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Religious-Freedom Concerns Highlighted as Romney Clinches N.H. Primary (4878)

Clarity and competition come out of the New Hampshire vote.

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Mitt Romney (l) and Ron Paul (c) listen while Newt Gingrich makes a point during the debate at St. Anselm College prior to the New Hampshire primary.

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American voters watching the New Hampshire Republican primary saw competing visions on display with clear choices come November. When you have 19 Republican debates, there are opportunities for clarity, and one of them came on a Saturday night in New Hampshire.

During the ABC News Manchester debate Jan. 7, moderators pushed a caricature of GOP candidates, asking about contraception and “gay rights” — seemingly believing that if asked to talk about these things long enough, one of them would crack and admit secret plans to ban birth control nationally and confess to “homophobia.”

Instead, though, in the midst of a grilling of Mitt Romney, during which Romney emphasized the importance of...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Reflects on the Eucharist, the 'Sacrament of Love' (3809)

The Holy Father explains the significance of the Last Supper during Jan. 11 audience.

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Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN NEWS) — Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on prayer at his Jan. 11 general audience by explaining why the Eucharist stands at “the apex” of all Christian prayers.

“By participating in the Eucharist, we have an extraordinary experience of the prayer which Jesus made and continues to make for us all,” he told the 7,000 pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

Jesus offers us this prayer, he taught, so that “the evil we encounter in our lives may not triumph, and that the transforming power of Christ’s death and resurrection may act within each of us.”

He explained the deep significance of the Last Supper in salvation history, with “its...READ MORE

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Bishop Conley Urges Colorado to 'Respect the Plan for Marriage God Has Given Us' (2077)

Denver apostolic administrator speaks out against legislative push for same-sex civil unions.

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DENVER (CNA)—A Colorado proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions is a “dangerous and unjust” effort to redefine marriage, warns Bishop James Conley, the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Denver.

“We do not know the long-term consequences of creating a parallel for marriage, distinct from its ancient and natural meaning. But we do know they will be severe,” Bishop Conley said in his Jan. 11 column for the Denver Catholic Register.

He said that a renewed legislative push for civil unions in the state threatens to erode the “unique status” of marriage as between one man and one woman.

This upcoming weekend, the Colorado Catholic Conference will ask Catholics to sign...READ MORE

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Distributism Starts at Home, How to Teach Integrity to Children, Bapist Conversion Story, and more! (3085)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Distributism Starts in the Home. Click on the link by Emily Lunsford to read more.

Distributism Starts in the Home - Emily Lunsford, Catholic Lane

How do we Teach Integrity to our Children? - Sr. Maureen OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Feeding Our Children - Charla, Catholic Sistas

My Mom’s Gonna’ Kill Me - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Tales of an Unlikely Convert - Mike Carlton, Coming Home Network International

Baptist Convert: Kathy Frein - Why I’m Catholic

Ranking the “Top Ten” Popes - Fr. Michael P. Orsi, Crisis Magazine

New Feminism is True Feminism - Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

Quæritur: Light One Up, Incense, Thuribles, and You - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Newt Gingrich Attacks Fashionable Anti-Catholic Bigotry -...READ MORE

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Ready for the New Evangelization (3198)

A priest directing St. Paul Inside the Walls in New Jersey helps Catholics develop a 'new ardor, a new courage, a new precision in presenting the faith.'

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St. Paul Inside the Walls

SHARING THE LIGHT OF FAITH. A scene from a recent Easter Vigil Mass celebrated at St. Paul Inside the Walls in New Jersey speaks eloquently about what the evangelization center is about.

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Father Geno Sylva is a prime example of the “John Paul II Generation” of priests.

Young, culturally savvy and personally committed to the Church’s mission, he has worked for the past two years in an area close to the heart of Blessed John Paul II, a concern that has also been promoted by Pope Benedict XVI: the New Evangelization.

That concern will be coming more and more into focus this year, as Pope Benedict and the world’s bishops prepare for a synod meeting in October on the New Evangelization. During that month, the Pope will inaugurate a Year of Faith, beginning on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Father Sylva, 44, holds the unusual title of...READ MORE

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Cardinals' Ceremony Revised by Vatican (2608)

Modifications to installation ceremony will be used Feb. 18 when Archbishops Dolan and O'Brien will be created cardinals.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—When Pope Benedict XVI creates 22 new cardinals next month, he will use a revised and simplified version of the ceremony to avoid any impression that becoming a cardinal is a sacrament.

“The creation of new cardinals had to be inserted into a context of prayer, while at the same time avoiding anything that could give rise to the idea of a ‘cardinalatial sacrament,’” the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff said Jan. 10.

“Historically speaking, in fact, consistories have never been considered as a liturgical rite, but as a meeting of the Pope with cardinals as part of the governance of the Church.”

The chief modification to the ceremony...READ MORE

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Religious Life's 'Enduring Reality Is One of Fidelity, Joy and Hope' (1812)

Report on women's religious life in the United States sent to the Vatican.

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A three-year survey of women’s religious life in the United States has concluded with the filing of a final report by the Vatican-appointed apostolic visitator, Mother Mary Clare Millea.

“Although there are concerns in religious life that warrant support and attention, the enduring reality is one of fidelity, joy and hope,” Mother Millea said in a Jan. 9 release announcing the submission of her findings to the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Along with her comprehensive report on women’s religious communities, Mother Millea is presenting individual reports on nearly 400 religious institutes to the congregation’s secretary,...READ MORE

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Orienting the Sacred Liturgy, French Fries vs. The Bread of Life, JP2 Statue to be Fixed, and more! (2769)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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"Orienting" the Sacred Liturgy. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to learn more.

“Orienting” the Sacred Liturgy - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

French Fries vs. The Bread of Life - Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Santorum’s Demographic Edge - Marcus Roberts, Crisis Magazine

Does the Word Epiphany Appear in the Bible? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Is It Possible to Pray at the Speed of Light? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Gospel of St. Mark, the Gospel of St. Peter - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Pope: Homosexual “Marriage” Threatens “The Future of Humanity” - John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews.com

President as Gay Love Counselor? - Mark Brumley, Catholic World Report

A Different Breed of Bishops - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea...READ MORE

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