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A Day in the Life of Pope Benedict (10894)

Italian journalist chronicles Holy Father's schedule, from 5am to 11pm, with Mass, prayer, work, walks, and everything in between.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI, at age 84, never goes to sleep before 11pm, prays the Rosary every day, gets up at 5am and uses a cell phone only accessible by his closest advisers.

In an article published online at Europaquotidiano.it on Feb. 17, Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli documents a day in life of the Pope, who wakes up when Vatican City “is still immersed in silence.”

Valli says the Bavarian Pope is a “typical German, a methodic man,” who “likes to organize his day down to the last detail, according to a very precise schedule.”

Benedict XVI begins his day by celebrating Mass in the papal chapel at 7am, together with his two personal secretaries, Father Georg...READ MORE

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Cardinal O'Brien Is Ready to Serve With His 'Whole Heart' (2132)

New cardinal reflects on his new role.

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Cardinal Edwin O'Brien waves before the start of a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Feb. 20.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—Cardinal Edwin O’Brien says he will faithfully serve Pope Benedict XVI with his “whole heart.” The emeritus archbishop of Baltimore made his promise as he knelt to receive his red biretta and cardinal’s ring from the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 18.

“I said to the Pope, ‘I want to serve you as best I can, with my whole heart, and that with the grace that God gives me I will seek to serve you with my whole heart,’” he told journalists at a press conference moments after the consistory.

“So I want the grace and I want those prayers that will prompt that grace from the good Lord, I hope.”

Cardinal O’Brien said he was “humbled and overwhelmed” by the...READ MORE

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Father Spitzer's Tips for Pro-Lifers (4789)

Popular theologian and author says the movement must focus on the heart, not religion or politics, to be most successful.

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Author and philosopher Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer defends the pro-life stance with secular principles and argues for a fresh approach to the abortion debate.

“The pro-life movement needs a comprehensive philosophy that makes a case, a very logical case, based on principles which are completely accepted by a secular society that shows that the pro-life position is correct and ethical and objectively true,” Father Spitzer told CNA.

His book, Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues was released in 2011.

Father Spitzer, former president of Washington’s Gonzaga University and founder of the California-based Magis Institute, said that he wanted the work to be “very...READ MORE

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Pope Delivers Series of Poignant Addresses on the Faith (3408)

This past week the Holy Father has focused on culture, faith, families, religious freedom and vocations.

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VATICAN CITY — “There is much talk about the Church of Rome; many things are said,” Pope Benedict XVI told a large gathering of seminarians in a spacious and brightly lit chapel at Rome’s largest seminary the evening of Feb. 15. “Let us hope that people also talk about our faith.”

At a time when much of the world’s media coverage of the Catholic Church has been focused on leaked documents coming from the Holy See (what has been labeled as the Vatican’s own “Wikileaks” crisis), the Pope himself has been following his own advice and focusing on delivering a series of poignant addresses on the faith.

He began the week by reassuring the faithful during his Feb. 12 Angelus address that the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: 'As Grateful as I Am for Being a Cardinal, I Really Want to Be a Saint' (4966)

New cardinal reflects on his new role.

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New Cardinal Timothy Dolan, with red biretta, a four-cornered hat, is seen during the Feb. 18 consistory ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI installed 22 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York says he is happy to be a cardinal but that he is aiming for a higher calling.

“As grateful as I am for being a cardinal, I really want to be a saint,” Cardinal Dolan said to the media after the Feb. 18 ceremony. “I mean that, and I’ve got a long way to go, but it is all about holiness; it is all about friendship with Jesus, and it is all about being a saint. And that’s what I want to be.”

Cardinal Dolan said he was particularly moved by the announcement of two new American saints at the conclusion of the consistory.

In total, Pope Benedict announced seven new saints who will be canonized on Oct. 21. The group includes Blesseds Marianne Cope and Kateri...READ MORE

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Congress Continues to Oppose HHS Mandate (2641)

Members of Congress convened last week to reiterate their support for the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—About 50 members of Congress convened to oppose the Obama administration’s contraception mandate and to voice support for legislation that would overturn it.

“We have come together to say it’s time to act to protect Americans’ most basic rights: our religious freedom and rights of conscience,” said Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., at a Feb. 15 press conference.

Fortenberry called for “swift action” on the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which he introduced in the U.S. House last March to repeal the mandate and amend the 2010 health-care overhaul to preserve conscience rights for employers and health-care providers.

The bill, which currently has 190...READ MORE

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Evangelical General Dropped by West Point Because of Views on Islam (4676)

Says a defender, 'It is a sad day when the young people being trained to defend our Constitution get to see West Point not stand up for freedom of speech and religious liberty because these things are in conflict with political correctness.'

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Lt. Gen. William Boykin

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William Boykin’s ardent Christian beliefs finally caught up with him.

Forty years ago, they nearly got him disqualified from joining the U.S. Army’s elite Delta Force. Nine years ago, when he had attained his present rank of lieutenant general, they nearly got him fired from his job in the Bush administration.

And, recently, the evangelical Christian, now a college instructor and ordained minister, was forced to withdraw from giving a talk on spirituality to the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

In demanding West Point replace him as speaker at the annual Prayer Breakfast, his critics claimed he had in the past argued that the Constitution’s First Amendment...READ MORE

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A Dictionary for Philosophers, Dickens Not a Catholic Lover, Dawkins Fails, Lent, and much more! (3919)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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You Can Look It Up, A Dictionary for Philosophers. Click on the link by Joseph R. Wood to read more.

You Can Look It Up, A Dictionary for Philosophers – Joseph R. Wood, The Catholic Thing

Charles Dickens, Not a Lover of the Catholic Faith - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Richard Dawkins Failed His Own Orthodoxy Test, The Atheist’s Latest Assault on Fiath Only Proves His Own Lack of Humility - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Quæritur: Ashes, Very Small Children, and You - Fr. Z’s Blog

Consecrate this Lent to Jesus through Mary, a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity - Fr. Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Lenten Observances - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

What is This Shrine & Pilgrimage Thing? Is it Important to My Faith? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction


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