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Pope: ‘Welcome and Treasure Children, Who Bring Life, Joy and Hope to the World’ (972)

The Holy Father discussed the ‘great gift’ children are on March 18: ‘How sad and bleak would our world be without them!’

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Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

– Daniel Ibáñez/Catholic News Agency

ROME — Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are a joy-filled gift for the Church and the world and cautioned against an overcast society that lacks life because it has rejected and run out of children.

“Children give life, joy and hope. They also give worries and sometimes problems, but this is better than a society that is sad and gray because it has run out of children or doesn't want children,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his March 18 general audience.

It is the second time Francis has spoken about children in his general audiences this year. On Feb. 11, he told pilgrims that a society which is “not surrounded by children, that considers them a...READ MORE

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Mother Teresa’s Appearance in Controversial Painting Stirs Concern (12755)

Connecticut town grapples with a conflict of free speech and religion.

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Detail of 'Women of Purpose,' depicting Blessed Mother Teresa at left, at the Trumbull Public Library.

– Kate Czaplinski/Trumbull Times

TRUMBULL, Conn. — Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta stands prominently in the first row of women in a painting called Women of Purpose. She holds one end of a banner that proclaims, “Onward We March.” The other end is held by Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood.

Little wonder that this painting — which also includes notable women like Abigail Adams, President John Adams’ wife, and nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, two of Mother Teresa’s sisters and abortion proponent Gloria Steinem — has roused the concern of many citizens of Trumbull, Conn., where the painting is on display at the town’s main public library.

It is one of 33 paintings that are part of the “Great Minds”...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Winning Vatican Reform, A Convert from Atheism to Catholicism, Lent and Much More! (1815)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Pope Francis Winning in Round I of Battle for Vatican Reform by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture link to read more.

Pope Francis Winning in Round I of Battle for Vatican Reform by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture - BigPulpit.com

A Modern Woman’s Education in the Truths of Marriage - Mitchell Kalpakgian PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone – Erin Cain, Ignitum Today

From Atheism to Catholicism, By Way of Truth and Beauty – The Catholic World Report

Famous Homosexuals Who Were ‘Born That Way’ by Anthony Esolen of The Catholic Thing - BigPulpit.com

Lenten Learning: Prayer – Nicole Ernest, Children of The Church

To Complete the Suffering of Christ – Nick Hardesty, Catholic Stand

The Thriving Traditional Latin Mass Parish of Dallas (FSSP) - Donna Sue Berry, Regina Magazine


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Mexico’s Mystery: Why Were Five Clergy Murdered Last Year? (1558)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The world's second-largest Catholic country is plagued by drug-related violence but also a strong current of anticlericalism.

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Photo by Brett Gundlock/Getty Images

Families of 43 missing students from Guerrero state in Mexico protest the government and demand answers of the missing students on Nov. 5, 2014.

– Photo by Brett Gundlock/Getty Images

MEXICO CITY — The degree to which Mexican society has become plagued by drug-related violence was highlighted late last month by Pope Francis’ warning about the potential “Mexicanization” of his native Argentina.

In the wake of resulting protests in Mexico, the Vatican quickly clarified that the Pope’s comment — which expressed concern in an email about drug-trafficking gangs making inroads into Argentina — was not intended as a slur against Mexican society.

But there is no disputing the fact that violence badly afflicts the lives of Mexicans, including Catholic clergy: While 2014 was a violent year overall for Catholic clergy, with 26 reported deaths worldwide, according to a report...READ MORE

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New Rome Center Will Strengthen Catholic Universities’ Identity (1571)

The Catholic University of America and Australian Catholic University collaborate in ‘three-continent endeavor’ to enrich Western culture education.

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The Rome Center is a collaboration between the Catholic University of America and the Australian Catholic University.

– CUA/Catino Foto

ROME — The Rome Center of The Catholic University of America and the Australian Catholic University, a joint initiative between two universities dedicated to Catholic education, is set to open in September.

Situated on historic Janiculum Hill, about a mile from the Vatican, the center is a partnership between The Catholic University of America (CUA) and Australian Catholic University (ACU). According to the collaboration’s leadership, it will provide the universities not only plenty of interior-exterior space, but also an identity in Rome.

The Rome center is expected to double CUA’s current capacity, annually hosting 150-200 students. Australians are expected to come starting in the...READ MORE

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Pope Urges Bosnia-Herzegovina Bishops to Foster Reconciliation and Peace (684)

“May your heart always be large enough to accommodate all, just as the heart of Christ is able to receive in itself, with divine love, every human being,” the Holy Father said March 16.

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A Catholic church, a mosque and a Serbian Orthodox church in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

– Mazbln via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0) via CNA

VATICAN CITY — During his address to the bishops from Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to foster reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in their country, which has been marked by ethno-religious tensions.

“The society in which you live has a multicultural and multiethnic dimension. And you have been entrusted the task of being fathers to all, in spite of material limits and the crisis within which you work,” he said March 16.

“May your heart always be large enough to accommodate all, just as the heart of Christ is able to receive in itself, with divine love, every human being.”

He began by looking forward to his visit to Sarajevo, the nation's capital, which...READ MORE

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Patrick: The Saint Who Knew What It Was Like to Be a Slave (2638)

The saint’s Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus is a unique witness in medieval history.

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St. Patrick, as seen in C.E. Kempe’s stained glass in St. John the Baptist parish, Burford, U.K.

– CNA/Lawrence OP via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

WASHINGTON — Many know that St. Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave — but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.

“The pathos of St. Patrick’s description of the fate of his victims is something I think we can identify with now,” said Jennifer Paxton, a history professor who teaches at The Catholic University of America’s Irish studies program. “The girls stolen by Boko Haram are very similar in their fates, I think, to captives of Coroticus.”

St. Patrick’s Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus was intended to shame the fifth-century general, whose raiding soldiers the saint declared to be “blood-stained with the blood of...READ MORE

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Bishop David O'Connell's Long Lent (4170)

An interview with Trenton, N.J., shepherd about his rehabilitation after the amputation of his left leg, his fortitude, his diocese and Pope Francis’ trip to nearby Philadelphia

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Bishop David O'Connell

– Facebook/The Catholic Diocese of Trenton

Bishop David O’Connell was installed as the bishop of Trenton, N.J., in December 2010, following a long career in education, including the presidency of The Catholic University of America. This past December, serious infections caused by diabetes led to an emergency amputation of his left leg midway between knee and ankle. He has been working throughout his recovery and is learning to walk again using a prosthetic leg.

The Register spoke with Bishop O’Connell about his illness and recovery, his diocese and Pope Francis’ visit to Trenton’s neighboring archdiocese, Philadelphia, in September.


Your Excellency, how are you, and how is your recovery coming along?

I’m making steady progress...READ MORE

Filed under bishop david o'connell, catholic faith, philadelphia, pope benedict xvi, pope francis, thomas l. mcdonald, trenton, u.s. bishops, world meeting of families 2015

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