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High-School Grads Make ‘Newman Connection’ with College Ministries (3741)

Students find Catholic faith communities before arriving on campus.

04/22/2013 Comments (1)

– NewmanConnection.com

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Catholic parishes are celebrating Masses for their graduating high-school seniors — but studies show that nearly one out of every three seniors in those pews will leave the Catholic faith during their college career, and even more will stop practicing it.

However, campus ministers believe a new high-school outreach program from the Newman Connection will give them a vital tool in stemming the loss of young Catholics from the Church and promote the New Evangelization on America’s college campuses.

The Newman Connection, a nonprofit company that provides support and resources to Newman Centers throughout the United States, has launched a new national outreach program...READ MORE

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Sinead O'Connor Doesn’t Like Pope Francis, Convert Impacted by Thomas More Col. and More! (7449)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/22/2013 Comment

Sinead O'Connor Doesn’t Like Pope Francis. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of the CMR blog to read more.

Sinead O'Connor Doesn’t Like Pope Francis by Matthew Archbold of the CMR blog - Big Pulpit

Student Converts to Catholicism, Impact of Thomas More Col. – Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society/Catholic Education Daily

France: Wave of Pro-Marriage Demonstrations - Big Pulpit

Lalemant Propers: The Graduale Romanum in English – Jeff Ostrowski, New Liturgical Movement

Free Sex and the City? – Emi Parker, Ignitum Today

C. D. F. and L. C. W. R.: Reform, Not Inquisition – Mary, Catholic Sistas

Do Stephen Hawking Followers Care About Evidence – Stacy Trasancos PhD

A Look at Biblical Texts in Opposition to Contraception – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

This is My...READ MORE

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‘Becoming Sister Mary Grace’ Encourages Vocations in Girls (5106)

New book is timely for World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

04/21/2013 Comment
Courtesy of Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz

– Courtesy of Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz

When they couldn’t find vocation stories for children, Father Jeffrey Kirby and Marguerite (Peggy) Wertz decided to write their own.

In 2010, they published Becoming Father Bob for boys, which quickly became a success.

But that was only the start.

This January, during Catholic Schools Week, they released their latest book, aimed at elementary and middle-school girls: Becoming Sister Mary Grace.

“Principal Peggy Wertz and I worked alongside a great illustrator and saw Becoming Sister Mary Grace come alive,” said Father Kirby, vicar of vocations for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. Wertz is principal of St. Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken, S.C., where illustrator Alice Judd...READ MORE

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God's Warning for Humanity, France: Brutal Tactics Against Pro-Marriage Marchers and More! (5001)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/20/2013 Comment

God’s Warning for Humanity Delayed. Follow the link via Mystics of the Church website to read more.

God’s Warning for Humanity Delayed via Mystics of the Church website - Big Pulpit

France: Brutal Tactics Against Pro-Marriage Demonstrators – Annie Elizabeth, Defénde Nos In Proélio

Are You Just a Mother? – Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

April 16, 2013, Versailles – Tiberge, GalliaWatch

The Impotence of the Orthodox Catholic Political Movement - Francis, Catholic Stand

Why People With a Colorful Past Evangelize - Anabelle Hazard Esq, Catholic Lane

Spiritual Warfare Concerning Anger - Ronda Chervin PhD, Corpus Christi Watershed

IVF May Have Brought Joy; Also Brought Misery, Ended Lives – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Interview with Dr. Matthew Bunson On Pope Francis –...READ MORE

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Catholics Caught in the Crossfire (3704)

How some residents of Watertown and other Boston-area communities were impacted by the police pursuit of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

04/20/2013 Comment
Justin Bell

Statue of Jesus at the rectory of Sacred Heart Parish in Watertown, Mass.

– Justin Bell

WATERTOWN, Mass. — In a conclusion to an unforgettable and sometimes surreal week, events unfolded in the Boston area between Thursday and Friday evenings that would rival the popular show television show 24.

Yet the very real life of MIT officer Sean Collier was violently taken, MBTA transit officer Richard Donohue was seriously wounded, and terror-bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and subsequently died — but another life was spared, that of his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, also known as Suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombings.

With much of the Boston area under lockdown after a guerilla-warfare battle between armed authorities and the brothers Tsarnaev in the streets of...READ MORE

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The Slide Toward State Control; Only Sometimes Called a Bigot? Aridity, Divine Intimacy and More! (2647)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/20/2013 Comment

The Slide Toward State Control. Follow the link by Donald DeMarco PhD of the Crisis Magazine website to read more.

The Slide Toward State Control by Donald DeMarco PhD of the Crisis Magazine website - Big Pulpit

Only Sometimes Called a Bigot? - Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

Aridity, Divine Intimacy – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Mainstream Media Attack Archbishop Vigneron - Fr. Z’s Blog

On Women Marrying Young – Brianna Heldt, Ignitum Today

Whiskey Man: Fr. Emil Kapaun - Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

The Best is Yet to Come - Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Dino Marcantonio on Sacred Art and Architecture – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Extremely Easy English Propers - Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

How to Help an Aging Parent Who Refuses Help - Dale Carter,...READ MORE

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Earthly Fortitude Prepares Us for the Gift’s Ultimate Expression (4929)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

04/20/2013 Comment

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

I once read that there was a person who felt a certain envy for the early martyrs of the Church.

Where most people feel fear, the author felt a sort of romantic stirring at the thought of dying before a firing squad in some filthy, anti-Christian hellhole, singing the Creed.

There are places, even today, where Christians get such opportunities forced upon them on far too regular a basis. Many despotisms still exist where Christians are butchered for their faith by the thousands each year. So it’s easy to think of the gift of fortitude as primarily having to do with screwing up your courage and facing some ghastly martyrdom like St. Lawrence roasting on a red hot griddle and gallantly...READ MORE

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Nearly 15,000 French Mayors Will Refuse to Perform ‘Gay Marriages’ (3729)

04/20/2013 Comments (1)

PARIS — A group of at least 14,900 French mayors has said it will not perform “gay marriages,” even if the government moves ahead with plans to legalize the practice.

The administration of French President Francois Hollande has put forth a measure that would legalize “gay marriage,” allow same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and to adopt children.

“It is foolish to think that the mobilization of the elected mayors would stop if the law is passed,” said Franck Meyer, spokesman for the association Mayors for Children.

“As citizens, we elected officials will not give up,” he said in statements to the media.

Meyer, who is mayor of...READ MORE

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