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Holy Land Populace Unites in Support of Pope Benedict (5269)

Local Christians, Jews and Muslims don’t often agree on issues, but they express their mutual respect and support for the Holy Father following his resignation announcement.

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Pope Benedict XVI lights a candle in the Golgotha in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City.

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BETHLEHEM — The Holy Land’s Christians, Jews and Muslims don’t often agree on issues, but they are seemingly united in their respect for Pope Benedict XVI.

News of the Pope’s imminent retirement set off a wave of concern about his health, but also accolades for his efforts to promote Middle East peace and to strengthen the small Christian community here.

Many recalled Benedict’s 2009 pilgrimage to Israel and the Palestinian territories and his ongoing involvement in interreligious dialogue.

“Everyone remembers the journey of the Holy Father to the Holy Land in 2009 and to Cyprus in 2010. These were events of strong symbolism for Christians, but also for Jews and Muslims,” Archbishop...READ MORE

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The New Pope: Should We Speculate, About Fra Angelico's Work, Shakespeare for Lent and More! (4603)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The New Pope: Should We Speculate? Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

The New Pope: Should We Speculate? by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Big Pulpit

About Fra Angelico’s Work – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Shakespeare for Lent – Peter J. Leithart, First Things/On the Square

How to Find Faith at the Movies – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

How to Create a Strategy for Lent’s Meatless Fridays – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Humility Speaks Loudest – Kaitlin Davis, Ignitum Today

Muskrat on Friday? You Must Be in Michigan! – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Not Just Romance: Marriage has Wide-Ranging Social Benefits – Sarah Torre, LifeSiteNews

Governor Dale – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Many Feel Hurt and...READ MORE

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Peter Cardinal Turkson Campaigning to be Pope, Five Questions with George Weigel and Much More! (4551)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/15/2013 Comment

Peter Cardinal Turkson Campaigning to be Pope? Follow the link by Patrick Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog to read more.

Peter Cardinal Turkson Campaigning to be Pope? by Patrick Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog - Big Pulpit

Five Questions with George Weigel – Catholic Vote

Charity vs. Justice – Jason Hall, Catholic Stand

Best Predictor of Abortion Views? Opinion of Premarital Sex – Michael New, LifeSiteNews

Hey Latin Students: Conventiculum Viomingense (Very Cool) – Fr. Z’s Blog

Rousseau’s Shame and Lena Dunham’s – R. R. Reno, First Things/First Thoughts

Farewell to “Papa” Benedict XVI – Kelly Shircliff Williams, Ignitum Today

Papa Bene: “The Future is Ours” – San. Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

The New York Times as State Organ – D. R. McClarey, The American Catholic


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‘Love Is Never Finished’ (3112)

Editorial: Pope Benedict draws us toward another path that perceives both the beautiful and difficult elements of reality through the eyes of faith. This faith is not the stuff of delusion, but 'a response to the love of God,' rooted in his laws.

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Catholics across the world learned of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign just two days before Ash Wednesday.

In an unexpected way, the 2013 Lenten season will be remembered as a time of sadness, yet it will also be one of gratitude for the legacy of a spiritual father who courageously defended the Catholic faith and the dignity of the human person across all cultures and political systems.

Pope Benedict presented his decision as the fruit of deep prayer and a prolonged examination of "conscience before God." He said he was "well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and...READ MORE

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Resignation Aftermath: Pope as CEO? (3895)

After Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, the decision stirs confusion, concern and spin.

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Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with parish priests of the Rome Diocese Feb. 14 at the Paul VI Hall.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — [Editor's note: This story was updated Feb. 17] Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign his office on Feb. 28 shocked Catholics who expected him to remain in office until his death.

While Church leaders have since described the move as an act of profound “humility,” some media commentators and longtime critics have presented the decision as a stark break with tradition, resonating far beyond the individual Pope.

“This decision has been the only great reform of Benedict, and, at the same time, it is a revolutionary step for the Catholic Church,” said Marco Politi, the author of a book on Pope Benedict, in a Feb. 11 interview with The New York Times.

Politi described...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori to Maryland General Assembly: End Death Penalty (2224)

Head of the Maryland Catholic Conference testified: 'The death penalty offers the tragic illusion that we can defend life by taking life.'

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BALTIMORE — Speaking at a legislative hearing in Maryland, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore supported efforts to end the death penalty in the state, calling for punishments that respect human life.

"While those who have done terrible harm to others deserve punishment," he acknowledged, "we urge a response that meets evil with a justice worthy of our best nature as human beings, enlightened by faith in the possibility of redemption and forgiveness."

Archbishop Lori testified in Annapolis, Md., on Feb. 14 before the state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. The hearings marked the first time that the archbishop, who chairs the Maryland Catholic...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Kid With a Bike’ (4827)

Register film critic's No. 1 film of 2012 debuts on home video this week.

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“Life as it is and life as it ought to be: Let us take that as the only true subject for a film and consider to what extent the cinema is fulfilling its proper function.” — Graham Greene

Has Greene’s maxim for what he called “poetic cinema” ever been realized more perfectly and consistently, or with greater grace and humanity, than by the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne?

“Life as it is and life as it ought to be,” expressed with a poetic power — “not the power melodiously to arrange words,” Greene wrote, “but the power to suggest human values” — this is what the Dardenne brothers have presented in one masterfully made film after another for the better part of two decades,...READ MORE

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Deacon Bill Steltemeier, Faithful Servant (12880)

The late chairman of EWTN’s board of governors served as Mother Angelica’s right-hand man throughout the global Catholic network’s formative years.

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Deacon Bill Steltemeier (1929-2013)

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IRONDALE, Ala. — Deacon R. William Steltemeier Jr. died on Feb. 15 at age 83 after an extended illness. Familiar to Eternal Word Television Network’s international family of viewers, for three decades, he had been a faithful servant for Mother Angelica and the mission of EWTN.

He is survived by Ramona, his wife of 59 years. He was preceded in death by his son, Rudy Steltemeier III, and daughter-in-law, Debra Steltemeier.

Funeral arrangements are planned for next week. Vespers and the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed on Monday, Feb. 18, at 4:30pm Central time at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala., followed by public visitation. A prayer vigil and Rosary...READ MORE

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