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Pope Francis Cautions Against ‘Trivialized’ Vision of Death Without Hope (4708)

The Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Creed by discussing ‘the resurrection of the body.’

11/27/2013 Comments (7)
CNA/Kerri Lenartowick

– CNA/Kerri Lenartowick

VATICAN CITY — During his general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian death, emphasizing that the resurrection of Jesus gives it light and cautioning against worldly ideas which can overcome us.

“If we allow ourselves to be taken in by this mistaken vision of death, we have no other choice than that of hiding death, of denying it or of trivializing it, so that it won’t make us afraid,” the Holy Father said in his Nov. 27 general audience.

Pope Francis closed his catechesis on the Creed by speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square about the last phrase, in which believers proclaim their belief in the “resurrection of the body.”

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Doctor Warns That HHS Mandate Puts Religious Identity at Risk (3684)

Head of U.S. Catholic health-care system addresses urgent concerns.

11/27/2013 Comments (3)
CNA/Andreas Dueren

Dr. Anthony Tersigni

– CNA/Andreas Dueren

VATICAN CITY — The president of the leading Catholic health-care system in the U.S. said that the requirements of the HHS mandate are a great threat to the company’s ability to continue serving those most in need.

"One of the challenges for us is to make sure we maintain the freedom as a religious organization to continue to respect the dignity of life and take care of young and old throughout the life cycle," Dr. Anthony Tersigni told CNA in a Nov. 25 interview.

Tersigni is the president and chief executive officer of Ascension Health in the United States, as well as the president of the International Committee of Catholic Health Care Institutions at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis’ Meeting With Vladimir Putin Focuses on Middle East (3239)

Of particular interest to the Holy Father was the plight of Christians in the strife-torn region.

11/27/2013 Comment

Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin inside the Vatican on Nov. 25.


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first-ever meeting this week mostly focused on the Middle East, particularly on the ongoing Syrian conflict.

The president met with the Holy Father Nov. 25, amid Putin’s short visit to Italy — along with 11 ministers of his cabinet — to sign commercial agreements and have institutional meetings with government officials.

According to a Vatican Press Office statement, Putin “expressed thanks for the letter addressed to him by the Holy Father on the occasion of the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg,” in which the Pope urged global leaders during the September event to pay attention to the situation in Syria.

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Pope Francis’ Exhortation Praised as a Guide to Christian Outreach (3682)

The new document Evangelii Gaudium could mark a ‘key moment’ in reinvigorating the Church’s evangelization.

11/27/2013 Comments (17)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ new document on the “joy” of evangelization is an opportunity for Catholics to re-examine how to share the Gospel in today’s world, several Catholic commentators note.

“Pope Francis says the Church has to focus on what is essential and most beautiful, that everyone has to have a personal encounter with the saving grace of Christ,” Vatican media adviser Greg Burke said Nov. 26.

“It’s a wide-ranging document, one that deals with everything, from better Sunday homilies to the broadening gap between rich and poor,” Burke said.

The Pope’s 85-page document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), was released Nov. 26. The apostolic exhortation follows the...READ MORE

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Why Take John 6 Literally About Transubstantiation; God, Beauty and Symmetry in Science and More! (4767)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/27/2013 Comment

Why Take John 6 Literally about Transubstantation. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Why Take John 6 Literally about Transubstantiation by Joe Heschmeyer - BigPulpit.com

How Becoming Catholic Made Homeschooling a Little Easier – Catholic Sistas

God, Beauty & Symmetry in Science - Bob Kurland, Catholic Stand

13 Memes on Catholicism & Science - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel – BigPulpit.com

Why Does God Allow Sin & Suffering? – Jimmy Akin, Strange Notions

Call of Duty: Modern Christian – Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

Are You Ready for Advent? - Haley Stewart, Catholic Exchange

Take Jesus to Work Because the Devil Will be There – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Appeals in Hobby Lobby, Conestoga HHS Cases (4192)

The high court will decide whether constitutional and statutory protections for religious freedom apply to business owners who object to the HHS contraceptive mandate.

11/26/2013 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear appeals in two legal challenges to the Health and Human Services' mandate that ask the justices to decide whether constitutional and statutory protections for religious freedom apply to businesses.

On Nov. 26, the high court said it would hear appeals in lawsuits filed by two Christian families, the Green family, Christian owners of Hobby Lobby, a large craft-store chain, and the Hahn family, the Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., a Pennsylvania company that makes cabinets.

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‘Evangelii Gaudium’: The Joy of the Missionary Disciple (8089)

Register commentary on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation.

11/26/2013 Comments (13)
Ignatius Press

– Ignatius Press

During his history-changing address to his brother cardinals before the conclave that elected him, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio stressed that the fundamental choice facing them was between an “evangelizing Church that comes out of herself” and a “worldly Church that lives within herself, of herself, for herself.”

With words that would soon become his own job description, he said that the next pope had to be a man who, “from the contemplation of Jesus Christ … will help the Church get out of herself and go to those on the outskirts of existence.”

With today’s publication of the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis is sharing the fruits of his...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Frozen’ (26960)

Disney’s latest animated musical fairy tale breaks new ground, but squanders its early promise.

11/26/2013 Comments (33)
Walt Disney Pictures

– Walt Disney Pictures

Hollywood family fare, like mainstream Hollywood fare generally, remains thoroughly boy-centric — dishearteningly so, for this father of three daughters. For every Merida or Rapunzel, there are 10 male heroes or more.

Guys get buddies, too. Mike and Sully, Woody and Buzz, Shrek and Donkey, Lightning and Mater, Manny and Sid and Diego. Girls don’t get buddies. A heroine might be opposed by a villainess or adversary, and Pixar’s Brave broke new ground with its mother-daughter story. Overwhelmingly, though, a major positive female character in a cartoon is the only one. A cartoon like Frozen with two young heroines is practically unheard of.

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