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Pope Francis: Confirmation Gives Us Strength to Defend the Faith (4807)

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 (6850)

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 (2284)

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! (4000)

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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Economy Dominates 2014 State of the Union Address (1266)

President Obama called for a raise in the national minimum wage and for support of ‘entrepreneurs and small-business owners’ to help bolster ‘middle-class jobs.’

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President Barack Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address.

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WASHINGTON — Economic inequality was a major focus of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, delivered Jan. 28 to members of Congress and to the nation.

The president criticized the economic gap between “those at the top” and those “working too hard just to get by.” He called for the support of “entrepreneurs and small-business owners” to help bolster “middle-class jobs.”

In addition, he reinforced his call for Congress to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10, pointing to a handful of states and private companies that have already adopted policies boosting minimum wages for employees.

“It’s good for the economy; it’s good for America,” the president...READ MORE

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Peter Cosgrove: From College Chancellor to Australia’s Governor General (3809)

The former general in the Australian Army was named Queen Elizabeth’s representative to the country Jan. 28.

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Peter Cosgrove, the new governor general of the Commonwealth of Australia

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Gen. Peter Cosgrove has been appointed the governor general of Australia, representing Queen Elizabeth II as the country’s head of state.

A practicing Catholic, Cosgrove was chief of the Australian Defense Force during the beginning of the Iraq War. Prior to that, he served as a soldier in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during an assault on enemy positions and led peacekeeping forces in East Timor in 1999. In 2001, he was named Australian of the Year. 

Since 2010, he has served as chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, one of the largest Catholic universities in the English-speaking world, with 23,000 students. Earlier this month, on a visit to...READ MORE

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Is Purgatory in the Bible? Symbolism & the Language of the Liturgy and Much More! (2285)

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Is Purgatory in the Bible? Follow the link by Tim Staples of Catholic Answers to read more.

Cardinal O’Malley Said What? by Terry Mattingly of Get Religion - BigPulpit.com

How to Defeat Gay Activist Economic Terrorism – Acts of the Apostasy

Honesty Alert: ‘So What If Abortion Ends Life?’ 2.0 - Meghan Garcia, Ignitum Today

Symbolism & the Language of the Liturgy – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine

Little Sisters of the Poor : 1; Obama: 0 - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Is Purgatory in the Bible? - Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Prayer: A Season for Everything - Abigail Reimel, Catholic Stand

Inside the Life of a Catholic Artist – Nico Peeters, Aleteia

Not the Most Important Day - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Building the Liturgical City from...READ MORE

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Pope: ‘How Beautiful It Is to Make the Prayer of Praise’ (2937)

The Holy Father says the faithful, in order to be fruitful, must remember God and his glory and goodness.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily on Jan. 28, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of freely praising God in our prayer and warned against an attitude which can be judgmental of others who do not follow certain “formalities.”

“You’re able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord, to come out of your shell ever so slightly to sing (his praise)?” the Pope asked during Mass, held in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse.

Turning to the day’s first reading taken from the Second Book of Samuel, the Pope began his reflections by focusing on how David “danced with all his might before the Lord” in order to celebrate with Israel that the Ark of...READ MORE

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