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2012's Long Lent (2400)

Ash Wednesday feature, our Feb. 26 issue editorial, which focuses on faith standing strong against the culture and the Pope's Lenten message.

02/22/2012 Comment

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In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), Pope Benedict XVI draws the faithful, and all people of good will, back to the divine wellspring of Love that nourishes every human heart, quoting 1 John 4: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.”

As the Church in the United States reels from the events of the past month and ponders their potential implications for the free exercise of our religious institutions, it’s time to pause and examine the thinking that has led to the inclusion of contraception as a necessary “preventive service” for women. Further, a deeper reflection — set apart from the media headlines and Internet action alerts — necessitates a...READ MORE

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Why The Church Can Rule on Sexuality, A New App for Praying the Rosary, Advice for Lent, and more! (4443)

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02/22/2012 Comment

Three Reasons the Catholic Church Can Rule On Sexuality. Click on the link by H. H. Ambrose to learn more.

Three Reasons the Catholic Church Can Rule On Sexuality - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

A New App for Catholics: Praying the Rosary Throughout the Day - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Practical Advice for a Deeper Faith this Lent - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

On Catholic Web Design - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Great Lent - Thomas Howard, Ignatius Insight

How to Make the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary for Lent - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Second Biggest Gathering of Non-Practicing Catholics! - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

Most Popular Girl In School - Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Quæritur:...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, app, catholic blogosphere, catholic church, homosexuality, lent, nfp, rosary, sex

Cardinal Responds to U.N.'s Criticism of Africa's Social Policies (12497)

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)

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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 (3752)

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 (3189)

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! (3634)

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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 (9289)

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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