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Pope Francis: Holy Week Is Time to Bring Christ to Forgotten People (2050)

At his first general audience, the Holy Father emphasizes this is ‘a time to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting.’

03/27/2013 Comment
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Pope Francis holds his first general audience March 27 in St. Peter's Square.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith and to bring the joy of Christ to those who are most distant or in need.

“Holy Week is not so much a time of sorrow, but, rather, a time to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting,” Pope Francis said March 27 at his first general audience.

“It is a time of grace given to us by the Lord so that we can move beyond a dull or mechanical way of living our faith, and instead open the doors of our hearts, our lives, our parishes, our movements or associations, going out in search of others, so as to bring them the light and the joy of our faith in Christ,” he told the...READ MORE

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D.C. Marriage Rally Highlights Needs of Children, Families (2664)

‘Society needs an institution that connects mothers and fathers to their children,’ Archbishop Cordileone comments.

03/27/2013 Comments (1)
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New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. speaks March 26 at the March for Marriage in Washington.

– Addie Mena/CNA

WASHINGTON — Speakers at the national March for Marriage on March 26 told the crowds gathered in Washington that marriage is fundamentally about preserving an institutional link between parents for the sake of their children.

“Marriage matters because family matters to our society and because marriage matters for families,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

“Society needs an institution that connects mothers and fathers to their children,” he told EWTN News.

The March for Marriage took place on the National Mall, with a rally and march in front of the Supreme Court. Organizers...READ MORE

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‘Rome Will Not Change Him,’ Argentinian Catholics Say of Pope Francis (8807)

The humble pastoral style that has caught the world’s attention is well known to Catholics in Buenos Aires, as is his deep Marian devotion.

03/27/2013 Comments (15)
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Antonio Petta, an Italian-Argentinian industrialist and publisher, became friends with Pope Francis while collaborating on charitable outreach in the archdiocese of Buenos Aires.

After their late-night committee meetings, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio would walk through downtown Buenos Aires to his apartment off the Plaza de Mayo, and he told Petta of the suffering he encountered during these nocturnal journeys home.

“At that hour, he saw with much sadness how many families camped and slept on the streets or near metro stations. He has insisted constantly on the duty that the Church has to help those in such dire need,” Petta said.

So it’s no surprise...READ MORE

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Vatican Way of the Cross Reflections to Have Middle East Theme (2705)

A Syrian Christian man living in Rome believes the meditations will bring attention to the plight of the faithful in Syria.

03/27/2013 Comments (2)
CNA/courtesy of Wael Salibi

Wael Salibi

– CNA/courtesy of Wael Salibi

ROME — A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum will help promote Christian unity and raise awareness of the growing turmoil in the Middle East.

“This will raise more awareness because the situation in Syria is dangerous, especially for Christians,” said Wael Salibi, a Christian Syrian who moved to Italy in September to flee the violence.

“Christians know they will rise again like Jesus did on the third day, but only with a lot of unity and by praying together,” Salibi told Catholic News Agency in a March 26 interview.

Pope Francis will celebrate the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum the evening of...READ MORE

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Federal Judge Dismisses EWTN’s Lawsuit Against the HHS Mandate (6897)

Judge agrees EWTN has standing in the case, but rules it’s premature for the case to move forward.

03/27/2013 Comments (10)

Michael Warsaw, EWTN CEO and Register publisher


IRONDALE, Ala. — A federal judge this week in Alabama dismissed the Eternal Word Television Network’s lawsuit against the federal government’s contraceptive and abortion mandate as premature because of the government’s promises to amend the mandate and address religious-liberty concerns.

U.S. district court Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn’s decision March 25 followed a March 22 ruling by a federal judge in Ohio who dismissed a similar lawsuit filed by Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Michigan Catholic Conference.

“While we are extremely disappointed that Judge Blackburn did not rule on the constitutional issues that were at the heart of the EWTN lawsuit, we are not...READ MORE

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The Only Thing I Have to My Name After 8 Years of Blogging, Being Faithful in Small Things and More! (3442)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/27/2013 Comment

It’s the Only Thing I Have to My Name After Eight Years of Blogging. Follow the link by Jay Anderson to read more.

It’s the Only Thing I Have to My Name After Eight Years of Blogging by Jay Anderson - Big Pulpit

Being Faithful in Small Things – Kevin Tierney, Catholic Lane

Biden Refuses to Kiss the Ring of Pope Francis – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Literature and the Spirit of the Age – Thomas M. Doran, The CWR Blog

Hearing God’s Voice: A Guide to Prayer and Discernment – Mary C. Tillotson, Ignitum Today

Palm Sunday, Heilgenkreuz Abbey – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Miracle of a Sunset – Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Excellent Address by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O. F. M. Cap.: Attacks on Religious Liberty – Fr. Z’s Blog

Open the Floodgates of Mercy! –...READ MORE

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Christlike Love of Same-Sex-Attracted Persons: A Timely Reminder (15387)


03/26/2013 Comments (68)

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Given recent victories of “marriage” redefinition advocates at the state level, and their prospects for national advances via two U.S. Supreme Court decisions expected by early summer, Catholics need to resist the temptation to view those struggling with same-sex attraction (SSA) as incontrovertible enemies or social/ecclesiastical lepers.

Many who struggle with SSA are not on the cultural front lines pushing for a redefinition of marriage, and even those who are, and who do so with animosity toward the Church, are not implacable enemies. Unlike the devil and his demonic associates — who have made an irrevocable, everlasting choice against God — even the most hardened member of the...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Warned of Harm Over Marriage Redefinition (2820)

Arguments were presented in the case challenging California’s Proposition 8, a state measure recognizing marriage as existing solely between a man and a woman.

03/26/2013 Comments (13)

WASHINGTON — Redefining marriage to include same-sex couples could adversely affect families and society at large, the lawyer defending California’s same-sex “marriage” ban told Supreme Court justices today.

“It is reasonable to be very concerned that redefining marriage as a genderless institution could well lead over time to harms to that institution and to the interests that society has always used that institution to address,” argued Charles Cooper March 26.

The attorney made his remarks Tuesday during oral arguments for Hollingsworth v. Perry, one of two definition-of-marriage cases being heard this term by the U.S. Supreme Court. This case challenges California’s Proposition 8,...READ MORE

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