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Pope Emphasizes Education of Youth in Response to Social Fractures (1207)

‘The future of humanity’ rests in ‘the relationship of children and young people with truth,’ the Holy Father tells new Vatican diplomats.

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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — As young people become more concerned with quick professional success and rely on social networks as a replacement for community, Pope Benedict XVI said that families and governments must work for the authentic education of students.

In a Dec. 13 address in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall to new ambassadors from Guinea, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zambia, the Pope turned the diplomats’ attention to the “unprecedented” rifts in society that need to be addressed.

“Family and school no longer seem to be the first and natural fertile ground where younger generations can receive the lifeblood of their existence,” Pope Benedict said.


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Top Ten Manly Christmas Gifts, What's Next for Syria's Christians and Much More! (2604)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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2012′s Top Ten Manly Christmas Gifts. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

2012′s Top Ten Manly Christmas Gifts by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

What’s Next for Syria’s Christians? – Mark Movsesian, First Things/First Thoughts

From “Third Ways” to the First Way, Distributism Not So Good? – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Beauty: So Much More Than We Think – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

How to Host a Catholic Party – Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

The Overpopulation Myth and the New Morality – Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

Basic Training (Luke 3:10-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Hobbit: Adventure, Dragons and Battles Through Spiritual Growth – Luke Maguire Armstrong,...READ MORE

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Witnessing in a Post-Christian World, Musica Sacra for Our Time, The Greatness of the Lord and More! (1823)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Carl Anderson Speaks on Challenge of Witnessing in a Post-Christian World. Click on the link by Carl E. Olson of The CWR Blog to read more.

Carl Anderson Speaks on Challenge of Witnessing in a Post-Christian World – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Musica Sacra for Our Time – Kevin McCormick, Catholic World Report

The Greatness of the Lord - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Obama Investigating Sergeant Who Said Bible Condemns Homosexuality by Kirsten Andersen of the LifeSiteNews websiteBig Pulpit

U. K.: After Catholic Blogosphere Uproar, Bishops Finally Defend Marriage – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

Word of the Day: Brethren – Anthony Esolen, First Things/First Thoughts

Lions, Little Children and Tiber Swims – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Aquinas on Prayer of Christ as Manifest in Prayers...READ MORE

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Seattle Archdiocese Says No Pot, Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in Churches (3567)

Archbishop Sartain has released a ‘policy refresher’ in light of state ballot measures that recognized same-sex ‘marriage’ and legalized marijuana possession.

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SEATTLE — Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle has sent a “policy refresher” to Catholic parishes following the success of Nov. 6 ballot measures recognizing same-sex “marriage” and legalizing marijuana, reiterating that the drug is still barred on parish property and the Church cannot recognize or accommodate same-sex “marriages.”

The archbishop said Nov. 29 that the change in civil marriage law is “not in the best interest of children or society.”

He said he was “disappointed that so many voters failed to recognize marriage between a man and a woman as the natural institution for the permanent, faithful covenant of love for a couple, for bringing children into the world, and for...READ MORE

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Father James Schall’s ‘Final Gladness’ (7123)

With a nod to Belloc, the respected theologian retires with a parting lecture that focuses on friendship.

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– Georgetown University

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall was filled to capacity. The images of morality, faith and patriotism, of art, science and the alma mater looked out at the crowded horseshoe balcony and down on the stage, with its podium and single chair.

In the first row in front of the stage, edged with roses, gladiolas and Canterbury bells, pink, purple and white, sat professors and priests, authors and political philosophers. They were almost the only representatives in the hall of the elderly and the middle-aged. The bulk of the rest of the 700 seats was taken up by undergraduates and youngsters still in their 20s.

The students had come to Gaston Hall on a Friday night to hear a...READ MORE

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Conscience Victory in Final Illinois Pharmacist Ruling (1681)

Religious-liberty advocates hail the end of a seven-year legal battle against provision of abortion drugs as a major triumph for conscience rights.

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WASHINGTON — Religious-liberty advocates are hailing the end of a seven-year legal battle over the required provision of abortion drugs in Illinois pharmacies as a major triumph for conscience rights.

“This decision is a great victory for religious freedom,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has represented the pharmacists in the case for several years.

“The government shouldn’t kick business owners out of the market just because it dislikes their religious beliefs,” he said in a statement.

“Over seven years of litigation, there was never a shred of proof that a religious objection at a pharmacy harmed anyone,” Rienzi explained. “These...READ MORE

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Ecclesia in America Congress Participants Leave Unified, Renewed (1172)

‘This conference, really seen through the lens of Our Lady of Guadalupe, has been a really beautiful experience,’ said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

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Ecclesia in America participants meet Dec. 10 in the Vatican's Synod Hall.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

ROME — On the final day of the “Ecclesia in America” international conference, several participants agreed that it was a wonderful experience that helped them spiritually and intellectually.

“This conference, really seen through the lens of Our Lady of Guadalupe, has been a really beautiful experience,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in a Dec. 12 interview.

The congress was held Dec. 9-12 in Rome and discussed regional challenges and the New Evangelization, while also marking the 15th anniversary of John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in America.

Archbishop Lori found it particularly edifying to be with bishops, religious and laity, all of whom are devoted “to...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (20523)

Peter Jackson and company get the Hobbit trilogy off to a spectacular but bumpy start.

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– Movie poster via MovieWeb.com

There is an early moment in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that captures the evocative poetry of Tolkien’s songs — something that The Lord of the Rings films, for all their achievements, never did. By the time the credits roll, that moment feels like it belonged in a very different film.

It is the Dwarves’ solemn, haunting lay about their long-forgotten gold — only three or so verses, but you can well believe that, as they sang, the love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moved through Bilbo Baggins (well-cast Martin Freeman, credibly evoking a young Ian Holm) and woke something Tookish in him, as Tolkien describes in the first chapter of The Hobbit. (Perhaps...READ MORE

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