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Initial Reactions to Pope Francis' New Cardinals, Handy List of Catholic Date Nights and More! (4180)

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01/13/2014 Comment

Initial Reactions to Pope Francis’ New Cardinals. Follow the link to read more.

Initial Reactions to Pope Francis’ New Cardinals - BigPulpit.com

Handy-Dandy List of Catholic Date Nights, Cheap - Martina, Catholic Sistas

A New Grateful You – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

Our Impoverished Approach to the Poor – Daniel McInerny, Aleteia

A Blogger’s Perspective: Tyranny of the Virtual Now - Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

Why Goodness Depends on God – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

St. Teresa, Should I Strive to Quiet my Mind During Prayer? - Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Act of Love: Not Counting the Cost – Mitchell Kalpakgian, Truth and Charity Forum

Did the Beatles Promote Abortion? by Dr. Taylor Marshall - BigPulpit.com


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New Cardinals Represent the Peripheries of the Globe (2875)

New cardinals come from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

01/12/2014 Comments (4)
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– Kyle Burkhart/CNA

VATICAN  — Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various regions of the globe who will be appointed cardinals in February.

In the surprise announcement at the end cf his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the world” and “represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world.”

The geographical distribution entails eight cardinals from Europe; seven from the Americas; and two from both Africa and Asia. No cardinals from the United States were named.

Besides some expected names, such as Archbishops Pietro Parolin, secretary of state; Lorenzo...READ MORE

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Pope Announces Names of 19 New Cardinals (4169)

The new cardinals will be officially elevated during the Feb. 22 consistory.

01/12/2014 Comments (3)

Pope Francis today announced the names of 19 new cardinals (16 cardinal-electors under the age of 80 and three archbishops emeritii) to be formally elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory on Feb. 22.

Six of the new cardinal-electors come from Europe, one is from Canada, and the rest are from the Southern Hemisphere.

Here below is the Holy Father's announcement, made after the Angelus today:

"As was previously announced, on Feb. 22, the feast of the Chair of Peter, I will have the joy of holding a consistory, during which I will name 16 new cardinals, who, coming from 12 countries from every part of the world, represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church...READ MORE

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Think Like St. Paul in Our Neo-Pagan Culture (461)

COMMENTARY: Because, sometimes, we give the devil too much credit.

01/12/2014 Comment

Many Christians believe more that the world is going to hell in a handbasket than they believe the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church.

We give the devil too much credit and too much power and forget that the devil lives under constraints he bitterly resents. If the devil had his way, all of creation would be undone down to the level of the quark.

But the devil is, in fact, on a very tight leash. He is allowed to harass and harm, sometimes gravely harm. But think of how much goes right all the time! Think of the fact that, over the time it took to read the last sentence, some quadrillion chemical reactions have taken place in each cell of your body so that you remain...READ MORE

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Evangelization Made Simple (4317)

Terry Barber Cuts Through Confusion Over Spreading the Good News

01/11/2014 Comments (3)

How to Share Your Faith With Anyone

A Practical Manual for Catholic Evangelization

By Terry Barber

Ignatius Press, 2013

154 pages, $14.95

To order: (800) 651-1531 or ignatius.com


Most Catholics don’t evangelize. Some are silenced by lack of a deep knowledge of Church teaching; others by uncertainty regarding the specific ways to share that teaching; others still by unrealistically high expectations of conversion.

Terry Barber, the man responsible for bringing Catholic audio resources to millions through St. Joseph Communications, is now sharing his easy plan for evangelization in a book called How to Share Your Faith With Anyone.

While a grasp of Church teaching is of...READ MORE

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What Catholic Tradition Meant to Paul Harvey, How to Redeem the College Dating Scene and Much More! (4254)

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01/11/2014 Comment

What Catholic Tradition Means to a Protestant. Follow the link by Emily Stimpson to read more.

What Catholic Tradition Means to a Protestant by Emily Stimpson - BigPulpit.com

How to Redeem the College Dating Scene – Lilia Draime, Aleteia

The Know Nothing Jamie Stiehm - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Putting a Face on Down Syndrome – Leslie Fain, The Catholic World Report

Scripture Matters, Only Science Disproves Science – Seth Evangelho, Ignitum Today

The Book Whisperer: The Art of Spiritual Writing – Heidi Hess Saxton, Catholic Lane

How To Be a Biblical Literalist - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Book Review: How to Talk to a Skeptic – Sam Entile, The Catholic Voyager

The Bad Evangelist Club: 33,000 Denominations by Benjamin Baxter - BigPulpit.com


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Lila Rose: A Pro-Life Journey of Hope and Faith (7523)

The young pro-life advocate stresses that apparent roadblocks can actually turn out to be stepping stones to deeper faith and greater success in affirming the human dignity of all.

01/10/2014 Comments (31)

Lila Rose, president of Live Action

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RICHMOND, Va. — If Planned Parenthood’s abortion providers had a top-10 enemies list, you would probably find Lila Rose, the 25-year-old president of the pro-life group Live Action, ranked there as enemy No. 1. And it would be for good reason: Over the course of eight years, her undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood facilities have given the public an inside view of Planned Parenthood, leading to criminal investigations, loss of state funding and new state laws.

Rose began her undercover investigations into abortion facilities at age 15, when she founded Live Action. The youth-led organization has grown exponentially since then, and it uses the tools of new media and social...READ MORE

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GOP Leader Delays Party Meeting to Support March for Life (2711)

‘This is a core principle of our party,’ Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus told The Washington Times.

01/10/2014 Comments (13)

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Republican National Committee has delayed the start of the party’s annual winter meeting in order not to conflict with the 2014 March for Life in Washington.

Chairman Reince Priebus told The Washington Times that there was “a real interest among a significant portion of our members to attend and support the Rally for Life.”

“This is a core principle of our party. It was natural for me to support our members and our principles,” he said.

Priebus, a Greek Orthodox lawyer from Wisconsin, decided to delay the start of the party meeting so that he and other committee members could attend the Jan. 22 event on the National Mall in downtown D.C. Party...READ MORE

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