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Pope Approves Miracle of Kateri Tekakwitha (5028)

Way cleared for her canonization Dec. 19.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI formally recognized a miracle attributed to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha on Dec. 19, clearing the way for her to be canonized.

Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” Blessed Kateri was born in 1656 in upstate New York. Her father was a Mohawk chief and her mother was an Algonquin who was raised Catholic.

A smallpox epidemic killed both of her parents and left her with poor eyesight and a badly disfigured face at a young age.

Despite objections from her relatives, she was baptized at age 20, after meeting several Catholic priests. An outcast from her community, Kateri lived a life of deep prayer, with a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

She died in...READ MORE

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India Tribunal Indicts Local Government for Anti-Christian Violence (2695)

Report describes violence as ‘torture’ and lambasts government officials for being ‘silent spectators and bystanders.’

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Families attend midnight Mass outside Our Lady Of Charity Church in Raikia, 200 miles south of Bhubaneswar, India.

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BHUBANESWAR, India — Local government agencies in the Indian state of Orissa were negligent and even biased during anti-Christian violence that left more than 100 people dead three years ago.

That was the conclusion of an independent tribunal examining the violence in eastern Orissa state, where Hindus hounded local Christians out of the remote jungle district of Kandhamal.

“The 2008 attacks in Kandhamal were widespread and were executed with substantial planning and preparation,” declared the jury of the National People’s Tribunal on Kandhamal. “The violence meets all the elements of ‘crimes against humanity,’ as defined in applicable international law.”

The tribunal pointed out that...READ MORE

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New Saint and Doctor of the Church, B16s Christmas Card, Sharing in His Cross, and much more! (4741)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Saint Hildegard of Bingen. Click on the link to learn more.

New Saint and Doctor of the Church: The Sybil of the Rhine - Anita Moore, V for Victory

Saint Hildegard of Bingen - Pope Benedict XVI, Paul VI Hall

Benedict XVI’s Christmas Card is Unveiled - Catholic Herald

“Hail! Tabernacle of God and the Word!” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

We Cannot Follow Christ without Sharing in His Cross - Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Remembering Joy - Tess, The Lighthouse

Children with Down Syndrome Bring Joy - Barbara Curtis, Mommy Life

“The Advent Revolution” - Fr. Robert Barron, Integrated Catholic Life™

Messianic Prophecies: Numbers 16-19 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Theo-Logic: Understanding What Divides Catholics from...READ MORE

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Disciples Go Hollywood (5195)

When the movies Come to the Stable: a tour of good and bad portrayals of Christians and their beliefs in the movies.

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George Bailey (James Stewart, r) has an interesting conversation with Clarence Odbody AS2 (Henry Travers) in It's a Wonderful Life.

When friends gather around the Christmas tree to sing at the close It’s a Wonderful Life, it’s a “resounding affirmation of Christian ethics,” and yet without a homily or even overt Christian smells and bells.

That’s Peter Dans, a medical doctor who is a movie buff,  weighing in his Sheed & Ward book, Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners, now in affordable paperback. During an interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, he talks about another movie of the season and what we look like on the silver screen — with a closing salvo to his Catholic schooling.

Have Christians really gone from saints to sinners on the silver screen?

There have always been sinful Christians in film...READ MORE

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Preparing for God-With-Us, Tim Tebow: Altar of Entertainment, Reasons to Wear the Veil, and more! (4569)

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12/19/2011 Comments (6)

A Few Reasons to Wear the Veil at Mass. Click on the link by Rachel Howell to read more.

Benedict’s Corner: Preparing to Welcome God-With-Us - Melanie Baker, HLI America

Tim Tebow and Evangelicalism’s Altar of Entertainment - Patrick Vandapool

A Few Reasons to Wear the Veil at Mass - Rachel Howell, Ignitum Today

Marie Rose Ferron Photo Documentary, Little Rose Pictures - Mystics of the Church

Advent Light in Darkest Night - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Church of Christ Convert: Joe McClane - Why I’m Catholic

Down Syndrome: Toward More Successful Advocacy - Monica Rafie, HLI America

Claiming Christmas - Tess, The Lighthouse

Believing Like a Child - Kleine Katerine, Five Feet Above Sea Level

The Missing Element - David W. Cooney, The Distributist Review


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Benedict XVI Reminds Prisoners That God Loves Them (2147)

During visit to Rome’s largest prison, the Holy Father also addressed overcrowding and the mission of the justice system.

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict told inmates at Rome’s largest prison that he supports efforts by the Italian government to reduce chronic overcrowding in the country’s jails.

“It is important that the institutions promote a careful analysis of the prison system today, verifying the structures, resources, personnel, so that prisoners do not serve a ‘double punishment,’” the Pope said to more than 300 prisoners in the city’s Rebibbia Prison on Dec. 18.

The Pope said he has already received many letters from prisoners highlighting the issue. Italy has some of the worst prison overcrowding in Europe, with a current prison population of 68,000, which is 24,000 people above capacity....READ MORE

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Pope: 'The Virginity of Mary and the Divinity of Jesus Reciprocally Guarantee One Another' (3993)

Mary's Yes to God's will allowed her to 'welcome Jesus and his divine life within,' the Holy Father said Dec. 18.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI said Dec. 18 that the virginity of Mary guarantees Jesus’ divinity because it proves the Incarnation is solely the work of God.

“The human being that begins to live in her womb takes the flesh from Mary, but his existence is derived entirely from God,” said the Pope in his final Sunday Angelus address before Christmas.

“The fact that Mary conceived while remaining a virgin is, therefore, essential to the understanding of Jesus and our faith, because it witnesses that it was God’s initiative, and, above all, it reveals who is conceived.” 

So while Jesus is “fully human” and “made of earth,” he “comes from above, from heaven” and is truly...READ MORE

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GOP Candidates Confirm Pro-Life Positions (3074)

As Iowa Caucus nears, presidential hopefuls reiterate their support for human life.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—As the race for the Republican presidential nomination continues, several candidates confirmed their opposition to abortion and criticized the current administration for failing to defend the unborn. 

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the Dec. 14 premiere of The Gift of Life documentary.

The group affirmed their pro-life views at the Des Moines forum hosted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee just weeks before the Iowa Caucus kicks off the presidential nomination process.

During her remarks, Bachmann criticized the...READ MORE

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