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U.S. Bishops Launch Religious Liberty Prayer Campaign (4845)

Campaign centers around new 'Prayer for Religious Liberty.'

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The U.S. bishops have launched a nationwide prayer campaign to defend religious liberty against recent threats such as the federal contraception mandate.

The campaign centers around a newly released “Prayer for Religious Liberty,” which asks God to grant “a clear and united voice” to all who gather to defend rights of conscience “in this decisive hour in the history of our nation.”

At a Washington administrative committee meeting March 13-14, leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference called for the campaign in response to imminent threats to religious liberty, including the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate.

Bishops from every diocese in the country have spoken out...READ MORE

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The Easiest Plenary Indulgence in Lent, What is Lack of Piety, 5 Foreign Films on Faith, and more! (4512)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/20/2012 Comment

The Easiest Plenary Indulgence May Be Obtained During Lent. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read and learn more.

The Easiest Plenary Indulgence May Be Obtained During Lent - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

What is Piety & How Does a Lack of Piety Spell Doom for Us? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Five Foreign Films About Faith - by Way of Beauty

This is the Kind of Bishop that I Long for as a Priest - Fr. David Forrester, Catholic Herald

Lenten Prayer Before the Crucifix - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

“Souls Falling Into Hell Like Snowflakes”, 10 Saintly Quotes on Hell - Saint Peter’s List

Fasting That Can Help Your Love Life - Anthony Buono, Catholic Lane

Jesus of Egypt - Stephen Beale, Crisis Magazine

Why Did God Not Give Us Himself Together With His Son? - Fr. Ryan...READ MORE

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Obedience, Celibacy, Poverty: A Register Symposium (4144)

The Promises That Free Priests to Serve Christ: A March 25 issue special section

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“Priests share in the universal dimensions of the mission that Christ entrusted to the apostles,” the Catechism states. “The spiritual gift they have received in ordination prepares them, not for a limited and restricted mission, ‘but for the fullest, in fact the universal mission of salvation to the end of the earth,’ prepared in spirit to preach the Gospel everywhere” (1565). “It is in the Eucharistic cult or in the Eucharistic assembly of the faithful that they exercise in a supreme degree their sacred office; there, acting in the person of Christ and proclaiming his mystery, they unite the votive offerings of the faithful to the sacrifice of Christ their head, and in the sacrifice of...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI Celebrates St. Joseph's Day (2340)

The Holy Father delivered a sermon on his patron saint's virtues.

03/19/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the March 19 Solemnity of St. Joseph, his namesake, by delivering a sermon on the saint’s virtues.

Pope Benedict XVI, who was baptized Joseph Ratzinger, offered his thanks for all the prayers said on his behalf during his Sunday Angelus address on March 18.

“Dear friends,” he said, addressing the pilgrims who gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the noon prayer, “tomorrow we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph. I sincerely thank all those who have remembered me in prayer in the days before my name day.”

St. Joseph’s feast day is normally a holiday at the Vatican because he is the patron saint of the Church. But during the reign of Pope Benedict the holiday has an...READ MORE

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St. Joseph, YouTube Film School for Catholics, The Lenten Fast: Spiritual Warfare, and much more! (3893)

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03/19/2012 Comment

A Prayerful Meditation on St. Joseph. Click on the link by Dr. Edouard Belaga to read and learn more.

A Prayerful Meditation on St. Joseph - Dr. Edouard Belaga, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

YouTube Film School for Catholics - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

The Lenten Fast: Spiritual Warfare - David G. Bonagura Jr., The Catholic Thing

The Place of St. Joseph in Marian Devotion - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

A Lenten Warning from the Saints - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Solemnity of St. Joseph: 5 Things About His Life - Saint Peter’s List

Parenting Between The World And The Church - Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

12 Reasons Why Joseph was Married to Mary (St. Thomas Aquinas) - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Stages of Starvation & the Decline of the West -...READ MORE

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Pope Offers Condolences on the Death of Pope Shenouda III of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church (1705)

The Catholic Church, Pope Benedict said, 'shares the grief that afflicts the Orthodox Copts' and 'stands in fervent prayer asking that he who is the Resurrection and the Life might welcome his faithful servant.'

03/19/2012 Comments (3)

Pope Benedict XVI and other Catholic leaders have offered their condolences on the death of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, who died March 17 at age 88.

The Catholic Church, Pope Benedict said, “shares the grief that afflicts the Orthodox Copts” and “stands in fervent prayer asking that he who is the Resurrection and the Life might welcome his faithful servant. May the God of all mercy receive Pope Shenouda in his joy, his peace and light.”

Born in August of 1923, Nazeer Gayed was honored as the 117th “Pope of Alexandria” by Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt and abroad. Although theological differences separated his church from Catholics and other Orthodox...READ MORE

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Winning the Mandate Debate (3922)

March 25 issue editorial on Health and Human Services issue.

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The fight for religious freedom has faced new and unpredictable hurdles in the two months since Kathleen Sebelius approved a rule that requires Catholic institutions to provide services that violate their religious teachings.

Since the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled the final version of the contraception mandate, advocates for co-pay-free sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs have launched a campaign of misinformation, characterizing Church leaders’ defense of the “first freedom” as a “war against women.”

There’s good news, however. A CBS/New York Times poll released March 13 confirmed that a slight majority of Americans share the bishops’...READ MORE

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New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral to Undergo $177-Million-Dollar Renovation (4222)

Cardinal Dolan says structure is in danger of crumbling.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan announcing major restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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NEW YORK — New York City’s fabled St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been a silent, noble observer of the St. Patrick’s Day parade for over a century. But, according to New York’s new cardinal, the old cathedral is in danger of disintegrating.

Just prior to the Fifth Avenue parade celebrations on March 17, on the steps of the cathedral — on the feast day of St. Patrick himself — Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced that the Archdiocese of New York is launching a $177-million renovation of the cathedral. Hailed by Cardinal Dolan as “America’s Parish Church,” the cathedral will undergo its largest and most expensive restoration since it first opened its doors 133 years ago.

Construction of the church...READ MORE

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