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Pope Recalls Joyful and Hope-Filled Trip to Benin (10030)

Benedict says Africa is 'a reservoir of life and vitality' for the Church.

11/23/2011 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict said Nov. 23 that during his trip to the country of Benin this past weekend he saw that Africa is “a reservoir of life and vitality” for the Church and its future.

In keeping with tradition, the Pope offered his assessment of the Nov. 18-20 visit to Benin at today’s general audience, which was held in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall because of a winter rainstorm.

“In Africa I saw a freshness in the ‘Yes’ to life, a freshness of religious meaning and hope, a holistic vision of reality where God is not confined to that positivist perspective which, in the final analysis, extinguishes all hope,” he said.

“This tells us that the continent is a reservoir...READ MORE

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Why the New Missal Will Be Good for the Mass (8372)

What marks these new texts? They are, I would argue, more courtly, more theologically rich, and more scripturally poetic than the current prayers — and this is all to the good.

11/23/2011 Comments (98)
Courtesy of Father Barron

– Courtesy of Father Barron

In just a few days, Catholics in this country will notice a rather significant change when they come to Mass. Commencing the First Sunday of Advent, the Church will be using a new translation of the Roman Missal. I would like to emphasize, at the outset, that this in no way represents a return to “the old Mass,” for the Latin texts that provide the basis for the new translation were all approved after Vatican II. So why the change?  What had come increasingly to bother a number of bishops, priests and liturgists over the years was that the translation of the liturgical texts, which was made in some haste in the late ‘60s of the last century, was not sufficiently faithful to the Latin and...READ MORE

Filed under advent, father robert barron, latin, liturgy, new missal, prayer, scripture, worship

Xavier Society Helps Blind Catholics to 'See' (2097)

The New York apostolate delivers the new translation of the Missal into eager hands.

11/23/2011 Comments (3)
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NEW YORK — Blind since birth, Kerri Regan has depended on special tools and training, as well as her own wits, to navigate a rapidly changing world. The 24-year old is thus prepared to handle the arrival of the new Roman Missal that is making its debut in Catholic parishes throughout the country this coming weekend.

A Braille reader who attended Catholic high school and earned an associate degree at Nassau Community College near her family’s home in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Regan has obtained a “cheat sheet” that provides the new responses the faithful will say at Mass.

Similar materials are available to every Catholic, but Regan’s copy will be in Braille, so it will be too...READ MORE

Filed under bible, blind, prayer, priests, third edition of the roman missal, xavier society for the blind

Squanto was Catholic, Being a Good Person is not Enough, We are non-Roman Catholics, and much more! (3266)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/23/2011 Comments (1)

Thanksgiving's Squanto was Catholic & other Catholic Thanksgiving Trivia. Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to learn more.

Isn’t it Enough that I am Just a Good Person? (video) - Fr. Robert Barron, Catholic Spiritual Direction

We are Non-Roman Catholics - Robert Spencer, Crisis Magazine

Servants of the Lord: Permanent Diaconate in the U.S. - Jeff Ziegler, Catholic World Report

Thanksgiving’s Squanto was Catholic & other Catholic Thanksgiving Trivia - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tls

New Architecture & Music “Team” at the Vatican’s CDW - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Against the Architects of Empire - Nikos Salingaros and James Kalb, Public Discourse

In Order to be Exiled from Sin We Must Undergo Constant Conversion - Carl E. Olson, OSV Newsweekly

Book Review: The Face of God, The Rediscovery of the True...READ MORE

Filed under architecture, catholic blogosphere, eastern catholics, nietzsche, permanent diaconate, spirituality, squanto, thanksgiving

Benedict Daswa, Benedict XVI, and the African Future, St. Therese of Lisieux, and much more! (3087)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/22/2011 Comment

Benedict Daswa, Benedict XVI, & the African Future. Click on the link by Matthew Hanley to learn more.

Benedict Daswa, Benedict XVI, & the African Future - Matthew Hanley, The Catholic Thing

My Year with St. Therese of Lisieux - Heather King, Dappled Things

Crusader’s Arabic Inscription No Longer Lost in Translation - Jeanna Bryner, Live Science

What did Chant Sound like in the 7th Century? - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Orthodox Question: Why Catholic & Not Eastern Orthodox? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Catholics & the American Future - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap, First Things

One Reason to be a Dad - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

(Almost) Nothing is Sacred - L. Brent Bozell III, Crisis Magazine

Avoiding “New Age” Influence in Spiritual Reading - Dan Burke,...READ MORE

Filed under africa, anti-catholic bigotry, catholic blogosphere, chant, creation, eastern orthodox, hate, new atheist, pope benedict xvi, richard dawkins

Republican Candidates Talk About God at Thanksgiving Family Forum (2715)

Presidential hopefuls spoke about the importance of religion and values in their own lives and in American society.

11/22/2011 Comments (7)
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America must regain its reliance on God and elect a leader who embodies this value in order to succeed as a nation, said Republican presidential candidates at a recent forum.

“Our rights come to us from our Creator,” said former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who called this belief a founding American principle in danger of being forgotten.

Six of the top presidential contenders gathered at the First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa, for the Thanksgiving Family Forum on Nov. 19.

The GOP hopefuls included Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Candidates Mitt...READ MORE

Filed under american faith, faith, politics, presidential candidates

Defending Religious Freedom at Home — and Abroad (5413)

News Analysis: Church leaders discover that the ‘first freedom’ isn’t what it used to be.

11/22/2011 Comments (2)
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Coptic Christians in Los Angeles protested in October against the killings of people during clashes in Cairo between Christian protesters and military police, and what the demonstrators say is persecution of Christians.

– REUTERS/David McNew

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. bishops press their case for broad religious exemptions in federal and state laws, they have also lobbied Washington to secure religious freedom abroad.

Amid rising political turmoil in the Middle East and South Asia, religious minorities have become targets of sectarian violence, and U.S. Church leaders want President Obama to embrace the issue as a foreign-policy priority. Yet, they also recognize that secular trends in the West have relegated this issue to the backburner, and U.S. policymakers must be prodded to engage and even penalize nations that persecute Christians.

In testimony
before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Nov....READ MORE

Filed under bishop ricardo ramirez of las cruces, n.m, congressman chris smith, coptic christians, hudson institute, center for religious freedom, michael mcconnell, nina shea, noah feldman, religious freedom, subcommittee on africa, global health and human rights, u.s. commission on international religious freedom

SDG Reviews 'The Muppets' (9221)

It's time to play the music: The Muppet magic is finally back in this refreshingly old-school family film.

11/22/2011 Comments (26)

The Muppets don’t rap or bust hip-hop moves. That in itself is almost revolutionary nowadays, when adorable family-franchise characters spitting bars seems practically de rigueur (e.g., Happy Feet Two, The Smurfs). True, Chris Cooper has a short rap scene, but a) he’s not a Muppet, and b) it’s funny because he’s an evil white businessman, not because he’s cuddly.

There is no crude humor or innuendo. No grating contemporary pop soundtrack. There are unabashedly retro original tunes, like the catchy Life’s a Happy Song and a very funny “dramatic” duet called Man or Muppet? There’s also an almost lump-in-throat-inducing reprise of the classic The Rainbow Connection. And, yes, there are pop...READ MORE

Filed under amy adams, disney, family films, jason segel, movies, muppets, sdg reviews

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