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Pope Previews World Day of Prayers for Vocations (1881)

Benedict XVI encourages families to foster vocations.

02/13/2012 Comments (1)

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)—Christian families should be a happy and loving environment in which young people can discern calls to the priesthood or religious life, Pope Benedict XVI says in his message for the World Day of Prayers for Vocations.

“Families are not only the privileged place for human and Christian formation; they can also be ‘the primary and most excellent seed bed of vocations to a life of consecration to the Kingdom of God,’ by helping their members to see, precisely within the family, the beauty and the importance of the priesthood and the consecrated life,” the Pope said on Feb. 13.

The 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated on April 29 with the...READ MORE

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Kindle Catholic Books; Surfer-Priest Conversion; Liberated Love and Gay; Vichy Catholics and more! (5162)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Surfer-Priest Related Dramatic Conversion. Click on the link by Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller to read more of this fascinating and joyful conversion story.

Catholic Books On Kindle Meme - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Liberated Love, Same-Sex Attraction - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Surfer-Priest Related Dramatic Conversion - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Vichy Catholics - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Celibate but Not Chase? Chaste but Not Celibate? SSA Theology - Richard Evans, Catholic Boy Richard

If You Think a Young Man May Have Vocation to Priesthood, Tell Him So - Webster Bull, Witness

How to Consecrate Yourself to the Immaculate Mary - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Holy See & Israel Negotiating Over The Upper Room - Giorgio Bernardelli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Intercession of...READ MORE

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Bishops Reject Obama's 'Accommodation' (3387)

'We are dismayed that he does not understand the root issues which are involved here,' says one bishop.

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WASHINGTON — After President Obama announced accommodations to the controversial Health and Human Services mandate that stirred a backlash from Catholics, Christians, Orthodox Jews and others, responses rolled in.

They range from caution to rejection.

As the official statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was readied and released, some individual bishops remained studying the government’s “accommodation” before commenting on it, while some began to weigh in on the matter quickly.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput rejected the Obama administration’s attempt to revise its contraception mandate, saying the rule remained “insulting” and “dangerous” to believers’...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Secret World of Arrietty' (7205)

There’s a world of wonder under the floorboards in this gentle, wholesome family-film delight.

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The Secret World of Arrietty just might change the way you look at the world around you — right around you. A wide-eyed sense of discovery and revelation permeates the film, and what it reveals is ... the mystery and wonder of an ordinary home.

Written by animation master Hayao Miyazaki and helmed by animator and first-time director Yonebayashi Hiromasa, The Secret World of Arrietty follows in the footsteps of ultra-gentle Studio Ghibli family fare like Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Ghibli films are renowned for painterly animation rich in authentic detail—yet seldom if ever has a Ghibli film, or any film, looked quite so closely and lovingly at the trappings of...READ MORE

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UPDATE: U.S. Bishops to White House: 'Recission of Mandate Only Solution' (2988)

White House touts positive feedback from Catholic Health Association and Catholic Charities

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President Barack Obama is joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during his announcement of an 'accommodation' of his health-care rule requiring religious employers to provide women free access to contraception.

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UPDATE: On Feb. 12, the White House Blog posted “What They Are Saying: Preventive Health Care and Religious Institutions,” which included positive statements from several Catholic organizations, including the Catholic Health Association and Catholic Charities USA.

“Catholic Charities USA welcomes the administration’s attempt to meet the concerns of the religious community, and we look forward to reviewing the final language. We are hopeful that this is a step in the right direction and are committed to continuing our work to ensure that our religious institutions will continue to be granted the freedom to remain faithful to our beliefs, while also being committed to providing access to...READ MORE

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Winter Wonders, Scripture Stories (920)

Feb. 12 issue children's book picks: winter, Valentine's Day and Scripture reads.

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The winter is a perfect time for kids to sip cocoa and nestle up with their favorite reads. Here are some suggestions that make for a wintry mix of titles for this time of year: a few books set in the chilly, winter weather, a few to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, and a couple of timeless titles to warm children’s spiritual hearts, too.

I Am Small

Written and illustrated by Emma Dodd

Scholastic, 2010

22 pages, $8.99

A baby penguin looks around and sees that he is very small compared to the big, fast-paced world around him. In his littleness, he notices that crowds are large, winds are cold, oceans are deep, and mountains are steep. But he doesn’t mind — because he knows that he is always loved...READ MORE

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Pope: 'This Is the Victory of Christ, Which Is Our Deep Healing' (1692)

Benedict XVI reflects on Jesus' healing of the leper and 154th anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes' first appearance to St. Bernadette.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—Jesus Christ’s healing of the leper in the Gospel of Mark encapsulates the whole history of salvation, said Pope Benedict XVI in his Sunday Angelus address Feb. 12.

When Jesus met the leper, he came into contact with a form of illness “considered at that time the most serious, enough to render a person ‘impure’ and to exclude (him) from the society,” the Pope explained to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

There was even special legislation that reserved to Jewish priests “the task of declaring the person leprous; that is, impure,” he said. It was the job of the Jewish priests to decide if and when to re-admit the sufferer to society after he had been deemed...READ MORE

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Equipping Men for the Spiritual Battle (9111)

The co-host of EWTN’s Life on the Rock discusses his plan to prepare men for life’s most important moments.

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Co-host of EWTN’s Life on the Rock Doug Barry is also the founder and director of the Catholic apostolate Radix and the Nebraska-based Camp Gargano.

He spoke recently with Register senior writer Tim Drake.

Where are you from originally? Tell me about your family growing up.

I was born and raised in Lincoln, Neb. I’m the youngest of five children. My father was a traffic manager at a book company. My mother was primarily a stay-at-home mother. I went to Catholic grade school and graduated in 1983 from public school. I was interested in art and drama. I’m a poster child for lukewarm Catholics. I was raised in a Catholic family and went to Mass every Sunday, but my heart was never 100%...READ MORE

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