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State of the Union Speeches Recognize Role of Family (1624)

President Obama’s address pledges to remove financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and to promote active fatherhood.

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address Feb. 12

– Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

WASHINGTON — The importance of strong families for the well-being of society was discussed by leaders of both political parties as President Barack Obama delivered his 2013 State of the Union address.

Addressing the problem of poverty in his Feb. 12 speech, President Barack Obama promised to “work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples.”

The president’s address, delivered as he begins his second term in office, dealt heavily with the economy and also touched on issues of immigration, education and minimum wage.

However, he also discussed the need for healthy families, pledging to promote active fatherhood, “because what makes...READ MORE

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Campaign Stresses Marriage's Anti-Poverty Benefits (1614)

‘Marriage is good for America,’ the executive director of National Marriage Week USA says.

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WASHINGTON — Churches, community groups and political leaders are using the week ahead of Valentine's Day to emphasize the link between marriage and reduced poverty.

“Marriage is really the unsung anti-poverty program because single motherhood is the greatest source of impoverishment for both women and children,” Sheila Weber, executive director of National Marriage Week USA, said in the campaign's introductory video.

In a Jan. 22 statement, she said the need for a pro-marriage campaign is “greater than ever.”

“For the sake of the next generation, we think that marriage deserves just as much of a positive campaign as recycling or anti-smoking. Marriage is good for America.”


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Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope’s Final Days (3237)

The Holy Father will maintain his regular busy schedule until he resigns the papacy on Feb. 28.

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Father Federico Lombardi addresses reporters on Feb. 11, 2013.

VATICAN CITY — The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises and audiences with politicians and cardinals.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a Feb. 13 meeting.

The first event on the list is Ash Wednesday Mass this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be his final concelebration of the liturgy.

It was originally slated to take place at Santa Sabina Basilica on Rome’s Aventine Hill, in keeping with tradition, but the timing of the Pope’s announcement dictated that the Mass will take place in St. Peter’s.


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Pope: I Can ‘Almost Physically’ Feel Prayers and Love (3145)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father receives an outpouring of support from thousands of pilgrims gathered in Paul VI Hall.

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Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in November 2012 at Paul VI Hall.

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VATICAN CITY — Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,” the prayers and love that have been poured out for him.

“I have felt, almost physically, your prayers in these days which are not easy for me, the strength which the love of the Church and your prayers brings to me,” he said at the beginning of his weekly general audience Feb. 13.

“Continue to pray for me and for the future Pope; the Lord will guide us!" he told the thousands of pilgrims.

The outpouring of support for Pope Benedict was evident from the moment he stepped onto the stage in Paul VI Hall. He was met with sustained applause when he began his...READ MORE

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Habemus Ex-Papam? Benedict Gives New Life to Old Precedent (4662)

‘The Holy Father is a realist,’ Cardinal Adam Maida explains about the Pope’s startling decision to step down.

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Cardinal Adam Maida, archbishop-emeritus of Detroit.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has shaken up the modern world by giving new life to a papal precedent not seen in 600 years: freely abdicating the Chair of St. Peter.

Pope Benedict, 85, has made headlines as the first pope in the era of mass communication to resign. Nearly eight years after the death of his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, whose 26-year pontificate ranks as the third-longest papal reign (including St. Peter’s), Benedict is following in the footsteps of a handful of other popes in the Church’s 2,000-year history.

“The Holy Father is a realist,” said Cardinal Adam Maida, the archbishop-emeritus of Detroit. “He loves the Church very much and is thinking of what is in...READ MORE

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Tough Talk About Vatican II—Not Pretty, Keep Your Sacrifices and Plaster Your Ashes and Much More! (3809)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Tough Talk about Vatican II, Not Pretty. Follow the link by Sandro Magister via Fr. Z's Blog.

Tough Talk about Vatican II, Not Pretty by Sandro Magister of the La Repubblica newspaper – Big Pulpit

Keep Your Sacrifices Secret and Plaster Ashes All Over Your Face – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Ten Good Reasons to Give up Contraception for Lent – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Rows to Hoe in the Virtual Fields of the Lord – Elizabeth Scalia, First Things/On the Square

A Fable About Suffering, Seeking and Finding God – Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

We Must Not Forget – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Learning from Saints Who Transformed Their Culture – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Nine Ways To Keep Lent – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine


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German Atheists Suddenly Respect the Pope, Says Journalist (5697)

Now that the Holy Father is resigning, irreligious critics in his native land are realizing they had a false image of their famous compatriot.

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Paul Badde, Vatican correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt.

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ROME — A German journalist and acquaintance of Pope Benedict XVI says atheists in their native country are more respectful of him after realizing their perception of the Holy Father was wrong.

“The atheists are very respectful now of him because they had a completely invalid image of him clinging to his power, although it meant nothing to him,” said Paul Badde, Die Welt‘s Vatican correspondent since Feb. 2002.

“They saw him as harsh, as the German shepherd clinging to his throne,” he said.

But Badde, who met Pope Benedict personally in the early 1980s in theological debates and close inner circles, also said many Germans did not take full advantage of his efforts to help change...READ MORE

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Prayers for Pope Benedict, for the Election and for His Successor (7561)

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Icon of Pope Benedict at St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica in Rome

– Luca Volpi (Goldmund 100) / Wikipedia Commons

Prayers for Benedict XVI

Pro Pontifice

V. Let us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff, Benedict XVI.

R. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make

him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will

of his enemies.


Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon thy servant Benedict XVI,

our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to thy loving-kindness, in

the way of eternal salvation; that, of thy gift, he may ever desire that which

is pleasing unto thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ

our Lord. Amen. (Collection of Indulgences)



In Thanksgiving

O God, who in your wondrous providence chose your...READ MORE

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