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Pope's Travel Plans to Germany Continue, Despite Boycott Threats (2421)

The German media has reported that dozens of left-wing parliament members are planning to boycott or walk out of the Pope’s address to Berlin’s parliament next week in protest of the Catholic Church’s teachings on certain issues, such as homosexuality.

09/16/2011 Comments (4)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI will continue with plans to address the German parliament next week, despite the threat of a boycott by dozens of legislators.

“It would please us if the speech were to be received by the whole assembly,” said Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, adding that “if instead others disagree, it is not something that concerns us. The Pope will speak to those present.”

Father Lombardi’s Sept. 16 comments came during a briefing ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit to Germany, Sept. 22-25.

In recent weeks the German media has reported that dozens of left-wing parliament members are planning to boycott or walk out of the Pope’s address to...READ MORE

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'Citizen Kane,' André Bazin and the 'Holy Moment' (4091)

The celebrated classic is now 70. How a revolutionary Catholic film critic almost singlehandledly sealed its reputation as the “Greatest Movie Ever” — and invented film studies.

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Editor’s note: Hear the Register’s film critic on today’s Register Radio episode.

Everyone knows that Citizen Kane — celebrating its 70th anniversary with this week’s three-disc Blu-ray debut — enjoys a bulletproof reputation as “The Greatest Movie Ever Made.” It’s probably topped more all-time-greatest films lists than any other film in history, including the British magazine Sight & Sound’s decennial critics’ polls for the last five decades, among many others. Regular readers may know that the 1995 Vatican film list included Citizen Kane among the 15 unranked titles noted for outstanding artistic significance.

It’s also well known that the movie’s initial reception wasn’t quite so...READ MORE

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A Cure for a Child's Boredom, Creation and Contingency, Feminist turned Catholic, and much more! (2147)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/16/2011 Comment

I Was a Teenage Feminist: My Journey Back to Mother Church. Click on the link by Why I'm Catholic to read more on this converts story.

The Saint Who Dreamed of a Tree Stretching Across Ireland - Catholic Herald

Quaeritur: Host Became Stuck in my Throat, Did I Commit Sacrilege? - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Cure for Your Child’s Boredom? - Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

The Shrinking Catholic Influence - Dr. Paul Kengor, Catholic Exchange

America, France, and Religious Freedom - Lisa Graas

Couple To Permanently Lose Children for Being Overweight - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Demoting Humans - Jaime Septien, Zenit

New Translation: Eucharistic Prayer II, Part III - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Creation and Contingency - JC Sanders, VirtuousPla.net

Stained Glass and the Book of Revelation...READ MORE

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Exclusively Using the Latin Mass, Why the Pope is Infallible, Learning to Pray in Prison, and more! (3101)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/15/2011 Comment

Why the Pope Has to Be Infallible. Click on the link by John Bergsma to learn why.

When Diocesan Priests Choose to Use Exclusively the E.F. Mass - Fr. Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Not So Glee-ful - Marge Fenelon, Catholic Lane

Bp. Medroso Has Urged His Priests to Wear Clerical Dress in Public - Michael Diaz, UCAN

Britain Needs to Host World Youth Day - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Why the Pope Has to Be Infallible, Part 3 - John Bergsma, The Sacred Page

How Does the Pope Keep Up a Grueling Schedule? - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Prayer: A Primer on the Path to Union - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org

Dabrowski: Learning to Pray in Prison - Sharon Mollerus, Ilsussidiario

The New Translation: An Opportunity for Prayer - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

End Human...READ MORE

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel Will Be Dedicated at Lourdes (2171)

Consecration to take place Sept. 18 at the famous Marian shrine in France.

09/15/2011 Comments (1)

Grotto at Lourdes, France

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MEXICO CITY (CNA)—Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will preside at a Mass to consecrate a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Shrine of Lourdes in France.

According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s news service, the consecration will take place at 11:30am on Sunday, Sept. 18. Cardinal Rivera will be joined by Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes.

The new chapel was designed by the late Jose Barroso Chavez, who was the international president of the Red Cross and president for life of the Red Cross in Mexico. Barroso also contributed to the building of the current Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. 

A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe sits in...READ MORE

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'Made for More Than My College Culture' (2917)

How Catholic living changed one student's campus experience. College Guide '11 feature.

09/15/2011 Comments (2)

To see the complete College Guide, click here.

Embarking for college at 18, with a solid Catholic upbringing by faithful parents and 14 years of Catholic school, I cared very much about following God’s will. I was comfortable with myself, and I certainly didn’t think anything would change me.

Unfortunately, I experienced culture shock right away, and instead of bracing myself for a bumpy ride, I let go and fell into a world wrapped up in the college party scene.

This happens to many Catholic college students, especially those at secular schools. There are no parents or teachers around to tell them to go to Mass. There are coed dorms, even coed rooms, which completely blur the sacred...READ MORE

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Pope Meets With New Bishops: Encourage Laity in Holiness (2377)

For the last 10 years, the Congregation for Bishops has invited new bishops to make a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter in order to reflect on the main responsibilities of their episcopal ministry.

09/15/2011 Comment

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of new bishops Sept. 15 that they should encourage lay movements within the Church and seek the holiness of the laity.

“Bishops have the task of watching and working to ensure that the baptized increase in grace, in accordance with the charisms the Holy Spirit causes to arise in their hearts and communities,” the Pope told more than 100 new bishops gathered at the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo.

He added that such “charisms which the Spirit arouses” amongst the laity are “for the edification of the Church” and that bishops should accept them “gratefully, for the sanctification of the Church and the vitality of...READ MORE

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North Carolina Citizens Will Vote on Marriage Amendment (2758)

The state Legislature voted Sept. 13 to allow the amendment vote, which will take place in May 2012.

09/15/2011 Comments (3)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (EWTN News)—Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh has praised the North Carolina Legislature’s decision to allow citizens to vote on a marriage amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

“I extend my sincere gratitude to all who worked on behalf of this amendment, but our work is not done. I remain committed to work with all who want to preserve and protect the true essence of marriage as a union of one man and one woman,” he said.

The state Senate voted on Sept. 13 to approve the legislation by a 30-16 vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against. The amendment passed the House by a vote of 75-42, with 10 Democrats voting in...READ MORE

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