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St. Josemaria's 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility, Importance of Reverence in Liturgy and More! (4155)

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St. Josemaria’s 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility. Follow the link via Saint Peter’s List to read more.

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The Importance of Reverence within the Sacred Liturgy – Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency

The Dominican and the Devil Dogs – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Lynchpin of High Scholasticism: Hugh of St. Cher – Donald S. Prudlo, Crisis Magazine

A Wager About Satan – Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

Missa Cantata – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Scripture and Tradition On Demand – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

On Rational Discourse and Blogging – The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

All the Latest Updates on Pope Francis this Afternoon - Big Pulpit

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Benedict XVI Put Liturgy Front and Center (7327)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The pope emeritus’ words and deeds regarding the Mass led the faithful closer to God.

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Pope Benedict XVI gives Communion to a woman religious Oct. 28 at the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization.

– CNA/Anne Hartney

Pope Benedict XVI’s keen liturgical interest is well known to devout Catholics. Even before his papacy, books by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, such as The Feast of Faith and The Spirit of the Liturgywere formative for many of the faithful in search of true liturgical principles.

During Benedict’s papacy, documents such as the 2007 apostolic exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis continued Benedict’s catechesis on the source and summit of the Christian life. While these writings have been highly significant for the Church, priests and bishops near the now-retired Holy Father believe his example has been even more so.

Msgr. James Moroney had the privilege of working with Pope Benedict on the...READ MORE

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Counsel: Prudence Raised to a Supernatural Level (5693)

COMMENTARY: Part of a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Counsel is the third of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that we receive in confirmation. The gift of counsel has been called by St. Thomas Aquinas “the perfection of prudence,” because, in this gift, grace perfects the natural virtue of prudence that anybody can have and raises it to supernatural heights through sanctifying grace.

Grace perfecting nature is a constant theme of the Catholic faith. God, in revealing himself, doesn’t destroy the work he did in creation and start over, replacing it with something else. Instead, he heals and divinizes fallen human nature and raises it to participate in his divine life.

So God, in becoming man, remains fully human and reveals himself in...READ MORE

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'This Is the Secret of Pope Francis'; Oriented Toward Gregorian Chant and Much More! (5682)

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“This is the Secret of Pope Francis” by Carl E. Olson of The CWR Blog - Big Pulpit

Oriented Toward Gregorian Chant – Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo CSJ, Catholic News Agency

The Internet Ruins Everything – Tim Glemkowski, Ignitum Today

Catholic Social Teaching, Without Fear – Joseph Wood,The Catholic Thing

The Liturgical Direction of Francis: A Diatribe Against the Diatribes – Jacob Tawney, The American Catholic

The Dorothy Day Few of Us Know – Stephen Beale, Crisis Magazine

So You Think You Know How the Morning After Pill Works? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Stand

Getting More from Holy Mass – Sr. Benedicta Marie OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

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Pope Francis Honored in Special Buenos Aires Mass (2633)

Mass at the cathedral of Buenos Aires began a three-day period of prayer for Pope Francis.

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Lateral altar of Buenos Aires cathedral

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, apostolic nuncio to Argentina, celebrated a special Mass of thanksgiving to offer gratitude and prayers for Pope Francis as he begins his papacy.

The March 17 Mass at the cathedral of Buenos Aires began a three-day period of prayer for Pope Francis that culminated on March 19 with the official inauguration of his pontificate.

The hundreds of faithful who gathered for the Mass broke out in applause numerous times to express their affection for “Father Bergoglio,” as he was often called, for his devotion to the Church in Argentina.

The initial applause lasted for more than a minute after Archbishop Tscherrig began his homily...READ MORE

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Catholic Students Lobby at U.N. Commission on Women (2884)

The students hoped to stress the importance of human dignity and the family to members of the commission.

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Opening of 57th session of Commission on Status of Women on March 4 at U.N. headquarters in New York.

– U.N. photo/Rick Bajornas

NEW YORK CITY — Students at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio worked to educate delegates at a recent United Nations commission about the importance of life and family in protecting women’s interests.

“The work at the U.N. makes an impact. It’s important for Catholics in the U.S. to realize how important it is,” said Monica Krason, a junior from Richmond, Ohio, majoring in legal studies and British and American literature.

Krason was one of 15 Franciscan University students, faculty and staff who attended the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from March 9-15.

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Missouri Catholics Lament Overturning of Conscience Law (2334)

March 14 court decision overturned a state law providing protection from the federal abortion and contraception mandate.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Catholic Conference has expressed dismay that a federal judge has struck down a state law passed last year that protects employer’s conscience rights when providing health insurance.

“The order is a significant overreach and goes beyond even what the party suing asked for,” Tyler McClay, communications director for the Missouri Catholic Conference, told EWTN News March 19.

On March 14, U.S. district Judge Audrey Fleissig overturned a state law which requires insurance companies to inform health-care consumers whether a policy includes coverage for abortions or contraceptives, and it allows those with an objection on moral grounds to have insurers...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Represented at Chaldean Patriarch’s Installation (2437)

Bishop Pates calls Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako ‘a man of dialogue and friendship.’

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Archbishop Louis Sako

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WASHINGTON — Representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined Eastern Catholics in Iraq to witness the installation of the Chaldean Catholic Church’s new patriarch, Louis Raphael I Sako.

The new patriarch “is a man of dialogue and friendship,” said Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa.

The bishop, who chairs the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the U.S. bishops' conference, voiced confidence that Patriarch Sako “will work diligently to establish beneficial relationships with those of the Muslim tradition and other religions, as well as governmental and civic communities in Iraq.”

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