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Bishops’ Group Gives Nearly $1 Million for Immigration Reform (2272)

Funding will go to promote comprehensive reform and to aid Catholic organizations that serve migrant communities.

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Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., speaks at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ official domestic anti-poverty agency has announced $800,000 in grants to push for comprehensive immigration reform.

“There is an urgent need to mobilize resources efficiently in order to meet the challenge,” said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif.

Bishop Soto, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development subcommittee, stressed that “the possibility for real immigration reform has never been closer.”

“These grants represent a distinctively Catholic contribution in promoting comprehensive immigration reform,” the bishop explained. “They will strengthen the capacity of our institutions to help immigrant...READ MORE

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Catholics Speak Out Against Colo. Civil-Unions Bill (2319)

Catholic Charities seeks religious-freedom provision on new bill.

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DENVER — Those who testified against a Colorado civil-unions bill last week included a Catholic man with same-sex attraction and a Colorado attorney general who was adopted through Catholic Charities.

State Attorney General John Suthers told the Colorado House Judiciary Committee Feb. 28 that if the bill passes in its current form, “Catholic Charities and some other religiously affiliated social-service agencies will no longer be in the adoption business in Colorado.”

Suthers, a Catholic and a Republican who testified against the bill in his capacity as a private citizen, was adopted through Catholic Charities as an infant.

The bill, S.B. 11, would create civil unions for two people...READ MORE

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The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had; Virtue and Beauty, For Women; and Much More! (2496)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had. Follow the link by Dr. Peter Kreeft of the Integrated Catholic Life™ blog to read more.

The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had by Dr. Peter Kreeft of the Integrated Catholic Life™ blog - Big Pulpit

Virtue and Beauty, For Women – Mary C. Tillotson, Catholic Lane

The Church is “Generally Reliable” – Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

Remembering Who We Are: Recovering from Cultural Amnesia – Dr. Wanda Skowronska Ph. D., Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Like it’s 1415 – Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

Saint Casimir: The Prince without Reproach – Paul Radzilowski, Crisis Magazine

A New/Old Model for Catholic Health Care? – Fr. Z’s Blog

New Extraordinary Form Mass in Charlotte, North Carolina – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Pope Benedict XVI Honored by Eastern...READ MORE

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Recipe for a Pope: a Christlike Man Who Can Govern and Unite (3639)


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VATICAN CITY — Ask any Vatican official or leading Church figure in Rome what one of the most important characteristics of the new pope should be, and, chances are, they’ll say he must have an ability to govern.

Amid the many tributes being paid to Pope Benedict XVI, among the few criticisms is the observation that governance wasn’t the Holy Father’s strong point.

Although he has been widely praised for certain aspects of governance — namely his episcopal appointments, his efforts to crack down on clerical sex abuse and measures to make the Vatican’s finances more transparent — running the Roman Curia was his Achilles heel, made harder by his infirmity and old age.

He appeared to...READ MORE

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College of Cardinals Imposes Media Silence (4592)

Italian prelates divulge too much information in press briefings, leading to the move.

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A screenshot of the cardinals' March 4 general congregation in the Vatican's New Synod Hall.


VATICAN CITY — The College of Cardinals has decided that its members will no longer speak to journalists after several cardinals gave too much information to the Italian press.

“Concern was expressed in the general congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not to do interviews,” she added in a March 6 statement sent to journalists who were hoping to attend a press conference with U.S. Cardinals Francis George and Theodore McCarrick.

The U.S. cardinals have been the only ones to organize press...READ MORE

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Art Historian Says Benedict's 'Way of Beauty' Will Continue to Flower (3607)

Liz Lev believes that the pope emeritus planted the seeds to help people better understand the nature of beauty.

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Art historian Elizabeth Lev.


ROME — Pope Emeritus Benedict’s emphasis on beauty as a means to encounter truth and grow in faith is one of the “greatest seeds” planted during his pontificate, says art historian Elizabeth Lev.

“In his way of beauty, he says the true way of humanity is this beauty we have in the image and likeness of God,” said Lev, a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas' Rome Program, in a February interview.

“Over the course of his pontificate, and even as cardinal, he has implemented these seeds, these stepping stones for us to follow, to understand the nature of beauty.”

Lev, who studied renaissance art at the University of Chicago and who did her graduate work in baroque art at the...READ MORE

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Ahead of Elections, Religious Tensions in Malaysia (3426)

The country's 1 million Catholics are caught in the middle as Muslim-led parties face off over whether minorities have the right to use the word ‘Allah.’

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Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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KUANTAN, Malaysia — Standing at the doorway of the main mosque in the east-coast city of Kuantan, Mohamed Abd Karim’s voice changes pitch, the hushed, affable tones of previous moments giving way to a forceful certainty.

“'Allah' is for Muslim only,” he says, arms and hands rigid and emphatic, where moments before they lolled by his sides.

He is discussing whether or not Christians and other religious minorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia can use the word “Allah” when referencing God in services or in literature. The term came to Malaysia many centuries ago, when Arab traders brought Islam and the Arabic language, but it was subsequently adopted by Malaysian Christians in their...READ MORE

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Cardinal Zen’s Thanksgiving to Pope Emeritus (5068)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Benedict demonstrated a love of China that was reciprocated by residents of the Asian superpower.

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ROME — A red hat cut through the crowd waiting for Pope Benedict XVI Feb. 28 in the main square of Castel Gandolfo. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong, had made his way to Rome to say his farewell to Benedict XVI, and then he followed him to Castel Gandolfo, where the cardinal joined the crowd as a pilgrim among pilgrims.

This was but a small gesture that reflected Cardinal Zen’s deep gratitude for a pope who showed a great concern for the Church in China. Although it hasn’t made headlines, there is evidence that Benedict XVI loved China and China loved Benedict XVI.

Among all the letters the Pope received before leaving the Holy See, one from Chinese clergy...READ MORE

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