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Cardinal Wuerl Thanks Pope for Guidance and Humble Example (2176)

Approximately 3,000 people gathered at the National Shrine in Washington for a Mass of thanksgiving for the service of the Pope.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl


WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict’s eight years of service to the Church should leave the faithful filled with gratitude and renewed in both faith and love, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington.

“We are able to recognize that our Holy Father’s action speaks to us of his greatness and his ability to recognize the needs of the Church universal today,” the cardinal said at a Feb. 24 Mass of Thanksgiving for the service of Pope Benedict XVI.

Around 3,000 people gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Mass.

In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl voiced gratitude to the Holy Father for his leadership and loving care.

He explained that “our hearts are...READ MORE

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Korean War Chaplain Slated to Receive Medal of Honor (2149)

Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun recognized for his heroic service in the U.S. Army.

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Father Emil Kapaun


WICHITA, Kan. — A former Kansas congressman, Todd Tiahrt, has indicated that Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Medal of Honor later this year, prompting excitement from those who know of the U.S. Army chaplain’s heroic service in prison camps during the Korean War.

"Like everybody else, I think it’s great news; we’ve been waiting for some time,” said Father John Hotze, a priest from the Diocese of Wichita, Kan., who heads the Father Kapaun Guild.

“We’re thrilled he’s finally going to be awarded the Medal of Honor. I think most people would agree he’s been deserving that for some time,” said Father Hotze.
The Medal of Honor is the United States’ highest military...READ MORE

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Benedict’s New Name: Pope Emeritus, His Holiness Benedict XVI, Roman Pontiff Emeritus (9320)

Vatican discloses the new forms of address for the Pope, whose last day in office is on Thursday.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will officially be called “His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus” or simply “Roman pontiff emeritus” after he steps down from the papacy on Thursday.

Following Vatican tradition upon the death of a pope, his ”Fisherman’s Ring” also will be destroyed and he will return to wearing his episcopal ring from his time as Cardinal Ratzinger.

These were just two of a series of significant aspects concerning the papal resignation and the following interregnum disclosed by the Vatican today.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters the Holy Father had chosen his new title after consulting with others. Contrary to recent reports, he said the...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s Post-Papal Attire: White Cassock, Brown Shoes (10959)

Pope's simple outfit will complement his quiet life at the monastery.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer pope: a simple white cassock and brown shoes given to him in León, Mexico.

“The city of Leon is known for beautiful shoes and very comfortable shoes. And when the Pope was asked what he wanted to wear, he said, ‘I want the shoes from León in Mexico,’” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Feb. 26.

“It will no longer be the red shoes that you have seen him wear. He has chosen to keep brown shoes that were given to him on his recent trip,” he said.

As for his apparel, the pope emeritus will wear a simple white cassock without the mozzetta (the short cape that covers his shoulders).


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Demographic Disaster Looms for America (8892)

That’s the claim advanced by the new book What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster.

02/26/2013 Comments (18)

NEW YORK — Insect biologist Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb, warned that millions of people would starve to death in the 1970s because there were too many human beings for the planet to support.

Consequently, Ehrlich advocated draconian measures — forced sterilizations of Indian men, the addition of “sterilants” to American drinking water and a reduction of human numbers to an “optimum” world population of 1-2 billion. His book instantly became the bible of environmentalists and politicians who have crusaded against overpopulation ever since and the rocket fuel propelling population-control initiatives and the notion that big families and babies are dangerous to...READ MORE

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Nobody Expects the Modern Inquisition! Read the Catechism, Rebuilding Culture and More! (3031)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Nobody Expects the Modern Inquisition! Follow the link by Karl Keating JD of the Catholic Answers blog to read more.

Nobody Expects the Modern Inquisition! by Karl Keating JD of the Catholic Answers blog - Big Pulpit

Reading the Catechism, Rebuilding Catholic Culture – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Challenge: Let The Debate Begin Here – Tim, Catholic Stand

Notes from Beneath the Veil – Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Armchair Pontiffs Come Out of the Woodwork – David Hartline, The American Catholic

Five Ways to Fast (That Don’t Involve Food) – Marge Fenelon, Catholic Lane

The Pope For Our Times – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

On Striving for Perfection – Fr. Kenneth Baker SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Pursuing a Meaningful Life: An interview with Author...READ MORE

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German Bishops’ Approval of ‘Plan B’ for Rape Victims Fuels U.S. Debate Over Drug (4462)

Church policy for prescribing the ‘morning-after pill' after rape requires a test to confirm ovulation has not begun.

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PHILADELPHIA — On Feb. 21, the German Bishops' Conference announced that Catholic hospitals under their jurisdiction could prescribe the “morning-after pill” to rape victims, a policy shift that reflects the position of the U.S. bishops.

The German bishops stated that Church health-care facilities could provide the medication as long as it would have “a preventive and not an abortive effect. Medical and pharmaceutical methods which result in the death of an embryo still may not be used.”

The announcement came in the wake of a public outcry in Germany, after a rape victim was denied treatment at two Catholic hospitals in Cologne because emergency contraception could not be...READ MORE

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World Meeting of Families Coming to Philadelphia (3063)

Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in the city for the Vatican-sponsored event Sept. 22-27, 2015, and the next pope also is expected to attend.

02/25/2013 Comments (4)

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PHILADELPHIA — Just hours after the official announcement from the Vatican, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Monday morning that the city has been officially chosen to host the eighth World Meeting of Families in 2015.

This marks the first time the event, established by Blessed John Paul II in 1994, will be held in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are expected to attend. The event was last hosted in 2012 by Milan, Italy, where more than 1 million people from 153 nations gathered for a Mass with Pope Benedict XVI.

The announcement represents positive news for an archdiocese that has been unsettled recently by sexual-abuse scandals and...READ MORE

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