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How Will Pope Francis Address Persecution of Christians Around the World? (5746)

Authority Nina Shea discusses the issue and what awaits the Holy Father.

04/29/2013 Comments (11)
The Hudson Institute

Nina Shea

– The Hudson Institute

A rash of recent anti-Christian violence from Nigeria to Pakistan to Syria has highlighted the vulnerable status of this religious group.

Meanwhile, the U.S. bishops have spoken out on behalf of the beleaguered Christian community of Iraq. And, in February, retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong called on the Vatican to reverse its policy of “compromise” with Beijing that had failed to prevent the government’s interference in the local Church.

Nina Shea is a longtime expert on international religious-freedom issues. She is the co-author, with Paul Marshall and Lela Gilbert, of a new book, Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians. Shea is also the director of the Center...READ MORE

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Military Archbishop Encourages His Auxiliary: Serve Vigilantly, Humbly (2395)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio welcomes auxiliary Bishop-elect Robert Coyle.

04/29/2013 Comment
Archdiocese for the Military Services

Auxiliary Bishop Robert Coyle

– Archdiocese for the Military Services

WASHINGTON — The Archdiocese for the Military Services received a new auxiliary bishop on Thursday, as Msgr. Robert Coyle was ordained with exhortations to remain humble, vigilant and faithful to the Gospel.

“The successor of the apostles is humble and recognizes that he has received everything from God. He is sober and alert so as to be vigilant,” Military Archbishop Timothy Broglio told Bishop-designate Coyle in his homily before the ordination.

He encouraged the new bishop to listen willingly to those he serves.

“Much of your ministry will be listening as you allow the soldier to tell his story, the veteran afflicted with PTSD relate what brought him to this point or the Marine...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls Newly Confirmed to Be Steadfast in Faith (3079)

The Holy Father confirmed 44 young people at Mass yesterday in St. Peter’s Square.

04/29/2013 Comments (1)
CNA/Stephen Driscoll

Pope Francis celebrates the sacrament of confirmation at a papal Mass on April 28.

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis encouraged the youth of the world to persist in their faith even in the midst of obstacles at a Mass where he confirmed 44 young people.

“Remaining steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord, is the secret of our journey,” he told more than 70,000 young people gathered yesterday in St. Peter’s Square.

“There are no difficulties, trials or misunderstandings to fear, provided we remain united to God as branches to the vine, provided we do not lose our friendship with him, provided we make ever more room for him in our lives,” he said during the 10am Mass.

The Mass marked the ending of a two-day celebration as part of the Year of Faith,...READ MORE

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Kneeling for Communion, The Many Worlds of Chant, Family Daily Mass and Much More! (5678)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/29/2013 Comments (5)

Catholics in the United States Can Kneel Now! Follow the link by Jeff Ostrowski via the CCW website to read more.

Catholics in the United States Can Kneel Now! by Jeff Ostrowski via the CCW website - Big Pulpit

The Many Worlds of Chant – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Girls Gone Witless – Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

6 Reasons to Go to Daily Mass as a Family – Susanna Spencer, Truth & Charity

Columbus, Same-Sex Attraction & Marriage - Big Pulpit

Ways At-Home Moms Can Volunteer for the Pro-Life Movement – Lisa Schmidt, The Practicing Catholic

Obama, Abortion, the 1950s & Race – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pier Giorgio Frassati: A Commentary by Fr. Barron – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

7 Things You Can Do to Stand Up for The Family – Chelsea Houghton, Catholic...READ MORE

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Knowledge: All Truth Is God’s Truth (6877)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

04/27/2013 Comments (2)
Shutterstock/Olga Altunina

– Shutterstock/Olga Altunina

Knowledge is the fifth of the seven sanctifying gifts of the Holy Spirit. As we have discussed previously, all the sanctifying gifts are ordered toward conforming us to the image and likeness of Jesus Christ and making us participants in his life.

Because we are all called to be fully conformed to Jesus, all the sanctifying gifts are available to all the baptized and confirmed. In this, they are different from charismatic gifts, which are distributed by the Holy Spirit in such a way that nobody has all the gifts but everybody has some of them.

We receive the gift of knowledge, as we receive all the sanctifying gifts, when we are infused with sanctifying grace. And, as with all gifts...READ MORE

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Raising Kids Outside the Church Now 'Pastoral', Fave Saint: Bl. Pier G. Frassati and More! (4684)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/27/2013 Comments (1)

Raising Children Outside the Church is Now “Pastoral”. Follow the link via Rorate Cæli to read more.

Raising Children Outside the Church is Now “Pastoral” via Rorate Cæli - Big Pulpit

My Favorite Saint: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

N. F. P.: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom? – Jay Boyd PhD, Catholic Stand

Extremely Easy English Propers – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Reading Grand Jury Report on Gosnell Case – Mrs. DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Church is a Love Story, Pope Francis Says – Catholic News Agency

Conscious Beings? Two-Month-Olds Still in Question – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Benedictines of Mary – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Restlessness – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Cave Diving and Apologetics – Trent...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Film Is in the Works (9008)

REGISTER EXCLUSIVE: Producer Christian Peschken has secured $25 million in financial backing and is assembling a production team that includes prominent Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli.

04/26/2013 Comments (16)
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Pope Francis smiles from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica following the announcement of his March 13 election.

– CTV/Vatican Radio/Facebook

ROME — When producer Christian Peschken watched Pope Francis appear on the balcony in Rome on the day of his election, he thought: “This will make a great scene for the end of a movie about his life up to the point where he became Pope.”

In a matter of days, Peschken began turning the thought into a reality. He is already deep into the project with the working title Friend of the Poor: The Pope Francis Story.

Peschken is organizing it as a theatrical motion picture and is in the process of recruiting some prominent people in the industry to help him with the endeavor. A European investment group has already approved a $25-million budget for the film.

Projects don’t always come...READ MORE

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New Treatment Could Improve Thinking, Memory in People With Down Syndrome (5339)

And, pro-life advocates say, if successful, it might serve to stem the current pandemic rate of abortion for unborn children with Down syndrome.

04/26/2013 Comments (5)

– dsrtf.org

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — It’s not a cure for Down syndrome, but if a new drug called RG1662 works on people with Down’s as well as it has on mice, it could bring significant improvement to their thinking and learning and their chance for an independent lifestyle.

Life itself is at stake: While one in 800 children born in the United States has Down syndrome, when parents discover their child has Down’s in the womb, 90% opt for abortion.

Already, the trial drug has improved the ability of mice with Down’s to find, and then remember, their way through mazes. Further tests on humans unaffected by Down syndrome have indicated the drug has no side effects, so Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche...READ MORE

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