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Suspects Sought in Shooting Death of Catholic Priest in Zanzibar (2102)

Father Evarist Mushi was shot and killed on his way to say Mass Feb. 17 in the territory that is part of Tanzania.

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According to Paolo Taffuri, the coordinator of Radio Maria Africa, officials in Tanzania are continuing their search for those responsible for the recent death of a local priest.

“When the priest was heading to Mass on Sunday, two men on a motorcycle approached him and shot him in the head, killing him instantly,” Taffuri said. “So far, no arrests have been made, and police are investigating the motive behind the murder.”

Father Evarist Mushi was killed on Feb. 17 in Zanzibar. Cardinal Polycarp Pengo will celebrate the funeral Mass for Father Mushi at the Zanzibar Cathedral.

Taffuri said that Tanzania “has always been very peaceful” and that people of different faiths living...READ MORE

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Deceased Natural Family Planning Pioneer ‘Inspired Us’ (1527)

Dr. Evelyn Billings died Feb. 16 at the age of 95 after a short illness.

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Dr. Evelyn Billings.

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Dr. Evelyn Billings, who helped develop a major method of natural fertility regulation, is being remembered after her recent death as a wonderful inspiration, said a doctor at the Natural Family Planning Center.

“That’s how we feel about her: She was wonderful; she inspired us, but she didn’t restrict us,” Dr. Hanna Klaus told Catholic News Agency from her Washington office on Feb. 19.

“She and John, her husband, wanted us to do everything that was within our creativity to promote the method, but it was always for the good of families.”

Billings died Feb. 16 at the age of 95 after a short illness. She was a pediatrician, and, together with her husband, Dr....READ MORE

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St. Malachy Prophecy and B16, In Defense of Holy Images, 5 Resources for Catholic Artists and More! (4353)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/21/2013 Comment

St. Malachy Prophecy, Why Pope Benedict is the "Glory of the Olive". Follow the link by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

St. Malachy Prophecy, Why Pope Benedict is the "Glory of the Olive" by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

In Defense of Holy Images: Eight Pearls of Wisdom from St. John Damascene – Saint Peter's List

Five Resources For Catholic Artists – Burke Ingraffia, Catholic Stand

Benedict Face to Face with Islam – Andrew Doran JD, First Things/On the Square

The Alleged Conflict Between Science & Faith – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Bells and Smells of Mass, Why Our Senses Matter When We Worship – BrigitJ, Catholic Sistas

Peter Rabbit and the Fall of Man – Connie Rossini, Contemplative Homeschool

What are the Real Differences between Cardinals Mahony and Gomez? –...READ MORE

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Father Fessio’s Pope Benedict (7443)

The founder of Ignatius Press has been powerfully influenced, personally as well as professionally, by his 40-year friendship with the Holy Father.

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SAN FRANCISCO — As the founder of Ignatius Press, a leading publisher of Catholic theological works, Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio has tackled his fair share of turgid academic prose.

Thus he is especially appreciative of Pope Benedict XVI’s clarity — not only in his writing, but also his public statements.

In both cases, said Father Fessio, the Pope uses simple images and words to present complex themes and teachings.

Father Fessio has known Pope Benedict XVI since 1972, when the American priest began doctoral studies at the University of Regensburg, where then-Father Joseph Ratzinger had a strong following among graduate students.

Father Ratzinger was just 45 years old when the...READ MORE

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Pope Considering Changes to Papal Election Rules (3221)

But it’s still uncertain whether the Holy Father will authorize an earlier start date for next month’s papal conclave.

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi

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VATICAN — Pope Benedict XVI is considering modifying the laws that govern how a pope is elected, given the circumstances created by his resignation.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists Feb. 20 that Pope Benedict is thinking about publishing a document to further clarify the conclave section of the apostolic constitution.

This means he would have to issue a motu proprio — a new set of legal regulations — before he steps down on Feb. 28. The Latin title motu proprio is a designation that means the document is personally signed by the pope and is issued solely under his authority.

“I don’t know if he will deem it necessary or appropriate to...READ MORE

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Pope Names, Benedict XVI's Coming Revolution Over State-Funded Catholic Charity and More! (2291)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/20/2013 Comment

Pope Names. Follow the link by Jeffrey Miller of the Curt Jester blog to read more.

Pope Names by Jeffrey Miller of the Curt Jester blog – Big Pulpit

Benedict’s Coming Revolution Over State-Funded Catholic Charity – Christopher Manion PhD SMOM, Crisis Magazine

Pope Benedict’s African Legacy – Obianuju Ekeocha, Catholic Stand

Petrus Beatus Catenarum Laqueos: Feast of Chair of Peter Hymn – Kathleen Pluth MATh, The Chant Café

A Short Discourse on Love – Ink Not Quill, Ignitum Today

Four Ways Les Misérables Converted Me – Melissa Keating, Focus Blog

One Man’s Heaven is Another Man’s All-You-Can-Eat Dessert Buffet – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Sedevacantists Shall Be Right, Momentarily – Patrick Coffin, Catholic Answers

Conclave and Prophecy 2013...READ MORE

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Court Sides With Texas Teen Against Forced Abortion (1797)

‘This is a tremendous victory, and another life has been saved,’ says a state pro-life leader.

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HOUSTON — A pregnant Texas 16-year-old on Monday won a legal injunction against her parents, whom she accused of trying to coerce her into an abortion.

“This is a tremendous victory, and another life has been saved,” said Greg Terra, president of the Texas Center for Defense of Life, on Feb. 18.

“We are extremely happy with the judge’s decision today, and we are very proud of our teenage client for being strong enough to stand against her parents to save her unborn child’s life.”

Attorneys from Terra’s organization are representing the teen.

After the legal injunction, the Harris County teenager, identified in court documents only as R.E.K., reached an agreement with her parents...READ MORE

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Mary: The Dwelling Place of Wisdom in Body and Soul (5578)

COMMENTARY: Part 3 in a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, sixth-century icon from St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai.

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The Old Testament “patron saint” of wisdom was, as we noted last time, King Solomon. Given his choice of all the goodies the world offers, Solomon chose wisdom and was both commended by God for it and rewarded with an answer to his prayer.

As we also saw, the thing that marks out wisdom in the Jewish tradition is an emphasis on incarnating the heavenly in the things of earth. So Proverbs shows us wisdom as a sort of co-worker with God, working at his side to build the universe:

“The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago, I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when...READ MORE

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