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Pope Francis Points to Bible's 'Inexhaustible Riches' (4103)

The Pope voiced his desire that the Year of Faith 'may help to make the light of sacred Scripture shine within the hearts of the faithful.'

04/15/2013 Comment
Petr Kratochvil

– Petr Kratochvil

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission on April 12, reflecting on how Christians have found “inexhaustible riches” in the Bible.

“Sacred Scripture is the written testimony of the divine Word, the canonical memory that attests to the event of Revelation,” he said.

In his comments, the Pope distinguished between Scripture and the Word of God, which he said “precedes the Bible and surpasses it.”

“That is why the center of our faith isn't just a book,” he said. Rather, the center of Christian faith is “Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh.”

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, heads the...READ MORE

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King Herod Is Undergoing an Odd Reinvention, Why Religion Matters and Much More! (2608)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/15/2013 Comment

King Herod is Undergoing an Odd Reinvention. Follow the link by Jill, The Duchess of Hamilton, to read more.

King Herod is Undergoing an Odd Reinvention by Jill, The Duchess of Hamilton - Big Pulpit

Why Religion Matters – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Pope Francis, an Enigma for Catholic Intellectuals – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Faith Comes by Hearing and Catholic Radio Can Help With That – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Annie, the Evangelist – Mary Rice Hasson, Catholic Stand

Not Peace but a Sword, The Great Chasm between Christianity and Islam – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Book Review: The End of Irish Catholicism by Fr. Vincent Twomey, S. V. D. – Shane, Lux Occulta

Religious Response to Political Gridlock in Italy – Katherine Infantine, First Things/First...READ MORE

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Catholic Mouseketeer Bids Farewell to Annette (4892)

Sherry Alberoni speaks with the Register about her memories of her original Mousketeer ‘big sister,’ who died April 8 of complications from MS.

04/15/2013 Comment

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The world has bid farewell to Annette Funicello, an actress who captivated the hearts of the baby-boom generation of Americans, who knew her as one of Walt Disney’s original Mouseketeers on television’s Mickey Mouse Club in the late 1950s.

Dubbed America’s “favorite Mouseketeer,” Annette (1943-2013), known to millions by her first name only, would go on to star in Disney films like The Shaggy Dog and Babes in Toyland, and, later, she would star alongside fellow singer and actor Frankie Avalon in the iconic Beach Party movies of the 1960s.

In 1992, Annette told the world that she was suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). She progressively lost the ability to walk...READ MORE

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Keeping the Faith on College Campuses (4404)

New wave of Newman dorms could represent evangelization breakthrough.

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The Phi Kappa Theta Catholic fraternity house in Lincoln, Neb., is taking shape, with an expected opening in August.

– HuskerCatholic/Facebook

LINCOLN, Neb. — Prepare for a new chapter in keeping the faith with college-bound Catholic youth: A new wave of Newman student housing is hitting public universities in 2013, and campus ministers say it could mark a real breakthrough in evangelizing the college scene.

Catholic bishops and campus ministers are taking up the ideas of 19th-century Blessed John Henry Newman in addressing the serious problem of the loss of Catholics to the faith during college.

“Many make the wrong assumption that young Catholics lose their faith because of intellectual reasons,” said Adam Koll, director of the Diocese of Corpus Christi’s Office of Youth Ministry in Texas. “They are leaving because they...READ MORE

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Christian Converts Recount Captivity in Iran (3091)

At an event sponsored by the Hudson Institute, the two women said there are 'many, many churches in Iran,' which harshly punishes converts from Islam.

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Iranian Christians speak during a panel at the Hudson Institute in Washington on April 12.

– CNA/Addie Mena

WASHINGTON — Two Iranian converts to Christianity recently spoke of their experiences facing persecution and imprisonment in their country for their religious beliefs.

“It’s not just about religion,” said Maryam Rostampour, one of the two women who spoke at a panel in Washington, about her home country’s treatment of religious minorities.

“It’s about government power,” she noted during her address at the Hudson Institute on April 9.

Rostampour and Christian convert Marziyeh Amirizadeh were both born into Muslim families, and they converted as young women to Christianity. Both went to Turkey in order to study theology, where they met one another.

They returned to Iran, where they...READ MORE

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Pope Backs Reform of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (9734)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a doctrinal assessment of the LCWR a year ago.

04/15/2013 Comments (35)

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the CDF

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which found it had “serious doctrinal problems” and needed to be reformed.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met in Rome with conference president Franciscan Sister Florence Deacon on April 15, along with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who was named to carry out the reform of the group.

Composed of some 1,500 members, the LCWR consists of about 3% of the 57,000 women religious in the U.S. Because its members are leaders of their religious communities, the group says that it represents 80% of American...READ MORE

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A Tip on Learning Latin, Groovy New Recording of a New Vivaldi 'Dixit Dominus' and More! (3378)

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04/15/2013 Comment

A Tip on Learning Latin. Follow the link by Kevin O’Brien of the Waiting for Godot to Leave blog to read and learn more.

A Tip on Learning Latin by Kevin O’Brien of the Waiting for Godot to Leave blog - Big Pulpit

Groovy New Recording of a New Vivaldi “Dixit Dominus” – Fr. Z’s Blog

Letter to a Young Discerning Catholic – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

A Catholic Dad Offers Five Ideas for Better Parenting – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Can Catholics Be Cremated? – Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

Democracy: Bad News for Egyptian Christians – Collin Garbarino, First Things/First Thoughts

Seven More Deadly Sins of Catholic Blogging – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

State Universities Welcome Religious Clubs, Gonzage (Jesuit) Snubs the Knights of Columbus – Patrick J....READ MORE

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Wise Words From Pope Francis (17889)

The Holy Father’s homilies from his daily Masses pack power.

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Wikipedia/ Agencia Brasil

– Wikipedia/ Agencia Brasil

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ daily morning Mass homilies in the Domus Sancthae Marthae residence, where he is currently living, have become increasingly popular, acclaimed for their wisdom, simplicity and forthrightness.

So notable have these short sermons become that the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has summarized almost all of them, and with increasing detail.

At each Mass, groups of Vatican staff, visiting bishops, priests and religious are invited. Afterwards, the Pope sits at the back of the chapel to pray with them. He then joins some of the congregation for breakfast in the residence refectory.

His teaching has been wide-ranging, but with an emphasis on recurring...READ MORE

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