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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.

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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! (3897)

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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.'

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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 (3924)

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 (4223)

Cardinal Dolan says structure is in danger of crumbling.

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

– Jeffrey Bruno

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.

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St. Joseph, Pray for Us! (3546)

The Pious Union of St. Joseph spreads devotion to its namesake, whose feast day is March 19. From our March 11 issue.

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The Pious Union of St. Joseph

A beautiful painting of St. Joseph dying, with Jesus and Mary at his bedside.

– The Pious Union of St. Joseph

“O St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ and true spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray for us and for the suffering and dying of this day/night.”

The short prayer above focuses on one of St. Joseph’s specialties: Among his many titles, he is patron of the dying. The prayer is the official prayer of the Pious Union of St. Joseph, which marks its 25th anniversary in the United States this year.

In 1987, the late Father Germano Pegoraro of the Servants of Charity started the union in this country, and by 1992, the union was established in Grass Lake, Mich., at the invitation of Bishop Kenneth Povish of Lansing, Mich.

That same year, the Pious Union started building a shrine to St. Joseph, which...READ MORE

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Pope: 'The Cross of Christ Is the Height of Love' (1667)

Benedict XVI urged pilgrims March 18 to keep their eyes fixed upon the goal of Lent, 'when we will accompany our Lord on the path to Calvary, so as to rise with him to new life.' He also spoke of St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19, and his upcoming Mexico-Cuba trip.

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Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Christians to walk with Jesus across the desert of Lent, to “listen more closely to the voice of God, and to unmask the temptations that speak within each of us.”

Before praying the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer at noon on March 18, Pope Benedict offered those pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square a reflection on how Lent is a “journey with Jesus through the desert.”

“On the horizon of the desert looms the cross,” he said. “Jesus knows that it is the culmination of his mission: In fact, the cross of Christ is the height of love, which gives us salvation.”

“He himself says in today’s Gospel: ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the...READ MORE

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Friendship: The Overlooked Love (1364)

Part 1 of a Register series on friendship.

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Samuel anoints David in the presence of his friends, from the third century AD.

– Wikipedia

The Christian tradition teaches us that grace perfects nature. Therefore, anything normal and native to human existence is, so to speak, grist for glory. God takes the ordinary stuff of human life and raises it—with our cooperation — to become the means by which his love is enfleshed and brought into the world. Everything, no matter how ordinary, can be raised by God to become sacramental.

A case in point: Once, when I was still a pagan, I came down with a horrible case of stomach flu. As I lay on my bed of suffering in my dorm room, I got a phone call from somebody on a neighboring dorm floor that had a bunch of Christians living there. I informed them I was not available to play...READ MORE

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