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Demons & the Consecration to Mary, A Brief Explanation of Nuptial Meaning of the Body and More! (4843)

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Demons & the Consecration to Mary. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

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A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body – Msgr. Charles Pope

Music Ministry: Performance or Prayer – Greg Yoko, Catholic Stand

Should Catholics Avoid Erotic Romance Novels? – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Did Cardinal Dolan Step in a Mess? Not Really, Despite His Critics – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

How Catholics Understand the Bible – Mark P. Shea, Strange Notions

Pro-Choice Violence & Radical Love – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

“. . .Share Your Food with the Hungry” Isaiah 58:7 – Thomas J. Neal PhD

Pope Francis Expresses Hope for Catholic-Orthodox Unity – Byz Pulpit


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John Paul II Eucharistic Center to Be Dedicated in Hanceville, Ala. (5501)

The Dec. 8 dedication ceremonies will feature a noon Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Raymond Burke.

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Courtesy of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala.

Statue of the Lamb of God, in the John Paul II Eucharistic Center in Hanceville, Ala.

– Courtesy of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Dec. 8 will mark another major milestone at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of the Angels Monastery with the dedication of the new John Paul II Eucharistic Center.

The dedication ceremonies will begin with a noon Mass in the shrine’s main chapel, celebrated by Cardinal Raymond Burke and televised on EWTN. A non-Eucharistic procession will follow to the center for the dedication.

“The occasion of the blessing of the John Paul II Eucharistic Center is certainly an occasion to thank almighty God for the great gift of Mother Angelica to the Church and, inspired by her, to thank him, most of all, for the great gift of the Most Holy Eucharist, the...READ MORE

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Learning Lessons From the Church in Africa With EWTN (3336)

Father Maurice Emelu discusses the three new programs he is filming on location in Nigeria and Cameroon, to highlight the continent’s Catholic experience.

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Courtesy of Father Maurice Emelu, host of EWTN’s <i>The Faith With Father Maurice</i>.

Father Maurice

– Courtesy of Father Maurice Emelu, host of EWTN’s The Faith With Father Maurice.

Editor's Note: Register staff member Rachel Zamarron is traveling with Father Maurice Emelu and EWTN's TV crew in Africa. She will be blogging throughout the trip. Read the introductory blog here.

Considered by many as the “Cradle of Mankind,” the continent of Africa today is now the cradle of the Church’s evangelization. A new package of programs from EWTN aims to go right to the heart of Africa in order to bring forth the spiritual lessons of a local Church still in its infancy in many areas — and fresh with the lively hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Father Maurice Emelu, a Nigerian priest and host of EWTN’s The Faith With Father Maurice, is filming, on location in Nigeria and...READ MORE

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Amid Increased Persecution, Christianity Growing in ‘Global South’ (5556)

A representative from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated that one in five Christians currently live in countries where they are likely to be persecuted.

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Anti-Christian slogans on St. Cyril Church in Cairo in August.

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WASHINGTON — Researchers say the Christian population is growing in regions that experience anti-Christian persecution, though this threatens their ability to contribute to societies.

“Persecution is growing because Christianity is growing in the places where people are persecuted,” said Todd Johnson of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Speaking during a Dec. 5 media call, he characterized anti-Christian persecution as “growing fast.” His research estimates that one in five Christians, 500 million people, currently live in countries where Christians are likely to be persecuted. By 2020, their numbers are expected to rise to 600...READ MORE

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Asian Bishops Encourage Bible-Inspired Apostolates (2865)

‘Crossing the Borders: Renewed Biblical Apostolate’ is a seminar that is going on through Dec. 7 in the Thai city of Pattaya.

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Asian bishops' federation's 2013 biblical seminar in Thailand

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PATTAYA, Thailand — The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences is hosting a seminar on apostolates inspired by the Bible and the New Evangelization this weekend, drawing clerics, religious and laity from across the continent.

“The main crux is to reawaken the missionary challenge of the word,” Father Jacob Theckanath, executive director of the bishops' conference, told CNA, explaining “Crossing the Borders: Renewed Biblical Apostolate,” being held Dec. 5-7 in the Thai city of Pattaya, located 90 miles southeast of Bangkok.

The seminar marks the release of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) on  the New Evangelization; Father Alberto Rossa,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Creates Commission on Sexual Abuse (4507)

The Holy Father’s advisory group of cardinals recommended the move at its Dec. 5 meeting.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston addresses a Dec. 5 press conference in the Vatican.


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has agreed to the creation of a special commission for the protection of children from sexual abuse.

The Holy Father’s decision to set up the new body came in response to a suggestion from the eight-member council of cardinals who concluded a three-day meeting at the Vatican Dec. 5.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, a member of the council, told reporters this afternoon that the creation of the commission continues “decisively along the lines undertaken by Pope Benedict XVI.”

The new body for the protection of minors will have the aim of “advising Pope Francis on the Holy See’s commitment to the protection of children and in pastoral care for victims of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Create Commission on Sex Abuse of Minors, Ex-Anglicans Leaving the Ghetto and More! (3496)

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Ex-Anglicans Break Out of the Ghetto – William Oddie PhD, The Catholic Herald

Science Was Born of Christianity: Why It Matters? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Historic, Beautiful, Catholic: Savannah, Georgia – Amy Proctor, Regina Magazine

Reflections on Generosity – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

The Ongoing Saga of “the Hermeneutic of Continuity” - Peter Kwasniewski, New Liturgical Movement

Down Argentine Way – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Case for Child Solitude - Rick Becker, Catholic Exchange

Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify? – Christ Ricketts, Ignitum Today

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Notre Dame, Focus Lawsuits Challenge HHS Contraception Mandate (2824)

Notre Dame’s president warned that the government forcing religious institutions to violate their beliefs would mark 'the end of genuinely religious organizations.'

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The University of Notre Dame

– Kahunapule Michael Johnson via Flickr

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Lawsuits from the University of Notre Dame and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) are challenging the HHS mandate for forcing them to violate Catholic teaching or face crippling fines.

Notre Dame’s president, Holy Cross Father John Jenkins, said the university’s lawsuit is about the freedom to “live out a religious mission” with broader significance than a debate about contraception.

“For if we concede that the government can decide which religious organizations are sufficiently religious to be awarded the freedom to follow the principles that define their mission, then we have begun to walk down a path that ultimately will undermine those...READ MORE

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