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Signs of Hope: The Under-35 Priests; A Speedy Approval for Bishop Oscar Romero and Much More! (2061)

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02/18/2015 Comment

Click on Signs of Hope: The Under-35 Priest by Thomas Peters of Catholic Vote link to read more.

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At Last, a Speedy Approval for Oscar Romero – Carlos X, Super Martyrio

Six Traits of a Modern-Day Saint Joseph – Rich Lamm, Epic Pew

A Priest’s Fight for the Seal of Confession – David Anderson, The Dead Philosopher's Society

Pope Francis’s Dystopian Reading Material by Francis Phillips of Catholic Herald Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Why No Community In America? – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Let’s Be Reasonable About Vaccines - Jo Anna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Why Opposing the Practice of Altar Girls Is Not Disobedient - Brian Williams, One Peter 5

Pope Francis Defends Sanctity of Life – Donald R. McClarey...READ MORE

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Chinese New Year Trumps Ash Wednesday Fasting for Some Asian Catholics (1704)

Because Feb. 18 is the eve of the Lunar New Year, dispensations have been granted in a number of dioceses this year.

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2015 Chinese New Year celebration in Singapore on Feb. 15.

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BANGKOK, Thailand — Since Ash Wednesday coincides this year with Chinese New Year — also known as Lunar New Year — many bishops in East Asia are granting dispensations from the fasting and abstinence normally required on the day that begins the season of Lent.

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 18, which is the eve of the day that begins the Year of the Goat in the Chinese calendar.

“In view of the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, its cultural and spiritual importance and the traditional practices associated with it, we therefore grant dispensation from the obligation of fasting and abstinence to our Chinese-Filipino and Chinese Catholics in the Archdiocese of Manila from...READ MORE

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Peter Kreeft's Most Profound Ideas, What Is It Like to be Married to Jesus and Much More! (1487)

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02/17/2015 Comment

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What It’s Really Like to Be Married to Jesus – Sister Helena Burns, Aleteia∝

How to Defend Your Faith Without Being Defensive – Nicole DeMille, Epic Pew

What’s Best for the Children? Not Same-Sex 'Marriage', but a Mom and Dad - Matthew Sewell, Mountain Catholic

Abolitionism and Pro-Life: Failure Precedes Success – Elaine Krewer, The American Catholic

Re-Reading Love and Responsibility – Richard A. Spinello, Crisis Magazine

“A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit” – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Dissident University of Notre Dame Professor Dr. Candida Moss Says...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Offers Mass for Martyred Coptic Christians (1632)

The Holy Father offered his Feb. 17 Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS militants, praying that people learn to reject evil temptations and choose what is good.

02/17/2015 Comment
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Egyptian Coptic Church

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS militants, praying that people learn to reject evil temptations and choose what is good.

The Pope on Feb. 17 prayed for “our brother Copts, whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being Christian, that the Lord welcome them as martyrs, for their families (and) for my brother Tawadros, who is suffering greatly.”

His comments came after the Islamic state released a video Sunday purporting to show the grisly beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt. Yesterday, Francis called Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria Tawadros II to offer his...READ MORE

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Jindal: ‘The Verdict Is In: Common Core Must Go’ (3058)

The Louisiana governor unveiled his blueprint for education reform Feb. 9.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has unveiled proposals for educational reform that rely heavily on the ideas and policy prescriptions that have made the Pelican State governor a hero to parents who oppose Common Core, a system of national standards in education.

Jindal’s 42-page “K-12 Education Reform Road Map” — released Feb. 9 at a Washington breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor newspaper — is an ambitious plan that helps define him if he seeks the GOP’s nomination for the presidency. The proposal also puts Jindal at odds with another Republican with presidential aspirations, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is a staunch supporter of Common Core.

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Archbishop Cordileone Endorses Bill to Protect State Marriage Laws (2009)

The State Marriage Defense Act of 2015 would prevent the federal government from bypassing state legislation.

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco

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WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. bishops’ marriage committee is backing new legislation that thwarts the federal government from bypassing state marriage laws.

“Various agencies of the executive branch” are effectively, if not intentionally, trying “to circumvent state laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” wrote Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco in a letter to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, sponsors of a new bill that would prevent such circumvention.

Cruz and Weber have introduced the State Marriage Defense Act of 2015 in the Senate and House, respectively. The bill would recognize a couple’s marriage in the state where...READ MORE

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Museum of the Bible in Washington to Focus on ‘Book That’s Impacted Our World’ (1426)

The organizers say they have a strong working relationship with the Vatican Museum and Apostolic Library.

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A rendering of what the Museum of the Bible will look like when it opens in 2017.

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WASHINGTON — A vast Bible museum is currently under construction in Washington. It has had strong support since its beginning phases from the Vatican, officials for the project revealed last week.

“When we introduced the Museum of the Bible, the first place we introduced it was at the (Vatican) Embassy here in Washington, D.C., for a private gathering,” the president of the museum, Cary Summers, told reporters on Feb. 12.

“We have a very strong working relationship with the Vatican Museum and the Vatican (Apostolic) Library.”

Summers spoke at the official beginning of construction on the planned 430,000-square-foot museum, which is planned to open in 2017 to educate visitors about the...READ MORE

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Three Methods of Prayer That Will Change Your Life, Will Smugness Encourage Vaccination and More! (2567)

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02/17/2015 Comment

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Will Smugness Encourage Vaccination? - Brendan Malone, Restless Press

Is There a “Fourth Secret” of Fatima? – Kevin Symonds, Catholic Stand

My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love - Joseph Pearce, Catholic Exchange

Hilarious Cringe-worthy Christian Music Videos by Matthew Bauer of Epic Pew - BigPulpit.com

Christ, Simeon, and the “Sides” of History – David G. Bonagura Jr., The Catholic Thing

22 Ways You Can Be Just Like Saint Thomas Aquinas- Mr. T. J. Burdick OP, Epic Pew

Why The Church Will Be Persecuted – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Common Good: Isn’t That Just a Weasel Word? – Thomas Van,...READ MORE

Filed under atheism, big pulpit, birth certificates, catholic stand, chrisitan music, fatima, fourth secret, history, ignitum today, jesus christ

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