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Standing With Our Brothers and Sisters (5992)

COMMENTARY: As President Obama and Congress focus on immigration reform, Catholics have an opportunity to assist in fixing the current flawed system.

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In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama recognized that “our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants” and that “right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s Republican response — given in both English and Spanish — took up immigration reform as well. After speaking movingly of his own parents’ immigrant experience, Rubio noted that economic growth depends on “a legal immigration system that allows us to attract and assimilate the world’s best and brightest” and a “responsible,...READ MORE

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Piers Morgan Conspiracy Theories on Papa Bene's Resignation, The Great Fast Begins and More! (3721)

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Piers Morgan’s Conspiracy Theories on Papa Bene’s Resignation. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog to read more.

Piers Morgan’s Conspiracy Theories on Papa Bene’s Resignation by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog – Big Pulpit

The Great Fast Begins – Ramblings of a Byzantine Catholic

Prelude to Love - Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Holy Face of Jesus – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Of Abortionists, Dead Women and Media Complicity – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Popularity of Ash Wednesday – Catholic Lane

Can We Talk About Sex? – Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

Divine Wisdom at the Root of Things: Hugh of St. Victor – Brian FitzGerald, Crisis Magazine

An Interview with Patrick Madrid’s Mustache – The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy


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State of the Union Speeches Recognize Role of Family (1629)

President Obama’s address pledges to remove financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and to promote active fatherhood.

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address Feb. 12

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WASHINGTON — The importance of strong families for the well-being of society was discussed by leaders of both political parties as President Barack Obama delivered his 2013 State of the Union address.

Addressing the problem of poverty in his Feb. 12 speech, President Barack Obama promised to “work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples.”

The president’s address, delivered as he begins his second term in office, dealt heavily with the economy and also touched on issues of immigration, education and minimum wage.

However, he also discussed the need for healthy families, pledging to promote active fatherhood, “because what makes...READ MORE

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Campaign Stresses Marriage's Anti-Poverty Benefits (1633)

‘Marriage is good for America,’ the executive director of National Marriage Week USA says.

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WASHINGTON — Churches, community groups and political leaders are using the week ahead of Valentine's Day to emphasize the link between marriage and reduced poverty.

“Marriage is really the unsung anti-poverty program because single motherhood is the greatest source of impoverishment for both women and children,” Sheila Weber, executive director of National Marriage Week USA, said in the campaign's introductory video.

In a Jan. 22 statement, she said the need for a pro-marriage campaign is “greater than ever.”

“For the sake of the next generation, we think that marriage deserves just as much of a positive campaign as recycling or anti-smoking. Marriage is good for America.”


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Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope’s Final Days (3283)

The Holy Father will maintain his regular busy schedule until he resigns the papacy on Feb. 28.

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Father Federico Lombardi addresses reporters on Feb. 11, 2013.

VATICAN CITY — The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises and audiences with politicians and cardinals.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a Feb. 13 meeting.

The first event on the list is Ash Wednesday Mass this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be his final concelebration of the liturgy.

It was originally slated to take place at Santa Sabina Basilica on Rome’s Aventine Hill, in keeping with tradition, but the timing of the Pope’s announcement dictated that the Mass will take place in St. Peter’s.


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Pope: I Can ‘Almost Physically’ Feel Prayers and Love (3169)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father receives an outpouring of support from thousands of pilgrims gathered in Paul VI Hall.

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Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in November 2012 at Paul VI Hall.

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VATICAN CITY — Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,” the prayers and love that have been poured out for him.

“I have felt, almost physically, your prayers in these days which are not easy for me, the strength which the love of the Church and your prayers brings to me,” he said at the beginning of his weekly general audience Feb. 13.

“Continue to pray for me and for the future Pope; the Lord will guide us!" he told the thousands of pilgrims.

The outpouring of support for Pope Benedict was evident from the moment he stepped onto the stage in Paul VI Hall. He was met with sustained applause when he began his...READ MORE

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Habemus Ex-Papam? Benedict Gives New Life to Old Precedent (4727)

‘The Holy Father is a realist,’ Cardinal Adam Maida explains about the Pope’s startling decision to step down.

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Cardinal Adam Maida, archbishop-emeritus of Detroit.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has shaken up the modern world by giving new life to a papal precedent not seen in 600 years: freely abdicating the Chair of St. Peter.

Pope Benedict, 85, has made headlines as the first pope in the era of mass communication to resign. Nearly eight years after the death of his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, whose 26-year pontificate ranks as the third-longest papal reign (including St. Peter’s), Benedict is following in the footsteps of a handful of other popes in the Church’s 2,000-year history.

“The Holy Father is a realist,” said Cardinal Adam Maida, the archbishop-emeritus of Detroit. “He loves the Church very much and is thinking of what is in...READ MORE

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Tough Talk About Vatican II—Not Pretty, Keep Your Sacrifices and Plaster Your Ashes and Much More! (3825)

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Tough Talk about Vatican II, Not Pretty. Follow the link by Sandro Magister via Fr. Z's Blog.

Tough Talk about Vatican II, Not Pretty by Sandro Magister of the La Repubblica newspaper – Big Pulpit

Keep Your Sacrifices Secret and Plaster Ashes All Over Your Face – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Ten Good Reasons to Give up Contraception for Lent – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Rows to Hoe in the Virtual Fields of the Lord – Elizabeth Scalia, First Things/On the Square

A Fable About Suffering, Seeking and Finding God – Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

We Must Not Forget – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Learning from Saints Who Transformed Their Culture – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Nine Ways To Keep Lent – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine


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