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In open challenge to Church, German Catholics plan large blessing of gay unions on May 10...  

Continuing to openly challenge the Vatican, several Catholic leaders in Germany are openly supporting the blessing of same-sex couples, with a massive blessing service scheduled for May 10, in direct opposition to Rome's chief doctrinal office. Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen said that the priests in his diocese will face no canonical consequence if they decide to bless gay and lesbian couples next month...

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2021-04-15 22:22:54



Pope's Wednesday audience: “When the Enemy, the Evil One, wants to fight the Church, he does so by preventing it from praying”...  

Pope Francis said Wednesday that an essential task of the Church today is to teach people how to pray. "The Church is a great school of prayer," Pope Francis said in his general audience livestream on April 14. "And this is an essential task of the Church: to pray and teach how to pray, to transmit from generation to generation the lamp of faith with the oil of prayer," the pope said.

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2021-04-14 03:44:03



No matter what you think about masks, here's something every Christian needs to remember.....  

This year has woken us all up to the reality of our mortality, which is not an altogether bad thing. It's also forced us to do a lot of things to sacrifice for the good of others, which is also not a bad thing. During the first lockdown I spent a lot of time really locked down to protect my parents who were living with us...

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2021-04-13 19:09:12



The privilege of being a woman is something unapproachable by man. The privilege of being a man is strength.....  

I declined her phone call the first time, but when she called back I immediately knew. I asked my students to excuse me as I stepped into the hallway and began to walk as quickly as I could down the hallway. Without slowing my pace I listened to my wife explain that we had lost our baby at twenty weeks. This baby would have been our fifth living child, but became our second miscarried...

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2021-04-13 18:43:10



There is no contradiction whatsoever between affirming the existence of a loving God and the fact of human suffering...  

Premier Christian Radio in the UK just sponsored a survey that investigated how the COVID crisis has affected religious beliefs and attitudes. There were three major findings—namely, that 67% of those who characterize themselves as "religious" found their belief in God challenged...

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2021-04-13 15:43:39



TOR priest who served at Franciscan University of Steubenville indicted on rape charges...  

A Franciscan priest who once worked in campus ministry at Franciscan University of Steubenville has been indicted in Ohio for the alleged rape of a female patient who was mentally or physically impaired. On April 7, Father David Morrier, was indicted in Ohio by the Jefferson County Grand Jury on two charges of sexual battery and a single charge of rape.

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2021-04-13 14:44:48



“It's going to get worse before it gets better” — Decline in religious membership prompts sober reflection...  

In one sense, the latest numbers from Gallup on religious membership in the U.S. are hardly newsworthy. The rate of membership has been dropping steadily since the turn of the 21st century, and the 3% decrease between 2018 and 2021 is simply par for the course. But while the incremental drop isn't especially significant, the threshold crossed in the process is.

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2021-04-13 14:25:16



Italian arrest warrant for Torzi signals dramatic shift in Vatican finance investigation...  

An Italian magistrate has issued an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, the businessman at the centre of the Vatican's London property scandal. The warrant was announced Monday morning.

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2021-04-13 14:16:21



Jesuit priest at helm of New York City's prestigious Regis High School fired over sex-misconduct claims...  

The Jesuit priest at the helm of prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan is being ousted over claims of sexual misconduct, The Post has learned. The school — which counts Dr. Anthony Fauci among its notable alumni — said it intends to remove the Rev. Daniel Lahart for cause, according to a letter sent to the community Sunday.

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2021-04-13 12:34:28



The CDC has finally said what scientists have been saying for months: Stop the hygiene theater. Stop “disinfecting” pews. And put the holy water back where it belongs... ...  

The CDC has finally said what scientists have been screaming for months: The coronavirus is overwhelmingly spread through the air, not via surfaces.

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2021-04-13 12:11:27



This woman founded a startup and grew rich and miserable. Now she's a contemplative nun. See how she explained it to her former business partners.....  

Montserrat Medina Martínez was an up-and-coming woman in Spanish business. Despite being only 36, she has gone from success to success professionally. With a scholarship from Stanford, she created a Silicon Valley startup that she later sold to Pay Pal for several million and despite her youth, she was signed as a Deloitte partner.

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2021-04-13 10:58:54



What happens when you teach toward heaven?  

The mystery of Christ is the most principle of all religious education and instruction because it involves the introduction of the Trinity through God the Father's love for His Children and is reaffirmed and revealed through the life and death of His son Jesus Christ...

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2021-04-13 09:42:41



Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince says Haiti facing “descent into hell” after brutal “400 Mawozo” gang kidnaps 7 priests, 3 others ...  

The Catholic church has warned that Haiti is facing a "descent into hell" and condemned government inaction after 10 people, including seven members of the clergy, were abducted by kidnappers demanding $1m ransom.

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2021-04-13 08:37:34



New book, new rules: Why Jordan Peterson wants to talk about God...  

In his runaway 5 million copy bestseller "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos," Jordan Peterson emphasized the need for order. In his new book "Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life," he worries about the opposite danger: the attempt to eliminate chaos. A meaningful life, Peterson argues, is lived on the border of order and chaos...

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2021-04-13 08:09:59



Here are all 50 U.S. states ranked from best to worst, according to Americans. Where does your state rank?  

There are endless rankings of the US states: whether they are the best places to live, the best places to do business, how much fun they are. Such judgements are made by economists, companies, and journalists - but what do Americans themselves think?

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2021-04-13 07:23:59



After disrupting Good Friday liturgy in London, police express empty “regret” but make no promises...  

The showdown in Southwark was particularly shocking, but the same sort of conflict has been taking place in many other places—usually, I'm sad to say, with similar results. In some places the emergency restrictions are onerous, banning public worship entirely. In Ireland, for example, the public celebration of Mass remains illegal...

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2021-04-13 04:26:43



Video: Archbishop Charles Chaput talks about “Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living”...  

"I wrote the book for two reasons. One, because I've had a long life of rich blessings, and as I think about the end of my life I thought maybe I had something more to say to the Church — and there's no better way of doing that than to write a book, because it lasts a long time. That was one of the reasons for it. The other reason is that people were pressuring me..."

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2021-04-13 03:37:46



Planned Parenthood “shaken” after major pro-life win: Sixth Circuit upholds Ohio law barring abortions targeting Down syndrome children...  

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, just issued an important decision that upholds Ohio's 2017 law (H.B. 214) that bars physicians from performing an abortion when they know a Down syndrome diagnosis is the primary reason for a woman opting to end her pregnancy. The 9-7 decision in Pre-Term Cleveland v. McCloud marks a major win for the U.S. pro-life movement...

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2021-04-13 03:03:47



Brazil building new statue of Jesus even taller than Rio's Christ the Redeemer...  

Officials in the Brazilian city of Encantado have embarked on the construction of a statue of Jesus set to be roughly 16 feet taller than the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that has overlooked Rio de Janeiro for decades.

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2021-04-13 01:41:27



Apparently, strangers shooting at nuns in an American convent isn't news...  

It's a question journalists hear all the time from mystified readers: "What is 'news'?" At least, that was a question we used to hear when newspapers tried to appeal to all kinds of people in a community, including those on both sides of common cultural and political divisions. Why are some stories big local, regional and national news stories, while others are not?

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2021-04-13 01:27:05



'This is a warning' — After Vos Estis probe and a push from Pope Francis, Bishop Hoeppner quits Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota...  

More than 18 months after the first U.S. investigation of a bishop under norms approved by Pope Francis, Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minnesota resigned his office April 13 at the request of Pope Francis. The man who says Hoeppner coerced him into recanting an abuse claim says the resignation is...

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2021-04-13 01:02:58



Beth Stelzer: Women's sports falling under transgender ideology...  

"Unless we stand up today, women's and girl's sports and all of our opportunities will fade away. We all know it. It will not take long until there will be an entire male/female team," said Beth Stelzer, founder of Save Women's Sports. Stelzer is described as...

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2021-04-12 15:22:52



Remains of Father Emil Kapaun, Medal of Honor recipient and possible future saint, to be entombed in Wichita cathedral...  

On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, Ray Kapaun, nephew of Fr. Emil Kapaun, and the Kapaun family informed the Catholic Diocese of Wichita that the remains of Fr. Kapaun will be returned home to Kansas.

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2021-04-12 14:45:50



Exorcist Diary: Demons mess with Easter...  

This Holy Thursday, as a local priest began the sacred triduum, unexpectedly, the church lights began to flicker. They got unnaturally bright, and then very dim, despite the controls having no rheostat. The lights flashed and faded. Then the church went completely dark. The priest, unfazed, led a beautiful celebration by candlelight...

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2021-04-12 13:34:10



Texas radio DJ Alex Jones accused of 'staged confrontation' over Catholic Charities immigration video...  

Catholic charity at the center of a recent video from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has strongly condemned the accusations they are involved in "smuggling children" at the U.S-Mexico.

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2021-04-12 13:27:39



Anticipating end of pandemic, cardinal unveils major Vatican conference on priesthood slated for 2022...  

Increasing vocations to the priesthood, improving the way laypeople and priests work together and ensuring that service, not power, motivates the request for ordination are all possible outcomes of a major symposium being planned by the Vatican in February 2022.

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2021-04-12 13:05:37



An Easter exhortation for tough times...  

As we all know, this was perhaps the strangest Easter that any of us have experienced at least collectively. The liturgical calendar shouts new life and victory over the grave, and yet throughout the world, many are hunkered down in the fear of death. Despite the Easter glow these are dark days for many who suffer illness or economic stress. But, to be sure, the first Easter was experienced in great uncertainty and danger.

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2021-04-12 06:34:07



Transgender debate: Keira Bell deserved better than puberty blockers...  

So you want to be a boy?" Keira Bell says that's a question her mother asked her when she was 14. She had been a tomboy in her youth, from a broken home. When she hit puberty, she suffered, as many a girl does, with the changes and the monthly physical pain. And when the question was raised more than once, she thought it might be her ticket out of misery.

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2021-04-12 01:49:58



The story of a pastor dead from worry captures verdict on Italy's Catholic culture...  

Yesterday morning, I found myself in the check-out line at our local Roman supermarket. I like to do the weekend shopping fairly early on Saturday, because the stores here won't restock again until Monday morning and, if you wait too long, they'll run out of a few basics.

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2021-04-11 13:23:14



Pope on Divine Mercy Sunday: “Christ's wounds are open channels between him and us, shedding mercy upon our misery”...  

At every Mass we adore and kiss Christ's wounded and risen body in the Eucharist, a channel of his mercy, Pope Francis said on Divine Mercy Sunday. Offering Mass at the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia April 11, the pope reflected on Jesus' appearances to his disciples between his resurrection and his ascension, explaining that the disciples received the mercy of Jesus Christ through the gifts of his peace, forgiveness, and wounds.

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2021-04-11 06:44:31



The pierced side of Jesus is a fountain of Divine Mercy...  

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday. It's not a Sunday after Easter but a Sunday of Easter, because the entire Easter Season — the 50 days from Easter to Pentecost — is one unified celebration of the Paschal Mystery in which "the joy of the Resurrection" cannot be contained in a single day or even octave. Easter is 50 days long.

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2021-04-11 06:18:23



20 aphorisms that I thought were dumb as a boy but now appreciate as a grown man...  

When I was a young man, I would scoff at well-intentioned adults who would sometimes offer up little aphorisms when I got in trouble or had a problem. Little nuggets like, "This too shall pass," generally went in one ear and out the other. They sounded too simple and too cliche to really mean anything.

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2021-04-11 01:55:33



God's perfect mercy — A meditation for Divine Mercy Sunday...  

We live in times in which mercy, like so many other things, has become a detached concept in people's minds, separated from the things that really help us to understand it. For indeed, mercy makes sense and is necessary because we are sinners in desperate shape...

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2021-04-11 01:28:12



Benedict XVI's private secretary says it's “inappropriate” to rank popes...  

According to German Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, it's not appropriate to make a "papal ranking," and acknowledged that the former pope has been misinterpreted not only by foes, but also by friends.

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2021-04-11 01:25:02



French Catholic bishops open cause for beatification of Dominican Father Marie-Étienne Vayssière...  

The French Catholic bishops have approved the opening of the beatification cause of a Dominican priest. The bishops made the announcement regarding the cause of Father Marie-Étienne Vayssière (1864-1940) at the end of their plenary assembly on March 26.

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2021-04-10 13:58:05



Praying for salvific ignorance for the clever Hans Küng...  

When I first heard the news April 6 that the 93-year-old Swiss theologian and author had died, I had just finished the prayers for the fifth day of the Novena of Divine Mercy. The death of Father Hans Küng during the novena necessarily frames our Christian reaction.

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2021-04-10 07:10:22



A simple 3-step test to see if you really believe Christ is risen...  

Have you heard of this book? So I'm Dead—Now What? There are many popular versions of it. In brief, if you can't afford a lawyer to write up a will, you can fill in this book with your final instructions to give to your loved ones. The title of the book gave me an idea for taking a look at Easter. How about this?

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2021-04-10 05:34:49



Hans Küng taught toxic errors in place of the truth — but some Catholic leaders are still paying glowing tribute...  

Despite his profoundly dissenting views that included questioning the divinity of Christ, rejecting papal infallibility and undermining doctrines on the Virgin Mary, warm tributes were paid yesterday by some prominent Church leaders to Swiss theologian Father Hans Küng, who died Tuesday at age 93. Father Küng never repented of his positions...

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2021-04-09 14:35:05



Vos Estis, Hans Küng, Cardinal Becciu, and how the NY Mets just descended to the level of the Houston Astr*s...  

I hope your Easter is going well. I was sitting with some manly Catholic men last week talking about how our Lent had gone in preparation for the Triduum. We ended up talking a bit about the difficulty of giving yourself over to a season of feasting. It's tricky. The temptation is to feel like we don't deserve it...

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2021-04-09 13:42:43



Speaking of heretics, like Menno Simmons, founder of the Mennonites...  

It was a friendly letter, gently written, but made a claim that always makes me grind my teeth. The writer had come across an old article of ours that called Menno Simmons, founder of the Mennonites, a heretic. A Mennonite herself, she objected. On Sunday, she'd heard a young man teaching Sunday school attack the pope without understanding what he was saying...

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2021-04-09 12:47:24



UK cardinal leads Catholics in mourning death of Prince Philip, “Her Majesty the Queen's faithful and loyal husband”...  

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster led Catholics of England and Wales in mourning the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The president of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales issued a statement April 9, soon after the queen announced "with deep sorrow" that her husband of 73 years had died at the age of 99.

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2021-04-09 10:54:25



Movie physics: How tall is King Kong? How strong is he? And could he even stand up in real life?  

It's time for Godzilla vs. Kong — a classic battle between two impossibly giant creatures. I've only seen the trailer, and it looks like a fun movie. But movies aren't just for fun, they are also for physics. In particular, this is a great chance to consider the physics of scale—what happens when we make small things into big things? For instance, what happens if you take a normal gorilla and make him into a giant gorilla and then you name him King Kong?

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2021-04-09 10:14:59



If God is good and powerful, why is there evil in the world?  

Why must the wicked appear always to prosper, while the innocent are made to suffer, seeing all their efforts come to grief? It is a question at least as old as the Book of Job, which framed the problem in such a way as to place God himself in the dock. Who, in the eyes of a disbelieving world, cannot possibly acquit himself of the charge.

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2021-04-09 10:01:07



Always abstain from evil. Never abstain from love.....  

My wife and I have eight children. Our last two were born premature and needed to spend time in the NICU. We were told by the doctors not to have any more children because my wife could die. The problem now is what to do about our sexual relations. One priest advised us to practice the withdrawal method and said we would not be required to abstain from Holy Communion.

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2021-04-09 09:45:03



Do you have bitter regrets in life? 'Relax the mandible' and let God wipe away your tears...  

As a dad myself now, I'm particularly burdened by how I mistreated my father — how I took him for granted toward the end of his life, how I brandished his struggles with alcohol as an excuse for keeping my distance. I should've gone to visit when he started to fail in the end...

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2021-04-09 08:19:58



Secretary of State Antony Blinken “repudiates” human rights report — and dissents from the “magisterium of human rights”...  

On March 30, at a press conference announcing the release of the U.S. State Department's annual human rights report, Secretary of State Antony Blinken pointedly "repudiated" the report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights that his predecessor, Michael Pompeo, had appointed. Why this repudiation?

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2021-04-09 07:26:49



Berlin is building a “church about nothing.” Looks like the Communist goal of secularizing East Germany was successful after all [WSJ paywall]...  

A new worship center in the former East Berlin represents the ultimate secular view of religion. It also reflects the kind of cultural future the American left envisions for the U.S. The House of One, to be built on the foundation of a demolished church, will enable Christians, Jews and Muslims to worship under one roof.

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2021-04-09 05:30:35



9 of the world's scariest airports to fly into...  

Of all modes of transportation, airplanes are statistically the safest way to travel. According to a study conducted from 2000 to 2009 by Ian Savage, economics professor at Northwestern University, airplanes caused the least number of passenger deaths per one billion miles traveled...

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2021-04-09 05:30:26



The Vatican's shabby treatment of Msgr. Robert Oliver speaks volumes about where the current reform actually stands...  

I've got a small story to tell here, one of no great import or particular news value. Yet big pictures are woven from small details, and, in this case, it's not a pretty picture to behold. The small story concerns the recent departure of American Monsignor Robert Oliver as secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Minors, while the bigger picture is about a largely undiagnosed HR pandemic in the Vatican.

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2021-04-08 17:34:34



The challenge of 'small see' Catholicism...  

For the second time in less than a year, the Diocese of Duluth celebrated on Wednesday the appointment of a new bishop. This time, Duluth Catholics are probably hoping the appointment sticks. But filling Duluth's episcopal vacancy was a process that lasted nearly 17 months...

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2021-04-08 11:17:58



Statement on the reception of Holy Communion by those who persist in public grave sin...  

Many Catholics and also non-Catholics who, while they do not embrace the Catholic faith, respect the Catholic Church for her teaching regarding faith and morals, have asked me how it is possible for Catholics to receive Holy Communion, while at the same time they publicly and obstinately promote programs, policies and legislation in direct violation of the moral law.

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2021-04-08 08:57:43



U.S. theologians echo fears of schism in Catholic Church in Germany...  

The Catholic Church in Germany's two-year reform program that has questioned established teachings on faith and morals has prompted Pope Francis and Vatican officials to take increasingly urgent action to head off the possibility of a formal schism.

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2021-04-08 02:59:41



Is the 'era of big government' over for U.S. dioceses?  

As they face a shortage of episcopal candidates and the challenge of supporting expensive infrastructure with a dwindling number of priests and practicing Catholics, my colleague JD Flynn suggested yesterday that the Vatican may soon need to take a serious look at merging smaller and rural American dioceses. That might well be the approach of the Apostolic See.

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2021-04-08 02:26:55



Life is good. You are loved. When you realize this, you begin to share in The Easter joy that underlies the universe.....  

Easter joy. In these powerful words is signified a reality at the heart of Christianity. Easter is a celebration. It is a matter of joy, and joy happens when we receive something beloved. Any real festivity is a matter of receiving something: something that is marvelously good and transcends our own doing or crafting...

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2021-04-07 12:08:14



Influential Swiss modernist theologian Hans Küng dies at 93...  

The influential and controversial Swiss theologian Hans Küng died Tuesday at the age of 93. Küng served as a theological adviser at the Second Vatican Council but repeatedly clashed with Rome in the years that followed.

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2021-04-07 10:52:15



The idea that we are all equal, unique personalities, each possessed of unfathomable dignity and inviolable rights, came from Christianity...  

he most important lesson that the study of history teaches us is contingency. Things did not have to turn out the way they did. Take, for instance, the answer that our civilization has historically given to the most important question of all: "What does it mean to be a human being?" Ever since the Enlightenment...

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2021-04-07 09:18:38



“Basement brainwashing”: Chinese Christians held in secret, mobile Communist “transformation” facilities...  

Authorities in China are detaining Christians in secretive, mobile "transformation" facilities to make them renounce their faith, RFA has learned.

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2021-04-07 08:35:19



Atheist writer John Harris: “For many of us, life without God has turned out to be life without fellowship and shared meaning”...  

He felt an envy for religious people that he's sometimes felt before. This time, John Harris writes, it came from "a year of lockdown, the sudden fear of serious illness and death, and the sense of all of it being wholly random and senseless....

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2021-04-07 07:32:18



Police break up a Good Friday service in London, and the Pope offers Mass with Becciu...  

Metropolitan Police on Friday interrupted a Good Friday liturgy at Christ the King Polish Catholic Church in London. Police said the gathering was unlawful, and dispersed the assembled worshippers before the liturgy could be concluded. We published yesterday a quick roundup of what happened, and how the parish and other Church officials have responded.

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2021-04-07 04:29:35



Arkansas governor vetoes 'transgender youth treatment' ban...  

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made his state the first to ban gender confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youth, though lawmakers could enact the restriction over his objections.

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2021-04-06 14:37:17



When enough is enough...  

John Allen is right. In his Easter column at Crux, he says Vatican can't blame the media for "spin cycles" around Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, to whom Pope Francis paid a surprise visit on Holy Thursday, setting off a flurry of speculation in the press that turned into a blizzard when official Vatican communications sources refused to confirm the news.

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2021-04-06 13:29:42



A chronology of the Resurrection appearances...  

When we encounter the resurrection accounts in the New Testament, we face a challenge in putting all the pieces together in such a way that the sequence of events flows in logical order. This is due to the fact that no one Gospel presents all or even most of the information. Some of the accounts seem to conflict...

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2021-04-06 12:40:53



Watch: Amid shutdown of public worship, priest offers Mass on ancient Mass rock in Ireland...  

Dawn Mass from Keem Bay, Achill Island, on Easter Sunday 2021 With Fr. Gerard Quirke.

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2021-04-06 10:45:49



Dr. Seuss meets the cancel culture — and loses...  

We hear that the estate of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, will withdraw from sale a couple of that bland old liberal's books. In one of them, as I have seen, there is a picture of a Chinese man eating with chopsticks. Science having proved that Chinese men do not eat with chopsticks, I agree with the decision. Only I find that it does not go far enough.

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2021-04-06 10:04:10



An extraordinary winning streak for religion at the Supreme Court...  

"For many today, religious liberty is not a cherished freedom," Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. told the Federalist Society, the conservative legal group, in November. "It pains me to say this, but, in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right."

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2021-04-06 08:43:01



Never underestimate the faith of a child...  

There is a particular article in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that states the desire for God is written in the human heart. If we take the time to extrapolate this powerful statement it provides an introduction to the intimate relationship that exists between God and man...

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2021-04-06 07:35:30



What has the pro-life movement won?  

The pro-life movement's multidecade strategy, up to and including its fraught bargain with Donald Trump, appears to have succeeded. Thanks to the Trump White House and Mitch McConnell's Senate, there is now a 6-to-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, vetted by conservative legal activists and committed to principles of constitutional interpretation that seem to require sweeping Roe v. Wade away, or at least modifying it into obsolescence.

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2021-04-06 06:27:58



An Easter Octave guide for Catholic families...  

Instead of one day of Easter, Catholics enjoy eight octave days of feasting. Sustained partying requires careful planning and self-pacing to avoid merriment burnout. Follow this guide with your family to maximize the delights of Easter and the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. Feast, feast, feast! Post-Easter Mass, or once you have recovered from celebrating the Easter Vigil into the wee hours...

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2021-04-05 07:08:19



Pope Francis at Easter Monday Regina Coeli: 'Never tire of seeking the risen Christ'...  

Pope Francis said Monday that Christians should "never tire of seeking the risen Christ." Speaking before the recitation of the Regina Coeli April 5, the pope noted that Easter Monday is known in Italy as Lunedì dell'Angelo, or the Monday of the Angel. Referring to the Gospel reading in which Mary Magdalene and the other Mary encountered an angel at the empty tomb while looking for Jesus...

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2021-04-05 05:27:22



'It is like a miracle': Easter crowds gather again in Jerusalem...  

On Friday morning, in the Old City of Jerusalem, in the limestone alleys of the Christian quarter, it was as if the pandemic had never happened. The winding passageways that form the Via Dolorosa, along which Christians believe Jesus hauled his cross toward his crucifixion, were packed with over 1,000 worshipers...

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2021-04-04 14:45:51



What happened on Easter Sunday was the most explosive experience in human history, shattering all previous expectations of human destiny. ...  

Let me adapt to recent circumstances a thought-experiment theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar proposed decades ago: Imagine that a friend contracts a severe case of COVID-19 and medicine can do no more for him. The doctors inform his widowed mother and us, so we gather with her for the final scene in the drama of this life...

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2021-04-04 13:35:17



What does it mean to rise from the dead?  

Most priests will tell you that Easter Sunday is one of the more difficult Sundays on which to preach. There are many reasons for this. In the first place, the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil) is magnificent and beautiful but exhausting. By Easter morning, liturgical ministers of every rank are drained...

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2021-04-04 11:04:02



The date of Easter, de-mystified...  

The date of Easter is so easy to calculate that a bright ten-year-old with a calculator could follow the simple steps. It is far from random: the date of Easter this year allows you to predict when it will fall next year surprisingly accurately. And the history behind the formula is a fascinating blend of astronomy, mathematics, religion and politics which spans almost two thousand years. This web site has been created to de-mystify the date of Easter and to share its history.

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2021-04-04 09:16:26



Pope's Easter 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing: “These wounds are the everlasting seal of His love for us”...  

May those who suffer take refuge in the wounds of Christ, and through them, receive the hope which does not disappoint, Pope Francis prayed on Easter Sunday.

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2021-04-04 08:04:37



Catholics in London seek answers after police halt Good Friday liturgy...  

Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark visited Christ the King Polish Catholic Church in south London on Saturday, a day after police stopped a Good Friday service for allegedly violating COVID-19 safety guidelines. The parish belongs to the Polish Catholic Mission in England and Wales and is located within the Archdiocese of Southwark, which covers the areas of London south of the River Thames.

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2021-04-04 06:41:13



He is risen! These three words are proof that God is real — that He loved you enough to fight and win...  

He is risen! Every story has one truth at its foundation. Without it there's just no story. Bilbo finds a ring. A group of children falls through a wardrobe into another dimension. Snow White finds the love of her life. William Wallace loses his. An old man in a sea hooks a monster fish. Joseph loves Shannon. Those simple truths are the story if you think about it...

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2021-04-04 02:15:54



The Vatican can't blame the media for spin cycles around the Pope's visit to Becciu...  

Here's how it goes. The pope does something obviously destined to make waves, but it isn't announced officially. Instead, it leaks from a journalist who has the pope's ear, in this case a veteran Italian writer who did a 2017 book rebutting Francis's traditionalist critics. Vatican spokespersons dodge calls for a while, then issue a nod-and-a-wink, non-confirmation confirmation.

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2021-04-04 01:35:46



Everything hinges on the door of that Tomb...  

If the Resurrection never happened, then the whole of Christianity is a fraud. On the other hand, if the Resurrection of Jesus did actually happen, that event must be viewed as the most important event in human history. There's really no "middle ground" here, and serious people on both sides should be able to agree on this...

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2021-04-03 15:25:08



We will be in touch...  

It was a little after seven in the morning when I learned that my grandfather had died. He was 98 years old. I was in the kitchen, fussing over a coffee pot and a fussy two-month-old son after a bad night's sleep on the couch with a head cold. I glanced at my email as the coffee brewed and read a simple, solemn message from my father...

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2021-04-03 13:28:37



Lebanon's Maronite patriarch, Bechara Cardinal Rai, criticizes Hezbollah with “unusually direct” comments in leaked video...  

At the risk of compromising the appeasement efforts aimed at facilitating the formation of a new government, Lebanese media on Thursday broadcast a leaked video in which the top Christian leader openly criticizes the Shia Hezbollah movement, accusing it of harming the country by dragging it into regional conflicts.

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2021-04-03 12:38:41



Jesus raised the Temple — now he's everywhere...  

I'll never forget what a colleague said to me one Easter when I was working on Capitol Hill. "I feel like Easter changed everything," he said. "I bet even colors were different before Easter." He is right. The incarnation, death and resurrection of God was a cataclysmic event that changed everything such that only poets can express it.

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2021-04-03 12:37:29



The Church helps us when she teaches the truth and protects the integrity of the sacraments — not when she gives in to our demands...  

Pope Francis declared on March 22 that the Catholic Church will not bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin." The two-page document, issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and to which the Pope signed off, also noted that the Church welcomes the blessing of people who are homosexual...

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2021-04-03 12:05:59



“He descended to the dead”: For our own good, we all need a glimpse of the Evil Queen...  

I had a client many years ago who was a real-life version of Sleeping Beauty. She was tall, blonde-haired, razor thin (as the saying goes), and profoundly unhappy. She was enrolled in a local junior college, attempting to upgrade so that she could attend university. She came to see me because she did not want to live. She also did not want to die...

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2021-04-03 11:40:10



Restoring Brazil's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue...  

Architect Cristina Ventura, who is in charge of the Christ the Redeemer statue restoration, checks the statue's arm as work is underway ahead of its 90th anniversary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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2021-04-03 09:29:19



Polish Catholic parish in London: Police 'grossly exceeded powers' in halting Good Friday service...  

A Polish Catholic parish in London, England, said Saturday that it believed that police "grossly exceeded their powers" when they halted a Good Friday service and ordered parishioners to go home. Police officers interrupted the Good Friday liturgy at Christ the King Church in Balham, south London, on April 2, ordering worshipers to leave or face a fine or possible arrest.

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2021-04-03 08:27:38



Easter Vigil homily delivered at St. Peter's Basilica...  

The women thought they would find a body to anoint; instead they found an empty tomb. They went to mourn the dead; instead they heard a proclamation of life. For this reason, the Gospel tells us, the women "were seized with trembling and amazement." Full of fear, trembling, and full of amazement. A fear mingled with joy that took their hearts by surprise when they saw the great stone before the tomb rolled away and inside a young man in a white robe.

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2021-04-03 07:04:21



533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online...  

A user in a low level hacking forum has published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online.

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2021-04-03 04:43:10



Icarus and Waterford Crystal...  

From a young age, I was captivated by the story of Icarus. As an adult, on this Good Friday, I am revisiting the timeless lesson. In case you don't recall the Greek myth, Icarus' dad, Daedalus, was an amazing craftsman/inventor and he had ingeniously fashioned wings fastened together by wax...

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2021-04-03 02:31:21



Good Friday 2021: “They will look upon Him whom they have pierced”...  

Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year. Here are 9 things you need to know...

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2021-04-02 13:38:29



Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix issues exhortation to deeper faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist...  

With the grandeur of Holy Thursday serving as a focal point, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix has issued a landmark Apostolic Exhortation on the centrality of the Eucharist. The nearly 14,000-word document, "Veneremur Cernui - Down in Adoration Falling," delves into the key history and theology as well as the beauty of the Eucharist...

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2021-04-02 13:03:36



A priest begs forgiveness for withholding the Holy Eucharist: “We abandoned you”...  

Balm for the soul. After I returned from a beautiful Holy Thursday Mass and Adoration last night, I received a text from a local friend who attends a parish across town. I couldn't fully process what I just read, but, hoping against hope, I quickly opened the attached link and went to the homily. It was just as she said, and better than I could have imagined.

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2021-04-02 12:06:05



The painting that almost turned Picasso back to Catholicism...  

Picasso was more than perhaps the greatest artist of the 20th century; he was also one of its most notorious atheists. Despite this, there is one theme that seems to show a different side to him. Over the years he drew or painted around 50 scenes of the Crucifixion. This was not much for a man who created more than 20,000 works during his lifetime...

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2021-04-02 11:07:12



What happened with the Lord on Good Friday?  

The events of this early Friday morning are tightly packed. In the space of three or four hours, Jesus is sent to Pilate, then to Herod, then back to Pilate, questioned, condemned to die, and led out to be crucified by 9:00 AM. The events begin around 6:00 AM. Early in the morning, the chief priests, elders, scribes, and the whole Sanhedrin devised a plan....

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2021-04-02 10:53:20



7 clues tell us precisely when Jesus died (the year, month, day and hour revealed)...  

We are in the midst of our annual celebrations of Jesus' death and resurrection. We all know that this happened in Jerusalem in the first century. That separates Jesus from mythical pagan deities, who were supposed to live in places or times that none could specify. Just how specific can we be with the death of Jesus? Can we determine the exact day? We can.

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2021-04-02 08:10:15



John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger and Dante: Good company on Good Friday...  

When St. John Paul II was beatified in 2011, his feast day was fixed for Oct. 22 — the date of the inaugural "Be Not Afraid!" homily — rather than the customary date of death, April 2. The death anniversary would too often fall during Holy Week or the Easter Octave, and thus could not be celebrated.

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2021-04-02 04:20:57



“If they persecuted me, they will persecute you as well” — The crucifixion of St. Jean Gabriel Perboyre...  

As we enter the Sacred Triduum, the most solemn time of the Church's year, our focus turns increasingly towards the Passion and death of Christ, as we try to comprehend the extent of His sufferings and what it cost Him to redeem us. One way we can do this is to consider the lives of those Christians who have followed most closely in His footsteps - the martyrs.

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2021-04-02 02:51:06



Take 5 minutes to listen to this Good Friday reflection from Venerable Fulton Sheen...  

Courtesy of the Fulton Sheen Institute...

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2021-04-02 01:09:30



Nuns vs. guns, CNN vs. truth, and a 'happy' Good Friday...  

It is, for me, one of the purest consolations of the Triduum that, whatever personal sins are weighing on me, and whatever it is in the world that tempts me to despair, the awful majesty of the crucifixion and the seismic, cosmic rupture of the power of death rendered by the reality of the resurrection dwarfs all else by comparison. So great a savior indeed.

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2021-04-02 01:04:17



What was the Lord doing on Thursday of Holy Week?  

According to the Synoptic Gospels, sundown of Holy Thursday ushered in the Passover. Later on this evening, the Lord will celebrate the Passover meal with His disciples. We ought to be mindful that the unleavened bread Jesus will take in His hands is called...

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2021-04-01 22:12:57



I am one of millions who live with persistent depressive disorder. It always seems worst around Advent and Lent.....  

I am always relieved when the end of Lent arrives. Not because I found the giving things up part difficult. For the depressed person, giving things up is relatively easy. Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, the author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, once defined depression as a disorder "whose characteristic manifestation is an inability to appreciate sunsets."

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2021-04-01 19:57:12






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