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From Tolerance to Coercion; Facebook Rhetoric; Are You Now or Ever Have Been a Christian? and More! (4181)

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From Tolerance to Coercion. Follow the link by Paul Zummo of the Catholic Stand website to read more.

From Tolerance to Coercion - Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Facebook Rhetoric – Laura Mitchell, First Things/On the Square

Are You Now, Or Have You Even Been, a Christian? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Ten Great Pictures of People Delighted to Meet Pp. Francis – Catholic Herald

A Mass Unlike Any Other by Michael Seagriff of the Catholic Lane website - Big Pulpit

Youth’s Unbelief Linked to Media, Home Life – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

A Review of J. Budzisewski’s On the Meaning of Sex – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Expect the Unexpected: Unlikely Converts – Carolyn Moynihan, Catholic Exchange

Survive Mass with Children in 15 Seconds - Stacy Trasancos PhD


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A Fresh Catholic Voice at the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (9253)

Mother of six, religious-liberty lawyer and media trainer Kim Daniels will engage media as the new spokeswoman for the USCCB’s president.

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Kim Daniels

– Catholic News Agency

WASHINGTON — A Princeton-educated laywoman and lawyer who has focused on religious-liberty issues and training Catholics on how to speak about Church teachings in the public arena has been named to the newly created position of spokeswoman for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Kim Daniels, 45, joins the USCCB from Catholic Voices USA, which she helped found and where she until recently served as a director. Catholic Voices USA works to “bring the positive message of the Church across a broad range of issues to the public square,” according to the USCCB press release announcing Daniels’ new position.

A mother of six, Daniels...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Desires to Draw Remarried People to Christ (17360)

The Holy Father explains in his new book that although divorced-and-remarried Catholics cannot receive Communion, they can still integrate into the life of the Church.

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Editor's Note: On Register Radio May 3, Jeanette DeMelo will talk with Alejandro Bermudez about the Pope’s book On Heaven and Earth. Listen here after 2pm Eastern tomorrow.

DENVER — A recently translated book by Pope Francis exhibits a call for Catholics who have been divorced and are remarried to be made welcome in parishes, in the hope that they can remedy their situations.

“Catholic doctrine reminds its divorced members who have remarried that they are not excommunicated — even though they live in a situation on the margin of what indissolubility of marriage and the sacrament of marriage require of them — and they are asked to integrate into the parish life,” he says in his newly...READ MORE

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Catholic Worker Celebrates 80 Years of Gentle Personalism (3886)

Animated by the same Christian vision as Pope Francis, co-founders Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin and their followers have striven to live in solidarity with the socially marginalized.

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Dorothy Day in 1934

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NEW YORK — Eighty years old and still going strong, the Catholic Worker movement and its followers continue to face the challenge of building a new society on what its co-founder Peter Maurin called “the gentle personalism of traditional Catholicism.”

French immigrant Maurin and Servant of God Dorothy Day founded the Catholic Worker movement in the midst of the Great Depression.

They launched The Catholic Worker newspaper on May 1, 1933. The movement then expanded to houses of hospitality and farming communes following a model of Catholic economics called “distributism.”

Today, the Catholic Worker movement has 224 autonomous communities established in the United States and overseas...READ MORE

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May Is Mary's Month: Scriptural Proof for Marian Devotion; Good Liturgical Music and Much More! (2706)

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05/02/2013 Comment

May is Mary’s Month: Scriptural Proof for Marian Devotion. Follow the link by Edward Looney of the Ignitum Today website.

May is Mary’s Month: Scriptural Proof for Marian Devotion – Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Keys to Good Liturgical Music: Training and Inspiration – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

One Holy, Baptist, and Apostolic Church by Matt Fradd of the Catholic Answers website - Big Pulpit

Pope Francis to Canonize 800 Italians – Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald

Can You Be Pro-Life While Supporting the Death Penalty? – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

What is This Thing Called Virtue? - Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine

Marian Devotion and the Spiritual Life - Daniel Burke, RCSD

Death of Red China’s Most Famous & Powerful Bishop – Anthony E. Clark PhD, The Catholic World Report


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Pope Emeritus Takes Up Permanent Residence in the Vatican (3780)

Benedict XVI will now spend his remaining days in prayer at the newly renovated monastery of Mater Ecclesiae.

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Helicopter carrying Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI flies above the Vatican May 2.

– Edward Pentin

VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican this afternoon to take up permanent residence in a renovated monastery.

Benedict XVI’s helicopter arrived from the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo shortly after 4:45pm local time. He was accompanied by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the pontifical household.

Among those greeting Benedict XVI at the heliport were Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals; Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state; and Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the governatorate of Vatican city state.

The pope emeritus was then transferred to his new residence, the renovated monastery Mater...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Labor’s True Purpose Should Attend Man (2153)

On the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Holy Father reiterates themes promulgated in Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical ‘Rerum Novarum’ and discusses all types of ‘slave labor.’

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VATICAN CITY — Marking the feast of St. Joseph the Worker yesterday, Pope Francis said at his general audience this week that work should serve man and contribute to his dignity, rather than man serving his work.

“How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity?” the Pope said May 1 in St. Peter’s Square.

He added a plea to “my brothers and sisters in faith and all men and women of good will for a decisive choice to combat trafficking in persons, which is a part of ‘slave labor.’”

Rather than a restricted view of “slave labor” focusing only on...READ MORE

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Pro-Lifers Protest Outside D.C. Abortionist’s Business (2903)

A video from Live Action shows Dr. Cesare Santangelo saying he wouldn't try to save the life of a baby who survived an abortion.

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– LiveAction.org

WASHINGTON — Pro-life activists protested outside the business of a Washington abortionist who admitted during an undercover interview that he “would not help” any infant who survives an attempted abortion procedure.   

Melissa Ohden, a survivor of an attempted abortion, spoke at the May 1 protest, saying she was thankful that the doctors at the abortion facility where she was born “didn’t subscribe to Dr. [Cesare] Santangelo’s credo that children like me should be left to die.”

“They didn’t see me as a liability; they didn’t hate me for surviving; they saw my humanity,” Ohden said.

Lila Rose, president of the undercover-reporting organization Live Action, called Santangelo’s...READ MORE

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