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Cardinal Wuerl Recalls Benedict’s Resignation and Pope Francis’ Election (5602)

In an exclusive Register interview, the archbishop of Washington discusses an unprecedented month in the life of the Church.

03/26/2013 Comments (11)
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

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WASHINGTON — When Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington learned that Pope Benedict XVI would resign, like every other Catholic in the world, he found himself thrust into an unprecedented period in Church history.

But it was especially novel for Cardinal Wuerl, who, for the first time, made his way to Rome to join with the Church’s other 114 cardinal electors in preparing for the conclave and then retreating together into the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope.

During a conversation with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, Cardinal Wuerl recalled those tumultuous weeks and discussed strategies that might be employed to limit the Pope’s foreign travel and address some of the...READ MORE

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Famous Anti-Catholic Won Over by Pope Francis, Fast and Pray for March for Marriage and Much More! (5747)

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03/26/2013 Comment

Famous Ant-Catholic Won Over by Pope Francis. Follow the link by Giorgio Bernardelli to read more.

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Reminder: Fast and Pray for Today’s March For Marriage – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

The Best Punditry, Analysis and News on Same-Sex 'Marriage' - Big Pulpit

Viri Selecti: Who Can Have Their Feet Washed? – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Student Refuses to Stomp on Jesus, Punished – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Prominent Muslim Convert, Magdi Allam, Leaves the Church – John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

Meet the Darlings of Class Action Lawsuits – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Is Magdi Allam Still a Catholic? – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of Law

Why Forgive? – Amanda...READ MORE

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Pediatricians Group Accused of Ignoring Data in Endorsing ‘Gay Marriage’ (7438)

Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, criticized the group’s dismissal of evidence that children raised by same-sex partners face disadvantages.

03/25/2013 Comments (4)

WASHINGTON — The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent support of “gay marriage” is drawing criticism from those who argue that it disregards evidence about the well-being of children of same-sex couples.

Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, noted that there are “at least four reviews or studies in peer-reviewed literature that contest the claim that children do equally well with same-sex parents.” 

None of these studies were “mentioned by the American Academy of Pediatricians in their endorsement of gay marriage,” she wrote for National Review Online.

On March 21, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a statement entitled “Promoting...READ MORE

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Pope Plans Full Easter Schedule With a Twist (9839)

Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at Casal del Marmo youth detention center.

03/25/2013 Comments (14)
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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will celebrate a full schedule this Holy Week, including washing the feet of youth detainees and leading the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum.

His six main events are: chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Holy Thursday morning, followed by Mass at a youth detention center that evening, a Communion service and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, Easter vigil Mass on Saturday evening and Easter Mass on Sunday morning.

Pope Francis will celebrate the chrism Mass on March 28 with cardinals and other clergy from Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica. During the Mass, the Pope will consecrate the oils that will be used throughout the year for baptism,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Make Side Trip Home? (4193)

Holy Father mulls a visit to Argentina on his trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July.

03/25/2013 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis may be visiting more than just Rio de Janeiro when he travels to the Brazilian city for World Youth Day in July.

Vatican officials are currently mulling the possibility of a stop in the Pope’s native Argentina on the same trip, partly in a bid to ease possible significant logistical challenges.

Yesterday, the Holy Father confirmed via Twitter that he would be traveling to Rio. Before stepping down, Benedict XVI had intended to attend the event that was expected to attract as many as 2.5 million attendees.

But now, with the Church’s first Latin-American pope, Brazilian civil and Church authorities have revised those estimates, placing the number of...READ MORE

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Billboards for Confession!  Promoted by Which Bishop? The Logical Case for Purgatory and Much More! (3166)

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03/25/2013 Comments (1)

Billboards for Confession! Promoted by Which Bishop? Follow the link by Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

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The Logical Case For Purgatory – Matt Fradd, Catholic Answers

Five Habits That Are Hazardous To Your Spiritual Health – Gary Zimak, Catholic Stand

Ebertstadt: Contraception, Its Consequences Not Just Catholic Thing – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Alice is Here – Brianna Heldt, Ignitum Today

Vaduz Archdiocese to Celebrate Chrism Mass in More Ancient Way – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Of Centurions, Love and Kipling – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Faith vs. Science? – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Meatless Recipe for Lent, New England Clam Chowder – Esther G., A Catholic Mom in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Delights Palm Sunday Crowd (3822)

Following his Sunday Angelus prayers, the Holy Father spent nearly half an hour greeting pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

03/25/2013 Comments (5)
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VATICAN CITY — Although his remarks were few before praying the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis pleased the crowd of 250,000 by spending almost half an hour greeting them afterward.

Once the final blessing for Palm Sunday Mass was given, Pope Francis went straight into his pre-Angelus address and the recitation of the Marian prayer that he normally presides over at noon every Sunday. 

“At the end of this celebration,” the Pope said, “we invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary, that she may accompany us during Holy Week. May she, who followed her Son with faith all the way to Calvary, help us to walk behind him, carrying his cross with serenity and love, so as to attain...READ MORE

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If Not for Gadhafi, He Might Have Been Pope; The Winning Strategy by Peter Kreeft and More! (5823)

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03/25/2013 Comment

If Not For Qadhafi, He Might Have Been Pope. Follow the link by Martin Kramer to read more.

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The Winning Strategy – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

What it is Really Like to Be Submissive to Your Husband – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

The Big East Could Have Been an All Catholic League – Rich, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

A Path to Freedom and Peace for Young People With Addiction – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Upcoming from Verbum (Logos) – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

University of Notre Dame Professor Candida Moss says Early Christian Persecution is a Myth – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How to Evangelize in a 30-sec Sound-byte...READ MORE

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