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The Trials of Religious Life (6229)

Contrary to what many people may believe, men and women in religious community struggle with personal sanctity just as much as laypeople.

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A Trappist monk prays in his cell.

In the Gospel according St. Matthew, Jesus explains that in the resurrection of the dead, people will no longer marry nor be given in marriage, “but they are like angels” (22:30).

This is a foundational text for religious life, but it isn’t easy to understand. For, while many Catholics believe men and women in religious life are like angels or plaster of Paris statues with no problems or weaknesses, Jesus means something different. He speaks of a new relationship between the body and the soul in heaven. In fact, the body will come to exist after the manner of the soul. There will be a new spousal relationship of the body, which will be the vehicle of giving the gift of self entirely to...READ MORE

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Pope Thanks God for His Vocation on 60th Anniversary (2295)

Benedict XVI recalls ordination day: 'The Lord himself was speaking to me in a very personal way.'

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Pope Benedict celebrates Mass on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

– EWTN News

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — “Thanks to the Lord for the friendship that he has bestowed upon me,” Pope Benedict said to a packed St. Peter’s Basilica as he celebrated his 60th anniversary of becoming a priest on June 29, the day that is also the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

“Thanks to the people who have formed and accompanied me. And all this includes the prayer that the Lord will one day welcome us in his goodness and invite us to contemplate his joy,” the Pope said.

Pope Benedict was ordained to the priesthood, along with his brother Georg, in the Bavarian town of Freising on June 29, 1951. Georg was with him in Rome today.

Appropriately, the music throughout the ceremonies seemed...READ MORE

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Pope Celebrates 60 Years as a Priest (2087)

Holy Father was ordained in 1951 on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Reflections from ‘the most important moment of my life’ and how Americans are praying for his intentions and the priesthood in honor of the special anniversary.

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News.va Facebook via L'Osservatore Romano

The Pope launched the new site News.va June 28 on an iPad.

– News.va Facebook via L'Osservatore Romano

ROME (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at the Cathedral of Freising, Germany, June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. He has called his ordination “the most important moment of my life.”

The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano included in its June 29 edition an excerpt from the book Memoirs: 1927-1977, published in 1997 by then-Cardinal Ratzinger. In the book, he recounts the day of his priestly ordination.

“For at least the past two months,” Ratzinger wrote, “I was able to focus completely on preparing myself for the big step: priestly ordination, which we received at the Cathedral of Freising from the hands of...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez Goes to Rome to Receive the Pallium (2644)

L.A. pilgrims celebrate special occasion with their spiritual leader.

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Archbishop Gomez Facebook page

– Archbishop Gomez Facebook page

VATICAN CITY (CNA) — On the eve of receiving his pallium from Pope Benedict, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said the mission of his archdiocese should be “to bring the mercy of God to the people of our time.”

“We’re called to be messengers of God’s love, God’s mercy, God’s peace. That’s what we have to continue to make the Archdiocese of Los Angeles a place where we can witness God’s love for us and for all his people,” the archbishop told a congregation of Californian pilgrims in St. Peter’s Basilica June 28.

The pallium is a white woolen liturgical vestment emblazoned with six black crosses. It symbolizes an archbishop’s pastoral authority and his unity the Pope.

More than 40...READ MORE

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ICEL’s Executive Director: New Missal Translation ‘Long Overdue’ (13978)

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Pope Benedict XVI discusses a new catechetical resource for the third translation of the Roman Missal with (from left) Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Australia, Bishop Denis Browne of Hamilton, New Zealand, Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., and Msgr Andrew Wadsworth, executive director of ICEL (The International Commission on English in the Liturgy.).

– Courtesy ICEL

Although Catholics have become accustomed to the current translation of the Roman missal and some may wonder why a new one is being introduced, Msgr.  Andrew Wadsworth, who is executive director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy — which prepared the   forthcoming translation that debuts in Catholic churches in the U.S. on the First Sunday of Advent — says it was high time for a revision.

“When our current translation of the Roman Missal — the first English version — was implemented in 1973, it was recognized that it would need revision in time. Many people thought it would be only five years before it was revised,” he said. “That was over 40 years ago, so such a...READ MORE

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Scripture on Divine Judgement, Poland About to Ban All Abortion, Cardinal Scola, and much more! (4519)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/29/2011 Comment

St. Aloysius Gonzaga is the patron saint of young students, plague victims and of Valmontone, a town not far from Rome.

Scripture on Divine Judgment - Speaking of Scripture

Poland: Historic Vote on Bill Banning All Abortions - Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

New Vatican Website!, My Thoughts - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

News.va is Online - Mundabor’s Blog

Questions Over Canon 915 Are Not Going Away - Doctor Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

A Biography of the New Archbishop of Milan - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Why Does God Call David a Man After His Own Heart? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

What is Inevitable in the Fight Over Marriage? - Catholic Vote

Genetic Testing & Abortion in Catholic Hospitals - Dr. Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

A Prayer of Surrender - Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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Indiana Attorney General: State Has Right to Defund Planned Parenthood (2207)

Hoosiers likely to challenge federal judge's injunction that ordered funding to resume.

06/28/2011 Comments (2)

– Shutterstock

INDIANAPOLIS (EWTN News) — Indiana’s attorney general has indicated that the state is likely to challenge a federal judge’s injunction that ordered the state to resume funding for Planned Parenthood on June 24.

“The federal government’s position in this case is in tension with its own regulations, which specifically acknowledge state authority over provider qualifications,” Attorney General Greg Zoeller wrote in a June 24 response to the injunction ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Pratt.

Judge Pratt ordered Indiana to restore Planned Parenthood funds, saying the state cannot cut funding for otherwise “competent” Medicaid providers in a way that would limit patients’ health-care...READ MORE

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WYD Countdown: 48 Days to Go (2125)

Registration for Madrid youth event reaches record high.

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WYD Facebook page

– WYD Facebook page

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — World Youth Day organizers announced today that 440,000 young people have already signed up for the international gathering set for this August, a record enrollment figure this far out from the event.

“World Youth Day is an extraordinary experience for a Church, which is a friend to the young, sharing their problems; a Church which is at the service of the younger generations,” said Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, at a June 28 Vatican press conference.

“It is an epiphany of the Christian faith on a truly global scale. And young people — especially in our old Europe, deeply secular and secularizing — have a...READ MORE

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