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Anointing of the Sick at the Boston Marathon (5172)

Denied access to the terror scene, Father John Wykes sought to administer the sacrament to victims from a distance.

05/07/2013 Comments (12)

Immediate aftermath of the first Boston Marathon bomb explosion.

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BOSTON — On April 15, when he learned that two bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon, Father John Wykes grabbed his holy oil and sprinted for the finish line. He encountered two police officers at the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue, two blocks from the blast site. He identified himself as a priest and showed them the holy oil.

Trying to clear the area, one of the officers told Father Wykes to get back. Separately, his brother priest, Father Tom Carzon, also rushed to the site with oils and was also turned away. Both are members of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and live at St. Clement's Shrine, three blocks from the finish line.

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A Question for Your Children; The Devils and Consecration to Mary; Mary, the Queen of May and More! (2362)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/07/2013 Comment

A Question For Your Children. Follow the link by Hector Molina of the Catholic Answers website to read more.

A Question For Your Children - Hector Molina, Catholic Answers

The Devils & Consecration to Mary by Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

When God Knows What You Don’t Need - Birgit Jones, Designs by Birgit

Mary, the Queen of the May - Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Another Traditional Latin Mass in Afghanistan! – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Sometimes, Holiness is Boring - Mary C. Tillotson, Catholic Stand

Requiem in Louisville for a 97 Year Old Priest – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Meek, Pious & Brave as a Lion – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Young Catholic Lady On Rosemarie Smeads of the World – Sarah Campbell,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Christians Respond to Suffering With Patience, Not Whining (5606)

Perseverance amid trial reflects a growing maturity, the Holy Father tells Massgoers May 7.

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'Christ Falling on the Way to Calvary,' by Raphael

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VATICAN CITY — Reflecting on how St. Paul endured pain for Christ, Pope Francis said May 7 that good Christians do not complain about their trials but endure them with patient silence because their hearts are at peace.

Christians “who constantly complain fails to be a good Christian: They become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no? Because they always complain about everything, right?” the Pope remarked in his homily at St. Martha’s residence.

The Christian response to suffering is “silence in endurance, silence in patience,” he stated.

During his Passion, the Pope noted, Jesus “did not speak much, only two or three necessary words. ... But it is not a sad silence; the silence of bearing the...READ MORE

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Pope Suggests Invoking Holy Spirit at End-of-Day Conscience Examination (5368)

Francis spoke at May 6 Mass about 'this witness of Jesus who tells us where Jesus is, how to find Jesus, what Jesus tells us.'

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said people should ask themselves what the Holy Spirit did in them at the end of each day.

“We should get into the habit of asking ourselves before the end of the day, 'What did the Holy Spirit do in me?' and 'What witness did he give me?'” he said during daily Mass on May 6.

He explained, “It is in this way that we can see how Jesus worked in our hearts. It is the Holy Spirit that opens our hearts to know Jesus.”

The Holy Father celebrated the Mass alongside the archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri.

Employees who work in the basilica were among those invited to attend the Pope’s morning Mass.

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Palestinian Farmers Petition Israel Court Over Security Barrier (2255)

The government’s plan would separate farmers from their lands and Salesian nuns from their agricultural property.

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Palestinian children run towards a portion of the Israeli security wall in 2004.

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JERUSALEM — Fifty-eight Palestinian farmers, whose objections to the routing of Israel’s security barrier were rejected last week by the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court, have petitioned Israel’s highest court to hear the case. They will soon be joined by a Palestinian convent and elementary school whose earlier petitions were likewise rejected.

On April 24, the Magistrates Court’s Special Appeals Committee that deals with emergency land seizures ruled that the Israeli government has the right to build part of its security barrier in the Cremisan Valley in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, despite the fact that the wall will encircle a convent and elementary school and separate them and nearly 60...READ MORE

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Irish Bishops: Abortion Expansion Would Be ‘Tragic Moment’ (2180)

‘The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong,’ they said in a May 3 statement.

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DUBLIN — The Catholic bishops of Ireland say a proposed abortion law would “make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful” in the country and could force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions in violation of their consciences.

“The gospel of life is at the heart of the message of Jesus; the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong,” the bishops said in a May 3 statement.

They explained that the right to life is “the foundation of every other human right” and urged the protection of this right for both a mother and her unborn child “in all circumstances.”

Their statement comes amid continued debate over the Irish...READ MORE

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Blessed Ladislaus of Gielniow and the Power of Catholic Culture, Is N. F. P. Crazy and Much More! (2849)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/07/2013 Comment

The Story Buried Under the Fr. MacRae Case. Follow the link by Ryan McDonald to read more.

Blessed Ladislaus of Gielniów & the Power of Catholic Culture - Paul Radzilowski, Crisis Magazine

Is N. F. P. Crazy? – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

How Catholics Can Conquer Depression by Dr. Aaron Kheriaty of the Catholic Herald website - Big Pulpit

800 Victims of Islamic Violence Who Will Become Saints – Damian Thompson, Holy Smoke

Secular Tolerance: A Continuing Series - Donald R McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Getting Over Free-Range Chicken Syndrome; Homeschooling – Catholic Sistas

Snowflake Babies: Don’t Melt them - Joseph Mazzara, Catholic Stand

StrangeNotions.com: Dialogue Between Catholics & Atheists – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Adoration, Worship, and...READ MORE

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Survey Draws Picture of America’s New Priests (3551)

Most come from large families, and two-thirds served as altar boys.

05/06/2013 Comments (1)

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WASHINGTON — A new study of the priests who will be ordained this year in the U.S. shows they tend to come from large families and were active in their parish life before entering seminary.

About 500 men will be ordained priests in 2013. Of these, about 74% responded to the survey from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, based at Georgetown University.

The median age of the 2013 ordination class is 32, a slight increase from last year. The youngest to be ordained is 23, while the oldest is 69.

Almost 10% of those to be ordained, called “ordinands,” are converts. Eighty percent of survey respondents said both their parents are Catholic, and more than one-third have a...READ MORE

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