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What Does This Year's National Day of Prayer Proclamation Mean? (1980)

Since 1952, every U.S. president has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation calling on Americans to give thanks for their blessings and seek divine guidance for the future. May 3, 2012, is the 61st annual observance.

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A legal expert in religious freedom believes that President Barack Obama’s recent prayer proclamation reflects a wider problem of viewing constitutional protections for religious liberty as being limited to “mere belief.”

“I don’t know that the president intentionally wrote it in this fashion,” said Robert Tyler, general counsel for the nonprofit legal group Advocates for Faith and Freedom.

However, he explained to EWTN News on May 2 that the wording of the proclamation “reflects a real problem” in the understanding of religious freedom.

On May 1, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring May 3 as National Day of Prayer in the United States.

Since 1952, every U.S. president...READ MORE

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'Jesus of Nazareth' Part 3 Expected in 2013 (5808)

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s eagerly awaited third volume of his book Jesus of Nazareth probably won’t be published until next year, and a possible papal encyclical on faith, to coincide with the upcoming Year of Faith, is currently not part of the Holy Father’s plans, according to the Vatican.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said he was “not aware the Pope has finished the third part” of the book, which the Holy Father began writing during his summer break at Castel Gandolfo in 2010. The third and final volume will focus on the Gospel passages relating to Jesus’ childhood.

“I find it hard to believe it will be finished before the summer,” Father Lombardi told the...READ MORE

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The Pope's White Elephant, Vatican to UN: Parents Have Right to Homeschool, and much more! (2760)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/03/2012 Comment

Hanno, the Pope’s “White Elephant”. Click on the link by Kathy Schiffer to read more.

Hanno, the Pope’s “White Elephant” - Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Vatican to the UN: All Parents have the Right to Homeschool - Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews

Deconstructing the “Bible Endorses Slavery” Meme - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Four Kinds of Chant - Bryan Townsend, The Music Salon

Faith and Reason: Why Both are Needed - Fr. Robert Barron, The Thin Veil

Impressed by Catholic Logos Bible Software 4 - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Death Penalty, Cowboy Culture & G.K. Chesterton - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Bearing Fruit for Christ’s Kingdom (John 15:1-8) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Gothic and Glorious: Pugin at 200 -...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Speaks About St. Stephen's Courageous Conviction (2524)

The Holy Father said May 2 that Stephen's 'very martyrdom is the fulfillment of his life and his message: He becomes one with Christ.'

05/02/2012 Comment

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As he reflected on the life and death of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, Pope Benedict said that reading sacred Scripture helps develop a prayerful relationship with God.

“Our prayer must be nourished by listening to the word of God, in communion with Jesus and his Church,” said the Pope May 2, noting how St. Stephen’s courage before those who condemned him to death was “clearly grounded in a prayerful re-reading of the Christ event in the light of God’s word.”

The Pope was addressing more than 20,000 pilgrims who gathered under sunny skies in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly general audience.

Pope Benedict’s comments on the discourse of St. Stephen before the Sanhedrin...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Avengers' (12823)

Marvel's costumed heroes come together on the big screen in grand fashion in the much-anticipated ensemble action movie.

05/02/2012 Comments (28)
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MARVELOUS MARVEL. Six heroes unite, including Iron Man and Captain America, to save the day in The Avengers.

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Marvel’s The Avengers is awesomeness squared. It’s the apotheosis of the modern age of comic-book movies, the epitome of everything that the Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor movies were and were trying to be. It is grand and geeky and rollicking good fun on an epic scale, and it gets practically everything right and very little wrong.

It is, in a word, about the best Avengers movie that anyone could reasonably have hoped for or expected, which is all the more extraordinary when you think about how easily, almost inevitably, it could have been a failure, if not a disaster.

There is nothing transcendent or earth-shattering about it. It is not a new kind of superhero movie — not the...READ MORE

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Is Social Media Killing Catholic Media, Spanish Civil War: A Martyrs' Love Letter, and more! (1976)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/02/2012 Comments (1)

Is Social Media Killing Catholic Media? Click on the link by Mary Kochan to read more.

Spanish Civil War: A Martyrs' Love Letter - Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

Is Social Media Killing Catholic Media? - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

Postmodern Man Needs Catholics to Show Him How to Party - Jeffrey Tucker, Catholic Exchange

Msgr. Luigi Ligutti and Distributism - Richard Aleman, The Distributist Review

Daylight (poem) - J.B. Toner, Dappled Things

Mary, Mother of God, Simple English Propers - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Religious Liberty: “You Need Not Thank Anyone But God For It” - Elaine Krewer, The American Catholic

Augustinian Maxims & Truths - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Crisis Magazine

The "Little Crown" of the Blessed Virgin - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New...READ MORE

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2012 Sees 400-Plus Pro-Life Laws So Far (1907)

Pro-life legislation has been on the rise in recent years, says new study.

05/02/2012 Comment

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State lawmakers around the country have proposed well over 400 pro-life laws in the first quarter of 2012 alone, according to a recent study on abortion-related legislation.

“In the first three months of 2012, legislators in 45 of the 46 legislatures that have convened this year introduced 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights,” said an April 13 analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization formerly connected to Planned Parenthood.

“Half of these provisions would restrict abortion access,” the study noted.

The suggested pro-life laws largely consist of ultrasound requirements, bans on abortions after a certain point in fetal development,...READ MORE

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Equipping Catholic Leaders (3979)

Tim Busch is the founder of the Napa Institute, a new organization that aims to equip Catholic leaders to advance the Catholic faith in today’s secular society. May 6 issue In Person interview.

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Tim Busch

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When Catholic businessman Tim Busch read the article “Catholics and the Next America” by Archbishop Charles Chaput, he was inspired. Busch is the founder of the Napa Institute — a new organization that aims to equip Catholic leaders to advance the Catholic faith in today’s secular society. The group’s annual conference is marked by a commitment to the Church’s intellectual tradition and an ability to cultivate a community.

The organization has already established itself as a center of knowledge and hope for American Catholics, attracting great Catholic leaders such as the institute’s ecclesiastical adviser, Archbishop Chaput, and its president, Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer — the former...READ MORE

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