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Christian Story Comes to Life (2031)

April 22 issue feature on the Holy Land: a look at the pivotal moments of Christ's ministry.

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Niki Kalpakgian

Sunset over Mount Tabor

– Niki Kalpakgian

Our senses full from the experience of Jerusalem and the mystery of our Christian faith, we headed north for the second part of our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. (See first part in March 25 issue.)

We left the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem and entered the less-crowded towns around the Sea of Galilee.
Our journey would fill in the missing pieces of the Christian story: understanding Mary and Joseph, as well as exploring the public ministry of Jesus. While studying the geography of the area and contemplating the humble beginnings of the apostles, disciples and the Holy Family, my faith grew.

The Fiat
As the bus slowed to turn off the highway, I saw the sign: Nazareth. All the Bible...READ MORE

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My Post-Conversion Story, The New Combox Wars, Investment and the Common Good, and much more! (30246)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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My Post-Conversion Story. Click on the link by Francis J. Beckwith to read more.

My Post-Conversion Story - Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

The New Combox Wars - Kayla, The Alluring World

Investment and the Common Good - Christopher Bloom, Crisis Magazine

Saint George and the Dragon - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

The Hunger Games Post-Game Review - Daniel McInerny, Catholic Exchange/Crafting Culture

Black and White for the Shades of Grey - Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Queen of the Sciences: Four Questions to Understand the Throne of the Theology - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Mark Clark: Once First U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, on "What’s My Line" - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The United States, a “Boom” of...READ MORE

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The New Media and the Church: Here Comes Everybody (5328)

Saturday Book Pick: Bloggers offer advice on how the Internet can serve in the New Evangelization.

04/28/2012 Comments (4)

The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists and Bishops Who Tweet has an implicit message that reminds me of the comment sometimes attributed to James Joyce — that the Catholic Church means “Here comes everybody.” Not just the Vatican, not just the bishops, not just the parish council, but everyone — for better and for worse.

And the blogosphere, increasingly, is everybody, too. Like nothing that I can think of in Church history, the blogosphere allows faithful Catholics to find each other for reciprocal inspiration, support, exchange and development of thought, sheer fellowship and for who knows what other purpose added in the last 24 hours.

As The Church and the...READ MORE

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Sebelius Says She Sought Religious 'Balance,' But Ignored Key Precedents (6787)

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Washington D.C. — Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she was unaware of legal precedents confirming religious freedom, even as she sought a “balance” between believers' rights and the contraception mandate.

“I'm not a lawyer, and I don't pretend to understand the nuances of the constitutional balancing tests,” Sebelius told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) during an April 26 hearing.

In her responses to subsequent questions, the secretary admitted she was unaware of Supreme Court cases stretching back several decades, in which religious believers' rights against government intrusion were upheld by the court.

Gowdy had asked Sebelius to explain the legal basis for what...READ MORE

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Registration for WYD Rio 2013 to Open in July (2251)

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Organizers for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, said that registration will be open starting this July and that young people who wish to attend must register exclusively through the official website.

“Rio awaits you with open arms,” organizers said. “Come and participate in this great event and show the strength of young people around the world.”

Members of the WYD Local Organizing Committee said online registration would be the sole means for signing up to participate in the event scheduled for July 23-28 next summer, which Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend.

“The registration page is the entryway into WYD Rio 2013. All pilgrims who come...READ MORE

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HHS Hire of Planned Parenthood Spokesman Reflects Close Relationship (2942)

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Washington D.C. — Pro-life leaders see the Obama administration’s recent decision to hire a Planned Parenthood media specialist as an intentional move to make its abortion policies appealing to the American people.

I’m not surprised at all,” said Dr. Janice Crouse, senior fellow at the Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute.

Crouse told CNA on April 25 that the Obama administration is following its well-established pattern of offering positions of strong influence to abortion supporters.

“It’s going to be disastrous,” she said. “Here you’ve got someone with a definite agenda.”

On April 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it was...READ MORE

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Irish Bishop Reaffirms Seal of Confession Amid Legal Controversy (3161)

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Bishop Raymond Field


Dublin, Ireland — Dublin's Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Field says priests must maintain the confidentiality of the confessional, which may be threatened by a proposed law requiring mandatory reporting of abuse.

“The seal of the confessional is inviolable as far as I am concerned, and that's the end of the matter,” Bishop Field said in comments reported by the Irish Independent newspaper on April 26.

Remarks made the previous day by Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter suggested that priests could be bound by requirements of the sex abuse reporting bill. Due to be introduced in the legislature later this year, the bill threatens up to ten years in jail for those who fail to report sex...READ MORE

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The Healing of a Football Player’s Wounded Heart (10767)

Former quarterback finds peace of soul in the Mass, priesthood and intercession of St. Joseph.

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Norbert Kelsch

– Norbert Kelsch

The 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated this Sunday, April 29, with the theme “Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God.” This theme is very close to the heart of Father Joseph Freedy, director of priestly vocations for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

There was a time when such a concept was distant from his heart, which had been set on worldly goods. He was a standout quarterback in high school and at the University of Buffalo. Thousands cheered him on and looked up to him, but his heart remained restless. Despite his earnest attempts to the contrary, he could not find happiness in the noise of the world.

Happiness would be found where he had not expected it: in the...READ MORE

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