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Why Beauty Matters, God and Moral Absolutes, Chaste with SSA, Star Trek Catholic Blogging, and more! (3813)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why Beauty Matters: Roger Scruton. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to learn more.

Why Beauty Matters: Roger Scruton - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Star Trek: To Blog Where No Catholic Has Blogged Before - LarryD, The American Catholic

God and Moral Absolutes - Matthew O’Brien, Public Discourse

Creative Life, Communion & Gift of Self: How to be Chaste with Same-Sex Attraction - Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity

The Hermit Who Lived on a Pillar for 33 years - Catholic Herald

After 35 Years of Protestantism: Conversion Story of Chris Birkbeck - Coming Home Network

How Much Should a Priest Own? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Annunciation the Ark and the Angels - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

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Pope Announces Trip to Mexico and Cuba (3123)

Papal voyage prior to Easter will be Benedict’s second to Latin America.

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Ernesto Gygax/CNA

Mexican pilgrims gather at the Vatican in April for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, who visited their country several times. Pope Benedict XVI today announced his first pilgrimage to Mexico and Cuba.

– Ernesto Gygax/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI confirmed Dec. 12 that he will visit Cuba and Mexico in March next year.

The Holy Father made the announcement at St. Peter’s Basilica during an evening Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Mass marked the bicentenary of the independence of many Latin American nations, including Mexico.

The announcement confirmed remarks Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi made to reporters on Nov. 10, when he noted that the Pope hoped to visit a Spanish-speaking country in the region, Mexico being the largest one. Father Lombardi also identified Cuba as “another country that really wants to see the Pope,” adding that a papal visit there could offer...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Leads Vigil Outside LeRoy Carhart's Maryland Business (4095)

1,000 pro-lifers join archbishop of Washington on frosty night to mark year of late-term abortions.

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2000 Reuters photo

Dr. Leroy Carhart reportedly chose Maryland for his late-term abortion business “because it has some of the least-restrictive abortion laws in the nation, is centrally located on the East Coast and because Germantown is accessible from three airports.”

– 2000 Reuters photo

GERMANTOWN, Md. — During a frosty night graced by a Christmas carol, but not a hint of yuletide cheer, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., marked the first anniversary of LeRoy Carhart’s arrival at an abortion business in his diocese.

Far removed from the holiday activity on Capitol Hill, Cardinal Wuerl led a solemn candlelit procession and prayer vigil at a Germantown, Md., abortion facility, Reproductive Health Services, where Carhart began providing late-term abortions a year ago. The cardinal served as the chief celebrant for a Mass preceding the vigil at Mother Seton Catholic Church, located a few blocks from the business in this suburb north of the District of Columbia.


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Cardinal John Foley, the 'Voice of Christmas' at the Vatican, Dies at 76 (3301)

Philadelphia native was well known for his narration of midnight Mass from St. Peter’s.

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2010 CNA photo/Alan Holdren

Cardinal John Patrick Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, speaks in the Vatican Press Office.

– 2010 CNA photo/Alan Holdren

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has paid tribute to Cardinal John Patrick Foley, who died today, recalling his “distinguished service” to the Holy See and commending his “noble soul” to God.

The American cardinal passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Dec. 11th at Villa St. Joseph, the archdiocesan home for retired priests in Darby, the Pennsylvania town where he was born. He was 76 and had been battling cancer for some time.

In a communiqué published by the Vatican Dec. 12, the Holy Father recalled “with gratitude the late cardinal’s years of priestly ministry in his beloved Archdiocese of Philadelphia, his distinguished service to the Holy See as president of the Pontifical...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput Talks Politics ... and Philadelphia (6451)

Catholics need to be more involved in politics, Philly archbishop says.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput

– Archdiocese of Philadelphia

In the wake of his surprisingly frank pastoral letter on the challenges ahead for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, and as a presidential election draws near, we spoke with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, the author of Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life during his ad limina visit. During a wide-ranging interview, he reflected with characteristic directness on the distinct but overlapping roles of Catholic bishops, the laity and politicians. 

The Capuchin archbishop spoke from Rome with Register correspondent Edward Pentin on Dec. 10. 

What have been the highlights of your ad limina visit to Rome?

The highlight is always the...READ MORE

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'Fountain of Your Joy' Draws the Faithful to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (3272)

A visit to the famous Mexican apparition site for the Dec. 12 feast.

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– Christopher White

“Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the fountain of your joy?” These are the words that the Blessed Virgin Mary spoke to Juan Diego in December 1531 on the very site that a church and shrine now stand in her honor — and which are remembered each Dec. 12.

Juan Diego, an Aztec convert to Catholicism, first encountered the Blessed Virgin on Tepeyac Hill, a rural area north of what was then Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City). The Virgin appeared to Juan Diego and told him that she wanted a church built on the very spot she was standing so that the entire world could know of her compassion. She instructed him to tell the bishop of Tenochtitlan.


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Pope Benedict: Stay Focused on the Coming of Christ and 3 Christmas Wishes (3156)

The Holy Father's Angelus address for the Third Sunday of Advent and highlights from his message at the recent Christmas tree lighting.

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– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI reminded Christians not to be dazzled by the shopping lights of the Advent season but to keep focused on the coming of Jesus Christ, the “true Light of the world.”

“The external environment offers the usual commercial messages, even if in a lower-key way because of the economic crisis,” said the Pope during his Sunday Angelus address in a rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square Dec. 11. The Christian, by contrast, is “called to live Advent without being distracted by the lights.”

Christians should keep their eyes fixed on Christ so that “if, in fact, we persevere ‘vigilant in prayer and rejoicing in praise,’ our eyes will be able to recognize in him...READ MORE

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Father Spitzer's 10 Universal Principles (7945)

A guide to help you debate your friends on the life issues, without necessarily bringing in religion.

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Courtesy of Ignatius Press

– Courtesy of Ignatius Press

Father Robert Spitzer, SJ, has written Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues, published by Ignatius Press. The book outlines a pro-life philosophy that can be used for thinking and talking about human life and the life issues, especially abortion. Based on the natural law, the 10 principles presented in an easy-to-read format are meant to undergird sound reasoning to guide thoughts, actions, laws and public policies to create a culture of life and love.

Father Spitzer is a former president of Gonzaga University and currently serves as the founding president of the Magis Institute — an organization dedicated to public education on the relationship among the...READ MORE

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