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Daily Bodily Penances: Examples & Tips; Religious Vocations: The Call and Much More! (3860)

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01/08/2014 Comment

Daily Bodily Penances: Examples & Tips. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall, PhD, to read and learn more.

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Religious Vocations: The Call – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

A Stay-At-Home-Mom’s Lament: Who’s Evangelized? – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Sacrificing Religious Life on the Altar of Egalitarianism – Br. Justin Hannegan, Crisis Magazine

Evangelii Gaudium: Ordination of Women – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Never Ending Thirst for Beauty – Sequoia Sierra, Aleteia

Distance Learning with Holy Apostles College & Seminary – Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

Reformed Pastor Jason Stellman Comes Home – Russ Rentler MD, Crossed the Tiber

The Spirit of Fear & the Spirit of Love – Jason...READ MORE

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Carmelite Sisters Receive Voice Mail, Then Follow-Up Call, From Pope (2251)

New Year’s Eve phone message made the cable-news cycle. Spanish nun says the following conversation with the Holy Father focused on ‘hope, because sadness leads to spiritual sloth and hopelessness.’

01/07/2014 Comment

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VATICAN CITY — On New Year’s Eve, Pope Francis called a community of Carmelite sisters in Lucena, Spain, to wish them a happy new year, and when they didn’t answer, he left a message saying that he would call back.

"What are the nuns doing that they can't answer?" the Pope jested in his Dec. 31 message to the nuns. "I am Pope Francis. I wish to greet you in this end of the year. I will see if I can call you later. May God bless you!"

According to CNN, the community gave the audio of Pope Francis’ message to COPE, a Spanish radio network that is partially owned by Spain’s Episcopal Conference, because they wanted to share his words “with the world.”

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Pro-Life Virginians Rally Against New Pro-Abortion Administration (3325)

Pro-life leaders warn that what happens in Virginia affects the rest of the country, and all eyes are on the state now that the executive branch has switched from pro-life to pro-abortion.

01/07/2014 Comments (15)
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RICHMOND, Va. — While hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers are expected in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life on Jan. 22, state pro-life leaders in Virginia are trying to gather pro-life activists at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 8, for a rally that they say this year is just as important as the national March, if not more.

Virginia is a state that has seen its executive branch do a complete flip on the life issues. Before the November 2013 election, the state had a pro-life governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Now, the next four years will see Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, and Attorney General Mark Herring in charge. All are Democrats...READ MORE

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Vatican Spokesman Charges Media With ‘Manipulating’ Pope’s Comments on Families (7618)

Father Federico Lombardi accused Italian and French media of twisting the Pope’s comments on evangelizing children in difficult family situations into an openness toward same-sex unions.

01/07/2014 Comments (15)


VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s spokesman says media coverage manipulated Pope Francis’ comment about a child of a same-sex couple to detract from his primary concern about how the Church evangelizes in new cultural environments.

On Jan. 3, the Italian Jesuit periodical La Civilta Cattolica published a 14-page account of Pope Francis’ Nov. 29 conversation with a group of superiors general from religious orders.

While discussing marginalization, culture and education as the frontiers of mission, the Pope recalled that, in Argentina, he met “a very sad little girl who finally confided in her teacher the reason for her state of mind: ‘My mother’s girlfriend doesn’t love me.’ The percentage...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Halts Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in Utah (2668)

The high court issued a temporary stay blocking a judicial order that overturned Utah’s marriage law, while the state appeals the decision.

01/07/2014 Comments (14)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay blocking “gay marriage” in Utah until the state can complete its appeal of a federal judge’s order to recognize the unions.

“The decision by a single federal judge to redefine marriage in Utah is lawless, and we are pleased that the Supreme Court has put this decision on hold to allow the state to appeal it in an orderly fashion,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage.

The Supreme Court’s action means that Utah’s definition of marriage as a bond existing only between a man and a woman will remain in effect until the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the matter.

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Pope Francis Sets Busy Slate for 2014 (8181)

The Holy Father’s agenda includes a trip to the Holy Land, the canonization of two of his predecessors and a consistory to create new cardinals.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass Jan. 6 at St. Peter's Basilica.

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VATICAN CITY —  Pope Francis has a packed agenda for 2014, including a consistory to create new cardinals, a trip to the Holy Land and the canonizations of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

The papal year begins, as usual, with a distinctly international emphasis, when the Holy Father gives his annual “survey of the world” to diplomats from 180 countries accredited to the Holy See.

Many of the concerns he raised in his address and blessing urbi et orbi (to the city of Rome and the world) on Christmas Day will figure highly in the Jan. 13 address, in particular the conflict in Syria and the current peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. Francis is also expected to...READ MORE

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The Crusades: Urban Legends & Truth; Hidden Medieval Manuscripts Found by New Tech and More! (5522)

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01/07/2014 Comment

The Crusades: Urban Legends & Truth. Follow the link by Doug Beaumont of Strange Notions to read more.

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Bible Study: Wisdom 14:22-31; History Repeating Itself – Teófilo de Jesús, Vivificat

Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction – Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

Hidden Medieval Manuscripts Found by New Tech – Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Vatican Hires Pro-Homosexual P. R. Firm – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Hatred of Nature: Hatred of Sex - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Reincarnation & Human Dignity – Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Taking a “People First” Approach to Same-Sex Attraction – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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Reported Papal Limit on ‘Monsignor’ Could Be Return to Older Tradition (5692)

Professor James Hitchcock says the title was intended to be awarded only to senior priests who were believed to be qualified to serve as bishops.

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VATICAN CITY — Commenting on Pope Francis allegedly restricting the honorary title of “monsignor” to priests over the age of 65, one historian has suggested that the move could be a return to traditional practice.

On Jan. 4, the Italian daily La Stampa reported that, “henceforth, the only pontifical honor that will be conferred on ‘secular priests’ will be that of ‘Chaplain to His Holiness,’ and this will be conferred only on ‘worthy priests’ who are over 65 years of age.”

James Hitchcock, professor emeritus of history at St. Louis University, told CNA/EWTN News Jan. 6 that the honorary title had been one given “almost always to senior priests, very few in number.”

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