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Composer Kevin Kaska Glorifies God With Music (3917)

The multi-talented composer wrote the score for The War of the Vendee, a film that depicts the Catholic answer to the Reign of Terror in 18th-century France.

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Kevin Kaska conducts the orchestra performing his score for 'The War of the Vendee.'

– Navis Pictures

Nearly lost to history, an epic story of Catholic courage and religious freedom comes to DVD next month in the film The War of the Vendee.

Produced by Navis Pictures of Danbury, Conn., The War of the Vendee boasts a cast of more than 250 young actors whose ages range from 2 months to 21 years. Known for pioneering a new genre of “children’s cinema,” Navis has produced other films with all-child casts, including St. Bernadette of Lourdes, which aired on EWTN last May.

Navis’ latest film unveils the true story of a small band of French peasants, nobles and priests in the Vendee region of western France. In 1793, after suffering years of religious persecution by the architects of the French...READ MORE

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Rick Santorum, The Truth About Falsely Accused Priests, 3 Inexpensive Faithful Colleges, and more! (3125)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Bill O’Reilly, Rick Santorum and Artificial Contraception. Click on the link by Ben to read more.

Bill O’Reilly, Rick Santorum & Artificial Contraception - Ben, Two Catholic Men & a Blog

The Truth About Falsely Accused Priests - CWR Staff, Catholic World Report

3 Faithful Catholic Colleges Ranked in Top 10 for Lowest Sticker Price - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

Santorum: The Galvanizing Candidate - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Let’s Get Real - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Modernist Catholic at “Faith in Public Life” Fires Salvos at Santorum - Th. Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Catholic Music: A State of Confusion? - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The Ancient Origins of the Nativity Scene, Part 1 - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

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Vatican Releases 'Year of Faith' Guidelines (11474)

Evangelization by Catholics worldwide will be the focus of the 2012-2013 effort.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The Vatican issued guidelines Jan. 5 for how the Church at all levels should celebrate the Year of Faith, which starts in October 2012.

A summary of the guideline document, which was produced by the Congregation for the Doctrine, was released on Jan. 5, but the full text will be published Saturday, Jan. 7.

The introduction to the guidelines explains that the Year of Faith is “intended to contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the risen Lord, capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the door of faith.”

The Year of...READ MORE

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Keeping the Faith Amid Suffering (5014)

One survivor of clergy sexual abuse reflects on her pilgrimage from despair to hope and a faith-filled meeting with the Pope.

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Faith Hakesley Johnston

– Courtesy of the author

My life has been a test of faith and strength. Like countless other individuals who have survived the trauma of abuse, I have fought through hard times and found myself waging a battle that often seemed unwinnable. At age 15, while working as a secretary in a parish rectory, I endured months of sexual abuse at the hands of the now-laicized Father Kelvin Iguabita.

Nothing could ever fully express the suffering, anguish and betrayal a victim feels. Only someone who has experienced abuse can fully understand the powerful manipulation of an abuser.

I had been raised in a Catholic home where prayer and the sacraments were a part of everyday life. I had never really doubted my faith until the...READ MORE

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Priest Walks After Blessed Seelos Miracle, Children Playing Mass, Catholic Rick Santorum, and More! (4131)

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Paralyzed Priest Walks Again After ‘Miracle’. Click on the link by George P. Matysek Jr. to read more.

Paralyzed Priest Walks Again After ‘Miracle’ - George P. Matysek Jr., Catholic Herald

The Pastoral Problem of Priests in Prison - New Oxford Review/New Oxford Notes

Truth Seekers - Steven Lawson, Ignitum Today

Quæritur: Children “Playing Mass” - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Christmas and Contraception - Dale Ahlquist, The Distributist Review

Ghosts of Christmas Past - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

SNAP’s President Clohessy Could Go To Jail - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

The Belgian Church’s “Mea Culpa” - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Internet Hitler Alarmed by Santorum - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

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Laboure Society Helps Vocations (3431)

Young people who wish to pursue a religious vocations have assistance in paying off their debt thanks to a nonprofit society. Jan. 1 issue feature.

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When Allen Alexander wanted to pursue his calling to the priesthood, which he had since he was a child, he was faced with a major obstacle: Even though he received some scholarship assistance and worked while at Franciscan University of Steubenville, he still had thousands of dollars of school debt to pay off before the congregation he applied to would let him enter.

When Amy Turner went on an Ignatian retreat while working at a Boston hospital and had plans to study to be a nurse, she realized “God gave me the desire for a vocation, and that was what I had to respond to.” But she still was paying off debt from the University of Dallas.

Augustine DeArmond felt the call to religious life and...READ MORE

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10 Years After the Scandals, Dioceses Still Recovering From Bankruptcy (3763)

Sex-abuse settlements cost millions of dollars and many Church properties.

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STILL STANDING. The Cathedral of St. Augustine in Tucson.

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TUCSON, Ariz. — For more than eight decades, the centuries-old Pamplona Crucifix was on the wall in the vestibule of St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson, Ariz., a battered and neglected gift from a forgotten donor.

Now carefully restored, the 12th-century artifact of medieval Spanish Catholicism has a new place, over the high altar of the Diocese of Tucson’s remodeled and renovated cathedral.

At a cost of $75,000, the restoration of the crucifix was only a small item in the diocese’s $28 million “Our Faith, Our Hope, Our Future” campaign. However, as a symbol for a diocese recovering from scandal and bankruptcy, it has become something greater.

On Sept. 20, 2004, the Diocese of Tucson was...READ MORE

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Inside Leonardo da Vincis Mind, Church Built Out of Ice, Breaking Bad Liturgical Habits, and More! (3082)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Church Built Out of Ice. Click on the link by the Sydney Morning Herald to view more.

Inside Leonardo da Vinci’s Mind - Nora Hamerman, OSV Newsweekly

A Church Built Out of Ice - Sydney Morning Herald

Breaking Bad Liturgical Habits II - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

What Did Christ Look Like? - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

New Translation: 12 Liturgical Terms You Should Know - Saint Peter’s List

The Natural Law & Ritual Laws - Alice von Hildebrand, New Oxford Review

May Catholics Work on Sunday? (Thomas Aquinas) - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Friends and Strangers: A Meditation on Money - John Médaille, The Distributist Review

The King is Coming (Matthew 2:1-6) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Desiderata for 2012 -...READ MORE

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