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Vatican Doctrine Office Perplexed by Cardinal’s LCWR Comments (6567)

The congregation rejects the claim it acted unilaterally and affirms that reform of the organization of American religious sisters will continue.

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Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s doctrine congregation has released a statement saying the media misreported a cardinal’s remarks about the ongoing reform of a group of American sisters, but an inside source at the department says it is confused because the matter is their “exclusive responsibility.”

An official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told Catholic News Agency May 7 on the condition of anonymity that the congregation is “perplexed” by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz saying it did not discuss with him the decision to require an American group of religious superiors to undergo reform.

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Marriage: A Battle Hundreds of Years in the Making; Unmythical Martyrs; and Much More! (3032)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Marriage: A Battle Hundreds of Years in the Making. Follow the link by Don. Prudlo to read more.

Marriage: A Battle Hundreds of Years in the Making by Don. Prudlo - Big Pulpit

Unmythical Martyrs: Candida Moss Borrows from Gibbon – Ephraim Radner, First Things

A Chastity Interview With a Sex Therapist - Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Celebrate Mother’s Day a Different Way - Dorothy Pilarski, Catholic Lane

Challenging Unorthodox Catholics About Abortion & Obama - Mary Rice Hasson, Catholic Stand

The Return of Abbey Brewing to America - R. Jared Staudt, Crisis Magazine

Kirsten Powers and the Still Small Voices - Donald R McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Theology of the Bottle - Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

First Pontifical O. F. Mass of Msgr. Ettore...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ World Youth Day Itinerary (4477)

Stops on the Holy Father’s eight-day visit include a shanty town, a youth detention center and the national shrine.

05/07/2013 Comments (1)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for World Youth Day — his first papal overseas visit  — will include an address in a shanty town, meeting with juvenile prisoners and praying at the country’s national shrine, the Vatican confirmed today.

But contrary to the advice reportedly given by Brazilian organizers, a stop in his native Argentina is not on the itinerary, increasing the probability of vast numbers of people traveling to Brazil for the eight-day visit.

Up to 4 million people are expected to turn out to see the Church’s first Latin-American pope during his July 22-29 trip, presenting considerable logistical challenges for the authorities. Organizers plan...READ MORE

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Anointing of the Sick at the Boston Marathon (5017)

Denied access to the terror scene, Father John Wykes sought to administer the sacrament to victims from a distance.

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Immediate aftermath of the first Boston Marathon bomb explosion.

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BOSTON — On April 15, when he learned that two bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon, Father John Wykes grabbed his holy oil and sprinted for the finish line. He encountered two police officers at the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue, two blocks from the blast site. He identified himself as a priest and showed them the holy oil.

Trying to clear the area, one of the officers told Father Wykes to get back. Separately, his brother priest, Father Tom Carzon, also rushed to the site with oils and was also turned away. Both are members of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and live at St. Clement's Shrine, three blocks from the finish line.

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A Question for Your Children; The Devils and Consecration to Mary; Mary, the Queen of May and More! (2333)

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A Question For Your Children. Follow the link by Hector Molina of the Catholic Answers website to read more.

A Question For Your Children - Hector Molina, Catholic Answers

The Devils & Consecration to Mary by Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

When God Knows What You Don’t Need - Birgit Jones, Designs by Birgit

Mary, the Queen of the May - Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Another Traditional Latin Mass in Afghanistan! – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Sometimes, Holiness is Boring - Mary C. Tillotson, Catholic Stand

Requiem in Louisville for a 97 Year Old Priest – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Meek, Pious & Brave as a Lion – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Young Catholic Lady On Rosemarie Smeads of the World – Sarah Campbell,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Christians Respond to Suffering With Patience, Not Whining (5325)

Perseverance amid trial reflects a growing maturity, the Holy Father tells Massgoers May 7.

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'Christ Falling on the Way to Calvary,' by Raphael

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VATICAN CITY — Reflecting on how St. Paul endured pain for Christ, Pope Francis said May 7 that good Christians do not complain about their trials but endure them with patient silence because their hearts are at peace.

Christians “who constantly complain fails to be a good Christian: They become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no? Because they always complain about everything, right?” the Pope remarked in his homily at St. Martha’s residence.

The Christian response to suffering is “silence in endurance, silence in patience,” he stated.

During his Passion, the Pope noted, Jesus “did not speak much, only two or three necessary words. ... But it is not a sad silence; the silence of bearing the...READ MORE

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Pope Suggests Invoking Holy Spirit at End-of-Day Conscience Examination (5249)

Francis spoke at May 6 Mass about 'this witness of Jesus who tells us where Jesus is, how to find Jesus, what Jesus tells us.'

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said people should ask themselves what the Holy Spirit did in them at the end of each day.

“We should get into the habit of asking ourselves before the end of the day, 'What did the Holy Spirit do in me?' and 'What witness did he give me?'” he said during daily Mass on May 6.

He explained, “It is in this way that we can see how Jesus worked in our hearts. It is the Holy Spirit that opens our hearts to know Jesus.”

The Holy Father celebrated the Mass alongside the archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri.

Employees who work in the basilica were among those invited to attend the Pope’s morning Mass.

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Palestinian Farmers Petition Israel Court Over Security Barrier (2140)

The government’s plan would separate farmers from their lands and Salesian nuns from their agricultural property.

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Palestinian children run towards a portion of the Israeli security wall in 2004.

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JERUSALEM — Fifty-eight Palestinian farmers, whose objections to the routing of Israel’s security barrier were rejected last week by the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court, have petitioned Israel’s highest court to hear the case. They will soon be joined by a Palestinian convent and elementary school whose earlier petitions were likewise rejected.

On April 24, the Magistrates Court’s Special Appeals Committee that deals with emergency land seizures ruled that the Israeli government has the right to build part of its security barrier in the Cremisan Valley in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, despite the fact that the wall will encircle a convent and elementary school and separate them and nearly 60...READ MORE

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