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Cardinal Responds to U.N.'s Criticism of Africa's Social Policies (12483)

02/21/2012 Comments (15)
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Cardinal Robert Sarah

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VATICAN CITY — A senior African Vatican official has called on U.S. and African Catholic bishops to respond more forcefully to efforts by the United Nations to impose policies on African nations that run contrary to the faith and the continent’s culture.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, responded forcefully to a speech given by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who told African nations to repeal criminal laws that place sanctions on homosexual conduct and to stop discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Speaking to the Register Feb. 13 on the sidelines of a conference on Africa at the Vatican, the Guinean cardinal said...READ MORE

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Tips on Making a Good Confession, Mary Icon of the Church, and much more! (4052)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/21/2012 Comment

The Virgin Mary, Icon of the Church. Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Sudan’s Forgotten Carnage - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Lent is Near: Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Virgin Mary, Icon of the Church - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Video: 1969 Elvis Presley Singing in a Mass - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Modern Demand for Religion Free Public Sector is Extremism - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Narcissus and Contraception’s Curse - Brian Killian, Catholic Lane

Hitchens, Chesterton, and “The Fall into Mysticism” - Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

The Feminist Shaming of Fertility - Ashley Crouch, First Things/On The Square

A “Leaven at Work” in the World of Politics? - The Motley Monk,...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, confession, contraception, elvis, fr. gordon j. macrae, lent, narcissus, rick santorum, sudan, virgin mary

Ave Maria University Files Legal Challenge Against HHS Mandate (3751)

President Jim Towey, who once led President George W. Bush’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, defends the university against state intrusion.

02/21/2012 Comments (5)

NAPLES, Fla. — Just six years ago, Jim Towey was directing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, advancing President George W. Bush’s policy of effective collaboration between religious institutions and the federal government.

Today, as president of Ave Maria University, Towey announced that he had approved a legal challenge to a controversial federal law that requires this Catholic institution to provide contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization in its employee health plan.

“It is a sad day when an American citizen or organization has no choice but to sue its own government in order to exercise religious-liberty rights guaranteed by our nation’s...READ MORE

Filed under ave maria university, barack obama, contraception mandate, health and human services, jim towey, kathleen sebelius, tom monaghan

A Catholic Finds Faith at Oxford (3185)

Colleges Week feature from Feb. 12 issue: How daily Mass at the Oxford Oratory, founded by none other than Blessed John Henry Newman, made all the difference for an Anglophile college student.

02/21/2012 Comments (3)

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Three years ago, I entered my freshman year at Hillsdale College. Although Hillsdale is nestled in Midwestern cornfields 700 miles from my Connecticut home, I was content with my school of choice. With excessive paper writing and a tendency to recite whole chapters of Strunk & White’s Elements of Style at unsuspecting passersby, I was shaping up to be quite the Hillsdale English major.

But something was missing.

The Harry Potter series, the complete works of Jane Austen and British television had made me weak. I was a closet Anglophile, and I secretly longed for the kind of collegiate experience that would turn Sebastian Flyte green with envy. Yes, my first two years at Hillsdale were full...READ MORE

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Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The Art of Giving, Share Ash Wednesday with Friends, Fasting, and much more! (3632)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/21/2012 Comment

Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Click on the link by Fr. Michael Keating to learn more of this great artist.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Fr. Michael Keating, Crisis Magazine

The Art of Giving - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Why Having A Large Catholic Family Is Fun - Patti Maguire Armstrong

Introducing Chant into the Domestic Church - J. Jacob Tawney, New Liturgical Movement

5 Simple Ways to Share Your Faith On Ash Wednesday - Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

Could Watching Certain TV Shows Be Against Our Faith? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Make This Your Best Lent Ever, With St. Louis de Montfort - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Interview with Kevin Lowry, Author of “Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under abstaining, ash wednesday, catholic blogosphere, fasting, freedom of worship, gian lorenzo bernini, giving, lent, ruth pakaluk, st. louis de montfort

A Day in the Life of Pope Benedict (9280)

Italian journalist chronicles Holy Father's schedule, from 5am to 11pm, with Mass, prayer, work, walks, and everything in between.

02/20/2012 Comments (17)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI, at age 84, never goes to sleep before 11pm, prays the Rosary every day, gets up at 5am and uses a cell phone only accessible by his closest advisers.

In an article published online at Europaquotidiano.it on Feb. 17, Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli documents a day in life of the Pope, who wakes up when Vatican City “is still immersed in silence.”

Valli says the Bavarian Pope is a “typical German, a methodic man,” who “likes to organize his day down to the last detail, according to a very precise schedule.”

Benedict XVI begins his day by celebrating Mass in the papal chapel at 7am, together with his two personal secretaries, Father Georg...READ MORE

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Cardinal O'Brien Is Ready to Serve With His 'Whole Heart' (1979)

New cardinal reflects on his new role.

02/20/2012 Comment
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Cardinal Edwin O'Brien waves before the start of a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Feb. 20.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—Cardinal Edwin O’Brien says he will faithfully serve Pope Benedict XVI with his “whole heart.” The emeritus archbishop of Baltimore made his promise as he knelt to receive his red biretta and cardinal’s ring from the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 18.

“I said to the Pope, ‘I want to serve you as best I can, with my whole heart, and that with the grace that God gives me I will seek to serve you with my whole heart,’” he told journalists at a press conference moments after the consistory.

“So I want the grace and I want those prayers that will prompt that grace from the good Lord, I hope.”

Cardinal O’Brien said he was “humbled and overwhelmed” by the...READ MORE

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Father Spitzer's Tips for Pro-Lifers (4475)

Popular theologian and author says the movement must focus on the heart, not religion or politics, to be most successful.

02/20/2012 Comments (14)

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Author and philosopher Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer defends the pro-life stance with secular principles and argues for a fresh approach to the abortion debate.

“The pro-life movement needs a comprehensive philosophy that makes a case, a very logical case, based on principles which are completely accepted by a secular society that shows that the pro-life position is correct and ethical and objectively true,” Father Spitzer told CNA.

His book, Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues was released in 2011.

Father Spitzer, former president of Washington’s Gonzaga University and founder of the California-based Magis Institute, said that he wanted the work to be “very...READ MORE

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