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California Monks Build New Chapel With Medieval Stones (3009)

After languishing in Golden Gate Park for more than 60 years, stones reclaimed from Spain’s Santa Maria de Ovila monastery come into service again at a contemporary Cistercian abbey.

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Cloister walk at New Clairvaux Abbey in Vina, Calif.

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VINA, Calif.— A California abbey has been home to Cistercian monks since 1955, and it now houses a new chapel built of stones taken from a medieval Cistercian monastery in Spain.

“These stones have come home. ... We had a donor event last year because the scaffolding finally came down, and you can see the glory of this vaulted stone chapter house,” the abbot, Father Paul Mark Schwan, told Catholic News Agency Jan. 7.

“We sang our Cistercian ‘Salve’ at the conclusion of this event. That was the first time since 1835 that these stones had heard the chanting of, as it were, ‘their’ Cistercian monks,” he added.

“It was a very touching moment, not just for our monks, but for the guests...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Decries Proposal to Expand Abortion Access (5431)

In a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the cardinal warns that the state’s proposed Reproductive Health Act would further increase the state’s ‘scandalous’ abortion rate.

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NEW YORK — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York expressed “great disappointment” in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement to move forward with the state’s proposed Reproductive Health Act.

In his third annual State of the State address on Jan. 9, the democratic governor said that, among other reforms, he intends to strengthen local abortion laws by enacting the measure.

In response, Cardinal Dolan said the move would ultimately increase New York’s “scandalous” abortion rate.

“I am hard-pressed to think of a piece of legislation that is less needed or more harmful than this one,” Cardinal Dolan wrote in a Jan. 9 letter to Gov. Cuomo, who is Catholic.

“There was a time when abortion...READ MORE

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Florida Conference Energizes Thousands of College Students (1670)

Sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, the 'Seek 2013' gathering zeroed in on the theme ‘What Moves You.’

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Participants at this month's Seek 2013 conference in Orlando, Fla.

– Jason Siegel Photography

ORLANDO, Fla. — The "Seek 2013" gathering brought thousands of Catholic college students to Orlando’s Swan and Dolphin Hotel Jan. 2-6, encouraging attendees to search for what God wants for them in life.

“It’s exciting to see so many people who care about their faith, who love Jesus and want to follow Jesus and love the Church,” Jeremy Rivera, national director of marketing and communications for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus), told Catholic News Agency Jan. 8.

Focus presented the conference, which zeroed in on the theme “What Moves You.” The event’s speakers gave wide-ranging talks about faith and contemporary Catholic life.

More than 5,000 attendees...READ MORE

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My Initial Doubts About the Extraordinary Form, 10 Ways to Prevent Liturgical Abuse and Much More! (2614)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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My Initial Doubts about the Latin Mass. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

My Initial Doubts about the Latin Mass by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

Ten Easy Ways to Prevent Liturgical Abuse – Katy Holland, Fide Et Literis

So-Called Gay Marriage: A Dialogue - J. Budziszewski, Crisis Magazine

Wanting One More Child – Marie Meaney PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Delaying Gratification – Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Liturgical Dance is Very Much Alive (Liverpool, England) – Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

To Know Christ Jesus, The Early Years – Ben, Two Catholic Men and a Blog

The Argument from Authority – Br. Innocent Smith OP, Dominicana

Former Catholic Caritas Head Hired by Pro-Abortion Group The Elders – Hilary White,...READ MORE

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Still Troubled by Terri Schiavo’s Death, But Inspired, Too (17024)

Twenty years after Terri’s husband, Michael, began his campaign to cut off her life support, Bobby Schindler discusses the impact of the protracted family tragedy that culminated with his sister’s death.

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Bobby Schindler, with his father and a photo of his sister behind him, speaks at a rally.

– Gary McCullough/Facebook

On Feb. 25, 1990, Terri Schiavo collapsed in her Florida apartment. Two years later, her husband, Michael, sued her doctors for malpractice, and a jury awarded him $1.5 million for the rehabilitation therapy he testified she would receive.

However, in 1993, Terri’s father, Robert Schindler Sr., had an argument with his son-in-law during which he asked, “When are you going to start the rehabilitation therapy that you not only promised the jury, our family, but, most importantly, Terri?”

The question infuriated Schiavo, who cut off communication with the Schindlers. Later that year, Terri developed a urinary tract infection, and Michael asked the nursing home to not prescribe...READ MORE

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Funding Ban on Abortion Providers Introduced in New Congress (2218)

A bill introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn prohibits the allocation of Title X family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood and any other groups that perform the procedure.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

WASHINGTON — Within the first days of the 113th U.S. Congress, legislation has been introduced to block federal funding of organizations that perform abortions.

A new bill, introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., prohibits the allocation of Title X family-planning funds “to any entity” that performs the procedure.

“As a woman,” Blackburn said in a Jan. 4 press release announcing the legislation, “I believe America deserves better.”

“America shouldn’t celebrate abortion, and our taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, who profit from the destruction of human life with taxpayer money,” she asserted.

“It’s fiscally irresponsible and morally...READ MORE

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‘You Are Not Alone,’ Pope Tells Those Suffering From Sickness (1644)

In his World Day of the Sick message, he said the Parable of the Good Samaritan ‘helps us to understand the deep love of God for every human being, especially those afflicted by sickness or pain.’

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Marian shrine of Altötting in Germany

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VATICAN CITY — Ahead of the World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his closeness to those with illnesses and reaffirmed that Jesus Christ’s sufferings give meaning to their own.

“You are not alone, separated, abandoned or useless. You have been called by Christ and are his living and transparent image,” said the Pope, quoting Pope Paul VI’s words from the Second Vatican Council.

The 21st World Day of the Sick will be celebrated Feb. 11 on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Pope Benedict released his message for the day on Jan. 8.

The Pope said the observance is a day for the sick, health-care workers and the faithful to engage in prayer, to offer one’s sufferings “for the...READ MORE

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The Adoration of the Magi Proves the Divinity of Christ, Are "Spiritual" Nutty and More! (1235)

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The Adoration of the Magi Proves the Divinity of Christ. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

The Adoration of the Magi Proves the Divinity of Christ – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

“Spiritual But Not Religious People” May be Nuts by Matthew ArchboldBig Pulpit

We Need to Clarify Catholic Teaching on Same-Sex "Marriage" - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Seminary Visited by the Pope Bans Traditional Latin Mass – Damian Thompson, The Daily Telegraph/Holy Smoke

Cardinal Pell on the Fight in France Over “Homosexual Marriage” – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report Blog

The Origins and Meanings of the Word Lent – Anthony Esolen, First Things/First Thoughts

Blessed Maria Baouardy, the Little Arab and Lily of Palestine – Mystics of the Church

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