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Evangelize With Honey, Not Vinegar, Cardinal Dolan Says (5243)

The archbishop of New York said that people need to fall in love with Jesus Christ as the first step of their conversion.

11/18/2013 Comments (26)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

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BALTIMORE — Christians should be warm, and so invite people into relationship with Christ and the Yes of the Gospel, says Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York.

“Evangelization means attracting people to the person and message of Jesus Christ,” Cardinal Dolan told CNA Nov. 12, while attending the U.S. bishops’ general assembly in Baltimore.

“If they fall in love with Jesus and the Church, then we can begin to do a lot of the conversion and the tough moral teaching,” he said, adding that “we can never turn our back on those.”

Cardinal Dolan was outgoing president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the USCCB assembly. His successor in the post is Archbishop Joseph...READ MORE

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Vatican Removes ‘La Repubblica’ Interview From Its Website (3635)

Pope Francis reportedly had expressed concern about the Vatican re-publication of the interview, which was not a transcript of his actual words.

11/18/2013 Comments (5)

VATICAN CITY — The Holy See’s press officer announced Nov. 15 that the Vatican had chosen to take down the text of Pope Francis’ interview in La Repubblica, which had been featured among his speeches, from its website.

“The information in the interview is reliable on a general level, but not on the level of each individual point analyzed: This is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See website,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Nov. 15.

“Its removal is a final update on the nature of this text. Some mistakes were made regarding its value, which was questioned.”

The interview was conducted by Eugenio Scalfari, editor of the...READ MORE

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Origins of Mandatory Private Confession, Converted by Beauty, The Anglican Ordinariate and More! (4324)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/18/2013 Comment

Origins of Mandatory Private Confession. Follow the link by the Quartermaster of the Barque to read more.

Origins of Mandatory Private Confession by the Quartermaster of the Barque - BigPulpit.com

How Obamacare Offends Human Dignity – Stephen M. Krason, Aleteia

Minding the Monarchical Church – Matthew Olson, Ignitum Today

Converted by Beauty, a True Story – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Unfortunately, It’s Time For More Musical Reparation – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Why Homeschooling Matters – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

Now We Know Why the Ordinariate Was Started! - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Yes, Your Religion Matters – William Kilpatrick, Aleteia

The Altar of Success - Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

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Pope Francis Promotes Year of Faith ‘Spiritual Medicine’ (4664)

At the end of the Holy Father’s Angelus address, volunteers distributed small boxes containing rosaries and Divine Mercy prayer cards to the assembled pilgrims.

11/17/2013 Comments (3)
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VATICAN CITY — At the close of his Angelus address today, Pope Francis encouraged those in St. Peter’s Square to pick up a little box of spiritual medicine on their way out.

“I would like, now, for all of you to consider a medicine. But some may think, ‘The Pope is being a pharmacist now?’ It is a special medicine to make the fruit of the Year of Faith that is coming to a close more concrete,” said Pope Francis Nov. 17, as he raised a little box for the crowd to see.

The boxes, packaged to resemble actual medication, contained rosaries and Divine Mercy prayer cards.

“This little box contains the medicine, and some volunteers will distribute it to you as you leave the square. Take...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Effect, Middle East Christians Face Extinction, Journeys to the Priesthood and More! (3394)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Francis Effect. Follow the link to read the roundup of the best stories on Pope Francis.

Pope Francis Effect – BigPulpit.com

Middle East Christians Faces Extinction, Says Govt Minister – Ed West, Catholic Herald

Divorce & Remarriage Among Catholics - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

North Koreans Execute 80 Citizens for Possessing Bibles – Junno A. Esteves, Zenit

The Mouth as a Lethal Weapon – Patti M. Armstrong, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Modern Error of Preaching Mercy without Repentance – Msgr. Charles Pope

The Sinner’s Guide to N. F. P.: The Simcha Fisher Interview – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Follow Me: Journeys to the Priesthood - Brandon Vogt

St. Gregory Palamas & the Place of Paradox in Christianity – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount...READ MORE

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What God Is and Isn't, The Evolution of Conscience in the Western World, and Much More! (2332)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/16/2013 Comment

What God Is & Isn’t. Follow the link by Fr. Robert Barron of the Strange Notions website to read more.

What God Is & Isn’t by Fr. Robert Barron of the Strange Notions website - BigPulpit.com

A Solution to the Degrading Catholic Culture in California – Regina Magazine

Culture Without God – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Why You Should Receive Communion Kneeling & on the Tongue – Kevin Tierney, Catholic Lane

Guess Who’s in the Neighborhood? - Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

5 Things to Say to Someone Considering Leaving the Church – Anthony Baratta, Evangelical to Catholic

God Loves You: Nobody Cares – Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

Cardinal Bartolucci Interviewed on Liturgical Reform – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

4 Things That Aren’t Reasons I Became...READ MORE

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Inter Mirifica and the Changing World of Communication (5178)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Vatican II document was issued 50 years ago Dec. 4.

11/15/2013 Comments (3)

VATICAN CITY — Much has changed in the world of social communications since the promulgation 50 years ago of Inter Mirifica (The Means of Social Communication), the Second Vatican Council’s decree that addressed the concerns and problems associated with the media.

But the document has been effective, and the topics it discusses have been further developed in other Vatican writings over the last five decades, as media has rapidly advanced.

“Communications has been always, and always will be, central to the life of the Church, but sometimes it’s so central and part of what we do that we take it for granted,” said Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Cancels Morning Meetings Due to a Cold (2698)

But despite the illness, he presided over an afternoon Mass at which he ordained a new bishop.

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Pope Francis incenses the altar at the Nov. 15 Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at which he ordained Msgr. Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, secretary general of the Vatican City governing body, as a bishop.

– Vatican Radio/CTV/Facebook

VATICAN CITY — It was announced earlier today that Pope Francis canceled all of his morning meetings due to a cold, but still presided over a scheduled Mass in which he ordained a bishop in the afternoon.

In a statement issued to journalists on Nov. 15, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi noted that, although the Pope had four audiences scheduled with various heads of dicasteries within the Curia, he decided to postpone them because the officials live in Rome and can be met with at any time.

However, despite his illness, Father Lombardi revealed that the Pope still decided to preside, as previously planned, over a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon.

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