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Benedict Praised for Holy Saturday Broadcast of Shroud (7377)

The March 30 broadcast will be only the second time the cloth, venerated as the burial garment of Jesus, has been aired on television.

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Photo by Giuseppe Enrie, 1931/Wikipedia

Image visible on a photographic negative of the Shroud of Turin.

– Photo by Giuseppe Enrie, 1931/Wikipedia

DENVER — Benedict XVI's decision to allow a TV broadcast of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, Holy Saturday, has been lauded by experts for highlighting the link between the shroud and the death of Christ.

“Pope Benedict XVI, when he visited the shroud on pilgrimage in 2010, spoke about the shroud in terms of Holy Saturday,” John Jackson, co-founder of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado, told Catholic News Agency March 7.

“From that vantage point, that all his remarks were made relative to Holy Saturday, it is fitting that the broadcast happens on Holy Saturday.”

The shroud is venerated as the burial cloth of Christ and bears a mysterious image of a man who suffered in a manner...READ MORE

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Phoenix Human-Relations Ordinance Causes Catholic Concern (3972)

Diocese fears recent revisions will compromise religious freedom by forcing acceptance of homosexual behavior.

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PHOENIX — The constitutional right to religious freedom is increasingly colliding with federal, state and local laws and ordinances that accommodate sexual minorities who claim a vague but wide-reaching right to be treated with dignity or to be made “welcome.”

One of the most recent expressions of this clash of rights occurred Feb. 26, when the Phoenix City Council expanded its human-rights code to protect homosexuals and transgendered people from discrimination in the workplace and when renting accommodations.

Christian critics, including the Diocese of Phoenix, fear the code can be used to force churches and private businesses to hire homosexuals, to let transsexuals use either the...READ MORE

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What the Lord Means About the "Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail", Playing God and Much More! (3343)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What the Lord Means about the “Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail”. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

What the Lord Means about the “Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail” by Msgr. Charles Pope - Big Pulpit

Playing God Without the Wisdom of God – George Neumayr, Crisis Magazine

The Seven Pilgrim Churches Of Rome - Zephyrinus

Avoiding Stagnation in the Spiritual Life – Rob. Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Evangelical Catholicism and Being an Ambassador for Christ – Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

Does the Bible Condone Abortion? – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

The Path By Which You Should Go – Kaiserswest

Our Lady of the Sackcloth – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Recognizing Population Control in Ethiopia – Fr. Peter West, Catholic Lane

Pro-Life Movement and...READ MORE

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Cardinals at the Conclave: Read This (14816)

Book review of George Weigel's Evangelical Catholicism.

03/09/2013 Comments (19)


Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church

By George Weigel

Basic Books, 2013

291 pages, $27.99

To order: basicbooks.com


Right now, the whole world is focused on Pope Benedict’s resignation and the imminent election of a new pope. Thus, the timing of our greatest observer of the global Catholic Church, George Weigel, could not have been better for the release of his latest book, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church.

Weigel is best known for his definitive biography of Pope John Paul II. What many people don’t know is that he has written some 18 other books, all of which address in one way or another the state of...READ MORE

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Modern Sexual "Martyr", Paradox of Help, Same-Sex Attraction in Downton Abbey and More! (7925)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Modern Sexual “Martyr”. Follow the link by R. J. Snell of Crisis Magazine to read more.

The Modern Sexual “Martyr” by R. J. Snell of Crisis Magazine - Big Pulpit

The Paradox of Help – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Homosexuality in Downton Abbey – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Rocco Palmo to Cover Conclave from Philly Rather Than Rome – Terry Mattingly, Patheos/Get Religion

Conclave to Start on March 12 – Big Pulpit

But But. . .Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Inevitable ‘Cuz We Said So – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Contraception Increases Divorce Rates, Suicide and More. . . – Dominic Pedulla MD, Catholic Stand

Fr. Robert Barron Dissects Garry Wills’ “Bizarre” New Book – The CWR Blog

Abortion is a Symptom of Deeper Issues – Beatrice Fedor, Catholic...READ MORE

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Is an American Pope Possible, or Prudent? (7545)

Cardinals and Vatican analysts are considering the matter, as speculation mounts that U.S. cardinals are serious candidates for the seat of St. Peter.

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VATICAN CITY — There’s increasing chatter in Rome that an American cardinal could become the next pope, but would such a choice be prudent, given the nation’s superpower status?

Ever since the French Pope Clement V became a tool of the monarchy of France, then the world’s most powerful nation, and transferred the entire papacy to Avignon in 1309, the Church has been reluctant to elect a pope from a ruling superpower.

This conventional wisdom has become embedded in the Church’s thinking; even U.S. Cardinal Donald Wuerl recently argued against having an American pope on the grounds that it might present a “conflicting spiritual challenge.”

“A pope from a superpower would probably have...READ MORE

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Cardinals Select Tuesday, March 12, for Conclave (2918)

After celebrating Mass that morning in St. Peter’s Basilica, they will enter the conclave in the afternoon.

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VATICAN CITY — After five days of meetings, the College of Cardinals has voted to hold a conclave to elect the next pope on Tuesday, March 12.

“The eighth general congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the conclave will begin on Tuesday, March 12, 2013,” Father Federico Lombardi said at 5:36pm Rome time today.

The cardinals will celebrate a pro eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in the morning, and “in the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the conclave,” Father Lombardi confirmed.

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As Conclave Nears, Media Play a Role (3584)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Leaking confidential Vatican information has a way of influencing the conclave and the life of the Church.

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Cardinals pray during their second general meeting on March 4, 2013 in the Vatican's New Synod Hall.

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ROME — The recent media silence of the cardinals resulted in an anonymous interview to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica in which a source claimed there is “a lobby” of leakers.

That group is composed of people “coming from the State Secretariat, the Vatican city state administration, the APSA (a sort of Vatican Central Bank) and the Italian Bishops’ Conference,” the unnamed source said.

“The problem is not the kind of news, but that such confidential news broke out,” said a Vatican Secretariat of State official who spoke to EWTN News under the condition of anonymity.

The question that lingers on the minds of many is: Why have the leaks resumed?

While press attention has focused...READ MORE

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