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A Pope From the Heartland of the Global Church (4808)

Francis’ election provides a leader who possesses firsthand experience with the evangelical challenges of contemporary Catholicism.

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WASHINGTON — With the election of Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the first Latin-American Vicar of Christ in the history of the Catholic Church, the College of Cardinals confirmed an inescapable truth: The pilgrim Church has traveled far beyond its base in the Eternal City.

Pope Francis himself alluded to this significant reality in his first public words as Pope, spoken March 13 from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

“Dear brothers and sisters, good evening,” Francis began. “You know that the duty of the conclave was to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals picked him from almost the ends of the earth. But here we are!”

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Without Christ Crucified, Church a ‘Pitiful’ Organization, Pope Says (5117)

In his first homily as pope, the Holy Father invites the faithful to take courage and walk with the cross of the Lord.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Sistine Chapel on March 14, 2013.


VATICAN CITY — The day after he was elected, Pope Francis emphasized that every believer — including bishops, cardinals and popes — must proclaim Jesus crucified to be true Christians.

“We can build so many things, but if we don’t confess Jesus Christ, then something is wrong. We will become a pitiful NGO [non-governmental organization], but not the Church, spouse of Christ,” Pope Francis said in his March 14 homily.

“He who doesn’t pray to God prays to the devil,” the Pope added in an apparent quote.

Pope Francis made his remarks at the Mass to close the conclave on Thursday evening in the Sistine Chapel, with all of the cardinal electors present.

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Descendant of Founding American Files 50th Mandate Lawsuit (3898)

The Thomas More Law Center is handling the legal case with Beckwith Electric.

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Official White House photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama announces the contraceptive mandate at the White House on Jan. 12, 2012.

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WASHINGTON — A Baptist small business owner whose ancestors fought religious persecution as founding Americans has filed the 50th lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate.

The Thomas More Law Center, which is handling the case, said that Thomas Beckwith’s ancestors endured “the hardships of a storm-tossed ocean voyage,” coming to America “in 1626 to escape religious persecution from England.”

“One hundred and fifty years later, one of his ancestors, as a member of the Connecticut militia, fought against the tyrannical British king in the Revolutionary War,” the organization said.

Now, it said, Beckwith and his family-owned electric company are filing a legal challenge...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Voices Gratitude for Pope Francis (3745)

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the 1.8 million members of the Catholic fraternal organization extend best wishes and prayers to our newly elected pope.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Prayers and best wishes are being sent from the Knights of Columbus to Pope Francis on his election.

“The election of Pope Francis — the first pope from the American hemisphere — highlights the fact that America is the continent of baptized Christians and a place of central importance to the faith today,” the fraternal organization, with over 1 million members worldwide, stated.

“Pope Francis is well known also for his emphasis on charity — the first principle of the Knights of Columbus.”

The Knights plan to work together with Pope Francis throughout his pontificate to further the mission of the Church.

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Busy Schedule Ahead for Pope Francis (4939)

Today the Holy Father is expected to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore privately and will celebrate Mass with cardinals in the Sistine Chapel.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has announced Pope Francis’ schedule for the coming days, which will begin with Mass today in the Sistine Chapel together with the cardinals at 5pm.

It is expected that Pope Francis will pay a private visit to Santa Maria Maggiore today as well, asking for the Blessed Virgin’s protection and intercession during his pontificate.

On March 15 at 11am, he will officially welcome and address the cardinals, both those who elected him and those who are over 80.

On Saturday, March 16, Pope Francis will hold an audience for journalists and media representatives in the Paul VI hall. He will give an Angelus address on Sunday.

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L.A. Archdiocese Settles Sex-Abuse Case for Nearly $10 Million (2552)

Payments made to four alleged victims of former priest Michael Baker, who was removed from ministry in 2000.

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LOS ANGELES — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.99 million to settle a case brought by four alleged sex-abuse victims of Michael Baker, who was formerly a priest of the archdiocese.

The cases allege that Baker sexually abused the boys on multiple occasions as early as the 1970s. Baker was ordained a priest in 1974 and resigned from the priesthood in 2000.

As part of the settlement, announced March 12, none of the parties admit wrongdoing.

In 2007, Baker pleaded guilty to 12 counts of molesting two minors and was jailed. He was released in 2011.

The same year as Baker's conviction, the Los Angeles Archdiocese made a “global settlement” with more than 500 alleged...READ MORE

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Champion of ‘Feminine Genius’ Celebrated on 90th Birthday (2560)

Catholic theologian Alice von Hildebrand is esteemed as a pillar of courage, knowledge and wit.

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Dr. Alice von Hildebrand

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Alexandria, Va. — On her 90th birthday, noted philosopher and Catholic theologian Alice von Hildebrand has been lauded for both her teachings and example of “authentic womanhood.”

“Alice von Hildebrand has written eloquently on the beauty of femininity,” John Henry Crosby, director of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, told Catholic News Agency.

“Yet what makes her such a compelling proponent is that she embodies in her own person the grace, depth, receptivity — and, indeed, the genius — of authentic womanhood.”

March 11 marked von Hildebrand’s 90th birthday. She is regarded as a pillar of courage, knowledge and wit and is well known in the Catholic world and beyond.


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Can the Free Market Adequately Care for the Poor, Why Natural Law Arguments are Not Enough and More! (3636)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Can the Free Market Adequately Care for the Poor? Follow the link to The American Catholic

Can the Free Market Adequately Care for the Poor? – The American Catholic

Why Natural Law Arguments for Marriage are Not Enough – John S. Hamlon, The Catholic World Report

Advocates Ask Three Cardinals to Withdraw from the Conclave via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

This, That, and Great Lent – Renee Clayton, Claytonopolis

Bless Me Father. . . – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

“…Avoid Conversation With Him” – Kaiserswest

Moving From Fear To Faith – Gary Zimak, Catholic Stand

Young Adults in New Zealand – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Third-trimester Abortions in America: Healthy Babies at Seven, Eight and Nine Months Gestation’ – Sarah Terzo, LifeSiteNews

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