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New Evangelization to Be the Focus of U.S. Bishops' Meeting With Theologians (2537)

March 16 meeting at CUA to advance dialogue between bishops and theologians and address catechetical challenges facing Catholic colleges.

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WASHINGTON — In an effort to make Catholic universities a fulcrum of the New Evangelization, the U.S. bishops’ Doctrine Committee will meet with theological societies in Washington to address impediments to fruitful collaboration and clarify the need for effective catechesis.

On March 16, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit and Bishop John Barres of Allentown, Pa., will address members of U.S. theological societies at a closed-door meeting at The Catholic University of America.

“The goals of the meeting include developing relationships among the academic societies and with U.S. bishops and exploring current theological issues,” read a statement...READ MORE

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Black Smoke, No Pope Today (3384)

Cardinals will resume voting tomorrow morning.

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Black smoke rises March 12 from the Sistine Chapel chimney.


VATICAN CITY — Black smoke rose from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel at 7:42pm local time on March 12, signaling that the College of Cardinals has not yet come to an agreement in electing the Church's new pope.

Voting will continue on March 13, starting at approximately 9:30am local time. Four votes are held per day — two in the morning and two in the evening.

Smoke is sent up after the two morning votes, around noon, and then again after the afternoon set of votes, around 7:00pm.

However, if the first vote of either the morning or afternoon set results in the election of a new pope, the smoke will be seen earlier.

In addition to casting their votes, the cardinals...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aquila Laments Passage of Colo. Civil-Unions Bill (1821)

‘Today, our state and federal Constitutions have been dealt a troubling blow,’ the Denver archbishop said.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila

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DENVER — Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver called the Colorado Legislature's passage of a civil-unions bill a “regrettable move,” harming families, children and religious freedom.

“Today, our state and federal Constitutions have been dealt a troubling blow,” he said March 12.

“Marriage is a stabilizing institution at the foundation of civil society. Religious liberty is a civil-rights issue. Today, both have been grievously harmed.”

The Colorado House approved the bill that would allow same-sex couples to form civil unions by a 39-26 vote in which the Democrats were joined by two Republicans to support the bill.

The bill had previously been approved by the state Senate, and it...READ MORE

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Young Adult Uses Marathon to Pursue Her Vocation (3139)

Jenn Garza will commit to pray for each one of her supporters during the 26.2-mile race.

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FRESNO, Calif. — A California native is running 26.2 miles to support her vocation as a cloistered nun.

But before Jenn Garza can join the contemplative Norbertine sisters, she must pay off nearly $53,000 in student loans.

Although Garza works two jobs, the 26-year-old said she “wouldn’t be able to pay off my student loans in any short amount of time.”

However, with a background in fitness and experience as a personal trainer in New York City, Garza said she realized through “a lot of prayer and discernment” that the best way to pay off her debt would be to ask supporters to sponsor her as she runs the Southern California Orange County Marathon in May.

Dubbing it the “Litany Run,”...READ MORE

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Was 2012 the Year the Church Discovered Twitter? (2874)

Adopting the same online approach as Benedict XVI’s lead, many American bishops have established a strong Internet presence.

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NEW YORK — Leave it to an 85-year-old man who wears ruby-red slippers and speaks fluent Latin to lead a 2,000-year-old Church into the new media.

About half a dozen U.S. archbishops and cardinals followed Pope Benedict XVI onto Twitter in 2012.

In May, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the New York archbishop and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, started tweeting Bible verses, saint quotations and reflections on joy and holiness to what is now an 80,000-plus person following. Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley took to Twitter to oppose an assisted-suicide ballot question. And Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich., who will become the archbishop of Portland, Ore., April 2,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Sodano Prays for a Pope Generous in Charity (2184)

A possible first vote for the new pope could take place this evening, Rome time.

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VATICAN CITY — The dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated Mass this morning and prayed for a new pope who will embrace the mission of charity with a generous heart.

“My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission (of charity) with a generous heart,” Cardinal Angelo Sodano said in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 12.

“Let us pray that the future pope may continue this unceasing work on the world level,” he said.

Cardinal Sodano gave his homily in Italian and drew out themes from the two readings and the Gospel.

He focused on the importance of love in charity with his reflections on the reading from Isaiah, the necessity of unity...READ MORE

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Papal Conclave 101: The Mechanics of Electing a New Pope (7496)

The election will be conducted according to a ceremonial and confidential process.

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VATICAN CITY — By the time all 115 grand electors travel the short distance from their Vatican City residence to the Apostolic Palace at 3:45pm on Tuesday, many will have clear favorite candidates in mind.

Their discernment process over the past few weeks appears to have been conclusive: The cardinals’ “unanimous” decision last Friday to begin the conclave March 12 suggests quite a few minds are made up. The consensus, therefore, is that this conclave could be relatively brief and may well be over by Friday.

There’s “no reason to believe it will take long,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Saturday. The average length of a conclave over the past century has...READ MORE

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Cardinal Ouellet Urges Forgiveness Ahead of Conclave (2588)

The participating cardinal electors will be invited to confess their sins, he noted, ‘so as to choose with purity.’

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Cardinal Marc Ouellet celebrating Mass March 10 at the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina.

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ROME — In a homily at his Roman parish on Sunday, Cardinal Marc Ouellet encouraged forgiveness and reconciliation, especially through the sacrament of confession.

“The cardinals that will now participate in the conclave will have the opportunity, and will all be invited to confess their sins, so as to choose with purity of heart,” the Quebec native said March 10.

Cardinal Ouellet, who formerly served as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, noted that during the conclave the cardinal electors will be able “not only to confess their sins, but also to offer forgiveness.”

Since cardinals are part of the clergy of Rome, each is given a titular parish for which they are...READ MORE

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