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Pope’s Plans for Encyclical, Travel Disclosed (2790)

Benedict XVI had already laid the groundwork for an encyclical on the virtue of faith in late 2012, and Pope Francis could easily revise it and add his own insights to the text, Vatican says.

04/26/2013 Comments (2)
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis could issue his first encyclical this year, and, so far, he is only planning one international trip in 2013, according to Vatican Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi.

Father Lombardi said that he “would not exclude” the possibility of Pope Francis issuing his first encyclical “within this year,” Vatican Radio reported April 25.

The Vatican spokesman explained that Benedict XVI had already laid the groundwork for an encyclical on the virtue of faith in late 2012 and that Pope Francis could easily revise it and add his own insights to the text.

The encyclical was planned for release in early 2013, but the resignation of Benedict XVI caused the...READ MORE

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The Biggest Mistake a Catholic Can Make At Work, Music as a Character-Forming Force and Much More! (4655)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/26/2013 Comment

The Biggest Mistake a Catholic Can Make At Work. Follow the link by Ryan Eggenberger to read more.

The Biggest Mistake a Catholic Can Make At Work by Ryan Eggenberger - Big Pulpit

Music as a Character-Forming Force – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Corpus Christi Watershed

This is Not Our First Rodeo - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

The End of “Homeschooling” in Germany & the U. S. – Rorate Cæli

The Third Rail of the Catholic Blogosphere: Crying Kids at Mass – Elaine Krewer, The American Catholic

A Catholic Response to Utopian Modernity - James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Feelings – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

E. F. Mass at Franciscan University of Steubenville – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Aridity & Progress, Divine Intimacy – Dan. Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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Does Emergency Contraception Cause Early Abortions? (10146)

COMMENTARY: Part I, the conflicting opinions on emergency contraception’s effects.

04/25/2013 Comments (18)
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Part II of this essay can be read here.

At the end of February, the Catholic bishops of Germany released a statement saying that women who are victims of rape should receive care at Catholic hospitals in Germany as a matter of course and that “this can include the administration of a ‘morning-after pill’ to the extent that is has a preventative and not an abortifacient effect.” They stated clearly that medications “that cause the death of an embryo still may not be used.”

Although some Catholics, including the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, praised the decision as consistent with what the Catholic Church has taught for 50 years, others...READ MORE

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Franciscan University Forges Ahead With New President (6912)

Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan has been selected to succeed Franciscan Father Terence Henry as the university’s sixth president.

04/25/2013 Comments (2)
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Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Trustees at the Franciscan University of Steubenville have selected a new president to carry on the university’s mission to be the leading light of faithful Catholic higher education in the United States.

But the Franciscan friar chosen to take over the helm of the university also has a strong legal background that could prove invaluable as Franciscan University fights the federal government in court to retain its Catholic identity.

The university announced the selection of Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan to succeed Franciscan Father Terence Henry as the university’s sixth president. Father Henry served in the post since 2000, and he built upon the legacy of...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s 'Relief,’ Freedom and Predestination, Then Comes Marriage and More! (3000)

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04/25/2013 Comment

Pope Emeritus Benedict ‘Relieved.’ Follow the link by Tom Kington to read more.

Pope Emeritus Benedict ‘Relieved’ by Tom Kington - Big Pulpit

Freedom and Predestination - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

“Then Comes Marriage” - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Doctors of the Church and Perfection - Saint Etheldreda’s Place

How to Find Faith at the Movies: Crossing Your First Threshold – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

St. Anselm: Scholarship Rooted in Prayer - John P. Bequette, Crisis Magazine

Gosnell & the Nightmare of Pro-Aborts – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Dom Cassian Folsom on Forms of Eucharistic Reservation – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Pursuit of Beauty – Amanda Castro, The Patient Wanderer

The Cunning...READ MORE

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Three Infant Murder Charges Tossed in Gosnell Trial (3730)

Judge Jeffrey Minehart granted motions to acquit Gosnell on three murder charges, but later said a 'clerical error' meant the wrong murder charge had been thrown out.

04/25/2013 Comments (8)

Kermit Gosnell.

PHILADELPHIA — The judge overseeing the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell threw out three charges of murder, through the doctor is still accused of killing four babies who survived abortions.

Gosnell was faced with seven counts of first degree murder for the deaths of infants who allegedly were killed after surviving botched procedures at his Philadelphia clinic, the Women’s Medical Society.

The abortionist also faces a third-degree murder charge for the 2009 death of a Virginia woman who died after his untrained clinic employees administered an overdose of a drug.

On April 23, Judge Jeffrey Minehart granted motions to acquit Gosnell on three murder charges and...READ MORE

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Franciscan University to Host Dietrich Von Hildebrand Project (3708)

Founder of the Von Hildebrand Legacy says Franciscan is a ‘natural partner’ for the project because it is a leading institution in the study of personalist philosophy and early phenomenology.

04/25/2013 Comments (2)

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Franciscan University of Steubenville has partnered with the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project to help secure the devout Catholic philosopher’s place in efforts to advance cultural renewal.
“Our partnership with Franciscan University will provide us the opportunity to build upon our current programming and to develop many new and exciting programs, which only the resources of a university could allow,” said John Henry Crosby, the founder and director of the legacy project.
Dietrich von Hildebrand, a Catholic convert and anti-Nazi activist, fled Nazi expansion in Europe and eventually settled in the U.S. in 1940. He taught at Fordham University in New York City....READ MORE

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Religious Sisters Celebrate One Year of Blocking Illinois Adult Club (4362)

Proprietors of the club have been accused of breaking state law, which requires a 1,000-foot ‘buffer zone’ between places of worship and such businesses.

04/25/2013 Comments (5)
Courtesy of Rudy Lopez.

Sr. Noemia Silva speaks at an April 22 press conference in Melrose Park, Illinois.

– Courtesy of Rudy Lopez.

CHICAGO — Residents and religious of a small Chicago suburb rallied to celebrate their so far successful campaign against the opening of a multi-million dollar “adult entertainment” club across from a convent.
“We came together as a community, as people of faith and stood together fighting for family values against what some thought was an unbreakable giant,” Sister Noemia Silva of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, Scalabrinian said at an April 22 press conference.
“It’s not only for the sisters, but for the community itself,” she told CNA in a later interview.
Outrage has erupted locally over the building of the establishment, particularly because of its location next to...READ MORE

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