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  • Scott Hahn: Resignation shows Pope's servant nature

    02/12/2013 3:49:51 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Dr. Scott Hahn in Rome, April 4, 2012. Steubenville, Ohio, Feb 12, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's decision to resign as Bishop of Rome shows how the papacy is an office not of power but of service, reflected author and professor Dr. Scott Hahn. “It seems to me this might be for him, the most humble and obedient act of service that he can render in his own conscience,” Hahn, a professor of Biblical theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, told CNA Feb. 11. “It's a profound reminder that the papacy is not an office of...
  • Pope's last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's

    02/12/2013 3:38:48 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 28, 2012. Credit: Anne Hartney/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 12, 2013 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the buzz created by the Pope’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact that his last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday and not in the normal location for the first day of Lent. “It’s very clear that St. Peter’s is a much bigger church than Santa Sabina in Aventino, so for a celebration in which we expect there will be a lot of faithful, bishops...
  • 40 Days for Life: Vision and Mission, February 13 - March 24, 2013

    02/12/2013 3:26:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 105 replies
    40DaysforLife.com ^ | 02-12-13 | 40 Days for Life
    Vision and mission40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access Gods power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek Gods favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.The 40 Days for Life campaign40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign...
  • The challenge Pope Benedict has left for his successorand for ordinary Catholics

    02/12/2013 3:00:09 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 11, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Although Pope Benedict caught nearly everyone by surprise when he announced his resignation, we can’t say that he didn’t give us fair warning. In an interview in 2010, the Holy Father explained at some length why a Pope should resign when he no longer had the strength to carry out his duties. He even said at the time: “I also notice that my forces are diminishing.”For months now, visitors to the Vatican have reported evidence of the Pope’s physical decline. He not only needs help walking because of aching joints, but also has trouble concentrating through a long work session...
  • New Breed of Christians Will Arise in 2013

    02/12/2013 2:17:33 PM PST · by kanooga · 12 replies
    Z3news.com ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | James Bailey
    The following is the transcript of a very powerful prophetic word for 2013 delivered by Dr. Jonathan David on November 23, 2012 at the International Business Congress, located in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. In this message, Dr. David shares his prophetic vision for dramatic changes coming in 2013 with the rise of a new breed of Christians and a transformation of the church throughout the world. The complete video presentation of this message is provided at the end of this post. If you have never heard Dr. David speak before, get ready to be blessed!
  • Gay Catholics hope new progressive Pope will convene Vatican III

    02/12/2013 12:30:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 64 replies
    LSN ^ | Ben Johnson
    VATICAN CITY, February 11, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) Homosexual Catholic groups hope after Pope Benedict XVI steps down, a new progressive Pope will champion LGBT issues, female ordination, and contraception at a Third Vatican Council. The new Pope will have an opportunity like Pope John XXIII to open wide windows of the Church so that fresh ideas may fill the Church by calling for a new Ecumenical Council of the Church, Vatican III, said the Rainbow Sash Movement in a press release on Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. . The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI [is] an opportunity for the Church to...
  • "Final Pope" Authors predicted Benedict would resign

    02/12/2013 11:56:17 AM PST · by wesagain · 30 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Jerome R. Corsi
    "900-year-old Catholic prophecy says successor will be 'Peter the Roman'"Although a Roman Catholic pope had not stepped down in nearly 600 years, the startling resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was predicted by the co-authors of a book published last spring about a medieval prophecy that the next pontiff will be the last. In Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here, co-authors Tom Horn and Cris Putnam examine St. Malachys Prophecy of the Popes, said to be based on his prophetic vision of the next 112 popes, beginning with Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144. Malachy presented a description of...
  • Mormon Reformation Group...Posting 95 Theses on LDS Church Doors [this upcoming Sunday, 2/17]

    02/12/2013 11:52:32 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 79 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | PRWEB.COM Newswire
    American Fork, UT (PRWEB) February 12, 2013 A group of over 260 active and disaffected Mormons will be posting a copy of 95 LDS Theses onto the doors of their local churches around the world between the hours of 9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16th, and 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 17, 2013. The project is organized by Mormon Reformation, a protest movement which aims to follow protestant reformer Martin Luther, who in 1517 posted a list of grievances on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. Within two weeks, it was distributed by the press throughout Germany, exposed the corruption...
  • How the Antichrist reflects an era's anxieties

    02/12/2013 8:13:24 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 54 replies
    The Christian Century ^ | Feb 07, 2013 | Daniel Burke
    Every age needs an Antichrist. Protestant Reformers picked the papacy as their embodiment of evil. American colonists chose King George III and some Cold War Christians suspected the Soviet Union was satanically led. Now, amid threats of Islamic terrorism, a nuclear-armed Iran and tumult across the Middle East, a growing group of American evangelicals say the Antichrist will be Muslim. "I understand that I'm going to be viewed as a fringe, apocalyptic Christian," said Joel Richardson, author of several books predicting an Islamic Antichrist. "But I fully own the idea that the Antichrist will be a Muslim and will come...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MOTET, 02-12-13

    02/12/2013 8:08:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-12-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MOTET A polyphonic musical composition, probably of secular origin but based on a sacred text. It came into liturgical use in the thirteenth century. In its classical form it is based on the Gregorian tones of the Mass, to which it belongs. For some time instrumental accompaniments were used. But Pope St. Pius X in a motu proprio encouraged a return to older traditions. Allegri, Bach, Handel, and Mozart have composed some of the best specimens of the motet. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used...
  • 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
    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/ ^ | 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 Churchs 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 Benedicts Resignation and St. Corbinians 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 Ive been reading news and opinion pieces on the Holy Fathers 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 XVIs papal coat of arms, known as St. Corbinians 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 Corbinians 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 itself...to 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 XVIs 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 werent 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...