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Understanding Awaits Those Who Turn to the Lord (2720)

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

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Detail of ‘Supper at Emmaus’ by Caravaggio

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During Jesus’ earthly ministry, he often had a hard time being understood. The Gospels record numerous moments in which he made cryptic remarks that either made no sense to his hearers or, worse, were completely misunderstood at the time he made them.

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19) was taken by his enemies as some sort of terrorist threat and, in garbled form, used as evidence against him at his trial (“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another not made with hands’” (Mark 14:58).

Jesus told parables that were not understood and often scandalized even those who loved him. Even...READ MORE

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No Pope After Third Round of Voting (2863)

Black smoke this morning signals two more rounds of voting without a final result.

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Dark smoke wafts this morning from the Sistine Chapel chimney.

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VATICAN CITY — At 11:38am local time on March 13, black smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney, indicating that the cardinals gathered at the Vatican have not yet reached an agreement on the next pope.

Voting began on the evening of March 12, yielding an initial inconclusive vote marked by black smoke at 7:43pm local time.

Two more rounds of voting will be held in the afternoon, with a smoke signal expected between 7 and 8pm Rome time.

As a general rule, four rounds of voting and two smoke signals will take place each day until a pope is chosen. The exception to that rule occurs when a pope is selected on either the morning or the afternoon’s first ballot. In that case, the...READ MORE

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Vatican Details How New Smoke Signals Are Produced (2845)

Vatican has sought the help of ‘modern chemistry’ to produce more easily distinguishable shades of smoke.

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VATICAN CITY — Varying chemical compounds have replaced wet straw and pitch to produce the Vatican smoke signal that is used to communicate the result of conclave voting sessions.

Father Thomas Rosica, assistant to the Vatican Press Office director, explained that, since 2005, the Vatican has used chemical compounds to better communicate the result of the conclave.

“For a Church that has made much progress in the area of modern communications, computer technology, Internet and Twitter, the conclave still relies on smoke signals to let the world know of its results,” he said.

In the past, wet straw was used to create the white smoke, while pitch — a tar-like substance — was used to...READ MORE

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Businessmen Join in Spiritual Bouquet for Cardinal Electors (2069)

Spiritual bouquets are prayers and penances that one offers for someone else.

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DENVER — The Catholic Business Journal is encouraging its readers, radio audience and online subscribers to join in a spiritual bouquet to pray for the cardinal electors as they gather to choose the next pope.

“We take action with our vibrant prayers, for the cardinals themselves and for the Church,” said Karen Walker, founder of Catholic Business Journal, an online business platform for networking, faith building and the exchange of ideas.

The spiritual bouquet, which will be presented to the next pope after his election, is being organized by Catholic Action for Faith and Family, a group that works to defend Catholic teaching.

“Now is a time for great prayer,” said Dick Lyles,...READ MORE

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Why is Seafood Allowed on Fridays in Lent, The Prodigal Son and Divine Sonship and Much More! (3204)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why is Seafood Allowed on Fridays in Lent. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Why is Seafood Allowed on Fridays in Lent by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

What the Prodigal Son Tells Us About Divine Sonship – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Can (Should) the Pope Influence the Election? – Jacob Tawney, The American Catholic

Ten Steps to the Gradual – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Letter to Parents About Baptism – Chelsea Houghton, Catholic Stand

On State Culpability for Social Problems – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Growing in Love for the Church – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Why I am “Anti-Abortion” – Kristan Hawkins, Truth and Charity Forum

The Riot That Never Was – Karl Keating JD, Catholic Answers

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Thousands Sign Up for Pope Election Text Message (5407)

Pope Alarm will alert members when white smoke appears from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.

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Denver —  More than 35,000 people have signed up for PopeAlarm.com, a service of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) that sends out a free text and email alert when the next pope is elected.

“The reaction has been fantastic and overwhelming,” Kevin Cotter, Focus web director, told Catholic News Agency. “It’s been great to be at the forefront of Catholic new media and getting the word out there.”

Demand for the service has been high since its launch on Saturday, March 9. As of Monday morning, 35,000-plus people had registered for the service. The PopeAlarm.com website received 140,000-plus page views.

“It’s really exploded and caught on fire,” Cotter said. “There’s...READ MORE

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New Evangelization to Be the Focus of U.S. Bishops' Meeting With Theologians (2589)

March 16 meeting at CUA to advance dialogue between bishops and theologians and address catechetical challenges facing Catholic colleges.

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WASHINGTON — In an effort to make Catholic universities a fulcrum of the New Evangelization, the U.S. bishops’ Doctrine Committee will meet with theological societies in Washington to address impediments to fruitful collaboration and clarify the need for effective catechesis.

On March 16, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit and Bishop John Barres of Allentown, Pa., will address members of U.S. theological societies at a closed-door meeting at The Catholic University of America.

“The goals of the meeting include developing relationships among the academic societies and with U.S. bishops and exploring current theological issues,” read a statement...READ MORE

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Black Smoke, No Pope Today (3423)

Cardinals will resume voting tomorrow morning.

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Black smoke rises March 12 from the Sistine Chapel chimney.


VATICAN CITY — Black smoke rose from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel at 7:42pm local time on March 12, signaling that the College of Cardinals has not yet come to an agreement in electing the Church's new pope.

Voting will continue on March 13, starting at approximately 9:30am local time. Four votes are held per day — two in the morning and two in the evening.

Smoke is sent up after the two morning votes, around noon, and then again after the afternoon set of votes, around 7:00pm.

However, if the first vote of either the morning or afternoon set results in the election of a new pope, the smoke will be seen earlier.

In addition to casting their votes, the cardinals...READ MORE

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