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Welcome Jesus as a Friend, Pope Encourages at Easter Vigil (4663)

The Holy Father baptized four people, including one American citizen.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him with trust as a friend during the Church’s most holy night of the year.

“If up until now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. ... He will receive you with open arms,” Pope Francis said at St. Peter’s Basilica during the Easter vigil Mass.

“If you have been indifferent, take a risk; you won’t be disappointed,” he told thousands gathered at the Vatican on March 30.

At the opening of the liturgy — which Pope Francis concelebrated with numerous cardinals — candles were lit among the faithful and passed in complete silence, illuminating the church as the Easter candle...READ MORE

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Counsel: Gift Given to Us Through the Church (4056)

COMMENTARY: Part of a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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So many of us seem to think that while the faith insists on being incorrigibly public and common to all Catholics, it is also “private,” individualistic and esoteric. Consequently, many tend to think of gifts like counsel as Divine lightning zaps of mystical Revelation.

Relative to this, our individualistic culture tends to think of the faith as the personal property of the pope, which he perversely refuses to “update” in order to fit the mood of the times. So, for instance, when the pope says that the Church is no more authorized to ordain women than to consecrate beer and pretzels in the Eucharist, people will frequently speak as though the pope is being irrationally stubborn. The...READ MORE

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Roman Baker’s Easter Cakes Commemorate Vatican Basilica (2761)

His special ‘cupolone’ treat, shaped in the form of a dove, is intended to recall Catholicism and the Holy Spirit.

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Angelo Colapicchinoi presents one of his Colomba cakes at his bakery near the Vatican.

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ROME — Italians are known for their food, and at Easter time one Roman baker is putting his craft on display by making cakes to commemorate St. Peter’s Basilica and remind people of the Holy Spirit.

“We call it ‘Cupolone’ [dome] to recall Catholicism and the Holy Spirit,” said Angelo Colapicchioni, an Italian baker who grew up next to the Vatican.

The big sweet cakes have a similar texture to bread, but with a faint taste of orange, and are topped with almonds and thick grains of flaky sugar.

“We make them with flour, fresh eggs, butter, candied orange and citrus peels and almonds from Sicily,” said Colapicchioni.

They are traditionally made each year at Easter time in Italy and...READ MORE

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The Supernatural Case for Catholicism, Catholics Don't Read the Bible? and Much More! (5702)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Supernatural Case for Catholicism. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer of the Shameless Popery blog to read more.

The Supernatural Case for Catholicism by Joe Heschmeyer of the Shameless Popery blog - Big Pulpit

Catholics Don’t Read the Bible? An Interview with Sr. Maria Suso – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The Best Links on Holy Saturday from Around the Catholic Blogosphere - Big Pulpit

A New Blog by Faithful Catholic Women: Catholic Women Rising – Fr. Z’s Blog

A Poem for Holy Thursday – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Seven Reasons Why Christ Died on a Wooden Cross – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Screen Pilates: Stephen Russell – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Cross-Centered Catholic Renewal – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

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Anatomy of a Lie: The Assault on Pope Francis’ Reputation (16195)

COMMENTARY: Who Slanders Pope Francis — and Why?

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The Eighth Commandment is clear: Thou shall not bear false witness.

The Catechism states that misrepresenting the truth to harm another’s reputation violates the Eighth Commandment, given by God to Moses, and Jesus’ commandment in the Gospel of Matthew, love your neighbor as yourself (2477-2479). Just over an hour after Jorge Bergoglio was announced as Pope Francis, a devastating example of false witness against the Holy Father was winging its way around the world.

Media outlets seized on the allegation that Pope Francis was guilty of conspiring with a violent Argentinean military dictatorship to kidnap two Jesuit priests, Father Franz Jalics and Father Orlando Yorio, in May 1976.


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Thousands Pray Way of the Cross With Pope (2620)

‘The cross is the word through which God has responded to evil in the world,’ the Holy Father said.

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Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday 2013.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis presided over the Way of the Cross at the place where early Christians were martyred, recalling the Passion of Christ.

“Christians must respond to evil with good, taking the cross upon themselves as Jesus did,” the Pope said at Rome’s Colosseum on March 29.

“One word should suffice this evening: that is the cross itself,” he said. “The cross is the word through which God has responded to evil in the world.”

Thousands gathered at the Colosseum, holding candles while the 14 Stations of the Cross were recalled. The Colosseum was lit up with torches, and a giant cross stood at the main entrance lit up by several small torches.

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Panel Urges Awareness of Global Christian Oppression (3003)

Authors of a new book warned that the persecution of Christians affects those of other faiths as well.

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Paul Marshall takes part in a panel at the Hudson Institute on March 27.

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WASHINGTON — Authors of a new book on the global persecution of Christians warned that Americans must recognize the grave threat that is facing the faithful throughout the world.

“When religious freedom is beginning to be eclipsed, it leads inevitably to genuine persecution,” said panel moderator Eric Metaxas at a talk in the nation’s capital.

Metaxas is known for his books on Christians William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who worked to fight the oppressions of slavery and the Nazi regime, respectively. He has also spoken on religious persecution at the National Prayer Breakfast and other venues.

Other participants in the March 27 panel were Hudson Institute...READ MORE

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Colorado Parish Dedicates ‘Beautiful’ New Church (3883)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, built in a Gothic style, is the personal parish to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila attended the dedication of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Littleton, Colo., on March 23.

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DENVER — Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a parish of the Denver Archdiocese, recently dedicated its new church building, which local Archbishop Samuel Aquila has described as “beautiful.”

“The beauty of it ... speaks to the gift of our faith and that this is a place where the Lord is truly present and dwells,” the archbishop told Catholic News Agency shortly after the dedication Mass on March 23.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located in Littleton, a suburb of Denver, and is a personal parish of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a society which celebrates the extraordinary form of the Roman liturgy as it existed prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

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