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First Saturdays for World Youth Day (2649)

05/07/2011 Comments (1)

A worldwide campaign of prayer to coincide with World Youth Day has begun. Called “Firm in Faith With Mary,” the initiative invites the faithful to pray the Rosary for World Youth Day on Saturdays from the beginning of May until WYD takes place in August.

A number of Church organizations have joined together to call the whole Church to prepare for WYD in Spain and implore for its fruitfulness by praying the Rosary. The campaign, which will make extensive use of social media, has the full backing of the World Youth Day organizers in Madrid.

In April, Holy Cross Father James Phalan, a member of Holy Cross Families Ministries and coordinator of the campaign, spoke in Rome with Register...READ MORE

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What the Church Has Given the World, How St. Helen Found the True Cross, Veils and Burses, and more! (3616)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/07/2011 Comment

Saint Helena of the True Cross was the mother of Constantine the Great.

What the Church Has Given the World - Father Andrew Pinsent, Catholic Herald

How Saint Helena Found the True Cross in Jerusalem - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

From Radical Atheist to Catholic Philosopher - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Guidelines for the Protection of Priests - Father Michael P. Orsi, InsideCatholic

Abortion Survivor: Unwanted Babies ‘Need to Live’ - Patricia Coll Freeman, Catholic Anchor

Veils and Burses - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Gather Us In, A Bad Song Is Playing - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Pope Benedict XVI: In No One’s Shadow - Samuel Gregg, The American Spectator

More Than 20% of Atheist Scientists are Deeply Confused - Mark P. Shea,...READ MORE

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Fatima in Full (3947)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Andrew Apostoli's complete look at the apparitions of 1917, and beyond.

05/07/2011 Comments (16)

What could be more timely than another strong reminder about our Blessed Mother’s direction on how to save our souls?

After all, our times seem to be marked by more wars, uprisings, natural disasters and relentless attacks on morality, the family and life itself.

Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope provides that reminder, The author, Father Andrew Apostoli, is a foremost authority on the Fatima apparitions and message.

“No doubt Our Lady is protecting us from many spiritual assaults that are not as obvious as the atomic bomb, but nevertheless real,” writes Father Apostoli. “She is likewise preparing her spiritual sons and daughters for the struggles that will ultimately lead to...READ MORE

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Putting the Holy in Hollywood (4059)

New acting studio wants to 'plant a cross' in the middle of the film capital of the world.

05/06/2011 Comments (5)
Holy Wood Acting Studio

– Holy Wood Acting Studio

There’s a new Hollywood arrival whose goal is far different than seeking fame and fortune.

Holy Wood Acting Studio’s aim is to form top-notch actors who will become a moral center in the movie industry.

“Acting is more than just a career — it’s a calling,” says Max Espinosa, Holy Wood Acting Studio’s co-founder and director of operations. “Why? Because it affects people. Art has the power to change people’s lives. Hollywood goes around the world and reaches the masses. It all starts with the actors. So we want to create actors to influence Hollywood in a positive way.”

The name choice of Holy Wood Acting Studio is more than a play on words.

“We strongly believe we came here for a...READ MORE

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UK Catholic Bloggers Guild Tomorrow, Bishop and the Liturgy, Myth of Andalusian Paradise, and more! (2499)

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05/06/2011 Comment

Cardinal Burke leading the worldwide Catholic resurgence.

New Alaska Catholics Tackle Obstacles on Journey Into the Church - Rashae Ophus Johnson, Catholic Anchor

Saint Matthew’s Gospel: Conflict in Galilee - Doctor Edward Sri, The Integrated Catholic Life™

UK: Guild of Catholic Bloggers’ Planning Meeting Tomorrow - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

How Did Jesus Vanish from the Sight of His Disciples? - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

Saint Augustine Church, Bronx, New York, 1878 A.D. - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

How Much Power Does a Bishop Have Over the Liturgy in the Diocese? - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise - Darío Fernández-Morera, First Principles

UN Could Move to...READ MORE

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Bin Laden’s Death Reignites Torture Debate (2434)

A Register analysis on what we can learn from an often contradictory discussion on Capitol Hill

05/06/2011 Comments (12)

– CNS photo

WASHINGTON — The country was still reacting to the killing of Osama bin Laden when public attention was refocused on a long-simmering partisan debate with renewed intensity: Is the morality of torture ever justified, even if it helped to nail a terrorist mastermind?

We can surely express relief that bin Laden is no longer able to lead and inspire his global terror network without condoning the use of waterboarding — defined by some legal and military experts as “torture.” Pope Benedict XVI has stated that the prohibition against torture “cannot be contravened under any circumstances.”

But on Capitol Hill, the dueling camps that either endorse or repudiate the use of torture serve as a...READ MORE

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Catholic Revert Story, Apostolic Succession, The Martyr Cardinal Mindszenty, Steven Tyler, and more! (2748)

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05/06/2011 Comment

Venerable József Mindszenty was a Cardinal in Hungary who was outspoken against Communism in his country. As a result, he was tortured and given a life sentence. He was freed (sorta) and died in exile in 1975 in Vienna, Austria.

Catholic Revert: Richard Evans - Why I’m Catholic

Apologetics Toolbox: Apostolic Succession - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Three Reasons for Mary - Sister Lisa Marie Doty F.D.C.C., Nunspeak

Cardinal Mindszenty, Martyr of Our Time - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Divine Missions and Indwelling of the Holy Trinity - Stacy Transancos, Accepting Abundance

The Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, 1884 A.D. - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Distributism and the Modern Economy Part II - Donald P. Goldman III, The Distributist Review

What Price Baby Bliss? - Damian Adams, MercatorNet

Rocker Steven Tyler of Aerosmith Haunted by Girlfriend’s Abortion - Kevin Burke, LifeNews.com


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SDG Reviews 'There Be Dragons' (12918)

Muddled Josemaría Escrivá biopic has flashes of real religious feeling.

05/05/2011 Comments (70)

– CNS/Motive

Early in Roland Joffé’s There Be Dragons is an episode in which two young boys named Josemaría Escrivá and Manolo Torres sample cacao beans at a chocolate factory owned by Josemaría’s father, while the kindly Jewish manager Honorio (Derek Jacobi) waits eagerly for their impressions. Frowning in disappointment at Manolo’s hapless guess (almond?) and smiling approvingly at Josemaría’s assessment (cinnamon!), Honorio upbraids Manolo, not for guessing wrong, but for “scoffing at what he can’t experience.”

“Love can unleash the divine flavors hidden within,” Honorio explains, adding thoughtfully, “Not everyone has a taste for the divine. … I wonder why that is.”

In that vignette is There Be...READ MORE

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