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Anglicans on the Move (6330)

One of the first American parishes to respond to Pope’s offer will mark a special feast day this October.

07/05/2011 Comments (8)

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BLADENSBURG, Md. — “As we began to think about certain matters, our hearts began to melt, and we moved towards Rome,” said Father Mark Lewis, rector of a church that was formerly St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bladensburg, Md.

St. Luke’s has made headlines as the first Episcopal church in the Washington, D.C., area and the second in the state of Maryland to avail itself of Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to Anglicans. That offer was outlined in Anglicanorum Coetibus, an apostolic constitution that makes it possible for groups of Anglican congregations to enter the Catholic Church

For the St. Luke community, that will happen on Oct. 9, when Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington will...READ MORE

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If Bible Scholars Studied U.S. History, Chesterton Defines and Defends Patriotism, and much more! (2337)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/04/2011 Comment

Georg Cardinal Sterzinsky passed away on June 30, 2011 A.D. He was the former archbishop of Berlin.

If Biblical Scholars Studied Early American History - Eric Sammons, The Divine Life

Chesterton Defines and Defends Patriotism - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Father Aidan Nichols on the U.K. Anglican Ordinariate Liturgy - Pascal, Rorate Cæli

Monsignor Georg Ratzinger Also Marks 60th Anniversary - Gudrum Sailer, Zenit

Miracle Claimed Through Intercession of Venerable Pius XII - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

John Julius Norwich Dredges Up the Same Old Slur about Venerable Pius XII - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Cardinal Georg Sterzinsky, Long-Serving Berlin Archbishop, Dies at 75 - Associated Press

Mexico: Priest Killed in Drug War Crossfire - The...READ MORE

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God Bless America: Prayer for Government (3803)

Archbishop John Carroll's words are fitting for the 4th of July 220 years after he wrote them.

07/04/2011 Comment

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Editor’s note: This editorial appears in the July 3 issue of the Register. The following text was composed by Archbishop John Carroll, the first bishop in the United States, in 1791 for the United States of America. We share it with you 220 years later on the eve of Independence Day 2011.

We pray, O almighty and eternal God, who through Jesus Christ has revealed thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of your name.

We pray Thee, who alone are good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, the pope, the...READ MORE

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Pope Has 50,000 Twitter Followers, Cloistered for 84 Years, Catholics & America, and more! (2496)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/04/2011 Comment

World's Longest Serving Nun, 103 Year Old Sister Teresita, 84 Years and Counting! She joined the Cistercian convent of Buenafuente de Sistal, in Guadalajara, Spain, as an 19-year-old on April 16, 1927 A.D.. Which, coincidentally, was the same day that Pope Benedict XVI was born.

Pope’s First Tweet Brings Vatican 50,000 Twitter Followers - Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency

Altar Rail Returning to Use - Joseph Pronechen, The Daily Register

World’s Longest Serving Nun, 103 Year Old Sister Teresita, 84 Years and Counting! - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Catholics and America’s Founding - George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

America Independence Must Come to Maturity in Freedom from Sin & Self-Destruction - Father Samuel Medley S.O.L.T., The Medley Minute

Charles Carroll of Carrollton: Without Morals A Republic Cannot Subsist Any Length of Time - Donald R. McClarey

The Work of Unity and Perseverance - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Lest We Forget What...READ MORE

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Stem Cells Cure for AIDS? (7785)

Success fighting the dreaded virus — and another that helps get a New York Yankee back in the lineup. So why no media attention?

07/04/2011 Comments (4)
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Kristin Martins-Taylor holds up a container with stem cells at the University of Connecticut`s (UConn) Stem Cell Institute at the UConn Health Center in 2010.

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NEW YORK — New medical cures and treatments continue to be credited to adult stem cell transplants, the most exciting in recent months being the news that an American treated with adult stem cells in Berlin three years ago for AIDS continues to be disease free.

As well, major league pitcher Bartolo Colon has joined the Yankee starting lineup after adult stem cell treatment repaired the arm injury that forced his retirement.

But the promising results have received spotty coverage in the mainstream media that seems to some critics calculated to downplay or dismiss them and prompting questions about why the U.S. lags behind Europe in adult stem cell research while encouraging embryonic stem...READ MORE

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Altar Rail Returning to Use (40853)

Architects, pastors and parishioners find it enhances reverence in church.

07/02/2011 Comments (220)

In Tiverton, R.I., when some parishioners suggested returning altar rails to the sanctuary of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Father Jay Finelli gladly accepted, little knowing shortly thereafter the Pope’s 2007 motu proprio letter Summorum Pontificum would follow and he would be interested in learning how to celebrate the extraordinary form of the Mass.

In Norwalk, Conn., when a groundswell of parishioner support encouraged pastor Father Greg Markey to restore St. Mary Church, the second-oldest parish in the diocese, to its original 19th-century neo-gothic magnificence, he made sure altar rails were again part of the sanctuary.

Altar rails are present in several new churches architect Duncan...READ MORE

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12 Degrees of Humility, Finding a Good Man, The 7 Sorrows of Mary, Self-Control, and much more! (5470)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/02/2011 Comment

The Trial of Saint Thomas More.

The 12 Degrees of Humility According to Saints Benedict & Thomas Aquinas - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

The Trial of Saint Thomas More - Stephanie A. Mann, The English Reformation: Supremacy and Survival

Finding a Good Man (From God’s Point of View) - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Do You Know the Seven Sorrows of Mary? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Confirm Thy Soul in Self Control - Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine

Spiritual Replenishment of Another Kind! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

A Shamelessly Triumphalistic Call To Arms - Mundabor’s Blog

Jerusalem Underground - Giorgio Bernardelli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Council of Europe, U.N. Start Addressing...READ MORE

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Meet America’s First Canonized Man (4335)

Saturday Book Pick: A Bicentennial Saint

07/02/2011 Comments (9)

Why read about a young man prone to vanity, severely tempted to despair and passed over for ordination in his home country?  Because he’s America’s first canonized male, St. John Neumann.

2011 is the bicentennial year of his birth.

Redemptorist Father Richard Boever has put together Saint John Neumann: His Writings and Spirituality, the first part of which is a biography in the first person, as if written by the saint himself.  Actual words from the writings of St. John Neumann are found in italics throughout the story, and more of them are found in the second part of the book, which includes some of his pastoral and personal letters.

From the time Neumann arrived in America in 1836 to...READ MORE

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