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Pope Francis Confirms Strong Stance Against Clerical Abuse (2981)

The Holy Father said that victims of abuse and their suffering are especially present in his thoughts and prayers.

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

– CNA file photo

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican process established by Benedict XVI for handling instances of sexual abuse by priests.

The Pope told Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who is responsible for abuse cases, to “continue the line desired by Benedict XVI of decisive action regarding cases of sexual abuse,” according to an April 5 statement from the congregation.

He also underscored that “victims of abuse and their suffering are especially present in his thoughts and prayers.”

Pope Francis made his comments during a morning audience with the archbishop.

The main measures that the congregation is responsible for...READ MORE

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Story of Pope’s Desire to Visit Sicily Emerges (3117)

Pope Francis, like John Paul II, invites guests to attend Mass in his private chapel and then invites them for breakfast.

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Pope Francis greets people after celebrating Mass at St. Anne's parish on March 17.

– L'Osservatore Romano

ROME — Some might call it fate, but through a series of Providential connections, Bishop Michele Pennisi discovered that Pope Francis wants to visit Sicily “as soon as possible.”

The story begins with Father Pasquale Di Dio waiting for Pope Francis outside the Vatican parish of Sant’Anna on March 17, standing next to an Argentinian priest.

“The Pope,” Father Di Dio related in an April 2 interview with Catholic News Agency, “recognized and called by name the Argentinian priest, telling him to come into the church. I followed him. This is how I could have access to the Mass in Sant’Anna.”

After the Mass, Father Di Dio gave the Pope’s secretary, Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, a letter for Pope...READ MORE

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Fiftieth Prayer for Vocations Day to Focus on Hope (2588)

The 2013 World Day of Prayer for Vocations will take place on April 21, the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

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– Mazur

WASHINGTON — As the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations draws near, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared resources emphasizing the hope that religious vocations offer to the world.

“We need good holy priests and dedicated men and women committed to the consecrated life to help build the Kingdom of God here and now,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

“Therefore, we want a stronger culture of vocations in our own nation to help each Catholic realize that we all have a responsibility to invite young people to consider if God is calling them to the priesthood or consecrated...READ MORE

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‘How I Believe in Roger Ebert’ (22089)

Reflections from the Register’s film writer on the passing of the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, TV host and blogger.

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Roger Ebert as an altar boy (second from right).

Just over a month before his death on Easter Thursday, Roger Ebert wrote a blog post titled “How I Am a Roman Catholic” — a follow-up of sorts to a 2009 post called “How I Believe in God.”

For years I’d been toying with the idea of a response to that 2009 piece called “How I Believe in Roger Ebert”; for the last four weeks I’d been hoping to get to it sooner rather than later. I had hoped he might read it, perhaps even interact with it, as he had with at least two other pieces I wrote. Alas, I waited too long.

It goes without saying that, like many film critics writing today, I am incalculably indebted to Ebert. Of course I grew up watching him discuss and debate movies with Gene Siskel...READ MORE

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U.N. Secretary General to Meet Pope Next Week (3875)

The Vatican says Ban Ki-moon will meet the Holy Father April 9, at the end of his official visit to Europe.

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will welcome United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Vatican next week, his first private audience with a world leader since his inauguration.

The South Korean U.N. chief will be making an unscheduled visit to the Vatican on Tuesday, April 9, the Vatican confirmed to the Register. His visit will come at the end of an official European trip that has included stops in San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Spain and the Netherlands.

Increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula are expected to top the agenda, as well as the conflict in Syria and conflicts in other parts of the Middle East and Africa. 

A Vatican official told the Register that the U.N....READ MORE

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Actor Jeremy Irons Questions Same-Sex 'Marriage,' A Beautiful Portable Altar and More! (5022)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Actor Jeremy Irons Raises Concerns on Same-Sex 'Marriage'. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog to read more.

Actor Jeremy Irons Raises Concerns by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog - Big Pulpit

A Beautiful Portable Altar for the Most Holy Sacrifice – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Crazy. . .and Supremely Blessed – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Did This Inspire Tolkien to Write About The Preciousss? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Saint Thomas More – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Easter Vigil, Ad Orientem in Rhode Island – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

What Running Has Taught Me About the Gospel – Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

The Coredemptrix Controversy – Andrew Oullette, Patheos/Bad Catholic

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Boston College Holds Firm on Decision Banning Campus Condoms (5958)

Despite complaints from pro-condom students and the threat of an ACLU lawsuit, BC says it intends to uphold its Catholic identity.

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BOSTON — Sophomore Ethan Mack has watched a few of his fellow Boston College students flaunt disrespect for Catholic teaching and school policy for years. They hang free condoms and other sexual products in envelopes outside of dorm-room doors and approach freshmen to place condoms in their hands.

In March, college administrators told them to knock it off in a letter that threatened disciplinary action if such students don’t stop the on-campus condom giveaways.

“It is about time,” said Mack, managing editor of the independent campus newspaper The Observer, which promotes and defends Boston College’s Catholic identity. “For a while, a few of us who were concerned didn’t know if the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and English as a Second (or Third) Language (38666)

Possessed of less linguistic fluency than John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the Holy Father is carrying out his papal public duties almost exclusively in Italian.

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– Presidência da Republica/Roberto Stuckert Filho

VATICAN CITY — Fluency in English and other languages has long been considered a prerequisite for a pope.

Blessed Pope John Paul II arguably set the standard, learning as many as 12 languages and speaking eight of them fluently. Benedict XVI, his successor, was reputed to be fluent in seven and was particularly proficient in French, the first foreign language he learned.

But Pope Francis’ linguistic abilities are, by his own admission, significantly inferior. Apart from Spanish, his mother tongue, he knows German and Italian well, although he admits the former is rusty.

The Holy Father prefers not to publicly speak any languages other than Italian at general audiences, the summaries...READ MORE

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