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Pope Francis to Make Side Trip Home? (4199)

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! (3167)

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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.

Billboards for Confession! Promoted by Which Bishop? by Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

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 (3824)

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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Pope Francis and Benedict XVI Meet as ‘Brothers’ (5246)

Historic meeting took place at Castel Gandolfo.

03/24/2013 Comments (4)
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CASTEL GANDOLFO — Pope Francis met with Benedict XVI on Saturday for the first time since his selection, an historic visit that took place in a fraternal atmosphere.

“We are brothers,” Pope Francis told his predecessor before praying side-by-side with him at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.

The March 23 encounter marked the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the March 13 election of the new Pope. The encounter is a unique moment in the history of the Church, which has not had a papal resignation in centuries.

Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio about the meeting.

He said there was “a moving embrace between the two”...READ MORE

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Cultivating Priestly Identity (4792)

Father Lawrence Porter discusses his new book, The Assault on Priesthood: A Biblical and Theological Rejoinder.

03/23/2013 Comments (9)

Father Lawrence Porter, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., is chairman and professor of systematic theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

His new book, The Assault on Priesthood: A Biblical and Theological Rejoinder, was recently published by Wipf and Stock in Eugene, Ore. 

In the book, Father Porter looks at the problems regarding priests today through the lens of priests depicted in the Bible.

He spoke with the Register about the book, priests today and Pope Benedict XVI. 



What inspired you to write The Assault on Priesthood

It’s evident to me that the Catholic priesthood has been much...READ MORE

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Why Should Men Grow Up? Homeschooling Dangerously; God Has a Sense of Humor, Do You? and More! (6944)

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03/23/2013 Comment

Why Should Men Grow Up? Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington (DC) to read more.

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Homeschooling Dangerously – Mary McConnell, First Things

God Has a Sense of Humor, Do You? – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

On the Importance of Ritual – Michael, Whiskey Catholic

There Is Not Just One Way To Be Pope – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

The Golden Calf and Our Catholic Mass – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Peeling the Onion: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and N. A. M. B. L. A. – P. D. Yoko, Catholic Stand

Mystery of the Murdered Saints – John Sanidopoulos, Mystagogy

New: “Jacob’s Ladder: 10 Steps to Truth” by Peter Kreeft – Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Rediscovery of...READ MORE

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Young Entrepreneur’s Life Defined by Dreams, Not Disability (3666)

New Mexico native Tim Harris is a man of many talents.

03/22/2013 Comments (3)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Despite only being 27 years old, Tim Harris already has a lengthy résumé.

The New Mexico native has won more medals than swimmer Michael Phelps, was voted Homecoming king by the largest margin of votes in his high school’s history, is a college graduate and owns the “world’s friendliest restaurant,” Tim’s Place, in Albuquerque.

Although Harris was born with Down syndrome, his life has been defined by his dreams, not his disability.

“My inspiration,” Harris told Catholic News Agency March 21, “is that I have wanted to open a restaurant since I was a kid.”

With the help of his family, Harris was able to realize that goal in 2010, when he opened Tim’s Place, a...READ MORE

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