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Want to Direct History? Chants for Thanksgiving; Blessed Mother Teresa's Dark Night and More! (3343)

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11/23/2013 Comment

Want to Direct the Course of History? Try This. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

Want to Direct the Course of History? Try This by Msgr. Charles Pope - BigPulpit.com

Proper Chants for Thanksgiving (Roman Missal Antiphons) – Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” - Ralph Martin, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Theory & Practice of Solidarity – Fr. Maciej Ziba OP, First Thoughts

The Eternal Liturgy vs. Contemporary Worship - Byz Pulpit

Can the Church Save the Black American Community? – David L. Gray, Aleteia

Abortion Theater - God & Caesar

American Catholicism: A Schism Set in Amber – Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Proof of God via Business Consultant - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

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Conference Reaffirms Need for New Evangelization in Americas (4559)

Church leaders from North and South America gathered in Mexico City with Vatican officials to discuss the blessings and challenges to faith in the region.

11/22/2013 Comments (3)
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MEXICO CITY — A meeting of Church leaders from North, South and Central America considered the region’s common blessings and challenges, highlighting the importance of evangelization rooted in the love of Christ.

In a culture that grows increasingly hostile to the faith, we see a shift from “a strong cultural Catholicism to an ‘intentional Catholicism,’” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

“The transition … urgently requires a new type of evangelization and a new apologetics that will respond to the questions that people have,” he explained. “To continue to do things as we have in the past simply no longer works.”

Cardinal José Robles Ortega of Guadalajara, Mexico, added that...READ MORE

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Archbishop Rejects Misuse of Pope’s Words to Justify Illinois’ Redefinition of Marriage (5720)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Pope Francis forcefully opposed same-sex ‘marriage’ in Argentina and asked Catholics to defend the family.

11/22/2013 Comments (19)


CHICAGO — As same-sex “marriage” becomes law in Illinois, the U.S. bishops’ head of marriage-defense issues has lamented the “disgraceful” misuse of Pope Francis’ words to justify the institution’s redefinition to accommodate same-sex couples.

“Pope Francis has forcefully reminded us that we are to show love and respect to all people and to seek their greatest good, and he, therefore, continues to clearly promote and defend marriage and family, recognizing that this is in everyone’s best interest as members of a common society,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

The archbishop...READ MORE

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John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis: Where Are They Now? (6310)


11/22/2013 Comments (19)

At 5:30pm (U.K. time) on Nov. 22, 1963, C.S. Lewis collapsed in his home in Oxford after a long illness and died a few minutes later. At the same time, across the Atlantic, President John F. Kennedy was landing at the Dallas airport after the short flight from Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas. Within an hour, the fatal shots were fired that ended the president’s life.

Not surprisingly, the assassination of the U.S. president eclipsed the news of the death of the British writer, the latter’s death going almost unnoticed, buried in the small print beneath the JFK-dominated headlines. Today, 50 years on, it is interesting to ponder how the reputations of the two men have fared....READ MORE

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Scalfari Confesses: Pope’s Words in Interview May Not Have Been His Own (21578)

The author of the controversial Pope Francis interview in La Repubblica said he wrote the Pope’s answers ‘with my own words.’

11/22/2013 Comments (17)
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VATICAN CITY — Editor Eugenio Scalfari has conceded it is “really possible” that some of the Pope's words he reported in the interview published in La Repubblica Oct. 1 “were not shared by the Pope himself.”

Last month's interview led to several criticisms of Pope Francis, notably Scalfari quoting the Pope saying of conscience that “everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”

According to Scalfari's reporting of Pope Francis' words, he also described the Roman Curia as a “leprosy.”

After the interview was published, Vatican press director Father Federico...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Phone Call Surprises School Teacher and Students (5689)

The Holy Father called the teacher who had sent him photos of children who died from cancer due to the Mafia dumping toxic waste.

11/22/2013 Comments (7)


ROME — Pope Francis brought joy and excitement to a woman religious and her class of elementary students with an impromptu telephone call during the school day.

According to the Italian daily newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Pope Francis surprised Sister Teresa with a call to her cellphone on Nov. 18. 

She said that, during the middle of her fifth-grade class, her cellphone began to ring, and when she answered, the voice said, “It’s the Pope, Pope Bergoglio!”

Upon hearing the Pope’s voice, Sister Teresa could not contain her emotion.

“The Pope, the Pope is calling me on the phone!” she told her students at the Italian school, operated by the Daughters of St. Ann in Casal di...READ MORE

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‘The Christmas Candle’ Celebrates Advent (8867)

Rick Santorum on the new family-friendly film his company has produced and his own family’s holiday preparations.

11/22/2013 Comments (16)

Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum works from a different platform these days.

He is producing and distributing family-friendly movies as the new CEO of EchoLight Studios, an inspirational film company headquartered in Dallas.

This Advent, the company is bringing The Christmas Candle to theaters.

The film, based on bestselling author Max Lucado’s book of the same name, focuses on the Advent season.

Set in the heart of the 1890s’ English countryside, in the village of Gladbury, the movie dramatizes what happens when an age-old Christmas miracle and cherished traditions confront progressive thinking.

The authentic look of the film comes from being filmed...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls for Full Religious Freedom in the Middle East, Room at the Table and Much More! (2769)

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11/22/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Demands Full Religious Freedom in the Middle East for Christians. Follow the link to read more.

Pope Francis Demands Full Religious Freedom in the Middle East for Christians – BigPulpit.com

The Scottish Controversy - Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Law Blog

“Same Love”? – Julie Machado, Catholic Stand

Battle Lines Solidify Over Common Core - Anne Hendershott, The CWR Blog

C. S. Lewis and J. F. K. - BigPulpit.com

Room at the Table - Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

“Love Is Love”? Not to a Homosexual It Isn’t - Fr. Paul Scalia

The 5-Step “Lectio Divina” Method to Scripture - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Ambrosian Rite & the Traditional Lectionary - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

3 Words That Can Change Your Life - Msgr. Charles Pope

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