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Pope Considering Changes to Papal Election Rules (3184)

But it’s still uncertain whether the Holy Father will authorize an earlier start date for next month’s papal conclave.

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi

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VATICAN — Pope Benedict XVI is considering modifying the laws that govern how a pope is elected, given the circumstances created by his resignation.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists Feb. 20 that Pope Benedict is thinking about publishing a document to further clarify the conclave section of the apostolic constitution.

This means he would have to issue a motu proprio — a new set of legal regulations — before he steps down on Feb. 28. The Latin title motu proprio is a designation that means the document is personally signed by the pope and is issued solely under his authority.

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Pope Names, Benedict XVI's Coming Revolution Over State-Funded Catholic Charity and More! (2257)

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Pope Names. Follow the link by Jeffrey Miller of the Curt Jester blog to read more.

Pope Names by Jeffrey Miller of the Curt Jester blog – Big Pulpit

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Pope Benedict’s African Legacy – Obianuju Ekeocha, Catholic Stand

Petrus Beatus Catenarum Laqueos: Feast of Chair of Peter Hymn – Kathleen Pluth MATh, The Chant Café

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Four Ways Les Misérables Converted Me – Melissa Keating, Focus Blog

One Man’s Heaven is Another Man’s All-You-Can-Eat Dessert Buffet – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Sedevacantists Shall Be Right, Momentarily – Patrick Coffin, Catholic Answers

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Court Sides With Texas Teen Against Forced Abortion (1765)

‘This is a tremendous victory, and another life has been saved,’ says a state pro-life leader.

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HOUSTON — A pregnant Texas 16-year-old on Monday won a legal injunction against her parents, whom she accused of trying to coerce her into an abortion.

“This is a tremendous victory, and another life has been saved,” said Greg Terra, president of the Texas Center for Defense of Life, on Feb. 18.

“We are extremely happy with the judge’s decision today, and we are very proud of our teenage client for being strong enough to stand against her parents to save her unborn child’s life.”

Attorneys from Terra’s organization are representing the teen.

After the legal injunction, the Harris County teenager, identified in court documents only as R.E.K., reached an agreement with her parents...READ MORE

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Mary: The Dwelling Place of Wisdom in Body and Soul (5359)

COMMENTARY: Part 3 in a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, sixth-century icon from St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai.

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The Old Testament “patron saint” of wisdom was, as we noted last time, King Solomon. Given his choice of all the goodies the world offers, Solomon chose wisdom and was both commended by God for it and rewarded with an answer to his prayer.

As we also saw, the thing that marks out wisdom in the Jewish tradition is an emphasis on incarnating the heavenly in the things of earth. So Proverbs shows us wisdom as a sort of co-worker with God, working at his side to build the universe:

“The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago, I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when...READ MORE

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Down Syndrome Orphans Find the Reece’s Rainbow Connection (5330)

American families are being enriched through the adoption of children who are neglected in their native countries.

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Pictures courtesy of Meg and Ryan Stout.

– Pictures courtesy of Meg and Ryan Stout.

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Meg and Ryan Stout were not looking to adopt a baby with Down syndrome. But, after years of infertility and prayer, they found their son Paul with the help and financial support of Reece’s Rainbow.

“We’re faithful Catholics, and we felt like God was calling us to adopt one of these children from Ukraine,” Meg Stout said. “International adoption was not something previously on our radar, nor was adopting a child with special needs, but we were confident this was God's will, and so we moved forward.”

The Ryans discovered Paul, now 18 months, in February 2012 through Reece’s Rainbow. The nonprofit U.S.-based adoption apostolate raises funds to connect families like...READ MORE

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Youth: Benedict XVI Has Shared the Joy of Faith With Us (923)

Young Catholic convert recalls papal Easter Mass: 'The joy of Easter was present in his demeanor. His connection to Our Lord was evident in his bright eyes and smile.'

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As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to conclude his duties as Holy Father, young Catholics are recalling his marked efforts to renew the faith of the youth throughout the world.

Catholic youth speaker and author Chris Stefanick told Catholic News Agency that the Pope has been “extremely effective with young people” because of the “amazing clarity” and “humility with which he has carried out his pontificate.”

Echoing his predecessor’s call for a New Evangelization, Pope Benedict often spoke of the importance of taking the Gospel message to all parts of the world, including to what he called “the digital continent.”

Stefanick noted that, although the Church “has been talking about New...READ MORE

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Msgr. Ratzinger: My Brother’s Decision Was for the Good of the Church (5718)

Even though he will be ‘retired,’ Benedict XVI will not ‘sit around waiting for the day to end,’ his brother says.

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Pope Benedict XVI and his brother meet in Munich during the Holy Father's 2006 trip to Bavaria.

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MADRID — Pope Benedict XVI’s older brother explained that the Holy Father’s decision to step down from the chair of Peter is for the good of the body of Christ because he had become too weak to carry out his ministry.

“It is a beneficial decision for the Church,” said 89-year-old Msgr. Georg Ratzinger in a published interview with the Spanish daily newspaper ABC, published on Feb. 17.

“He no longer has strength,” Msgr. Ratzinger observed. “He is going through the natural process of aging, like I am as well.”

He said that the Holy Father had cited his advanced age in informing him that he planned to resign.

“My brother wants more peace for his old age,” he explained. “As you get...READ MORE

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St. Louis Archdiocese, Breakaway Parish End Legal Fight (5186)

Result: a community’s official split from the Catholic Church.

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ST. LOUIS — The Archdiocese of St. Louis and a breakaway Polish-American church have ended a decade-long legal dispute that has led to the community’s official split from the Catholic Church.

“St. Stanislaus has agreed that it will not hold itself out as affiliated in any way with the Archdiocese of St. Louis or the Roman Catholic Church,” the archdiocese and St. Stanislaus Corp. said in a joint Jan. 13 statement.

“By bringing this legal dispute to an end, we pray that this will help to initiate a process of healing,” the statement said.

No financial transactions were part of the resolution, which was announced Feb. 13.

The north St. Louis church of St. Stanislaus Kostka was first...READ MORE

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