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Pope Benedict Appoints New Salina, Kan., Bishop (2335)

Msgr. Edward John Weisenburger is presently the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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– Salina Diocese Facebook

Pope Benedict XVI has named Oklahoma priest Msgr. Edward John Weisenburger as the new bishop of Salina, Kansas.

Bishop-elect Weisenburger, 51, will succeed former Salina Bishop Paul Coakely, who was named Archbishop of Oklahoma City on Dec. 16. The bishop-elect is presently the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the rector of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral.

He served as an on-site chaplain for rescue workers at the site of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people.

He was born in Alton, Ill., on Dec. 23, 1960. His father was a military officer, and his mother was a homemaker. He spent two years of his...READ MORE

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Mystery Behind Fidel Castros Excommunication, Heroic Minute, Distributist Agrarianism, and more! (2737)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Mystery of Fidel Castro’s Excommunication. Click on the link by Andrea Tornielli to learn more.

The Heroic Minute, Soon After Waking: The First Battle of the Day - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Unlock The Doors Before It Is Too Late - Michael Seagriff, Harvesting The Fruits Of Contemplation

The Mystery of Fidel Castro’s Excommunication - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Community Supported Agriculture: A Distributist Agrarianism - Kevin Ford, The Distributist Review

Obama Mandate Awakens The Faithful From Their Slumber - Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

Black Catholics’ Survey Finds Strong Ties in Church - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Another Life to Remember - Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Sign the Petition Against HHS Regulation - Richard...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, beer, catholic blogosphere, distributist agrarianism, excommunication, fidel castro, heroic minute, religious freedom, religious liberty, vatican ii

Colleges Week 2012 (1793)

To celebrate Catholic colleges this month, the Register offers features on uniquely Catholic classes, a Catholic student's trip to Oxford, how networking is helping seniors and recent graduates of Catholic colleges find jobs, and why the New Evangelization is aiding new colleges in these tough economic times. Feb. 12 issue feature.

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To celebrate Catholic colleges this month, the Register offers features on uniquely Catholic classes, a Catholic student’s trip to Oxford, how networking is helping seniors and recent graduates of Catholic colleges find jobs, and why the New Evangelization is aiding new colleges in these tough economic times.

To see the complete Colleges Week section, click here.


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45 Years After Restoration, Permanent Diaconate Soldiers On (3616)

Ministry has grown exponentially since 1967. 'As long as we have poor to feed, we will need deacons,' says Chicago official.

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A permanent deacon, at left, assists at a Mass in the Diocese of Shreveport, La.

– Diocese of Shreveport

The Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council this year — and the 45th anniversary of the restoration of the permanent diaconate in the Latin Church.

Pope Paul VI released an apostolic letter, Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem in 1967, after a recommendation made by the bishops of the Council. The permanent diaconate has since had a major impact on the Church in dioceses around the world, as the number of deacons has steadily grown. Also, as time passes, Church leadership is able to reflect on the proper role of the deacon and help the laity come to a proper understanding of it.

The diaconate has its roots in the very early Church. The Book of Acts...READ MORE

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Blessing of Bella (3436)

Feb. 12 issue editorial on how the life of 3-year-old Isabella Maria Santorum has turned out to be a blessing for all of us.

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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum reaches back to rub the forehead of his daughter Isabella Maria, who is held by his wife, Karen, at a rally to officially announce his candidacy for president of the United States on the steps of the courthouse in Somerset, Pa., June 6, 2011.

– Reuters/Jason Cohn

Rick Santorum may never get past the string of presidential primaries that are leading up to the Republican convention.

But with the former Pennsylvania senator’s profile now much higher than it has ever been, he has already attained a “bully pulpit” of sorts for the values that matter most to him and his Catholic family.

While we would never wish the burden of serious illness on any family, the life of 3-year-old Isabella Maria Santorum has turned out to be a blessing for all of us.

The Santorums already knew her life was precious and full of potential — even when they received the devastating news shortly after Bella’s birth that she had Trisomy 18, a syndrome that can cause heart defects,...READ MORE

Filed under children with disabilities, dignity of human life, faith, life, pro-life, rick santorum

Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill (1866)

Governor and state Catholic Conference support the bill.

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The Virginia Senate passed legislation on Feb. 1 requiring a woman seeking an abortion to first obtain an ultrasound image of her unborn child.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Jill Vogel said the legislation will help keep women informed about their health and will bring current laws “in line with current reproductive technology.”

“It is critical that a woman have the opportunity to have the ultrasound because the ultrasound can lead to information that would save your life or, at a minimum, have an impact on the outcome of the procedure,” she told the Northern Virginia Daily.

The legislation passed by a 21-18 vote, with two Democrats voting in favor and one Republican voting against. It...READ MORE

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Washington State Catholics Fight Againt Marriage-Redefinition Law (1540)

Bill passed state Senate on Feb. 1.

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The Washington Catholic Conference is preparing to fight against a bill redefining marriage, which is expected to become law after its passage in the State Senate on Feb. 1.

“We’re disappointed that they passed it, but suspected they were going to,” the conference’s executive director Sister Sharon Park told EWTN News Feb. 2.

“It hasn’t passed our House of Representatives yet, but they have enough votes there, and the governor has already come out saying she will sign it.”

“The next process is the referendum process,” Sister Sharon explained. “If a law is passed that the people don’t want, and they can gather a little over 120,000 signatures by a certain date, then a referendum can go on...READ MORE

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Pope: Faith Can Overcome Suffering of Illness (1735)

Benedict XVI said Feb. 5: The sick can 'overcome and defeat the test of disease with a heart immersed in the love of God.'

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Faith in the love of Jesus Christ can overcome the suffering of long-term illness, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Sunday Angelus address Feb. 5.

Just as Jesus faced the devil “with the power of love that was from the Father,” the Pope explained, so also a sick person can “overcome and defeat the test of disease with a heart immersed in the love of God.”

Indeed, he noted, “we all know people who have endured terrible suffering because God gave them a deep serenity.”

Pope Benedict addressed his remarks to thousands of pilgrims braving the cold and snow in St. Peter’s Square. From the window of the papal apartments, he reflected on the day’s Gospel, in which Jesus “healed many who were sick...READ MORE

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