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St. John the Baptist, Eucharist Flash Mob, More Catholic Books for Your e-Reader, and much more! (3345)

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06/24/2011 Comment

Saint John the Baptist as depicted by famed Spanish artist El Greco.

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist & the limbo of the Children - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

. . .Scripture Scholar: unless we repent, severe judgment comes on the West. . .

. . .Fr. Zuhlsdorf: snails, solfege & pyromania. . .

. . .MSNBC: ‘children of mud’ celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist. . .

. . .Platonic Monkey: birthday of Saint John the Baptist. . .

. . .Origen: the voice which proclaims The Word. . .

. . .Frank Sheed: “It is clear, then, that John the Baptist’s mission was essential”. . .

More Catholic Books for Your e-Reader - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Flash Mob: Eucharist - Barbara, Mommy Life

. . .Reginaldus: does the Real Presence remain after...READ MORE

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Archbishop Dolan on Same-Sex 'Marriage' Vote (14721)

Speaks of David and Goliath fight, Catholic politicians and the ‘heresy’ of ‘personally opposed but,’ and the role of conscience.

06/24/2011 Comments (121)

New York state has been teetering on the edge of redefining marriage. With just days, and possibly hours, left before the overextended state Legislature calls it quits for the summer, the Republican leadership in the state Senate is still deciding whether to bring a same-sex “marriage” bill to the floor for a vote.

The state’s most prominent Catholic, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, has been lobbying lawmakers on the issue and speaking out against a radical redefinition of marriage. He spoke about his experience last night, during a reception at his residence behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan; the reception was for the Catholic aid agency Fidesco. At the same time, President...READ MORE

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Take an iPod Tour of the Pope's Cathedral (3808)

Vatican introduces new-media way to learn about St. John Lateran.

06/24/2011 Comment

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ROME (CNA/EWTN News) — The Vatican has introduced a new way of keeping silence in their churches while also informing tourists: the iPod.

June 24 is the first full day of a trial which sees pilgrims to the Basilica of St. John Lateran given an audio guide with a special app explaining the 1,700-year history of the church, which serves as the Pope’s cathedral.

“I can easily say that in Italy there are no examples of experiences like this in religious contexts, probably not even those in museums,” Jelena Jovanovic said to CNA. Her company, Antenna International, created the handheld device.

The multilingual guide offers audio, video, photos and texts to give an interactive experience to...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Cars 2' (7670)

Disappointing Pixar sequel substitutes frenetic action for heart.

06/24/2011 Comments (30)

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Cars 2 is something more disappointing than Pixar’s first unmistakably mediocre film: It’s a work of disheartening anonymity.

In the 16 years since their pioneering masterpiece Toy Story, Pixar did more than accumulate one of the most consistently excellent track records in Hollywood history. They fashioned a creative culture emphasizing story, characters, theme and emotional truth.

Although each film is supposed to represent the vision of its director, there is also a sense of the studio itself as auteur or author. It’s impossible to imagine movies like Finding Nemo and Wall-E having been made anywhere else in Hollywood.

The original Cars wasn’t a great film, but it was unmistakably a...READ MORE

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Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013, How Christians Become Atheists, Beauty in Truth, and more! (4194)

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06/24/2011 Comment

Rio de Janeiro has been chosen as the site for World Youth Day 2013!

World Youth Day 2013, set for Rio de Janeiro - Gianni Valente, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

How Christians Become Atheists - Randy, Speaking the Truth in Love

Sexual Revolution: Built Upon Sand - Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

A Mean Age For Youthful Sex - Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

Resurgent Church Architecture - D Mac, Creative Minority Report

Movies, Beauty, Truth, and Swear Words - Tony Rossi, Patheos

Report:  Vatican Announces Plan For Another New Translation - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Purgatory and Ghosts - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Revealing, Truth-Assaulting Sentence of the Day: End of Gender - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Natural Law - Doctor Jeff...READ MORE

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Pope: Why the World Needs the Eucharist (3260)

Benedict XVI participates in Corpus Christi Mass and procession in Rome.

06/23/2011 Comments (1)
EWTN courtesy RadioVaticana.org

– EWTN courtesy RadioVaticana.org

ROME (EWTN News/CNA) — The Eucharist assimilates man into the divine life of Jesus, enabling him to more closely follow in Christ’s footsteps and become a gift to others, Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily for the feast of Corpus Christi, June 23 (Sunday, June 26, in the United States).

“This is the transformation that the world has most need of, because it redeems from within, opening it up to the size of the the Kingdom of heaven,” Pope Benedict declared.

He was celebrating Mass in his cathedral, the basilica of St. John Lateran, before leading the traditional Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome to the basilica of St. Mary Major.

The feast of Corpus Christi...READ MORE

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Celebrating Corpus Christi (2670)

Eucharistic feast reaffirms Catholic belief in the source and summit of our faith.

06/23/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — “From adoration to evangelization” is the theme of a three-day conference in Rome that is drawing to a close today, June 23, the feast of Corpus Christi, from the Latin for “body of Christ,” when the Catholic Church around the world reaffirms its belief in the Eucharist (celebrated in the United States on Sunday, June 26).

“The Eucharist is the first missionary act of the Church. So if we want to be missionary [people] towards a world in need of new saints and salvation, we have to be men and women of Eucharistic adoration,” Bishop Dominique Rey of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon in southern France told EWTN News. 

The Adoratio Conference 2011 was organized by...READ MORE

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New York Awaits Same-Sex 'Marriage' Decision (3220)

At the end of legislative session, all eyes on Senate. Conservative party chairman wonders what governor offered senators who changed votes.

06/23/2011 Comments (15)
REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention center in the New York State Capitol complex in Albany Jan. 5.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The state of New York was on the brink of legalizing same-sex “marriage” this week as lawmakers in Albany wrangled over language to grant exemptions to religious organizations opposed to blessing same-sex unions.

Known as the Marriage Equality Act, the bill reportedly needed one more vote in the Republican-controlled state Senate to reach the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a supporter of same-sex “marriage” who has been lobbying lawmakers for several weeks.

The state’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly passed the same-sex “marriage” bill on June 15. Following days of closed-door negotiations between the governor and Senate leadership, there’s been no announcement that the...READ MORE

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