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  • Watch for the Anti-Catholics To Weigh in on the Papal Succession

    02/13/2013 5:33:44 AM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 12, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    Because the Roman Catholic Church adamantly defends life in the womb, the oldest and most infirm and the institution of marriage, it has legions of foes spread throughout major media. Those critics will surface repeatedly between now and the selection of the new pope to use the occasion to sling their stones. It is a fun time, really, since they know almost nothing of which they speak, and their agenda journalism is of so little consequence unlike the MSM's recent interventions in the presidential election. There are very good commentators on the Church and the proceedings at the Vatican, and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/13/13)[Prayer]

    02/13/2013 5:25:50 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/13/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Simchath Gili - GOD My Exceeding Joy(Psalms 43:4) Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God
  • Why Mormonism will Surrender to Homosexuality

    02/13/2013 4:44:23 AM PST · by spirited irish · 299 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    The Mormonism Research Ministry is a missionary/apologetics organization organized in 1979 to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to critically evaluate the differences between Mormonism and biblical Christianity. Of the many crucial differences, the Mormon rejection of the Genesis account of supernatural creation ex nihilo in favor of a naturalistic account is just one of many pressing differences. MRM reveals that Joseph Smith taught that matter is eternal and the Mormon God Elohim had no power to create out of nothing. Elohim merely reorganized already present elements, which have no beginning or end and cannot be destroyed: "Since Mormons...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 13, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/13/2013 4:41:05 AM PST · by Vision
    Email ^ | 2/13/13 | Joel Osteen
    Anointed to Be You Today's Scripture I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that when you compare yourself to others or wish you were like someone else, it’s like saying He just didn’t do a good job? It’s actually like saying, “God, why did You make me subpar? Why did You make me less than?” Realize today, God didn’t make anyone inferior. He didn’t make any person second class. No, you are a masterpiece! You...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 13, 2013]

    02/13/2013 4:40:06 AM PST · by Vision · 3 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...
  • Peter Turkson Reveals Vision For The Church And "Alternative Lifestyles"

    02/13/2013 3:42:57 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | February 13, 2013 | Malcolm Moore
    Cardinal Peter Turkson, a 64-year-old Ghanaian prelate, is the bookmaker's early favourite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. He told The Daily Telegraph Tuesday that his biggest challenge, should he be elected, would be to maintain an orthodox Catholic doctrine while "at the same time knowing how to apply it so that you do not become irrelevant in a world that has continuous changes".
  • Require All U.S. Muslims to Repudiate Atrocities in Saudi Arabia or Be Deported.

    02/12/2013 10:55:05 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 16 replies
    CST News ^ | February 10, 2013 | Dr. Don Boys
    In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the ruling family is the House of Saud consisting of 25,000 princes and princesses who own most of the valuable land and live a royal life of leisure, laziness, license, and luxury, all provided by the purchase of oil. Saudi Arabia produces 25% of the world’s oil and with those funds they sponsor, support, and give succor to the Muslim extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Plus, they founded and now direct 80% of U.S. mosques! They also support the rebels in Syria and have demanded the resignation of Assad, Despot of Damascus. It is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-13-13, Ash Wednesday

    02/12/2013 8:47:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-13-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 13, 2013   Ash Wednesday   If the blessing and distribution of ashes take place outside Mass, it is appropriate that the Liturgy of the Word precede it, using texts assigned to the Mass of Ash Wednesday. Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet...
  • Your Guide To A Catholic Lent

    02/12/2013 7:06:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 2013 | Our Sunday Visotor
    Your Guide To A Catholic Lentfrom Our Sunday Visitor What is Lent? Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The name "Lent" is from the Middle English Lenten and Anglo-Saxon Lenten, meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the "forty days," tessaracoste in Greek. The number "forty" is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus' fast in the desert before His public ministry (with Old Testament precedent in Moses and Elijah). By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to...
  • The Reluctant Pope

    02/12/2013 5:37:03 PM PST · by D-fendr · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/2/2013 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    He served out of duty, not ambition. After John Paul II’s death, Benedict emerged as the indispensable man, without the least bit of angling for that role. He didn’t seek the papacy; it simply fell upon him. He had hoped the college of cardinals would select someone else. But his acute intellect, grasp of the Church’s crisis, and closeness to John Paul II made him the obvious choice. Given this background, his resignation appears more understandable. He entered the papacy humbly and now leaves it humbly. His resignation is a great loss for the Church and the world. He represented...
  • 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 God’s 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 God’s 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 successor—and 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. Malachy’s “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 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 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 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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 (Zenit.org). 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 (Zenit.org). 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 (Zenit.org). 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 (Zenit.org). 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...
  • Pope’s Possible Successor Promotes Marxist for Sainthood

    02/11/2013 8:25:30 PM PST · by ubipetrusest · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 11, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    ...Cardinal Timothy Dolan, reported to be in the running to replace Pope Benedict XVI as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, is usually described as a “conservative” because he has strongly criticized President Obama’s attacks on religious liberty and federal intrusions into church affairs. But Dolan is also the leader of the campaign to promote Marxist Dorothy Day for Sainthood. One report asks, “Could Timothy Dolan Become The First American Pope?” Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB,) is considered the voice of U.S. Catholicism. But Carol Byrne, author of "The Catholic Worker Movement (1933-1980):...
  • Benedict announces resignation and lightning strikes

    02/11/2013 6:58:56 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 11, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    On 11 February, the day Pope Benedict announced that he would resign, lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Quote of the Day (Pope visits home for the elderly)

    02/11/2013 6:51:59 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    WITL ^ | February 11, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    “I come to you as Bishop of Rome, but also as an old man visiting his peers. It would be superfluous to say that I am well acquainted with the difficulties, problems and limitations of this age and I know that for many these difficulties are more acute due to the economic crisis. At times, at a certain age, one may look back nostalgically at the time of our youth when we were fresh and planning for the future. Thus at times our gaze is veiled by sadness, seeing this phase of life as the time of sunset. This morning,...
  • DHS's curiosity piqued over Pope Benedict XVI's retirement and Catholic Prophecy

    02/11/2013 6:13:58 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 71 replies
    Summorum Pontificum blog ^ | 2/11/2013 | Brian Kopp
    Monday, February 11, 2013 Dept of Homeland Security's curiosity piqued over Pope Benedict XVI's retirement and Catholic ProphecyBy Brian Kopp Back in 2011, two posts on the Summorum Pontificum blog garnered multiple visits from multiple office locations and ISPs of the Department of Homeland Security: For fourth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope draws attention to little known prophecies of Venerable Elena Aiello The apocalyptic prophecies of Hildegard of Bingen, the next Doctor of the Church Today, two different computers at the DHS Washington DC offices stopped in once again at the Summorum Pontificum blog: Notice the link that lead them...
  • A message from above? Lightning strikes Vatican after Pope Benedict resigns

    02/11/2013 4:00:57 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 41 replies
    Blacktown Sun ^ | Feb. 12, 2013 | Megan Levy
    Pope Benedict XVI's resignation came like a bolt from the blue overnight. And the weather around the Vatican was eerily appropriate, with lightning striking St Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic sites, on the same day that Pope Benedict announced he would be stepping down. Global news agency Agence France-Presse published an image of lightning striking the basilica's dome, which it said was taken "on the day the Pope" announced his resignation. AFP said the striking image was captured by photographer Filippo Monteforte, who works for Italian national news and photo agency ANSA. Monteforte's website shows that he has...
  • Prayers for Pope Benedict XVI

    02/11/2013 3:48:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Kresta in the Afternoon.blogspot.com ^ | 02-11-13 | Krestain the Afternoon and St. Lisa Marie
    Monday, February 11, 2013 Prayers for the Pope This blog post was published last October, but the prayer seems helpful today. nunspeak~ Sr Lisa Marie's Nun Blog   It is a good practice for all of us to pray for the Pope on a regular basis. As we might imagine, he carries a lot on his shoulders as he governs the Universal Church; he continues to reach out to others, building bridges towards unity within the Christian community, and in reaching out to people of other faith traditions.Let us then, hold our Pope in constant prayer, that he may...
  • When the pope was powerful, and why that changed

    02/11/2013 3:33:30 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies
    Washington Post blogs ^ | 2/11/2013 | Max Fisher
    It’s difficult to pinpoint a precise moment when the office of the pope began to lose its vast political power, which had long placed the Holy See above even the kings and emperors of Europe, but has since declined to the point that now-retiring Pope Benedict XVI found few political accomplishments in his reign. But one day that stands out is Dec. 2, 1804. A few weeks earlier, French voters had overwhelmingly approved a referendum elevating Napoleon Bonaparte from first consul to emperor, the beginning of the end of France’s democratic revolution. His coronation was to proceed in the manner...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Resigning on Feb. 28 Due to Age, Health Concerns

    02/11/2013 2:45:43 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 11, 2013 | Associated Press
    Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
  • Pope Benedict's Devotion to Saint Celestine Signaled His Resignation from the Papacy

    02/11/2013 2:30:24 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | February 11, 2013 | Taylor Marshall
    Pope Benedict venerating St Celestine,  the only Pope Saint to have resigned When I heard Pope Benedict's announcement this morning that he would be retiring from the Chair of St Peter at the end of February 2013, I was sad but not entirely surprised. In fact, here on the blog, we've been following Pope Benedict's devotion to Pope Saint Celestine for over two years now, and wondering whether our beloved Holy Father may be contemplating this decision. Saint Celestine, as you may know, was the last Pope to resign...and he is a canonized saint. Pope Benedict's visits to Saint...
  • How Liberty Turns Into Tyranny

    02/11/2013 1:43:02 PM PST · by Guido2012 · 12 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 2/11/13 | Tony Caruso
    Ever wonder how a free society manages to deteriorate into a totalitarian police state? How do people willingly submit to tyranny after they have known freedom?