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Jesus ‘Still a Prisoner,’ Pope Tells Jail Chaplains (2030)

‘No cell is so isolated that it may exclude the Lord,’ the Holy Father declared.

10/25/2013 Comments (1)
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met with 200 Italian prison chaplains on Oct. 23, asking them to tell the imprisoned that they are in his prayers and to remind them that Jesus Christ is with them.

“Tell them that I pray for them, I pray to the Lord and to the Virgin that they may positively overcome this difficult period in their lives, and that they are not discouraged, that they do not close themselves up, because the Lord is near them,” he said Oct. 23 at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall.

“No cell is so isolated that it may exclude the Lord,” he added.

“He does not stay outside their cells, but instead he is inside with them. He too is still a prisoner, even today. He is a prisoner of our...READ MORE

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German Bishop Takes Leave While Diocesan Audit Is Conducted (5263)

Media reports have criticized the expense of a remodeling and building project that was authorized by the previous bishop of Limburg.

10/25/2013 Comments (17)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has asked a German bishop to take a temporary leave of absence while a commission looks into allegations of excessive spending in his diocese.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, of the Diocese of Limburg near Frankfurt, has been at the focus of allegations of approving an expensive remodeling and building project that included the bishop’s residence. According to some estimates, the total amount could be as much as $40 million.

Der Spiegel magazine described the new building as a “monstrous luxury complex,” but the publication erroneously reported that it was built “according to the wishes” of Bishop Tebartz-van Elst, when, in fact, his predecessor,...READ MORE

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George Weigel Awarded Blessed John Paul II Award (2301)

Washington’s Catholic Information Center honored Weigel for his investigations of the life and work of the late pope.

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Papal biographer George Weigel

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WASHINGTON — George Weigel was honored Oct. 22 with the Blessed John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization for his work investigating the life and work of the late pope.

Within modern society, the challenges of “coldness, unreality, religious freedom,” Weigel explained during his acceptance speech, “can seem overwhelming.”

However, he continued at the Oct. 22 awards dinner, martyrs and pilgrimage sites “remind us — don’t quit.”

“Christ has won the victory, so we can carry on in good spirits, as John Paul II did until the end of his life.”

The second-annual Blessed John Paul II Award Dinner for the New Evangelization was hosted by the Catholic Information Center in Washington,...READ MORE

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Anxiety Over Pope Francis? It’s a Case of Style More Than Substance (26701)


10/24/2013 Comments (94)


The interviews Pope Francis has granted have brought before the world’s attention the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a manner both refreshing and attractive.

At the same time, it is undeniable that portions of the interviews have also caused some discomfort in the Church, precisely among those who have labored heroically in service to the Church’s evangelizing mission.

To just take a few examples, Michael Novak, Janet Smith and Carl Olson have expressed misgivings. Such concerns should not just be dismissed. I think there are reasons — mostly to do with style and emphasis more than substantive disagreement — that explain some of that uneasiness.



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Lawsuit: HHS Mandate a ‘Conscious Political Strategy’ to Divide the Church (4650)

Filed by Catholic groups, the new complaint demands the federal court reject the Obama administration’s narrowing of religious liberty.

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President Barack Obama announces the HHS contraceptive mandate at the White House with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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WASHINGTON  — Catholic organizations in Washington, D.C., and Thomas Aquinas College in California have filed a suit against the Obama administration, demanding a reprieve from the federal contraception mandate on religious-liberty grounds.

“The HHS [Health and Human Services] contraceptive mandate presents a challenge to a Catholic institution such as Thomas Aquinas College that seeks to uphold both the civil law and the teachings of the Church,” said Michael McLean, president of Thomas Aquinas College.

“The mandate puts those duties into direct conflict, requiring that we take action to protect the college’s Catholic identity and preserve its financial stability, as the penalties...READ MORE

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Bishop Bans ‘Blasphemous’ Rosary for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ From Cathedral (9352)

The activist Rainbow Sash Movement had planned to pray for ‘marriage equality’ in the Springfield, Ill., cathedral until Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s forceful intervention.

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., rebuked a group that tried to organize a Rosary in the diocesan cathedral in support of a bill to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, saying the prayer contradicts Christ's teachings.

“It is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to something holy,” Bishop Paprocki said.

His actions came in response to the activist group Rainbow Sash Movement’s announced plans to say a Rosary for “marriage equality” before an Oct. 22 evening Mass at Springfield's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The group said it intended to show a “loud Catholic presence for marriage equality” in Illinois’ capital...READ MORE

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Vatican Plans to Take on Church of England and World Religions — in Cricket (3605)

The newly formed St. Peter’s Cricket Club also hopes to play Muslim, Hindu and Sikh teams, as well as those from other religions and cultures, to promote dialogue and virtue.

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The official emblem on the St. Peter's Cricket Club jacket

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VATICAN CITY — The Holy See has plans to finally beat the Church of England at its own game: not in a theological debate, but on the cricket field. The Vatican has a new cricket club that aims to encourage dialogue between cultures, as well as growing virtue among the athletes, both on and off the field.

“The idea was if we start a cricket club, cricket being so popular in the whole of the East, especially in the Indian subcontinent, we could start a dialogue through cricket,” said Father Theodore Mascarenas.

Father Mascarenas is a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, overseeing the departments for Asia, Africa and Ushuaia (capital city of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina). He is...READ MORE

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Understanding 'Lead Us Not Into Temptation,' Overcoming Anxiety and More! (3635)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/24/2013 Comment

The Most Depressing Picture of the Year. Follow the link by William M. Briggs of the Statistician to the Stars! blog to read more on grooming for Catholics.

Understanding “Lead Us Not Into Temptation” – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Christianity Section of Your Local Bookstore – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

A Dying Atom Bomb Victim’s Last Wish: Communion – Domenico Agasso Jr., Vatican Insider

The Most Depressing Picture of the Year by William M. Briggs of the Statistician to the Stars! blog – BigPulpit.com

How to Overcome Anxiety – Fr. Michael Najim, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Archbishop Longley, Retract Damaging Pronouncement on Anglicans and the Ordinariate - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

The Great Shea-Voris Grudge Match – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Men Who “Father” &...READ MORE

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