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'This is the pure Gospel': Moved by Iraqi Christians' witness, Pope Francis returns to Rome, promises future visit to Lebanon ...  

Pope Francis said Monday that the sight of the destroyed churches and ruins in Mosul and the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq left him speechless.

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2021-03-08 11:47:47



Do you struggle with depression? Take heart, and take advice, from a bishop who has been there too.....  

Most Rev. James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, joined Dr. James Link, a Catholic clinical psychologist based in Bismarck, North Dakota, via Zoom on January 30, 2021, to discuss the relationship between Catholic spirituality and psychology. In December 2019, Bishop Conley requested time away in order to seek assistance...

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2021-03-07 10:03:15



Pope Francis in Erbil: 'Today I can see at first hand that the Church in Iraq is alive'...  

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed joy at the vitality of the Church in Iraq despite years of fierce persecution.

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2021-03-07 07:03:45



Do you struggle with anxiety? Here are 3 problems with worry, and 2 things you should do when you start worrying.....  

Are you worried? Worrying is at an all-time high. What about my wife my kids? My investments? My lack of investments? Relationship problems? The 'Great Reset?' What am I going to do about all this stuff? Listen, I'm going to tell you three problems with worry and two things you have to do when you start worrying, and what all that has to do with juggling.

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2021-03-07 02:45:28



Pope intervenes to ask founder of ecumenical Community of Bose to pack his bags...  

An ongoing showdown between the Vatican and an Italian lay monk who's repeatedly dodged an order to leave the ecumenical monastery he founded took a new turn Friday, as Pope Francis directly intervened to request the founder's compliance.

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2021-03-06 10:39:06



COVID-19 vaccines, and how scientists like Dr. Amesh Adalja get science and religion wrong ...  

It isn't often that I come across an editorial filled with as much factual inaccuracy and misunderstanding as the recent one by Dr. Amesh A. Adalja. This is striking, because he's a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, and his editorial is on health security.

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2021-03-06 09:03:20



Here's an excellent comparison of Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and 33 other COVID-19 vaccines...  

Shortly after a new single dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was approved for use in the U.S., Bishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans issued a statement warning the faithful that the vaccine was "morally compromised" due to its reliance on abortion-derived cells in both its development and testing, and advising Catholics that they consequently should use vaccines that are more morally acceptable vaccines if those vaccines are available.

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2021-03-06 08:45:07



Pope Francis in Iraq, Wuerl's $2 million raises big questions, and Andrew Cuomo...  

Pope Francis is in Iraq. It is an historic trip, in the proper sense of the term. The region is home to Catholic communities far older than the name "Iraq," or the concept of a nation state, and the suffering of that people as they try to hold on to their ancient homes is truly worthy of our every attention and effort of support.

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2021-03-06 08:30:51



Exactly 310 years after Guadalupe, Our Lady appeared to Indians in the present-day U.S...  

It was Christmas Eve, 1841, in Montana's Bitterroot Valley. Montana was still decades from statehood. The Salish Indians in that locality had welcomed missionaries only in September. Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, the well-known Jesuit missionary, had arrived with two fellow priests to found a mission among the Salish, also then called the Flatheads, who were eager to learn the Catholic faith and be baptized.

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2021-03-06 06:50:02



Medal of Honor chaplain Father Emil Kapaun's body identified, as sainthood inquiry continues...  

Department of Defense investigators have identified the remains of U.S. Army chaplain and Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun among the unknown Korean War soldiers buried in a Hawaiian cemetery, much to the surprise and joy of the priest's relatives and devotees in his home state of Kansas.

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2021-03-06 05:27:16



God made you for happiness in Heaven, not comfort on Earth...  

"Happy" is unlikely an adjective most people associate with Lent. By the First Sunday of Lent, Catholics in the United States will have already experienced their one (of a whole two) fast days of the year and returned to Friday abstinence (which used to be year round). We talk about what we will "give up" for Lent, and we hear of penance. What's "happy?"

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2021-03-06 04:59:13



On Day 2 of Iraq trip, Pope tells Chaldean Catholics: 'Love is our strength'...  

At Mass in Baghdad on Saturday, Pope Francis told Iraqi Christians that no matter what the world thinks, love is a strength, and it always triumphs over sin and evil.

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2021-03-06 03:09:20



Iraq has given many great saints to the Church...  

As one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world, the Christians of Iraq — whom Pope Francis will visit March 5-8 — have not only given the world a culturally rich ecclesiastical heritage, but also accorded the Church innumerable great saints, many of whom are martyrs for the faith.

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2021-03-06 01:38:03



Curial speculation follows Pope's meeting with Cardinal Cupich and Bishop Prevost...  

Sources have told CNA that Pope Francis may choose two US-born prelates as prefects of congregations in the Roman Curia. The two are Blase Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and Bishop Robert Prevost of Chiclayo. Pope Francis had a private audience with Cardinal Cupich Jan. 30, while he met Bishop Prevost March 1.

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2021-03-06 01:16:18



Pope Francis arrives in Iraq: 'The name of God cannot be used to justify acts of murder'...  

In his first speech in Iraq, Pope Francis called for an end to violence and extremism so that ordinary Iraqis can live, work, and pray in peace. Speaking to Iraqi government authorities from the hall of the Presidential Palace in Baghdad, the pope said that "religion, by its very nature, must be at the service of peace and fraternity."

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2021-03-05 06:07:18



Father Edward Meeks: 'Why politics is not our religion'...  

"Whether we're accused of being overly political or not, we have to take a stand for the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage and religious liberty, because all three of them are under assault in this culture today," said Fr. Edward Meeks, the founding pastor of Christ the King Church in Towson, Maryland...

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2021-03-05 03:54:02



From feckless episcopal leadership, Lord save us...  

Do you wonder why many Catholics have grown cynical about their bishops? The Pillar news site reports that this year's budget for the Archdiocese of Washington includes $2 million for the "continuing ministry" of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned from active ministry nearly two years ago amid what polite people call questions about his role in the McCarrick scandal.

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2021-03-04 22:48:05



St. Thomas Aquinas says Heaven is like a baby who has a beard...  

This isn't my own original idea. It belongs to Saint Thomas Aquinas, who used it to argue against the claim that in heaven we'll somehow lose our humanity. If we spend time thinking about it, the beatific vision—the strange and glorious union with God that we will enjoy in heaven—can seem like something unnatural to us.

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2021-03-04 22:40:24



People will always be interested in conspiracy theories. We need a tool kit for discriminating among different fringe ideas.....  

No problem concerns journalists and press-watchers so much these days as the proliferation of conspiracy theories and misinformation on the internet. "We never confronted this level of conspiracy thinking in the U.S. previously," Marty Baron, the former executive editor of The Washington Post, told Der Spiegel in a recent interview...

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2021-03-04 22:37:13



2021 OSV Challenge will help build up Catholic innovators and non-profits...  

The OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation is accepting application submissions for the 2021 OSV Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition designed to "incubate unique project ideas in any stage from Catholics whose faith has motivated them to make a difference." Three prizes of $100,000 each will be awarded to three Catholic non-profits...

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2021-03-04 19:55:10



Archdiocese of Washington defends Cardinal Wuerl's $2,000,000 fund for 'continuing ministry activities' during COVID-19 shutdown...  

The Archdiocese of Washington on Thursday said that more than $2 million allocated for the "continuing ministry activities" of emeritus archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl was given by donors to cover Wuerl's living and travel expenses, along with charitable gifts given on behalf of the cardinal.

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2021-03-04 19:24:24



How does society measure mothers?  

Quarantine and political violence have made city life considerably less appealing, leading to a noticeable exodus out of cities in favor of simpler lives and less expensive locales. Accompanying this trend are large numbers of women leaving the workforce. With school-age children suddenly at home, this can come as no surprise. Many erstwhile employed women surely lament this change and feel eager to get their children back in school and their jobs back on track...

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2021-03-04 18:07:10



In Iraq, the Pope will honor the memory of a martyred Christian population, and reach out to the Shi'a ...  

Tomorrow Pope Francis leaves for Iraq, and in most of the Christian world it'll be seen as a trip to honor the memory of a martyred Christian population that suffered unimaginable horrors under an ISIS occupation of the Nineveh Plains region of the country between 2014 and 2017.

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2021-03-04 13:36:21



Newark's Cardinal Tobin appointed member of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops...  

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed the archbishop of Newark, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, a member of the Congregation for Bishops. Pope Francis also named Cardinal Sergio da Rocha, archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, a member of the same 25-member Vatican congregation. As a member, Cardinal Tobin joins...

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2021-03-04 11:53:03



Are Germany's Catholic bishops paving the way to a schism?  

Germany's Catholic bishops embarked on a series of conversations in 2018 aimed at reforming church teachings. It was an ambitious, if not audacious, effort on everything from homosexuality, priestly celibacy and the ordination of women.

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2021-03-04 02:45:36



Archdiocese of Washington allocates $2,000,000+ for retired Cardinal Wuerl's 'continuing ministry' in 2020...  

The Archdiocese of Washington has allocated more than $2 million for the "ministry activities" of retired Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The archdiocese, which has pledged in recent years a commitment to financial transparency, has not responded to questions about the details of Wuerl's continued ministry, the costs associated with it, or the source of the funds allocated for Wuerl.

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2021-03-03 21:10:01



Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti proclaimed Christ in a Muslim nation — and 10 years ago, he was assassinated...  

What was it like growing up Muslim in the United States? The answer, in my case, is that it was a cakewalk. I'd met a fair number of people who'd converted to Islam, and not one of them suffered any legal ramifications whatsoever for having done so. I never had to worry about the prospects of a Christian neighbor arbitrarily accusing me of blasphemy, much less being thrown in jail on any such charge.

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2021-03-03 13:50:27



These pastors are learning how to create an 'Amazing Parish'...  

Except for a few cynics, pretty much everyone accepts the fact that a church is not a business. But Patrick Lencioni wants to bring to Catholic parishes the principles he's been sharing for years with businesses like Southwest Airlines. The key difference is, when visitors walk into a church...

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2021-03-03 12:06:56



Cardinal Pell and squirming Catholics...  

According to the movie Love Story, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Typical Hollywood fluff, you might say. Yet the best answer to that asininity was given by a Hollywood all-star, the late, great Charlton Heston. Asked the secret of what would eventually become his 64-year long marriage to Lydia, Chuck Heston replied...

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2021-03-03 11:34:37



How British Intelligence manufactured a Satanic Panic in Northern Ireland 50 years ago...  

The British government once launched a PsyOps campaign against the Provisional IRA that attempted to frame them as devil-worshipping Cultists. They even went as far as having Intelligence Agents research Crowley and other occultists in order to accurately replicate "black masses" and other rituals, which they staged throughout the Northern Irish countryside.

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2021-03-03 10:22:46



“I animated this classic childhood photo of St. Thérèse of Lisieux using a new AI-based platform. This is pretty amazing...”...  

I animated this classic childhood photo of St. Therèse of Lisieux using a new AI-based platform. This is pretty amazing! Like meeting St. Therèse herself...

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2021-03-03 09:45:54



78 years ago, one of the best dance routines ever was filmed, unrehearsed on the first take...  

Fred Astaire said it was 'the greatest dancing he had ever seen on film'. In a dance performance for the ages, the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000), dazzled audiences with their acrobatic routine to Cab Calloway's hit song, Jumpin' Jive. Not only that, but the routine was unrehearsed and what you see was the first take!

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2021-03-03 07:28:02



Pope's Wednesday audience: 'Prayer opens us up to the Trinity'; faithful asked to pray for Iraq trip and Burma...  

Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an end to "bloody clashes" and the release of political leaders in Burma. Speaking at the end of his general audience on March 3, the pope lamented the deaths of protesters following a military coup in the Southeast Asian country on Feb. 1.

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2021-03-03 07:20:20



U.S. bishops address concern over Johnson & Johnson vaccine's abortion link...  

Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, approved Feb. 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raises moral concerns because it was "was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines," the chairmen of two U.S. bishops committees said March 2.

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2021-03-03 06:39:07



When a man proposes...  

Even as marriage between a man and a woman is undermined, ridiculed, or simply set aside, we naturally feel the power and poignancy of a man proposing to a woman. This particular form of human interaction holds an almost limitless interest for us. We want to hear the whole story, even when we already know how it turns out in the end.

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2021-03-03 06:09:35



I never really liked Dr. Seuss much anyway...  

Write what you want. Publish what you want. Teach what you want. Stock your libraries with what you want. Withdraw what you want. Prohibit what you want. Just do it on the most local scale possible, so the rest of us can write, publish, teach, stock, withdraw and prohibit what we want, as well.

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2021-03-03 05:32:44



St. Katharine Drexel inherited her father's fortune — and Our Father's Kingdom...  

Twenty million dollars. That's how much St. Katharine Drexel donated to the education and care of the poor. The young Philadelphia heiress, who was raised by her father, banking magnate Frederick Drexel, and her stepmother Emma Bouvier, had more money than most people can imagine...

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2021-03-03 04:33:59



10 mysterious things to know about guardian angels...  

Guardian angels are mysterious beings that are invisible to our eyes, but surround us and accompany us on a daily basis. Here are 10 fascinating facts about these spiritual creatures and how they affect our everyday lives.

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2021-03-03 02:21:23



Here are 4 vital elements of Catholic renewal...  

Imagine taking a small portion of every item in your fridge and cooking them into one dish tonight. You would probably end up with a gross mess for dinner. It may be "food" and provide some kind of nourishment, but it certainly isn't going to taste good. Now imagine being served this mess at a restaurant. I highly doubt you would go back...

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2021-03-02 11:37:47



Fr. Pfleger's Chicago parish is withholding $100,000 per month. Why is it so much, and what are the canonical issues?  

A Chicago parish made headlines this weekend, saying it planned to withhold $100,000 dollars per month from the archdiocese until a canonical investigation is concluded into the parish's suspended pastor, Fr. Michael Pfleger. A parish spokesperson explained the sum, and the parish's decision, which also raises questions about who exactly is leading the parish during Pfleger's absence.

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2021-03-02 10:47:57



Have you ever thought of praying outside an abortion clinic?  

Do you know about 40 Days for Life? It's a campaign of prayer outside of abortion clinics. I've been trying to stick with it most days, often signing up for a slot at 3 in the afternoon on weekdays. I quickly learned that 3 is an especially hard time. At this particular clinic...

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2021-03-02 09:57:01



President Biden mentions Our Lady of Guadalupe, displays rosary beads, in virtual meeting with Mexican president...  

President Joe Biden cited Our Lady of Guadalupe and displayed his rosary beads in a conversation with the president of Mexico on Monday. In the virtual conversation with Mexico's President López Obrador, Biden, a Catholic, claimed a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe from his previous travels to Mexico as vice president.

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2021-03-02 07:31:10



If Heaven is our aim, why refute the Creed?  

There is a specific chapter in the book of Deuteronomy where Moses prepares, proclaims, and instructs Israel to obey God. The Shema or Law of God is what Moses specifically directs Israel to faithfully adhere. After the miraculous events of God's sovereign power witnessed by the Israelites, one would hope Israel would not hesitate to obey God's commands...

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2021-03-02 07:29:01



Vandals strike at St. Mary Church in New Haven, Connecticut, historic mother church of Knights of Columbus...  

On Saturday, Feb. 27, St. Mary Church in New Haven, Connecticut, was the victim of a vandal or vandals. The parish church is also renowned with a shrine of the Infant of Prague and known as the birthplace of the Knights of Columbus. Blessed Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights, is entombed in a sarcophagus in the church.

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2021-03-02 05:49:57



The 'Hamilton' saint: Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Ten-Dollar Founding Father...  

When the orphan and Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean, aka Alexander Hamilton, finally made his way to New York City as a budding revolutionary, he rubbed elbows with other influential members of early American society, including a future Catholic saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton...

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2021-03-02 03:42:07



As others realized before them, Harry and Meghan discovered that royal life is luxurious — but not indulgent...  

It is rare for a single family to be the subject of action by both Buckingham Palace and the Holy See in the same week. The Spencer clan, though, is no ordinary family—it includes the dukes of Marlborough, Sir Winston Churchill, and, latterly, Diana, Princess of Wales...

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2021-03-02 03:32:05



Ring doorbell camera captures FedEx driver making a delivery — then stopping to pray before a statue of Our Lady...  

Footage from a personal home security camera captured a FedEx delivery man stopping to pray before a statue of Our Lady on his way back to the delivery truck.

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2021-03-02 01:55:29



5 theological truths to see in the Transfigured Christ...  

A theophany is a revelation of God to man, when God makes himself plainly known. As examples, we might think of Moses' discovery of the burning bush or Paul's encounter with God on the road to Damascus. The Transfiguration is one such event, when the disciples see the glory of the Lord. But what did they see? St. Thomas Aquinas suggests...

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2021-03-01 14:06:32



True love requires a patience that takes us to the terror of the Cross...  

Today, in discerning how to address formation for ministry, the Church states its concerns over human formation. True formation requires the addressing of three dimensions of our human experience: First, conversion from sin; second, accepting and dealing with reality; and third, hoosing the totality of what Christ has revealed a complete surrender of one's whole existence to Him.

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2021-03-01 10:22:52



Chicago's St. Sabina parish plays hardball, says they'll withhold monthly $100,000 assessments until Cupich announces results of Father Michael Pfleger's sex abuse investigation...  

St. Sabina Church plans to stop paying about $100,000 in monthly assessments to the Archdiocese of Chicago to try to hasten the investigation into decades-old sexual abuse allegations involving the Rev. Michael Pfleger.

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2021-03-01 09:45:53



In rare new interview, Benedict XVI discusses resignation, Biden, Iraq, conspiracy theories...  

In a rare new interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said his "conscience is clear" about his resignation from the papacy eight years ago, that there is "only one Pope," and that his decision to resign was a "conscious choice" and unrelated to "conspiracy theories."

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2021-03-01 09:07:47



The German question risks putting the whole Church in crisis...  

With the appointment of its first lay woman secretary-general, and the first anywhere in the world, the German Bishops' Conference last week wanted to indicate the fruits of the Synodal Path of the Church in Germany. In short, a signal that the changes they are discussing will be implemented, whether Rome wants it or not.

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2021-03-01 08:43:58



From trials to Transfiguration — A homily for the Second Sunday of Lent...  

The text says, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. Note that in order to get them to a place where they can see glory, the Lord must first lead them "up a high mountain." It's easy to pass over this fact: they had to climb that mountain. Anyone who has been to the site of Tabor can appreciate just how difficult a climb it is...

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2021-03-01 06:22:38



Massive Catholic center planned for east Texas...  

A grand oratory, seven Catholic institutes, a retreat center, residences, multilevel educational programs: These are among the ambitious projects about to launch in the bucolic east Texas countryside of Winona, outside of Tyler. Called Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth), after the encyclical by Pope St. John Paul II on the Church's moral teaching...

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2021-03-01 04:40:36



“Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” But don't we really know what we are doing?  

One of the most powerful things Jesus said from the Cross was, "Father forgive them, they know not what they are doing." It is beautiful in its graciousness and loving in its leniency. But it is also enigmatic. Did they not in fact, know exactly what they were doing? They had been plotting for several years to set up Jesus and trap him...

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2021-03-01 04:24:21



“I believe in Jesus Christ”...  

At the heart of our Christian Faith is a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. He is the Word become flesh, "the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth." Jesus comes to us as "the way, and the truth, and the life," and Christian living consists in following him. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said...

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2021-02-28 14:47:06



Should offensive words be removed from great books like 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?'...  

Totalitarian regimes have certain traits in common, irrespective of whether they are considered "socialist," "national socialist," "fascist," or "communist." One of these traits is the censoring of history. It might take the form of burning books, banning books, or simply censoring the "incorrect" parts of books...

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2021-02-28 11:31:18



Pope's Sunday Angelus: 'The Lord is risen and does not permit darkness to have the last word'...  

Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important to remember when facing a difficult trial that the "Lord is risen and does not permit darkness to have the last word."

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2021-02-28 10:04:20



Reminders that in Catholicism, the past isn't dead ... and not even past...  

In Catholicism, how the past is remembered and constructed is always key to the politics of the present and future. A classic reminder of the point came recently in testimony in a Vatican trial describing fights among middle-school and high-school aged pre-seminarians over the Second Vatican Council...

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2021-02-28 06:09:26



Vietnam Communists imprisoned this cardinal, but heroic love put him on the path to sainthood...  

The late Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan is on track to sainthood because of his extraordinary faith and love in the midst of many suffering and mistreatments after the Vietnam War. He was imprisoned by the Vietnamese Communists for many years, most of that in solitary confinement...

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2021-02-27 12:32:08



The history of Lent and fasting in the Church...  

We have once again entered the season of Lent, a season of the Church calendar that is difficult for many Catholics. We have the feeling that we should be doing more, but under the pressure of modern life, and perhaps a degree of selfishness, we are reluctant to take on too much in the way of prayer and penitential activities. Words like "penance," "mortification" and "renunciation" are intimidating.

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2021-02-27 09:33:54



Xavier Becerra: Is it fair to hire a hit man as HHS secretary?  

Pope Francis has not particularly emphasized what we call "pro-life" causes during his papacy. You can find stray remarks in his speeches or documents, of course, that affirm belief in the sanctity of human life - even from conception to natural death. But no extended treatment and nothing like the encyclicals pushing the boundaries of marriage...

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2021-02-27 08:08:08



This priest's rare baseball card collection almost wound up in the trash. Now it could raise tens of thousands at auction... ...  

Father John Ubel, rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul, is preparing to let go of a childhood treasure. The Minnesota priest plans to auction off a collection of rare baseball cards to raise money for his school's tuition fund. The decision to sell came at a time when funds are more needed than ever, as the world pandemic continues to strain school assets.

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2021-02-27 05:42:25



In newly-surfaced 2019 interview, Pope Francis says he'll die in Rome, not in Argentina...  

In a candid 2019 interview published Saturday, Pope Francis reveals that he sees himself "dying as pope," either in active duty or in retirement, and in Rome, because, he said, "I am not going back to Argentina." In the interview, published by Argentina's paper of record...

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2021-02-27 04:49:22



After decree of Pope Francis, feast of St. Gregory of Narek celebrated at Vatican for first time...  

On Saturday, the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to the Holy See, announced it has organized a celebration to mark the first liturgical commemoration of Saint Gregory of Narek in the Latin rite.

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2021-02-27 04:38:29



This Sunday's readings: Our unsafe God demands too much...  

We hear the story of the Transfiguration this Sunday, the Second Sunday of Lent Year B, and what at first glance seems to be a strange story that is more of a curiosity than anything else, the more you look at it turns out to be a specific and radical warning of what will happen to each of us soon.

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2021-02-27 03:17:59



Will the Vatican investigate a cardinal implicated in its own abuse trial?  

An unusual sex abuse trial currently underway in the Vatican took a potentially explosive turn Wednesday, and the response may have a great deal to say about how serious the reforms launched by Pope Francis actually are. Three witnesses testified that Italian Cardinal Angelo Comastri...

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2021-02-27 01:51:09



Fight back against the 'cancel culture' — and never make the mistake of censoring yourself to avoid being censored by others...  

The ominous trend toward censorship, in the news and especially in the social media, is now unmistakably clear. At this point the question is when, not whether, Christian voices will be silenced. Unless, of course, we can do something to reverse the trend.

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2021-02-27 01:46:52



We face obstacles, and we're often at war with ourselves. It's not easy being human.....  

Our intrinsic freedom as human persons is extraordinarily difficult to fathom, as it is hedged on all sides by things which tend to distort or limit it. For example, our freedom is limited by our innate abilities and opportunities. We cannot become doctors without a large measure of intelligence and serious study, any more than we can win a track-and-field event without significant coordination and the health to undergo rigorous training...

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2021-02-27 01:27:12



A Catholic approach to diversity, equity and inclusion at Notre Dame: 10 Theses...  

Like many other universities, Notre Dame is promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd on May 25, and of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many others. Unlike most universities, Notre Dame is a Catholic university whose mission statement holds that "our Catholic character informs all our endeavors." How can Notre Dame manifest its mission in these efforts?

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2021-02-26 13:07:48



113 years ago, Father Leo Heinrichs was shot to death in Denver while distributing Communion. His cause for beatification, interrupted by World War II, is still open... ...  

Father Leo Heinrichs woke up the morning of Feb. 23, 1908, and prepared for the 6 a.m. Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Denver. While he normally said the 8 a.m. Mass, Father Leo asked his vicar, Father Wulstan Workman, if he would switch on account of a meeting he had later that morning.

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2021-02-26 10:49:01



Sr. Carol Keehan is getting the Xavier Beccera Catholic problem backwards...  

It is possible that no one loves nuns more than I do — or spends more time with them as our Mark Wright attested to in NR's 65th anniversary issue in December. Cloistered nuns and religious sisters happen to be some of my dearest friends and holy conspirators. And while I am grateful to her fiat to God with her religious life as a Daughter of Charity...

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2021-02-26 10:36:54



Vatican prosecutors have cell phone of 'Becciu's spy'...  

Vatican prosecutors are in possession of the cell phone of Cecilia Marogna, the woman at the center of one of several overlapping Vatican financial scandals, according to an Italian media report. The handover suggests new kinds of evidence could be brought forward in the expected trial of Marogna, but raises questions about the legal means used to obtain it.

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2021-02-26 10:30:09



Remembering lives of consequence...  

All lives are consequential, for every human being is an idea of God's, and everyone is a someone for whom the Son of God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, entered history, suffered, died - and was raised from the dead to display within history a new, glorified humanity...

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2021-02-26 10:16:23



How to make the 33-day St. Louis de Montfort Marian consecration...  

Saint Louis de Montfort was a French priest noted for his promotion of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. His most well-known books are The Secret of the Rosary, The Secret of Mary, and True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

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2021-02-26 09:53:39



Father Quan Tran: 'Follow Our Lady to be a disciple of Jesus Christ'...  

The Blessed Virgin Mary is "the perfect disciple. She is God's masterpiece. To imitate Mary is to imitate Christ. There's no contradiction," said Fr. Quan Tran, parochial vicar at St. Bonaventure Parish in Huntington Beach, Calif., and a former deputy district attorney. He is the author of "The Imitation of Mary: Keys to Growth in Virtue and Grace" (Sophia Institute Press) and leads FullnessOfGrace.org.

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2021-02-26 07:55:18



Meet the insider's bet to become Archbishop of Chicago if Cupich is moved to Rome...  

In recent weeks, rumors in the Church have circulated to suggest that Chicago's Cardinal Blase Cupich may soon be appointed to head a Vatican office in Rome. The rumors tend to include speculation about who might replace the archbishop in Chicago. While several American bishops are usually mentioned, one front-runner has been entirely overlooked.

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2021-02-26 07:22:54



Head of German Catholic bishops: 'I do not deny Communion to a Protestant who asks for it'...  

The president of the German Catholic bishops' conference said on Thursday that he would continue to give Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. Bishop Georg Bätzing told journalists at a press conference on Feb. 25 that it was necessary to respect the "personal decision of conscience" of those seeking to receive Communion.

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2021-02-26 05:54:26



Man dies on his knees in front of altar in Mexico City church...  

A church in Mexico City was the scene on Sunday of the death of Juan, a man in his sixties who got down on his knees to pray at the entrance of the church, made his way up the main aisle still on his knees, passed out, and died within minutes in front of the altar.

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2021-02-26 02:17:09



A brief history of ketchup and mustard, and how they became associated with hot dogs and hamburgers...  

Around 300 BCE, people in China were experimenting with making pungent pastes out of fermented fish guts. A few centuries later, the Greek historian Pliny shared a method to treat scorpion stings using the ground-up seeds of a common plant. These are the unlikely origin stories of ketchup and mustard, two condiments that people in the United States spend over $1 billion on annually. How did two condiments with thousands of years of history between them become associated with hot dogs and hamburg

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2021-02-25 20:49:24



The contributions of Robert Cardinal Sarah as a prophetic spiritual father will continue...  

At age 75 and in evident good health, Cardinal Robert Sarah likely has many fruitful years ahead of him, but his retirement as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments concludes one of the most remarkable series of assignments of any prelate in the Church.

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2021-02-25 13:33:03



The Ultimate Catholic Coronavirus Vaccine Morality Explainer...  

Since Covid-19 vaccines began to be discussed, Catholics have raised concerns about the moral and ethical aspects of taking them. While the Vatican and the USCCB have weighed in on the subject, a lot of Catholics still have questions.

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2021-02-25 12:30:54



Vatican abuse trial: Witnesses say allegations about youth seminary were ignored...  

Witnesses at the fifth hearing in a trial for alleged abuse and cover-up at a Vatican youth seminary testified on Wednesday to an unhealthy culture of ridicule and abuse of power. The witnesses also alleged that reports of sexual abuse were ignored or dismissed by authority figures...

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2021-02-25 11:26:57



'Follow the science' — Is there room for Catholic voices in COVID-19 news coverage?  

The phrase "follow the science" may very well be one of the most annoying to emerge from this pandemic. It's proudly used by politicians, often to talk down to the rest of us when they are trying to chide political conservatives or religious people on an array of issues...

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2021-02-25 08:42:51



'London Has Fallen' — How COVID-19 is changing the global city forever...  

London's streets are empty of life, its byways strangely deserted. This city's once great and endless panoply of amusement outlets and retail opportunities are closed, West End theatres and cinemas, clubs and pubs, bars and restaurants silent. Churches no less empty or strange...

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2021-02-25 07:33:19



You're probably not planning enough for unlikely events...  

In the wee hours of the morning on Monday, February 15, my house, like many others across the state of Texas, lost power during a winter storm. For the next 48 hours, we wore layers of clothes and huddled under blankets as temperatures indoors dropped to about 40 degrees. Even after the power came on, water supplies were low, and the city of Austin was under a boil-water order.

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2021-02-25 07:18:33



The devil wants to isolate you from Christ by taking you through these three steps. Don't let him.....  

The basic identity of civilization is built on an understanding of family and the community built from it. Man's ability to know and understand his relationship with God stems from the very image and likeness God created in him. This means that our original identity with God was meant to be uncorrupted. Man's human nature is meant to reflect the Divine nature of God because man receives his identity from God...

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2021-02-24 11:20:29



“Ghost particle” that crashed into Antarctica traced back to star shredded by black hole...  

On Oct. 1, 2019, Earth was struck by an invisible, high-energy cosmic bullet moving at almost the speed of light. Trillions of these intergalactic bullets pass through our bodies every second without us even knowing, so there's no great concern for the planet...

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2021-02-24 11:09:26



“Somebody needs to be dad” — Some surprising things I learned from confidential talks with 28 bishops...  

For Catholics, the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) stands as the key event of the last 60 years. It renewed the Church's self-understanding. It reimagined her relations with the Jewish people, other Christians, and the world. It also acknowledged in a new and powerful way the importance of the lay vocation.

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2021-02-24 10:27:14



How to sound like a Catholic when you talk about ashes and death...  

Catholics began Lent with a sacramental: the imposition of ashes. Ashes remind us of our mortality. The traditional formula for their imposition is, "Remember man, that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." The blessing of the ashes reiterates their symbolic value...

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2021-02-24 08:19:05



Chris Stefanick offers 4 facts about fasting...  

"We're just seven days into Lent, and fasting is a part of that journey. Why in the heck do we fast? I've got FOUR reasons that I share in under two minutes..."

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2021-02-24 07:14:41



Gallup poll: 1 in 18 U.S. adults (and 1 in 6 Gen Z adults) say they're LGBT...  

Gallup's latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT. The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup's previous update based on 2017 data.

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2021-02-24 06:50:56



Amazon erases 'When Harry Became Sally,' Ryan Anderson's book about transgenderism...  

Three years ago this month, when Ryan Anderson's new book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, first sparked a political "uproar," critics accused the author of mounting an "inflammatory case against transgender people." At issue: Anderson's insistence that Americans...

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2021-02-24 06:31:25



German Catholic bishops call for change to Catechism on homosexuality...  

A German Catholic bishop has publicly defended his support for a book of blessings and rites for homosexual unions. Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz also suggested that Catholics with homosexual inclinations cannot all be expected to live chastely and the Church should adopt a pastoral approach that acknowledges this.

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2021-02-24 03:50:38



The most likely timeline for life to return to normal.....  

The end of the coronavirus pandemic is on the horizon at last, but the timeline for actually getting there feels like it shifts daily, with updates about viral variants, vaccine logistics, and other important variables seeming to push back the finish line or scoot it forward. When will we be able to finally live our lives again?

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2021-02-24 03:03:43



Health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra grilled on partial-birth abortion, taxpayer-funded abortion...  

President Biden's nominee for health secretary on Tuesday would not commit to preventing federal funding of abortions, and would not say why he once opposed a partial-birth abortion ban.

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2021-02-23 05:37:05



Associated Press takes the hemlock approach to language...  

Don't you dare suggest that suicide is bad. That's the new approach at the Associated Press. "Commit suicide" has been canceled, because sometimes people choose legal suicide. In response to the AP's tweet, an editor responded...

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2021-02-23 01:14:03



The Pope's acceptance of Cardinal Sarah's resignation probably wasn't adversarial, but it likely was political...  

For most Vatican observers, it was nearly a foregone conclusion that Cardinal Robert Sarah would not remain in the Vatican much beyond reaching retirement age. Therefore it was hardly a surprise that Pope Francis accepted the cardinal's resignation from Vatican service on Saturday.

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2021-02-22 13:09:56



'Wokeism' in France: The chickens coming home to roost...  

I will confess that one of the biggest laughs I've had in the last several months was occasioned by a recent article in The New York Times by Norimitsu Onishi. In this lengthy piece, the author tells us that the current political and cultural leadership in France, very much including President Emmanuel Macron...

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2021-02-22 09:59:11



Barbara Shelley: Requiem for a Catholic film star...  

Barbara Shelley, who died Jan. 4, 2021, at 88 years of age, was one of Hammer Film's celebrated "Scream Queens." During the 1960s, along with a number of actresses, she became part of the Hammer's acting repertoire, adding glamour to the grisly proceedings. Never a household name, Shelley was, nevertheless, a recognizable face on screen.

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2021-02-22 07:37:13






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