations of the Cross Shrine. The stations are situated...READ MORE

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New Evangelization Draws Students to New Colleges (5950)

Colleges Week feature from Feb. 12 issue: How Catholic identity surmounts tough economic times.

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The economy might be experiencing one of its worst times, but Catholic colleges seem to be experiencing their best times, all things considered, because of their commitment to Catholic identity.

The Augustine Institute in Denver, which offers graduate degrees on campus and through distance education, saw record enrollment this past year. “One big draw for us is our program,” said Edward Sri, provost and professor of Scripture and theology. “Particularly, our distance-education program is booming.”

The distance program was launched in 2008, and by fall 2011, it had more than 200 students. Students like how the DVD format makes them feel part of a live class, plus the flexibility of the program...READ MORE

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