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  • As Vatican Leader Pope Benedict Never Had A Chance

    02/11/2013 10:12:00 AM PST · by Biggirl · 27 replies ^ | February 11, 2013 | John Moody
    He never had a chance. From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s on April 19, 2005, to greet the faithful, Benedict XVI faced an insurmountable problem: He was not John Paul II. Benedict’s decision to resign the papacy is being blamed on his age – nearly 86 – and his health – never robust. He might just as well have been diagnosed with a broken papal heart.
  • Do the prophecies of St. Malachy suggest we are living in the end times?

    02/11/2013 9:47:24 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 64 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | Unknown | Catholic Answers Staff
    Full Question Someone in my parish told me about the prophesies of St. Malachy, which he claims, prove that we are nearing the end of times. What are these prophesies? Answer St. Malachy was an Irish bishop who lived in the 12th century. By far the more famous of his prophecies concerns the sequence of popes. The prophecy consist of 112 short Latin descriptions of future popes; the prophecies were discovered in 1590 and attributed to Malachy. Each description indicates one identifying trait for each future pope, beginning with Celestine II, who was elected in 1130. In some instances, the...
  • An Evangelical Looks at Pope Benedict XVI

    02/11/2013 9:42:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/11/13 | Russell D. Moore
    With Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation this morning, Evangelical Christians might be tempted to see this the way a college football fan might view the departure of his rival team’s head coach. But the global stakes are much, much higher. As Pope Benedict steps down, I think it’s important for us to recognize the legacy of the last two bishops of Rome that we ought to honor and conserve: an emphasis on human dignity. As a Baptist Christian, I disagree with Rome on many things, of course, and some of those things relate to the nature of the Petrine ministry,...
  • Pope Benedict’s Resignation in Historical Context

    02/11/2013 9:39:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisi Magazine ^ | 2/11/13 | Donald S. Prudlo
    In shocking news that quickly demonstrated the ongoing relevance of medieval historians, Pope Benedict announced that he will lay down his governance of the Church of Rome at the end of this month. Such an event has not happened for nearly 600 years when his predecessor, Gregory XII, sacrificed himself in 1415 to bring an end to the Great Western Schism. It is appropriate, in an historical Church, to look back. Rooted in tradition, we see that we do have the resources to cope with such a stunning and in some ways heartbreaking announcement. Benedict XVI used the occasion of...
  • Explain how the church wasn't born until Pentecost if the believers were already saved pre-Pentecost

    02/11/2013 8:32:29 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 79 replies
    2/11/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If those who assembled on the Day of Pentecost (the 120 who assembled together before they spake with tongues on the Day of Pentecost, and before Peter preached his sermon) were already saved, were believers, had seen him ascend to heaven, etc, and the Body of Christ (the church) then must already have been in existence before the Day of Pentecost. Would someone please explain, then, how the church wasn't formed or "born" until the day of Pentecost? Was the church just halfway outside the womb pre-Day of Pentecost? Did it have to wait until the Day of Pentecost to...
  • Saint Malachy, Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world, the last five Popes

    02/11/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    The Work Of ^ | Unknown | Anonymous
    Saint Malachy  Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world. Note: The Church does not lean on private revelation for doctrinal matters, but it does not oppose to the faithful obtaining benefit from them so long as they don't go against our faith.   This analysis focuses on the last five Popes in the context of the prophecies of Saint Malachy. + + +   Saint Malachy was born in Amagh Ireland in 1094, he lived a religious life as a monk, then he was ordained priest and finally Bishop. He was canonized in 1199 by Pope Clement III....
  • Vatican Website Going Islamic?

    02/11/2013 7:48:57 AM PST · by DoctorBulldog · 34 replies
    The Vatican ^ | 11FEB13 | Self
    Okay, this morning when I heard about Pope Benedict resigning, I immediately went to the Vatican’s website to read their press release. Imagine my surprise when I was greeted with what appears to be a crescent moon with the Pope as the star:
  • Virtually unprecedented: papal resignation throughout history

    02/11/2013 6:17:16 AM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 11, 2013
    No pope has resigned in almost 600 years. But Pope Benedict’s surprise announcement is not entirely unprecedented. More than 260 men have reigned as Pope since Saint Peter was martyred in Rome in the third decade after the death of Christ, and at least four of them have resigned. We spoke to medieval historian Doctor Donald Prudlo, Associate Professor of History at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, about the history of papal resignations. Listen: Vatican Radio: It’s been centuries since a Pope has resigned the See of Peter. Can you tell us about the last Pope to resign? Dr....
  • Pope Benedict XVI:a papal timeline

    02/11/2013 6:11:14 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 10, 2013
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on April 19th 2005.On April 24th, he celebrated the Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter’s Square, during which he was invested with the Pallium and the Ring of the Fisherman.On May 7th he took possession of his Cathedral Church, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.During his Papacy Pope Benedict XVIth has undertaken 24 apostolic journeys abroad. The first was to Cologne in Germany in occasion of the 20th World Youth Day in August 2005. The most...
  • "I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome" [Full Text]

    02/11/2013 5:52:00 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Chiesa ^ | February 10, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also tocommunicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world,...
  • Pope Benedict's Address on Resignation of the See of Rome

    02/11/2013 5:35:15 AM PST · by annalex · 41 replies
    Zenit ^ | Vatican City, February 11, 2013 ( | 5 hits | His Holiness the Pope
    Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/11/13)[Prayer]

    02/11/2013 4:44:27 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/11/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Ozer Li - GOD My Helper (Psalms 54:4) Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 11, 2013]

    02/11/2013 4:42:31 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Is Your Mind Stayed on God? "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You" —Isaiah 26:3 Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused by neglect, is one of the chief sources of exhaustion and weakness in a servant’s life. If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. There is no reason to wait for God to come to you. You must turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 11, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/11/2013 4:40:12 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/11/13 | Joel Osteen
    You Are a Masterpiece Today's Scripture “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria You are God’s own masterpiece! That means you are not ordinary or average; you are a one-of-a-kind original. When God created you, He went to great lengths to make you exactly the way He wanted you to be. He gave you the right personality, the right gifts, the right talents, and the right connections to do exactly what He’s...

    02/11/2013 3:08:31 AM PST · by mrsadams · 36 replies
    Fox News | 2/11/2013 | mrs adams
    Fox News Alert, the Pope will be retiring at the end of the month. Vatican Press Office told Fox News
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-11-13, OM, Our Lady of Lourdes

    02/10/2013 11:15:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 02-11-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 11, 2013   Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Gn 1:1-19 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,“Let there be light,” and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”Thus evening came, and morning followed–the first day. Then God said,“Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,to separate one...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/10/2013 6:08:12 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 16 replies
    2-10-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 25:4-7 Show me Thy Ways, O Lord, and Teach me Thy Paths. Lead me Forth in Thy Truth, and Teach me: for Thou art the God of my Salvation: In Thee do I Trust All the Day. Remember, O Lord, Thy Tender Mercies, and Thy Lovingkindness: For they have been Forever. Remember not the Sins of my Youth, nor my Rebellions, But According to Thy Kindness Remember Thou me, Even for Thy Goodness Sake, O Lord.
  • Sex Symbols Who Speak in Tongues?

    02/10/2013 4:45:41 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 117 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 2-4-13 | Michael Brown
    I was at the grocery store the other day when I was unexpectedly confronted with an adult-oriented magazine located right next to the vitamin section. I immediately had to look away from the front cover, which featured a scantily clad, seductively posed, sex symbol. Yet it was only a few weeks ago that I read an article about how this same sex symbol loves to speak in tongues and has to restrain herself from outbursts in tongues while attending church services. What? This is actually a perfect illustration of American charismatic Christianity, where you can say you love Jesus (like...
  • The Greatest Talent Show in Elementary School History (for all you parents!)

    02/10/2013 4:04:02 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | February 7, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    They were a tornado of plaid and elbows running out the doors of their Catholic elementary school. Four of them waved a green piece of paper above their heads excitedly but the kindergartener was just running because she doesn’t know any other speed. I hardly had time to imagine what was on the green paper before they slammed themselves against the van all eager to be the first to announce something. In the maelstrom of words I made out the phrase “talent show.” The girls were particularly excited. The 13 year old climbed into the front seat, which still feels...
  • Hanging Concentrates the Mind

    02/10/2013 3:32:27 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 8, 2013 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Capital punishment does not inspire roaring humor in healthy minds, so wit on the subject tends to be sardonic. Two of the most famous examples, of course, are: “In this country it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others,” and “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”The first, “pour encourager les autres,” is in “Candide” where Voltaire alludes to the death by firing squad of Admiral John Byng in 1757 for having let Mincorca fall to the French. The...