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U.S. Called on to Lead Israel-Palestine Peace Efforts (1673)

Religious leaders across America ask President Obama to make the attainment of ‘a resilient and just peace’ a priority of his second term in office.

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– Marianne Medlin/CNA.

WASHINGTON — Religious leaders from across the United States asked the Obama administration to make peace efforts between Israel and Palestine a priority over the next four years.

“American political leadership is needed now more than ever to support both Israelis and Palestinians in creating a resilient and just peace,” said representatives of 35 Christian denominations.

In a Jan. 7 letter to President Barack Obama, they warned that allowing the status quo to continue could prolong the conflict and bring greater violence to the region.

“As you embark upon your second term, there is an unprecedented opportunity for your administration to play a catalytic role in the resolution of...READ MORE

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A Believer and a Non-Believer Argue in a Room, Tips for Taking Your Kids to Adoration and Much More! (3405)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Believer and a Non-Believer Argue in a Room. Follow the link by Stacy Trasancos, Ph. D., of the Accepting Abundance blog to read more.

A Believer and a Non-Believer Argue in a Room by Stacy TrasancosBig Pulpit

Gadgets, Books, and Cuddles: Tips For Taking Your Kids To Adoration – Marc Cardaronella

West Coast Walk for Life Schedule of Events – Johanna Dasteel, LifeSiteNews

Braille Resources and Gregorian Chant – Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Christendom College Again Sees All Students Attending March for Life – Steven Ertelt, Life News

Wait! Sin Has Consequences? – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Mystically Deficient – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

Forgiveness Means Forever – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

Same-Sex "Marriage": The Catholic Church Really is at War with the...READ MORE

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Pope Asks Christians to Rediscover ‘Beauty’ of Baptism (2250)

The Holy Father baptized infants at the Vatican Sunday to mark the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, extending his prayer and blessing ‘to all newborns.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI baptized children at the Vatican Sunday to mark the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, encouraging Christians to remember their own baptisms and the “beauty of being born again.”

“I would like to extend my prayer and my blessing to all newborns,” he said Jan. 13 after baptizing numerous babies aged 3- to 4 months in the Sistine Chapel.

“I especially invite everyone to remember your baptism, that spiritual rebirth that has opened the way to eternal life,” Pope Benedict said during his Angelus remarks in St. Peter’s Square. “May every Christian rediscover the beauty of being born again from above, from the love of God, and live as a child of God.”


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Baptisms are Swaggerific! Cows and Computers: Summarizing Distributism, Duomo of Monza and More! (3829)

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Baptisms are Swaggerific! by Fr. Joe of the Southern Fried Catholicism blogBig Pulpit

Cows and Computers, Summarizing Distributism – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Duomo of Monza – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Of Near-Death and Resurrection for a Great English Church – Fr. Z’s Blog

Why Do People Want to Learn Chant? – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Shakespeare and Distributism – Colin Jory, StAR

Spain: Religious Orders Prepare for the End – Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

Books to Deepen Your Spiritual Life – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

Gender Theory – Dale O’Leary, Catholic Lane

Fertility is Not a Disease – Allison LeDoux, Truth and Charity Forum


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Pope Is a Huge Hit on Twitter (5355)

The Holy Father’s successful first month of tweeting, amassing 2.5 million followers in eight languages, is hailed as an evangelization breakthrough.

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Pope Benedict XVI's background on Twitter

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s mass of 2.5 million followers in eight languages during his first month on Twitter has one Vatican priest calling the Holy Father's online presence “a new frontier” of evangelization.

Father Paolo Padrini, a collaborator of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said it is good that the Pope has so many followers, but it is even more important that the Pope “seeks to coexist and share on Twitter.”

“Being present in social media is evangelizing, if just for the fact that he is present with his words,” he told Catholic News Agency Jan. 11.

“It’s a great joy to see the Pope’s words being disseminated, a joy that is held by all believers.”


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Theology Professor Sheds Light on ‘Les Mis’ Bishop (3500)

Despite Victor Hugo’s long-standing anti-clericalism, the French novelist endowed his character of Bishop Bienvenue with a noble and spiritually transformative spirit.

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CLEVELAND — In a recent op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Doris Donnelly drew attention to the clerical hero of Les Miserables — a character she says has been significantly “pared down” in the musical and film versions.

Although the pious Bishop Bienvenue is central to the plot of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables — which has recently been adapted into an Academy-Award nominated musical — his role is minimized outside the 19th-century novel.

Donnelly, a theology professor and head of the Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll University in Cleveland, said she decided to write the piece for The Wall Street Journal because “obviously, there would be no story without the bishop.”


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Polar Bear Padre, Pro-Adoption TV Ad a Big Hit, The Music Hidden Within the Words and Much More! (2207)

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Polar Bear Padre. Click on the link by Zoe Saint-Paul of the Slow Mama blog to read more.

– Peter Parsons of The Chronicle Herald

Polar Bear Padre – Zoe Saint-Paul, Slow Mama

Pro-Adopt T. V. Advertisement Has Hundreds of Calls to Pro-Life Pregnancy Counselors – John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews

The Music Hidden Within the Words – David Mills, First Things/First Thoughts

The Next Frontier for Homosexualists Will Be the Legal Age Limit by Fr. ZBig Pulpit

Femininity and Acceptance - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal: Part 1 and Part 2 – Jeff Ostrowski, New Liturgical Movement

An Agnostic Prays for a Miracle and Converts – Stephen Ryan, Mystic Post

Have the Soho Masses Really Been Stopped? – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

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Out of Prison, But Not Alone: Women Get Help at Catholic Halfway House (3713)

San Francisco’s Catherine Center gives female parolees an opportunity to lay the foundation for a fulfilling future.

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Kristina Lopez, case manager for Catherine Center

SAN FRANCISCO — January is the time to make good on New Year’s resolutions, but that fresh start can prove elusive when you’re a job seeker with a felony on your record.

Monique, 28, is a personable young woman who says she plans “to finish college and find work helping troubled teens.” The problem is that, 10 months ago, she was doing time for a drug charge, and she’s still worried about staying out of trouble.

The predicament of finding a job following incarceration for a felony is all too familiar for Monique: Her parents were both drug addicts, and she witnessed their struggle to get clean, earn the right to get their kids back and begin again.

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