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Pope Benedict Tells Cardinals 'to Bear Witness to the Joy of Christ's Love' (2481)

Holy Father reflects on the Chair of St. Peter and the Church as 'the place where God draws near to us, where he comes towards our world.'

02/19/2012 Comments (1)

The Holy Father reflected on the significance of this window in St. Peter's Basilica Feb. 19.

– Wikipedia

On Feb. 19, Pope Benedict XVI gave this homily at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, with the newly created cardinals:

Dear Cardinals,
Brother bishops and priests, dear brothers and sisters:

On this solemnity of the Chair of St. Peter, we have the joy of gathering around the altar of the Lord together with the new cardinals, whom yesterday I incorporated into the College of Cardinals. It is to them, first of all, that I offer my cordial greetings and I thank Cardinal Fernando Filoni for the gracious words he has addressed to me in the name of all.

I extend my greetings to the other cardinals and all the bishops present, as well as to the distinguished authorities, ambassadors, priests,...READ MORE

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Pray the Way of the Cross Amid God's Creation (2200)

Outdoor Stations of the Cross draw visitors: Feb. 12 issue feature.

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Courtesy of the Divine Mercy Shrine

– Courtesy of the Divine Mercy Shrine

The devotion of meditating on the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ by making the Stations of the Cross is a centuries-old tradition.

Sometimes described as a “miniature pilgrimage” to Jerusalem’s holy sites along the Way of the Cross, the deeply prayerful devotion began in the Holy Land, then spread to other places over the centuries. In 1731, Pope Clement XII set the number of stations at 14. In 1742, Pope Benedict XIV urged the 14 stations to be installed in all churches.

The faithful can even follow Christ along the Via Crucis at outdoor shrines.

San Luis, Colo., a small town of less than a thousand residents, is home to the Stations of the Cross Shrine. The stations are...READ MORE

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New Evangelization Draws Students to New Colleges (6429)

Colleges Week feature from Feb. 12 issue: How Catholic identity surmounts tough economic times.

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Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

– Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

The economy might be experiencing one of its worst times, but Catholic colleges seem to be experiencing their best times, all things considered, because of their commitment to Catholic identity.

The Augustine Institute in Denver, which offers graduate degrees on campus and through distance education, saw record enrollment this past year. “One big draw for us is our program,” said Edward Sri, provost and professor of Scripture and theology. “Particularly, our distance-education program is booming.”

The distance program was launched in 2008, and by fall 2011, it had more than 200 students. Students like how the DVD format makes them feel part of a live class, plus the flexibility of the...READ MORE

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Make Lent Count (4312)

User's Guide to Sunday, Feb. 19.

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– Shutterstock

Sunday, Feb. 19, is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II). Wednesday, Feb. 22, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a day of mandatory fasting and abstinence from meat, but not a holy day of obligation regarding Mass attendance.


Feb. 18 is the day of the consistory at the Vatican that will create 22 new cardinals, among them New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Archbishop Dolan told reporters that he called his mother to tell her he would be made a cardinal. Her response: “It’s about time.”


Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25; Psalm 41:2-5, 13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12

Our Take

Lent is starting, and it is a good time to do what the men in the Gospel do:...READ MORE

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Culture, Liturgy, Beauty and Anthropology, Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe, Lent Preparations, and more! (4121)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Culture, Liturgy, Beauty and Anthropology. Click on the link by David Clayton to learn more.

Culture, Liturgy, Beauty and Anthropology - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

The Painter Who Would Not Pick Up a Brush Without First Saying a Prayer - Catholic Herald

The Blessed Mother’s Parenting Style: Angelic Sweetness - Katie Sciba, Truth & Charity

Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe - Ink and Quill, Ignitum Today

Distributism and the Labor Market Divide - Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

How Can I Better Prepare for Lent? - Fr. Edward McIlmail, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Pope on the Financial Sector’s Divinity - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

New Cardinals and Their Churches in Rome and Cardinalatial Trivia - Fr. Z’s Blog

Gerry Connolly: Former...READ MORE

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Call to Greater Responsibility (2758)

Feb. 12 issue preview of new cardinals' ceremony Feb. 18.

02/18/2012 Comment
2010 Reuters/L’Osservatore Romano

AUSPICIOUS DAY. Pope Benedict XVI bestows a red biretta, a four-cornered hat, on the head of new Cardinal Raymond Burke of the United States during a consistory ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica. Twenty-two men will receive the red hat Feb. 18.

– 2010 Reuters/L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Benedict XVI will soon bestow the cardinals’ biretta on 22 distinguished Churchmen, two of whom are American archbishops.

Cardinal-designates Timothy Dolan and Edwin O’Brien, respectively the archbishop of New York and the grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, were among those to be formally admitted into the College of Cardinals at a consistory in Rome Feb. 18.

As well as awarding the “red hat” at a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope will also give them a ring (a seal of their “nuptial covenant” with the Church) and assign them a titular church in or near the city of Rome in accordance with ancient tradition.

“The red indicates blood and a...READ MORE

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The World as It Could Be (3121)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Thomas Williams on Catholic social teaching.

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Many books about Catholic social teaching are introductory in nature. That’s not bad because, as Peter Henriot et al. observe in the title of their own book, Catholic social teaching is “Our Best-Kept Secret.”

Legionary Father Thomas Williams’ book, however, takes a different tack. Not directly an introduction to Catholic social teaching (although it showcases what Pope Benedict XVI has contributed to that discipline), the book’s primary thrust is to apply Catholic social thought to today’s and tomorrow’s social issues.

The book is on the cutting edge of seeking to push Catholic social thought forward. It’s both expository (this is what was taught) and exploratory (this is where that...READ MORE

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Burning Incense Before Idols (13759)

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Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

– Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

Here we are, standing before the idol.

It is not 250, but 2012; not Rome or Carthage, but America. Once again, some are prepared to be martyrs, others prepared to easy surrender to avoid discomfort, and still others to be apostate under duress, confident of God’s later forgiveness.

For some, the idol is sex. Having resisted the teaching of Christ and his Church for a generation, it’s an easy compromise: “After all, almost no Catholic believes today that contraception is wrong, and so many have used it, or are using it, with no qualms of conscience.” Catholics are not following the Church, so the Church, and those Catholics who do believe, can be ignored.

For others, the idol is money,...READ MORE

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