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B16s Great Analysis of Western Cultural Crisis, 6 Ways to Create a Portable Monastery, and more! (2554)

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04/17/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict's Analysis of Western Cultural Crisis, Outstanding in Depth and Clarity. Click on the link by Michael Cook read and learn more.

Pope Benedict's Analysis of Western Cultural Crisis, Outstanding in Depth and Clarity - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

Six Ways to Create a Portable Monastery - Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Illini Catholics: I'm Pro-Life Because. . . - Thoughts from a Catholic

Myth Busters: Catholics Worship Idols - Brent Stubbs, Almost Not Catholic

Priests of the Titanic - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

When did Resurrection become Official Teaching of the Church? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

150,000,000 New Catholics - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter's Barque

300th Anniversary Celebrations of the Prandtauerkirche (Austria) - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement


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Benedict XVI Recalls Childhood and Faith at 85th Birthday Celebration (2378)

Special day included Mass of thanksgiving and Bavarian festivities.

04/16/2012 Comments (2)

– Wikipedia

Pope Benedict XVI marked his 85th birthday by reflecting on his final years as he celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving in the Vatican’s Pauline Chapel.

“I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me,” said the Pope in his homily.

“I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness, that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world. And this helps me go forward with confidence.”

Pope Benedict was born and christened Joseph Alois Ratzinger on Holy Saturday, April 16, 1927. At today’s Mass, he thanked his parents for giving him the gift of life and baptism on the same day.


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Easter Illumination (2228)

April 22 issue editorial: the Pope's and bishops' inspiring Easter reflections.

04/16/2012 Comment

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To celebrate the Easter season this year, we think the best way to express our sentiments is to allow the leaders of the Church to share some inspiring insights, in their own words.

What follows are snippets of what some had to say regarding Easter 2012 durng their celebrations of the Triduum:

“With regard to material things, our knowledge and our technical accomplishments are legion, but what reaches beyond, the things of God and the question of good, we can no longer identify. Faith, then, which reveals God’s light to us, is the true enlightenment, enabling God’s light to break into our world, opening our eyes to true light.”
— Pope Benedict XVI

“You listen to the news all day,...READ MORE

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Children's Book About the Pope Debuts in Time for Benedict XVI's Birthday (1572)

Papal portrait artist pens tale about a fish in a pond who is visited by the Holy Father while he prays the Rosary.

04/16/2012 Comments (1)

Natalia Tsarkova, known as the “Michelangelo of the 21st century” for her work as the official papal portrait artist, gave Pope Benedict a special gift for his 85th birthday today: a copy of her new children's book in which he is the star.

Tsarkova presented her book, titled The Mystery of a Small Pond, to the Pope ahead of his April 16 birthday during a private audience at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

The two main characters in the literary work of art are Pope Benedict and a small red fish.

In an interview with EWTN News, Tsarkova said she came up with the story one afternoon while strolling through the gardens at Castel Gandolfo.

“While waiting in the fantastic and...READ MORE

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Pope: Welcome the Gift of Peace That the Risen Jesus Offers Us and Fill Our Hearts With His Mercy (1922)

Benedict XVI reflects on Christ meeting the disciples and the meaning of Divine Mercy on April 15.

04/16/2012 Comments (1)

Holy Mass is more than a historical re-enactment, Pope Benedict XVI said on April 15, Divine Mercy Sunday.

“Christian worship is not just a commemoration of past events, or even a particular mystical, interior experience, but essentially an encounter with the risen Lord,” he told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square prior to the midday recitation of the Regina Coeli prayer.

For, while Christ now “lives in the dimension of God, beyond space and time,” he is still truly present in the midst of his creation as “he speaks to us in Scripture and breaks for us the Bread of eternal life.”

Pope Benedict reflected upon Sunday’s Gospel reading in which Christ appears twice to his disciples after...READ MORE

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What the Sign of Peace Really Looks Like, USCCB and Catholic Bloggers Alliance, and much more! (3705)

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04/16/2012 Comment

What the Sign of Peace Really Looks Like. Click on the link by Catholic Buckeye to see more.

What the Sign of Peace Really Looks Like - Catholic Buckeye, Over the Rhine

The U.S.C.C.B. Should Call a Meeting with Catholic Bloggers - Fr. Z's Blog

The Limits of Subsidiarity - Peter Brown, The Catholic Thing

Agreement Reached Between S.S.P.X. and the Holy See? - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Tax Collecting in Ancient Israel - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

A Transitional Papacy? - Marco Tosatti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Did Jesus Come to Change Politics and Culture? - Fr. Robert Barron, The Thin Veil

Why Catholic Schools? - Charla, Catholic Sistas

Women Who Have Children Live Longer - Stefano Gennarini JD, Turtle Bay and Beyond

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Holiness at the Heart of the Family (2868)

New president of the Apostolate for Family Consecration and Catholic Familyland discusses ways to go global with St. Louis de Montfort’s message.

04/16/2012 Comments (2)

Courtesy of Robert Coniker

For Robert Coniker, the Catholic faith is “all in the family.”

The son of Jerry and Gwen Coniker, founders of the Apostolate for Family Consecration and Catholic Familyland, Coniker has worked in the apostolate all his life, helping families find holiness right at home.

Now Coniker, one of 13 children and the father of eight, has succeeded his father as president of the apostolate, which was founded in 1975. He has already made great strides in meeting the challenges Familyland faces, as more and more families take “spiritual vacations” at the Bloomingdale, Ohio, headquarters or make use of its programs in their homes.

But, as he points out in a recent interview with Register...READ MORE

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‘Jesus, I Trust in You’ (7368)

Marian Shrine in Berkshires Focuses on Divine Mercy: April 8 issue feature.

04/15/2012 Comment
Christine Smyczynski

– Christine Smyczynski

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., was the peacefulness and the almost deafening silence. The shrine, which is a ministry of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is located on Eden Hill, 350 acres in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

Since my family and I had just traveled six hours by car from Buffalo, N.Y., the shrine offered us a much-needed respite.

The grounds of the shrine are breathtaking, with the gentle rolling Berkshire Hills in the background. There are several shrines, both indoors and outdoors, on the property. As we strolled through the grounds, our first...READ MORE

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