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U.K. Bishops Mourn Loss of Margaret Thatcher (2773)

First female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died the morning of April 8 at the age of 87.

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Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan in 1981.

– White House Photographic Office/Wiki

LONDON — The United Kingdom’s Catholic bishops voiced grief and prayed for the soul of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday, following a stroke.

“It was with sadness that we heard the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher, who served this country for many years both as a member of Parliament and as prime minister,” said Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster on behalf of the local bishops’ conference.
“We pray for the repose of her soul and for the intentions of her family and all those who now mourn for her.”

Thatcher died the morning of April 8 at the age of 87. She was the first female prime minister of the U.K. and the longest-serving one in the 20th...READ MORE

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For Egypt’s Christians, 1,374 Tough Years and Counting (6091)

Anti-Christian violence during the first weekend in April marked an alarming acceleration of the centuries-old persecution carried out by the country’s dominant Muslim community.

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Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the street after clashes April 6 between Muslims and Christians in a Cairo suburb.

– AP Photo/Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper

CAIRO — Tonight, an Egyptian Christian mother will lie awake, worrying if her kidnapped daughter was merely forced to marry a radical Islamist and convert or if her fate was much worse.

This Sunday, an Egyptian father will hitchhike more than 10 miles to the nearest church with his sons, not knowing whether the boys will be kidnapped by gunmen who don’t conceal their identities. Also uncertain is whether he and his fellow congregants will make it through Mass alive or whether extremists will set off explosives and shoot those inside.

Any day of any week, a priest in this ancient land will wonder how he can help his tiny flock survive against a system that basically says, “If you are...READ MORE

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Disney World and ‘C & E’ Catholics, The Primacy of the Spiritual and Much More! (3866)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Disney World and “C & E” Catholics. Follow the link by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website to read more.

Disney World and “C & E” Catholics by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website - Big Pulpit

The Primacy of the Spiritual: St. Nicholas of Flue – Christopher O. Blum, Crisis Magazine

Never Despair in God’s Mercy – Sr. Lisa Doty FDCC, Ignitum Today

Ave Maria by Richard J. Clark – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Why We Are Made to Bear Children – Dominic Pedulla MD, Catholic Stand

Skip Starbucks, Go to St. James Coffee – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Gonzaga and the Knights of Columbus – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Christendom College Student Won’t Shut Up With The Latin Already – Eye of the Tiber

Are Atheists Dogmatic? A.C. Grayling’s...READ MORE

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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s ‘Iron Lady,’  Dies (3882)

COMMENTARY: The former British prime minister contributed to the downfall of Soviet communism in the 20th century.

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– Wikipedia

In losing Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost a great one. She was another of the giants who will go down in history for the way they peacefully closed the 20th century’s longest-running conflict: the epic battle against militant, murderous, atheistic Soviet Communism. Her allies in that effort will not be forgotten: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel. All combined to play critical and integral roles in taking apart a genuinely evil empire.

Much, of course, is being said of Thatcher now. She was the heralded Iron Lady who faced down not only the Soviets, but the fierce public-sector unions that had grinded Britain’s economy to a...READ MORE

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Tens of Thousands Beat Deadline to Protest HHS Mandate (4795)

The Obama administration is overreaching its authority and forcing religious employers to violate their fundamental beliefs, they assert.

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WASHINGTON — More than 85,000 parties have filed comments ahead of today’s 11:59pm Eastern time deadline to respond to the federal government about the latest version of its mandate that forces employers to provide contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization in their employee health-insurance plans.

“There is still a lot of energy behind this in the Catholic community,” said Anthony Picarello Jr., associate general secretary and general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which urged Catholics and people of good will to submit their comments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More than 147,000 comments — most critical of the mandate — were...READ MORE

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Pope Considering Secretariat of State Overhaul (4452)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Pope could appoint a current papal nuncio as his new secretary of state.

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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — A top official who works at the Secretariat of State says Pope Francis is thinking about streamlining it by combining part of this office with another Vatican government body.

According to the source — who requested anonymity in an April 6 interview with Catholic News Agency — the Pope is considering simplifying the Curia by combining a part of the Secretariat of State’s first section with the Vatican city state’s administration. The first section deals with the management of the Church around the world.

Luigi Sandri, a Church observer and historian of the Vatican Councils, remarked in an April 6 interview, “a re-thinking of the Secretariat of State would perfectly...READ MORE

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Google's Easter Snub Reveals Something Deeper, Authentic Creativity and the Liturgy and More! (4107)

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Google's Easter Snub Reveals Something Deeper. Follow the link by Rachel Lu of Crisis Magazine to read more.

Google's Easter Snub Reveals Something Deeper by Rachel Lu of Crisis Magazine - Big Pulpit

Authentic Creativity and the Liturgy – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

How Does One Define “Bigot” – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Review: Baronius Knox Bible – Michael, Whiskey Catholic

Red Shoes and Beatitudes – Joseph Mazzara, Catholic Stand

Mozart’s Laudate Dominum in Ahmeek, Upper Michigan – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Love Conquers, Not Man – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

Faith and Depression – Christine A. Scheller, Frst Thngs/On the Square

Why Wasn’t Science Born in Egypt? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Why We’re Sticking to Meatless Fridays – Matt Fradd

The Problem of...READ MORE

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Ex-Baseball Phenom Discusses Life in a Norbertine Abbey (30609)

The former second-round draft choice of the Oakland A’s, Brother Matthew Desme strongly recommends repentance and trust in Divine Mercy.

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Frater Matthew, left, at the Norbertine Abbey in Silverado, Calif.

In January of 2010, Grant Desme shocked the baseball world by announcing his retirement from the game. Only 23 at the time, Desme had recently been named the 2009 Arizona Fall League MVP and was on the verge of playing in the majors. Despite his athletic success, the former center fielder knew he was called to something greater.

Desme left behind all his worldly goods — including a sizable baseball contract, shiny SUV and state-of-the-art cellphone — to embrace a life of poverty, celibacy and obedience. Now, his confreres at St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, Calif., know him as Frater (Brother) Matthew Desme.

Despite what may appear to many as an overly austere lifestyle, Frater...READ MORE

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