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On 86th Birthday, Benedict Praised as Deeply Humble (3195)

Author Charles Coulombe was inspired to write The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI because he considered Benedict to have been ‘the best pope I’ve lived under.’

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LOS ANGELES — As Benedict XVI celebrates his 86th birthday on April 16, the author of a new book on the legacy of the retired pope says his humility largely inspired the work.

“I was ... fond of Benedict because he was a truly humble man,” Charles Coulombe, author of The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, told Catholic News Agency April 15.

“He was kind of shy and retiring, but he was willing to re-invigorate the trappings of the papacy, not for his own benefit, but for that of the office. And that’s true humility.”

The book, released in March, discusses the Church and the office of the papacy, gives a biographical sketch of Benedict’s life and addresses the reforms which the Pope...READ MORE

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Pope Appoints Select Panel to Address Concerns Regarding the Curia (2491)

It didn’t take long for the Holy Father to respond to calls to address the need for Vatican reform.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has signaled his intention to reform the Roman Curia and possibly lessen the powers of the Secretariat of State by creating a consultative committee of eight cardinals.

The Vatican announced April 13 that Pope Francis has appointed a group — also likened to a miniature synod — to advise him on Church government and to study a plan for revising Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic constitution on the Roman Curia, Pastor Bonus (The Good Shepherd). The 1988 document instituted a number of reforms concerning the running of the Curia.

The Vatican stressed that the group, which was suggested in the general congregations preceding the conclave that elected Pope...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Meet With Saudi Ambassador (3568)

The representative of a country that harshly forbids Christian worship is expected to discuss improving Catholic-Muslim relations.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will receive the Saudi ambassador to Italy tomorrow and be presented with a personal message from King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The private meeting with Ambassador Mohammed Al Ghamdi will take place in a room in the Paul VI audience hall after the Pope’s weekly general audience.

It’s not clear what the contents of the message will be, but it is likely to congratulate Pope Francis on his election and advocate working together on improving Catholic-Muslim relations.

The Pope has made improving relations with Islam a priority and, like Benedict XVI, he would like to pursue the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations with the Islamic kingdom.


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Gonzaga Professor Denies School’s Claim to Support Knights (4602)

Faculty adviser to the Knights of Columbus council, Eric Cunningham, hopes to preserve the council as an 'independent agent' rather than placing it under the student-life office at Gonzaga.

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SPOKANE, Wash. — A professor at Gonzaga University has countered claims by the school that it supports the campus’ Knights of Columbus Council, after the group’s application to be a student organization was denied.

“Honestly, I don’t see that they’re supported in any way,” Eric Cunningham, assistant director of Catholic studies and faculty adviser to the university’s Knights council, told Catholic News Agency April 15.

On March 7, the university’s student-life division denied the council’s application for recognition as a “student organization,” according to an April 5 report by the Cardinal Newman Society. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic charitable fraternal organization with...READ MORE

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Horror at the Boston Marathon (6817)

While investigators scour the streets of Boston to learn the perpetrator of Monday’s atrocity, area residents rely on their faith and prayers to cope.

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A man is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured by one of two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on April 15 in Boston.

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BOSTON — On a sunny spring day, when friends and family should have been celebrating Patriots Day by watching friends and loved ones complete the annual Boston Marathon, instead, they were all thrown into a war zone.

At approximately 2:50pm local time, two bombs exploded less than 20 seconds apart near the finish line on Boylston Street. Spectators and participants of the 117th marathon alike were caught in the confusion.

At last report, the explosions killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and sent scores of people to city hospitals with shrapnel wounds that necessitated the amputation of limbs.

“It was a large and disturbing scene,” said Boston District Attorney Dan...READ MORE

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Parenting the Pornography Generation, Inner-City Parish Revival Using Orthodox Catholicism and More! (3862)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Parenting the Pornography Generation. Follow the link via the Catholic Answers website to read more.

Parenting the Pornography Generation via the Catholic Answers website - Big Pulpit

Inner City Parish Revival Using Orthodox Catholicism – Fr. Z’s Blog

Gosnell Grand Jury Report: A Mirror For Our Times – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

“Knot Yet”: Marriage & Other Choices – Betsy VanDenBerge, First Things/On the Square

Coming Out: Catholic – Miriam Brower, Ignitum Today

Seven Things You Should Know About Noah – Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Just Ignore the Tiny Corpses: Conceal the Monster – Jennifer Hartline, Catholic Stand

Veneration of Icons & Graven Images – Sam Entile, The Catholic Voyager

What is a Charismatic Catholic? – Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic...READ MORE

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Archdiocese of Boston Urges Prayers After Marathon Explosions (3643)

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A woman is loaded into an ambulance after she was injured by one of two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on April 15 in Boston.

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BOSTON — As local police report at least two people dead and dozens injured following a pair of explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the archdiocese has asked for prayers for the victims.

“As reports of death and injuries are reported, we ask you to please turn to the Lord each time to pray for them and for those who love them, that they would receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit, the mercy of God and the loving maternal embrace of our Blessed Mother,” the archdiocese asked via Facebook and Twitter April 15.

Just after reports confirmed two deaths in the explosion on Monday, the archdiocese asked for eternal rest for those killed.

“Please join us in prayer for...READ MORE

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Sacrifice Integral Part of Christian Life, Pope Says (3250)

The Acts of the Apostles provides the blueprint, the Holy Father tells Massgoers April 14 at St. Paul Outside the Walls.

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ROME — Pope Francis delved deeply into the readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, highlighting proclamation, witness and worship as essential to the faith, while also recognizing those who suffer for Christ in the world today.

Reflecting on the first reading, Pope Francis said, “What strikes us is the strength of Peter and the apostles.” He delivered his April 14 homily during Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

He highlighted the fact that, although they were ordered to be silent and not teach about the risen Lord, the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Even in the face of violence and imprisonment, they “proclaim courageously, fearlessly” the...READ MORE

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