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Catholic Youth Congress Highlights Friendship With Christ (2634)

Hundreds of young people took part in the 2013 Convivio Youth Congress.

03/19/2013 Comment
Elmer Castillo

Convivio 2013

– Elmer Castillo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Hundreds of high-school students attended the 2013 Convivio Youth Congress in Connecticut March 8-10 to talk about the Christian faith, grow spiritually and consider the meaning of friendship today.

Florencia Silva, youth-ministry director for the Diocese of Bridgeport, said the event is intended “to help kids encounter Christ and grow in their friendship with him.”

Friendship, she noted, is “a very important topic” for teenagers, since contemporary culture “doesn’t help people form real relationships.”

“Many times, the young people feel very isolated and alone, and it’s very hard for them to find relationships,” she added.

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Architect Says Churches Must Be Beautiful to Reflect Faith (4738)

New book is meant to guide pastors, parishioners and architects as they set out to renovate or build new churches.

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A view of the transept of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., courtesy of Duncan Stroik.

– Stephen Schafer/schafphoto

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Because they help impart the Catholic faith to the world, Church buildings have a responsibility to reflect God’s beauty, says architect and author Duncan Stroik.

“You learn your faith through the [church] building; they’re sermons in stone, and that’s why they’re so important,” said Stroik, a professor at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture.

“There’s no question in my mind that the architecture we built in the last 40 years did not help us in retaining the faith of the young and didn’t do a great job in evangelizing,” added Stroik, who penned the recent book The Church Building as a Sacred Place (December 2012, Liturgy Training Publications).

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Everything About The Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis, Latin American Sacred Music and Much More! (3495)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/19/2013 Comments (1)

Everything About The Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis. Follow the link via Big Pulpit.

Everything About The Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis - Big Pulpit

Latin American Sacred Music: An Overview – Michael Lawrence, The Chant Café

Pontifical Anthem – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Praying to Dead Folks – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Is Religious Liberty Truly Threatened? – Jason Hall, Catholic Stand

Humility and Matthew Crawley – Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Pope Francis and His Typewriter by Thomas L. McDonald of the God and the Machine blog - Big Pulpit

Nova aut Vetera? – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Preparing for the Next Conclave – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of the Law

The Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage – William M....READ MORE

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Attack of the Drones Raises Just-War Concerns (3896)

Moral theologians and philosophers question both the legitimacy and the effectiveness of using drones against foreign-based terrorist targets.

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MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft

– U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt/Wikipedia

WASHINGTON  — The constant buzzing of weaponized drones flying overhead and the dreadful hiss of Hellfire missiles are a feared part of life among civilians in some villages far away from the borders of the United States. But the U.S. government’s biggest open secret — the use of aerial drones for targeted killing of alleged terrorists and their associates — has come under renewed moral scrutiny by Catholic theologians and just-war theorists.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s nearly 13-hour filibuster of CIA Director John Brennan’s confirmation on March 6 put the U.S. government’s targeted killing of suspected al Qaeda militants and associated forces with strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles...READ MORE

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Congressional Delegates Praise Pope’s Loving Example (2795)

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., led a group of representatives to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass.

03/19/2013 Comments (3)

Rep. Chris Smith

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress who traveled to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis praised the new Pope as a spiritual leader who presents the fullness of Church teaching in love.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said that it is “really an honor” to both “symbolically and tangibly represent the House of Representatives” at the Pope’s installation Mass on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

Smith led a bipartisan delegation representing the U.S. Congress to the Vatican. Members of the delegation attended the inaugural Mass at St. Peter’s Square, which commemorated the Pope’s entrance into the papacy.

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Pope Francis: Renewal Not Reform, 12-Step ‘Pride Elimination’ Plan and Much More! (5092)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/19/2013 Comment

Renewal Not Reform. Follow the link by Fr. James Bradley to read more.

Renewal Not Reform by Fr. James Bradley of the Catholic Herald website - Big Pulpit

Twelve-Step “Pride Elimination” Plan – Donald DeMarco PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Five Reasons I Love Pope Francis – Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

Father Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor – Joseph Pearce, Truth and Charity Forum

Top Ten Reasons Why President Obama is Not Satan – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

We Have Betrayed Iraqi Christians Twice – Mardean Isaac, Catholic Herald

Is Faith Objective or Subjective? – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Historians Criticize History Channel’s “The Bible” – John Fea, First Things/First Thoughts

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Pope Francis’ Million-Man Mass (8336)

That’s how many people might attend the Holy Father’s March 19 inauguration, along with delegations from 132 countries.

03/18/2013 Comments (28)

Pope Francis' Papal Shield

VATICAN CITY — Delegations from 132 countries have confirmed their presence at what promises to be a very well-attended and momentous inaugural Mass for Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square tomorrow.

Rome authorities are preparing for up to a million people to attend the official start of Pope Francis’ pontificate, although, being a weekday, it’s unlikely numbers will be that high.

Seated on the Holy Father’s right, in front of the facade of the basilica, will be 250 cardinals, bishops and archbishops and — for the first time in over 1,000 years at a Mass of this kind — the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

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Holy Father’s Election: Surprise Within Continuity (3459)

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03/18/2013 Comments (3)
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Like many, I was somewhat surprised when Pope Francis was elected.

Based on information that had leaked out about the 2005 conclave, I knew that he was a strong candidate back then, apparently amassing the second-highest number of votes. (Cardinal Ratzinger, obviously, got the most.)

Some were discussing him as a possible pope this time; yet, after Pope Benedict’s resignation on age-related grounds, I didn’t expect the election of Cardinal Bergoglio — who, at age 76, is just two years younger than Pope Benedict was when he was elected.

We’re all obviously still getting to know him, but what can we say about Pope Francis thus far? How does he compare to his recent predecessors?

 

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