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The Day After Terror: A Time for Mourning, and More Prayer (2020)

Catholics reflect on their experience of the Boston Marathon bombings, as they participated in Masses and prayer services near the scene of yesterday’s horrific violence.

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Sign posted outside of St. Francis Chapel, located in the mall adjacent to Boylston Avenue.

BOSTON — Father Tom Carzon spoke with a Boston Marathon participant on Monday who experienced both the exhilaration of finishing the run and the shock associated with the most unnatural of outcomes — bomb blasts that have taken three lives and injured nearly 180. The man needed to talk through his experience.

“What happened yesterday doesn’t make sense; it never will — but through our prayer we turn to Christ, who comes as a light shining in the darkness,” said Father Carzon during a Holy Hour held for the incident at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, a church near the end of the marathon route.

The Oblates of the Virgin Mary run both St. Clement’s and the nearby St. Francis Chapel, a...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Ramps Up Support for George Washington Chaplain (4819)

During an April 14 Mass with George Washington University students, Washington's cardinal commended chaplain Father Greg Shaffer.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington

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WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington stepped up support for a Catholic chaplain at George Washington University, amid efforts by two homosexual students to press for the priest’s removal.

In recent weeks, two students have petitioned university administrators to evaluate whether the chaplain’s articulation of Church teaching on same-sex unions violates George Washington’s anti-discrimination policies. They have proposed that the university should “vet” future chaplains before they begin to serve the campus community.

During a rousing homily at a packed April 14 Mass for students near the campus, Cardinal Wuerl celebrated the chaplain, Father Greg Shaffer, as an...READ MORE

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Washington State Sues Florist for Declining to Beautify Same-Sex ‘Wedding’ (9206)

Attorney general says that Barronelle Stutzman violated a state consumer-protection law when she turned down business from a homosexual couple.

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RICHMOND, Wash. — Since being sued for declining to use her flower-arranging talents to adorn a same-sex “wedding,” Barronelle Stutzman has seen her flower-shop business blossom.            

Local community support for her 47-year-old shop, Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts, has been “absolutely fantastic,” Stutzman cheerfully told the Register. “We’ve had more walk-in traffic than ever. People have come in to order $100 bouquets and donate $50 for our legal expenses.”

The hullabaloo erupted last week, after Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit claiming that Stutzman, 68, violated a 2006 state consumer-protection law that says you can’t refuse to sell goods and services...READ MORE

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Four Pinocchios for Obama on Infanticide; New Mosaic, Old Technique and Much More! (2470)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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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

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Pope Urges Bostonians to Combat Evil With Good (2728)

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.

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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.

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On 86th Birthday, Benedict Praised as Deeply Humble (3325)

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

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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 (2571)

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 (3659)

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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