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The Vision of E.F. Schumacher (6825)

Church social doctrine played a major role in the development of Small Is Beautiful. The Register takes a look at the work and the author 100 years after his birth.

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E.F. Schumacher, from the back cover of Small Is Beautiful.

A century ago, on Aug. 16, 1911, the great economist E.F. Schumacher was born in the German city of Bonn. An icon of the early “green” movement, few people seem to know that Schumacher’s vision was inspired by the great papal encyclicals of Leo XIII and Pius XI, or that Schumacher himself was a convert to Catholicism.

Disgusted with the Nazis, Schumacher moved to England before the beginning of the Second World War and remained there for the remainder of his life. Best known for his international bestseller Small Is Beautiful, published in 1973, he is regarded by many as one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. The enormous impact of Small Is Beautiful, which became the...READ MORE

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Madrid, Here We Are! (2371)

World Youth Day Diary: We arrive in Madrid after a long day in the air.

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Mass in the basilica of Cristo de Medinaceli

– Rachel Howell photo

Our group left Birmingham, Ala., Sunday around noon. Dressed in matching purple T-shirts, we gave up our personal identity for the sake of communion, which was a real sacrifice for some of us!

At our first layover in Houston, we ran into a Madrid-bound group from Texas. Just running into fellow pilgrims united us, and we all prayed together when our connector to Newark (N.J.) airport was delayed. This made for some frantic activity scrambling through the airport, but as Providence would have it, our connecting plane to Madrid was also delayed. Picture an empty Newark airport at 11pm, except for one gate full of rowdy teens, anxious to be on their way.

The groups of pilgrims were easily...READ MORE

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WYD Eve: Everything in Readiness in Madrid (2361)

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There's no doubt about it: Spaniards are enthusiastic in their role as hosts of World Youth Day.

– Getty Images

One of the goals of the planners of the Madrid World Youth Days is that the events be marked by the Spanish character of the Catholic faith and not simply a gathering of globalized citizens that are at home at Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King and the local Cineplex. Although Madrid has all of those places in its busy streets, they will not be highlighted in the WYD experience.

Most of the patrons saints of WYD Madrid are Spaniards or of Spanish descent, with the exception of Blessed Pope John Paul II. The pilgrim kits will include the ever present abanico (folding fans) that are especially popular in un-air conditioned Spanish churches. The WYD materials given to the pilgrims as they...READ MORE

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YouCat Goes to World Youth Day (3263)

WYD pilgrims receive the new youth catechism in Madrid. Aug. 14 print edition feature.

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– YouCat.us

SAN FRANCISCO — Catholic youth have a new tool they can use to help explain their faith. A group of European bishops released YouCat — short for “Youth Catechism” — a local catechism published primarily for youth. Unlike previous catechisms, this one has a unique delivery system and a television program based around it.

Whereas previous catechisms have had to rely on bookstores to move them, YouCat will benefit from World Youth Day in Madrid. Organizers will include a copy of YouCat in each backpack received by the WYD pilgrims.

As of Aug. 1, about 30,000 Americans had registered for the Aug. 16-21 event, and approximately 1 million young people are expected to attend overall.

“YouCat...READ MORE

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Music for the New Missal, St. Max, World Youth Day, NFP, Rock is Peter, and much more! (2515)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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St. Maximillian Kolbe, pray for Catholic Media. Click on Fr. John Zuhlsdorf's link to learn why.

Musical Resources for the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

St. Maximillian Kolbe, pray for Catholic Media - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

World Youth Day 2011 Madrid: For these Millennials, Faith Trumps Relativism - Anna Williams, USA Today

. . . Papa Bene: “Attend the World Youth Day through your prayers” . . .

. . . Mexico and the controversies surrounding WYD 2017 . . .

. . . The average age of participants at WYD 2011, is 22 . . .

. . . a mobile studio for 350-thousand Social Network users available . . .

. . . youth have arrived, in a week there will be one million of them . . .

. . . For the latest updates...READ MORE

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Michele Bachmann’s JFK Moment (8202)

A Christian presents herself for office as an integrated whole.

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– Getty Images

The Republican field may get the press corps on its knees yet. Between Rick Perry leading prayer rallies and Michele Bachmann considering God more a part of her life than a mere “safe harbor,” newsrooms may be praying for someone who doesn’t take their faith so seriously!

It all began during Thursday night’s Fox News Washington Examiner debate. My friend and former colleague Bryon York asked the Minnesota congresswoman: “In 2006, when you were running for Congress, you described a moment in your life when your husband said you should study for a degree in tax law. You said you hated the idea. And then you explained, But the Lord said, ‘Be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your...READ MORE

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Father Barron Offers Sneak Peek at 'Catholicism' (3602)

Series, which will air on PBS this fall, takes viewers to 50 locations in more than 16 countries as it examines major historical and faith themes within the Church.

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Father Robert Barron on location in Rome.

– Catholicsm Project Facebook

CHICAGO (CNA) — A high-definition series exploring the beauty and richness of Catholicism is set to air on more than 80 public-television stations across the U.S. this fall.

Father Robert Barron, head of Word on Fire media and the visionary behind the Catholicism series, told CNA his hope is that the films will be used “as a tool of evangelization for everybody.”

“I want the series to go out beyond the walls of the Church,” he said in an Aug. 10 interview. “That’s why we’re so happy it’s going to be on public television.”

Set in 50 locations in more than 16 countries, the series examines major themes within the Church, such as the person of Christ, the mystery of God, the Virgin Mary,...READ MORE

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'Meghan's Miracle' Inspires Many (4133)

Chronically ill 8-year-old’s faith featured on EWTN.

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Meghan Salter on her first Communion day.

– Salter family

Editor’s note: Meghan’s story will be featured on Teresa Tomeo’s Catholic Connections on EWTN radio Aug. 15 at 9am. Stories of Faith: Meghan’s Miracle airs on EWTN Aug. 15 at 3 and 6pm. All times Eastern.

Meghan Salter is 8 years old. She can’t eat or even breathe on her own. She cannot speak. But without saying a word, she’s brought thousands of people back to prayer and fasting and souls to Jesus Christ.

“It’s a very powerful and beautiful story of faith,” explains Audrey Sommers, who produced Stories of Faith: Meghan’s Miracle, which airs on EWTN Aug. 15 at 3 and 6pm (Eastern). “Meghan brings people to the faith and she brings people to prayer.”

People in Michigan saw Meghan’s story...READ MORE

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