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The Early Church Fathers and Liturgy, Boticelli's Madonna, Juridical Key to the TLM, and more! (3249)

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In Praise of Unattainable Women: Botticelli’s Madonna. Click on Matthew Alderman's link for a better appreciation.

Listening to the Early Church Fathers & the Liturgy - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

In Praise of Unattainable Women: Botticelli’s Madonna - Matthew Alderman, Dappled Things

The Juridical Key to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org

The Catholic’s Guide to Local Pilgrimages - Allison Terrell, VirtuousPla.net

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids - Francis Philllips, MercatorNet

Rare Video: Election of Pope John XXIII in 1958 A.D. - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Old Postmodern Trollop - Joseph Bottum, Catholic Vote

Take the U.S. Presidential Poll for Catholics - The American Catholic

The Seal of Confession & the Virtue of Religion - Fr....READ MORE

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Sedevacantist Sisters Reunite With Church (16616)

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church describe their long journey back to recognizing the Pope.

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– Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church

SPOKANE, Wash. — Sister Mary Eucharista, 51, a member of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, has vivid memories of the day Pope Benedict XVI was announced to the world in 2005.

As the media broadcast images of Pope Benedict to the world, including to her community’s home in Spokane, she was excited and moved to tears. She thought I can’t believe it; he’s the Pope.

While the enthusiasm for the Holy Father might seem commonplace for a religious, it wasn’t for the nuns in Sister Mary Eucharista’s community. At the time, she was a member of the Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (Congregatio Mariae Reginae Immaculatae), a 50-member group of nuns that does not accept the...READ MORE

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Day 3 in Madrid: A Trip to Confession Park, Vocational Booths and 'Life on the Rock' (2344)

Our Register staffer shares more highlights from WYD.

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Rachel Howell

– Rachel Howell

Thankfully, this morning was a relaxed one. Our group headed to Parque del Buen Retiro. This is the park in Madrid where the confessions are taking place. Rows of little white confessionals are fully staffed and in constant use by the pilgrims. It is a beautiful and relaxing place.

To the delight of some of our group, we even got to go on a little rowboat ride! That was a joy — to be in the sunny, beautiful city of Madrid out on the water, with scores of other boats full of other WYD pilgrims. Laughter filled the air as youth from many different countries tried to row the boats and not run into each other. Here at this park you can check out the vocational booths and talk to many of the...READ MORE

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Archbishop Dolan Prays With Young New Yorkers at WYD (2186)

Archbishop Dolan leads evening prayer service for hundreds of youth at World Youth Day.

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MADRID (EWTN News/CNA) — Archbishop Timothy Dolan predicts that the recent redefinition of marriage in New York will have a “big impact” on future attempts by young people to build up Catholic family life.

“That’s a good example of how our young people find, very often, the culture of our society to be at odds with what they treasure as Catholics,” the archbishop of New York told EWTN News on Aug. 17 prior to an evening prayer service for hundreds of young New Yorkers at World Youth Day.

Gay “marriage” became legal in New York state last month following the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in the state Legislature by 33 votes to 29. The approved bill was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo...READ MORE

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Why We Wanted to Go to World Youth Day (2079)

Before heading to Madrid, young pilgrims express excitement about taking part in the faith-filled festivities. Aug. 14 issue feature.

08/17/2011 Comment


World Youth Day kicks off Aug. 16 in Madrid, Spain, with a projected record number of participants in a country with a distinctly Catholic history.

Despite the distance, many American young people plan a pilgrimage to join other Catholics from around the world for the event, whose theme is “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith (Colossians 2:7).”

Michael Hannon of the Office of Young Adult Outreach in the Archdiocese of New York attended World Youth Day in 2008 in Sydney and will accompany a group of nearly 50 to this year’s event.

“I had a great experience in Sydney — an awesome look at the next generation of the Church,” Hannon said. “I have similar hopes for Madrid, but I...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: 'Mary Fully Lived Her Existence' (1762)

The Holy Father also asked for prayers for World Youth Day at his Aug. 17 audience. He will attend WYD Aug. 18-21.

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict used his Aug. 17 general audience to reflect on Mary’s example of prayer and meditation just before he travels to Madrid to celebrate World Youth Day with more than 1 million young people.

“In our time, we are absorbed by many activities and duties, worries, problems,” he said.

“Mary teaches us how necessary it is to find in our days, with all of its activities, moments to gather our thoughts in silence and meditate on what the Lord wants to teach us, on how he is present and acts in the world and in our life.”

At his summer residence in Castel Gandalfo, the Pope reflected on the passage from Luke’s Gospel that says Mary observed...READ MORE

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Making Beautiful Liturgy, Madonna and Child, The Selfless Heart, and much more! (1914)

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What Angels Asked Each Other as Mary Assumed into Heaven. Click on Fr. Ryan Erlenbush's link to learn what was said.

Making Beautiful Liturgy Happen Everywhere- Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Selfless Heart, the Story of St. Joan Delanoue - Oscar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Beautiful Catholic Art: Madonna and Child - Elaine Golden, VirtuousPla.net

What Angels Asked Each Other as Mary Assumed into Heaven - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Church and Capitalism - Alessandra Nucci, Catholic World Report

Ten Things you will not Find in a Catholic Home - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

On Truth & Trad: Economics & The Catholic Vision of the Good Life - Bernardo Aparicio García/Robert T. Miller/John C. Médaille, Dappled Things

Germans & Their Aversion to “Catholic” Rome -...READ MORE

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Opening Mass Kicks Off World Youth Day (2557)

Young People Encouraged in Faith and Legacy of ‘the Pope of Youth,’ John Paul II

08/17/2011 Comment

Pilgrims pray prior to the Opening Mass of World Youth Day Madrid.

– Reuters/Susana Vera

The night of Aug. 16 belonged to both Pope John Paul II, the great friend of the world’s young people and the Catholic faith of Spain.

With 500,000 young Catholic pilgrims gathered in central Madrid for the start of World Youth Day and the impending arrival of Pope Benedict XVI later in the week, the open-air Mass celebrated by the cardinal archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Ruoco, was marked by recalling the past and continuing spiritual presence of Blessed John Paul II in the lives of young Catholics throughout the world.

Cardinal Ruoco also called his fellow citizens of Spain to remember their Catholic roots and to see the week ahead as an opportunity to renew and strengthen their ancient...READ MORE

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