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  • As a Man Grows Older: Papal Milestones Prompt Celebration, Speculation

    04/13/2012 7:04:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/12/12 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's 85th birthday, April 16, and the seventh anniversary of his election, April 19, are obviously occasions for wishing the pope well and reflecting on the events of his reign thus far. Inevitably, however, these milestones also prompt speculation about what Vatican officials and observers refer to diplomatically as "papal transition." Pope Benedict, after all, is already the sixth-oldest pope since the 1400s, when records became available. It has been almost two years since he told a German interviewer, "My forces are diminishing" and that, when it comes to public appearances, "I wonder whether...
  • South Florida Moved by Death of Bishop Agustin Roman

    04/13/2012 6:46:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Sun Sentinel ^ | 4/12/12 | James D. Davis
    Humble, generous Catholic leader known for work among Cuban exiles.Bishop Agustin Roman, who died Wednesday night at age 83, was best known for his work among Cuban exiles and for promoting devotion to the Virgin Mary in Miami. But Catholic leaders in Broward and Palm Beach counties, too, recall the bishop's gentle, self-effacing leadership. "It wasn't just Catholics or Cubans he cared about: It was Jewish people, Protestants, people from all cultural backgrounds," said theologian Sixto Garcia of St. Vincent de PaulRegional Seminary near Boynton Beach, which Roman visited several times a year. "Humility is the gateway to all the...
  • Exorcist Expertise Sought After Saskatoon 'Possession'

    04/13/2012 6:42:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    CBC News ^ | 4/13/12
    Bishop looks for inspiration from Calgary dioceseA case of what is being called possible demonic possession in Saskatoon has prompted local church officials to consider the need for an exorcist. CBC News spoke with a Catholic priest involved in the case, which arose in March, and agreed not to identify participants in order to protect their privacy. According to church officials, a priest was called to a Saskatoon home by a woman who said her uncle showed signs of being possessed by the devil. The woman believed a priest's blessing could help the distraught man. At the home, the priest...
  • Humanists to Mount Legal Challenge Against New [Catholic] Schools [UK]

    04/12/2012 6:46:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/12/12 | Madeleine Teahan
    A legal challenge will be launched against the building of two new Catholic schools in southwest London. The British Humanist Association (BHA) and the Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign (RISC) are planning to mount a legal challenge against Richmond Council, following an application by the Diocese of Westminster to build a Catholic primary and secondary school. A spokesman for the Diocese of Westminster defended the application stating: “The Diocese of Westminster believe that Richmond Council have acted entirely properly in respect of proposals for the establishment of new Voluntary Aided Catholic primary and secondary schools in the borough. “The proposed court...
  • Catholic Voices heeds Pope's call for public witness in US

    04/12/2012 5:01:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | April 11, 2012
    Denver, Colo., Apr 11, 2012 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- The recently-formed Catholic Voices USA organization is seeking volunteers to defend Church teachings, in response to Pope Benedict XVI's recent call for an effective witness in public life. At a January 2012 meeting with U.S. bishops in Rome, the Pope said that “articulate and well-formed Catholic laity” were needed to “counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church's participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.”In order to fulfill this call, Catholic Voices USA is seeking members of the Church in the...
  • Pro-life veteran priest arrested protesting Obama at Notre Dame now ailing, prayers requested

    04/11/2012 3:46:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 11, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    April 11, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Friends of longtime pro-life activist Fr. Norman Weslin are asking for prayers for the elderly priest as his health declines. Weslin, 81, is the founder of the Lambs of Christ and estimates on his group’s website that he has been arrested 70 to 80 times in peaceful civil disobedience against abortion. Jean and Kathy Plourde of Gabriel’s Corner on Tuesday asked for intercession for Fr. Weslin, who is expected to enter hospice care as soon as this week. The pro-lifers say that the priest currently is staying at an Alzheimer’s care facility in Michgan,...
  • False Conversions 'Suicide' for Churches, Pastor Warns

    04/11/2012 12:36:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 4/11/12 | Bob Allen
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) – Thousands, if not millions, of church members sitting in America’s pews aren’t really born-again Christians, a Washington, D.C., pastor said April 10 to a pastors’ conference in Louisville, Ky. Mark Dever Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in the nation’s capital, warned on the opening day of the 2012 Together for the Gospel Conference that “false conversions” are “the suicide of the local church.” Dever was one of four religious leaders – with Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; C.J. Mahaney, president Sovereign Grace Ministries in Gaithersburg, Md.; and Ligon Duncan,...
  • Believers will always praise HIS holy name, because the Spirit of GOD pushes forth ministry.

    04/11/2012 8:39:31 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 32 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    GOD's spirit pushes forth ministry, and not any force of a human's wants or needs; as they do not even match up with what GOD wants. That's why GOD came to them and changed their lives. We know that JESUS only came for the the lowly, not the righteous. We will confess HIS name and slowly live according to what we confess. The key to the those that do not believe is how they live and what they say, even if they may use GOD's holy name. Beware and watch all things in the spirit.
  • The Continuing Struggle for the Soul of Cuba

    04/11/2012 7:12:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Jordan Allott
    In the wake of Pope Benedict's visit, Cuban Catholics express frustration and anger as the Castro regime continues political repression and religious persecution.A day before Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to Cuba on March 26, I was in Arroyo Naranjo, one of Havana’s poorest areas, meeting with Lilvio Fernandez Luis, a Catholic and the leader of JACU, or Joventud Activa Cuba Unida. Lilvio spent the day showing me the life he has worked hard to create—a life built on a strong family and the courage to fight against the repression that the Cuban government has inflicted on its people for...
  • The Profound, Unapologetic and Timely Reflections of Archbishop Chaput [Catholics in Public Life]

    04/11/2012 7:04:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Michael J. Miller
    Abp. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. publishes e-book about Catholic Witness: "A Heart on Fire"Almost fifty years ago, the writings on religious pluralism of an American Jesuit, John Courtney Murray, helped the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to draft a Declaration on Religious Liberty in a world where millions of Christians were being ruled by officially atheistic regimes. On March 23, 2012, hundreds of citizens gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia to participate in a Rally for Religious Freedom, in protest of the U.S. Government’s Health and Human Services Department mandate that compels institutions and individuals to...
  • Abuse Scandal’s Total Cost: $2.49 Billion Since 2004

    04/11/2012 6:41:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The clerical abuse scandal cost American dioceses $108,679,706 in 2011, according to an report released on April 10 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Only 57% of those funds were allotted to settlements ($50.4 million) and therapy for abuse victims ($6.1 million); the rest was spent on attorneys’ fees ($36.7 million), support for offenders ($9.9 million), and other costs ($5.6 million), according to the 2011 “Report on the Implementation of the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People.”The clerical abuse scandal cost religious institutes an additional $35,372,010 in 2011. These expenses brought the total cost of...
  • Give GOD all praise, thanks, and worship everyday! Love one another!

    04/10/2012 8:56:18 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 4 replies
    Faith | God-inspired
    Praise GOD, who is where all things come from. Give praise to the Most High day and night for all you have; which is life.
  • A Muslim Finds the Catholic Faith … Through Geography and Theology

    04/10/2012 6:53:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/10/12 | Edward Pentin
    British soccer team owner and prominent philanthropist Ilyas Khan reflects on his conversion.Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar was instrumental in helping Ilyas Khan, a British philanthropist and former Muslim, to become Catholic. But so too were many other distinctly Catholic influences, all amounting to a “pull” towards the faith rather than a “push” away from Islam. Khan, a merchant banker by training and the owner of the Accrington Stanley soccer team, is also chairman of the prominent British charity Leonard Cheshire Disability — the largest organization in the world helping people with disabilities. In a revealing interview with Register...
  • We can do nothing without HIM. Those HE calls will give the testimony of JESUS. THose HE calls.

    04/09/2012 9:44:54 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 10 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    GOD will call those that HE wants. It's not something for us to gloat who have been called. But it's for us to be that living example that show others how great HE is; from the heart and eventually to the physical. The testimony of JESUS in our lives is our key to know HE is calling us. Our faith and prayers is our telephone call to HIM, and HE brings the increase to us. All is HIS.
  • JOHN HARPER: True Hero on the Titanic

    John Harper was born to a pair of solid Christian parents on May 29th, 1872. It was on the last Sunday of March 1886, when he was thirteen years old that he received Jesus as the Lord of his life. He never knew what it was to "sow his wild oats." He began to preach about four years later at the ripe old age of 17 years old by going down to the streets of his village and pouring out his soul in earnest entreaty for men to be reconciled to God. As John Harper's life unfolded, one thing was...
  • 3500 Adults Receive Baptism at Easter Vigil. Card. Tong Thanks the Catechists [Hong Kong]

    04/09/2012 6:48:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/7/2012 | Annie Lam
    There are 39 paid catechists and 1500 volunteer catechists. Evangelization a pastoral priority for Card. Tong. The story of Janet, who will be baptized tonight, along with her younger brother.Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - This Easter, 3,500adult catechumens in the Hong Kong diocese will receive the Sacrament of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion) at various parishes at the Holy Saturday Vigil today, April 7. In his Easter Pastoral Letter 2012, Cardinal John Tong of Hong Kong specially thanks priests, deacons, sisters and laypeople to offer their time and energy in teaching catechism. The catechists "not only carry out the...
  • Pope issues rare, forceful correction to dissident priests in Holy Week liturgy

    04/09/2012 6:08:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2012 | HILARY WHITE
    VATICAN CITY, April 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an extremely rare move, Pope Benedict XVI today issued a forcefully worded correction of a group of Austrian priests who last year issued a public letter calling on their fellow clergy to disobey Catholic teaching in key areas. “Recently a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination,” the pope said. Speaking at the...
  • URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI - EASTER 2012

    04/08/2012 12:33:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Vatican ^ | April 8, 2012 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world!“Surrexit Christus, spes mea” – “Christ, my hope, has risen” (Easter Sequence).May the jubilant voice of the Church reach all of you with the words which the ancient hymn puts on the lips of Mary Magdalene, the first to encounter the risen Jesus on Easter morning. She ran to the other disciples and breathlessly announced: “I have seen the Lord!” (Jn 20:18). We too, who have journeyed through the desert of Lent and the sorrowful days of the Passion, today raise the cry of victory: “He has risen! He has...
  • Whatever day you treat special. All days or one. Edify one another. Love one another.

    04/08/2012 11:35:03 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 3 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love one another. Love everyone as CHRIST loved and loves us. Have patience with one another the way you would want them to have patience for you.
  • Walk in love with everyone, as Christ does the same with us. We are all a work in progress!

    04/07/2012 10:10:22 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    We are a work in progress. Treat others as you want to be treated. Walk in love. No one is perfect.