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Supreme Court Weighs the Case for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (3431)

During oral arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and DOMA, the justices focused on technical issues as well as the impact on children.

03/28/2013 Comments (13)

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WASHINGTON — Activists on both sides of the national debate on same-sex “marriage” gathered before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 and 27, as the justices heard oral arguments for two closely-watched marriage cases.

“We are gathered here to send one simple message to the justices of the Supreme Court,” Jennifer Roback Morse, the founder of the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute, said in a March 26 speech at the March for Marriage. “Do not try to short-circuit the debate over marriage the way Roe v. Wade short-circuited the debate over life.”

Inside the high court that day, several of the nine justices echoed Morse’s plea. They noted the scant evidence available to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ First Easter (6855)

The papal events will highlight the Holy Father’s personal simplicity and humility.

03/27/2013 Comments (9)
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Pope Francis during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24.

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VATICAN CITY — Final preparations are being made for Pope Francis’ first Easter, beginning with the traditional chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, followed by a break with custom when the Holy Father celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a juvenile detention center in Rome.

The Holy Father will celebrate the chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at 9:30 local time on Holy Thursday morning. As usual at the Mass, which manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop, the Holy Father will bless three oils (holy chrism, catechumens and the infirm) to be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year, and he is expected to give a homily.

Then, at...READ MORE

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Punished for Refusing to Disrespect Jesus (9775)

A student at Florida Atlantic University was suspended from class this month for declining to write the name of Jesus on a piece of paper and step on it.

03/27/2013 Comments (27)

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Ryan Rotella refused to step on Jesus.

The Florida Atlantic University junior’s act of reverence resulted in suspension from his college class and a barrage of attention he neither sought nor anticipated.

“The story illustrates the degree to which traditional Christian beliefs are held in contempt in the secular academy [of higher education],” said Patrick McNamara, director of communications for the New York-based Catholic League.

Rotella was in a March 4 lecture in his intercultural communication class when instructor Deandre Poole told students to each write “Jesus” on paper and then step on it. Rotella set his paper on a surface and told Poole he was offended...READ MORE

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Satanism Is About Destroying the Church, Contextualizing 'Noble Simplicity' and Much More! (3045)

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“Satanism is about Destroying the Church”. Follow the link by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report to read more.

“Satanism is about Destroying the Church” by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report - Big Pulpit

Contextualizing “Noble Simplicity” – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

You Pro-Life Torturer You – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Homosexuality and Impatience for Joy – Wesley Hill, First Things/First Thoughts

Contraception: Why Not? – Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

The Good Friday Reproaches – Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Prudence and Scrupulosity – Mary C. Tillotson, Catholic Stand

Helping to Heal the Pain in the Pew: Preachers Role – Fr. Richard R. DeLillio OSFS,, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Will the Liberal Pope Please Identify Himself? – Jacob...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Holy Week Is Time to Bring Christ to Forgotten People (2052)

At his first general audience, the Holy Father emphasizes this is ‘a time to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting.’

03/27/2013 Comment
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Pope Francis holds his first general audience March 27 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith and to bring the joy of Christ to those who are most distant or in need.

“Holy Week is not so much a time of sorrow, but, rather, a time to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting,” Pope Francis said March 27 at his first general audience.

“It is a time of grace given to us by the Lord so that we can move beyond a dull or mechanical way of living our faith, and instead open the doors of our hearts, our lives, our parishes, our movements or associations, going out in search of others, so as to bring them the light and the joy of our faith in Christ,” he told the...READ MORE

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D.C. Marriage Rally Highlights Needs of Children, Families (2680)

‘Society needs an institution that connects mothers and fathers to their children,’ Archbishop Cordileone comments.

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New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. speaks March 26 at the March for Marriage in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Speakers at the national March for Marriage on March 26 told the crowds gathered in Washington that marriage is fundamentally about preserving an institutional link between parents for the sake of their children.

“Marriage matters because family matters to our society and because marriage matters for families,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

“Society needs an institution that connects mothers and fathers to their children,” he told EWTN News.

The March for Marriage took place on the National Mall, with a rally and march in front of the Supreme Court. Organizers...READ MORE

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‘Rome Will Not Change Him,’ Argentinian Catholics Say of Pope Francis (8845)

The humble pastoral style that has caught the world’s attention is well known to Catholics in Buenos Aires, as is his deep Marian devotion.

03/27/2013 Comments (15)
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Antonio Petta, an Italian-Argentinian industrialist and publisher, became friends with Pope Francis while collaborating on charitable outreach in the archdiocese of Buenos Aires.

After their late-night committee meetings, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio would walk through downtown Buenos Aires to his apartment off the Plaza de Mayo, and he told Petta of the suffering he encountered during these nocturnal journeys home.

“At that hour, he saw with much sadness how many families camped and slept on the streets or near metro stations. He has insisted constantly on the duty that the Church has to help those in such dire need,” Petta said.

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Vatican Way of the Cross Reflections to Have Middle East Theme (2720)

A Syrian Christian man living in Rome believes the meditations will bring attention to the plight of the faithful in Syria.

03/27/2013 Comments (2)
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ROME — A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum will help promote Christian unity and raise awareness of the growing turmoil in the Middle East.

“This will raise more awareness because the situation in Syria is dangerous, especially for Christians,” said Wael Salibi, a Christian Syrian who moved to Italy in September to flee the violence.

“Christians know they will rise again like Jesus did on the third day, but only with a lot of unity and by praying together,” Salibi told Catholic News Agency in a March 26 interview.

Pope Francis will celebrate the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum the evening of...READ MORE

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