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Benedict’s Men: U.S. Vocations Strengthen During His Eight-Year Papacy (13770)

Seminarians and young priests credit the Holy Father’s example of fidelity with opening their own hearts to the call of Christ.

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Pope Benedict speaks April 19, 2008, to a Young Catholics event at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y.

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WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy may have lasted eight years, but the retiring Holy Father and his reforms have left their mark on the American priesthood and sparked a new uptick in vocations.

Father Michael Roche, 34, remembers when he left his desk at a Pittsburgh accounting firm to watch the news of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s election to the papacy in 2005.

“I was just thrilled and filled with tremendous joy,” Father Roche recalled. He had walked away from his cubicle at the Grossman, Yanak and Ford building upon hearing the news of “white smoke” to watch the television in the company cafeteria. He was a layman asking questions about his vocation at the time and felt a...READ MORE

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The Rise of Religious Orders, 3 Very Different Roads that Led to Rome, Choose Your Pope and More! (2655)

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Three Very Different Roads that Led to Rome – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Choose Your Pope! – D. McClarey, The American Catholic

Five Ways Catholics Can Make a Difference – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Are You Swatting at Flies? – P. D. Yoko, Catholic Stand

Abstinence from Meat and Family Gatherings After Death of Loved One – Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers

Eavesdropping on the Sacra Conversazione – Emi Parker, Ignitum Today

Forgiveness and the Gospel of Life – Roland Millare, Truth and Charity Forum

Pope Benedict XVI Experienced Hatred on Twitter – Big Pulpit

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Pro-Life Groups Urge Grassroots ‘Call to Conscience’ (2117)

Initiative asks Congress to include conscience protection in essential legislation in response to the HHS mandate.

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WASHINGTON — In response to ongoing controversy over the federal contraception mandate, a diverse coalition of more than 30 pro-life groups is urging Congress to include conscience protections in any new government funding legislation.

“There must be no religious ‘test’ by the government as to who, and what type of entities, are entitled to a conscience,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of Susan B. Anthony List, one of the groups in the Call to Conscience campaign.

“Congress must act immediately to ensure the right of citizens to be free from government compulsion of this most fundamental issue,” she said.

The campaign is found at Call2Conscience.com, a grassroots action...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Thanks Pope for Guidance and Humble Example (1844)

Approximately 3,000 people gathered at the National Shrine in Washington for a Mass of thanksgiving for the service of the Pope.

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WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict’s eight years of service to the Church should leave the faithful filled with gratitude and renewed in both faith and love, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington.

“We are able to recognize that our Holy Father’s action speaks to us of his greatness and his ability to recognize the needs of the Church universal today,” the cardinal said at a Feb. 24 Mass of Thanksgiving for the service of Pope Benedict XVI.

Around 3,000 people gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Mass.

In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl voiced gratitude to the Holy Father for his leadership and loving care.

He explained that “our hearts are...READ MORE

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Korean War Chaplain Slated to Receive Medal of Honor (1853)

Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun recognized for his heroic service in the U.S. Army.

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WICHITA, Kan. — A former Kansas congressman, Todd Tiahrt, has indicated that Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Medal of Honor later this year, prompting excitement from those who know of the U.S. Army chaplain’s heroic service in prison camps during the Korean War.

"Like everybody else, I think it’s great news; we’ve been waiting for some time,” said Father John Hotze, a priest from the Diocese of Wichita, Kan., who heads the Father Kapaun Guild.

“We’re thrilled he’s finally going to be awarded the Medal of Honor. I think most people would agree he’s been deserving that for some time,” said Father Hotze.
The Medal of Honor is the United States’ highest military...READ MORE

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Benedict’s New Name: Pope Emeritus, His Holiness Benedict XVI, Roman Pontiff Emeritus (8607)

Vatican discloses the new forms of address for the Pope, whose last day in office is on Thursday.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will officially be called “His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus” or simply “Roman pontiff emeritus” after he steps down from the papacy on Thursday.

Following Vatican tradition upon the death of a pope, his ”Fisherman’s Ring” also will be destroyed and he will return to wearing his episcopal ring from his time as Cardinal Ratzinger.

These were just two of a series of significant aspects concerning the papal resignation and the following interregnum disclosed by the Vatican today.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters the Holy Father had chosen his new title after consulting with others. Contrary to recent reports, he said the...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s Post-Papal Attire: White Cassock, Brown Shoes (10526)

Pope's simple outfit will complement his quiet life at the monastery.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer pope: a simple white cassock and brown shoes given to him in León, Mexico.

“The city of Leon is known for beautiful shoes and very comfortable shoes. And when the Pope was asked what he wanted to wear, he said, ‘I want the shoes from León in Mexico,’” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Feb. 26.

“It will no longer be the red shoes that you have seen him wear. He has chosen to keep brown shoes that were given to him on his recent trip,” he said.

As for his apparel, the pope emeritus will wear a simple white cassock without the mozzetta (the short cape that covers his shoulders).


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Demographic Disaster Looms for America (8592)

That’s the claim advanced by the new book What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster.

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NEW YORK — Insect biologist Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb, warned that millions of people would starve to death in the 1970s because there were too many human beings for the planet to support.

Consequently, Ehrlich advocated draconian measures — forced sterilizations of Indian men, the addition of “sterilants” to American drinking water and a reduction of human numbers to an “optimum” world population of 1-2 billion. His book instantly became the bible of environmentalists and politicians who have crusaded against overpopulation ever since and the rocket fuel propelling population-control initiatives and the notion that big families and babies are dangerous to...READ MORE

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