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The Church Should Address Tattoos, Miraculous Persistence of the Chant Tradition and Much More! (4678)

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Why The Church Should Talk about Tattoos and What to Say. Follow the link by the Architecture + Morality blog to read more.

Why The Church Should Talk about Tattoos and What to Say by the Architecture + Morality blog - Big Pulpit

The Miraculous Persistence of the Chant Tradition – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

The Long War Against the Family - Ryan N. S. Topping DPhil, Crisis Magazine

Ladies, the Guys Have You Right Where They Want You – Mark McCormick, Catholic World Report

Bishops Must Shoulder Their Responsibility in the Pro-Life Struggle – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Pornography is the Cancer of Our Times – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Time to Stop Talking about Gay “Marriage” – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

March for Life 2013 in Washington, D. C. –...READ MORE

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Rally Against Colo. Civil Unions Bill Warns of ‘Great Persecution’ (3535)

Catholic adoption agencies could be forced to close if the state legislature passes the proposed bill.

01/28/2013 Comments (10)
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Colorado State Sen. Ted Harvey addresses the Rally to Protect Marriage in Denver Jan. 26.

– Kevin Jones/CNA

DENVER — Around 200 opponents of a Colorado civil unions bill rallied at the state capitol Jan. 25, warning that the legislation not only redefines marriage but could shut down Catholic adoption agencies in the state.

“We stand up today because we see that the real goal of civil union legislation is social endorsement of same-sex unions, and soon enough, the redefinition of marriage,” said rally speaker Kate Sweeney, assistant director of the Colorado-based Catholic women’s group ENDOW.

“Those with same-sex attraction have the right to live as they choose. But they do not have the right to redefine marriage for the rest of us,” she added.

Msgr. Thomas Fryar, the moderator of the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Heartened by U.S. Pro-Life Marches (2020)

The American cardinal, who serves as head of the Vatican’s highest court, praises the marches as a witness ‘to the respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.’

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Cardinal Raymond Burke.

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ROME — Cardinal Raymond Burke says that the pro-life marches taking place across America this week “are a most important witness to the respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.”

“It is heartening to note the increased participation in the pro-life marches,” the head of the Vatican’s highest tribunal, the Apostolic Signatura, told CNA Jan. 23.

“Surely, the witness of the pro-life marches gives occasion for all citizens in the nation to consider their fundamental duty as citizens to promote the respect for human life and to foster human life in our society.”

From coast to coast, pro-life marches and rallies in America marked the week of Jan. 22 as the 40th anniversary...READ MORE

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The Amazing Adventures of a Romanian-Born New England Patriot (7333)

NFL punter Zoltan Mesko’s Catholic faith has been refined by his improbable and inspiring journey through life.

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New England Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko.

– Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman

Even though his favored New England Patriots lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the recent AFC Championship Game, Zoltan Mesko is not letting that get him down. The three-year pro has faced much tougher situations, starting in his home country of Romania.

Economic hardships were a way of life under communist rule, despite the fact that both of Mesko’s parents were engineers with good jobs. The family had money, but it couldn’t buy them much in an economy with oppressive regulations. Then there were days when the family narrowly escaped a violent death. During the 1989 revolution, the toddler Mesko and his parents evaded gunfire that careened through their apartment.

Eight years later,...READ MORE

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Vatican Rosary Begins Live Broadcast (2982)

The Vatican television outlet CTV and the Catholic Internet portal Aleteia are now broadcasting ‘A Moment With Mary’ Monday through Friday at 4pm. Rome time.

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Deacons from St. Paul's Seminary pray the Rosary Jan. 16 at St. Peter's Basilica.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is now broadcasting the Rosary live every weekday from St. Peter’s Square.

The Vatican television outlet CTV and the Catholic Internet portal Aleteia are broadcasting A Moment With Mary, which is being held Monday through Friday at 4pm outside St. Peter’s Basilica.

“We really want to bring the prayer to the people and enable the people all around the world to bring themselves closer to the heart of the Church,” said the initiative’s coordinator at Aleteia, Carly Andrews.

“We’re trying to bring it to people through the new-media technologies, through their social networks and with the new technology Google+,” Andrews explained.

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Liturgy Teaches Us to Hear God’s Voice, Pope Reflects (1864)

Jesus dedicated the Sabbath to prayer and listening to the Scriptures, the Holy Father notes, providing a sound liturgical example to Christians.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI told thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 27 that marking Sunday as a day of rest and engaging in the liturgy can teach us to listen to the voice of God.

“Before we can speak of God and with God, we need to listen, and the liturgy of the Church is the ‘school’ of this listening to the Lord who speaks to us,” he said during his weekly Angelus address.

Exploring the day’s reading from the Gospel of Luke, the Pope recounted how Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath.

“As a true believer, the Lord does not avoid the weekly liturgical rhythm and joins the assembly of his fellow citizens in prayer and in listening to the...READ MORE

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Pakistani Official: Society Flourishes With Religious Freedom (1375)

Minority Affairs Minister Paul Bhatti, whose brother Shahbaz was killed in 2011 for defending Christian interests, spoke at this month’s New York Encounter.

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Paul Bhatti speaks at the New York Encounter.

– Nicholas Erickson, Courtesy of New York Encounter

NEW YORK  — Paul Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister of minority affairs, called religious liberty a Christian value that can enhance life in the country and impart stability to society at large.

“With religious freedom, societies are more likely to flourish, because people can express their deepest belief and highest ideas, so societies are more stable,” he said in a Jan. 19 interview with Catholic News Agency.

“It’s the wrong concept that religious freedom leads to instability, but, actually, it leads to more public order and more economic empowerment, so this is the Christian teaching.”

Christianity can also offer to Pakistani culture its emphasis on compassion and the works of mercy,...READ MORE

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Pope Transfers Responsibility for Catechesis, Seminaries (1990)

Two new papal directives have reassigned oversight of these areas to different Vatican offices.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has written two new directives modifying the departments in the Roman Curia that are responsible for catechesis and the formation of priests throughout the Church.

The Pope gave the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization the task of “caring for ... the relevant instrument of evangelization that the Catechism of the Catholic Church, along with catechetical teaching in all its diverse forms, represents for the Church, in order to bring about a more organic and effective pastoral outreach.”

“This new pontifical council will be able to provide the local Churches and the diocesan bishops an appropriate service in this area,” he wrote Jan....READ MORE

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