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Parenting the Pornography Generation, Inner-City Parish Revival Using Orthodox Catholicism and More! (3846)

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Parenting the Pornography Generation. Follow the link via the Catholic Answers website to read more.

Parenting the Pornography Generation via the Catholic Answers website - Big Pulpit

Inner City Parish Revival Using Orthodox Catholicism – Fr. Z’s Blog

Gosnell Grand Jury Report: A Mirror For Our Times – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

“Knot Yet”: Marriage & Other Choices – Betsy VanDenBerge, First Things/On the Square

Coming Out: Catholic – Miriam Brower, Ignitum Today

Seven Things You Should Know About Noah – Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Just Ignore the Tiny Corpses: Conceal the Monster – Jennifer Hartline, Catholic Stand

Veneration of Icons & Graven Images – Sam Entile, The Catholic Voyager

What is a Charismatic Catholic? – Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic...READ MORE

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Archdiocese of Boston Urges Prayers After Marathon Explosions (3550)

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A woman is loaded into an ambulance after she was injured by one of two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on April 15 in Boston.

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BOSTON — As local police report at least two people dead and dozens injured following a pair of explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the archdiocese has asked for prayers for the victims.

“As reports of death and injuries are reported, we ask you to please turn to the Lord each time to pray for them and for those who love them, that they would receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit, the mercy of God and the loving maternal embrace of our Blessed Mother,” the archdiocese asked via Facebook and Twitter April 15.

Just after reports confirmed two deaths in the explosion on Monday, the archdiocese asked for eternal rest for those killed.

“Please join us in prayer for...READ MORE

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Sacrifice Integral Part of Christian Life, Pope Says (3198)

The Acts of the Apostles provides the blueprint, the Holy Father tells Massgoers April 14 at St. Paul Outside the Walls.

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ROME — Pope Francis delved deeply into the readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, highlighting proclamation, witness and worship as essential to the faith, while also recognizing those who suffer for Christ in the world today.

Reflecting on the first reading, Pope Francis said, “What strikes us is the strength of Peter and the apostles.” He delivered his April 14 homily during Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

He highlighted the fact that, although they were ordered to be silent and not teach about the risen Lord, the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Even in the face of violence and imprisonment, they “proclaim courageously, fearlessly” the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Points to Bible's 'Inexhaustible Riches' (3789)

The Pope voiced his desire that the Year of Faith 'may help to make the light of sacred Scripture shine within the hearts of the faithful.'

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission on April 12, reflecting on how Christians have found “inexhaustible riches” in the Bible.

“Sacred Scripture is the written testimony of the divine Word, the canonical memory that attests to the event of Revelation,” he said.

In his comments, the Pope distinguished between Scripture and the Word of God, which he said “precedes the Bible and surpasses it.”

“That is why the center of our faith isn't just a book,” he said. Rather, the center of Christian faith is “Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh.”

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, heads the...READ MORE

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King Herod Is Undergoing an Odd Reinvention, Why Religion Matters and Much More! (2540)

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King Herod is Undergoing an Odd Reinvention. Follow the link by Jill, The Duchess of Hamilton, to read more.

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Why Religion Matters – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Pope Francis, an Enigma for Catholic Intellectuals – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Faith Comes by Hearing and Catholic Radio Can Help With That – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Annie, the Evangelist – Mary Rice Hasson, Catholic Stand

Not Peace but a Sword, The Great Chasm between Christianity and Islam – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Book Review: The End of Irish Catholicism by Fr. Vincent Twomey, S. V. D. – Shane, Lux Occulta

Religious Response to Political Gridlock in Italy – Katherine Infantine, First Things/First...READ MORE

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Catholic Mouseketeer Bids Farewell to Annette (4603)

Sherry Alberoni speaks with the Register about her memories of her original Mousketeer ‘big sister,’ who died April 8 of complications from MS.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The world has bid farewell to Annette Funicello, an actress who captivated the hearts of the baby-boom generation of Americans, who knew her as one of Walt Disney’s original Mouseketeers on television’s Mickey Mouse Club in the late 1950s.

Dubbed America’s “favorite Mouseketeer,” Annette (1943-2013), known to millions by her first name only, would go on to star in Disney films like The Shaggy Dog and Babes in Toyland, and, later, she would star alongside fellow singer and actor Frankie Avalon in the iconic Beach Party movies of the 1960s.

In 1992, Annette told the world that she was suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). She progressively lost the ability to walk...READ MORE

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Keeping the Faith on College Campuses (4173)

New wave of Newman dorms could represent evangelization breakthrough.

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The Phi Kappa Theta Catholic fraternity house in Lincoln, Neb., is taking shape, with an expected opening in August.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Prepare for a new chapter in keeping the faith with college-bound Catholic youth: A new wave of Newman student housing is hitting public universities in 2013, and campus ministers say it could mark a real breakthrough in evangelizing the college scene.

Catholic bishops and campus ministers are taking up the ideas of 19th-century Blessed John Henry Newman in addressing the serious problem of the loss of Catholics to the faith during college.

“Many make the wrong assumption that young Catholics lose their faith because of intellectual reasons,” said Adam Koll, director of the Diocese of Corpus Christi’s Office of Youth Ministry in Texas. “They are leaving because they...READ MORE

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Christian Converts Recount Captivity in Iran (2902)

At an event sponsored by the Hudson Institute, the two women said there are 'many, many churches in Iran,' which harshly punishes converts from Islam.

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Iranian Christians speak during a panel at the Hudson Institute in Washington on April 12.

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WASHINGTON — Two Iranian converts to Christianity recently spoke of their experiences facing persecution and imprisonment in their country for their religious beliefs.

“It’s not just about religion,” said Maryam Rostampour, one of the two women who spoke at a panel in Washington, about her home country’s treatment of religious minorities.

“It’s about government power,” she noted during her address at the Hudson Institute on April 9.

Rostampour and Christian convert Marziyeh Amirizadeh were both born into Muslim families, and they converted as young women to Christianity. Both went to Turkey in order to study theology, where they met one another.

They returned to Iran, where they...READ MORE

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