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  • Vatican Discloses That Benedict Has Heart pacemaker

    02/12/2013 7:45:06 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
    ROME — A day after Pope Benedict XVI stunned Roman Catholics by announcing that he would resign at the end of the month, the Vatican disclosed new details about his physical well-being on Tuesday, saying he had been fitted with a heart pacemaker a decade ago but that had not influenced his decision to become the first pope in almost 600 years to step down. The disclosure about the device, whose existence was not widely known, came as the Vatican grappled with a series of logistical questions raised by a decision that gave Benedict just 17 days to wind up...
  • Historian Notes Precedents for Papal Resignation

    02/12/2013 7:13:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Benedict XVI Not the First Pope to Step Down From See of PeterThough it hasn't happened in about 600 years, there is precedent for a papal resignation. And the Church has the resources and the experience of history to know what to do now. This is the affirmation of Donald Prudlo, associate professor of History at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, who spoke with Vatican Radio today about Benedict XVI's shocking announcement that he is resigning. With this news, the Pope joins at least four of his predecessors from history who have also stepped down from the See of Peter....
  • US Will Have Unprecedented Voice In Electing New Pope

    02/12/2013 7:09:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies ^ | February 12, 2013 | John Newland And Claudio Lavanga, NBC News
    When the next Papal Conclave meets behind closed doors to replace the retiring Pope Benedict XVI, the United States will have an unprecedented voice in the process. Eleven cardinal electors, almost 10 percent of the conclave, will be Americans -- the largest share the country has ever had, even though it has historically had a large Catholic population. The retiring pope gets credit for the greater influence of the U.S.
  • [Catholic] School Official Fired for Blog Post About Gay Marriage

    02/12/2013 7:06:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Canton Reporter ^ | 2/11/13 | Amanda Lee Myers
    A Catholic school assistant principal was fired Monday over comments he made on his blog in support of gay marriage. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati fired Mike Moroski from Purcell Marian High School, telling him in a termination letter that he had shown “poor judgment” and violated the teachings of the Catholic church, archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said.
  • Russian Defense Ministry Hands Back Orthodox Church Property

    02/12/2013 6:57:56 AM PST · by marshmallow
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2/1/13
    MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) – A seminary turned military aviation school is to be handed back to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Defense Ministry has announced, as part of the ongoing return of church property taken over by the state in Soviet times. Five buildings making up the Kirov Military Aviation Technical School, located in the city of Kirov near the Urals, will be given over free of charge to the Russian Orthodox Church’s Vyatka Diocese “to be used in accordance with the purposes of the activities of a religious organization as established by its founding documents,” according to...
  • Pope Benedict’s Resignation and St. Corbinian’s Bear

    02/12/2013 6:54:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/11/13 | Catherine Harmon
    All day today, as I’ve been reading news and opinion pieces on the Holy Father’s resignation and listening to the commentary of various (informed and uninformed) pundits, my thoughts keep coming back to a bear. Specifically, the bear featured on Pope Benedict XVI’s papal coat of arms, known as St. Corbinian’s Bear. The bear figures in a legend about St. Corbinian, an 8th-century bishop of Freising, in Bavaria. The story goes that, while Corbinian travelled along a road to Rome, a bear jumped out of a wood and killed Corbinian’s pack-horse. The saintly bishop reprimanded the bear and forced him...
  • Card. George on HHS Mandate: "Institutions for Which We're Responsible Will Simply Not Cooperate"

    02/12/2013 6:39:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/8/13 | Catherine Harmon
    "It will be up to the government to decide what it wants to do."CNS has a video of a brief interview with Cardinal Francis George, in which he discusses the Obama administration's new HHS mandate regulations: "I understand the new regulations expand not the definition [of religious institutions] but they expand the number of institutions that might be accommodated by it. But the issue of government taking upon decide what is religious and what is not is truly a constitutional issue and that must go forward. "The bishops have made it very clear that the institutions for which we're...
  • Pope Benedict XVI’s Musical Legacy

    02/12/2013 5:21:27 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 12, 2013 | Jeffrey Tucker
    One of the many lasting legacies of the papacy of Benedict XVI concerns liturgical music. Enormous progress has been made in his papacy. Incredibly this progress has happened without new legislation, new restrictions, new mandates, or firm-handed attempts to impose discipline on musicians and artists. The change has happened through the means that Benedict XVI has always preferred: he has led through example and through the inspiration provided by his homilies and writings.You can observe the difference by watching any Papal liturgy, whether live or on television or through webcast. Gregorian chant is back but not just as a style...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 12, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/12/2013 4:42:03 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/12/13 | Joel Osteen
    You Are Priceless Today's Scripture I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made… Psalm 139:14, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A few years ago, I was having dinner with some people in their home. I noticed some paintings on the wall. To me, they weren’t very impressive. In fact, some of them looked like they had been painted by a child. They were abstract and modern, and it appeared like paint had been just thrown here and there. But later that evening, the owner mentioned how he had paid over a million dollars for just...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 12, 2013]

    02/12/2013 4:41:03 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Listening to God? "They said to Moses, ’You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die’ `" —Exodus 20:19 We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God— we simply don’t listen to Him. God has given His commands to us, but we pay no attention to them— not because of willful disobedience, but because we do not truly love and respect Him. “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Once we realize we have constantly been showing disrespect to God, we will be filled with shame and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/12/13)[Prayer]

    02/12/2013 4:31:57 AM PST · by left that other site · 30 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/12/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Shophtim Ba-arets - GOD that Judgeth in the Earth(Psalms 58:11) Then men will say, "Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.
  • ObamaCare: Christian Leaders Will Fraternize, Fall, or Fight!

    02/12/2013 3:58:25 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 11 replies
    CST News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Dr. Don Boys
    My column, “Catholics Defy ObamaCare! What About Fundamentalist Churches and Universities?” caused a stir in some circles. Will Christian leaders decide to fraternize with the enemy by killing innocent babies, or fall on their swords by closing their ministries, or fight to the very end by operating illegally in storefronts or darkened basements? They will do one of the three. The fraternizers will be promoted (but should be pitied); those who fall on their swords (seeking some credibility by not joining the enemy or identifying with the “fighters”) will be praised and those who fight and disobey the law and...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    02/12/2013 1:56:43 AM PST · by Jeanbl · 21 replies
    February 12, 2013 | Jeanbl
    And if one person is vulnerable to attack, two can drive the attacker away. As the saying goes, “A rope made of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-12-13

    02/11/2013 10:40:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 02-12-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 12, 2013   Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Gn 1:20—2:4a God said,“Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures,and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.”And so it happened:God created the great sea monstersand all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems,and all kinds of winged birds.God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying,“Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas;and let the birds multiply on the earth.”Evening came, and morning followed–the fifth day. Then God said,“Let the earth...
  • Cardinal Mahony voting for a new pope rankles some Catholics

    02/11/2013 9:07:51 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 50 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | 2/11/2013 | TERESA WATANABE AND RICHARD WINTON
    LOS ANGELES -- Nearly two weeks ago, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced he had removed Cardinal Roger Mahony from all public duties amid revelations that he plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement. But Mahony on Monday found himself back at the center of church business, as one of 117 cardinals who will elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Mahony was quick to weigh in on the papal news - posting a statement on his online blog at 8:38 a.m. PDT, two hours before the archdiocese announced that Gomez would issue his own remarks at...
  • Haters Tweet Death Threats to Pope After Resignation News

    02/11/2013 9:02:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 48 replies
    LN ^ | Steven Ertelt
    It didn’t take long for news of Pope Benedict XVI’s planned resignation to hit the Internet before haters went to Twitter to flood his account with death threats and harassing messages. A sample of the vile tweets follows (Warning: very graphic language).
  • On God As Creator of Heaven and Earth

    02/11/2013 8:56:11 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 6, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On God As Creator of Heaven and Earth "In the work of creation, God is seen as the almighty Father who by his eternal Word brings into existence a universe of goodness, harmony and beauty" Vatican City, February 06, 2013 ( Here is a translation of the general audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Creed, which begins by describing God as "Almighty Father," as we meditated on last week, then adds that He is the "Creator of heaven and earth," and thus takes up the Bible's opening line. In the first...
  • On Abraham's Faith

    02/11/2013 8:49:56 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 23, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Abraham's Faith "Saying 'I believe in God' means founding my life on Him" Vatican City, January 23, 2013 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this Year of Faith, I would like to start today to reflect with you on the Creed, the solemn profession of faith which accompanies our lives as believers. The Creed begins, "I believe in God." It is a fundamental affirmation, deceptively simple in its essentiality, but one that opens onto the infinite world of the relationship...
  • On Christ As Mediator Between God and Man

    02/11/2013 8:45:54 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 16, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Christ As Mediator Between God and Man "Jesus is Truly God Among Us, 'The Mediator and the Fullness of All Revelation'" Vatican City, January 16, 2013 ( Here is a translation of the general audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Second Vatican Council, in its Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, says that the intimate truth of the revelation of God shines for us "in Christ, who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation"(no. 2). The Old Testament tells us how God, after the creation, despite...
  • On the Incarnation

    02/11/2013 8:39:36 PM PST · by ELS
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 9, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On the Incarnation "God gives us the greatest gift possible, the gift of himself " Vatican City, January 09, 2013 ( Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this Christmas season we focus once again on the great mystery of God who came down from Heaven to enter into our flesh. In Jesus, God became incarnate, He became man like us, and thus opened for us the door to His Heaven, to full communion with Him. In recent days, the term "incarnation" of God has resounded several times in our churches, to express the reality we celebrate on Christmas: the Son of...