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  • Middle East: The Catholic Answer to Al Jazeera

    04/19/2012 11:47:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Between 17 and 20 April in Harissa, fifty bishops will be debating the themes of Christian-inspired communication and informationFifty bishops from the Middle East are currently gathered in Beirut to talk about mass media. The discussion is being held by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, from 17 to 20 April in Harissa, the Marian shrine on a hill just a few kilometres from the Lebanese capital. The theme “Communication as a means of evangelization, dialogue, and peace in the Middle East” will be discussed by participants along with the President of the Vatican Congregation, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, and...
  • Citing doctrinal problems, Vatican announces reforms of US nuns' group

    04/19/2012 11:42:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    cns ^ | April 18, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    Archbishop Sartain gave the homily during the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington last October. (CNS/Leslie E. Kossoff) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Citing "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life," the Vatican announced a major reform of an association of women's religious congregations in the U.S. to ensure their fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination and homosexuality. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide "review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work" of the Leadership Conference of...
  • Walk in love. Love all people. Jesus love is love.

    04/18/2012 5:20:19 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love is the highest form of human existence. We must love one another in order to come together, live together, and grow together. As JESUS loved and loves us.
  • LCWR Having a Bad Day. Vatican Names Archbishop Delegate to Continue Watching LCWR and Network

    04/18/2012 11:52:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    What Does the Prayer Really Say ^ | 4/18/12 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    It is a bad day for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR… subsidiary of The Magisterium of Nuns). If the SSPX gets chilled Veuve, this one might get … dunno… a big chocolate cake? Popcorn? I save some milkfat from my clarified butter and it is fantastic on popcorn. That seems appropriate. From the USCCB: Vatican Names Archbishop Sartain To Lead Renewal Of LCWR April 18, 2012 Critiques doctrinal aspects of LCWR assemblies, publicationsFaults work with Network social justice lobby, financial, legal Resource CenterCalls for advisory group of bishops, sisters and other experts to assist in renewalWASHINGTON—The Vatican Congregation...
  • Vanity - Lyrics I wrote years ago

    04/18/2012 7:53:02 AM PDT · by jagusafr · 7 replies
    self | 1996 | jagusafr
    I Know by Dana D. Jacobson I know my God is everlasting and I know His love is never-ending and I know my God will not forsake me for I know of Calvary Yes, I know of Calvary When my Lord lay weeping in a garden He raised his hands in final supplication Then bowed His will and turned to my salvation God chose to die for me My Lord chose to die for me So when I feel the darkness all about me and though I hear the storms that would enfold me yet shall I see and follow...
  • South Korea, the Asian Tiger of the Church

    04/18/2012 6:51:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 4/18/12 | Sandro Magister
    The number of Catholics there is growing at a staggering pace. With many thousands of new baptized adults every year. The report of a great missionaryROME, April 18, 2012 – The seven years of pontificate that Benedict XVI will mark tomorrow are associated, in common opinion, with the general decline of the Church. But this opinion is nurtured by a view restricted to the Christianity of the Old Continent: to a Europe that in effect has suffered the blows of a growing secularization. If one simply widens the perspective, in fact, the reality appears different. In the past century the...
  • Vatican Says Traditionalists' Response Marks 'Step Forward' in Talks

    04/18/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/18/12 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In what the Vatican described as an encouraging "step forward," the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has revised its response to a Vatican document laying out certain basic doctrinal principles and criteria for interpreting church teaching. The latest response submitted by Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society, arrived at the Vatican April 17. It will be examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then "placed under the judgment of the Holy Father," said a brief communique from the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," which is handling the Vatican's discussions with...
  • St. Pius X Society gives mixed response to Vatican

    04/18/2012 4:39:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Bernard Fellay. Rome, Italy, Apr 17, 2012 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The breakaway Society of St. Pius X has given its assent to a statement of doctrinal belief presented to it by the Vatican, but with some suggested amendments to the text.It will now be for Pope Benedict XVI to decide whether the traditionalist group's response is sufficient to permit them back into full communion the Catholic Church.  Weekend media speculation suggested that there has been behind-the-scene dialogue between both sides in recent weeks trying to smooth reconciliation. “Unofficially and in the utmost...
  • GOD loves us and orders our steps. We must love each other and be strong as GOD orders.

    04/17/2012 8:13:24 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love to all people. As we are created by GOD, we are all given a mission that fulfill what HE wants. Whether we are believers, non-believers, sick, brave, weak, courageous, bold, shy, lost, and other characteristics or gifts. We are all the same. We are need one another. No one can post. If everyone was righteous, there would be no one to minister to. If no one was wicked, we would not know what righteousness is. If there was no one lost, then, there would be no one to minister to. If there was no sick, then there would be...
  • Recognition Finally for a Warrior Priest's Heroics

    04/17/2012 7:38:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/16/12 | Daniel Nasaw
    US Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun stole, suffered and sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers in a Korean prison camp. Six decades after his death, he is being considered for the Congressional Medal of Honor - and sainthood. On 2 November 1950, Father Kapaun made the decision that led to his death. The Korean war chaplain was in the middle of a firefight, with the American forces overrun by Chinese soldiers outside a crossroads town called Unsan in North Korea. Lighting forest fires to frustrate US reconnaissance planes, the Chinese surrounded the Americans and pressed in, attacking with small...
  • A Transitional Papacy?

    04/17/2012 7:08:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/13/12 | Marco Tosatti
    Many of those who voted for Benedict XVI in April 2005 believed his would be a transitional papacy. They were wrong. Here is a review of Joseph Ratzinger’s seven years on the Chair of PeterI am curious, in a way that might come across as slightly malicious, about one thing. I wonder how many of those who voted for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in April 2005 expected the Bavarian Pope to still be here among us seven years on. Despite his brisk baby steps which are made all the more uncertain by the problems he has with his hip and his...
  • ‘I Don’t Know What is Awaiting Me,’ Says Pope on 85th Birthday

    04/17/2012 7:04:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/16/12 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 85th birthday today with guests who treated him to Bavarian “oompah” music and folk dancing in the apostolic palace. Earlier in the day, in an impromptu homily, the Pope had said: “I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me.” “I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty,” he said. Later...
  • Stay strong in HIM!! Speak of HIS goodness, and not of sin.

    04/16/2012 12:36:30 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 6 replies
    Focus on HIM
  • Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary

    04/16/2012 8:01:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/16/12 | Samuel Gregg
    “Revolution” – it’s a word that conjures up images of winter palaces being stormed and the leveling of Bastilles. But if a true revolutionary is someone who regularly turns conventional thinking upside-down, then one of the world’s most prominent status-quo challengers may well be a quietly-spoken Catholic theologian who turns 85 today. While regularly derided by his critics as “decrepit” and “out-of-touch,” Benedict XVI continues to do what he’s done since his election as pope seven years ago: which is to shake up not just the Catholic Church but also the world it’s called upon to evangelize. His means of...
  • Today would be Corrie ten Boom's 120th Birthday

    04/15/2012 1:21:30 PM PDT · by passionfruit · 15 replies
    April 15, 2012 | Patti Filley Messenger
    Today, April 15, 2012 is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Corrie ten Boom. It is also the 29th anniversary of her death. She wrote the book The Hiding Place, about her family's story. In WWII, they lived in Haarlem Holland. They hid Jews in a small room in their home. The Nazis came and arrested the ten Boom family and sent them to concentration camps. Corrie was the only one who survived. But the Jews that were hiding there survived and escaped. You can read more about Corrie at the link. Happy birthday Dear Lady!Better yet, buy a...
  • Titanic 100: The Essex priest who refused to leave passengers

    04/15/2012 10:30:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | April 14, 2012
    In the corner of a stained-glass window in a small Essex church is an inscription asking for people to pray for one of its former priests. It describes how he "earnestly devoted his last moments to the religious consolation of his fellow passengers".Father Thomas Byles, rector at St Helen's Roman Catholic church in Chipping Ongar for eight years, was among the 1,500 people to perish aboard the SS Titanic on 15 April 1912.This small memorial means his actions, which were praised by Pope Pius X, will never be forgotten by the parish he once served.'Spiritual sustenance'Father Byles, originally from Staffordshire,...
  • JOHN HARPER True Hero on the Titanic

    04/14/2012 8:18:06 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    The Titanic's Last Hero ^ | 4/14/2012 | Author Unknown.
    ......On board the ship that night was John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter Nana. According to documented reports, as soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat. It is reasonable to assume that this widowed preacher could have easily gotten on board this boat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday. The flares going off in the dark sky...
  • The Martyr of the Titanic

    04/14/2012 6:49:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Alive Publishing ^ | 4/14/12 | Joanna Moorhead
    Among the unsung heros of the Titanic, which sank 100 years ago this month, was a parish priest from Essex. Joanna Moorhead finds out more.There’s a moment in the movie Titanic, as Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio are desperately struggling across the deck in the final moments before the ship sinks, when the camera pans to a priest who is standing with a group of passengers reciting the Hail Mary. A few minutes later we see him again: this time, he’s quoting from the Book of the Apocalypse. Which, according to historian Fr Stewart Foster, is ridiculous. ‘There’s no...
  • Le Figaro - "Rome and Écône on the Verge of Reaching an Agreement"

    04/14/2012 6:38:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/13/12 | Jean-Marie Guénois
    From major French daily Le Figaro, in an article signed by its main religion correspondent, Jean-Marie Guénois: The signing of a document establishing relations between the Holy See and the disciples of Abp. Lefebvre is a matter of days. Officially, the Vatican awaits the response of Bp. Bernard Fellay, the head of the Lefebvrists. As soon as it is received in Rome - "it is a matter of days, and no longer of weeks", - it will be immediately examined. If it conforms to expectations, the Holy See will very quickly announce a historic agreement with this group of faithful,...
  • Be strong in the LORD. Love all people. Have courage in faith.

    04/14/2012 10:41:12 AM PDT · by jesus4life
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Stand firm, but loving in faith. Be courageous and patience in faith. Love the LORD with all your heart and HE will guide your steps in this world to the next.
  • Overruled by Cardinal on Gay Member of Parish Council, Austrian Pastor Resigns

    04/13/2012 12:55:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    A Catholic pastor in Vienna has resigned, after Cardinal Christoph Schönborn overruled his decision to exclude an active homosexual from a parish council. Father Gerhard Swierzek had ruled that Florian Stangl could not sit on the parish council because he is openly engaged in a same-sex union. But after meeting with Stangl, Cardinal Schönborn reversed the pastor’s decision. Austrian Priest resigns after overruling by cardinal on homosexual in parish council (LifeSite News)
  • If we confess HIS name, may we do our best to live our claim. Showing from the "old" to "new" self.

    04/13/2012 8:09:40 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 3 replies
    Faith | God-inspired
    Confess HIS name. Follow HIM. Work your hardest to change as HE is bringing increases in your faith. GOD is great!!
  • 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 ( - 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 ( – 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...

    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.
  • Cardinal Keith O’Brien to Call on Christians to Wear the Cross [Scotland]

    04/06/2012 8:08:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    CHRISTIANS should wear a cross on their clothes every day as “a symbol of their beliefs”, according to the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland. In his Easter Sunday homily on Sunday, Cardinal Keith O’Brien will call on Christians to make the cross “more prominent in their lives”. Speaking at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, he will tell them to “wear proudly a symbol of the cross of Christ on their garments each and every day of their lives”. He will say: “I know that many of you do wear such a cross of Christ, not in any ostentatious...
  • Visiting the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is Now Possible Without Ever Leaving Your Home

    04/06/2012 7:55:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Holy Land is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. Every year millions of people come here to see and walk in the same places that Jesus once did two thousand years ago. But from now on it will not be necessary to travel to Jerusalem in order to visit every corner of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, a tour of the place where Jesus was buried after his crucifixion. Through the web, a virtual pilgrim can now walk through the streets of Jerusalem even if they are thousands of miles away. The website also...
  • When Redemption Is Real: Chuck Colson didn’t fall from grace, he ascended to it

    04/06/2012 7:30:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/05/2012 | Rich Lowry
    For the first time in 34 years, Chuck Colson won’t be in a prison for Easter. The famous Watergate figure and Christian convert usually spends the day ministering to prisoners, but is recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. Colson, 80, is a giant of our time. He is a reminder of the true meaning of redemption, a concept that has been debased in our Tilt-a-Whirl media culture that can’t distinguish between notoriety and fame. In contemporary America, redemption begins sometime between the first check-in into rehab and the first cable-TV interview, and reaches completion when...
  • He Took Our Place: Identity Theft: Recovering Who You Are, Part I [Jesus made to be sin & a curse]

    04/06/2012 6:28:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 2 replies
    Lakeshore ^ | April 2, 2010 | Pastor Vince DiPaola
    "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made the right with God through Christ."(2 Corinthians 5:21, NLT) How Good Friday Can Transform our Personal Identity1) Jesus lived ___SINLESSLY___: He is the only One who could possibly pay for sin with His life."(God) made Him who knew no sin..." (2 Cor. 5:21a, NASB) 2) Jesus died ___INTENTIONALLY___: He both became sin and took our sin on the cross." be sin on our behalf." (2 Corinthians 5:21b, NASB) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a...
  • Pope Benedict’s Telling of ‘Axe’ Falling on Him in Conclave

    04/05/2012 10:49:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 4/15/12 | John Norton
    “I apologize for being late,” the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI told a group of pilgrims from his homeland, as he came in from his first official meeting as pope with other international religious representatives. “Germans are known for their punctuality, and this is a sign that I have become quite Italianized.” From his first moments, Pope Benedict has been a regular provider of surprises. He turns 85 on April 16, and three days later, he celebrates the seventh anniversary of his papal election. He’s now older than Pope John Paul II was when he died, and he’s taken to...
  • Pope Denounces Dissident Priests on Celibacy

    04/05/2012 10:40:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 4/5/12 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church. Benedict made the rare and explicit criticism from the altar of St. Peter's Basilica in his homily on Holy Thursday, when priests recall the promises they made when ordained. In 2006, a group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, or pastor initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening up the clergy to women to relieve the shortages of...
  • We are in the world, must live in it, but let's not it bother our faith.

    04/05/2012 5:32:33 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 4 replies
    faith | GOD-inspired
    We are born in this world with hands from heaven. We must live in it, because we dont have the facilities to get or live out of it ( as so it seems). So, our love for one another in this world must be strong through all of our different comprehensions of what we are seeing, hearing, believing, and trying to analyze in order to live with one another.
  • Patience for one another. GOD's grace and mercy. May we never forget.

    04/04/2012 7:54:53 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    We have constantly have the patience and love towards one another as GOD has for us. May we never forget the love GOD has shown us through all things.