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Vatican Unveils Plans for International Family Center in Nazareth (2921)

The center’s mission is a place that encourages the spirituality of the family, provides formation of parental and family life and helps families prepare to engage in the New Evangelization.

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Archbishiop Vencenzo Paglia presents the International Family Center in Nazareth on April 16.

– Stephen Driscoll/EWTN News

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land.

The project was presented April 16 at a Vatican press conference by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Salvatore Martinez from the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement, and auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of the Latin rite in Jerusalem.

“There are places endowed with an extraordinary evocative and symbolic strength. Nazareth is one of those. It is the place where Jesus...READ MORE

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Jesus’ Ascension Means We Are Never Alone, Pope Says (3966)

Pope Francis is continuing Benedict XVI’s practice of reflecting on the Catholic statement of belief at his weekly general audiences as part of the Year of Faith.

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Pope Francis holds his first general audience on March 27 in St. Peter's Square.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis proclaimed “we are never alone” and that Jesus is our defender, as he reflected on the Ascension during his Wednesday general audience.

“We are never alone in our lives; we have this advocate who waits for us,” the Pope told tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s Square to participate in his April 17 audience.

The Pope centered his teaching on the line from the Creed that says, “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”

Pope Francis is continuing Benedict XVI’s practice of reflecting on the Catholic statement of belief at his weekly general audiences as part of the Year of Faith.

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Pope Francis Assures Iran, Pakistan Quake Victims of Prayers (3202)

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the border of Iran and Pakistan on April 16.

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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica

– Pilar Peiro/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is praying for the victims of the earthquake that killed 35 and injured 100 in Iran and Pakistan.

“I raise a prayer to God for the victims and for all those who are in pain, and I wish to express my closeness to the Iranian and Pakistani people,” he said during his April 17 general audience at the Vatican.

“I learned with sadness of the violent earthquake that struck the peoples of Iran and Pakistan, bringing death, suffering and destruction,” he said.

The earthquake hit the border of Iran and Pakistan on April 16 at 3:44pm local time.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused 35 deaths in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, and around 150 have been found...READ MORE

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Bostonians Gather to Honor Boy Slain at Marathon (4152)

St. Ann Parish in Dorchester holds a prayer vigil in memory of 8-year-old parishioner Martin Richard, the youngest of the three people killed in Monday’s bombings.

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Martin Richard

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BOSTON — A snaggletoothed boy with a wide smile has captured the attention of the nation.

The youngest of the three casualties at the bombing near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 8-year-old Martin Richard and his family are members of St. Ann Parish in Dorchester, a Boston neighborhood.

In a picture on Facebook, Richard stands in front of St. Ann's with a banner decorated with a cross, dove, heart and chalice. Dressed in a white suit, shirt and tie, he posed on the occasion of his first Communion, which friends say occurred in May of last year.

Richard, his older brother and younger sister attend school at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester.

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Pope Francis Passes a Curious Milestone, First OF Mass in Vienna Oratarian Parish and Much More! (4448)

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Pope Francis Passes a Curious Milestone. Follow the link by Vaticanista John Thavis to read more.

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First Mass (O. F.) in the Oratorian Parish of Vienna – Gregor Kollmorgen, New Liturgical Movement

8 Catholics To Watch This Spring – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Veritatis Splendor: The Encyclical that Mattered - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

Boston Marathon Bombings – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Tom Konchalski’s Quiet Witness – William Doino Jr., First Things/On the Square

Perinatal Hospice: A Fruitful Story – Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

St. Bonaventure: Nurturing Children from the Sacred Heart - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Like a Shield, Mommy? – Stacy Trasancos PhD


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Political Leaders Offer Support After Boston Tragedy (1698)

‘Words cannot begin to express our sorrow for the families who are grieving so suddenly right now,’ said Speaker of the House John Boehner.

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President Barack Obama

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WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, state and federal lawmakers are offering assistance and support to the people of Massachusetts, along with promises of continued prayers.

“I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other and move forward as one proud city,” said President Barack Obama in an April 15 press conference. “And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.”

The president promised, “We will find out who did this, and we will hold them accountable.”

On April 15, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three people and injuring more than...READ MORE

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The Day After Terror: A Time for Mourning, and More Prayer (2001)

Catholics reflect on their experience of the Boston Marathon bombings, as they participated in Masses and prayer services near the scene of yesterday’s horrific violence.

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Sign posted outside of St. Francis Chapel, located in the mall adjacent to Boylston Avenue.

BOSTON — Father Tom Carzon spoke with a Boston Marathon participant on Monday who experienced both the exhilaration of finishing the run and the shock associated with the most unnatural of outcomes — bomb blasts that have taken three lives and injured nearly 180. The man needed to talk through his experience.

“What happened yesterday doesn’t make sense; it never will — but through our prayer we turn to Christ, who comes as a light shining in the darkness,” said Father Carzon during a Holy Hour held for the incident at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, a church near the end of the marathon route.

The Oblates of the Virgin Mary run both St. Clement’s and the nearby St. Francis Chapel, a...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Ramps Up Support for George Washington Chaplain (4732)

During an April 14 Mass with George Washington University students, Washington's cardinal commended chaplain Father Greg Shaffer.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington

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WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington stepped up support for a Catholic chaplain at George Washington University, amid efforts by two homosexual students to press for the priest’s removal.

In recent weeks, two students have petitioned university administrators to evaluate whether the chaplain’s articulation of Church teaching on same-sex unions violates George Washington’s anti-discrimination policies. They have proposed that the university should “vet” future chaplains before they begin to serve the campus community.

During a rousing homily at a packed April 14 Mass for students near the campus, Cardinal Wuerl celebrated the chaplain, Father Greg Shaffer, as an...READ MORE

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