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Pope Benedict XVI: Envoy of Peace to Mexico (3596)

His first trip comes during a time of flux.

02/23/2012 Comments (7)
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Pope Benedict XVI stands with President of Mexico Felipe Calderon during a meeting at his private library in 2007 in Vatican City.

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MEXICO CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to Mexico, planned for March 23-26, comes at a time when Mexicans could use a reminder that hope is on the horizon.

“Mexicans’ spirits are low,” observed Rossana Gómez, a languages professor from Mexico City. “It’s gotten to the point that there seems to be no hope of improvement in the future.”

Mexico has taken blow after blow in recent years, from the outbreak of the H1N1 virus in 2009 to the economic recession to the drug-related slaughters in Monterrey and the border towns. Violence has escalated in recent months, even in formerly peaceful cities like Veracruz and Acapulco, as warring drug cartels have dumped decapitated or tortured bodies...READ MORE

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Bringing Jesus to Prisoners, Oscar Wilde's Conversion, Satan, Santorum, Evil Empire, and more! (4789)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/23/2012 Comment

The Long Conversion of Oscar Wilde. Click on the link by Andrew McCracken to read more.

Bringing the Lord to Prisoners - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

The Long Conversion of Oscar Wilde - Andrew McCracken, New Oxford Review

Lent: Why The Christian Must Deny Himself - Brother Austin G. Murphy OSB, Ignatius Insight

Satan & Santorum: Perspective from Reagan’s Evil Empire Speech - Dr. Paul Kengor, Catholic Lane

40 Ways to get the Most out of Lent - Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Marc Barnes Interview: Bad Catholic, Buffoonery, Beauty, & Books - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

The Coming Age of the Laity - Christopher Manion, Crisis Magazine

Clerical Narcissism and Lent - George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

The Effrontery of Rick Santorum -...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Backs Respect for Rights of Conscience Act: Contact Your Legislator Now (8828)

Letter asks Catholic leaders to 'act now by contacting our legislators' to support bill awaiting tough Senate vote.

02/22/2012 Comments (17)
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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In the wake of the Vatican consistory where he was created cardinal, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, along with Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, called for immediate action to support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. The proposed amendment, Senate Amendment 1520, faces an uphill fight in the U.S. Senate, where it is expected to come up for a vote the week of Feb. 27.

The legislation will ensure that those who participate in the health-care system “retain the right to provide, purchase or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious...READ MORE

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Being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic (5973)

A Register series for Lent. Part 1: How to Be One

02/22/2012 Comments (6)

Every Sunday in the Creed we affirm that we believe in “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” What does this mean in real life? Too often we treat the Creed like one of those terms of agreement you have to click on before the website will let you on to a website. We rattle through the Creed dutifully, not giving it too much thought.

The Creed is not just an intellectual formulation of our faith. Every word in the Creed has a practical application to our lives. The Creed is not simply a centuries-old list of dogmas we affirm with a nod of the head. The Creed doesn’t just tell us what to think; it tells us how to think and, therefore, how to live. The Creed is not a dead document, but a...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Encourages Faithful on Lenten 'Journey of Spiritual Renewal' (4050)

On Ash Wednesday, the Holy Father reflected: 'In these 40 days that will lead us to Easter, may we find new courage to accept with patience and with faith situations of difficulty, of affliction and trial, knowing that from the darkness the Lord will make a new day dawn.' He also commented on the meaning of ashes.

02/22/2012 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS)—As he observed Ash Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians to live the 40 days of Lent with faith and patience, aware that God will bring light, truth and joy into the darkness.

“In these 40 days that will lead us to Easter, may we find new courage to accept with patience and with faith situations of difficulty, of affliction and trial, knowing that from the darkness the Lord will make a new day dawn,” the Pope said Feb. 22, the first day of Lent.

“And if we are faithful to Jesus and follow him on the way of the cross, the bright world of God, the world of light, truth and joy will be gifted to us once more.”

The Pope delivered his comments at his weekly...READ MORE

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EWTN CEO and Register Publisher Writes Op-Ed on 'Unconstitutional' HHS Mandate (5183)

“Our donors send us money to spread Catholic teachings, not to subvert them,” wrote Michael Warsaw in his New York Times essay, “Contraception, Against Conscience.”

02/22/2012 Comments (7)

Michael Warsaw, CEO of EWTN

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The president of the world’s largest religious media network has explained his reasons for suing the U.S. government in a Feb. 21 New York Times editorial about the federal contraception mandate.

“Our donors send us money to spread Catholic teachings, not to subvert them,” wrote Michael Warsaw, president and CEO of the Eternal Word Television Network (and Register publisher), in his essay, “Contraception, Against Conscience.”

The Obama administration’s mandate, finalized on Feb. 10, “makes it impossible for us to live up to that core mission, giving us the choice of either compromising our beliefs or being crushed by fines.”

“That ultimatum is unfair, unconstitutional and repugnant—which...READ MORE

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The Altars of Santa Prassede, St. Teresa and Those Pesky Reptiles, Tong Cardinal Hon, and much more! (2157)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/22/2012 Comment

The Altars of Santa Prassede. Click on the link by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. to view and read about these beautiful altars.

The Altars of Santa Prassede - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical Movement

The Pope Who Told an Emperor His Mind was Coarse - Catholic Herald

What Does St. Teresa Mean by “Pesky Reptiles”? - Sr. Carmen Laudis OCD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Tong Cardinal Hon: The 7th Chinese Cardinal - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

An Overdue Letter to My Children In Heaven - The Passionate Papist

I Love Flying but I Hate Organized Aviation - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

Same-Sex Attraction & the Choice for the Greatest Good - Patrick Einheber, Catholic News Agency

Mocking Religious Women By Militant Secularists Will Backfire - Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

Quæritur: Can a...READ MORE

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2012's Long Lent (2684)

Ash Wednesday feature, our Feb. 26 issue editorial, which focuses on faith standing strong against the culture and the Pope's Lenten message.

02/22/2012 Comment

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In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), Pope Benedict XVI draws the faithful, and all people of good will, back to the divine wellspring of Love that nourishes every human heart, quoting 1 John 4: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.”

As the Church in the United States reels from the events of the past month and ponders their potential implications for the free exercise of our religious institutions, it’s time to pause and examine the thinking that has led to the inclusion of contraception as a necessary “preventive service” for women. Further, a deeper reflection — set apart from the media headlines and Internet action alerts — necessitates a...READ MORE

Filed under church teaching, god's love, hhs mandate, lent, religious freedom

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