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Benedict's World Day of Peace Message: Young People Give Pope Hope for 2012 (4080)

Crises can be met with hope if parents teach Christian values to their children, the Holy Father says.

01/02/2012 Comments (1)


We first posted this on Dec. 16.

Vatican City — Pope Benedict XVI believes the various crises that afflicted society in 2011 can be met with hope in the coming year if parents introduce young people to Jesus and teach them Christian values.

“It is not ideologies that save the world, but only a return to the living God, our Creator, the guarantor of our freedom, the guarantor of what is really good and true,” the Pope says in his message for the 45th World Day of Peace, which will be observed Jan. 1, 2012.

“And what could ever save us apart from love? Love takes delight in truth, it is the force that enables us to make a commitment to truth, to justice, to peace, because it bears all...READ MORE

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New Year for the New Evangelization (5257)

Practical tips to help you evangelize in 2012.

01/01/2012 Comments (6)

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Jan. 1 issue feature.

Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, recently discussed Pope Benedict XVI’s “three laws” for evangelization: constant prayer, humility and a willingness to accept the cross. “Renewed evangelization” of an increasingly secular world has been a theme of the Holy Father’s pontificate; he told the faithful on Sept. 18 that the Church needs “humble and generous workers who do not ask any other recompense than participating in the mission of Jesus and the Church.”

While some are called to be missionaries in foreign lands, for most of us, evangelization of inactive or non-Catholics begins in our own homes and communities. Four prominent...READ MORE

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Honoring Mary on the Christmas Octave (2425)

User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 1.

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Sunday, Jan. 1, is the Octave day of the Nativity of the Lord and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.


Pope Benedict XVI gives his World Day of Peace message on Jan. 1. This year’s address is directed to educating young people about peace. He leads by example, educating young people this way:

“To all, and to young people in particular, I wish to say emphatically: ‘It is not ideologies that save the world, but only a return to the living God, our Creator, the guarantor of our freedom, the guarantor of what is really good and true … an unconditional return to God who is the measure of what is right and who at the same time is everlasting love. And what could ever save us apart...READ MORE

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Pope Gives Thanks to God for 2011 (4705)

At vespers for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Holy Father recalls the past year, praises God for his love and the mystery of his salvation, and encourages evangelization: 'Christ’s disciples are called to reawaken in themselves and in others the longing for God and the joy of living for him and bearing witness to him.' He also said: 'Let us place in his hands the tragedies of this world, and let us also offer him our hopes for a brighter future.'

12/31/2011 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI said that the questions raised by 2011’s tragedies were answered when Jesus was born at Christmas to radically renew and free mankind.

“Another year is drawing to a close as we await the start of a new one,” the Pope noted Dec. 31 as he presided over the first vespers for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in St. Peter’s Basilica.

He observed that the shortness of life causes us to ask the question “What meaning can we give to our days? What meaning, in particular, can we give to the days of toil and grief?” He said that the answer to this question “is written on the face of a Child who was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago and is today...READ MORE

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My Name is Legion, Usus Antiquior in India, The Power in Stories in Teaching NFP, and much more! (5608)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/31/2011 Comments (2)

Usus Antiquior in India. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read more.

8 Key Questions for Making a New Year’s Resolution that Lasts - Jeff Cavins, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hello, My Name is “Legion” - Matthew Alderman, Crisis Magazine

Usus Antiquior in India - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

There Is Nothing Gay About Homosexuality - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

Catholic Church Builds It, Homosexuals Will Take It Away - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Why isn’t the Holy Spirit Called Jesus’ Father? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Please May We Have Our Bell Back? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The Power of Stories in Teaching NFP - Valerie Pokorny, Catholic Lane

Postmodern Man Needs Catholics to Show...READ MORE

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A Book Befitting 'The Great Man' (3386)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Ian Ker's monumental study of G.K. Chesterton

12/31/2011 Comments (1)

A big man, physically and intellectually, British Catholic author Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) finally gets the big book he deserves.

Father Ian Ker, a writer and critic who authored a well-respected biography of Blessed John Henry Newman, among other books, has published a monumental study of the author of such apologetic classics as Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man and The Man Who Was Thursday.

However, Father Ker has a larger project in mind than just showing that Chesterton remains in many ways one of the most important Catholic literary figures of the last century. He makes a convincing case for Chesterton being simply an important literary figure. His criticism of writers...READ MORE

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Silent Prayers of the Liturgy, Returning Gregorian Chant, The Late Roman Empire, and much more! (4263)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/30/2011 Comment

Gregorian Chant is a Sine Qua Non Condition to Return Dignity to Liturgical Music. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to learn why.

Don Giuseppe Vallauri: The Silent Prayers of the Roman Liturgy - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Gregorian Chant is a Sine Qua Non Condition to Return Dignity to Liturgical Music - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

You Should be Paying More Attention to Clinton’s Speech on Gay “Rights” - Russell Shaw, Our Sunday Visitor

The Late Roman Empire was Not the Twilight of Popular Myth - Fr. Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

10 Differences Between Obama and Jesus - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Spanish Civil War Produces Spain’s Newest Saints - Domenico Agasso Jr, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Irish Youth Use Stunning Imagery of Unborn Child in Christmas Message -...READ MORE

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Put the Holy Family at the Heart of Your Family (3022)

How to Live as a Domestic Church

12/30/2011 Comment

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Every family has the perfect model in the Christmas story’s family. During the Christmas season, we celebrate the Holy Family’s feast day, which is Dec. 30 this year.
Indeed, Blessed John Paul II called the Holy Family of Nazareth “the prototype and example for all Christian families.”

In November, on his trip to Benin in West Africa, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about forming families according to God’s design and “in fidelity to his plan for Christian marriage” so they grow to be “true domestic churches.”

Back in 1981, in Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), John Paul II discussed “establishing the family as a ‘Church in miniature’ (Ecclesia...READ MORE

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