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Thousands Pray Way of the Cross With Pope (2622)

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

03/30/2013 Comment
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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 (3013)

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

03/29/2013 Comment
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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.

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Colorado Parish Dedicates ‘Beautiful’ New Church (3889)

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

03/29/2013 Comments (2)

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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Pro-Life Democrats Call for Broad HHS Mandate Exemptions (3276)

Democrats for Life of America supported the Affordable Care Act with the understanding that conscience rights would be protected.

03/29/2013 Comments (4)

WASHINGTON — For-profit businesses should be exempt from contraception mandate requirements to provide abortifacient drugs, Democrats for Life of America argued in briefs recently filed in federal court cases.

“Our nation has a long-standing and pervasive tradition of accommodating conscientious objections to facilitating abortion,” said Kristen Day, director of Democrats for Life of America.

“DFLA was proud to support the Affordable Care Act after we were assured that conscience rights under the ACA were protected. The executive order specifically spells out that fact. The administration should hold to its commitment.”

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Papal Inversions, Music for Holy Week: In Monte Oliveti, So Who are the Bigots? and Much More! (3652)

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03/29/2013 Comment

Papal Inversions. Follow the link by Thomas J. Neal Ph. D. of the Neal Obstat Theological Opining blog to read more.

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Music for Holy Week: In Monte Oliveti – Nathaniel Peters, First Things/First Thoughts

So Who are the Bigots? – Foxfier, The American Catholic

Victoria’s First Lamentation for Maundy Thursday – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Beauty, Part 2: Modesty – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

The Mysterium Fidei and Gethsemane – Romano Guardini, The Catholic Thing

Appetites vs. Hierarchy of Needs – Jared Tomanek, Catholic Stand

Pange Lingua – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

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Pope Francis and the Reform of the Priesthood (43333)


03/28/2013 Comments (75)
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Pope Francis, greeting pilgrims gathered March 19 for his first Mass in St. Peter’s Square, kisses a disabled man on the forehead.

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If there were any doubt that Pope Francis was elected by the cardinals to lead the reform of the Vatican, he himself implied as much when he joked with journalists on March 16 that various cardinals had suggested he take the name “Adrian” after Adrian VI, a Pope who aggressively reformed the Church’s central administration after the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

But the reform that man proposes is often just a small part of the renewal God disposes.

When St. Francis of Assisi, for example, heard Jesus say to him from the St. Damian Crucifix, “Rebuild my Church,” he thought that the Lord was asking him to rehabilitate that tiny dilapidated Church, but God actually had a much...READ MORE

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Pope Stresses Selfless Service to Youth at Holy Thursday Mass (3959)

The Holy Father opened the Triduum by spending it with young men and women at a youth detention center in Rome.

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Pope Francis delivers his Holy Thursday homily at Casa del Marmo youth detention center in Rome.

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VATICAN CITY — At a young people’s detention center just outside of Rome this evening, Pope Francis urged a group of jailed teens to be at the service of one another, reminding them that Jesus came to serve and help mankind.

The Holy Father made the comments at the Casa del Marmo youth detention center, where he celebrated the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper for 50 young offenders, including 11 girls, as well as staff, volunteers and dignitaries.

Among those concelebrating the Mass with the Holy Father were the vicar of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini; the deputy secretary of state, Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu; private secretary Msgr. Alfred Xuereb; and the detention center chaplain,...READ MORE

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Bishop Vasa Proposes New Plan to Improve Schools’ Catholic Identity (4055)

The California bishop announces a two-year program to help Catholic educators become closer collaborators in promoting the New Evangelization.

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Catholic educators in the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s schools will not find in this year’s teacher’s contract what detractors called a “loyalty oath” to Church teaching.

Changing tactics in his quest to bolster the schools’ Catholic identity, Bishop Robert Vasa has dropped plans for a beefed-up teacher’s contract in favor of a two-year program to renew Catholic educators and make them closer collaborators with him in the New Evangelization.

“I recognize that I do have a duty to be vigilant, but I recognize that this can be done better through teaching than it can by way of decree,” Bishop Vasa said in a letter to pastors, principals and teachers dated March 19.


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