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‘The Christmas Candle’ Celebrates Advent (8967)

Rick Santorum on the new family-friendly film his company has produced and his own family’s holiday preparations.

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Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum works from a different platform these days.

He is producing and distributing family-friendly movies as the new CEO of EchoLight Studios, an inspirational film company headquartered in Dallas.

This Advent, the company is bringing The Christmas Candle to theaters.

The film, based on bestselling author Max Lucado’s book of the same name, focuses on the Advent season.

Set in the heart of the 1890s’ English countryside, in the village of Gladbury, the movie dramatizes what happens when an age-old Christmas miracle and cherished traditions confront progressive thinking.

The authentic look of the film comes from being filmed...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls for Full Religious Freedom in the Middle East, Room at the Table and Much More! (2780)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Francis Demands Full Religious Freedom in the Middle East for Christians. Follow the link to read more.

Pope Francis Demands Full Religious Freedom in the Middle East for Christians – BigPulpit.com

The Scottish Controversy - Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Law Blog

“Same Love”? – Julie Machado, Catholic Stand

Battle Lines Solidify Over Common Core - Anne Hendershott, The CWR Blog

C. S. Lewis and J. F. K. - BigPulpit.com

Room at the Table - Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

“Love Is Love”? Not to a Homosexual It Isn’t - Fr. Paul Scalia

The 5-Step “Lectio Divina” Method to Scripture - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Ambrosian Rite & the Traditional Lectionary - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

3 Words That Can Change Your Life - Msgr. Charles Pope

Hear Leonardo’s Incredible...READ MORE

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JFK After 50 Years (3208)


11/21/2013 Comments (4)
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President John Kennedy at Rice University

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On Nov. 22, 1963, the seventh grade at Baltimore’s Cathedral School was in gym class when we got word that President Kennedy had been shot. A half hour later, while we were climbing the stairs back to 7B’s classroom, Sister Dolorine’s voice came over the P.A. announcing that the president was dead.

Walking into 7B, my classmates and I saw something that shocked us as much as the news we’d just heard: Our tough-love homeroom teacher, a young School Sister of Notre Dame, was sobbing, her faced buried in her arms on her desk.

The days of public mourning that followed — their solemnity shattered only by the assassination of the assassin on live TV — were bound to leave an impression on a...READ MORE

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Who Made the 2013 ‘Naughty and Nice’ List? (7228)

Liberty Counsel launches its annual campaign to promote Christmas-friendly retail shopping.

11/21/2013 Comments (12)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Which retailers attempt to keep Christ as the reason for the Christmas season?

Christians who monitor how open retailers are to mentions of Christmas in their seasonal marketing say buyers this year should first heed the old song lyrics to check their Christmas list twice, “to find out who’s naughty and nice.”

To help figure out who’s who, Liberty Counsel — based in Orlando, Fla., with offices in Washington and Lynchburg, Va. — provides an annual naughty-nice list officially titled the “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign.”

The list reports where several major retailers appear to stand on Christmas. Are they naughty or nice? Friend or foe? Do they directly mention...READ MORE

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Pope: Eastern Patriarchs Are ‘Watchful Guardians’ of Christian Unity (2726)

Pope Francis spoke Nov. 21 to Oriental Church leaders gathered at the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

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Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis spoke with patriarchs of various Oriental Churches during their gathering in Rome, stating that it is their task to help foster unity in the Church and to remember the persecuted.

“You are watchful guardians of communion and servants of ecclesial unity,” said the Pope, quoting his predecessor during a Nov. 21 morning meeting with the Church leaders.

The Holy Father’s comments were made to the patriarchs and major archbishops of Eastern Churches, who were gathered in Rome Nov. 19-21 for the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

Headed by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the assembly is...READ MORE

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Christmas Toy Drive for Schools Is Constitutional, Lawyer Contends (3458)

As the American Humanist Association cries foul, the senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom calls Operation Christmas Child one of many community-service projects to choose from.

11/21/2013 Comments (4)


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After two public schools ended their affiliation with an evangelical-run Christmas toy drive for impoverished children, a lawyer with a group that supports religious liberty said such affiliation is in fact constitutional.

“Schools can offer Operation Christmas Child as one of many choices of community-service projects students can voluntarily participate in, without violating the Constitution,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA Nov. 20.

“The AHA is spreading a view of the Establishment Clause and what they think it requires,” he said, “this absolutely complete separation between church and state, which has really put...READ MORE

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Tour Roman Catacombs, Courtesy of Google Maps (6040)

The Internet’s largest search engine creates digital maps of the Catacomb of Priscilla and the Dino Companion.

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CNA/Andreas Dueren

Tombs line the walls of the Catacomb of Priscilla beneath Rome.

– CNA/Andreas Dueren

ROME — The Internet’s largest search engine has created a digital map of two large catacombs in Rome, hoping to expose users to the historical sites’ beauty and spark curiosity to learn more about them.

“If you can find catacombs, if you can find frescos, if you can find museums online, then you will be willing to know more,” Georgia Albetino told CNA during a Nov. 19 interview.

“So our objective is actually to have more and more people knowing about worldwide culture and, for us, Italian culture.”

Albetino is the head of Google’s public policy team in Italy and was present for the Nov. 19 press conference announcing the new project, held in the Catacomb of Priscilla.

The Catacomb...READ MORE

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Rebuilding After Haiyan (3138)

The super storm struck the predominantly Catholic country Nov. 8, leaving death and devastation in its wake.

11/21/2013 Comments (1)
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Residents carry water Nov. 18 past a ship that was thrown into the street by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines.

– Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

MANILA, Philippines — Photos of the death and devastation wrought by the super typhoon that struck the central portion of the Philippines Nov. 8 spoke volumes, but it represented only part of the tale.

The resilient spirit of the people, with their faith in God and strong family ties, is telling the rest of the story in this majority Catholic country.

Photos and video images taken in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which registered 190-mile-an-hour winds and 12-foot Pacific surges, showed homes reduced to splintered masses and concrete foundations uprooted and crushed. In an especially iconic photo illustrating the immense power of the storm that experts are calling one of the strongest...READ MORE

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