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Passion Week in an Election Year (1968)

User's Guide to Sunday, April 1.

04/01/2012 Comment

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Sunday, April 1, is Passion (Palm) Sunday (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II). The Sunday Gospel covers each Holy Week event.

April 5 is Holy Thursday, April 6 is Good Friday, and Holy Saturday is the night of the Easter vigil.

April Fool’s Day

It is appropriate that Passion Sunday falls on April Fool’s Day this year. In the Catholic tradition, many saints have remarked on the “folly” of Christianity. In doing so, they follow St. Paul, who says:

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and the learning of the learned I will set aside’” (1 Corinthians 1:18).


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Holy Week's Solemnities (5634)

A look at Pope Benedict XVI's events and Masses leading up to Easter. From our March 25 issue.

04/01/2012 Comment
2011 Reuters photo/ Stefano Rellandini

LENT’S CULMINATION BEGINS. Pope Benedict XVI holds palms as he arrives at the Passion Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

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Holy Week at the Vatican this year will be as intense as usual for the Holy Father, who is scheduled to celebrate six Masses and deliver five homilies and addresses that will usher in the Solemnity of Easter for the Catholic Church.

As in almost every Catholic diocese throughout the world, the Vatican’s Holy Week will begin with the blessing of the palms, procession and holy Mass on Palm Sunday, April 1.

Usually held outdoors in St. Peter’s Square under sunny spring skies, the Mass tends to draw large crowds of pilgrims holding palm fronds and olive branches.

Pope Benedict XVI, wearing crimson-and-gold-colored robes, is likely to remind the faithful of the meaning of the celebration...READ MORE

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Walk With Christ in the Holy Land (2291)

A pilgrim's Holy Week-inspired trip impacts her faith. March 25 issue feature.

03/31/2012 Comments (2)

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Christianity, and Catholicism in particular, opens one up to experiencing God using all the senses. We kiss the wood of the cross, consume the Lord in the Eucharist, smell incense by the altar, and see beauty in statues and paintings. In this vein, the experience of visiting the Holy Land is one of sensory overload. St. Jerome referred to the area of Jerusalem as the “fifth Gospel,” meaning that in order to understand the Bible one must comprehend how the land shaped the stories.

A recent journey to Israel not only opened my mind, but also deepened my faith.

Walking in the footsteps of Jesus sounds so cliché, but just a few hours after taking off from Vienna, my husband, 4-month-old...READ MORE

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'God Created the Heavens and the Earth' (2989)

March 25 issue feature on how the Catholic Church bridges faith and science.

03/31/2012 Comments (12)

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Being a Catholic and a professional in any field can be a challenge. It can be especially challenging in science-related fields, in which the focus is on logical thinking, information bytes and equations. Because of this, there’s a growing movement to separate God from his own creation, sending faith and reason down opposite, and sometimes conflicting, paths.

But Catholics in science know that the two are not incompatible.

“Science was not founded in opposition to religion, as many people think,” said Stephen Barr, professor of theoretical particle physics at the University of Delaware and author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. “Most of its great founders saw science as...READ MORE

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An Atheist Argues for Europe's Christianity (5873)

Saturday Book Pick: Marcello Pera's Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians

03/31/2012 Comments (7)

The theme of Marcello Pera’s Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians is that the modern, liberal, secular state that holds the individual’s rights as a given commits suicide if it forgets its religious foundation.

In the first chapter, Pera, a self-proclaimed atheist and president of the Italian Senate from 2001 to 2006, notes that in Europe a liberal is what in America would be called a conservative and what is called liberalism in America is called socialism in Europe. Modern European liberalism, he writes, is an apostasy from Christianity and is identified with secularism. Both of these phenomena are vestiges of anti-clericalism (some of it well-deserved; some not). The fathers of...READ MORE

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Surrender and Strength, The Rise of eBook Publishing, Help Pakistan's Asia Bibi, and much more! (3458)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/31/2012 Comment

Surrender and Strength. Click on the link by Randy Hain to read and learn more.

Surrender and Strength - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Rise of eBook Publishing - Daniel McInerny, Catholic Exchange/Crafting Culture

Activists & Politicians Appeal to U.N. for Asia Bibi’s Release - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Death of Bookstores - Abigail C. Reimel, StAR/Ink Desk

Cool Changes in the Triduum this Year - Fr. V, Adam’s Ale

Chasuble of St. Wolfgang (Wolfgangskasel) - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Your List of Lenten Bible Verses on Penance - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Boys Emulate Their Fathers Better Traits, A Photo - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Shock of Passionate Love - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Same-Sex “Marriage” is Not a Human Right in...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: We Bishops Will 'Vigorously' Continue Fight Against HHS Mandate (5388)

New York's archbishop talked faith, freedom and politics on TV and radio this week.

03/30/2012 Comments (25)
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York says that although opponents of the federal contraception mandate face a difficult struggle, religious groups can achieve victory through persistence.

“We have to be very vigorous in insisting that this is not about contraception. It’s about religious freedom,” said the cardinal, who is president of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

He said the debate is a “tough battle” because proponents of the coverage mandate have chosen an issue they know the Catholic Church is “not very popular on.”

The cardinal made his remarks in an interview with television talk-show host Bill O’Reilly, which was excerpted on the Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor on March 28...READ MORE

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Make the Most of the Final Days of Lent (3391)

March 25 issue "Why Do Catholics ...?" feature

03/30/2012 Comments (1)

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“Lent is a time for self-denial and prayer; a time to reconnect with Scripture; a time to purify ourselves and reconcile with God through the sacrament of penance,” wrote Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in a recent CatholicPhilly.com column. “It’s an invitation to humility, forgiveness of others, honest self-examination and repentance — but also to growing joy, because, with Easter, our redemption will be at hand.

“Lent is a precious time and gift; a unique chance to reorient our lives toward those unseen but enduring things that really matter. This year, may God grant us the wisdom to use these weeks of Lent well. May we remember that we serve justice best by first giving...READ MORE

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