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Take an iPod Tour of the Pope's Cathedral (4192)

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' (7790)

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! (4259)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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 (3305)

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

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

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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 (2720)

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 (3240)

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)
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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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St. Etheldreda, Primetime TV, Archbishop Sheen, Forward Thinking Bishops, The Magisterium, and more! (2848)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/23/2011 Comment

Italian artist Olivero Rainaldi defends his creative looking statue of Blessed John Paul II from criticism.

Saint Etheldreda, Abbess - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

Getting Rid of Excess Baggage: Venial Sin - Randy Hain, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Archbishop Fulton Sheen on Four False Assumptions Made in Comparing Religions - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

On the Fearful Fruits of False Freedom - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Magisterium and Catholic Social Teaching - Father C. J. McCloskey III, Crisis Magazine

England’s Saints Have Been Written Out of History - Father Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Primetime TV, Not Your “Friends” - Doctor Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Head of Vatican Bank: Debt Exacerbates Economic Decline in the West - Lisa...READ MORE

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New Religious Order Will Come to Boston (30670)

Daughters of Mary, Our Lady of Nazareth started by Iraqi sister who worked as college chaplain.

06/23/2011 Comments (18)


BOSTON (CNA) — Iraqi Sister Olga Yaqob is beginning a women’s religious order in the Boston Archdiocese this year to carry out the Church’s mission to evangelize.
“Our main spirituality will focus on Jesus, and then carry his presence out into the world,” Sister Olga told CNA on June 21.

“I have seen a lot of spiritual poverty in our country: people who are spiritually hungry,” she said. “They don’t know what kind of loving Father we have, what kind of beautiful faith our Catholic Church has.”

The 44 year-old sister — known for her tireless energy and beloved by her students — responded to an invitation from Cardinal Sean O’Malley to start the new order and is leaving her current post as...READ MORE

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