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Missouri Bishop Reflects on Visits With Benedict XVI and John Paul II (2214)

Bishop John Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo., and other bishops from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska are currently in Rome.

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Official beatification portrait

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Bishop John Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo., was at the Vatican this week visiting with Pope Benedict and reporting on the health of his diocese, but the trip also brought back memories of seeing John Paul II in 1997.

Bishop Gaydos said it is “really heartening” for him to meet with Benedict XVI.

“Peter is listening to us, wanting to make sure that we know that we are working with him and that he is praying and working with us,” the bishop told EWTN News March 12 outside the Congregation for Divine Worship in Vatican City.

This visit drew U.S .bishops from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

“We spoke of vocations, of seminary work, of the new opportunity we have with the Hispanic people...READ MORE

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Ghent Chant Explained, Bach Fugue, Religious Freedom is Social Justice, Holy Coat, and much more! (2863)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Ghent Chant Manuscript Explanation. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to learn more.

Ghent Chant Manuscript Explanation - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

An Image for the Church in a Bach Fugue - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Religious Freedom Is Social Justice - George Weigel

Holy Coat Pilgrimage 2012 - Gregor Kollmorgen, New Liturgical Movement

Two Bits of Liturgical News from the Episcopacy - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Maxims Of The Saints - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, Ignitum Today

Do the Poor Need Capitalism? - Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Evidence Emerges That We Are Winning the Mandate Fight - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Game On! (Rick Santorum Campaign Music Video)! - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

You’re Going...READ MORE

Filed under capitalism, cardinal wuerl, catholic blogosphere, holy coat, pepsi, rick santorum, scandal, soylent green

The Ratzinger Family Secret (7687)

Pope Benedict XVI’s brother shares memories in My Brother, the Pope.

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Michael Hesemann with Msgr. Georg Ratzinger

– Courtesy of Michael Hesemann

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger’s new book, My Brother, the Pope, brings new insights into the private life of the Ratzinger family. First published in Germany, the book is a series of interviews Msgr. Ratzinger gave to German journalist Michael Hesemann.

Hesemann was born in Düsseldorf in 1964 and studied history and cultural anthropology at the University of Göttingen. Accredited at the Holy See Press Office since 1999, Hesemann wrote several bestselling books on Church history and Christian archaeology.

My Brother, the Pope has been translated into English by Michael Miller and was recently published in the United States by Ignatius Press. Hesemann spoke with Register correspondent Robert...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal joseph ratzinger, church musicians, germany, msgr. georg ratzinger, nazis, pope benedict xvi, popes, theologians

EWTN Brought Convert Home (6285)

March 11 feature on how Catholic TV led to filmmaker's conversion.

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Christian Peschken

– Christian Peschken

Christian Peschken refers to himself not as a Catholic filmmaker, but as “a filmmaker who is Catholic.” But he wasn’t always Catholic.

In his native Germany, he was a professional cameraman and producer in film, television (including his own weekly TV talk show) and radio. Moving to Hollywood in the early 1990s, he became an executive producer, working with actors like Rod Steiger, Martin Sheen and Scott Glenn.

In 1994, something changed. Unable to sleep one night, Peschken turned on the TV and saw a lady with pink hair waving a Bible and talking about Jesus.

“That was my first real, conscious contact with Christianity,” he remembered. “Before I became Christian, I only prayed to God when I...READ MORE

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What is Poetic Knowledge, The Importance of the Vocation of the Catholic Artisan, and much more! (2835)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What is Poetic Knowledge? Click on the link by Kirk Kramer to read and learn more about this and John Senior.

What is Poetic Knowledge? - Kirk Kramer, Crisis Magazine

The Importance of the Vocation of the Catholic Artisan - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Of Ordinariates & the Gravitational Pull - Fr. Z’s Blog

Why Was Jeremias Sanctified in His Mother’s Womb? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Book Review: Adam and Eve after the Pill - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Cuba’s Conscience - Jordan Allott, Catholic World Report

A Homeschooler’s Memoir - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Rome Restores. . . A New Missal - Fr. Ray Blake’s Blog

2012: An Elijah on Mount Carmel Year - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Acts of the Apostasy Takes Reasonable Exception - Mark Shea,...READ MORE

Filed under anglican liturgical calendar, cardinal wuerl, catholic blogosphere, cuba, fidel castro, fr. marcel guarnizo, homeschooling, jeremias, poetic knowledge, scandal

Ways to Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus (7327)

Israeli Ministry of Tourism opens 'Gospel Trail,' complementing already existing pilgrimage route known as the 'Jesus Trail.'

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Michele Chabin

People walking along the new Gospel Trail.

– Michele Chabin

Galilee, ISRAEL — Christians visiting Israel now have two ways to physically retrace Jesus’ footsteps as he journeyed through Galilee.

Over the winter, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism opened the Gospel Trail, a 39-mile hiking trail in Galilee that passes through many of the sites where Jesus lived and preached.

The similar Jesus Trail was opened almost four years ago in the same region. The 40-mile route was developed by a group of international and local volunteers in coordination with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. 

In contrast, the new Gospel Trail was developed by the tourism ministry and the Jewish National Fund. Its launch was attended by several local Christian...READ MORE

Filed under bible, gospel trail, holy land, israel, jesus christ, jesus trail, palestine, pilgrimages

Minnesota Bishop Is Encouraged by Young People's Quest for Truth (4176)

Bishop John Quinn of Winona, Minn., said this week of youth: "They're looking for the truth. One of them said to me, 'Bishop, just tell us the truth. Don't sugarcoat it. We want to know what the truth is.' And someone else said to me: 'You know, bishop, we've been told so many lies, throughout the culture and by other people. Just give us the truth.'”

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Bishop John Quinn of Winona, Minn., has welcomed Pope Benedict XVI’s call for better instruction of young people, saying it will meet their desire for solid truth over self-centered relativism.

“Our younger generation is breaking out of it,” Bishop Quinn told EWTN News, observing a growing discontent with worldviews that reject the idea of truth in areas like religion and morality.

“They’re looking for the truth. One of them said to me, ‘Bishop, just tell us the truth. Don’t sugarcoat it. We want to know what the truth is.’ And someone else said to me: ‘You know, bishop, we’ve been told so many lies, throughout the culture and by other people. Just give us the truth.’”

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Vatican Official Says There Is Great Need to Catechize Catholics (4888)

Poorly formed Catholics present one of the biggest challenges to the late Pope John Paul II's vision of evangelizing formerly Christian societies in the West, said the Vatican's secretary general of the synod of bishops.

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A Vatican official says poorly formed Catholics present one of the biggest challenges to the late Pope John Paul II’s vision of evangelizing formerly Christian societies in the West.

“The major challenge are the Christians, especially those who were baptized, but not sufficiently catechized,” said Archbishop Nicola Eterovic, the Vatican’s secretary general of the synod of bishops.

In an interview with EWTN News on March 7, he noted that the upcoming synod of bishops and Year of Faith, both taking place in October, will be an opportunity to discuss evangelizing traditionally Christian countries that have become increasingly secularized in recent decades.

The Year of Faith, which will also...READ MORE

Filed under catechize, catholics, new evangelization

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