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Peace the Only Solution, Pope Says in Wake of Pakistan Bombing (3897)

Taliban allied militants are alleged to have attacked Christians in retaliation for U.S. drone strikes in tribal areas.

09/23/2013 Comments (5)

Lights are out on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in mourning for the Pakistani victims.


ROME — Pope Francis condemned a massive suicide bombing at a Christian church in Pakistan over the weekend, calling the violence unacceptable and urging peace efforts in the region.

“Today, in Pakistan, because of a wrong choice, a decision of hatred, of war, there was an attack in which over 70 people died,” the Pope said. “This choice cannot stand.”

Approximately at noon Sunday, Sept. 22, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the midst of the hundreds of worshippers leaving the historic All Saints Church in Kohati Gate, a heavily populated area of Peshawar, Pakistan.

Witnesses of the attack, which killed at least 80 and wounded more than 120 people, said they heard two blasts...READ MORE

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American Among Wave of Papal Appointments, Confirmations (12568)

The Holy Father has named Archbishop Augustine Di Noia as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

09/23/2013 Comments (10)

Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, who was appointed Sept. 21 as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis has made several key decisions in establishing his Curia, appointing new officials and confirming others in their positions in the Vatican.

The series of announcements includes the confirmation of top officials in key departments and the return of an American to the upper ranks of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

It has been over six months since Pope Francis announced he was temporarily confirming Vatican officials in their positions, taking “some time for reflection, prayer and dialogue, before any definitive nominations or confirmations.”

On Sept. 21, some of those major decisions were made.

Most notably, Pope Francis has confirmed...READ MORE

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10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage; When Were Joseph and Mary Married? and Much More! (5390)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/23/2013 Comments (2)

10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage. Follow the link by Katie Peterson Warner to read more.

10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage by Katie Peterson Warner – BigPulpit.com

When Were Joseph and Mary Married? – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Feast Day – BigPulpit.com

Pharaoh’s Daughter – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

On Reconciliation: Can Virginity be Restored? – Sam Entile, The Catholic Voyager

Will Hagia Sophia be Turned into a Mosque? – Byz Pulpit

What Makes for a Successful Seminary? – Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Children & Online Porn: 5 Quick Stats – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

The Scouts of St. George – Liam Ferguson, Dulcius Ex Asperis

Does Anyone Really Reject God? - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic


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A Must-Read Cardinal Burke Interview, The Mediant Pause, Making the Most of Aparecida and Much More! (5004)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/22/2013 Comment

A Must-Read Cardinal Burke Interview. Follow the link by Charles Cole of the New Liturgical Movement website to read more.

A Must-Read Cardinal Burke Interview by Charles Cole of the New Liturgical Movement website – BigPulpit.com

The Mediant Pause & Grammatical Ecstasy – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Making the Most of Aparecida – Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Why Catholics Won’t Be Saints – Erika, Transform!

The Big Interview of Pope Francis (Saturday) – BigPulpit.com

Catholic Parents & the Primordial & Inalienable Right & Duty – Quartermaster of the Barque

The Hidden Rebellion – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Photo Gallery: Extraordinary Pictures of Datacomb ‘Saints’ - Catholic Herald

Esto Vir - Jared Tomanek, Catholic Stand

A Spirit of Responsible Generosity - M. D’Ambrosio PhD,...READ MORE

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Understanding Pope Francis' Pastoral Approach; Support the Anglican Ordinariate! and Much More! (3733)

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09/21/2013 Comment

Understanding Pope Francis’ Pastoral Approach. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Understanding Pope Francis’ Pastoral Approach by Joe Heschmeyer - BigPulpit.com

Archbishop Vincent Nichols tells England & Wales Catholics: Support the Anglican Ordinariate - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

They Are of the Flesh of Christ: The Refugees - Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

In Defense of the Franciscans Punished by Pope - Sandro Magister, www. Chiesa

Cultural Wastelands - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Attacks on Archbishop Nienstedt Reveal Diabolical - Fr. Z’s Blog

Religious Communities: Because They Show The Way - Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

Evangelizing the Difficult - Patrick Coffin, Catholic Answers

Analyzing the Seven Deadly Sins, Pt. 6:...READ MORE

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Vaticanʼs New Catechism App Aims to Spread Faith Worldwide (6533)

Spreading the Gospel through smartphones is one of the new ways being discussed by catechists in Rome.

09/21/2013 Comments (4)

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VATICAN CITY — A pontifical council is preparing to launch a new app on the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to help promote and better expand Church teaching throughout the world.

“Catechesis is important for the Church first of all because it is the attempt we had from the beginning of our faith: to put together the knowledge, the content of our faith and the coherent witness that we should have,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

The app, which will be released first in Italian and available on mobile phones and tablets, is important, he said, because it provides “a possibility of using the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Doctors: ‘Spread the Gospel of Life’ (3230)

Speaking at a Vatican gathering, the Holy Father called on gynecologists to remind people that all human life is sacred.

09/20/2013 Comments (1)
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VATICAN CITY — Speaking to a group of gynecologists at the Vatican, Pope Francis affirmed that all human life has dignity and rejected the discarding of “defenseless” human persons through abortion.

“Every unborn child, although unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, the Lord’s face,” Pope Francis said, adding that, like Christ, these aborted children experience the rejection of the world.

The Holy Father asked doctors, “who are called to take care of human life in its initial phase,” to remind people that, “in all its phases and at any age, human life is always sacred.”  

“This is a commitment to the New Evangelization that often requires going against the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Grants an Interview and Shakes Up the Church (21636)

Catholic leaders in the United States respond to the Holy Father’s challenging comments.

09/20/2013 Comments (76)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York speaks about Pope Francis on NBC's Today show on Sept. 20.

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 19, a 12,000-word interview with Pope Francis appeared in Jesuit publications across the globe, provoking a furor that propelled Church leaders onto U.S. television talk shows to help explain what their new shepherd had in mind.

“I’m listening to him. He’s asking for a fresh strategy,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Sept. 20  on NBC’s Today show, when asked to respond to the papal critique of Catholics preoccupied with “small-minded rules” and fixated too exclusively on hot-button issues like abortion and same-sex “marriage.”

“I think what he’s saying is, sometimes, if we come across as negative,...READ MORE

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