Monthly Archives: December 2011

8 Key Questions for Making a New Year’s Resolution that Lasts

By Jeff Cavins From The Integrated Catholic Life We are coming to that time when we’ll make that big New Year’s resolution. Often times we don’t think through the price or the consequences of resolutions said in haste. The result … Continue reading

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Broom fight among Orthodox clergymen in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

(I know that Toad already mentioned it on a comment thread, but here I found a more detailed story than the report on Daily Telegraph ;-)) For Orthodox Christians, Christmas has not yet arrived. Many Orthodox Christians annually celebrate Christmas … Continue reading

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Was Mary Saved?

by Joe Heschmeyer From Shameless Popery A Protestant friend of mine related his struggle with the Catholic view of Mary’s sinlessless, because Mary herself expressed that she needed a Savior, in Luke 1:46-47, when she proclaimed at the start of … Continue reading

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Catholic school affordability: Progress made but still a long way to go

By Carol Zimmerman WASHINGTON (CNS) — When educational leaders look at ways to make Catholic schools more affordable, they are happy about some of the positive steps that have been made but fully aware that there is still a lot … Continue reading

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Sexual Abuse of Children: Ten Years of Hard-Earned Knowledge

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) With 2012, the Catholic Church looks back on a decade of learning about a problem which may be decades of centuries old: the sexual abuse of minors by those who would … Continue reading

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One Woman’s Story: My Abortion Haunts My Soul, Even Today.

The following is a testimony from Silent No More, the post-abortion outreach ministry run by Priests for Life. The testimony comes from Cindy (not pictured right), a 39-year-old woman who shares her negative abortion experience: I am not your typical … Continue reading

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News Flash: Italian Parish Prevented an Abortion by Adopting the Unwanted Baby

From Corriere.it 27th. Dec., 2011 An already large family with just one wage coming in faced an unexpected pregnancy in the midst of the economic crisis. But the abortion, for which an appointment at the clinic had been fixed, was … Continue reading

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Introvigne and the era of martyrs

Christian minorities in Pakistan According to the sociologist of religion, Massimo Introvigne, the killing of Christians is not only a phenomenon linked to past centuries; it is still alive today vatican insider staff rome Christian martyrdom is not only a … Continue reading

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“Rising above what is human to what is divine”: the urgency of the ‘reform of the reform’.

The Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy teaches that “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.” (SC, 10) and necessary for catechizing the … Continue reading

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Nigeria: “They cannot kill our spirit – we must not be afraid”

Nigeria – A scene from the terrorist attacks against Christians After the tragic attacks in Nigeria, the Archbishop of Abuja speaks: “Our young people are furious, but revenge must not prevail. Muslims were among the victims as well.” The day … Continue reading

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A Hildegard Chant for the Holy Innocents

I came across this (on http://hischola.blogspot.com ) today, and since Schola Cantorum is in America, and you may not be familiar with them, and since it allows me to indulge my passion for early liturgical music, I reproduce it here … Continue reading

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HOLY FAMILY, AN ICON OF THE DOMESTIC CHURCH: Wednesday General Audience.

VATICAN CITY, 28 DEC 2011 (VIS) – Prayer in the Holy Family of Nazareth was the theme of Benedict XVI’s catechesis during today’s general audience, which was held in the Paul VI Hall in the presence of 7,000 pilgrims. “The … Continue reading

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Restored by the Holy Father – Proclamation of Christmas.

We have become used to the Proclamation of Easter, but I was thrilled that the Holy Father has restored the Proclamation of Christmas this year with the chanting of the ‘Kalenda’; the proclamation of the birth of Christ. This traditional … Continue reading

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Ten amazing Catholics of the year

In the ‘Features’ section of the Catholic Herald online, Mary O’Regan profiles 10 Catholics around the world who showed extraordinary courage, skill and determination during 2011: Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for minorities and a Catholic, was ambushed, shot and killed … Continue reading

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Dublin archbishop says lapsed Catholics should admit their non-belief

By Benjamin Mann Dublin, Ireland, Dec 14, 2011 / 06:05 am (CNA).- Non-practicing and non-believing Irish Catholics should be honest about their relation to the Church, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told the makers of a TV documentary that aired Dec. … Continue reading

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