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Pope Benedict and Mexican Children: an Invitation to Protect Those Who Will Inherit World (2681)

'My little friends, you are not alone,' Holy Father tells thousands gathered in Peace Square in Guanajuato.

03/25/2012 Comment
Walter Sánchez Silva/CNA

Crowds listen to Pope Benedict XVI speaking in La Plaze de la Paz in Guanajuato.

– Walter Sánchez Silva/CNA

GUANAJUATO, Mexico — Confetti fell like snow over Guanajuato’s picturesque streets, filled to the brim with cheering crowds estimated at 10,000 people — including a special contingent of children — as Pope Benedict XVI appeared in his popemobile on his way to the Plaza de la Paz (Peace Square). On the agenda was a meeting with President Felipe Calderón and his family, a special address specifically for children, and the reception of the keys to the cities of Guanajuato and León.

Children, from newborn to 14 years, make up just under 30% of the country’s population as a silent constituency that feels the impact of insecurity, poverty and violence perhaps more than anyone else. For the Pope,...READ MORE

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EWTN Radio Network Celebrates 20 Years on Air (4292)

180th Affiliate Launches Catholic Programming

03/24/2012 Comments (4)
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ON THE AIR. Mother Angelica and the late Piet Derksen, a Dutch businessman, devout Catholic and philanthropist who helped Mother Angelica launch EWTN’s worldwide shortwave operation, WEWN, in 1992. EWTN Radio is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

– EWTN photo

EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network marked a huge milestone on March 7 to celebrate its 20th year on the air: It added its 180th affiliate when Bishop Cirilo Flores of San Diego flipped the switch to launch KCEO 1000 AM.

On hand for the festivities were San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, his wife, Tiffany, and attorney Charles LiMandri, the co-chairpersons who helped raise the funds for this new station.

The occasion included another milestone, too. This affiliate also is Immaculate Heart Radio’s 26th station that broadcasts EWTN radio programming throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Immaculate is EWTN’s largest affiliate group.

“This is a great event to...READ MORE

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For These Students, a Very Different Spring Break (4150)

March 25 issue feature on service over vacation.

03/24/2012 Comment
Christendom College

WORKING VACATION. Christendom College students did missionary work in Honduras last year. Student missionaries did door-to-door evangelizing every morning, and in the evenings, they hosted catechetical and recreational programs for children, teenagers and adults.

– Christendom College

For a small but increasing number of faithful Catholic students, spring break is coming to mean much more than time off: It is a time for generosity and self-denial.

Students at such schools as Christendom College, Ave Maria University, Catholic University of America and the University of Dallas are going not to Fort Lauderdale but the Dominican Republic, not to Daytona but the Bronx.

This year, Christendom’s director of missions, Mike Brown, reports that 16% of its students, 58 in all, will spend their break doing mission work in the Dominican Republic, assisting the Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World in Peru, and helping the homeless with the Franciscan Friars of the...READ MORE

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Putting Out Into the Deep (1860)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Tomáš Halík, a Czech scholar who was ordained in the underground Church, pens Night of the Confessor.

03/24/2012 Comments (1)

I was not surprised to learn that Father Tomáš Halík, a Czech scholar who was ordained in the underground Church during the communist regime, won the Romano Guardini Prize, for, as I read Night of the Confessor, that is whose works I kept thinking of.

I especially thought of The End of the Modern World (1956), in which Guardini, one of Pope Benedict XVI’s teachers, wrote that in describing the modern world’s end, he was not proclaiming a “facile apocalyptic.” In other words, that Jesus was coming back and all shall be well.

Father Halík writes that he “would like to take a stand against ‘religious optimism’ — facile belief, making use of people’s anxiety and suggestibility for a...READ MORE

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Mary Mother of Mercy Christ the Power of Merciful Love, Book for a Man Going to Seminary, and more! (3128)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/24/2012 Comment

Mary, Mother of Mercy, Christ the Power of Merciful Love. Click on the link by Fr. Jame McTavish to read and learn more.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, Christ the Power of Merciful Love - Fr. Jame McTavish, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Quæritur: Book for a Man Going to Seminary - Fr. Z’s Blog

The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

90% of the World’s Bishops can Trace Their Lineage to One Bishop - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

How Can I learn to Trust? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

What Is ‘Normal’ - Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Sunday Is For Pancakes - Richard Evans, Catholic Boy Richard

The Catholic “Ghetto” as a Last Resort - Wolfgang Grassl, Crisis Magazine

The Triumph of Greed - Ken Connor, Catholic Lane

History and the Austrian Clerical...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Arrives in Mexico (2297)

León's streets come alive with enthusiasm, while the Pope invites Mexican people to live hope as a ‘profound conviction.’

03/23/2012 Comments (5)
Walter Sánchez Silva

People view Pope Benedict XVI's speech on large screen at the airport of Guanajuato.

– Walter Sánchez Silva

León, Mexico — Pope Benedict XVI’s flight touched down at the León airport this afternoon, in the midst of nearly 90-degree heat and relentless sun, which the 3,500 guests had endured for hours prior to his arrival.

But the heat did not stop the crowd from erupting into enthusiastic cheers as the Holy Father came into view.

After welcoming words by the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, the Holy Father addressed the crowd and the nation, saying that “the fervor of the Mexican people is famous” and that he had been wanting to make this trip “for a long time.”

“I come as a pilgrim of faith, hope and charity,” he said, with the desire to “strengthen and encourage” the Mexican faithful...READ MORE

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At Scores of Rallies, Thousands Hear Calls to Restore Constitutional Right to Religious Liberty (9452)

Stand Up for Religious Freedom marks second anniversary of Obamacare with peaceful, impassioned demonstrations against HHS contraceptive mandate.

03/23/2012 Comments (20)
Matthew A. Rarey

Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., told protesters in Chicago, “If you’re not prepared to go to jail and stand up for your freedom, you don’t know what’s at stake in this election.”

– Matthew A. Rarey

From the halls of government in the nation’s capital to the hills of San Francisco, thousands of Americans turned out today across the country to voice their opposition to what they perceive as serious encroachments on religious liberty.

Sponsored by an organization called Stand Up for Religious Freedom, the rallies were held in 140 locations, including the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington.

That is the office that issued a regulation earlier this year requiring most private employers to provide co-pay-free contraceptive and sterilization coverage in health-care plans. The mandate provides only a narrow religious exemption, leading the U.S. Conference of Catholic...READ MORE

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Americans Rally for Religious Freedom (4321)

1,000 protest in front of the Health and Human Services Department in Washington, as more gather in 140 cities across the country.

03/23/2012 Comments (7)
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Protesters pray while participating in a 'Stand Up for Religious Freedom' rally in front of the Department of Health and Human Services March 23 in Washington. The rally was one of 140 rallies held in cities across the United States as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the Obama administration's national health-care legislation next week.

– Win McNamee/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — “We are no longer free when politicians can force us to pay for what we consider sin,” an impassioned Star Parker, the keynote speaker, said at the Stand Up For Religious Freedom rally held today in Washington.

Parker was speaking at a noon rally held to protest a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services requiring religious employers to provide health-insurance policies that include contraception without a co-pay, sterilization and abortifacients. Employers refusing on religious grounds to pay for such policies will face stiff fines.

The event drew more than 1,000 participants to the plaza in front of the HHS building. It was one of 140 rallies held...READ MORE

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