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The Dynamic Continuity of Benedict XVI and John Paul II (5222)

Papal biographer George Weigel discusses how this pair of Popes has shepherded the Church into a new era of ‘Evangelical Catholicism.’

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George Weigel’s latest book, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church, was released just as Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the Petrine office.

The new work from the prolific Washington-based public intellectual offers a timely analysis of the German-born Pope’s efforts to advance the Church’s mission in the 21st century and provides a guide to the issues that will dominate the conclave. 

The distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center is a Catholic theologian and the author of God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church and The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II — The Victory of Freedom,...READ MORE

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10 Weird, Wonderful Foods for Lent; Living Lent in Beijing; Meet the Brothers in Black and More! (2090)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Ten Weird, Wonderful Foods for Lent. Follow the link by Matthew Schmitz of the First Things website to read more of what you can and cannot eat for Lent on Friday's.

Ten Weird, Wonderful Foods for Lent by Matthew Schmitz of the First Things website - Big Pulpit

Living Lent in Beijing – Anthony E. Clark PhD, The CWR Blog

Meet The Brothers in Black – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Lent at the End of an Age – Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

It’s the Devil, Silly – Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

Why I Don’t Buy Matt McGuiness Column – Kevin Tierney

John Cardinal McCloskey – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Küng, Sex-Obsessed – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Magdalene Laundries Put in Context – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

Is Tim Tebow a Religious Bigot? A Second Look – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

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Washington Nationals’ Pitcher Arms Himself With Prayer (10345)

Craig Stammen sees firsthand benefits putting his concerns in God’s hands.

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Craig Stammen

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Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals is among the hundreds of players preparing for the opening of spring training later this month.

While the mechanics of baseball are a part of everyone’s preparation, Stammen has an added benefit coming into the season: his practice of trusting in God’s providence.

The 28-year-old North Star, Ohio, resident learned to entrust everything to God a little over seven years ago at the University of Dayton. After a summer of rookie league baseball in 2005, Stammen returned to campus for the fall semester. It was during this time that he first shared his Catholic faith publicly — a turning point that helped to solidify his core beliefs and aim in...READ MORE

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Return of the Prodigal Father (3645)

After making his confession to a priestly son he conceived through rape, an Ecuadorian man came back to the Church after an absence of 30 years.

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LOJA, Ecuador — A priest who was conceived in rape when his mother was only 13 years old is sharing the story of how he met, forgave and heard the confession of his father, who is now living a life of faith.

“I could have ended up in a trash can, but I was allowed to live,” said Father Luis Alfredo Leon Armijos of Loja, Ecuador.

In a Feb. 6 telephone interview with Catholic News Agency, Father Leon, who is pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Loja, said his mother, Maria Eugenia Armijos Romero, was working as a maid to help her parents support their eight children.  

“The owner of the home took advantage of her working alone, raped her and left her pregnant,” he said.

His mother always...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Noted for Linking Education With Love of God (2542)

Catholic university scholars laud the Holy Father for his lifelong commitment to integrate the faith with education.

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Susan Hanssen, associate professor of history at the University of Dallas

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DENVER — Pope Benedict XVI has left a lasting mark on Catholic education by showing how reason and knowledge can lead to an essential love of God, reflected scholars at leading Catholic universities.

“This is the chief idea of Pope Benedict about higher education: It isn’t our job just to provide information about God, but that the Catholic university should be a place where God is in our midst,” said John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, Feb. 14.

“In his writings, this emphasis on coming to the love of God is essentially connected to what universities do. ... For Benedict, there is this essential and intrinsic connection (between) knowing God and loving God.”


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Knights of Malta Leader Praises Benedict XVI (1478)

'He is very well informed; he has a great sense of humor; he is funny; he is extremely warm; he is immensely gentle and intelligent,' shared the grandmaster of the Order of Malta, Matthew Festing. The Pope is also a member of the humanitarian order.

02/19/2013 Comment

As Pope Benedict XVI serves his last days in office, the head of the Knights of Malta paid tribute to him by describing the Holy Father as “a marvelous person with a great sense of humor.”

“I will remember him with great affection, and I think he is the most marvelous person,” said the prince and grandmaster of the Order of Malta, Matthew Festing, of which Pope Benedict is also a member.

“He is very well informed; he has a great sense of humor; he is funny; he is extremely warm; he is immensely gentle and intelligent,” Festing said in a Feb. 18 interview with Catholic News Agency at the order’s headquarters in Rome.

The Order of Malta, which issues its own international passports,...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Implores Congress to Protect Conscience Rights (3113)

In a Feb. 15 letter to the legislative body, the archbishop noted that failure would result in negative consequences for the United States.

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Archbishop William Lori

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WASHINGTON — In anticipation of upcoming legislation, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore urged the nation’s lawmakers to work this year “to restore a tradition on rights of conscience in health care.”

“I fear that the federal government’s respect for believers and people of conscience no longer measures up to the treatment Americans have a right to expect from their elected representatives,” Archbishop Lori said in a Feb. 15 letter to Congress.

The archbishop, who heads the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, voiced his support for several new legislative measures to protect religious freedom and warned of the negative consequences that...READ MORE

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Ill. Catholic Conference Laments Senate Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Approval (3184)

‘This legislation callously redefines a bedrock institution of our society and deteriorates the free exercise of religion in our state.’

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Catholic Conference of Illinois disapproved of the state Senate’s passage of a bill that would redefine marriage to include the union of same-sex persons, citing religious-liberty concerns.

“This legislation callously redefines a bedrock institution of our society and deteriorates the free exercise of religion in our state,” Catholic Conference of Illinois executive director Robert Gilligan said Feb. 14.

“We remain wary of government interference in the Church’s ministry and structure.”

On Feb. 14, the Illinois Senate approved a bill that would change the state’s definition of marriage from being “between a man and a woman” to “between two persons.” It was...READ MORE

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