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Vatican Cardinal: Benedict XVI Is the 'Pope of Hope' (2619)

Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, says the Holy Father shows young people where hope is found: in Christ.

07/25/2011 Comment

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LIMA, Peru (EWTN News) — The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, is encouraging young people to see Benedict XVI as the “Pope of hope.”

“Young people from all over the world, and especially from Spain, need a great message of hope, which is what they will find in their encounters with Pope Benedict,” the cardinal said in an interview with EWTN News.

He added that by administering the sacrament of reconciliation to young people at Madrid’s Central Park on Aug. 20, Pope Benedict XVI wants to emphasize that the sacrament is “essential and that renewal can only come if we let God renew us.”

“Where God...READ MORE

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Natural Family Planning and the Telos of Sex, Suffering and Hope, and much more! (1566)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/25/2011 Comments (3)

Fighting Back, Attacks on the Priesthood - Esther, A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Natural Family Planning and the Telos of Sex - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Catholic Education Resource Center

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The Beauty of Human Weakness - Chelsea Zimmerman, Reflections of a Paralytic

Suffering and Hope. . . - Adrienne’s Corner

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - Father Joseph Fessio S.J., Catholic World Report

New Website Documents ‘Pro-Choice’ Violence - Stephen Phelan, LifeSiteNews

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Graphic Catechesis (4417)

Manga Hero’s comic featuring the Pope will be distributed at World Youth Day.

07/25/2011 Comments (4)
Courtesy of Jonathan Lin

– Courtesy of Jonathan Lin

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A comic book entitled Habemus Papam!, chronicling the life of Pope Benedict XVI, will be distributed during the World Youth Day gathering in Madrid, Spain, Aug. 16-21.

Manga Hero, based in San Rafael, Calif., is behind the content. Jonathan Lin created the exclusively, and unapologetically, Catholic comic book-publishing company in 2010. He uses an Asian twist on the more traditional superhero comic books with which Americans are familiar.

His decision to get involved with World Youth Day 2011 is an example of divine Providence at work.

“I have a friend who knew someone who worked at the World Youth Day headquarters, who then told me where to submit a proposal to...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: 'Human Life Is a Gift to Be Accorded the Highest Respect and Care' (3078)

St. Gianna Physicians’ Guild conference focused on end-of-life care. Also speaking at the event: Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, who discussed the spirituality, life and legacy of her mother, St. Gianna Beretta Molla.

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Cardinal Burke Facebook

– Cardinal Burke Facebook

Kansas City, Kan. (EWTN News/CNA) — At a Kansas City conference on end-of-life care, Cardinal Raymond Burke said that suffering does not cause a person to have less meaning in his life, nor does it give the government the right to decide if that person should live or die.

“No matter how much a life is diminished, no matter what suffering the person is undergoing, that life demands the greatest respect and care,” Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court, told EWTN News.

“It’s never right to snuff out a life because it’s in some way under heavy burden.”

Cardinal Burke spoke July 23 to a packed auditorium of more than 350 people at the Archdiocese of...READ MORE

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Pope Talks About Good vs. Evil and Prays for Norway Massacre Victims (2400)

Holy Father: 'In reality, the true quality of our own life and that of society depends on a person’s rightly formed conscience, and on everyone’s capacity to recognize good, separating it from evil, and to try and bring it about patiently to contribute to the cause of justice and peace.'

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via EWTNNews.com

– via EWTNNews.com

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI issued a “heartfelt” plea to all on July 24, following the terrorist attacks in Norway. He called on everyone to “abandon forever the path of hatred and escape from the logic of evil,” as he offered his prayers for the victims and their families.

The Pope said that the news of the bombing in downtown Oslo and the subsequent shooting at a youth camp caused him deep sorrow and left him grief-stricken.

The July 22 attacks began when Anders Behring Breivik — by his own admission — detonated a car bomb at the government headquarters in downtown Oslo. That attack took the lives of seven people and injured many more.

Hours later,...READ MORE

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Interior Life of Prayer, Warren Carroll R.I.P., Rick Perry Pro-"Gay Marriage"?, and more! (4247)

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07/25/2011 Comments (4)

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Philly's New Shepherd (3210)

A Register Editorial: Archbishop Chaput is a trailblazer with a knack for advancing the claims of faith in the public square.

07/24/2011 Comments (12)

During a time of mounting challenge for the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, Pope Benedict XVI appointed a new Church leader for Philadelphia: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver. He’s a trailblazer with a knack for advancing the claims of faith in the public square, explaining inconvenient truths to pro-choice politicians, and reinvigorating the religious identity of Church institutions.

Some leaders of Catholic universities and social agencies see their religious legacy as a threat to greater government subsidies or secular prestige. The archbishop contends that if our outreach isn’t deeply Christ-centered, we shouldn’t call it “Catholic.” He’s also prepared to cross swords with...READ MORE

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Spanish Civil War: 75 Years Later (8211)

Church and society still feeling the effects of brutal, convulsive conflict.

07/24/2011 Comments (18)

A photo which ran in the London Daily Mail showing Republicans shooting at a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during the Spanish Civil War. The Church suffered some of the worst persecution in its history, and Popes are still beatifying martyrs from that time.

MADRID — On July 17, Catholic churches in Spain marked with sadness and prayer the 75th anniversary of a brutal, convulsive, three-year conflict. For the Catholic Church, the Spanish Civil War was a low point in a century with a lot of lows.

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in Spain next month for this year’s celebration of World Youth Day, he will encounter a Spain that was deeply influenced by the war, three quarters of a century earlier.

“I was 6 years old in July 1936 when the war started,” remembers Ismael Virto, a U.S. representative of Spain’s University of Navarra. “There was a knock on the door, and it was the militia —...READ MORE

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