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Bishop Conley: Pope Smiled When He Heard U.S. Seminarian Numbers Are Up (1694)

Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming bishops had an audience with Pope Benedict as part of their five-day ad limina pilgrimage to Rome.

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Bishop James Conley of Denver said the news of rising seminarian numbers across the United States has delighted Pope Benedict XVI.

“He was very happy to receive that information,” Bishop Conley told EWTN News on May 4 after meeting the Pope at the Vatican.

“He said he had heard that vocations were going up in the United States, and he said this is very positive news; and, in fact, he had a big smile on his face when he heard the news.”

Bishop Conley was one of 10 bishops from Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming who had an audience with Pope Benedict as part of their five-day ad limina pilgrimage to Rome, which concludes today.

He explained to the Pope that there is now a...READ MORE

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Pope: Fruitful Lives Need to Be in Union With Christ (2040)

The Holy Father's May 6 reflection on the Gospel about the vine and the branches.

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Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims May 6 that their lives will be fruitful and have meaning if they live in union with Jesus Christ.

"Dear friends, every one of us is like a vine, which lives only if it is growing every day in prayer, participation in the sacraments, in charity, in its union with the Lord," said the Pope in his midday Regina Coeli address marking the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

"And he who loves Jesus, the true vine, produces fruits of faith for an abundant spiritual harvest."

The Pope spoke to large crowds in an overcast and drizzly St. Peter’s Square, reflecting upon the words of Jesus, as recorded in the’s Gospel of St. John: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the...READ MORE

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Legatus: 25 Years Old and Growing (10887)

Catholic business leaders organization founded by Tom Monaghan looks back over quarter-century of forming CEOs in the faith.

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AT THE BEGINNING. Then-Domino’s CEO Tom Monaghan and his wife, Marjorie, meet Pope John Paul II, on May 7, 1987, a meeting that inspired Monaghan to found Legatus.

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PHILADELPHIA — While Tim Flanagan, then-owner of the Flanagan Financial Group, was Catholic, he felt something was missing in his life.

“I had a desire to strengthen my relationship with Christ and felt a real desire to do that beyond the scope of my parish,” said Flanagan.

Friends invited him to join the Philadelphia chapter of the Catholic fraternal association Legatus in 1994. It was precisely what he was searching for.

“With as big as the Church is, I always felt like there was something lacking. This was a way to bring business leaders together,” said Flanagan. “I was able to expand my relationships with Catholic business leaders.”

Legatus has been making connections between...READ MORE

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Don't Live Like Jesus Is Away (1385)

User's Guide to Sunday, May 6.

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Sunday, May 6, is the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Readings
Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22:26-30, 31-32; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Our Take
Today’s readings are all about how to “remain in” Jesus. An even better verb for them is “abide.” After all, we don’t just refrain from leaving Christ:  We make our home with him, we accept him, live with him and identify with him.

And our abiding with him has the same effect on us as abiding with a spouse. If you abide with Christ, you stay strong in your Christian life; if you stop abiding with him, you “go bachelor” right away, like he is away.

“Whoever abides in me and I in him will bear much fruit,” says Jesus, “because without me you can do...READ MORE

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U.K. Society ‘Post-Christian’? (2027)

May 6 issue interview with Glasgow, Scotland's archbishop on current culture and the waning of religion in the public square.

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GLASGOW — The archbishop of Glasgow has warned that if the government continues to ignore the wisdom of generations, then society will further descend into “ethical confusion and moral disintegration.”

Archbishop Mario Conti went on to warn that religion is being driven from the U.K. public sphere by a new form of secularist tyranny.

Archbishop Conti was speaking at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, in the presence of all Scotland’s Catholic bishops, representatives of civil and public life, and the apostolic nuncio to the U.K., Archbishop Antonio Mennini, during a special Mass to mark the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Asking what society — “now in many...READ MORE

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Rome Exhibit Reveals Vatican Secret Archives (4971)

May 6 issue feature on rare look at Church history.

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Galileo's signature is on display at new Rome exhibit.

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Some documents in the Vatican Secret Archives have only been viewed by a few individuals outside the Vatican.

However, the public will now have the opportunity to look at more than 100 original documents.

Lux in Arcana (Light in Mysterious Places): The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself will be on display through Sept. 9 at the   Capitoline Museum in Rome. Opening March 1, the exhibit was created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Secret Archives.

Created in 1612 by Pope Paul V, the archives are the central repository of the Holy See and contain all of the deeds and documents pertaining to the government of the universal Church. Closed to the outside world until 1881,...READ MORE

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The Always Wittly Little Flower, Chen Guangcheng, Rare Art Nouveau Influenced Vestments, and more! (3173)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Always Witty Little Flower. Click on the link by Austin Ruse to read more.

The Always Witty Little Flower - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

Chen’s Horrifying Discovery: Obama Embraces Abortions - Matthew C. Hoffman, LifeSiteNews

Rare Art Nouveau Influenced Vestments - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

A Tale Of Two Films - The Larry D, Acts Of The Apostasy

5th Sunday of Easter, Simple English Propers - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Fifth Sunday of Easter - Dr. Scott Hahn, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

Broken? ~ Stanza I ~ Part II - Becky Ward, Catholic Spiritual Direction

NPR and the Nuns - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

On Boycotting Chinese Products - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

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Pornography Is for Cowards (17033)

May 6 issue column

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Editor's note: This is an updated version of the May 6 issue column.

Of all the reasons that pornography is harmful to men, perhaps you haven’t considered this one:

It conditions us to be cowards.

Porn creates a world in which men are insulated from hurt and the possibility of rejection. In the storyline of porn, men are cast in the role of “the most important person on the planet.” We are the center of the universe, and everything revolves around us.

Absolutely nothing is allowed into our experience that would challenge our will, play with our emotions or wound our ego. All the perfectly air-brushed and HD-quality citizens of our world are smiling, desiring and accepting, and...READ MORE

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