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A Fast Break for Faith (1618)

Two female basketball stars give up their professional careers to become Catholic campus missionaries.

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Ciprian Petcut, courtesy of FOCUS

Christina Wirth (left) and Jennifer Risper

– Ciprian Petcut, courtesy of FOCUS

DENVER — Best friends Jennifer Risper and Christina Wirth have given up professional basketball to become Catholic missionaries with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students' outreach to student athletes.

“It is always a wonderful consolation to see young people of such caliber decide to serve the Lord and to have a heart for reaching other athletes,” Thomas Wurtz, director of the Focus division Varsity Catholic, told Catholic News Agency Feb. 13.

The two women became professional athletes with the WNBA and in Europe after award-winning careers playing basketball for Vanderbilt University. Now, they will leave their professional basketball team in Romania to join Varsity...READ MORE

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Ugly Anti-Catholicism, Social Media Enhances Lenten Experience, Beautiful Gregorian Chant and More! (4269)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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David Horsey’s L. A. Times Cartoon Revives Ugly Anti-Catholicism. Follow the ink by David F. Pierre of TheMediaReport.com website to read more.

David Horsey’s L. A. Times Cartoon Revives Ugly Anti-Catholicism by David F. Pierre of TheMediaReport.com website - Big Pulpit

Social Media Enhances Lenten Experience – Clarissa V. Aljentera, OSV Newsweekly

Tolkien, Mozart, Plato, & Everything Else with Gregorian Chant – Jacob Tawney, Catholic Stand

Catechizing Garry Wills – Nathaniel Peters, First Things/First Thoughts

Lent in a Sinless Age – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Papa Bene Comments on Dorothy Day – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Benefits of Lent and Penance – Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

New Book: A Sense of the Sacred: Catholic Worship In The Middle Ages – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop


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Standing With Our Brothers and Sisters (5768)

COMMENTARY: As President Obama and Congress focus on immigration reform, Catholics have an opportunity to assist in fixing the current flawed system.

02/13/2013 Comments (20)
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– Catholic News Agency

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama recognized that “our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants” and that “right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s Republican response — given in both English and Spanish — took up immigration reform as well. After speaking movingly of his own parents’ immigrant experience, Rubio noted that economic growth depends on “a legal immigration system that allows us to attract and assimilate the world’s best and brightest” and a “responsible,...READ MORE

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Piers Morgan Conspiracy Theories on Papa Bene's Resignation, The Great Fast Begins and More! (3632)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Piers Morgan’s Conspiracy Theories on Papa Bene’s Resignation. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog to read more.

Piers Morgan’s Conspiracy Theories on Papa Bene’s Resignation by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog – Big Pulpit

The Great Fast Begins – Ramblings of a Byzantine Catholic

Prelude to Love - Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Holy Face of Jesus – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Of Abortionists, Dead Women and Media Complicity – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Popularity of Ash Wednesday – Catholic Lane

Can We Talk About Sex? – Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

Divine Wisdom at the Root of Things: Hugh of St. Victor – Brian FitzGerald, Crisis Magazine

An Interview with Patrick Madrid’s Mustache – The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy


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State of the Union Speeches Recognize Role of Family (1594)

President Obama’s address pledges to remove financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and to promote active fatherhood.

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address Feb. 12

– Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

WASHINGTON — The importance of strong families for the well-being of society was discussed by leaders of both political parties as President Barack Obama delivered his 2013 State of the Union address.

Addressing the problem of poverty in his Feb. 12 speech, President Barack Obama promised to “work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples.”

The president’s address, delivered as he begins his second term in office, dealt heavily with the economy and also touched on issues of immigration, education and minimum wage.

However, he also discussed the need for healthy families, pledging to promote active fatherhood, “because what makes...READ MORE

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Campaign Stresses Marriage's Anti-Poverty Benefits (1577)

‘Marriage is good for America,’ the executive director of National Marriage Week USA says.

02/13/2013 Comment

WASHINGTON — Churches, community groups and political leaders are using the week ahead of Valentine's Day to emphasize the link between marriage and reduced poverty.

“Marriage is really the unsung anti-poverty program because single motherhood is the greatest source of impoverishment for both women and children,” Sheila Weber, executive director of National Marriage Week USA, said in the campaign's introductory video.

In a Jan. 22 statement, she said the need for a pro-marriage campaign is “greater than ever.”

“For the sake of the next generation, we think that marriage deserves just as much of a positive campaign as recycling or anti-smoking. Marriage is good for America.”


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Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope’s Final Days (3110)

The Holy Father will maintain his regular busy schedule until he resigns the papacy on Feb. 28.

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Father Federico Lombardi addresses reporters on Feb. 11, 2013.

VATICAN CITY — The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises and audiences with politicians and cardinals.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a Feb. 13 meeting.

The first event on the list is Ash Wednesday Mass this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be his final concelebration of the liturgy.

It was originally slated to take place at Santa Sabina Basilica on Rome’s Aventine Hill, in keeping with tradition, but the timing of the Pope’s announcement dictated that the Mass will take place in St. Peter’s.


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Pope: I Can ‘Almost Physically’ Feel Prayers and Love (3085)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father receives an outpouring of support from thousands of pilgrims gathered in Paul VI Hall.

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Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in November 2012 at Paul VI Hall.

– Matthew Rarey/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,” the prayers and love that have been poured out for him.

“I have felt, almost physically, your prayers in these days which are not easy for me, the strength which the love of the Church and your prayers brings to me,” he said at the beginning of his weekly general audience Feb. 13.

“Continue to pray for me and for the future Pope; the Lord will guide us!" he told the thousands of pilgrims.

The outpouring of support for Pope Benedict was evident from the moment he stepped onto the stage in Paul VI Hall. He was met with sustained applause when he began his...READ MORE

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