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Benedict XVI and John Paul II's Tips for New Evangelization (3664)

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization outlines the requirements for 21st-century 'apostles.'

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The secretary of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Archbishop Octavio Ruiz Arenas, recently outlined the important elements of the New Evangelization called for by Blessed John Paul II and now Benedict XVI.

“The fundamental mission of the Church is evangelization, which has as its ultimate end the clear proclamation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man,” said the archbishop. He spoke to a group of young missionaries on Oct. 21 at the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile.

This proclamation, he continued, “should lead to a commitment in the heart, to the following of the Lord Jesus, so that by embracing that Word of life, the person becomes someone who gives...READ MORE

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Too Many People? Ignore the UNPFA and Welcome Baby 7 Billion (4740)

Programs like China's one-child policy are morally repugnant and make zero economic sense, says the president of the Population Research Institute.

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Today, Oct. 31, our planet becomes home to 7 billion human beings. Most Catholics I know will celebrate this event, but there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth in the headquarters of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA).

You see, the UNFPA believes the world is already overpopulated. It even applauds China’s one-child policy, believing that the Chinese Communist Party got it exactly right by limiting most couples to one child. In fact, it actively seeks to encourage other countries to similarly limit their childbearing and turns a blind eye to the human-rights abuses that result.

What human-rights abuses?

Well, imagine that you are a young Chinese woman of, say, 21, who accidently...READ MORE

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Rick Santorum's New Ad Features His 3-Year-Old Daughter Bella (3807)

The youngest of eight was born with Trisomy 18, which is similar to Down syndrome. Says her father: 'She's got a great, beautiful spirit. And we can learn a lot from that.'

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(EWTN NEWS)—Presidential candidate Rick Santorum just released a heartfelt video introducing one of his eight children: 3-year-old Isabella Maria, who has a condition similar to Down syndrome.

“At the last debate, I mentioned how I was looking forward to taking the red eye home to see my 3-year-old daughter, Bella, since she had surgery earlier that day,” Santorum said in an Oct. 27 statement.

Following the debate, Santorum said he and his wife Karen — both Catholic and married for 20 years — were “touched by the tremendous outpouring” of emails and calls from supporters voicing their prayers for Bella.

“She’s doing great and is back to her joyful, smiley self,” Santorum said. And since...READ MORE

Filed under disabilities, pro-life, rick santorum, trisomy 18

Back to Black, A Catholic Halloween, Lodovico da Viadana, Rising Hollywood Biblical Films, and more! (2703)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/31/2011 Comment

Back to Black and Mind Your Beeswax: An Annual Call. Click on the link by Jake Tawney to learn more about Black Vestments.

Top Ten Ways to Have a Catholic Halloween - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Lodovico da Viadana - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Hollywood Prepares for a New Era of Biblical Epics (video) - Catholic Herald

Back to Black and Mind Your Beeswax: An Annual Call - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

“Make a Concerted Effort to Silence the Noise in Your Life” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How can I Pray when I can’t even Think Straight? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Agony - Joseph Prever, Dappled Things

Virgin Mary Nitelite - Bonnie Engstrom, VirtuousPla.net

The Ambition of a Priest Desiring to Become a Bishop - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement


Filed under catholic blogosphere, domenico giani, halloween, hollywood, prayer, religious freedom, religious liberty, shakespeare, silence, subsidiarity

Scripture 4.0 (4539)

New Bible software is steeped in the traditions of the Church.

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“Ignorance of Scripture,” St. Jerome once famously observed, “is ignorance of Christ.”

Although there is a rich body of Catholic writing on the Bible from the fathers, doctors, councils, popes, bishops and saints, there has never been a strong piece of software that allows Catholics to search and study Scripture from within our own tradition.

Protestants have dominated the Bible software market from the beginning. There have been some feeble attempts to create Catholic programs, but none of them equaled the power and scope of high-end software like Bibleworks or Logos.

In the past, publishers have offered a few packages with Catholic resources, but all of these were add-ons to...READ MORE

Filed under bible study, computer software, logos, scripture study

Pope: Imitate Christ's Service to Others (2483)

Benedict's Sunday Angelus for Oct. 30.

10/30/2011 Comment

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—“Christ urges us to combine humility with our charitable service towards our brothers and sisters. Indeed, may we always imitate his perfect example of service in our daily lives,” said the Pope to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus address Oct. 30.

The Pope reflected upon the Gospel passage of the day, in which Jesus tells the apostles to “do everything” the Pharisees teach as they “sit in Moses’ seat,” but not “to do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

“In today’s passage,” he said, Jesus “reproaches the scribes and Pharisees” who were teachers of the community “because their conduct was clearly contrary to the...READ MORE

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Send My Roots Rain (2800)

Our Catholic faith proves to be deep and beautiful beyond words. Through the practice of our faith, we actually, in a very simple and natural way, open our hearts to the healing that Christ wants to bring. Oct. 23 issue feature.

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When teaching my personal-development course called “Ordinary Hero,” I show the students a picture of an ancient tree and explain how our lives have three levels: The branches and leaves represent our everyday concerns — our daily worries, joys, tasks and choices.

The trunk of the tree symbolizes our conscious beliefs and values. We can discuss our religious and moral principles, our political convictions and the ideas and philosophy that drive us.

Our beliefs, like the tree trunk, support the branching out of our daily lives. However, the part of us which supports it all is the roots. Buried below the ground, the root system is as wide reaching and complex as the branches and leaves.


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Holyween and Faithful Flocks (and Priests) (2135)

User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 30. Oct. 23 issue feature.

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Oct. 30 is the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day, is a holy day of obligation. Nov. 2 is All Souls’ Day, the commemoration of all the faithful departed; it is a day to pray for the poor souls in purgatory.


Halloween is sometimes a challenge for Catholics. There are many strategies families have for coping:

The Holyween Strategy. Dress the kids as saints. We were always enthusiastic participants in the Holyween party at our Connecticut parish. We found our younger kids loved dressing up as St. Michael, St. Joan of Arc, etc. The downside: They never got to experience trick-or-treating.

The Family Dress-Up Strategy. Other costumes we have used include whole-family...READ MORE

Filed under all saints' day, faith, faithfulness, halloween

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