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By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph  Despite similar measures being voted down in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has put a competitive balance proposal back on the table for voting this May. The 2014 … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said the assassination of “my confrere,” a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit in Syria, “filled me with deep sadness and made me think again of all the people who suffer and … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
Press Release The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati will join Christians throughout the world in celebrating Holy Week, the most sacred time of the Church year, beginning with Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) on April 13.   The culmination of that … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops’ committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
Staff Report The following is a glance at the inner-workings of the new OHSAA competitive balance proposal. For a story on the proposal, click HERE. Ohio high school sports are divided into divisions based on enrollment. This way big schools … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
From Staff & Wire Reports Ursuline Academy won its second-straight OHSAA Division I Swimming state championship Feb. 22 in Canton, scoring 281 points. The school sent nine swimmers to state, winning eight of 11 events in the process. On the boys’ … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph  The sins of the founder have weighed heavily on the religious movement of Regnum Christi and the priestly order the Legionaries of Christ, but after much soul searching and an Apostolic Visitation by the … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
Staff Report Around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati various Holy Week Liturgies took place. The liturgies of Holy Week are among the most beautiful of the Liturgical Year. Here are a selection of photos from the Holy Week liturgies at the … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — “They call me Holy Father and that is what I must be,” the future St. John XXIII wrote in his diary. A nun who worked in the papal apartments with the … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
By Navar Watson Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — A small group of Teresian Carmelites from India are quickly adjusting to their new life in the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., helping out in the Catholic Indian Mission and teaching at St. … Continue reading → 11 hours 44 min
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The season of Lent, as a journey with Christ towards the Cross the Resurrection, always reawakens our sense of solidarity with our sisters and brothers living in the holy Land. It was there that … Continue reading → 1 day 11 hours
As many young adults do, my first inclination in the morning is to grab my phone or tablet to check messages and status updates that came in through the night. Plus, I often use my tablet to say the Office, … Continue reading → 1 day 11 hours

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San José, Costa Rica, Apr 24, 2014 / 01:34 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Floribeth Mora, the 50-year-old Costa Rican woman whose miraculous healing paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II, is taking to the Vatican a suitcase filled with handwritten letters for Pope Francis.
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Bangkok, Thailand, Apr 23, 2014 / 09:06 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Scores of Catholic migrants from Vietnam gathered across Thailand on Sunday to celebrate Christ's Resurrection with the traditions of their homeland. 1 day 4 hours
Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 07:26 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The postulators of the canonization causes for both John Paul II and John XXIII told journalists at the Vatican that the soon-to-be-saints also had faults which show their "humanity." 1 day 6 hours
Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 06:22 am (EWTN News/CNA).- During his general audience Wednesday Pope Francis emphasized the certainty of Christ's presence in the world today, noting how his resurrection invites us to reject sin and open ourselves to joy and hope. 1 day 7 hours
Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 05:34 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Fr. Paolo Padrini, creator of the iBreviary application, said that part of his goal for the recent release of the program in Arabic is fostering religious freedom in countries persecuted for their faith.
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Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 05:08 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- At a conference held at the Vatican Wednesday, a scholar on Bl. John XXIII and the Pope's one-time butler both spoke about his kindness and charity ahead of his canonization, which will occur April 27 along with that of John Paul II. 1 day 8 hours
New Haven, Conn., Apr 23, 2014 / 05:05 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Knights of Columbus will sponsor major celebrations of the double canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII in several U.S. cities, in addition to providing financial and logistical support in Rome.
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Phoenix, Ariz., Apr 23, 2014 / 03:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Arizona governor Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that ended special health inspection rules for abortion clinics, an action proponents say will help prevent dangerous conditions at abortion facilities.
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Dublin, Ireland, Apr 23, 2014 / 01:59 pm (EWTN News).- The Dublin archdiocese has said that an "alleged visionary" who calls herself Maria Divine Mercy lacks approval from Church authorities and some of her messages contradict Catholic teaching.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina, Apr 23, 2014 / 01:38 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Archbishop Alfredo Zecca of Tucuman, Argentina, said the Church does not tire of proclaiming the Gospel of Life and of denouncing the culture of death that eliminates the most innocent and defenseless.
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Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2014 / 10:29 am (EWTN News).- Days before the canonization of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini of Campobasso-Boiano, Italy, recalled the fiery warning the Polish Pope delivered to the Italian mafia during a visit to the region 21 years ago.
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Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, Apr 22, 2014 / 10:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Catholics in Papua New Guinea honored the evangelization, 80 years ago, of the remote interior of the nation's main island by making a pilgrimage in the steps of its first missionaries. 2 days 3 hours
Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2014 / 06:23 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Basilica of St. John Lateran, cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, was filled Tuesday with thousands of youths who had come to learn more about the two Bishops of Rome who will be canonized Sunday. 2 days 7 hours
Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 05:29 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II are connected in their dedication to God and to lives of priestly service, a cardinal who worked with both of the pontiffs stressed.
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Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 05:22 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Following the presentation of a new stamp of Pope Francis, Philippine postmaster Maria De la Cruz revealed that they will also release stamps honoring Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII for their canonization. 2 days 8 hours
Shrewsbury, England, Apr 22, 2014 / 05:12 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Catholic Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has warned that a British proposal to legalize assisted suicide would change "long-established laws which uphold the sanctity of human life" and put the weakest in society at risk.
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Yangon, Myanmar, Apr 22, 2014 / 03:23 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In his Easter message, Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, emphasized the hope of the holy day and encouraged the country to seek forgiveness and reconciliation amid past and present conflict.
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Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 01:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- It was made known Thursday that Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria, has been made second personal secretary to Pope Francis. 2 days 12 hours
Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2014 / 01:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis sent 150 Easter eggs to the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital as an Easter gift to children hospitalized with cancer.
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Theology on Tap programs are meant for young adults in their 20s and 30s and meet in bars and other relaxed social settings.

Theology on Tap programs are meant for young adults in their 20s and 30s and meet in bars and other relaxed social settings.

The spring Theology on Tap Cincinnati lecture series for young adults will begin next Thursday, May 1, with a talk by a speaker from Word on Fire Ministries.

The six-week series will be held every Thursday at 7 pm at Cancun Restaurante (Norwood, OH).

The schedule:

  • May 1 – Rozann Carter, Fr. Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Ministries
  • May 8 – Fr. David Endres, The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West
  • May 15 – Dr. Matthew Bunson, Our Sunday Visitor
  • May 22 – Fr. James Kubicki, National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer
  • May 29 – Jason Williams, Cincinnati seminarian
  • June 5 – Fr. Kyle Schnippel, Theology on Tap chaplain

Theology on Tap is a national program for people in their 20s and 30s that brings speakers on Catholic topics to pubs, bars, and other casual gathering places.

For information about other Theology on Tap programs in the area, click here.

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Tangy dressing gives this salad its zing.

Tangy dressing gives this salad its zing.

Many spring vegetables are nutrient-dense and have a Biblical history. These spring veggies are easy to grow, whether in the ground or in containers.

Vegetables of the mustard family like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale are analogous to this passage:

Matthew 13:31-32 - “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds but when grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a large plant.” The significance is faith and sharing our knowledge of it. Like seeds of these plants, our faith starts out small and grows as we gain knowledge and share the gospel.

All of these members of the mustard family produce flowers in the shape of a cross. The flowers are edible. And all are good for the tummy, heart and digestive system with their large amount of fiber.

Onions: Numbers 11:5 “We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.”  Nutrient-dense and good for the heart. They help lower blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar.

When you plant onions, don’t keep mounding the soil over the onion as it grows. By the time they’re ready to harvest, the onions will be sticking out of the ground a bit.


Don’t be put off by the yogurt in the dressing. It’s a yummy salad with the tanginess of the dressing offset by the sweetness of the grapes.


  • 6-8 slices bacon, cooked and diced – I used thick sliced bacon
  • 1/2 head each cauliflower and broccoli, cut into florets and chopped
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved, or more to taste – I used more
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped if you like
  • 1 small English cucumber, diced
  • Shredded cheddar cheese to taste


If your cauliflower and broccoli are large, double the dressing — you may not need all of it but it’s good on slaw, too.

Whisk together and go to taste on ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup  real mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pour dressing over salad ingredients and enjoy.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld writes a weekly syndicated column and blog for the Community Press, appears every Thursday on the Son Rise Morning Show, and is the author of several cookbooks. An adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, she is Certified Culinary Professional and Certified Modern Herbalist,  the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, and a media personality with a cable show and YouTube videos. She lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You’ll find all her previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

 Rita’s Bible Foods segment airs on the Son Rise Morning Show every Thursday morning at 7:22 am (rebroadcast Friday at 6:02 am). Tune in to hear her discuss the history behind each recipe and the scripture verses that inspired it. And of course, for cooking tips!

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fountain stylized

Between 60 and 100 people, including several Nativity School children in their uniforms, marched from Fountain Square to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s main offices Tuesday to demand changes to the revised contract for teachers for 2014-2015.

The contract gives examples of actions — including living together without being married, in vitro fertilization, abortion, and a “gay lifestyle” — that teachers must agree not to participate in or publicly support. In previous contracts, the morals clause was general and did not give examples.

At least three current or former teachers were interviewed for local coverage of the march.

Molly Shumate, a teacher at St. Vivian School, told Channel 5 News that she cannot sign the contract because her son is gay and she intends to publicly support gay causes.

“The day he came out to me, the world was lifted off of his shoulder as well as mine, and it was at that moment that I said to myself I will never hide who he is, be embarrassed of who he is and at that point I said I’m going to use this opportunity to make a difference,” she told a reporter.

Mindy Burger, currently a teacher at Nativity, told a Channel 12 reporter that she will retire rather than sign. “I am gone,” she said. “If you want to stay teaching at any school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, you sign the contract or you’re gone.

“Why isn’t there something in there about the death penalty? Why aren’t the Beatitudes in there? You know — feed the hungry? Minister to the poor?”

Former teacher Martha Bruun (no school identified) told the Cincinnati Enquirer that she thinks teachers will feel pressured to sign the contract regardless of how they feel. “”People shouldn’t have to sign something when they feel intimidated,” she says.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati spokesmen have previously said that the contract is final and based on Catholic teachings, not feelings.

“Essentially, all Catholic educators are asked to represent the official teachings of the Catholic Church in their professional lives,” Schools Office Director and Superintendent Dr. Jim Rigg said in an op-ed for the Enquirer. “Such a requirement is not unreasonable.”

The petitions

The protesters delivered two petitions, both of which were hosted and signed online, to leave at the Archdiocesan offices because Dr. Rigg was out of town for a conference. The smaller petition, with about 1100 signatures (most of them local), was hosted by, a protest site generally used for political petitions and associated with left-leaning causes.

The larger petition, with about 23,000 signatures from around the country was written by the national progressive organization Faithful America (FA) with support from, also a progressive political organization. Most of Faithful America’s projects are associated with gay issues. Its most famous campaigns were an unsuccessful attempt to have several religious radio stations drop the Glenn Beck program, and a successful attempt to get actor Bob Newhart, who is Catholic, to cancel a speaking engagement for a Catholic organization. The FA petition claims that the contract represents a “right-wing crackdown” in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Area protesters cited numerous reasons for their opposition, including claims that the clause is intrusive, is an attempt to control the personal lives of teachers, contradicts what they consider Pope Francis to want for the Church, is not inclusive, is not “loving,” violates the free speech of employees, and does not respect primacy of conscience.

On Saturday, some of the protesters have arranged a Skype meeting with a Catholic teachers’ union to look into unionizing order “to be treated as professionals, to have a say over the conditions under which we work [and] to have job security and meaningful due process,” according to an announcement.

What protesters object to teachers agreeing not to do

The one-paragraph clause in the six-page contract lists several examples of “conduct or lifestyle that is in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals” that include, but are “not limited to”  improper use of social media/communication and:

  • public support of or publicly living together outside marriage
  • public support of or sexual activity out of wedlock
  • public support of or homosexual lifestyle
  • public support of or use of abortion
  • public support of or use of a surrogate mother
  • public support of or use of in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination
  • public membership in organizations whose mission and message are incompatible with Catholic doctrine or morals
  • flagrant deceit or dishonesty

The Catholic Church teaches, and always has, that all the listed items are immoral.

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The Serra Club of Cincinnati is looking for 216 lectors to read the entire Bible aloud from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm for nine days in May.

The Bible Reading Novena for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life will be held at the Sorrowful Mother Chapel in the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood (OH) May 12-20.

“Although you may have heard of a Bible Reading Marathon, and may have even participated in one, this Bible Reading Novena to encourage vocations to the priesthood and religious life is distinctly Catholic by design,” says Dr. Pamela Heckel, one of the organizers.

“We will begin each Book of the Bible with the Memorare and the Archdiocesan prayer for vocations, and on Sunday, May 18th at 7:00 pm we will gather at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center to say the rosary between the Old and New Testaments.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Serra Club and Five Minute Church, Inc. Area adults and graduating high school students (with their parents) are encouraged to participate, whether they proclaim the readings at Mass or simply like to read aloud.

All parishes and schools who send 24 lectors will have their names and logos recognized on the Novena’s web page (send logos to

The Cincinnati Serra Club is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Tax deductible donations to assist with the Novena expenses may be made at any PNC Bank, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. Event sponsors include The St. James Project and Mt. Lookout Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center.

Each lector will read for half an hour. To sign up for an available slot, click here.

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Jack Adam (Elder class of '57) prepares to throw out the first pitch at Elder's new Jack Adam Stadium.

Jack Adam (Elder class of ’57) prepares to throw out the first pitch at Elder’s new Jack Adam Stadium. Click any photo to enlarge.

Stadium completes athletic complex

Elder alumnus and donor Jack Adam threw out the first pitch at the new Jack Adam Baseball Stadium at Elder High School Saturday.

Blessing the new stadium.

Blessing the new stadium.

The state-of-the-art stadium, the final piece to the Price Hill/Cincinnati school’s Butch Hubert Family Panther Athletic Complex plan, seats 500 and includes a press box.

The grand opening ceremony featured the unveiling of a memorial plaque. Elder’s Vocal Ensemble performed the National Anthem before the Elder-Turpin double-header games inaugurating the new field.

The master plan for the complex was created in 2003 by Panther Athletic Complex trustee and 1971 alumnus Jim Daffin, who worked with other trustees to have the original baseball field built.

“This stadium is like putting a diamond in the ring setting,” Daffin says. “It will make Elder more competitive across the city. Who wouldn’t want to come and play baseball here?”

Elder’s sunken football stadium, “The Pit,” is known around the country. The new athletic complex was designed to echo the school’s distinctive architecture.

Adams (class of ’57) donated half the $500,000 cost to build the new stadium, which was designed by Cincinnati-based PDT Architects.

Elder won both Saturday games against Turpin, 11-1 and 5-0. On April 8, the Panthers won their 1400th game, the most for any school in Ohio. Elder has won 12 championships and appear in 20 state tournaments and are currently 6 and 4 for the season.

For our story about the stadium design, click here.

Photos courtesy Elder High School.

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Purple seats at the new Elder High School stadium.

Purple seats at the new Elder High School stadium.

The Elder Varsity baseball team, the Panthers, at the grand opening of Jack Adam Stadium.

The Elder Varsity baseball team, the Panthers, at the grand opening of Jack Adam Stadium.

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The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today for a case involving Cincinnati native and former Senator Steve Driehaus and the Susan B. Anthony List. Image source unknown; no ownership implied.

The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for a case involving Ohio election law, a national pro-life political advocacy group, and former Congessman Steve Driehaus today.

In 2010, the Washington-based Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), which identifies and advocates for pro-life political candidates, tried to put up billboards calling lifelong Cincinnati resident Steve Driehaus a liar. Billboard companies refused to erect the boards after Driehaus said he would sue under an Ohio law that prohibits false statements in political ads.

False statement?

Driehaus, who had run for office as a pro-life, fiscally conservative “Blue Dog Democrat” and was running for reelection, was one of 13 pro-life Democrats who voted for the Affordable Care Act after President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting public funds from being spent on abortions.

The SBA List, along with nearly all pro-life groups, considered that vote to be a broken promise, because an executive order can be revoked at any time and the law itself does not prohibit public funding for abortion. Although the group was not able to put up billboards in Ohio, he SBA List called Driehaus and several other self-proclaimed pro-life Democrats “sellouts” in a bus and print campaign.

In a rollercoaster ride of suits and countersuits, Driehaus (who lost the election to longtime Republican legislator Steve Chabot) sued the SBA List for defamation and loss of livelihood, while the SBA List sued Ohio for restriction of free speech.

Driehaus lost his case. A judge sympathetic to Driehaus nevertheless ruled ruled both that the SBA List’s case was “substantially true,” which means that it could be considered true by reasonable people, and that even if it had not been substantially true, it is the kind of statement that is permitted in a political campaign.

Driehaus, who now lives in Africa with his family and works for the Peace Corps, has appealed. That appeal is still pending.

Free speech

The SBA List lost its case agains the State of Ohio, as well as its appeal, for “lack of standing” (meeting the requirements to be able to sue). Both courts found that, because the Ohio Elections Commission had not sued the SBA List, the group had not been harmed and thus could not sue.

However the SBA List and the Cincinnati anti-tax group COAST together petitioned the Supreme Court, arguing that the threat of a suit — whether or not one is made — prevents Ohio’s citizens from criticizing their elected officials. The threat of a suit did harm the SBA List, the group says, and thus should give it standing.

Moreover, the group argues, Ohio’s law means that the state determines what is true and what is false in a political statement, giving it too much power.

The ACLU filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief on the SBA List’s behalf, saying, “The people have an absolute right to criticize their public officials, the government should not be the arbiter of true or false speech and, in any event, the best answer for bad speech is more speech.” A total of 21 amicus briefs — arguments in support of a case, usually different arguments from the one being used in court — were filed on behalf of the SBA List. None were filed in support of Cong. Driehaus.

Was it a lie?

Steve Driehaus continues to assert that he did not lie or “sell out,” and that the Affordable Care Act does not fund abortions.

The SBA List and other pro-life groups say that the Affordable Care Act does pay for abortions with public funds and that Driehaus and other politicians who voted for it knew that it would.


“This lawsuit originated with the now ongoing problem of taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA list, said when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. “To this very day, Americans are still fighting the expansion of taxpayer funding of abortion brought about by the overhaul.”

Driehaus continues to maintain the he did not lie or “sell out” when voting for the Affordable Care Act.

However, studies by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) and the Kaiser Foundation both found that the taxpayer-funded abortion will increase under the ACA. The CLI estimates that 111,500 additional abortions per year will be subsidized in full or in part by public funds. (See below for their findings.)

What the Court will decide

The Supreme Court, however, will not decide whether or not the Affordable Care Act funds abortions, whether or not Cong. Driehaus lied, whether or not the statement that he lied is a reasonable inference or, even if not a reasonable inference, is constitutionally protected free speech.

The Supreme Court will decide only whether the SBA List and COAST have standing to sue. If not, their suit will end. If so, they will be free to sue — as Cong. Driehaus continues to do.

Ways the Charlotte Lozier Institute  says the Affordable Care Act funds abortions
  1. Medicaid Expansion. The ACA encourages states to expand Medicaid programs, which pay for medical services for the poor with tax money. Many states allow funds to be used to pay for abortions in some circumstances. Expanding Medicaid without prohibiting tax money being used for abortions means more public money paying for abortions.

  2. Subsidies. The ACA gives tax-paid subsidies to low-income people and families to help them buy private insurance. As many private insurance plans include abortion coverage, not prohibiting that tax money can be used for abortions means subsidy money will pay for abortions.

  3. Abortion surcharge. The ACA bypasses the longstanding Hyde Amendment, which has to be passed each year and precludes public money from being used for abortions, by charging a separate monthly fee for abortion coverage. In theory, this fee comes from the policy holder’s contributions, and not from public subsidies. However, it is not included in an itemized list of fees and its existence is disclosed only once, in the fine print, when people enroll.

  4. Lack of pro-life plans. The HHS requires that only one multi-state plan not cover abortion.

  5. Contraception Mandate. The mandate requiring nearly all employer-paid healthcare plans to cover contraceptives drugs and services and elective sterilizations includes “Plan B” pills (which may cause early stage abortions) and IUDs (which work by irritate the uterus, so that it will not allow fertilized eggs to implant and grow — causing abortions for all pregnancies).

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Holy Thursday in Groesbeck, OH.

Holy Thursday in Groesbeck, OH. Photo by Ray Roesner; click to enlarge.

Holy Thursday

1000 Words is a feature highlighting a single photo. Here, incense mingles with light shining through contemporary stained glass windows behind the altar at St. Ann Church (Groesbeck, OH) on Holy Thursday.

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Photo courtesy Ray Roesner. For a gallery of Easter photos, click here.

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Centenas de milhares de pessoas estão indo a Roma para experimentar em primeira mão um grande evento para a história da Igreja. Neste domingo, 27 de abril, dois papas, João XXIII e João Paulo II, serão proclamados santos. Embora seja muito difícil calcular o número exato de pessoas que chegarão a Roma nestes dias... 20 hours 32 min
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Foi realizada nesta manhã, no Palácio do Vicariato "Maffei Marescotti", a coletiva de imprensa “técnico-organizacional", da Obra Romana de Peregrinações sobre a canonização de João XXIII e de João Paulo II. Os relatores foram Mons. Libério Andreatta, Vice- Presidente e Administrador delegado Opr, dom Walter Inser... 21 hours 6 min
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Na semana passada, o Santo Padre recebeu uma mensagem de trabalhadores da empresa Lucchini, sediada na cidade italiana de Piombino. A empresa vai ser fechada. O papa Francisco afirmou, na audiência geral desta quarta, que a mensagem o comoveu e o deixou triste. "Queridos trabalhadores, queridos irmãos, nos rostos d... 23 hours 52 min
No próximo dia 24 de maio, o papa Francisco realizará a sua primeira viagem à Terra Santa. Não é de se estranhar que a primeira parada seja Amã, a capital da Jordânia, já que o país foi testemunha de numerosos fatos narrados na Bíblia. Às 16 horas, o pontífice argentino deverá celebrar a missa no estádio internac... 23 hours 52 min
(Vatican Radio) No one is quite sure just how many pilgrims will be arriving in Rome for this weekend’s canonisation of the two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II. But at a briefing on Wednesday morning, officials from the Diocese of Rome, the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi and Rome's City Council provided some logistical facts and figures on how the Eternal City is gearing up to host the huge numbers expected to arrive for the Saturday evening prayer vigil and the Sunday morning Mass, beginning at 10am and presided over by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square. Philippa Hitchen reports: Over two and a half thousand volunteers will be working throughout the weekend to distribute four million free water bottles and hand out 150.000 free liturgical booklets. They’ll also be providing information about free access to the Mass, which will be from the river end of Via della Conciliazione, and disability assistance points, which will be located in three areas close to St Peter’s Square. The entire zone around the Vatican will be closed to traffic but extra bus lines will be laid on from coach parking facilities and both the main Metro lines will be running non-stop from early on Saturday morning until after midnight on Sunday. Up to a thousand extra portable toilets are being set up close to St Peter’s and surrounding areas, while 17 giant video screens will be broadcasting the Mass live around the city, including one at the Terminal 3 departure lounge of Rome’s Fiumicino airport. There will be a prayer vigil starting at 5pm in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and an exhibition of items pertaining to Pope John XXIII and the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Other prayer vigils, with the opportunity for Confession in different languages, will take place throughout the night in churches around the city centre, including the church of St Mark beside the Campidoglio for English speaking pilgrims and visitors. For lots more details, maps and live video streaming, plus liturgical and inspirational material, you can visit the new ‘’ website in five languages, download the free app ‘Santo Subito’ from the Apple Store and Google Player or stay tuned, right here to Vatican Radio for live commentary and full coverage of this historic weekend.... 1 day 43 min
(Vatican Radio) Curiously when Pope Francis beatifies Blessed John Paul II on Sunday he'll also be canonising a man who was beatified by this very pope, John XXIII ! Veronica Scarisbrick brings you the words of Blessed John Paul II on the occasion of that beatification which took place on September 3, 2000: Listen: "Today we contemplate in the Glory of the Lord another Pontiff, John XXIII, the Pope who impressed the world with the friendliness of his manner which radiated the remarkable goodness of his soul. Everyone remembers the image of Pope John's smiling face and his outstretched arms embracing the whole world. How many people were won over by his simplicity of heart, combined with a broad experience of people and things! The breath of newness he brought certainly did not concern doctrine, but rather the way to explain it; his style of speaking and acting was new, as was his friendly approach to ordinary people and to the powerful of the world. It was in this spirit that he called the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, thereby turning a new page in the Church's history: Christians heard themselves called to proclaim the Gospel with renewed courage and greater attentiveness to the "signs" of the times. The Council was a truly prophetic insight of this elderly Pontiff who, even amid many difficulties, opened a season of hope for Christians and for humanity. In the last moments of his earthly life, he entrusted his testament to the Church: "What counts the most in life is blessed Jesus Christ, his holy Church, his Gospel, truth and goodness". We too wish to receive this testament, as we glorify God for having given him to us as a Pastor. ... 1 day 1 hour
(Vatican Radio) For the second year in a row here in the Vatican we're marking Saint George’s Day in a special way. For while Cardinal Bergoglio may have taken the name Francis as Pope, his Christian name is really Jorge , George to you and me. That’s why we've chosen to bring you a timely reflection for his Feast day on April 23. Listen: Especially as in England our patron Saint is Saint George. One who's most often depicted as a soldier fighting a dragon to save someone else's life. Monsignor Peter Fleetwood of the Liverpool archdiocese in England reflects for us on the meaning of this symbolism explaining how dragons may be mythical animals, but myths contains symbols and symbols sum up some aspect of life that is very important or powerfu a she remarksl: " I suspect the dragon represents evil in any form. Some people may not like to hear this , but the dragon may represent evil people". Veronica Scarisbrick adds that we might have to apologise to the Chinese in this respect for according to one of their ancient traditions dragons are symbols of good, so exactly the opposite. But this is no Chinese story for as Father Peter Fleetwood tells us here in the West : "The dragon is a symbol of the power evil people can wield in this world. They can force good people into submission and either damage them or humiliate them or lead them astray. This is a frightening reality, and it is a reminder that sometimes goodness and holiness mean bravery in the face of wickedness. At a baptism, the new Christian is exorcised, not because she or he is possessed , but because the Christian Church recognises where human power runs out and we simply have to rely on God. Saint George is a reminder that we need help to survive when evil is about. It may be a naive symbolism, but the pictures and statues of Saint George are all about the battle between good and evil. They also heark back to what Jesus said about his sheep. He was there to protect them , because they needed protection. Saint George is a reminder that sometimes good people are called upon to bother to be brave and offer that protection in place of Jesus". A programme produced by Veronica Scarisbrick for the series "Why Bother? Staying Catholic despite it all.." ... 1 day 1 hour
Fundada pela Ir. Martha Bhering, a CENPLAFAM – WOOMB BRASIL é a responsável no país pelo ensino do autêntico Método de Ovulação Billings™, sendo afiliada a WOOMB INTERNACIONAL (Organização Mundial do Método de Ovulação Billings™), entidade fundada pelos Drs. John e Evelyn Billings. Há mais de 3 (três) décadas atu... 1 day 4 hours
Mesmo com pressão do governo e de diversos movimentos favoráveis à causa LGBT, o artigo 2º do Plano Nacional de Educação (PNE 2011 – 2020 / PL 8035/2010) foi aprovado com a exclusão do item remetente à questão da ideologia de gênero. A votação deve terminar nesta quarta-feira (23), na Comissão Especial da Câmara do... 1 day 5 hours
A vigésima primeira edição da Megamissão organizada pela Juventude Missionária, apostolado dos Legionários de Cristo e do Regnum Christi, terminou com duas missas de Páscoa. Este ano, 18 mil missionários responderam ao convite para servir e levar o amor de Cristo aos necessitados, alcançando mais de 2000 comunida... 1 day 5 hours
O nascimento de Adalberto data aproximadamente no ano 956, na cidade de Libice nad Cidlinou, Bohemia, atualmente República Tcheca. Era proveniente de uma família rica e tinha cinco irmãos. Seu nome de origem era Wojciech. Seu pai era governador do principado de Zlican. Logo na infância foi acometido de uma grave do... 1 day 6 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pilgrims thronged St. Peter’s Square, the long boulevard of Via della Conciliazione, spilling all the way down to the banks of the Tiber this Wednesday for Pope Francis' weekly general audience, the first of the Easter season. The crowd was such, that the Holy Father’s open topped jeep took even longer than usual to tour through the square, filled with flags and banners from the parishes of the world. Many of them bore images of two of his predecessors, Blessed John Paul II and Blesses John XXIII, who this weekend – Divine Mercy Sunday - Pope Francis will raise to the altars of the saints. A light rain fell as Pope Francis reached the raised dais set up before the basilica, from where he delivered his catechesis in Italian on the angels’ admonition of Mary Magdalene and the disciples the morning of Christ’s Resurrection: “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?” Below a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of the Holy Father's catechesis Dear Brothers and Sisters Good day! this week is the week of joy, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. It is a true, profound joy, based on the certainty that Christ is now risen, He is dead no more, but is alive and active in the Church and in the world . This certainty dwells in the hearts of believers from that Easter morning, when the women went to the tomb of Jesus and the angels said to them, "Why do you seek the living one among the dead" (Lk 24,5) …”Why do you seek the living one among the dead?”. These words are a milestone in history; but also a "stumbling block" if we do not open ourselves to the Good News , if we believe that a dead Jesus is less of a nuisance than a living Jesus! Instead, in our daily journey, we often need to hear : Why do you seek the living one among the dead? . How often do we look for life among dead things, things that cannot give life, that are here today and gone tomorrow, Why do you seek the living one among the dead? We need [these words] when we close ourselves within many forms of selfishness or self- complacency; when we allow ourselves to be seduced by the earthly powers and the things of this world, forgetting God and neighbor; when we place our trust in worldly vanities, in money, in success. Then the Word of God tells us: "Why do you seek the living one among the dead?”'. Why are you looking there, it can’t give you life it will give you joy for a day a week a month a year and then? Why do you seek the living one among the dead ? This sentence needs to enter into our heart….. Why do you seek the living one among the dead? Out loud! Why do you seek the living one among the dead ? And today when you go home say it in your heart, in silence ask why do I look in life among dead things for life? It will do us good! But it is not easy, it is not obvious to accept the life of the Risen Christ and His presence among us. The Gospel shows us the reactions of the Apostle Thomas, Mary Magdalene and the two disciples of Emmaus: it does us good to confront them. Thomas puts a condition on his faith, he asks to touch the evidence, the wounds ; Mary Magdalene weeps, she sees him but does not recognize him, she only realizes that it is Jesus when He calls her by name; the disciples of Emmaus, depressed and feeling defeated, encounter Jesus by allowing themselves to be accompanied by the mysterious traveler. Each by different paths ! They were looking among the dead for One who is alive, and it was the same Lord to correct their course. And what do I do ? Which route to do I follow to meet the risen and living Christ? He will always be close to us to correct our course if we have gone wrong. "Why do you seek the living one among the dead?" (Lk 24,5 ) . This question helps us resist the temptation to look back, to what was yesterday, and pushes us forward into the future. Jesus is not in the tomb, he is the Risen Lord, the Living, the One who always renews his body which is the Church and helps her walk, pulling her towards him. "Yesterday " is the tomb of Jesus and the Church, the tomb of truth and justice. "Today " is the perennial resurrection to which the Holy Spirit impels us, gifting us full freedom. Today this question is also addressed to us. You, why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive? you who close in on yourself after a failure or you who no longer have the strength to pray? Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive, you who feel alone, abandoned by friends, and perhaps even by God? Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive you who have lost hope or you who feel imprisoned by your sins? Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive you who aspire to beauty, spiritual perfection , justice, peace? We need to hear ourselves repeat and remind each other of the angel’s admonition! This admonition, "Why do you seek the living one among the dead" helps us emerge from our spaces of sadness and opens up for us horizons of joy and hope. That hope that removes stones from graves and encourages us to proclaim the Good News , capable of generating new life for others. Let us repeat the Angels question to have it in our heart and mind and let each of us answer in silence Why do you seek the living one among the dead? Look dear brother s and sisters let’s not look among those many tombs that promise everything and give nothing let’s look for Him, Jesus isn't in the tomb. He is risen! He is alive and gifts life! Below the English language summary of the Holy Father’s catechesis Dear Brothers and Sisters: The joy of Easter is born of our faith in Christ’s resurrection and his continuing presence in the Church and in our world. With the resurrection, all has been made new and fresh hope has been poured out upon our world. The question which the angel asked the women on the morning of the resurrection is directed to us as well: “Why do you seek the living among the dead”? (Lk 24:5). The Gospel shows us three examples of a life-changing encounter with the Risen Lord and invites us to a similar encounter. Like Thomas, we need to grasp the reality of Christ’s rising to new life. Like Mary Magdalene, we need to hear Jesus’ voice calling our name. And like the travellers on the road to Emmaus, we need to find renewed joy and hope by recognizing that the Lord is ever at our side. These disciples sought the living among the dead, yet Jesus led them, by different paths, to faith in him and the power of his resurrection. Today he challenges each of us to seek him, the Living One, and to leave behind everything that holds us back from encountering him and sharing in the rebirth, the freedom and the hope which he alone can give. I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from Scotland, Sweden, Finland and the United States. I offer a special greeting to the newly-ordained deacons from the Pontifical Irish College, as well as their families and friends. Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Risen Lord. God bless you all!... 1 day 7 hours
Marco Roncalli era criança quando, em sua casa, já se respirava o “perfume de santidade” do tio sacerdote, Angelo Giuseppe, futuro papa João XXIII. O perfume ficou impresso na sua alma e marcou toda a sua vida. Ele acabou dedicando 30 anos a estudar apaixonadamente a grande figura desse pontífice revolucionário, ... 1 day 19 hours
O escritor peruano Mario Vargas Llosa pronunciou-se neste domingo em um artigo publicado no jornal espanhol ‘El País’, em favor da União civil entre homossexuais e criticou o comunicado da Conferência Episcopal Peruana (CEP) sobre a questão chamando-o de "cavernoso e de uma grosseira ignorância". Diante do ataque... 1 day 19 hours
No próximo domingo, os Reis conhecerão pessoalmente o Papa Francisco quando viajem à Roma para representar a Espanha na canonização de João XXIII e João Paulo II. Um dia depois das canonizações, na segunda-feira, 28 de abril, Suas Majestades serão recebidas pelo Santo Padre em uma audiência privada. Para dom Juan C... 1 day 19 hours
Entramos na semana de preparação para a canonização de João Paulo II e de João XXIII, que acontecerá neste próximo domingo, 27 de abril Por esta razão, os postuladores da causa de canonização de ambos papas, monsenhor Slawormir Oder de João Paulo II, e Fray Giovangiuseppe Califano de João XXIII, realizaram hoje n... 1 day 19 hours
"Eu confio na vossa competência e na providência divina”, estas foram as palavras do futuro santo João Paulo II para a sua equipe de médicos,  disse hoje em um encontro com jornalistas na universidade pontifícia da Santa Cruz em Roma, o professor Rodolfo Proietti, quem liderou a equipe médica que cuidou do Papa Woj... 1 day 19 hours
Combatentes muçulmanos na Síria estão exigindo que os cristãos se convertam ao islã. Caso se neguem, são ameaçados de crucificação, como Jesus. Alguns cristãos se recusaram e já foram crucificados pelos islamistas radicais. A denúncia foi feita nesta Sexta-Feira Santa pela irmã Raghida. A religiosa síria dirigia ... 1 day 20 hours
Não é raro, em nossos dias, encontrar pessoas desejosas de conhecerem ou tentarem entender melhor a vida em um mosteiro ou apenas de saberem como vivem os monges católicos, qual sua origem e função na Igreja. Esta série de artigos busca responder, didaticamente, a essa dúvida sadia a partir da vida monástica cult... 1 day 22 hours
(Vatican Radio) It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated items for listeners tuning in to our Vatican Radio news broadcasts. It’s one of the most clicked-on stories for those browsing the different language pages of our Vatican Radio website. And it’s one of the most popular pieces picked up by the many other agencies, sites and social networks that share our daily output of news from here at the heart of the Holy See. It is, of course, the homily that Pope Francis gives at his regular morning Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta where he’s been living since his election on March 13 th last year. Now these reflections – 186 of them to be precise – have been gathered together in one Italian language volume which will go on sale from next Thursday April 24 th with the title “The Truth is an Encounter. Homilies from Santa Marta”. Produced by Rizzoli publishers, the volume contains an introduction by Jesuit Fr Antonio Spadaro, editor of the twice monthly publication Civiltà Cattolica, and a preface by Vatican Radio director general, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi. For the past 83 years, Fr Lombardi notes, since the Radio was founded by Guglielmo Marconi, it has been carrying out its mission “to spread the word(s) of the Pope” to the very ends of the earth. Its technicians, secretaries and journalists, he says, have now committed themselves “with dedication and joy” to this new task of sharing the very personal reflections on the daily readings that Pope Francis gives to those members of the congregation lucky enough to be present at his weekday morning Mass. From May 7 th , bookshops will also be selling the new volume together with a CD of all the homilies, recapturing the very distinctive voice of the Argentinian Pope, with his memorable expressions and colourful turns of phrase that have been captivating listeners around the world for the past 13 months. Listen to Philippa Hitchen’s report: ... 2 days 1 hour
(Vatican Radio ) I'm sure you remember John Paul II's invitation to us not to be afraid . Certainly he himself was not afraid to stand up to the trials of life in defense of others, neither as Pope nor as priest back in Poland. As you'll discover in a programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick no one ever doubted the courage of Pope John Paul, certainly not his closest advisors. Among them Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze who specifies how .."Pope John Paul II put the Church on the map of the world and in the corridors of those who make policies as perhaps no other pope in our know where he stands on major problems touching church and society...he is not afraid." And certainly not some of those who personally knew him before he was elected Pope back in Poland. Among them a fellow school chum, a student of the future pope's at University, a personal friend and a Polish countess. All of whom recall the courage and moral strength of Karol Wojtyla both as a private and public figure. In a special way when he stood up to the repressive communist regime offering solidarity to those around him. An impression of courage and moral strength reinforced by the Pope's own words which you can hear in this programme, such as when he denounced the injustice of poverty: "...the poor people ..poor in different ways, not only lacking food but also deprived of freedom and other human rights.. ", condemning those: " ...who take these goods away from them amassing to themselves the imperialistic monopoly of economic and political supremacy at the expense of others ..".Or again when he spoke of the importance of solidarity: .." for the disciple of Christ solidarity is a moral duty stemming from the spiritual union of all human beings who share a common origin, a common dignity and a common destiny ..". Listen to this programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick: Listen: ... 2 days 1 hour
(Vatican Radio) Why are Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints? That was the key question being asked at a briefing in the Vatican’s Press Hall on Tuesday that was attended by the postulators for the two Popes’ sainthood causes. The briefing kicked off a week of events in the Vatican leading up to Sunday’s canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. Listen to this report by Susy Hodges: Father Giovangiuseppe Califano, the postulator for John XXIII, said as a 15 year old seminarian Angelo Roncalli was already making resolutions that were intended to help him become a saint for real. He said Pope John’s sainthood was characterized by a deep humility and he was both a shepherd and a father. Up sound…. Roncalli, he continued, opened new horizons to the Church by convening the Second Vatican Council and was a capable communicator who by using simple every-day expressions succeeded in entering immediately into the hearts of people. Father Califano went on to explain how the words “obedience and peace” were not just Roncalli’s episcopal motto but were at the root of his sainthood as they characterized his life at the service of the Church. The postulator for Pope John Paul II’s cause, Monsignor Slavomir Oder, spoke at the briefing of how the friends of Karol Woytyla at university described him as a “future saint” because they were so struck by his prayer habits and his reflections on the value of life. He said John Paul’s profound mysticism encouraged him to personally live out the mystery of God in his own life. Up sound of Oder… Man of God, Monsignor Oder said, is the word that truly characterizes a saint and this applies to Woytyla. He was a man who found the source of his life in God . Prayer for Karol Woytyla was his air, his water and his daily bread. I’m Susy Hodges ... 2 days 1 hour
(Vatican Radio) Peace in the Holy Land was always an aspiration very dear to Pope John Paul II who was particularly concerned about the continuous drain of the indigenous Christian community from the land of Christ’s birth. Violence and economic difficulties have forced tens of thousands of them to flee abroad. Arab Christians now account for less than 2% of the population – where once they were a significant minority. In the Jubilee year 2000, Pope John Paul’s finally fulfilled one of his greatest dreams: to walk the path of Jesus in the Holy Land. His apostolic pilgrimage to Bethlehem and Jerusalem was covered by the international media and seen by millions the world over, bringing a powerful message of solidarity with the local Christian community, but also one of dialogue and reconciliation between Christians, Muslims and Jews. In this program by Tracey McClure, we hear excerpts from Pope John Paul’s discourses and comments from those like the Latin Patriarch of the time who accompanied him on that historic Holy Land pilgrimage: ... 2 days 5 hours
(Vatican Radio) - Cardinal Loris Capovilla was for many years the personal secretary of John XXIII and recently wrote how this twentieth century Pope rather than arouse in us feelings of nostalgia should encourage us to look towards the future.. Fabio Colagrande asked him what he meant by that comment. The cardinal replied that as Pope John once said we are not called to be custodians of a shrine, a reliquary or a museum but rather to be custodians of a garden where is sown the seed of the Word , of the Word Incarnate. In fact he went on to say, we are called to cultivate our garden, to foster the advent of a new Pentecost, a new Easter, a new Spring, not just for our personal joy but for the joy of all of humanity. The encyclical of Pope Francis, 'Evangelii Gaudium’ is good news but what is this good news? It is that I am a son of God and God does not abandon me. How wonderful it is to hear our present pope say every day or almost every day : ‘Jesus rejects nobody, he waits for every one of us to come to Him”. Fabio Colagrande also asked the Cardinal to share with us his memories of working with John XXIII. Surprisingly he replied that he never considered himself as a collaborator but as a little servant among many others who saw in the Pope someone sent by God. " I never felt", he reiterated, " that I was collaborator or a secretary and still less an advisor, I would have perceived this as a scandalous assumption". What I did experience however was the joy that came with being close to a man who was certainly guided by God and who set the seed for the future of the Church although I could not grasp to the full what was in his soul: as I said he set the seed for the future. Finally asked what the day of the canonisation represents for him who shared so much with John XXIII, Cardinal Capovilla rather surprisingly replied that for him it would be a day like any other in the calendar. Because for Christians all the days in the calendar are festive and represent a reason to celebrate. For he who believes he insisted, it’s always Easter, always the Resurrection. Just to look to the heavens, or to beat one’s breast after having received the Eucharist is a great gift, a precious treasure, a great mystery of grace and light. For us it’s always time to celebrate… A programme produced by Veronica Scarisbrick: ... 2 days 5 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis began his Regina Coeli address on Monday by saying Happy Easter !Christ is risen! He is truly risen ." The Holy Father told the faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square that the dominant feeling that shines in the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection is one of joy and wonder, and he went on to say that in the liturgy we relive the mood of the disciples with the news that the women had brought, Jesus is risen! The Pope said, “Let this experience imprinted in the Gospel, be imprinted in our hearts and in our lives. Let the joyous wonder of Easter Sunday radiate through our thoughts , looks, attitudes , gestures and words ..." But, he stressed, let this come from within us. When it comes from within, Pope Francis added , from a heart immersed in the source of this joy, it is like that of Mary Magdalene, who wept for the loss of her Lord and could not believe her eyes seeing him risen. The person who does this, said the Pope becomes a witness to the resurrection and is then able to bring the "ray " of light of the Risen Lord to various human situations such as spreading happiness , helping those in pain and bringing serenity and hope. Focusing on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s resurrection Pope Francis urged the faithful to read these particular chapters stressing it does us good to do this. Recalling the Mother of Jesus, the Holy Father said, we would do well this week to think about Mary, as her pain was strong enough to pierce her soul. In going through the experience of the death and resurrection of her Son, her heart became a source of peace, comfort , hope , and mercy. Mary, underlined the Pope is the Mother full of hope, the Mother of all the disciples , the Mother of the Church. After the recitation of the Regina Coeli Pope Francis all the faithful in St Peter’s Square wishing them a very Happy and Holy Easter. Listen to Lydia O'Kane's report ... 2 days 5 hours
O Evangelho da ressurreição de Jesus Cristo começa referindo o caminho das mulheres para o sepulcro, ao alvorecer do dia depois do sábado. Querem honrar o corpo do Senhor e vão ao túmulo, mas encontram-no aberto e vazio. Um anjo majestoso diz-lhes: «Não tenhais medo!» (Mt 28, 5). E ordena-lhes que levem esta notíci... 2 days 7 hours
Amados irmãos e irmãs, boa e santa Páscoa! Ressoa na Igreja espalhada por todo o mundo o anúncio do anjo às mulheres: «Não tenhais medo. Sei que buscais Jesus, o crucificado; não está aqui, pois ressuscitou (...). Vinde, vede o lugar onde jazia» (Mt 28, 5-6). Este é o ponto culminante do Evangelho, é a Boa Nova... 2 days 7 hours
O Projeto de Lei 8035/2010, que aprova o Plano Nacional de Educação (PNE) para o decênio 2011-2020, trazia termos próprios da ideologia de gênero: “igualdade de gênero e de orientação sexual”, “preconceito e discriminação por orientação sexual ou identidade de gênero”. O Senado Federal, porém, em dezembro de 2013, ... 2 days 7 hours
Caio era natural da Dalmácia. Nasceu na cidade de Salona e veio de uma família nobre e muito religiosa. Era irmão de Gabínio, Máximo e Cláudio. Gabínio, pai de Santa Suzana e Caio foram padres, mas seus irmãos ficaram divididos entre a antiga religião de Roma e o Cristianismo. Sua família ainda detinha parentesco c... 2 days 7 hours

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