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Pope Prays for Vocations on World Day of Prayer for Vocations (1632)

The Holy Father entrusted vocation discernment to Mary, 'mother of every vocation in the Church,' on April 29.

04/30/2012 Comment

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On Sunday, April 29, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Benedict XVI asked families, communities and local parishes to help young men in discerning their vocation to the priesthood.

“Dear friends, pray for the Church, every local community, that they are like a garden in which can germinate and ripen all the seeds of vocation that God sows in abundance,” said the Pope in his midday Regina Caeli address to pilgrims in St. Peters Square.

“In particular, families are the first environment into which ‘breathes’ the love of God, which gives inner strength even in the midst of the difficulties and trials of life.”

Earlier in the morning, Pope Benedict XVI had ordained nine new...READ MORE

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The First Canadian Pope?, Subsidy or Subsidiarity, Who Dares Wins, Defending Jenky, and much more! (5845)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/30/2012 Comments (4)

Could He Be the First Canadian Pope? Click on the link by Gerard O'Connell to read more.

Could He Be the First Canadian Pope? - Gerard O'Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Subsidy or Subsidiarity - Gerald J. Russello, Crisis Magazine

Who Dares, Wins - Joseph Wood, The Catholic Thing

Father Miscamble Defends Bishop Jenky - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Where is the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Bible - Nicholas Hardesty, Phat Catholic Apologetics

The Childhood of Saint Catherine of Siena - Sigrid Undset, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Five Classic Catholic Movies - Saint Peter's List

Learn to Paint Icons in the Western Tradition at Thomas More Col. - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Freedom of Choice - Calah Alexander, Ignitum Today

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The Catholic Vote: Is It Changing? Does It Even Exist? (10705)

Pew and Gallup polls look at how Catholics may vote in the 2012 presidential election.

04/30/2012 Comments (83)
Jay LaPrete/Getty Images News

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at Otterbein University April 27 in Westerville, Ohio.

– Jay LaPrete/Getty Images News

The campaign for religious freedom is the cause of a marked shift in Catholic voter support from President Obama to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, some political observers believe.

Others disagree, arguing that the very existence of a “Catholic vote” is a myth.

Whether they vote as a bloc or not, self-identifying Catholics comprise 27% of the electorate. Hispanics account for roughly a third of the total, but their share is growing yearly, and they vote very differently from white Catholics.

Sparking debate about the significance of Catholic voters is a recent poll by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, showing that Obama has lost 5% of the...READ MORE

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The Good Shepherd's 'High Noon' (1735)

04/29/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

Sunday, April 29, is the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year B, Cycle II), Good Shepherd Sunday.

May Devotions
May is dedicated to Mary. Pope Pius XII recommended a practice our family has taken up: a May altar dedicated to Mary. “The Rosary, recited in the family, assembled before the image of the Virgin, is an admirable union of hearts, the parents and their children, who come back from their daily work,” wrote Pius XII. “It unites them piously with those absent and those dead. It links all more tightly in a sweet bond of love, with the most Holy Virgin, who, like a loving mother, in the circle of her children, will be there bestowing upon them an abundance of the gifts of concord and...READ MORE

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The Shroud's Rosary Connection (3283)

April 22 issue feature on Dominican monastery that houses 'true copy' of the Shroud of Turin.

04/29/2012 Comment
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'True copy' of the Shroud of Turin

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One of the most treasured relics in Christendom is the Shroud of Turin. Countless people believe it is the burial cloth of Jesus.

Not many people can travel to the Turin cathedral, where the shroud is kept. Even if pilgrims could go to Italy, the shroud is rarely displayed for the public. The April-May 2010 showing was a result of Pope Benedict XVI’s giving special permission to “move up” the showing originally scheduled for 2025.

The faithful here in America can pray before a replica. My wife, Mary, and I headed 30 miles west of Manhattan — on a knoll at an intersection a stone’s throw from downtown Summit, N.J. — to Our Lady of the Rosary Monastery (NunsOPSummit.org) to see for...READ MORE

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Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word Celebrate 25th Anniversary (8235)

EWTN's 'TV Priests' reach big milestone. April 22 issue feature.

04/29/2012 Comment
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Friars with Birmingham, Ala., Bishop Robert Baker.

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On May 2, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word mark a milestone: the 25th anniversary of their founding.
“There is significance that Mother Angelica started EWTN to defend Jesus Christ, and we were founded on the feast of St. Athanasius, a doctor of the Church, defender of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the ‘Father of Orthodoxy,’” said Father Joseph Wolfe.

Today, Father Joseph serves as chaplain to EWTN’s 350 employees. He entered the fledgling community as a founding member in May 2, 1987, eventually becoming the first priest ordained for this new Public Clerical Association of the Faithful in 1993. The name of the friary is Annunciation Friary. It was dedicated on the...READ MORE

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Here Comes the Catholic Bride (13026)

April 22 feature on modest dress choices.

04/28/2012 Comments (31)
Craig Spiering

– Craig Spiering

After 10 years of the strapless dress dominating the wedding scene, it may be that fashion is finally catching up to what many Catholic brides are looking for in a wedding dress — individuality, style and elegant modesty. Kate Middleton’s long-sleeved wedding gown was the catalyst that showed the world how a bride can be both beautiful and modest.

“It was the perfect storm. Brides were looking for something different, and designers were ready for a change,” says Josie Daga, founder of the resale-wedding-dress site PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. “This beautiful, iconic princess wears a dress with sleeves, and now you see so many more brides in non-strapless gowns.”

Though gowns with...READ MORE

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Christian Story Comes to Life (1768)

April 22 issue feature on the Holy Land: a look at the pivotal moments of Christ's ministry.

04/28/2012 Comments (1)
Niki Kalpakgian

Sunset over Mount Tabor

– Niki Kalpakgian

Our senses full from the experience of Jerusalem and the mystery of our Christian faith, we headed north for the second part of our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. (See first part in March 25 issue.)

We left the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem and entered the less-crowded towns around the Sea of Galilee.
Our journey would fill in the missing pieces of the Christian story: understanding Mary and Joseph, as well as exploring the public ministry of Jesus. While studying the geography of the area and contemplating the humble beginnings of the apostles, disciples and the Holy Family, my faith grew.

The Fiat
As the bus slowed to turn off the highway, I saw the sign: Nazareth. All the Bible...READ MORE

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