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Priesthood: 'a Response to God's Call to Serve Souls' (2425)

Archbishop Gomez encourages new priests in their vocation in the New Evangelization.

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LOS ANGELES (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles told a diverse group of new priests during their ordination Mass that they have a responsibility to make God known in a culture that has forgotten him.

“We have a special responsibility for the New Evangelization — not only for the New Evangelization of Los Angeles and California,” he said, “but also for the New Evangelization of our country, our continent and our world.”

Of the six new priests that Archbishop Gomez ordained at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on June 4, one was born in Mexico, three in Korea and two in the U.S. to immigrant families.

“We are celebrating this morning a special moment of grace and...READ MORE

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Trending to Traditional (13318)

New churches and renovations are going old school.

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OLD WORLD. An example of a return to classical church architecture in the United States can be seen in Farragut, Tenn., where St. John Neumann Catholic Church, completed in 2008, was inspired by Romanesque churches of France’s Burgundy region.

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CODY, Wyoming — When the monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel wanted to design a new church for their Wyoming home, they turned to a building style just as ancient as the 800-year-old Carmelite order itself — Gothic architecture. Designed by Jim McCrery of McCrery Architects in Washington, D.C., its plans call for towering spires, flying buttresses, twin bell towers, wooden trusses, rose windows and more of what typically might be found in Europe’s greatest spaces of worship.

The monks are not alone. Parishes and religious orders across the United States also are turning to traditional design for new churches and renovations.

“That is an enormous change from 10 years...READ MORE

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Natural Law Ethics: What It Means To Be A Political Animal, Degrees of Prayer, and much more! (2747)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Saint Francis of Assisi praying.

Music-Minded Catholics Hope to Sing a New (Old) Song - Jason T. Adams, Catholic Exchange

Natural Law Ethics: What it Means to be a Political Animal - Matthew O’Brien & Robert C. Koons, Public Discourse

Degrees of Prayer & Intimacy with God - Thomas Colyandro M.A. M.Div., Catholic Lane

New Translation: The Penitential Act, Form C - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

. . .Fr. Simon Henry: new translation, same old problems!. . .

. . .Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: new, corrected translation won’t be enough. . .

. . .Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: quaeritur: can we say “and with your Spirit” now?. . .

Preparing Ourselves as Tabernacles for the Lord - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Physical Science Not Enough,...READ MORE

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First Phase of Ireland Apostolic Visitation Complete (2127)

Pope Benedict thanks the visitators. Report to be published in 2012.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS) —The first phase of the apostolic visitation investigating clergy abuse in Ireland has concluded with the announcement that an overall synthesis of its results and recommendations will be published by early 2012.

The report will focus on the nationwide mission of renewal announced by Pope Benedict XVI in his March 2010 pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland, the Vatican said June 6.

The investigators, known as “visitators,” had set out to examine the effectiveness of the present response to cases of abuse and the current forms of assistance provided to abuse victims.

They also considered the prospects of the “profound spiritual renewal” presently being...READ MORE

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Wanted: Decent Ads (2034)

Spanish bishops support Pope’s theme for World Day of Social Communications.

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ROME (CNA) — The Bishops’ Conference of Spain has warned of the dangers of sexually charged ads and the promotion of the sex industry.

The Internet, they said in a May 25 message, cannot be a place devoid of any ethical or moral considerations with regards to human communication, nor can it throw aside “the most basic norms of decency in personal and social relationships, based on the dignity of the person and the common good.”

The same could be said of certain sections of newspapers, such as the classified ads, the bishops continued. 

They support efforts to rid the press of advertising for the sex industry, “which not only constitutes an attack on the dignity of the person, especially...READ MORE

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Sudan's Security (1696)

Catholic agencies help people fleeing from violence as war is averted.

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JUBA, Sudan (CNA/EWTN News) — Sudan’s north and south have reached a deal to avoid returning to war over the disputed oil-producing city of Abyei, which is due to come under temporary joint administration next month. But the agreement comes too late for tens of thousands who fled the city as northern troops invaded in May.

“The south is very unhappy that the north has occupied the area,” said Stephen Hilbert, the U.S. Catholic bishops’ foreign-policy advisor for Africa. “Now that they occupy it, they are basically allowing people to come in and loot the place.”

“It’s very unfortunate, and it’s very destructive to the peace deal,” Hilbert told CNA on June 2.

South Sudan’s government says...READ MORE

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Only Beauty Will Save Us, Migraines, St. Norbert & the Premonstratensian Order, and much more! (2795)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Saint Peter's Basilica centers around the Papal Altar where only the Pope celebrates Mass. It was consecrated by Clement VIII, June 5, 1594, on top of several other older altars. Rising above the altar is the baldacchino, Bernini's masterpiece and first work in Saint Peter's.

Only Beauty Will Save Us - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Migraines and Mental Illness: A Blessing in Disguise? - Kay Anne Kelly, Catholic Lane

Saint Norbert & the Premonstratensian Order in England - Stephanie A. Mann, Supremacy and Survival

. . .Catholic Lane: Saint Norbert, Bishop. . .

. . .Ars Orandi: Collect of the Day: Saint Norbert. . .

Anna Arco Leaves the Catholic Herald - Anna Arco, Catholic Herald

Benedict to Christian Bloggers: Proclaim the Truth Undiluted - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Pope Chooses Abbot as Bishop of Aberdeen - Catholic Herald

. . .Bearsden Herald: new bishop of Aberdeen announced. . .

Cardinal Pell on Australian Church’s Struggle Against Secularism -...READ MORE

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Hurricanes Threaten Haiti (2084)

Quake victims continue to recover with the help of Catholic agencies.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNA/EWTN News) — The situation of earthquake victims in Haiti continues to improve, but cholera is still a problem, and the upcoming hurricane season poses a “major threat.”

“Historically, we know that Haiti is disproportionately vulnerable to hurricanes and that even tropical storms or just heavy rain can cause serious damage — in areas unaffected by the earthquake as well as in the camps, which are acutely vulnerable,” Jean Daniel Lafontant, Catholic Relief Services’ Haiti communications officer, told CNA on June 3.

In late April, unexpected heavy rains and strong winds flooded parts of metropolitan Port-au-Prince, damaging or destroying more than 1,550 emergency...READ MORE

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