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Four Pinocchios for Obama on Infanticide; New Mosaic, Old Technique and Much More! (2457)

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Four Pinocchios for Obama on Infanticide. Follow the link by Robert P. George DPhil of the First Things website to read more.

Four Pinocchios for Obama on Infanticide by Robert P. George DPhil of the First Things website - Big Pulpit

New Mosaic, Old Technique – Davide Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Catholic Dissidents Honeymoon Over with Pope Francis – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Images at St. John Mary Vianney of Holy Week, Paschaltide – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

My Teacher Says I’m Special - Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Modern Portrayals of Masculinity – Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

When the Law Falls Short – Matthew Brower JD, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis has Launched ‘New Phase’ on Vatican II – John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

Why Religious Separate from Family & Friends - Sr. M....READ MORE

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Pope Urges Bostonians to Combat Evil With Good (2685)

Pope Francis is ‘deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries’ caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston.

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Pope Francis delivers his homily at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall on April 15.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is praying for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and encouraging them not to be overcome by evil, but to fight it with good.

“At this time of mourning, the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come,” reads a message sent to Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston on behalf of the Pope.

According to the April 16 message, Pope Francis is “deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries” caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston.

The attack...READ MORE

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On 86th Birthday, Benedict Praised as Deeply Humble (3224)

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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Pope Benedict XVI

– Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

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 (2507)

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 (3598)

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 (4626)

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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Courtesy of Eric Cunningham

Eric Cunningham, associate professor at Gonzaga University

– Courtesy of Eric Cunningham

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 (6842)

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.

– Jim Rogash/Getty Images

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! (3866)

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04/16/2013 Comment

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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