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Major League Soccer Player Moves Forward in Faith (5785)

Danny O’Rourke of the Columbus Crew recommits himself to Christ amid life’s difficulties.

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Growing up in a Catholic family, Danny O’Rourke went to Mass regularly, but he didn’t understand  why he had to. Soccer was a greater concern for him, and it continued to be so during his years at Indiana University.

His impressive Hoosier tenure included three consecutive All-Big 10 selections (2002-2004) and two consecutive NCAA Championships (2003-2004). His collegiate career was capped off by being named a first team All-American and the nation’s top player as a senior in 2004.

It wasn’t until dealing with knee injuries early in his professional career that O’Rourke had the time to reflect on the meaning of the Mass and his relationship with Jesus Christ. For O’Rourke, Mass...READ MORE

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Pope Stressed Christ-Centered Evangelization at Pre-Conclave Meetings (2724)

Then-Cardinal Bergoglio’s address during the general congregation meetings was made public with the Holy Father’s approval.

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Then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

– Sandra Hernandez/Wikicommons

HAVANA, Cuba — Shortly before he was elected as the new Holy Father, Pope Francis told his brother cardinals that the successor of Peter must lead the Church to move outward in evangelizing in Christ’s name.

The next pope, said then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, “must be a man who, from the contemplation and adoration of Jesus Christ, helps the Church to go out to the existential peripheries, that helps her to be the fruitful mother.”

Cardinal Bergoglio was one of numerous cardinals who offered an address during the general congregation meetings that preceded the conclave last month.

Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana, Cuba, sought permission to make public a handwritten copy of the...READ MORE

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World-Famous Welsh Catholic Blogger Retires, Power of Gregorian Chant, Celebrating Love and More! (2458)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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World Famous Welsh Catholic Blogger Retiring. Follow the lik via the Catholic & Welsh blog to read more.

World Famous Welsh Catholic Blogger Retiring via the Catholic & Welsh blog - Big Pulpit

The Power of Gregorian Chant – Richard J. Clark, Corpus Christi Watershed

Celebrating Love – Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

Extraordinary Form Mass, Georgetown University – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Is Prayer Synonymous With Worship? – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Bona Dies, Amici: Latin for Aussies – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

And When He’s Busy. . .He Sends Mrs. Lana - Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

Solemn is Not the Enemy of Humble – Fr. Z’s Blog

Resurrecting the Authenticity of the Shroud of Turin – Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Discounting Parents’...READ MORE

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Recognize Risen Christ in Those Suffering Autism, Vatican Says (3347)

The Vatican released a message on World Autism Awareness Day to express solidarity with those suffering from the disorder and their families.

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Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski appears at a Nov. 2012 Vatican press conference.

– Marta Jimenez Ibanez/CNA.

VATICAN CITY  — The Vatican is observing World Autism Awareness Day by calling on Christians to recognize the risen Christ in autistic people and increase solidarity with them.

“The [Pontifical] Council wishes to share with people who suffer because of autism the hope and certainty that adherence to Love enables us to recognize the risen Christ every time that he makes himself our neighbor on the journey of life,” said the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski.

“Setting oneself to listen must necessarily be accompanied by an authentic fraternal solidarity,” the archbishop said in his April 2 message.

Today is the sixth year of World...READ MORE

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Wisconsin Missionary Priest’s Path to Sainthood Begins (2340)

Father Walijewski founded Holy Cross Parish in the unpopulated jungles of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

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Father Joseph Walijewski

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LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., has opened the beatification cause of Wisconsin priest Father Joseph Walijewski on March 19, a missionary known as a humble man who helped the poor of Latin America.

“This guy was a saint,” Father Sebastian Kolodziejczyk, executive director of the Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II orphanage in Lima, Peru, told Catholic News Agency.

“He was all about doing God’s will as a priest,” Father Kolodziejczyk said. “He was always working with the poor, sharing the hardships of the poor people.”

Bishop William Callahan of La Crosse opened the cause for beatification, another step on the priest’s path to possible canonization. Canon lawyer Andrea...READ MORE

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Venezuelan Cardinal: Don’t Equate Human Leaders With Christ (2678)

Interim President Maduro called Hugo Chavez ‘the redeeming Christ of the poor of America.’

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Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino

– Guillermo Ramos Flamerich

CARACAS, Venezuela — Christ, who is both God and man, must not be equated with any human leader or personality, warned Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela.

Jesus Christ “was not simply a leader or one of humanity’s great men,” nor was he merely “a social activist,” said Cardinal Urosa during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24.

The cardinal’s statement came in the wake of comments by interim President Nicolas Maduro, calling Hugo Chavez “the redeeming Christ of the poor of America.”

“Jesus Christ is not just any person: He is not a prophet like the ones from the Old Testament; he is not a great saint like St. Joseph, St. Paul or St. Anthony, St. Ignatius of Loyola or St. John...READ MORE

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School-Choice Funding Stalls in U.S. Senate, but Wins Big in Indiana (3516)

The federal political dynamics are currently unfavorable for funding such programs, but progress continues at the state level.

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WASHINGTON — There was good news and bad news last month for advocates of school choice, which allows low-income families to choose private schools for their children and receive public funding.

The good news came in Indiana, whose state Supreme Court resoundingly upheld a 2011 voucher law that supported 9,300 students in private schools state wide, including 3,919 in Catholic parochial schools.

The bad news came in the U.S. Senate, where every Democrat and six Republicans voted down an amendment to a spending bill that would have earmarked $14.5 billion in federal money for poor parents to pay private-school tuition for their children.

On March 26, the Supreme Court of Indiana...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Granted Full Court Hearing for Mandate Case (6135)

In recognition of the serious First Amendment questions in play, the case will be heard by a nine-judge federal panel.

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– Courtesy of the Becket Fund

WASHINGTON — Christian-owned craft giant Hobby Lobby will be able to make its appeal against the federal contraception mandate before a full federal panel of nine judges, rather than the usual three.

“Full court review is reserved only for the most serious legal questions,” explained Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a March 29 press release. The Becket Fund is representing the owners of Hobby Lobby in court. 

Duncan said that the decision to grant a full nine-judge hearing speaks to the gravity of the issue.

“This case asks whether the First Amendment protects everyone’s right to religious freedom or whether it leaves out religious business...READ MORE

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