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‘Jesus, I Trust in You’ (7286)

Marian Shrine in Berkshires Focuses on Divine Mercy: April 8 issue feature.

04/15/2012 Comment
Christine Smyczynski

– Christine Smyczynski

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., was the peacefulness and the almost deafening silence. The shrine, which is a ministry of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is located on Eden Hill, 350 acres in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

Since my family and I had just traveled six hours by car from Buffalo, N.Y., the shrine offered us a much-needed respite.

The grounds of the shrine are breathtaking, with the gentle rolling Berkshire Hills in the background. There are several shrines, both indoors and outdoors, on the property. As we strolled through the grounds, our first...READ MORE

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Mercy and the Beggar Priest (5570)

User's Guide to Sunday, April 15.

04/15/2012 Comment

Sunday, April 15, is the Second Sunday of Easter (Year B, Cycle II): Divine Mercy Sunday.


Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

Our Take

Scott Hahn tells the story about a priest friend of his and Pope John Paul II. The priest was walking through the beggars of Rome on his way to a private papal audience when he recognized one of them: It was a priest he had known in the seminary.

At the papal audience, his homeless friend was much on the priest’s mind, and he blurted out the story to the Pope when they spoke. John Paul surprised him by inviting the priest to dinner — and asking him to bring his old friend.

Near the end of dinner, the...READ MORE

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Happy 85th Birthday, Pope Benedict! (7638)

New book pays tribute to the Holy Father.

04/15/2012 Comments (23)

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate his 85th birthday on Monday with a number of visitors, including his elder brother and the president of his native Bavaria.

His birthday will be "a normal working day, he never interrupts his daily routine, but it will be a very Bavarian day," said Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, Pope Benedict's private secretary, in an interview with Gente, a weekly magazine.

The Pope, who is now the sixth-oldest pontiff in history, returned to the Vatican April 13 after five days of rest at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

His few days of retreat followed a grueling fortnight that included his six-day apostolic voyage to Mexico and Cuba and the...READ MORE

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College Men Discern (3443)

April 8 issue feature: Am I Called to Be a Priest? Vocations group helps with the process.

04/14/2012 Comment
Tyler Cordaro

– Tyler Cordaro

Priests, classmates and teachers thought Riley Durkin might make a good priest long before he seriously considered the idea himself.

Comments he received starting in grade school played a role in the college freshman’s recent decision to apply to the seminary. Participating in a discernment group this year at North Dakota State University has made him more sure.

“It put me at ease with my decision,” said Durkin, who will study this fall at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for the Fargo, N.D., Diocese if his application is accepted.

Each week, Durkin and up to 10 fellow students meet with the diocese’s vocation director to read a book and discuss a range of issues and questions...READ MORE

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Re-Evangelizing America 101 (2904)

April 8 feature on Benedictine College's new missionary institute.

04/14/2012 Comment
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– Benedictine College Facebook

Taking a page from Protestant evangelicals, Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., is creating Catholic America’s first program to train lay undergraduates for missionary work.

The Catholic Church has been complacent in the past, says Benedictine theology professor Matthew Ramage, and it needs to be more pro-active if it’s to be serious about the New Evangelization.

“For us, it was a case of If we build a church, they will come; and if they didn’t come, they were damned,” said Ramage of an attitude prevalent in the past. “I think the Protestants have been much better at making the human connection.”

The director and main push behind the Institute for Missionary Activity is David...READ MORE

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US Bishops: Catholic Bloggers are Important, The Singing Priest, The Replacement Apostle, and more! (3827)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/14/2012 Comment
Catholic Blogger Mark Shea

U.S. Bishops: Bloggers Play ‘Critical Role’ in Defending the Church. Click on the link by Patrick B. Craine to read more.

– Catholic Blogger Mark Shea

U.S. Bishops: Catholic Bloggers Play ‘Critical Role’ in Defending the Church - Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

The Singing Priest - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Replacement Apostle - Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange

Young Women Exploited by Fertility Industry - Denise J. Hunnell MD, Catholic Lane

Fr. Robert Barron Eviscerates Andrew Sullivan - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Jimmy Carter, Biblical Scholar and Theologian - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Sex, Sanity, and Eternity - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

How God Heals the Broken-Hearted and Binds Up Their Wounds - Megan McKenna, Hearts on Fire

Quæritur: English Translation of Breviary to...READ MORE

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The Vatican and War (3537)

Saturday Book Pick: How two popes named Pius took different approaches to powers threatening peace in Europe.

04/14/2012 Comments (3)

The international situation between the world wars was very complicated: Ideologies like fascism and communism were taking hold of countries, governments and political systems.

Although Pope Pius XI (Achille Ratti, whose pontificate covered 1922 to 1939) harshly condemned those anti-Christian ideologies, the Vatican also signed treaties with countries like Italy (Lateran Treaty) and Germany (1933 Concordat) out of concern for Catholics living there. How do we explain this?

Emma Fattorini examines the complexities of that era’s Vatican diplomacy.

Pius XI was uncompromising towards authoritarian regimes; that attitude was not shared by his Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli (the...READ MORE

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Actor Andy Garcia Fights for Religious Freedom in 'For Greater Glory' (8889)

The true story of the Cristero Army's epic battle against the Mexican government's persecution of Catholics is a timely tale.

04/13/2012 Comments (9)
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Andy Garcia stars as Gen. Enrique Gorostieta.

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In the film For Greater Glory, which opens April 20 in Mexico and June 1 in the U.S., actor Andy Garcia plays the lead role of atheistic Gen. Enrique Gorostieta, who is hired to lead the Cristero Army — so-called because they were fighting for Cristo Rey (Christ the King) — in its 1926-1929 fight against the Mexican government, which was persecuting Catholics.

He recently spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the movie and his role.

What motivated you to take the role of Gen. Enrique Gorostieta in For Greater Glory?

I knew nothing about this story and was intrigued that it actually happened. So, No. 1, I was interested that something like this happened, and I hadn’t been...READ MORE

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