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Pope Benedict Creates Six Non-European Cardinals (2808)

The second consistory of 2012 took place Nov. 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

11/26/2012 Comments (7)
Lewis Ashton Glancy-CNA

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI presided over the creation of six new cardinals Nov. 24, and in an unusual occurrence, none of them were European.

The consistory took place at 11am on Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica and involved bishops from the United States, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Colombia and the Philippines. During the ceremony, the men all received rings from the Pope and made vows to him.

The Pope asked the new cardinals to focus on fidelity and the universality of the Church.

“I want to highlight the fact that the Church is the Church of all peoples and so she speaks in the various cultures of the different continents,” said the Holy Father.

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What Was in Padre Pio's Last Letter? Irreplaceable Dad, Holiday Stinkiness, and Much More! (2600)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/26/2012 Comments (1)

What was Padre Pio’s Last Letter About? Follow the link by Carl Olson of the CWR Blog to read more.

What was Padre Pio’s Last Letter About? by Carl Olson of the CWR BlogBig Pulpit

Irreplaceable Dad – Catherine Palmer, Catholic Lane

St. Christina the Astonishing and the Holiday Stinkiness – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

The Cassock is to be Worn – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Does Emotional Suffering Hinder Spiritual Growth? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Amazing 4-D Ultrasound Captures Baby Yawning in the Womb – Steven Ertelt, Life News

A Conversion Story: From Christian Confusion to Catholic Clarity – Allison H., Catholic Sistas

Why We Cry For The Pope - Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

Transformative Preachers: Hildegard of Bingen...READ MORE

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Church Responsible for Spreading Christ's Kingdom, Pope Recalls (2386)

Pope Benedict reflects in his Angelus address on God’s Kingdom and the Church’s role in making it present in the world.

11/26/2012 Comment

VATICAN — After he celebrated Mass with six new cardinals Nov. 25, Pope Benedict spoke in his Angelus address about God’s Kingdom and the Church’s role in making it present in the world.

“The whole mission of Jesus and the content of his message consists in proclaiming the Kingdom of God and its practical application in the midst of men with signs and wonders,” he said on the Solemnity of Christ the King.

“But, as recalled by the Second Vatican Council, the Kingdom first manifests itself in the person of Christ, who established it through his death on the cross and his resurrection,” he said.

“This Kingdom of Christ has been given to the Church, which is the seed and the beginning,...READ MORE

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'The Lord Reigns as King Forever' (2618)

A Visit to Christ the King Cathedral in Kentucky

11/25/2012 Comments (6)

Christ the King Cathedral in Lexington, Ky.

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Christ the King Cathedral

Lexington, Kentucky

When it comes to the establishment of dioceses across the United States, the Diocese of Lexington, Ky., could be considered one of the new kids on the block. It was officially erected less than 25 years ago — in 1988 — by Blessed John Paul II. However, do not let its newcomer status fool you. Its service to the people of eastern Kentucky extends some 16,400 square miles. Much of that territory is a vast chuck of poverty-stricken central Appalachia, where the diocese has planted itself as the light of Christ to those in need.

Earlier this year, my wife and I were traveling through Lexington and decided to make a visit to the diocese’s...READ MORE

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Pope's New Book Cast Doubt on Nativity?, Bl. Miguel Pro: Unique Use of Graphic Pics, and More! (4336)

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11/24/2012 Comment

Did the the Daily Telegraph newspaper report that Pope Benedict XVI’s New Book Casts Doubt on Keystone of Christian Tradition. Follow the link by Stephen White of the Catholic Vote website to read more.

U. K. The Daily Telegraph Newspaper: Pope Benedict XVI’s New Book Casts Doubt on Keystone of Christian Tradition by Stephen White of the Catholic Vote websiteBig Pulpit

The Murder of Blessed Miguel Pro: A Unique Use of Graphic Pictures – John Jansen, LifeSiteNews

Like Lincoln on Slavery, Pro-Lifers are Dedicated to Ending Abortion – Kristan Hawkins, Life News

Why Dads Don’t Talk and Sons Won’t Listen – Roy Sheppard, Catholic Lane

Failures With The Vernacular – Fr. Gary Dickson, Catholic Collar and Tie

Latin and Ad Orientem – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

The Strange Case of Savita Halappanavar – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

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The Divine in the Details (1648)

11/24/2012 Comment


Glimpses of God in Everyday Life

By Nancy Jo Sullivan

Loyola Press, 2012

112 pages, $12.95

To order: www.loyolapress.com


Nancy Jo Sullivan has faced the big stuff in life, from the end of a marriage to raising — and later losing — a child with special needs.

But it was the little stuff — what she calls “small mercies” — that saw her through the sadness and softened the sharp edges of grief.

In this slim volume of short essays written in a warm, engaging style, Sullivan talks about her losses and how she faced them by opening herself to God’s presence in all manner of places and people.

She begins with her experience of the Divine in Minnesota’s...READ MORE

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Critics Find U.N. Contraception Push Harmful to Women (4137)

The money spent on contraceptives would be better spent preventing maternal deaths, according to doctors and pro-life advocates.

11/23/2012 Comments (17)

NEW YORK — A United Nations population report calling for global contraceptive access has drawn fire from doctors and pro-life advocates who say the funding would be better spent preventing maternal deaths.

“A push to increase spending on contraceptives in developing countries by the United Nations Population Fund is at best misguided and at worst harmful to women and families,” Dr. John Brehany, executive director of the Catholic Medical Association, told Catholic News Agency Nov. 15.

On Nov. 14, the United Nations Population Fund released its annual report on the “State of World Population.”

This year’s report — titled “By Choice, Not By Chance” — links family planning to...READ MORE

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A More Catholic Capitol Hill (5120)

The largest-ever Catholic contingent is one of the major features of the most religiously diverse Congress in U.S. history.

11/23/2012 Comments (10)
Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life

Source: Data from Congress CQ roll call and Pew Forum. Based on 530 races that have been called as of Nov. 16, 2012. Blue squares represent Democrats. Red squares represent Republicans. Gray squares represent independents.

– Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life

WASHINGTON — The most-ever Catholics have been elected to the two houses of Congress in the November election, according to the Pew Forum on Religion on Political Life, a non-partisan, nondenominational research center.

The Pew study of the religious composition of the new Congress indicates that Catholics picked up five more seats than they held in the previous Congress for a total of 161, giving them 30.4% of all the seats in the Senate and House of Representatives, well above their 22% share of the adult population.

Overall, the study noted an unprecedented religious diversity among members of the 113th Congress.

John K. White, a politics professor at The Catholic University of...READ MORE

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