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German Bishops: ‘We Are Not Just a Subsidiary of Rome’ (3110)

The president of Germany’s bishops’ conference told reporters that the bishops plan to publish their own pastoral document after this fall’s family synod at the Vatican.

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HILDESHEIM, Germany — The upcoming Synod on the Family must lead to “further progress” towards finding a common position on fundamental issues, but it “cannot prescribe in detail what we have to do in Germany,” the president of the German bishops’ conference has said.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday at the end of the bishops’ plenary meeting in Hildesheim, Cardinal Reinhard Marx said theological questions regarding marriage, the family and sexual morality could not be answered during the three weeks of the synod.

He said he therefore hopes the synod will result in “a further discussion,” and said that it must find a text that “would lead to further progress” towards finding a common...READ MORE

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What Type of Prayer Is Best for You, How Playing Music Makes You Smarter, Suffering and Much More! (1431)

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Click on Quiz: What Type of Prayer Is Best for You? by Tatiana Federoff of Epic Pew link to read more.

Quiz: What Type of Prayer Is Best for You? by Tatiana Federoff of Epic Pew - BigPulpit.com

Video: How Playing Music Makes You Smarter – Aleteia∝

Conspiracies and Catholicism: Hitler’s Pope – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

How am I to Understand Suffering? – Dcn. Michael Bickerstaff, The Integrated Catholic Life™

A Deep Charismatic Spirituality – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis Spoke of the Need for Sacramental Fullness in Marriage - Jason Godin, Fathers for Good

What President Obama Didn’t Say About Slavery and Christianity – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Cardinal Burke: Liturgy Is Absolutely the First Act of the New Evangelization – Fr. Z’s Blog

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Is Your Workout Strengthening Your Body and Soul? (3570)

New exercise modalities blend core strengthening with Catholic prayer.

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A typical Pietra Fitness class

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Editor's Note: Listen to an interview with Colleen Scariano of SoulCore and Sara Moraille of Pietra Fitness on Register Radio.


When Lori Baldwin leads workout classes at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Ind., she is not only providing her fellow parishioners with an opportunity to strengthen their physical core — she’s also working with them to strengthen their souls.

“Because prayer is the primary purpose, it’s not a high-endurance workout,” said Baldwin of SoulCore, an exercise modality combining the torso-focused, core-strengthening movements of Pilates with the prayers of the Rosary.

“It has strengthened my prayer life,” Baldwin said.

Blending a spiritual...READ MORE

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The Passion of the Church in the Middle East (3078)

EDITORIAL: The stirring prayer of the 21 Egyptian Copts as they prepared for their execution at the hands of Islamic State militants was “Jesus, help me.”

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One of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were executed this month in Libya by Islamic State militants.

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“Jesus, help me.”

Pope Francis paused during his address last month before a group of Catholics from Scotland to recall the stirring prayer of the 21 Egyptian Copts as they prepared for their execution at the hands of Islamic State militants: “Jesus, help me.”

“They were killed simply for the fact they were Christians,” Pope Francis said, according to a report from Vatican Radio.

“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.”

Amid the horror of the Islamic State’s campaign of religious cleansing, the Pope underscored the truth that Catholics, Orthodox and Copts have shared the same fate and a newfound unity as they enter into the passion of...READ MORE

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The End of the Analogy of Being, Fr. Robert Barron on Atheism and Philosophy, and Much More! (1548)

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Click on The End of the Analogy of Being by Stephen H. Webb of First Things link to read more.

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Father Robert Barron on Atheism and Philosophy - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

A Culture of Chastity in Creating a Healthy Society – Jason Godin, Fathers for Good

Spirituality Made Simple, But Not Easy! – David Torkington

Saint Katharine Drexel, the Power of Spiritual Poverty and Submission – Thomas Van, Catholic Culture

How Saint Columba Brought Catholicism and Civilization to Scotland – Michael Durnan, Aleteia∝

The Holy Family: A Surprising Education – Jessie Tappel MS, Truth and Charity Forum

“To Build a Fire” by Jack London: Hanging Humanity by a Thread – Sean Fitzpatrick, The Civilized Reader


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Want to Thank God in Public School? A Kentucky Bill Would Make Free-Expression Laws Clear (822)

A bill advanced by a Kentucky senator would codify students’ rights to religious and political speech at public schools, but the state ACLU opposes the move.

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Kentucky's Bell County High School halted its tradition of public prayers before football games in 2011, following a legal threat from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Protections for students’ religious and political speech in Kentucky’s public schools could be strengthened if lawmakers in the Kentucky State Capitol advance a bill that is supported by the state’s Catholic bishops’ conference.

“We think, by codifying mostly constitutional principles that have been articulated by the courts, it gives a very clear black-and-white picture of what you can and cannot do when it comes to students’ religious and political expression,” said Jason Hall, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky.

The conference has endorsed the bill, S.B. 71, authored by Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, which passed the Senate on Feb. 19 in a...READ MORE

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Pope: Lenten Retreat ‘Succeeded in Sowing Seeds’ (949)

The Holy Father commented on Curia spiritual exercises at their conclusion.

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ROME — After a weeklong spiritual retreat outside of Rome, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the priest who led the reflections, saying that although it’s not easy to preach to priests, seeds have been planted.

“On behalf of all of us, I, too, would like to thank the father for his work among us during the spiritual exercises,” Francis said after his return to Rome on Feb. 27.

“It’s not easy to give exercises to priests, right? We’re a bit complicated, all of us, but you succeeded in sowing seeds,” he said, and he prayed that these seeds would continue to grow.

“May the Lord make these seeds that you have given us grow, and I also hope that myself and all the others can leave here...READ MORE

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Faith vs. Fashion: Muslim Woman Spars with Abercrombie in Major Court Case (1549)

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case involving a teenager whose job application was rejected because she wears a headscarf.

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WASHINGTON — When an employer’s hiring standards conflict with a prospective employee’s religious practice, when would the employer be guilty of discrimination for not hiring?

That is the question currently before the Supreme Court, which held oral arguments Feb. 25 in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. Abercrombie chose not to hire Samantha Elauf, a Muslim teenager who applied for a retail job with the chain retailer, claiming that her use of a headscarf violated the company’s policy of no headdress for employees.

“I learned that I was not hired by Abercrombie because I wear a headscarf, which is a symbol of modesty in my Muslim faith. This was shocking to me,” Elauf stated after...READ MORE

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