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Pope: 'Happy Birthday' Vatican Newspaper! (1743)

L’Osservatore Romano celebrated its 150th anniversary with a visit from Benedict XVI.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI visited the offices of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano June 5 to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

“Let me tell you with my whole heart, as you would at home: Happy Birthday!” the Pope said to the paper’s staff of 100.

“Through your daily work, hidden and not without effort, you give life to this unique means of communication that is at the service of the ministry of the Successor of Peter, to bring a specific contribution to spreading the Gospel and witness to the truth.”

L’Osservatore Romano ( “The Roman Observer” in English)  was launched on July 1, 1861, to defend the Papal States against the Italian political radical...READ MORE

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Cause of Father Kapaun, War Hero, Heads to Rome (4739)

Courage and holiness of Army chaplain could make him the third American-born saint.

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WICHITA, Kan. (CNA) — U.S. Army chaplain Father Emil Kapaun’s cause for beatification is headed to Rome, an event the Diocese of Wichita, Kan., celebrated with a July 1 Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Father John Hotze, episcopal delegate for the office of Father Kapaun’s beatification and canonization, said the event marks the culmination of years of work and also celebrates the “gift” of Father Kapaun.

“The fact that we, unlike any other diocese in the United States, in the world, have been blessed by the example of this saintly man, Father Emil Kapaun, boggles my mind,” he said in a June 30 statement. “How can we do anything less than give praise to God for this...READ MORE

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An American Pope in Our Lifetime?, Arranging Stations, Catholic Identity, and much more! (3443)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/06/2011 Comments (1)

Can Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York be our first American Pope?

The Arrangement of Stations of the Cross - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

What’s In a Name? - Mark P. Shea, Crisis Magazine

What Young Men Considering the Priesthood Want. . . - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

Catholic Identity & Catholic Social Ministry - Archbishop Charles Chaput O.F.M. Cap., Catholic Lane

Is There an Eclipse of Reason in Education? - Doctor Stacy Trasancos, Little Catholic Bubble

US: Ginsburg’s Non-Retirement a 2012 Pro-Life Election Opportunity - Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

“Gay Marriage” and the Next Gulag - Doctor Jeff Mirus,  CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

Why Do (Some) Protestants Hate the Catholic...READ MORE

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East-West Catholic Dialogue in D.C. (4425)

Orientale Lumen conference tussles over the role of the papacy. Greek Orthodox bishop suggests a Ratzingerian solution.

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A roof dome icon in the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, shows Christ in glory.

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WASHINGTON — “Many Orthodox view all bishops as successors to Peter,” Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate said recently, “but most would concede that the bishop of Rome is a successor of Peter in a special way.”

What exactly is that special way? Like others at the Orientale Lumen conference in Washington at which he spoke, Metropolitan Kallistos acknowledged that the papacy is entitled to primacy in some form, but he stopped far short in his willingness to grant it the kind of jurisdictional role the papacy enjoys in the Catholic Church.

Of course, that’s nothing new. The Catholic and Orthodox Churches split in 1054, and attempts to heal the fracture...READ MORE

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Museum Will Exhibit Vatican's Secret Archives (2948)

Historic papal documents will leave the Holy See for the first time in 2012.

07/05/2011 Comments (2)


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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — An unprecedented 2012 exhibition of around 100 historical documents from the Vatican’s Secret Archives will include items from Pope Pius XII’s wartime papacy and Galileo’s trial.

Cardinal Raffaele Farina, the Vatican’s archivist and librarian, explained the importance of the exhibit to the media on July 5: “Ancient pontifical documents of great importance, as well as letters concerning significant aspects of the life of the Church in the world, will be leaving the Vatican for the first time.”

Entitled “Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Unveiled,” the exhibition will run from February to September next year at Rome’s Capitoline Museums. It marks the...READ MORE

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Vatican: Pius X Society Ordinations Are Illegitimate (4499)

Spokesman: Canonical status will not be resolved 'until the doctrinal questions are clarified.'

07/05/2011 Comments (7)

SSPX seminary in Switzerland.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, has dismissed the recent ordination of 20 priests by the Society of St. Pius X as illegitimate.

“As long as the society does not have a canonical status in the Church, Benedict XVI underlines, its ministers do not exercise legitimate ministries in the Church,” said
Father Lombardi in response to a question from EWTN News at a July 5 media conference.

Father Lombardi said that the society’s canonical status will not be resolved “until the doctrinal questions are clarified.”

The Society of St. Pius X is a traditionalist group founded in 1970 by the Frenchman Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Their...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez: 'The Light of the Gospel Is Still What Is Most Important for America' (2094)

Column discusses New Evangelization in light of American history and the country's religious legacy.

07/05/2011 Comment

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ROME (CNA/EWTN News) — The Fourth of July is an opportunity to reflect on the American founders’ “Christian vision” of the human person and the influence of Spanish missionaries in bringing Christianity to the land, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said in a call for a New Evangelization.

“Although it was founded by Christians, America has become home to an amazing diversity of cultures, religions and ways of life,” the archbishop wrote in his July 1 column for his archdiocesan newspaper, The Tidings.

“This diversity flourishes precisely because our nation’s founders had a Christian vision of the human person, freedom and truth. It is a basic American belief that men and women are...READ MORE

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New Jersey Defunds Planned Parenthood (21116)

Governor's budget revisions include veto of $7.5 million from family-planning businesses — including PP.

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Trenton, N.J. (CNA) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stripped $7.5 million in Planned Parenthood and other funding from the state budget on June 30 and transferred the money instead to federal health centers.

The governor narrowly avoided a midnight deadline that would have shut down the state government. He did so by individually cutting $900 million from the Democrat-proposed budget and then signing it, as opposed to rejecting it outright.

The move allowed Christie to enact the state’s $29.7 billion budget seven hours before the new fiscal year began.

“It is my solemn pact with the residents and taxpayers of New Jersey to never allow a return to the kind of reckless, autopilot spending...READ MORE

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