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The Pope's White Elephant, Vatican to UN: Parents Have Right to Homeschool, and much more! (2805)

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05/03/2012 Comment

Hanno, the Pope’s “White Elephant”. Click on the link by Kathy Schiffer to read more.

Hanno, the Pope’s “White Elephant” - Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Vatican to the UN: All Parents have the Right to Homeschool - Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews

Deconstructing the “Bible Endorses Slavery” Meme - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Four Kinds of Chant - Bryan Townsend, The Music Salon

Faith and Reason: Why Both are Needed - Fr. Robert Barron, The Thin Veil

Impressed by Catholic Logos Bible Software 4 - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Death Penalty, Cowboy Culture & G.K. Chesterton - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Bearing Fruit for Christ’s Kingdom (John 15:1-8) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Gothic and Glorious: Pugin at 200 -...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Speaks About St. Stephen's Courageous Conviction (2558)

The Holy Father said May 2 that Stephen's 'very martyrdom is the fulfillment of his life and his message: He becomes one with Christ.'

05/02/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

As he reflected on the life and death of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, Pope Benedict said that reading sacred Scripture helps develop a prayerful relationship with God.

“Our prayer must be nourished by listening to the word of God, in communion with Jesus and his Church,” said the Pope May 2, noting how St. Stephen’s courage before those who condemned him to death was “clearly grounded in a prayerful re-reading of the Christ event in the light of God’s word.”

The Pope was addressing more than 20,000 pilgrims who gathered under sunny skies in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly general audience.

Pope Benedict’s comments on the discourse of St. Stephen before the Sanhedrin...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Avengers' (13092)

Marvel's costumed heroes come together on the big screen in grand fashion in the much-anticipated ensemble action movie.

05/02/2012 Comments (28)
Marvel Studios

MARVELOUS MARVEL. Six heroes unite, including Iron Man and Captain America, to save the day in The Avengers.

– Marvel Studios

Marvel’s The Avengers is awesomeness squared. It’s the apotheosis of the modern age of comic-book movies, the epitome of everything that the Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor movies were and were trying to be. It is grand and geeky and rollicking good fun on an epic scale, and it gets practically everything right and very little wrong.

It is, in a word, about the best Avengers movie that anyone could reasonably have hoped for or expected, which is all the more extraordinary when you think about how easily, almost inevitably, it could have been a failure, if not a disaster.

There is nothing transcendent or earth-shattering about it. It is not a new kind of superhero movie — not the...READ MORE

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Is Social Media Killing Catholic Media, Spanish Civil War: A Martyrs' Love Letter, and more! (1995)

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05/02/2012 Comments (1)

Is Social Media Killing Catholic Media? Click on the link by Mary Kochan to read more.

Spanish Civil War: A Martyrs' Love Letter - Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

Is Social Media Killing Catholic Media? - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

Postmodern Man Needs Catholics to Show Him How to Party - Jeffrey Tucker, Catholic Exchange

Msgr. Luigi Ligutti and Distributism - Richard Aleman, The Distributist Review

Daylight (poem) - J.B. Toner, Dappled Things

Mary, Mother of God, Simple English Propers - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Religious Liberty: “You Need Not Thank Anyone But God For It” - Elaine Krewer, The American Catholic

Augustinian Maxims & Truths - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Crisis Magazine

The "Little Crown" of the Blessed Virgin - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New...READ MORE

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2012 Sees 400-Plus Pro-Life Laws So Far (1945)

Pro-life legislation has been on the rise in recent years, says new study.

05/02/2012 Comment

– Shutterstock

State lawmakers around the country have proposed well over 400 pro-life laws in the first quarter of 2012 alone, according to a recent study on abortion-related legislation.

“In the first three months of 2012, legislators in 45 of the 46 legislatures that have convened this year introduced 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights,” said an April 13 analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization formerly connected to Planned Parenthood.

“Half of these provisions would restrict abortion access,” the study noted.

The suggested pro-life laws largely consist of ultrasound requirements, bans on abortions after a certain point in fetal development,...READ MORE

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Equipping Catholic Leaders (4088)

Tim Busch is the founder of the Napa Institute, a new organization that aims to equip Catholic leaders to advance the Catholic faith in today’s secular society. May 6 issue In Person interview.

05/02/2012 Comment
Napa Institute

Tim Busch

– Napa Institute

When Catholic businessman Tim Busch read the article “Catholics and the Next America” by Archbishop Charles Chaput, he was inspired. Busch is the founder of the Napa Institute — a new organization that aims to equip Catholic leaders to advance the Catholic faith in today’s secular society. The group’s annual conference is marked by a commitment to the Church’s intellectual tradition and an ability to cultivate a community.

The organization has already established itself as a center of knowledge and hope for American Catholics, attracting great Catholic leaders such as the institute’s ecclesiastical adviser, Archbishop Chaput, and its president, Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer — the former...READ MORE

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Dorothy Day Against Social Security, The Proper Care and Feeding of a Choir, Tosh.O, and much more! (3833)

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05/02/2012 Comments (2)

Dorothy Day against Social Security. Click on the link by Ron Kozar to read and learn more.

Dorothy Day against Social Security - Ron Kozar, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

The Proper Care and Feeding of a Choir - Wendi, Cradle Stories

Until Abortion Ends on Tosh.O - Stephen Herreid, Crisis Magazine

What Difference Does Heaven Make? - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

What the Magnificat Tells Us About Marian Veneration - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Heterosexual Bypass Surgery - Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity

Paul Ryan & Catholic Social Teaching (Roundup) - Christopher Blosser, The American Catholic

Who are You? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Power of Stories in Teaching NFP - Valerie Pokorny, Catholic Lane

Quæritur:...READ MORE

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Blessed John Paul II Remembered 1 Year After Beatification (2352)

A candlelight prayer vigil was held at the site where the late Holy Father hosted World Youth Day 2000 in Rome, which was when he told youth: "In saying ‘Yes’ to Christ, you say ‘Yes’ to all your noblest ideals.” Benedict XVI also recalled the holy witness of his predecessor.

05/01/2012 Comment
Official beatification portrait

– Official beatification portrait

Blessed Pope John Paul II has been remembered one year after his beatification with a candlelight prayer vigil at the site where he hosted World Youth Day 2000 in Rome.

“What was the secret of John Paul II? I think I can say the unity between faith and life. He lived for God and for man to bring to God, because he was happy,” said Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome at the vigil April 30.

It was on May 1, 2011, that Pope Benedict XVI beatified his predecessor, six years after Pope John Paul’s death. The beatification ceremony in Rome was attended by more than 1.5 million pilgrims. Included in their number was Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, the French nun whose...READ MORE

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