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The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want, Evangelizing Through Beauty, FSSP News & Much Mo (1681)

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The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog to read more.

The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog - Big Pulpit

Evangelizing Through Beauty – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

News from the F. S. S. P. in North America – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

How Does Theology Protect Science? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Where the Blonde Jesus Thing Came From – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

A Mother’s Legacy – Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

ABC TV Makes Church Seem Like Titanic – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Ripples Felt after Yesterday’s Splash in the Tiber – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

The Conclave: Possible Pope Names, Papabili and Prophecy - Big Pulpit


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New Pope Will Handle St. Pius X Society Decision (3863)

Feb. 22 is no longer the deadline for the traditionalist society to decide whether to accept the Vatican’s doctrinal preamble.

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Society of St. Pius X Coat of Arms.

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VATICAN CITY — The effort to reach an agreement between the Church and the Society of St. Pius X will be passed on to the next pope, Father Federico Lombardi said.

“An important point is that, these days, people have spoken about a deadline for Pius X priests and a conclusion to the situation. The Pope is confiding the decision to the next pope, and no conclusion will be made on this date,” said Father Lombardi, the director of the Vatican Press Office.

Archbishop Gerhard Muller, the head of the Vatican doctrine office, originally set Feb. 22 as a deadline for the Society of St. Pius X to reach a decision about accepting a doctrinal preamble that was sent to the society.


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Benedict XVI, ‘the Pope of Christian Unity’ (2704)

The head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham lauds the Holy Father's trailblazing unity with Anglicans.

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Msgr. Keith Newton

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LONDON — Pope Benedict’s move allowing Anglican converts to enter the Catholic Church as a group makes him “the Pope of Christian Unity,” says the head of the United Kingdom’s structure for these communities.

“I think it just shows his fatherly care: to open his arms to those who came from different traditions, but shared a common faith,” Msgr. Keith Newton said Feb. 13.

Msgr. Newton leads the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham — an ecclesial structure in the U.K. for Anglicans who enter the Catholic Church in groups and who wish to maintain elements of their spiritual and liturgical heritage.

“I’m more than happy to call him the Pope of Christian Unity, because, for me,...READ MORE

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Suspects Sought in Shooting Death of Catholic Priest in Zanzibar (2118)

Father Evarist Mushi was shot and killed on his way to say Mass Feb. 17 in the territory that is part of Tanzania.

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According to Paolo Taffuri, the coordinator of Radio Maria Africa, officials in Tanzania are continuing their search for those responsible for the recent death of a local priest.

“When the priest was heading to Mass on Sunday, two men on a motorcycle approached him and shot him in the head, killing him instantly,” Taffuri said. “So far, no arrests have been made, and police are investigating the motive behind the murder.”

Father Evarist Mushi was killed on Feb. 17 in Zanzibar. Cardinal Polycarp Pengo will celebrate the funeral Mass for Father Mushi at the Zanzibar Cathedral.

Taffuri said that Tanzania “has always been very peaceful” and that people of different faiths living...READ MORE

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Deceased Natural Family Planning Pioneer ‘Inspired Us’ (1533)

Dr. Evelyn Billings died Feb. 16 at the age of 95 after a short illness.

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Dr. Evelyn Billings.

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Dr. Evelyn Billings, who helped develop a major method of natural fertility regulation, is being remembered after her recent death as a wonderful inspiration, said a doctor at the Natural Family Planning Center.

“That’s how we feel about her: She was wonderful; she inspired us, but she didn’t restrict us,” Dr. Hanna Klaus told Catholic News Agency from her Washington office on Feb. 19.

“She and John, her husband, wanted us to do everything that was within our creativity to promote the method, but it was always for the good of families.”

Billings died Feb. 16 at the age of 95 after a short illness. She was a pediatrician, and, together with her husband, Dr....READ MORE

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St. Malachy Prophecy and B16, In Defense of Holy Images, 5 Resources for Catholic Artists and More! (4362)

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St. Malachy Prophecy, Why Pope Benedict is the "Glory of the Olive". Follow the link by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

St. Malachy Prophecy, Why Pope Benedict is the "Glory of the Olive" by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

In Defense of Holy Images: Eight Pearls of Wisdom from St. John Damascene – Saint Peter's List

Five Resources For Catholic Artists – Burke Ingraffia, Catholic Stand

Benedict Face to Face with Islam – Andrew Doran JD, First Things/On the Square

The Alleged Conflict Between Science & Faith – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Bells and Smells of Mass, Why Our Senses Matter When We Worship – BrigitJ, Catholic Sistas

Peter Rabbit and the Fall of Man – Connie Rossini, Contemplative Homeschool

What are the Real Differences between Cardinals Mahony and Gomez? –...READ MORE

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Father Fessio’s Pope Benedict (7471)

The founder of Ignatius Press has been powerfully influenced, personally as well as professionally, by his 40-year friendship with the Holy Father.

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SAN FRANCISCO — As the founder of Ignatius Press, a leading publisher of Catholic theological works, Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio has tackled his fair share of turgid academic prose.

Thus he is especially appreciative of Pope Benedict XVI’s clarity — not only in his writing, but also his public statements.

In both cases, said Father Fessio, the Pope uses simple images and words to present complex themes and teachings.

Father Fessio has known Pope Benedict XVI since 1972, when the American priest began doctoral studies at the University of Regensburg, where then-Father Joseph Ratzinger had a strong following among graduate students.

Father Ratzinger was just 45 years old when the...READ MORE

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Pope Considering Changes to Papal Election Rules (3223)

But it’s still uncertain whether the Holy Father will authorize an earlier start date for next month’s papal conclave.

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi

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VATICAN — Pope Benedict XVI is considering modifying the laws that govern how a pope is elected, given the circumstances created by his resignation.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists Feb. 20 that Pope Benedict is thinking about publishing a document to further clarify the conclave section of the apostolic constitution.

This means he would have to issue a motu proprio — a new set of legal regulations — before he steps down on Feb. 28. The Latin title motu proprio is a designation that means the document is personally signed by the pope and is issued solely under his authority.

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