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Indianapolis Catholic Church Welcomes Super Bowl Fans (3509)

Chris Godfrey, the former NFL Giants guard who played on the Super Bowl XXI-winning team in 1987, will be a guest speaker at St. John the Evangelist Church prior to the Feb. 5 game.

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– Wikipedia

Indianapolis’ St. John the Evangelist Church is located in the heart of the Super Bowl Village, and the historic Catholic church intends to open its doors to everyone.

“I think it’s a gift that our city is hosting the Super Bowl and that we can be in the heart of it with our Catholic presence,” parish administrator Father Rick Nagel told EWTN News on Jan. 27.

The church is three blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the Feb. 5 NFL championship game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

The Super Bowl Village features four 800-foot zip lines, the longest temporary lines yet built.

Those zip lines end right outside St. John the Evangelist, where the church has...READ MORE

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Catholic Wisdom Presented With Flair (3560)

New DVD courses bring theology to the masses. Jan. 29 issue feature.

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Courtesy of St. Benedict’s Press

LIGHTS. CAMERA. THEOLOGY! Kevin Gallagher, director of Catholic Courses, consults with Father Alfred McBride, one of the course’s presenters, on the set. Conor Gallagher, executive producer of Catholic Courses, is pictured in the foreground with his back to the camera.

– Courtesy of St. Benedict’s Press

With considerable pizzazz, a package of popular, faithful education programming in video and audio form has burst onto the Catholic market.

Once you get past the package’s generic title, “Catholic Courses,” you would be pressed not to be at least intrigued, if not hooked, by such teasers as “What we have here are the most notorious men and women who ever became saints” for the course “Saints With a Past.” It continues, “These are the depravity all-stars.”

Or how about a course called “Seven Myths About the Catholic Church and Science”? When you buy it, you will “Get the Real Story About Galileo, Evolution, the Big Bang Theory, Aliens and More!”

It’s Catholicism with attitude, certainly, and...READ MORE

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Sharia Court in India Orders Expulsion of Christians (6394)

The Church is worried about propaganda in troubled Kashmir.

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Anto Akkara

LIVING TOGETHER. Kashmir police, who are Muslim, wearing helmets and caps, enjoy a ride with nuns and nursing students of St. Joseph's Hospital from a remote village during relief work after October 2005 earthquake.

– Anto Akkara

The sharia court in Muslim-majority Kashmir has no constitutional or legal authority. But its recent verdict ordering the expulsion of five Christians from the troubled Indian side of Kashmir has sent alarm bells ringing among Christians in India.

Apart from ordering the expulsion of the Christians, the court also directed the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take over the management of the Christian missionary schools besides monitoring their activities.

Those ordered to be expelled include Father Jim Borst of the Dutch Mill Hill Missionaries, who has been based in Kashmir since 1963.

“This is much more than conversion. It is humiliating and certainly threatening for us,” Bishop...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Jesus 'Heals the World Corrupted by Sin' (2347)

Jan. 29 Angelus focuses on Christ's authority and love.

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The power of Jesus Christ is manifested in humble service and love, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Sunday Angelus address Jan. 29.

“For man, authority often means possession, power, control, success,” the Pope said to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

“For God, however, authority means service, humility, love,” he continued. “It means entering into the logic of Jesus, who stoops to wash the disciples’ feet, who seeks the true good of man, who heals wounds, who is capable of a love so great as to give up his life, because he is Love.”

The Pope’s comments came in a reflection on the Gospel reading in which an unclean spirit identifies Jesus Christ as the “holy one of...READ MORE

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Sing Propers with Android, Why Catholics Like Einstein, Feast of Charlemagne, Harmony, and more! (3257)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why Catholics Like Einstein. Click on the link by George Sim Johnston to learn why.

Harmony: 8 Quotes on Culture, Education, & Leisure - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Sing Propers with the Android - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Feast of Charlemagne - The Mad Monarchist

The Tale of Friar Peto & Gruesome Funeral Procession of Henry VIII - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Why Catholics Like Einstein - George Sim Johnston, Crisis Magazine

Catholic Revert with Same-Gender Attraction: Richard Evans - Why I’m Catholic

Obedience and Ballroom Dancing - Dorothy Pilarski, Catholic Lane

The Importance of Vocation - Andreas Widmer, The Catholic Thing

Should I Ask My Spiritual Director (a Priest) to Also Be My Confessor? - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Why You Should...READ MORE

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Recipe for a Rights War (3609)

Is the Church bigoted? Absolutely not. Holy mother Church speaks to us in charity and truth. The dilemma is how to season our political dialogue with timeless truths, while not being caught up in a 'rights war' that distorts the Catholic position. Jan. 29 issue column

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In a stirring speech on religious liberty at the U.S. bishops’ plenary assembly last October, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., decried the U.S. government’s propagation of moral relativism — in this instance, regarding criticism of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“The Department of Justice … has attacked DOMA as an act of ‘bias and prejudice,’ akin to racism, thereby implying that the churches which teach that marriage is between a man and a woman are guilty of bigotry.”

The question is simple: Why are Catholics not bigots?

Bishop Lori noted several warring fronts in the recent conflicts between the Church and the state: contraception, abortion, freedom of conscience and same-sex...READ MORE

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St. Philomena Encourages Youth to Be Pure (4171)

Chastity club combats the culture. Jan. 29 issue feature.

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– Philomena.org

Father Chad Partain is a priest on a mission: The 35-year-old priest from the Diocese of Alexandria, La., is out to tell the world about the powerful intercession of St. Philomena.

His devotion to the saint has been a long one — complete with a miracle.

“I was introduced to St. Philomena as a young man when I was in junior high. I had signed up for my own daily decade of the Rosary through the Universal Living Rosary Association,” said Father Partain.

But he really got to know St. Philomena while in high school.

“I was diagnosed with a tumor in my inner ear and prayed to St. Philomena to preserve my hearing so that I could go on into seminary and be a priest. And then, miraculously, even...READ MORE

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How to Beat the Devil (12665)

User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 29.

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Readings

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28


Our Take

“The devil is a kindergartner compared to Jesus and Mary.” So said a friend of Tom’s in college — a friend who later became a renowned theologian.

It’s a great summing up of the devil, and today’s Gospel shows it to be true. Christ faces the devil and commands him with authority. The devil does not stand a chance against him.

There are two great errors in many people’s thinking about the devil. One is to believe that he doesn’t exist.

“It is in his interests to make himself ‘unknown,’” said Pope John Paul II. “Satan has the skill in the...READ MORE

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