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Do Dogs Go To Heaven?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, In : OLP Newsline 

Humans have kept animals around for centuries. At first it was for hunting purposes, pest control, and general working tasks. It did not take long, however, for animals to start being bred and kept as companions. According to a 2015–2016 American Pet Products Association (APPA) survey, around 79.7 million households in America are home to a pet. It is clear animals hold a special place in our hearts. So when they die, as with our loved ones of the human variety, of course we want to ...


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Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Communion is Unambiguous

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, In : OLP Newsline 

The Church teaching that the divorced and civilly remarried may not receive Holy Communion remains unchanged.

I have received, from many of God’s faithful, requests for advice on how to understand the growing storm in the Church on the subject of marriage — and in particular on the subject of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried. There are theologians and canonists who are better able to speak to the details and to the possible scenarios ...


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100,000 Catholics Gather in the Vatican to See Pope Francis Make Mother Teresa a Saint

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, In : OLP Newsline 
Mother Teresa has been proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in front of 100,000 Catholics this morning.

Mother Teresa, the tiny nun who cared for the world's most unwanted and became an icon of the Catholic Church, was canonised at a ceremony in St Peter's Square.

Two supposedly miraculous cures have been attributed to Mother Teresa by the Vatican, paving the way for her sainthood.

At least 100,000 pilgrims and tourists were expected at the ticketed ceremony this morning, as well as dozens...


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Why Catholics are leaving the faith by age 10 – and what parents can do about it

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, In : OLP Newsline 
.- Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age – sometimes before the age of 10 – and their reasons are deeper than being “bored at Mass,” the author of a new report claims.

“Those that are leaving for no religion – and a pretty big component of them saying they are atheist or agnostic – it turns out that when you probe a bit more deeply and you allow them to talk in their own words, that they are bringing up...


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Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, In : OLP Newsline 
After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic.

“ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday.

This third stage of the dialogue has bee...


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The Shroud of Turin, Authenticated Again

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, In : OLP Newsline 
A new study released last week included new evidence that links and further authenticates two holy relics that millions of Christians believe offer physical proof of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But before we explore the research and the relics, let us recall a New Testament passage concerning faith in Christ and the need for physical evidence. I mean the familiar story of “doubting Thomas” (John 20:24–29).

The apostle Thomas was absent when the resu...


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The Future Pan-Orthodox Council: To Be or Not to Be?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, In : OLP Newsline 

Over the last two years, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has repeatedly announced that the much anticipated Great and Holy Council will take place around the Feast of Pentecost in June 2016. When it happens, this Council will be an event of considerable historical import, bringing together the leaders of all Orthodox Churches for the first time since 787. Unfortunately, not all Orthodox leaders are equally enthusiastic about the Council and some are even trying to prevent it. Why is...


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Evangelize the poor: that is your mission, Pope says

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, January 25, 2016, In : OLP Newsline 
Pope Francis centered his Angelus address this Sunday on what it means to evangelize the poor, and how this is the mission of the Church.

"Evangelize the poor: this is the mission of Jesus; this is also the mission of the Church, and of all the baptized in the Church," the Pope said Jan. 24 to the crowds in Saint Peter's Square. "To be a Christian and to be a missionary is the same thing."

"What does it mean to evangelize the poor? It means to be close to them, to serve them, to free t...


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Mother Teresa to Be Sainted After 2nd Miracle Declared: Vatican

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 18, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

ROME — Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to helping India's poor, will be made a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said Friday.

She will likely be canonized in September to coincide with the 19th anniversary of her death and Pope Francis' Holy Year of Mercy, according to an Italian Catholic newspaper report.

The pontiff marked his 79th birthday on Thursday by appr...


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Catholicism, Terrorism, and Responsibility

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 18, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

Islamism is not a race, it’s an ideology of conquest—and one of the oft-expressed goals of the ideologists is to subjugate Europe and bring it under the rule of the House of Islam

A new book reveals that Pope Pius XII was intimately involved in a plot to kill Hitler. His contacts with German Catholics from the days when he was Apostolic Nuncio put him in a unique position to orchestrate the overthrow of the tyrant. Today, it’s difficult to imagine a pope strategizi...
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Rome Lutheran Pastor: Pope 'Opened Door' to Intercommunion

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
A Lutheran pastor has said he believes Pope Francis "opened the door" to intercommunion when the Holy Father spoke to his church last month, and that his parishioners generally have the same opinion.

Pastor Jens Kruse of Rome's Evangelical Lutheran Church said in a Dec. 12 interview with the Register (see full transcript below) that he thinks his flock feel freer, in accordance with their conscience, to receive the Eucharist in the Catholic Church after Francis' comments.

The Holy Father ...


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Satanist Will Pour Blood on Virgin Mary for Christmas

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
OKLAHOMA CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - A satanist is planning to protest the Mother of God's virginity by pouring fake blood on a Mary statue outside a church on Christmas Eve.

The leader of the Satanic Church of Ahriman, Adam Daniels, a registered sex offender that has used the alias "Adam Smith," has titled the protest "The Virgin Birth Is a Lie," and says he wants to expose the "lies of the Catholic Church" by adding "another layer of corruption to Mary." He says the Virgin Birth of J...


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Where Is God at Times Like These? A Meditation in the Wake of Recent Violent Atrocities

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 5, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

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One of the great mysteries to believer and non-believer alike is that of evil and suffering. If there is a God who is omnipotent and omniscient, how can He tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where is God when things like shootings (e.g., in the U.S., Paris, and Kenya), church bombings (e.g., in Nigeria), and beheadings (e.g., in Egypt and Iraq) occur? Where is God when a woman or young girl is raped, or when genocide is commi...


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Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use "Dishonest Wealth"?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

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There was a puzzling reference in Saturday morning's Gospel (Saturday of the 31st week in Ordinary Time) in which Jesus says,

I tell you, make friends for yourselves by your use of dishonest wealth, so that, when it fails, they will welcome you to eternal dwellings (Luke 16:9).

What does He mean by "dishonest wealth"?

The Greek expression (mamona tes adikias) is more literally translated as “mammon of unrighteousness.” Mammon is a Hebrew and Aramaic ...


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Pope Francis tells youth: ‘The Bible is your most precious treasure, now read it!’

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 26, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 


Pope Francis gives a thumbs up (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-SCANDAL Oct. 14, 2015.

Francis encourages young people to read the Bible, sharing his own reading habits in his prologue for the new YoutCat German Bible

The Bible is a “dangerous book” that young people should read daily rather than letting it gather dust on their shelves.

“The Bible is not meant to be placed on a shelf, but to be in your hands, to read often – every day, both on your own and together with others,” the Pope wrote in the prologue for a youth bible published in Germ...


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Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 12, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

A 2012 report on men and marriage by the Pew Research Center shows statistically what many of us have noticed anecdotally: men are finding marriage less desirable than in the past and are now marrying later, if at all.

In today’s post I want to present some excerpts from a hard-hitting article that appeared at Lifesite News in 2013, commenting on the Pew study. The full article can be read here: Men Giving Up on Marriage.

As usual, I present the text from the...


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Holy Tunic of Argenteuil, Seamless Garment, To Be Displayed in 2016

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 12, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

In honor of the Year of Mercy decreed by Pope Francis — which begins on December 8, 2015 — Stanislas LaLanne, Bishop of Pontoise and “Guardian of the Holy Tunic” has announced that the Holy Tunic of Argenteuil – purported to be the seamless garment worn by Christ on Calvary – will be exhibited to the public for a very brief time: from March 25 to April 10, 2016.

This tunic was originally documented as being seamless and of-a-piece, fitting the description found in t...


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Pope Says Civil Marriage and Christian Marriage No Longer the Same in U.S.

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, September 27, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

Pope Francis warns marriage has been stretched and distorted in the United States, to the point where it is no longer even similar to the Christian sacrament of matrimony.

The pontiff noted the “unprecedented changes” taking place in contemporary society, “with their social, cultural – and sadly now juridical – effects on family bonds,” referring to the Supreme Course decision in June to legalize same-sex marriage for the entire nation in Obergefell v. Hodges.

“These changes...


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Pope Francis Appoints Father Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

ROME – This morning, Pope Francis formally announced Father Robert Barron's appointment as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Bishop-Elect Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, host of the award-winning CATHOLICISM film series, and since 2012 has served as the Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago, IL.

His website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year. His regular YouTube...


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Being Jesus Online

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

It’s easy to hide behind our online facades and interact in ways that we never would face-to-face. But Jesus wants to be the God of all areas of our lives, including how we communicate in the digital realm. By adopting His mindset, we are better able to live out online some of the qualities that are close to His heart . . . truthfulness, wisdom, gentleness, and love. Being Jesus Online: Biblical Wisdom for a Wired World offers some practical insights for digital discernment.

DIRECT L...


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Catholic Leaders Resolve to Hold Firm to Biblical Marriage Teaching

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 28, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON — (NCR) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, in a long-awaited decision that will have sweeping and unpredictable consequences for U.S. jurisprudence, cultural norms and religious freedom.

Catholic leaders, legal scholars and marriage experts reacted with dismay to the landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and three related cases.

But they also expressed resolve that the decision would not discourage their efforts to ...


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Patriarch condemns ‘death of the world’s conscience’ over Syria

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, June 11, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch, visiting war-torn Syria, has condemned “the death of the world’s conscience” in its response to the violence in the Middle East.

In a homily on Sunday at the Maronite Cathedral of St. Anthony in Damascus, Cardinal Bechara Rai also issued a call for peace, “for stopping the war, for political solutions and for the honored return” of the 12 million Syrians who have been uprooted by the country’s four-year civil war.

“We condemn injust...


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Pope Francis Canonizes First Palestinian Saints of Modern Times

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 18, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 



VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday sent a powerful message of solidarity and encouragement to Christians in the Holy Land, as he canonized two Palestinian religious sisters, the first Palestinian saints of modern times.

Marie-Alphonsine, founder of Palestine’s first congregation, the Sisters of the  Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem, and Mariam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy, the founder of Carmelite Convents in Bethlehem and India, were raised to the altars on Sunday, along with ...
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Judge to protesters: End 11-year vigil inside closed church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 16, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

BOSTON (AP) — Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a judge ruled Thursday.

But the Friends of St. Frances, the group that has been occupying the Scituate church day and night since 2004, say they're not going anywhere. They intend to ask the state court to stay the ruling pending an appeal.

"As of today, nothing changes," Jon Rogers, one of the organizers, declared late Thursday. "From...


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Husband, father, deacon—and soon, a priest

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 9, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

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Thirteen years ago Jim Cardosi’s wife, Cindy, discovered she had little time left to live.

In 2002 she experienced symptoms resulting from a neurological illness that by 2005 would be identified as frontotemporal dementia or Pick’s Disease, which Cindy developed in her mid-40s.

She required full-time care, so Jim retired from the military. They raised five kids together and built their lives around each other.

Jim’s faith kept him poised throughout the illness, and he felt the call t...


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Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram 

A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram.

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears.

“Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… p...
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The Case for a Mass Conversion of Men

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
Despite the fact the New Evangelization has been an ongoing emphasis by the Catholic Church for over forty years, it has failed to stem the disastrous losses of the faithful in the U.S. Since 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education participation of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, baptisms of infants has dropped by 28%, baptism of adults has dropped by 31% and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%...
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The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 27, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

“One of my favorite testimonials as to the authenticity of the Shroud,” says Barrie Schwortz, an expert on the Shroud of Turin, “actually came from my Jewish mother.”

People view the Shroud of Turin on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, in this April 26, 2010, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

This June, Pope Francis will be making a pilgrimage to Turin, Italy, home of the famous Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the 2,0...


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Pope to Faithful: 'Do Not Be Afraid of Confession'

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
Francis promotes Sacrament of Penance

Reflects on the Sacrament of Penance During General Audience

Continuing his catechetical series on the Sacraments, Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which along with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick form what he described the “Sacraments of Healing”.

“The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation [...] flow directly from the Paschal mystery,” he told pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St....


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The Worst Thing About Being Pope Is Not Going Out for Pizza

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 14, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
Pope Francis celebrated the second anniversary of his election by going on Mexican television and talking about the thing he missed most about his pre-papal life: pizza.

"The only thing I'd like to do is to be able to go out one day without anyone recognizing me and go get a pizza. In Buenos Aires, I was a rover. I moved between parishes and certainly this habit has changed. It has been hard work to change. But you get used to it. You find a way to get around: on the phone, or in other...


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Coptic Orthodox Pope Canonizes the 21 New Martyrs of Egypt & Libya

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 22, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar.

Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Church’s equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church.

According to terrasanta.net, the martyrdom of the 21 Christians will be comme...
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"A testimony that cries out to the world"

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
Pope Francis: The blood of Christians slaughtered in Libya “a testimony that cries out” to the world

Call this a contrast of leadership. In a meeting today with a delegation from the Church of Scotland, who traveled to the Vatican on an ecumenical visit, Pope Francis decried the slaughter of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Speaking in his native Spanish, the pontiff used the ecumenical audience of Presbyterians to declare that the Copts wer...


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Chiara Lubich, confidante to popes now a sainthood candidate

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
ROME — Arguably the most powerful laywoman in the Catholic Church in the late 20th century is now a candidate for sainthood, after the launch of a beatification process on Tuesday in Italy followed by 18,000 people around the world via live streaming.

Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare movement, died in 2008 at the age of 88. The bid to declare her a saint comes shortly after a mandatory five-year waiting period in Church law to open a beatification process expired.

Bishop Raffaello Marti...
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Cause of St Thérèse of Lisieux’s sister is opened

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 29, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

A French bishop has officially opened the beatification Cause of Léonie Martin, the sister of St Thérèse of Lisieux.

Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux opened the diocesan stage of the Cause on Saturday at a Mass at the Monastery of the Visitation in Caen, north-west France, where Léonie lived from 1899 until her death in 1941, aged 78.

Léonie, who took the name Sister Françoise-Thérèse when she entered religious life, now has the title “Servant of God”.

Léonie, ...


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Pro-life shrine to open in former Kansas City Twin Spires

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

The St. Mary and St. Joseph Family Memorial Foundation has purchased the Twin Spires in Downtown St. Joseph with plans to create a national pro-life shrine.

When it opens this spring, the church will become the Shrine of the Immacul...


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Catholics in Congress: What makes them tick?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 22, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The numbers don’t lie. Once again, there are more Catholics in Congress than members of any other religious denomination. And the numbers stay strong term after term.

Even though Catholics account for only about 22 percent of the U.S. population — admittedly the largest body of religious belief in the country — they make up 31 percent of the House and the Senate.

If you’re looking for differences between the two major parties, there’s indeed some — but ...


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Europe’s empty churches go on sale

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

Church closures have reached flood stage in northern Europe. According to the Wall Street Journal, unfortunately available only to subscribers), some 515 Catholic churches have been closed in Germany over the last decade and it is estimated that two-thirds of the 1600 Catholic churches in the Netherlands will be closed over the next decade. Seven hundred Protestant churches are also slated to close there over the next four years.

This trend creates obvious pressure to repurp...


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Francis Effect' Brings Optimism, Openness In The Roman Catholic Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, January 3, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 
Pope Francis kisses the statue of baby Jesus as he arrives to lead the New Year mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Jan. 1, 2015.

The Catholic world is awed by the simplicity, humility, and heart for the poor of His Holiness, Pope Francis.

Images of him embracing a boy suffering from cerebral palsy, hugging children and the disabled, walking to greet the crowd, reaching out to non-Catholics, reforming the Roman Curia, kissing a man afflicted with a rare disease, his tele...


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Newsweek on the Bible — So Misrepresented It’s a Sin

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
Newsweek magazine decided to greet the start of 2015 with a massive cover story on the Bible. For decades now, major newsmagazines have tended to feature cover articles timed for Christmas and Easter, taking an opportunity to consider some major question about Christianity and the modern world. Leading the journalistic pack for years, both TIME and Newsweek dedicated cover article after article, following a rather predictable format. In the main, scholars or leaders from very liberal q...
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Pope blasts Christian, Muslim fundamentalists while leaving Turkey

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.

Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that ...
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Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, December 1, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 

(Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.”

Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:

            When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine...


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No Big Bang without God, Says Pope Francis

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
The Big Bang “doesn’t contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it,” Pope Francis said Monday morning, because the beginning of the world “is not the work of chaos.”

The Pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, gathered in the Vatican to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature.”

God is not some sort of wizard, said Francis, but rather “the Creator who brought all things into being.” The origin of the world derives directly...
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Father Benedict Groeschel (1933-2014)

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 4, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 

NEW YORK — Franciscan Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel, well-known preacher and a founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, died on Friday at age 81, after an extended illness.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Father Benedict. He was an example to us all,” said Father John-Paul Ouellette, community servant of the Friars of the Renewal, in a statement.

“His fidelity and service to the Church and commitment to our Franciscan way of life will have a ...


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National Rosary Crusade

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 

It is certain that America is at the most crucial moment of her history. At this time we would do well to keep in mind the power of the Rosary and the message of Fatima. The Rosary is not merely a devotion. It is weapon of conversion, protection and love. Never has this weapon been more needed than it is today.

The Rosary has proven itself as a weapon of protection. Some of the battles in which victory was attributed to the Rosary are: The battle of Lepanto in 1571, which the Chu...


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Pope Francis Reveals Top 10 Secrets to Happiness...

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 1, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
Pope Francis has shared his top 10 secrets to a happy life in an interview with an Argentinean newspaper, and advised people to slow down and enjoy a "healthy sense of leisure," to take care of nature, and to respect other people's beliefs, among others.

Catholic News Service posted Pope Francis' list on Tuesday, published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva."

The list goes as follows:

1. "Live and let live." Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar e...


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“Francis wants to achieve unity also by reforming the papacy”

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 


Francis embraces Patriarch Bartholomew

Francis embraces Patriarch Bartholomew

Francis has nominated the Prior of Bose, Enzo Bianchi, as the consultor of the ecumenical dicastery. He speaks of “synodality and supremacy”, the martyrs of the Middle East and the intelligence of the various denominations in Ukraine

“The Pope plans to reform the papacy and this will benefit relations with the Orthodox,” says the Prior of the monastic community of Bose, Enzo Bianchi. Yesterday Pope Francis appointed Bianchi as one ...


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Marriage, Divorce, and Communion -

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 27, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
 An Interview with Cardinal Thomas Collins

It is always assumed by the Church that Couples are truly, or "validly" married. The burden of proof is on anyone who says that they are not...

One thing that would help would be if all of us realized that receiving communion is not obligatory at Mass...

Lot's of good stuff in this interview.

(Excerpt) Read more at wordonfire.org ...


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Politicians and Bishops in an Age of Absurdity and Bumper Stickers

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 27, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
"Politicians have to be progressive; that is, they have to live in the future, because they know they have done nothing but evil in the past." — G. K. Chesterton, Avowals and Denials, 1935.

"The last citadel in the Western world of God-given moral prescriptions concerning man's use of his sexual faculties is the Catholic Church." — Monsignor George A. Kelly, The Battle for the American Church, 1979.

"Question authority." This well-known slogan, which has a Socratic heritage (mor...


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Pope Francis meets with Franciscans of the Immaculate

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 27, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
Father Frederico Lombardi, the Vatican's official spokesman, revealed in an official statement regarding the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate on Wednesday that a house is being sought in Rome for members of the religious order studying at the Vatican's Pontifical colleges and universities. The news that community living quarters are desired for members of the order are a clear indication that relations between the Congregation and the FFI are warming significantly.

Father Lombardi r...


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The Fragile Promise of the Pan-Orthodox Council

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 15, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
 An Assembly (Synaxis) of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches, meeting March 6-9, 2014 in Istanbul, has agreed to convene a Pan-Orthodox council. A “Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches” released on March 9th stated that “the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church … will be convened and presided by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople in 2016.” This decision brings to the homestretch a long process of preparation that goes back as far as the 1920s,...
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Pan-Orthodox Council planed for 2016

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will preside over a pan-Orthodox council in 2016, according to a statement from the patriarchate.

The decision to hold a pan-Orthodox council-- officially called the “Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church”-- was announced at the conclusion of a meeting of all the heads of the Eastern Orthodox churches. During the meeting, the leaders also discussed the situation in Syria and Ukraine.

The Catholic Church has held 21 ecumenical ...


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FREE FORMATION CATHOLIC CORRESPONDENCE COURSE

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
The course is informal in the sense that it is built around ten booklets which were written   precisely as booklets rather than as course lessons.  These booklets are arranged in logical sequence so that they provide a series of readings in the basic beliefs of Catholics.  Numbered from One to Ten, the lessons are sent out in sets of two.  Each lesson comes accompanied by a Lesson Summary and Questionnaire booklet and a test sheet, which is based on the material in the corresponding le...
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EWTN: Faithful Reflections on 'Son of God' (movie)

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 20, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
"Son of God" will explode on screens nationwide February 27. EWTN viewers have two opportunities to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this extraordinary film before it hits theaters!

First, tune in to "The World Over" with Host Raymond Arroyo for an exclusive interview at the Los Angeles home of Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the couple behind the film. (Airs 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, Feb. 20 on EWTN.)

Then, tune in to "Faithful Reflections on 'Son of God'," a half-hour documen...


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Pope Francis: ‘Be Courageous, and Go to Confession’

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 20, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
The Holy Father spoke of the healing available in the sacrament of reconciliation at his Feb. 19 audience: 'Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ, crucified and risen.'

VATICAN CITY -- During his Wednesday audience on Feb. 19, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive thealt sacrament of reconciliation. "Everyo...


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Pope Francis Faces Church Divided Over Doctrine

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 

Most Catholics worldwide disagree with church teachings on divorce, abortion and contraception and are split on whether women and married men should become priests, according to a large new poll released Sunday and commissioned by the U.S. Spanish-language network Univision. On the topic of gay marriage, two-thirds of Catholics polled agree with church leaders.

Overall, however, the poll of more than 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries reveals a church dramatically divided: Between t...


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Russian Orthodox patriarch optimistic about working with Pope Francis

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : OLP Newsline 
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said that he has “great expectations” of Pope Francis, because the Pontiff’s pastoral plan “coincides with our vision.”

Patriarch Kirill made this comment as he met on December 18 with Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, who is visiting Moscow this week. The Russian patriarch said that he was pleased to meet the Vatican official, remarking that he had “more and more opportunities to meet with Ca...


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Pope's Crackdown on Order Alarms Traditionalists

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, December 15, 2013, In : OLP Newsline 

Pope Francis may have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year, but he has come under scathing criticism from a growing number of traditionalist Catholics for cracking down on a religious order that celebrates the old Latin Mass. The case has become a flashpoint in the ideological tug-of-war going on in the Catholic Church over Francis' revolutionary agenda, which has thrilled progressives and alarmed some conservatives.

The matter concerns the Franciscan Friars of the Im...


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Pope Francis: It is everyone's Church (Everyone invited to the Lord's Feast)

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, In : OLP Newsline 
At the heart of Christianity is an invitation to the Lord’s feast. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope said that the Church is “not only for good people;” the invitation to be a part of it concerns everyone. And he added that, at the Lord’s feast we must “participate fully” and with everyone; we can’t pick and choose. Christians, he said, can’t be content with simply being on the guest list – not participating fully i...
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Pope Francis, Striking Out or Hitting a Home Run?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, September 26, 2013, In : OLP Newsline 
Cardinal Timothy Dolan is certainly right when he says that Pope Francis “wants to shake us [Catholics] up.” But is he doing more harm than good?

Among his most quoted recent statements are:

“I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.”

And, “The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jes...
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What's Worse Than Abortion? This Is...

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Reggie Littlejohn, President of (WRWF) as reported by The Blaze, China performs 13 million abortions per year. That averages to about 1,500 abortions per hour. 

Catholic Online has previously reported on the incredible brutality of abortion in China. While abortion is a violent form of murder, Chinese officials and doctors take the practice to another level, often subjecting women to even more abuse than they face in other countries such a...
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Society of Pius X Responds Positively to Overture From the Vatican

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - One day after the celebration of the 85th birthday of the Pope of Christian unity, on the week commemorating seven years of his pontificate, an amazing turn of events may have finally occurred. The rumors have been rampant. However, they they have received mixed reviews from Vatican observers. They have also prompted rampant speculation.

However, on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, the reliable Andrea Tornielli reported that the doctrinal preamble issued by the...


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Why won't Obama admit Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 13, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
The law says Jerusalem is the capitol of  Israel, so why is the Obama administration so reticent to say so? In an interview with State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, the administration may have tipped its hand with regard to its policy with Israel. 
 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Nunland's exchange with reporters went so:

Q:  Is it the view of the - of the United States that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, notwithstanding the question about the embassy - the location of...
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Palms, Passion and Progress: Holy Week is a Continuing Call to a New Life in Christ

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 6, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - The week we call Holy (Great Week for Eastern Christians) began for me with proclaiming contrasting Gospel readings during the Liturgy of Palm or Passion Sunday. Before we enter the Church in a Procession waving Palm branches, we listen to the Gospel narrative and are invited to identify with the jubilant crowds welcoming the Master into Jerusalem.

Once inside the sanctuary, the Liturgy of the Word begins. Before long, some of those same people shoute...


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Catholic Action: Archbishop Chaput's Cry of the Heart and Call of Duty

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's just published essay, A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America is his cri du coeur to all Americans, but in particular to complacent Catholics.

But this is not an ordinary cri du coeur.  It is a cri du coeur en feu, a cry of a heart on fire, on fire with love for the Lord and of this country.  And this is no ordinary essay.  It is savored with the zing of a prophet.  It is short, admonitory, and to the point...
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NY Times accused of anti-Catholic bigotry, cowardice

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
NEW YORK, NY (Catholic Online) - The new (anti-Islamic) ad was rejected by the Times from fear of Islamic backlash. The Times has promised to reconsider the ad for publication in a "few months" time. 

The ad mimics the anti-Catholic ad to the point the two would appear almost identical in appearance and tone. 

The anti-Catholic ad was run without fear. The ad targeted "liberal" and "nominal" Catholics telling them "It's time to quit the Church." Although there was criticism over the nature...
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Obama admin list Vatican as 'potential money-laundering center'

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 17, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The list is divided into three categories, primary concern, concern, and monitored. The Vatican has been listed with 67 other countries which also includes Poland, Egypt, Ireland, Hungary, and Chile. 

A State Department official did confess that the Vatican had recently established programs to prevent money laundering.

The apology continued, as Susan Pittman of the State Department explained, "To be considered a jurisdiction of concern merely indicates ...
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The Parable of the Kosher Deli: Bishop Lori Before Congress Defending Religious Liberty

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - On Wednesday February 16, 2012, the Most Reverend William E. Lori, the Bishop of Bridgeport and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Religious Liberty, gave testimony before Congress. He appeared before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives.

Bishop Lori spoke on behalf of all of the Catholic Bishops of the United States. They are unanimous in their effort to ...


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The Rising Tide of Catholic Resistance

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic online) - Over the last two weeks Catholics have heard read letters read at Mass which were written by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. We have been asked to rise up in prayer, fasting, Catholic Action in response to an unjust Edict issued by Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, on January 20, 2012.

This mandate requires all employers, including Catholic and other religious employers, to cover sterilization, abortifacients, a...


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Abp. Dolan: Obama needs to 'back out of intruding into the internal life of a church'

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The federal government should do what it's traditionally done since July 4, 1776, namely back out of intruding into the internal life of a church," Dolan told television reporters.

The leader of the New York Archdiocese won support from Speaker John Boehner, who said either Obama will need to reverse the policy -- or the House shall.

"The federal government has drifted dangerously beyond its constitutional boundaries. This attack by the federal govern...
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Mandated Contraception, Sterilization: Caesar Demands Church Violate Conscience

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) - The moment that President Obama nominated Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services he sent the signal of where he would lead this nation. Sadly, many people did not see the signs, including some Catholics.

Of course, anyone who heard former Presidential candidate Obama utter his "that's above my pay grade" answer to Reverend Rick Warren's question as to "when a baby gets human rights" - either had their head in the sand - ...


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Virtual Pilgrimage Site Dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 19, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - Let me begin with a quotation from a Christian leader who is often not associated with honoring Mary: "Men have crowded all her glory into a single phrase: The Mother of God. No one can say anything greater of her, though he had as many tongues as there are leaves on the trees." It was Martin Luther, one of the Protestant Reformers, in his commentary on the "Magnificat".

From antiquity, Mary has been called "Theotokos", or "God-Bearer" (Mother of God). The...


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Pope Asks: How Do we Proclaim the Gospel today? How Can Faith Become a Reality?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Since he ascended to the Chair of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI has met with Cardinals, Bishops and other the members of the Roman Curia on December 22. This group includes the leaders of Dicasteries and Institutes who work closely with him in his pastoral care of the whole Church. In these addresses he expresses his gratitude, shares what is in his heart, and offers an alaysis of the state of the Church and the world. He also gives a glimpse into his spirituality ...


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Week Four of the New Translation of the Mass - So How Are We Doing?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, December 23, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - On Sunday, we'll celebrate Mass for the fourth week using the new translation. There was a lot of conjecture ahead of time and a lot of response after the historic launch of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal on November 27, 2011.

In talking with one priest in my diocese told me, "I am a big fan of the new translation and had been a champion of it for many months. But the first Sunday was probably the worst day of my priesthood!"

"I felt like a newly ordain...
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New Earth Discovered!

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The planet in question is known as Kepler-22b. It's not a particularly exciting name, but employs a naming system that is practical for a scientific project that has already found 2,326 potential planets after just 16 months of exploration. While these discoveries will still need to be confirmed, they easily quadruple the number of planets now known to exist outside of our solar system.

Until recently, astronomers could only speculate whether or not planets ...
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The First Sunday of the New Mass - How Did It Go For You?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The Masses for the First Sunday of Advent are now complete and, it seems, that the English-speaking Church has survived the shakedown voyage of the new translation of the Mass.

Change is never easy, even when it is welcomed and necessary. French Journalist and Poet Anatole France once wrote, "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."

At...
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Trappist Monks and Nuns Revive Interest in Monastic Vocations Online

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

PEOSTA, IA (Cistercians of the Strict Observance) - For more than nine centuries, Trappist monks and nuns have witnessed to the gospel of Jesus Christ through a cloistered, communal life wholly ordered to contemplation. Cistercians of the Strict Observance, also known as "Trappists" are an order of the Roman Catholic Church who founded their first monastery in the U.S. in 1848.

Cistercian presence in the U.S. has since expanded to include 17 monasteries across the nation. Yet recently, monasti...


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Catholic Church: Guardian of Freedom in an Age of Moral Relativism and Deception

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Everywhere you look you see the word "Freedom" being used these days. Sadly, it has provided cover for some who offer lifestyle choices as the path to liberation when thay lead to bondage and misery. The question we must ask is what does freedom really mean? Do our choices really matter? Are there some choices which will not lead us to freedom - or to human flourishing and happiness - but actually take away both?

I offer some insights from the writing...


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All Saints and All Souls: Pope is Serious about Sanctity

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - At his Angelus address on the Feast of All Saints Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the universal call to holiness. He tied his catechesis into the Feast of All Souls which follows on the next day. Pope Benedict XVI is profoundly aware of the challenges facing the Church at the beginning of the Third Christian Millennium. He regularly calls the Christian faithful, in every state in life and vocation, to live lives of holiness. He is serious about sanctity an...


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Bishop Lori Defends Religious Liberty, Marriage, Life, Church before US Congress

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - I have followed the courageous leadership of Bishop William C. Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut for years. He is not only a faithful and inspiring shepherd of the Church; he is a heroic defender of religious freedom, marriage and life at a critical time in our Nation's history. We must face the facts, the first freedom is under assault and the Catholic Church is increasingly threatened in her mission. We were thrilled when the Bishops selected this Bis...


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Pope's Wise Pastoral Leadership in Assisi

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 29, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

ASSISI, Italy (Catholic Online) -For months preceding the global gathering of religious leaders convened by Pope Benedict XVI on October 27, 2011 in Assisi, some questioned the entire event. Twenty five years ago, Benedict's predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, called religious leaders to Assisi to promote peace and this was the anniversary. Some within the traditionalist community ( in full communion and outside of full communion) and others, strongly and publicly criticized the Pope.

S...


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'Catholic Answers' Takes Internal Revenue Service to the U.S. Supreme Court

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 29, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - I have followed the multi-year legal battle between Catholic Answers and the Internal Revenue for several reasons. First, because I applaud Catholic Answers and its founder Karl Keating for the work they have done for decades. Their mission statement explains, "Catholic Answers is an apostolate dedicated to serving Christ by bringing the fullness of Catholic truth to the world. We help good Catholics become better Catholics, bring former Catholics "h...


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Abortion is the Greatest Destroyer of Peace: Bullying Begins in the Womb

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 22, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - No matter where you look these days there is a news report, commentary, study or conference on the growing National epidemic of bullying.  One television network recently aired a multi-platform series on bullying. The National Education Association released statistics in 2010 indicating that every day 160,000 children miss school out of fear of some form of bullying, verbal, physical or cyber-bullying.

Bullying is a real problem, but it is not a new ...


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Eucharistic Miracle in Poland Reveals What Catholics Already Know

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WARSAW, POLAND (Catholic Online) -- Catholics in Poland gathered on Sunday to celebrate what is believed to be a possible eucharistic miracle which began as a result of a dropped consecrated host in 2008.

Three years ago during the Liturgy of the Mass in the eastern Polish town of Sokolka, a consecrated host was accidentally dropped on the floor by the priest who was distributing Holy Communion to the faithful. The consecrated host was then carefully placed in water in order to allow it ...
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Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Federal Government and the Gates of Hell

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, October 10, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Catholic Online) - I am an alumni of the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Way back then it was called the College of Steubenville. Many of my readers know I am a "revert" to the Catholic Church. I came back to the faith of my childhood after turbulent years searching for truth and meaning. I was a teenage "hippie", caught up in the sixties and early seventies.

My journey culminated in a harrowing hitchhiking journey across the country to California searching f...


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Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Sentenced to Death for Refusing to Convert to Islam

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

GILAN, Iran (Catholic Online) - The martyrs of the early Church died for their faith in the God who was revealed in Jesus Christ, and for this very reason they also died for freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one's own faith - a profession that no State can impose but which, instead, can only be claimed with God's grace in freedom of conscience.

A December 2005 address given by Pope Benedict XVI to the Roman Curia states the clear position of the Catholic Church concernin...


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Call to Catholic Action: Defense of Marriage Requires Courage and Perseverance

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 23, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - Almost weekly there is another assault on marriage. The efforts of an activist wing of the homosexual community, what I call the "homosexual equivalency movement", have reframed the debate and are engaged in a Cultural Revolution. They have been joined by eager collaborators in the Judiciary and elected officials who believe they are some kind of new "liberators" when, in reality, they are injuring the common good.

The leaders of the homosexual equival...


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Call to Catholic Action: Defense of Marriage Requires Courage and Perseverance

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - Almost weekly there is another assault on marriage. The efforts of an activist wing of the homosexual community, what I call the "homosexual equivalency movement", have reframed the debate and are engaged in a Cultural Revolution. They have been joined by eager collaborators in the Judiciary and elected officials who believe they are some kind of new "liberators" when, in reality, they are injuring the common good.

The leaders of the homosexual equival...


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Ground Zero Hero: Fr. Mychal Judge Must Not Be Used for Cultural Revolution

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - On the tenth anniversary of September 11 we paused to remember the heroes whose lives were taken by evil men who claimed their god had told them to kill. They crashed two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon and tried to crash the fourth in the U.S. Capitol. Approximately 3000 innocent people lost their lives on that day. The evil face of Jihadi militancy and its revolutionary agenda was unmasked...


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Vatican blasts New York's mandatory sex-ed program

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 2, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online)  - In the Vatican's official newspaper, Church officials blasted the decision of New York officials on Wednesday, criticizing the approach which teaches students how to use contraceptives and when to can have sex. The Church has pointed out the high rates of pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases in those places where parents leave sex education to the state. 

The statement accused governments of ignoring the problem and criticized the, ...
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Free Fr. Wang! Chinese Catholic Priest Sentenced to Hard Labor for Loyalty to Pope

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, August 28, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

BEIJENG, China (Catholic Online) - I have been regularly writing about the horrid persecution of faithful Catholics by the Communist Regime currently ruling mainland China. Sadly, because these Maoist Atheists now wear business suits, smile a lot, and hold commercial paper which represents a substantial amount of American I.O.U.'s, few politicians in either major political party have the courage to call them out for their egregious human rights abuses.

For example, the Vice President o...


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Morally Coherent Catholics Can Change this Nation

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 26, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The American celebration of Labor Day usually signals the real beginning of the Presidential campaign. However, this year, people are paying attention a lot earlier. The economy is in a free fall and the sense of fear in the United States is palpable. A majority of people have lost confidence in our elected leaders.  

At the Iowa Republican presidential debate Thursday, August 11, 2011, Presidential candidate Rick Santorum experienced one more effort ...


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Pope Benedict Leads the School of the New Evangelization

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 26, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Catholic Online) - After returning from Madrid where Two  Million young people gathered with him to be instructed in the faith and enlisted into the mission of the Church, Pope  Benedict XVI gathered his former doctoral students together in Castel Gandolfo to reflect on the theme of the New Evangelization.

The first meeting of the "Schulerkreis" or "student circle" of doctoral candidates advised by Professor Joseph Ratzinger occurred in 1977. Back then, Fr. Jose...


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Madrid: Pope Tells Hundreds of Thousands of Youth to Build Their Lives Upon Jesus Christ

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, August 20, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

MADRID, Spain (Catholic Online) - We present Pope Benedict\'s entire opening address to the hundreds of thousands of the young people of the Church who gathered to hear him:

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for the kind words addressed to me by the young people representing the five continents. And I salute with affection all of you gathered here, young people from Oceania, Africa, America, Asia and Europe; and also those unable to be here. I always keep you very much in my hear...


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Archbishop Nichols Calls Catholics to Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

LONDON, England (Catholic Online) - The whole world watches in disbelief as the presumed "civility" of British society continues to be interrupted by escalating riots, looting, street violence and creeping anarchy. The scene resembles something out of a bad movie. Anarchy seems to have been unleashed.   

What began in the neighborhoods of London over the weekend had spread to four other cities by Monday. Now, it seems to be escalating. Hundreds have been arrested, numerous buildings ha...


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Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Preserving Our Catholic Faith

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

In the end, of course, our challenge is not to change the teachings of Jesus and His Church to conform to our whims, but to change our lives to conform to His teaching.

To be clear, yes, the Church does have some "policies" that can be changed, for instance, abstinence of meat on Friday, fasting from food before Holy Communion, or even priestly celibacy.  These indeed are part of the Church's discipline - still not to be dismissed lightly - and can be modified, and there are so many oth...


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Daily Kos wants to Excommunicate John Boehner, N.Y. Times Extols Dissident Priest

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) -The Daily Kos is a secularist weblog which purports to present the "state of the Nation". On Friday, July 30, 2011, it decided to pontificate. In a post entitled "Will Catholic bishops deny John Boehner communion?" they offered their spin on the recent budgeting debates in the US Congress opining that, "John Boehner, Catholic, is displeasing the US Conference of Catholic Bishops."

The Daily Kos, by selectively quoting one paragraph from a July 26, 2011...


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Revised Roman Missal Presents a Moment of Grace for the Whole Catholic Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, July 31, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - As the implementation of the Revised Roman Missal draws near the entire Catholic Church is presented with an invitation to rediscover the heart of Catholic worship and be changed in the encounter.There is a Latin maxim that addresses the centrality of worship in the life, identity and mission of the Catholic Church; "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi".

The phrase in Latin means the law of prayer ("the way we worship"), and the law of belief ("what we believe"...


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Cloyne Report on Abuse: Vatican Recalls Papal Nuncio to Ireland For Consultation

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The Vatican has recalled its apostolic nuncio in Ireland to Rome for consultations after the release of the Cloyne Report on priests' abuse of minors in the Diocese of Cloyne.  The recall is a sign of the Holy See's seriousness in addressing the issue, a Vatican spokesman said.

The recall of Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza shows the seriousness of the situation and the desire of the Holy See to deal with it "objectively and with determination," Fr. Ciro Benedet...


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Federal Court Orders Ten Commandments Removed From Florida Courthouse

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, July 25, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

GAINSVILLE, FL. (Catholic Online) - On July 15, 2011 the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida issued a thirteen page opinion in a case entitled ACLU of Florida Inc. v. Dixie County Florida (ND FL, Case 1:07-cv-00018-MP-GRJ). It can be read in its entirety here . The Court ordered that a large Ten Commandments monument - paid for privately by a local businessman and displayed since 2006 - be removed within thirty days from the front steps of the Courthouse.

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Here Come the Polygamists: Jonathan Turley Defends 'Sister Wives' in Utah

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Catholic Online) - Jonathan Turley is the J.B. and Maurice Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington Law School in Washington, DC. He has catapulted to National recognition as a "talking head", a kind of legal "go to" guy for a media obsessed with lawyers, litigation and celebrity.

It seems he has an opinion about anything even remotely legal these days - and no lack of media bully pulpits from which he can opine about his views. In addition to...


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Priests Issue 'Call to Disobedience' Against Catholic Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VIENNA, Austria (Catholic Online) - While many Anglicans are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church - precisely because of the orthodoxy of doctrine and practice, a group of 250 priests in Austria have launched an outright rebellion against the Church into which they were ordained. They are openly rejecting the doctrine, discipline and practice which are at the heart of the Catholic Christian faith. In effect, they are becoming protest-ants, and they are seeking to lead others...


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Courageous Cardinal Arinze Decries Abortion 'Word Games'

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, July 17, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

FRONT ROYAL, Virginia (Zenit.org) - The retired president of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments says a spade should be called a spade in the abortion debate.

Cardinal Francis Arinze said this at a one-day conference on bioethics hosted by Christendom College and featuring the cardinal, as well as Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, Janet Smith and Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk.

Cardinal Arinze observed how fundamental human rights are inviolable because they are...


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Michele Bachmann Should Not 'Get a Pass' on Past Membership in Anti-Catholic Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, July 17, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The news and blogosphere is filled with responses to the July 14, 2011 story by Joshua Green, the Senior Editor of the Atlantic, entitled "Michele Bachmann's Church Says the Pope Is the Antichrist." That is because it raises a serious matter which should not be taken lightly, and one which the candidate must address.

First, let me share some personal context. I am what is often called a "revert" to the Catholic Church, someone who returned to the Church ...


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Fr. Corapi's Order Finds Him Guilty

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, July 16, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
 
Robstown, Texas, Jul 5, 2011 / 03:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father John Corapi’s religious order has found him guilty of substance abuse, sexual activity and violating his promise of poverty.

A July 5 press release from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) said that while Fr. Corapi was involved in public ministry he had “sexual relations and years of cohabitation with a woman known to him, when the relationship began, as a prostitute.”

The investigative team als...


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Press Release Concerning Fr John Corapi from SOLT Regional Priest Servant

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, July 9, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

ROBSTOWN, TX. (SOLT) - (Catholic Online Editors Note:  The following Press Release was issued by the Society of the Most Holy Trinity concerning Fr. John Corapi who resigned from the Order andvoluntary  left active priestly ministry. Catholic Online is a news source and is passing this Press Release on without any intention of becoming embroiled in this ongoing tragic matter or taking any position regarding its contents. We invite our readers to pray for the Society as well as for Fr. ...


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Missionary Pope: Benedict XVI Calls the Whole Church to Evangelization

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY, (Catholic Online) - In June of 2010 Pope Benedict XVI officially announced the establishment of a new Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. The term "New Evangelization" is a favorite phrase of Pope Benedict XVI - as it was of his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II.  There is a desperate need for such a new evangelization in the secularized Western world.

Many Catholics do not know what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Some have embraced what is often called ...


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Fr. Corapi's Order 'Saddened' By His Choice to Leave Priesthood

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (CNA/EWTN News) - Father John Corapi's superiors confirmed and expressed grief over his decision to leave his order and the priesthood following allegations of misconduct.

We are "deeply saddened that Fr. Corapi is suffering distress" and "further saddened by Fr. Corapi's response to these allegations," said Fr. Gerry Sheehan, Regional Priest Servant of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.

In a June 20 statement, the Fr. Sheehan said the order "will do all...


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Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: New Mass Translation Praised by Young and Old

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - There is a Latin maxim that addresses the centrality of worship in the life, identity and mission of the Church; "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi". The phrase in Latin literally means the law of prayer ("the way we worship"), and the law of belief ("what we believe"). It is sometimes written as, "lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi", further deepening the implications of this truth - how we worship reflects what we believe and determines how we will live.

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Rev. John Corapi, Popular Priest/T.V. Personality Leaves Priestly Ministry

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Corapi had won many adherents on the basis of his unusual conversion story. Once a prominent and wealthy real estate agent in Los Angeles, he saw his fortune disintegrate because of cocaine addiction. Corapi was homeless for three years until he checked into a psychiatric facility. He decided to turn his life around in 1984 and later enrolled in seminary and was ordained as a deacon in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1990. He was ordained as a priest a yea...
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54 Priests for UK Ordinariate, Episcopal Parish to Enter US Catholic Church

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 12, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

BLADENSBURG, MD. (Catholic Online) - Pentecost Sunday is when Catholics celebrate the birth of the missionary church in power. There, in the Cenacle, as the Lord Jesus had promised, the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples who, gathered with Our Lady, had waited and prayed. How fitting that during this month when we celebrate Pentecost over 50 men will be ordained to the Holy priesthood in a series of ordinations throughout England and Wales.

These Catholic priests will be ordained for ...


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Catholic Charities Forced to Shut Down Services around the Country

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 12, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
KNOXVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - As of June 1, 2011, unmarried heterosexual couples and homosexuals will be able to legally adopt children and become foster parents in the state of Illinois under its new civil unions law. In response to this new law, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford has announced that it will discontinue adoption and foster care services immediately.

Some believe that the new civil unions law will not effect religious organizations such as the Catholic Church. A...
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Catholic Education in America: Homeschooling is Not the Problem

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 3, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - The 2010-11 school year marked my first as a homeschooling mom.  For two years our daughters had attended Catholic schools, but this school year was the grand opening of the Hartline Academy for Girls.  It's been challenging, rewarding, frustrating at times, a steep hill to climb some days, but a blessing for all of us and we have no regrets.

I was quite dismayed - rather irritated, actually - to read the article in Our Sunday Visitor recently regarding the...
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Shopping for a Church? Give me that Real Old Time Religion

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - In a Saturday morning visit to the book store I noted the following title "They like Jesus but Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations". In a quick review of its contents, I saw nothing new. This claim emerges repeatedly in some Christian circles, the notion that you can separate Jesus from His Church. The very concept would have seemed nonsensical to the early Christians and it still should to those who choose to stand on their shoulders and...

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Blood of the Martyrs: Christian Man Tortured, Beheaded in Kirkuk

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

KIRKUK, Iraq (Catholic  Online) - Last Friday,  a 29 year old Christian husband and father of three children was kidnapped by Islamic militants in Iraq. A ransom of the equivalent of $100,000 US was demanded.

On Monday, May 16, 2011, his mutilated body, showing signs of extreme torture was found by a bridge. His head had been severed and his eyes had been gouged out.

The heroic Archbishop of Kirkuk, Louis Sako, praised the heroism of this Christian man and the continuing strength and fa...


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FDA To Take Another Look at Scientology's E-Meter

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Brian Mandigo is a familiar face around the Washington, DC Scientology facility where he once worked. Now, however, he is not seen as a supporter but a protester with numerous videos posted on YouTube.

In March of this year he filed a citizen petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to "take enforcement action against the Church of Scientology and its affiliated entities for their unsanctioned use of the 'E- Meter.'" The FDA officially acce...
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Rome's Exorcist Finding Blessed John Paul II Effective Against Satan

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 21, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

ROME, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - The chief exorcist of Rome is seeing a rising number of young people coming under the influence of evil, but he has found in recent years that Blessed John Paul II is a powerful intercessor in the battle for souls.

A small, unassuming office in south-west Rome seems a rather ordinary setting in which to play out a grand battle between good and evil. It is here, though, that Father Gabriele Amorth has carried out most of his 70,000 exorcisms over the past 26...


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Emergency rooms becoming an endangered species at nation's hospitals

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 20, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - From 1990 to 2009, the number of hospital emergency departments declined by 27%, according to a study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.

"That's a hefty number, and more than I expected," the study's author Renee Hsia says. An assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, Hsia says she and colleagues did a "survival analysis," much like researchers do for breast cancer patients.

Hsia an...


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American Catholic Council Meets Soon, Amidst a Sea of Errors

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 19, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--With less than a month before the so-called "American Catholic Council" (ACC) convenes in Detroit on Pentecost weekend, their recent press release continues to betray a disconnect from the authoritative teachings of Vatican II-in whose "spirit" they claim to act.

In a May 10 press release titled "Catholics Speak Out in Nationwide Listening Sessions," ACC said this of the nearly 100 sessions held nationwide in preparation for the gathering:

 "From the perspective of th...


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Could it Be? 90% of US Catholics Support Artificial Contraception. So What?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 19, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
NASHVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - With so many Catholics using and supporting contraception, should the Church sympathize with their plight? Maybe not.

Catholics for a Free Choice claimed in 1998 that 96% of U.S. Catholic women had used contraceptives at some point in their lives and that 72% of Catholics believed one could be a good Catholic without obeying the Church's teaching on birth control.

More recently, a nationwide poll of 2,242 U.S. adults surveyed online in September 2005 by Harris ...
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'Extraordinary Form' Mass Encouraged by New Instruction from Vatican

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued "Motu Propio" (on his own authority) an Apostolic Letter on the celebration of the Roman Rite according to the Missal of 1962, entitled Summorum Pontificum. Along with the letter the Pope wrote a personal letter to all the Catholic Bishops throughout the world. This apostolic letter was intended to open up the celebration of what is now called the "extraordinary form" of the Roman Liturgy (sometimes called the "...


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Marriage: The Core of Every Civilization

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
By Archbishop Timothy Dolan

It was one of the more uncomfortable moments in my life.

Outside of St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Milwaukee, where I, as archbishop, was celebrating Sunday Mass on an otherwise magnificent Wisconsin autumn day, were a couple dozen very vocal protestors, representing some off-brand denomination, shouting vicious chants and holding hateful signs with words I thought had gone the way of burning-crosses and white hoods.

This frenzied group, taunting the peo...


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They Say Marriage is a Dying Institution: What's Really Dying is Love

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - The pronouncement came from actress Cameron Diaz and psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow last week:  marriage is a dying institution.  It is an old tradition that has now overstayed its welcome and should be thrown out the back door.  It doesn't suit us or our world any longer.  So they say.

Dr. Ablow gave a detailed analysis of the reality of marriage and the reasons why it should and will soon disappear from society.  His eulogy for the cornerstone of civilizati...
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Universae Ecclesiae

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
Rome, Italy, May 12, 2011 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Tim Finigan has three reasons to be happy. He’s in Rome. It’s sunny. And tomorrow will see the publication of a new papal document that will clarify the Pope’s 2007 permission to expand the use of the pre-Vatican II form of the Mass.

He anticipates that the new document will reinforce Pope Benedict’s earlier statement. It will make clear,  “that the older form of the Mass or ‘extraordinary form,’ is now allowed if a pr...
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The next train leaving Vatican City is…

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
Vatican City, May 12, 2011 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s a little known Vatican fact but the Pope has his own train station. Thing is, it’s been dormant for years – until now. May 21 will see a 1930s steam train leave the Vatican City Station for a trip to the Italian countryside. And it’s all to raise money for the Holy See’s official charity, Caritas.

“It’s a rare opportunity and certainly a very joyful way to come together ahead of our General Assembly and reflect on who w...
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Pope Benedict XVI Insists Religious Freedom is a Fundamental Human Right

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Mary Ann Glendon, the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University, served as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and was appointed by Blessed John Paul II as the President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences which he founded in 1994.  She enjoys global respect for her intelligence, eloquence and distinguished record of public service. She is a faithful Catholic who has defended the Church without compromise for many years and a Pro-Life Champ...


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They Say Marriage is a Dying Institution: What's Really Dying is Love

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - The pronouncement came from actress Cameron Diaz and psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow last week:  marriage is a dying institution.  It is an old tradition that has now overstayed its welcome and should be thrown out the back door.  It doesn't suit us or our world any longer.  So they say.

Dr. Ablow gave a detailed analysis of the reality of marriage and the reasons why it should and will soon disappear from society.  His eulogy for the cornerstone of civi...
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Verbum Domini: Pope Calls the Faithful to Fall in Love with the Living Word of God

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Last week the Pontifical Biblical Commission gathered in Rome for a plenary session under the theme of "Inspiration and Truth of the Bible."  Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Cardinal William Levada, the President of the Commission, to encourage the participants. He quoted from his apostolic exhortation on the Word of God (Verbum Domini) written on September 30, 2010, the Feast of St. Jerome. He wrote, "an interpretation of the sacred writings that ne...


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Bishop William M. Morris Removed from Office by Pope

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic online) - The official bulletin of the Holy See was short and to the point: "the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, has dismissed from the pastoral care of the diocese of Toowoomba (Australia) H. E. Bishop William M. Morris."  Such an extraordinary action by the Vatican signals very serious matters.

This is particularly clear when the action is taken after a thorough investigation and upon a formal report submitted by one of the finest Bishops in the United States select...


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Pope Opens New School on Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 7, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY, (Catholic Online) - On Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI began a new catechetical series for the faithful who gather in St. Peter's Square. Since the beginning of his papacy these instructions have been a source of inspiration and growth. His series on Christian saints brought them to life in order to inspire new saints for our time. Now, this man of deep prayer begins a "School of Prayer" for the faithful. It is time for all of us to enroll and tuition is free!

This Pope/profes...


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Obama Faces Hard Times with Catholic Voters

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 5, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Advocate) - When Barack Obama won 54 percent of the Catholic vote in the 2008 presidential election, commentators barely noticed that John McCain won a majority of the religiously-active Catholic vote (51 percent to 49 percent). This was a small margin, to be sure, but it doesn't bode well for the 2012 presidential race, after all the worst predictions of Obama's support for abortion became reality.

Religiously-active Catholics are those who report attending Ma...


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Osama Bin Laden is Dead. How Should a Catholic Respond?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead," from The Wizard of Oz, had gained vitality in the past twenty-four hours, expressing the sentiments of people from around the world. In the midst of this celebration the question still remains, "How should a Catholic Christian respond to the death of anyone?" Should be join the conga line or this there another way to look at what has just taken place.

Last night as President Barack Obama announced that the Osama Bin Laden...
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Beatification of John Paul II: summary

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

Pope John Paul II “restored to Christianity its true face as a religion of hope,” Pope Benedict XVI said at the May 1 beatification of the Polish Pontiff.

Well over 1 million people crowded into St. Peter’s Square, and spilled over into the surrounding streets of Rome, for the May 1 beatification. Six years earlier, an even larger congregation had broken into shouts of Santo subito! at the conclusion of the funeral for the beloved Pontiff. Now the people burst into warm applau...


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Defending the Liturgy: Warriors Needed in the Battle for the Heart of Catholicism

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 30, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

BALTIMORE, MD. (Catholic Online) - The sacred liturgy is no less than the very work of Almighty God through which Christ continues the work of our redemption (cf CCC 1069). This is a truth that is so profound that the Church is rightly moved to refer to Holy Mass as a "sacred mystery."

Bask in that glorious reality indeed, but let's not be naïve. It also happens to be the epicenter of Satan's war against all that is good and holy. Scandalized? Don't be.

The Council Fathers tells us th...


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Signs of the Times, Is Antichrist Near?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 29, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
NASHVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - Uprising after uprising in the Middle East; sexual and intellectual scandal in the Church; earthquakes in Chile and Haiti; tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan; and financial collapse in almost every market: given the startling increase in the frequency of global crises - political, religious, financial, natural - one is tempted to begin looking for Antichrist and despair for the future.

The pervading anxiety and fear is exacerbated by non-Catholic prolifera...

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Church Finds Astonishing Variety of People Joining this Easter

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC  (CNA) - A Muslim, a family of seven, a marine, a former abortion clinic administrator - these are just a few of the many faces of people from around the country who are slated to join the Catholic Church at Easter.

The U.S. bishops' conference recently profiled a handful of unique stories from individuals in different states, each of whom will be either baptized or confirmed during the Church's universal celebration of the Easter Vigil on April 24.

Although the numbers ...


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Pope Benedict XVI's Palm Sunday Proclamation

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Yesterday, I joined our beloved Priest in the Procession leading the faithful waving Palm branches into the Sanctuary. There, I had the privilege of participating in the reading of the Passion narrative. Every year, the experience becomes more profound.As we progress through Holy Week, the Scriptural readings at the Liturgies present us with the very real people whom Jesus chose to follow Him in the Redemptive work he was to accomplish on the tree at Ca...


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Happy Priest on the Sacrament of Confession II

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 16, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - Last week I began a reflection on the Sacrament of Confession.  Lent provides an excellent opportunity for everyone to return to the regular use of the Sacrament where we experience God's mercy and forgiveness.  

Let us continue by taking a close look at the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The Parable of the Prodigal Son is by far one of the most beautiful narratives of the Holy Bible and it will help us understand the Sacrament of Confession.

The co...


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Google Exodus

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 16, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Full of subtleties and surprises, "Google Exodus" uses Google Translate to say "Let my people go" in Egyptian. In addition, Moses uploads an amazing video of the plague of locusts to YouTube. Using Google Maps, the film switches to "street view" to show the miraculous Red Sea splitting.

"Judaism is as relevant today as it was 3,300 years ago when Moses led the Jews out of Egypt. Yet there's a perception that Judaism is somehow antiquated," Rabbi Shrag...


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The Happy Priest: The Sacrament of Confession

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 10, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - We are all sinners.  I am a sinner and you are a sinner.   We sin every day. We have to take sin very seriously.  What is sin?  The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us a concise definition. "Sin is an offense against reason, truth and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as an utterance, a d...
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The Happy Priest: The Blind Shall See and the Truth Shall Set Them free

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 10, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - This Sunday's gospel narrative allows us to examine closely the intense and ever increasing tension developing between the Pharisees who can see physically, but are spiritually blind, and a simple, humble man who is physically blind, but who eventually is able to see who Jesus really is.

The Pharisees deny that which is evident: Jesus healed the man born blind.  They refuse to accept that which is obvious.  Is not this the situation of our contemporary wo...
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The Holy See Calls Bloggers to Rome the Day after the Beatification of John Paul II

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, April 10, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - On May 1, 2011, the Venerable John Paul II will be raised to the altar. The day after, the  Pontifical Councils for Culture and Social Communications have issued a summons to bloggers the world over to gather in Rome. The Press release explains the purpose of the gathering:

"The aim of the meeting. is to allow for a dialogue between bloggers and Church representatives, to listen to the experiences of those who are actively involved in this arena, and to achieve...
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Poll: Donald Trump tied for second place in Republican presidential hopefuls

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, April 9, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Among Republican primary voters, Romney captured the support of 21 percent in a nine-candidate field.

Trump was tied for second with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, with 17 percent. House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 11 percent, just ahead of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's 10 percent.

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, considered a strong contender by political handicappers, remains largely unknown, with just 6 pe...


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Glenn Beck to transition off of his daily program

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, April 8, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Joel Cheatwood, a senior Fox News executive who Beck hired away to his own company, will serve as the main liaison between the two networks. Both Beck and Fox News have been hinting that a split could be forthcoming.

The New York Times reported that Fox News was "contemplating life without" Beck. Later that month, Beck told his radio listeners that, no matter what happened, they would "continue to find each other."

The announcement ended months of spe...


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Human Beings or Sexual Objects? Planned Parenthood Battle over More than Money

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 7, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, D.C.(Catholic Online) - There's much more than a budget at stake in this battle over Planned Parenthood.  The horrifying abortion statistics and the hundreds of millions of dollars are certainly bad enough, but the choice before us as a nation goes much deeper than simply who gets federal funding.  It is actually about us; it is about two radically, fundamentally different ideas about who and what we are as people.

In a nutshell: are we human beings or what they call "sexual ...
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Program for the Beatification of John Paul II released by the Vatican

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 7, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) -  It is hard to believe it has been six years since the one whom I call with deep affection, "My Champion", the soon to be Blessed John Paul II, went home to the Father's house. I still feel the pain of loss as do millions around the world. Right before he died, Pope John Paul said, "I am happy. You should be, too. Let us pray together with joy."  As I grow older it has become so clear that he is the man who has most influenced my life, shaped my thought ...


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Church in the Mirror: Archbishop Dolan, Abuse and Speaking the Truth in Love

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 7, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - It wasn't that many years ago when, as a bishop in the Charismatic Episcopal Church, I was mistaken for a Catholic bishop and taken to task for the abuses going on in the Church. It was at the March for Women's Lives in Washington, held to encourage a pro-abortion mandate and other related causes. A group of us were on the sidelines in our clerics praying for the marchers.

"Why don't you go home and leave us the **** alone!" one cried out. A grandmothe...
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'How we Govern Ourselves.' Obama 2012 Launched: Should Catholics Support Him?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 7, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - On Monday, April 4, 2011, President Barack Obama announced his re-election campaign with a You Tube video and massive email blast. The title of the video was "It Begins with us."  It presented a cross section of supporters who pledged their support. For example, there is a young man who was not able to vote in 2008 but will work to re-elect him; an Hispanic family seeking opportunities to live the American dream; and a white Southerner who doesn't agr...


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Fr. Roy Bourgeois Openly Defies the Church: Are Laicization and Expulsion Next?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, April 7, 2011, In : OLP Newsline 

CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - Fr. Roy Bourgeois is a Catholic Priest who was ordained to the priesthood in 1972.  He is also a member of the Maryknoll Order. From the beginning of his priestly ministry he worked with the poor and the oppressed. He took public and sometimes controversial stands against Latin American leaders who did not respect human dignity and seemed to have little concern for the oppressed or the poor. He founded the "School of the America's Watch" in 1990 to c...


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