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Ways to Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus (7134)

Israeli Ministry of Tourism opens 'Gospel Trail,' complementing already existing pilgrimage route known as the 'Jesus Trail.'

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Michele Chabin

People walking along the new Gospel Trail.

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Galilee, ISRAEL — Christians visiting Israel now have two ways to physically retrace Jesus’ footsteps as he journeyed through Galilee.

Over the winter, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism opened the Gospel Trail, a 39-mile hiking trail in Galilee that passes through many of the sites where Jesus lived and preached.

The similar Jesus Trail was opened almost four years ago in the same region. The 40-mile route was developed by a group of international and local volunteers in coordination with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. 

In contrast, the new Gospel Trail was developed by the tourism ministry and the Jewish National Fund. Its launch was attended by several local Christian...READ MORE

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Minnesota Bishop Is Encouraged by Young People's Quest for Truth (3935)

Bishop John Quinn of Winona, Minn., said this week of youth: "They're looking for the truth. One of them said to me, 'Bishop, just tell us the truth. Don't sugarcoat it. We want to know what the truth is.' And someone else said to me: 'You know, bishop, we've been told so many lies, throughout the culture and by other people. Just give us the truth.'”

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Bishop John Quinn of Winona, Minn., has welcomed Pope Benedict XVI’s call for better instruction of young people, saying it will meet their desire for solid truth over self-centered relativism.

“Our younger generation is breaking out of it,” Bishop Quinn told EWTN News, observing a growing discontent with worldviews that reject the idea of truth in areas like religion and morality.

“They’re looking for the truth. One of them said to me, ‘Bishop, just tell us the truth. Don’t sugarcoat it. We want to know what the truth is.’ And someone else said to me: ‘You know, bishop, we’ve been told so many lies, throughout the culture and by other people. Just give us the truth.’”

Bishop Quinn...READ MORE

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Vatican Official Says There Is Great Need to Catechize Catholics (4766)

Poorly formed Catholics present one of the biggest challenges to the late Pope John Paul II's vision of evangelizing formerly Christian societies in the West, said the Vatican's secretary general of the synod of bishops.

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A Vatican official says poorly formed Catholics present one of the biggest challenges to the late Pope John Paul II’s vision of evangelizing formerly Christian societies in the West.

“The major challenge are the Christians, especially those who were baptized, but not sufficiently catechized,” said Archbishop Nicola Eterovic, the Vatican’s secretary general of the synod of bishops.

In an interview with EWTN News on March 7, he noted that the upcoming synod of bishops and Year of Faith, both taking place in October, will be an opportunity to discuss evangelizing traditionally Christian countries that have become increasingly secularized in recent decades.

The Year of Faith, which will also...READ MORE

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Americans Continue to Oppose HHS Mandate (2491)

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's “I Still Believe” petition has attracted more than 100,000 signatures in less than a month.

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More than 100,000 people have signed a petition opposing a federal mandate that will require religious institutions to cover contraception and abortion-causing drugs in health-insurance plans. 

“The government cannot force individuals or organizations to pay for services that they consider immoral,” said Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

On Feb. 9, the fund launched the “I Still Believe” petition on its website, which has attracted more than 100,000 signatures in less than a month.

Arriaga told EWTN News on March 7 that she hopes the large amount of signatures on the petition will help the administration “realize its error in issuing a...READ MORE

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YouTube is Today's Great Artistic Mission Field, Virtuous Friendships, and much more! (3062)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Fr. Robert Barron: YouTube is Today's Great Artistic Mission Field. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read and learn more.

Fr. Rob. Barron: YouTube is Today’s Great Artistic Mission Field - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Virtuous Friendships: What They Are, Why They Matter - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Why I Am Not a Conservative or Liberal Catholic. . . - Tony DiStefano, Catholic Phoenix

Why Don’t Doctors Know About NaPro? - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The U.S.’s 12 Most Influential Catholics - LarryD, The American Catholic

Catholicism in the Media: Do We Need New Tactics? - Gareth, Catholic and Welsh

Christus Factus Est, Stift Heiligenkreuz - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Does God Exist? a.k.a. The Agnostic Computer - Catholic Slam Poetry

1968: A Fateful & Terrible Year, Many Catholics...READ MORE

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Abby Johnson Is Whistleblower in Lawsuit Alleging Medicaid Fraud at Planned Parenthood (6272)

Suit dating to 2010 was just unsealed in Texas.

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A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Texas was reimbursed by Medicaid for $5.7 million in false claims submitted over a two-year period by the affiliate, according to a lawsuit unsealed March 9.

Filed by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood facility director, who turned against abortion after helping with a sonogram-assisted abortion, the suit alleges that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast filed approximately 87,000 false Medicaid claims and then covered up the fraudulent billing.

“No matter where a person stands on abortion, everyone should agree that Planned Parenthood has to play by the same rules as everyone else,” said Michael Norton, chief counsel to the Alliance Defense Fund, which...READ MORE

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Vatican Says Church Is Growing and Affirms Scripture Is 'Very Soul of Sacred Theology' (3133)

The Church yearbook is released, citing there were15 million new faithful in 2010; a new document for theologians has also been released. And conference reiterates Catholic teaching on dignity of human life.

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The Catholic Church added 15 million new faithful in 2010, and the number of priests continued to steadily increase for the tenth-straight year, according to the latest edition of the pontifical yearbook.

The Catholic population increased from 1.181 billion in 2009 to 1.196 billion in 2010, a growth of 1.3%. The percentage of baptized Catholics worldwide has remained steady at 17.5%.

Priests increased from 410,593 to 412,236. There were about 227,000 diocesan priests and 135,227 religious-order priests. The growth trend has continued since the year 2000. The number of clergy increased by 1,695 in Asia and by 765 in Africa. Growth in the Americas and Oceania was only in the double digits,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl on Fluke Flap: 'Opinion' Isn't Truth (13077)

Amid partisan spin and vitriolic attacks arising from the HHS mandate controversy, Washington’s archbishop defends Catholic teaching on conscience.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl

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WASHINGTON — In the wake of Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke, the university’s president, John DeGioia, issued an “open letter” that noted her “sincerity” and adherence to civil discourse as she advocated on behalf of the contraception mandate before a group of House Democrats on Feb 23.

“Sandra Fluke … was respectful, sincere, and spoke with conviction. She provided a model of civil discourse. This expression of conscience was in the tradition of the deepest values we share as a people. One need not agree with her substantive position to support her right to respectful free expression,” stated DeGioia in his letter.

But in a March 11 address, Cardinal...READ MORE

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