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Winning the Mandate Debate (4121)

March 25 issue editorial on Health and Human Services issue.

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The fight for religious freedom has faced new and unpredictable hurdles in the two months since Kathleen Sebelius approved a rule that requires Catholic institutions to provide services that violate their religious teachings.

Since the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled the final version of the contraception mandate, advocates for co-pay-free sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs have launched a campaign of misinformation, characterizing Church leaders’ defense of the “first freedom” as a “war against women.”

There’s good news, however. A CBS/New York Times poll released March 13 confirmed that a slight majority of Americans share the bishops’...READ MORE

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New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral to Undergo $177-Million-Dollar Renovation (4515)

Cardinal Dolan says structure is in danger of crumbling.

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Jeffrey Bruno

Cardinal Timothy Dolan announcing major restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

– Jeffrey Bruno

NEW YORK — New York City’s fabled St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been a silent, noble observer of the St. Patrick’s Day parade for over a century. But, according to New York’s new cardinal, the old cathedral is in danger of disintegrating.

Just prior to the Fifth Avenue parade celebrations on March 17, on the steps of the cathedral — on the feast day of St. Patrick himself — Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced that the Archdiocese of New York is launching a $177-million renovation of the cathedral. Hailed by Cardinal Dolan as “America’s Parish Church,” the cathedral will undergo its largest and most expensive restoration since it first opened its doors 133 years ago.

Construction of the church...READ MORE

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St. Joseph, Pray for Us! (4668)

The Pious Union of St. Joseph spreads devotion to its namesake, whose feast day is March 19. From our March 11 issue.

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The Pious Union of St. Joseph

A beautiful painting of St. Joseph dying, with Jesus and Mary at his bedside.

– The Pious Union of St. Joseph

“O St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ and true spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray for us and for the suffering and dying of this day/night.”

The short prayer above focuses on one of St. Joseph’s specialties: Among his many titles, he is patron of the dying. The prayer is the official prayer of the Pious Union of St. Joseph, which marks its 25th anniversary in the United States this year.

In 1987, the late Father Germano Pegoraro of the Servants of Charity started the union in this country, and by 1992, the union was established in Grass Lake, Mich., at the invitation of Bishop Kenneth Povish of Lansing, Mich.

That same year, the Pious Union started building a shrine to St. Joseph,...READ MORE

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Pope: 'The Cross of Christ Is the Height of Love' (1926)

Benedict XVI urged pilgrims March 18 to keep their eyes fixed upon the goal of Lent, 'when we will accompany our Lord on the path to Calvary, so as to rise with him to new life.' He also spoke of St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19, and his upcoming Mexico-Cuba trip.

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Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Christians to walk with Jesus across the desert of Lent, to “listen more closely to the voice of God, and to unmask the temptations that speak within each of us.”

Before praying the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer at noon on March 18, Pope Benedict offered those pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square a reflection on how Lent is a “journey with Jesus through the desert.”

“On the horizon of the desert looms the cross,” he said. “Jesus knows that it is the culmination of his mission: In fact, the cross of Christ is the height of love, which gives us salvation.”

“He himself says in today’s Gospel: ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the...READ MORE

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Friendship: The Overlooked Love (1520)

Part 1 of a Register series on friendship.

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Samuel anoints David in the presence of his friends, from the third century AD.

– Wikipedia

The Christian tradition teaches us that grace perfects nature. Therefore, anything normal and native to human existence is, so to speak, grist for glory. God takes the ordinary stuff of human life and raises it—with our cooperation — to become the means by which his love is enfleshed and brought into the world. Everything, no matter how ordinary, can be raised by God to become sacramental.

A case in point: Once, when I was still a pagan, I came down with a horrible case of stomach flu. As I lay on my bed of suffering in my dorm room, I got a phone call from somebody on a neighboring dorm floor that had a bunch of Christians living there. I informed them I was not available to play...READ MORE

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Men Model Their Lives After Christ (4555)

March 11 issue feature on how Catholic conferences prompt conversions.

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Five years ago, Richard Lane of St. Louis attended an event with Promise Keepers, a Protestant organization that helps men develop a relationship with Christ. It drew 15,000. He was inspired by the event, but wondered why the Catholic Church didn’t have a similar movement.

So he went to his archbishop, Raymond Burke, and asked him if he could launch an annual Catholic conference for men in the archdiocese. The conference’s purpose was to get men excited about living their Catholic faith, and then to return to their parishes to form Catholic men’s apostolates that would meet regularly and support and encourage one another in the faith. Archbishop Burke (today a Rome-based cardinal in...READ MORE

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God's Love Brings Us Home (1629)

User's Guide to Sunday, March 18.

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Sunday, March 18, is the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II).


On March 23, Pope Benedict XVI begins his visits to Mexico and Cuba.


2 Chronicles 36:14-17, 19-23; Psalms 137:1-6; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21

Our Take

Today’s Gospel reading includes John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

The great lesson here is that God is not somehow foreign to our experience. He is part and parcel with it and has entered into the world to show us the true meaning of the life he created for us here.

It’s a lesson we need because we so often feel out of place in the world.


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Mexico's Must-See Marvels (2986)

March 11 issue preview of the Pope's trip highlights.

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Pope Benedict’s March trip, his first trip to Mexico, will include a stop at El Cubilete.  To those outside Mexico, it seems like an obscure choice. Mexicans, however, are not surprised at all: El Cubilete is considered the second most important religious site in the country.

Pope Benedict will celebrate Mass at the foot of El Cubilete Hill, the site of the colossal statue of Cristo Rey (Christ the King). With its height of 9,000 feet, El Cubilete looks much more like an imposing mountain than a hill. The statue was declared a national monument in 1928. Cristo Rey can be compared to Poland’s ark church of Nowa Huta, the major symbol of Catholic Poland’s resistance to the anti-religious...READ MORE

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