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Catholic Blogosphere Anno Domini 2012 Year in Review (1160)

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Pope Benedict XVI on an iPad.

The Top Films/DVDs of 2012 - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

The Most Influential Catholic Of 2012: The Results - The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy

A Year’s Worth of Gratitude - Dawn Eden, Patheos/Feast of Eden

2012's 20 Most Popular Posts on the Canterbury Tales blog - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Top 10 Catholic Vote Articles from 2012 - Catholic Vote

Catholic Fire's Ten Most Popular Posts of 2012 - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Seven Things I Liked in 2012 - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Predictions of Times Past - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

How’d Our 2012 Predictions Fare? - William M. Briggs

2012 in Review: Contraception...READ MORE

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Pope Proposes Serenity of Mary as Model for Peace (4368)

The Holy Father said that Mary shows ‘the interior peace which we ought to have amid the sometimes tumultuous and confusing events of history.’

01/01/2013 Comments (5)
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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Presiding at the Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica on the occasion of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Pope Benedict XVI proposed Mary’s serenity as the source of interior peace and as the foundation for world peace.

In the first day of the year, in which the Church also commemorates the World Day of Peace — established by Pope Paul VI — the Holy Father said that Mary shows “the interior peace which we ought to have amid the sometimes tumultuous and confusing events of history, events whose meaning we often do not grasp and which disconcert us.”

Pope Benedict’s full homily follows:

Dear brothers and sisters,

“May God bless us and make his face to shine...READ MORE

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Timely Thoughts (2251)

The Register’s Page-1 Quotes of the Week for 2012

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– Archdiocese of Baltimore

“Although fighting the tide of secularism in general and current threats to religious liberty in particular can seem like a daunting task, we know that with God all things are possible; and we know that prayer is the ultimate source of our strength in this fight.”

Archbishop Lori regarding the fight against the HHS mandate.


“The right to religious liberty is a gift from God. … Our public witness arises from a heart and mind shaped by Christ himself.”

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore


“This is not a matter of whether contraception may be prohibited by the government. ...
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A Child's-Eye View of the Pope at Prayer (4496)

Papal portraitist Natalia Tsarkova depicts a different perspective of the Holy Father in a new fairy-tale book featuring Pope Benedict XVI.

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Papal portraitist Natalia Tsarkova.

– nataliatsarkova.net

ROME — What does one give the Pope for Christmas? Somehow appliances seem inappropriate, altarpieces and reliquaries have been done to the point of overkill, and food, cash and other sundries will be immediately regifted.

It takes a truly creative mind to come up with the perfect papal present.

Therefore, it should not be surprising that the best pontifical stocking stuffer was produced by Rome’s reigning queen of painting, Natalia Tsarkova, papal portraitist to John Paul II and Benedict XVI as well as executrix of the only official portrait of the short-lived Pope John Paul I.

This Christmas, however, instead of using her formidable talent to compose monumental canvases of men and...READ MORE

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Trashing the Seamless Garment, Think Again; Who Wrote the Holy Gospel of Saint Mark and Much More! (2977)

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I Just Got Done Trashing the Seamless Garment and This Came Along. Follow the link by the Tiber Jumper to read more.

I Just Got Done Trashing the Seamless Garment and This Came Along by The Tiber JumperBig Pulpit

Who Wrote the Holy Gospel of Saint Mark – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Socialism vs. Catholic Social Doctrine – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Worldly Priests, Part of the Problem – Roger Conley, #Moronic Prochoice Quotes

Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided (Build the Church, Bless the Nation) – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Why the Welfare State Denies Catholic Freedom – James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Archbishop Vincent Nichols Forceful Pastoral Letter on Same-Sex “Marriage” – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

The Usus Antiquior in North Florida –...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s Momentous 2012 (4021)

In the seventh year of his pontificate, the Holy Father is as vital as ever.

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– CNA courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

VATICAN CITY — For Pope Benedict XVI, 2012 has been a year of momentous events: two consistories, a trip to Cuba and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council to name just a few.

Here, we take look back on seven of the top events during this pontifical year.


Two Consistories

This was the year in which the Holy Father awarded two New Yorkers a red hat: Archbishops Timothy Dolan of New York and Edwin O’Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. They were among 22 distinguished Churchmen to be made cardinals at a consistory in Rome on Feb. 18. But the appointments were criticized for being top-heavy with European...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s Message for the Feast of the Holy Family (3847)

After the Dec. 30 Angelus, the Pope offered a special prayer for all the families of the world.

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– Wikicommons

VATICAN CITY — Tens of thousands thronged St. Peter’s Square Dec. 30 as Pope Benedict XVI marked the feast of the Holy Family with a special prayer for “all the families of the world.” He prayed that parents “seriously concern” themselves with their children’s education, that they realize that every child is “an incomparable gift from God” and that they are neither “friends nor masters” of their children’s lives, but “guardians” of this gift.

Below is a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s Angelus address for the  feast of the Holy Family:


Dear brothers and sisters,

Today is the feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In the liturgy, the passage from Luke’s Gospel...READ MORE

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Catholics Emphasize Needs of the Poor as Fiscal Cliff Looms (2973)

Concerns increase as a bundle of automatic spending cuts and tax increases will kick in tomorrow, unless Congress and the White House reach agreement today on deficit reduction.

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Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA.

– catholiccharitiesusa.org

WASHINGTON — With 2012 drawing to a close, advocates for the poor are asking elected officials to avert the fiscal cliff and its potentially devastating effects on the economy.

The federal budget “is a moral document that demonstrates the nation’s priorities,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, on Dec. 4. “Therefore, the needs and concerns of the most vulnerable must be a top priority.”

Concerns over the plight of the poor are continuing to be raised as the U.S. approaches the “fiscal cliff,” a bundle of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will kick in at the new year unless Congress and the White House reach an agreement on a deficit-reduction...READ MORE

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