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Pope to Priests: Anointing Others Will Strengthen Your Heart (2687)

During the Holy Thursday chrism Mass, the sacred oils for baptism, confirmation and the anointing of the sick were blessed.

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Pope Francis speaks to the priests of Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, in St. Peter's Basilica.

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VATICAN CITY — The Pope told priests that if they “anoint” others by bringing the grace of God to their everyday realities, they will be strengthened in their priesthood.

“A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed,” said Pope Francis during the Holy Thursday chrism Mass at which oils that will be used in the sacraments are blessed.

“When our people are anointed with the oil of gladness, it is obvious, for example, they leave Mass looking as if they have heard good news,” he said at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Holy Father noted that priests must “go out in order to experience anointing, its power and its redemptive efficacy.”

He illustrated what he meant by...READ MORE

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10 Best Arguments for Same-Sex 'Marriage' and Why They're Wrong, Shroud 2.0 and More! (8853)

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Ten Best Arguments for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Why They’re Flawed. Follow the link by B. Vogt to read more.

Ten Best Arguments for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Why They’re Flawed by B. Vogt - Big Pulpit

The Holy Shroud is on iPad and Becomes 2.0 – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Pp. Leo XIII – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Of Holy Thursday and the Foot-Washing Rite: Problems and Solutions – Fr. Z's Blog

Beauty – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

The Virtue of Fidelity – Fr. Kenneth Baker SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Divine Intersection – Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

Fathers and Sons – Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

The Best Punditry, Analysis and News on Pope Francis - Big Pulpit

Sin: 44 Questions on Sin and Its Different Types – Saint Peter’s...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Weighs the Case for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (3343)

During oral arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and DOMA, the justices focused on technical issues as well as the impact on children.

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WASHINGTON — Activists on both sides of the national debate on same-sex “marriage” gathered before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 and 27, as the justices heard oral arguments for two closely-watched marriage cases.

“We are gathered here to send one simple message to the justices of the Supreme Court,” Jennifer Roback Morse, the founder of the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute, said in a March 26 speech at the March for Marriage. “Do not try to short-circuit the debate over marriage the way Roe v. Wade short-circuited the debate over life.”

Inside the high court that day, several of the nine justices echoed Morse’s plea. They noted the scant evidence available to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ First Easter (6627)

The papal events will highlight the Holy Father’s personal simplicity and humility.

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Pope Francis during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24.

– Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images News

VATICAN CITY — Final preparations are being made for Pope Francis’ first Easter, beginning with the traditional chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, followed by a break with custom when the Holy Father celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a juvenile detention center in Rome.

The Holy Father will celebrate the chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at 9:30 local time on Holy Thursday morning. As usual at the Mass, which manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop, the Holy Father will bless three oils (holy chrism, catechumens and the infirm) to be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year, and he is expected to give a homily.

Then, at...READ MORE

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Punished for Refusing to Disrespect Jesus (9649)

A student at Florida Atlantic University was suspended from class this month for declining to write the name of Jesus on a piece of paper and step on it.

03/27/2013 Comments (27)

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Ryan Rotella refused to step on Jesus.

The Florida Atlantic University junior’s act of reverence resulted in suspension from his college class and a barrage of attention he neither sought nor anticipated.

“The story illustrates the degree to which traditional Christian beliefs are held in contempt in the secular academy [of higher education],” said Patrick McNamara, director of communications for the New York-based Catholic League.

Rotella was in a March 4 lecture in his intercultural communication class when instructor Deandre Poole told students to each write “Jesus” on paper and then step on it. Rotella set his paper on a surface and told Poole he was offended...READ MORE

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Satanism Is About Destroying the Church, Contextualizing 'Noble Simplicity' and Much More! (2998)

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“Satanism is about Destroying the Church”. Follow the link by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report to read more.

“Satanism is about Destroying the Church” by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report - Big Pulpit

Contextualizing “Noble Simplicity” – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

You Pro-Life Torturer You – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Homosexuality and Impatience for Joy – Wesley Hill, First Things/First Thoughts

Contraception: Why Not? – Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

The Good Friday Reproaches – Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Prudence and Scrupulosity – Mary C. Tillotson, Catholic Stand

Helping to Heal the Pain in the Pew: Preachers Role – Fr. Richard R. DeLillio OSFS,, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Will the Liberal Pope Please Identify Himself? – Jacob...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Holy Week Is Time to Bring Christ to Forgotten People (2020)

At his first general audience, the Holy Father emphasizes this is ‘a time to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting.’

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Pope Francis holds his first general audience March 27 in St. Peter's Square.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith and to bring the joy of Christ to those who are most distant or in need.

“Holy Week is not so much a time of sorrow, but, rather, a time to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting,” Pope Francis said March 27 at his first general audience.

“It is a time of grace given to us by the Lord so that we can move beyond a dull or mechanical way of living our faith, and instead open the doors of our hearts, our lives, our parishes, our movements or associations, going out in search of others, so as to bring them the light and the joy of our faith in Christ,” he told the...READ MORE

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D.C. Marriage Rally Highlights Needs of Children, Families (2563)

‘Society needs an institution that connects mothers and fathers to their children,’ Archbishop Cordileone comments.

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New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. speaks March 26 at the March for Marriage in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Speakers at the national March for Marriage on March 26 told the crowds gathered in Washington that marriage is fundamentally about preserving an institutional link between parents for the sake of their children.

“Marriage matters because family matters to our society and because marriage matters for families,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

“Society needs an institution that connects mothers and fathers to their children,” he told EWTN News.

The March for Marriage took place on the National Mall, with a rally and march in front of the Supreme Court. Organizers...READ MORE

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