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Papa Bene: God's Revolutionary, 10 Misunderstandings of Cathoicism, and much more! (2550)

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04/17/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary. Click on the link by Samuel Gregg to read more.

Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

Ten Misunderstandings of the Catholic Faith - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Why Did Christ go to Galilee after the Resurrection? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Catholicism for Media Professionals - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Developing Inner & Outer Lives of College Students - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Missal Review: C.T.S. Daily Missal, People’s Edition - Fr. Z's Blog

Humanist, Where Art Thou? - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

American Catholic Dissent: An Exhausted Project - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Proof: Catholics Caused the Holocaust! - Matthew Archbold,...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: Evangelization Is 'Obligation of the Gospel' (5017)

Philadelphia's Church leader and author of A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America says: 'If we’re not somehow bringing others to Jesus Christ, we’re missing the point of our baptism.'

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In an exclusive interview on his new e-book A Heart on Fire, Archbishop Charles Chaput says the recent contraception mandate points to a “pattern” of attacks on religious liberty in the U.S.

These attacks, he noted, are changing America into a country more hostile to religion in general and to Catholicism in particular.

“Our national leadership over the past few years has been much colder toward America’s traditional understanding of religious freedom than any administration in recent memory,” the archbishop of Philadelphia told CNA April 16. 

While Americans presume that the Constitution guarantees their rights, he said, “in practice our rights survive or disappear based on how...READ MORE

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'Light Itself Is Created Anew' (2048)

Highlights from Pope Benedict's Easter celebration. April 22 issue feature.

04/17/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message and blessing 'urbi et orbi' from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica at the end of the Easter Mass April 8.

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Employing characteristic lucidity and simplicity of speech, Pope Benedict XVI’s homilies over Easter offered the faithful plenty of thought-provoking and inspiring reflections.

Perhaps his most eloquent came during the highpoint of the solemnities, the Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, when the Holy Father gave a homily on the meaning of divine light and illumination.

“The darkness of the previous days is driven away the moment Jesus rises from the grave and himself becomes God’s pure light,” the Pope said. “With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew. He draws all of us after him into the new light of the Resurrection, and he conquers all darkness. He is...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Issue Online Resource on the New Evangelization (3046)

Only an estimated 23% of U.S. Catholics attend Mass each week, the bishops say, so 'the New Evangelization places a special emphasis on welcoming back to the Lord’s table all those who are absent, because they are greatly missed and needed to build up the body of Christ.'

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In response to Blessed John Paul II's call to evangelize formerly Christian societies, the Church must build a “culture of witness,” said representatives of the U.S. bishops in a new document.

It is “primarily by her conduct and by her life that the Church will evangelize the world,” explained the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

The committee, headed by Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., released a new online resource on April 16 to assist dioceses, eparchies and parishes in reaching out to engage the faithful and encourage them to witness to their faith through their lives.

The document, entitled “Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization,”...READ MORE

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B16s Great Analysis of Western Cultural Crisis, 6 Ways to Create a Portable Monastery, and more! (2616)

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04/17/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict's Analysis of Western Cultural Crisis, Outstanding in Depth and Clarity. Click on the link by Michael Cook read and learn more.

Pope Benedict's Analysis of Western Cultural Crisis, Outstanding in Depth and Clarity - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

Six Ways to Create a Portable Monastery - Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Illini Catholics: I'm Pro-Life Because. . . - Thoughts from a Catholic

Myth Busters: Catholics Worship Idols - Brent Stubbs, Almost Not Catholic

Priests of the Titanic - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

When did Resurrection become Official Teaching of the Church? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

150,000,000 New Catholics - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter's Barque

300th Anniversary Celebrations of the Prandtauerkirche (Austria) - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement


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Benedict XVI Recalls Childhood and Faith at 85th Birthday Celebration (2456)

Special day included Mass of thanksgiving and Bavarian festivities.

04/16/2012 Comments (2)

– Wikipedia

Pope Benedict XVI marked his 85th birthday by reflecting on his final years as he celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving in the Vatican’s Pauline Chapel.

“I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me,” said the Pope in his homily.

“I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness, that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world. And this helps me go forward with confidence.”

Pope Benedict was born and christened Joseph Alois Ratzinger on Holy Saturday, April 16, 1927. At today’s Mass, he thanked his parents for giving him the gift of life and baptism on the same day.


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Easter Illumination (2472)

April 22 issue editorial: the Pope's and bishops' inspiring Easter reflections.

04/16/2012 Comment

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To celebrate the Easter season this year, we think the best way to express our sentiments is to allow the leaders of the Church to share some inspiring insights, in their own words.

What follows are snippets of what some had to say regarding Easter 2012 durng their celebrations of the Triduum:

“With regard to material things, our knowledge and our technical accomplishments are legion, but what reaches beyond, the things of God and the question of good, we can no longer identify. Faith, then, which reveals God’s light to us, is the true enlightenment, enabling God’s light to break into our world, opening our eyes to true light.”
— Pope Benedict XVI

“You listen to the news all day,...READ MORE

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Children's Book About the Pope Debuts in Time for Benedict XVI's Birthday (1761)

Papal portrait artist pens tale about a fish in a pond who is visited by the Holy Father while he prays the Rosary.

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Natalia Tsarkova, known as the “Michelangelo of the 21st century” for her work as the official papal portrait artist, gave Pope Benedict a special gift for his 85th birthday today: a copy of her new children's book in which he is the star.

Tsarkova presented her book, titled The Mystery of a Small Pond, to the Pope ahead of his April 16 birthday during a private audience at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

The two main characters in the literary work of art are Pope Benedict and a small red fish.

In an interview with EWTN News, Tsarkova said she came up with the story one afternoon while strolling through the gardens at Castel Gandolfo.

“While waiting in the fantastic and...READ MORE

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