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I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you...+Philippians 1:3-5





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A Palestinian boy stands by a Gaza school that witnesses said was badly damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer. Six months after the end of the most recent war in Gaza, one aid official said there is still a "grave humanitarian crisis." (CNS/Reuters)

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Vatican security head: no immediate threat of attack by Islamic State
“The threat exists,” said Domenico Giani, the chief of the Vatican’s internal police force. “But the existence of a threat is one thing and planning an attack is another. At this time, we have not been informed of any plans to attack the Vatican or the Holy Father.” Speaking to the Italian monthly Polizia Moderna, Giani said that alongside the possibility of an attack by Islamic terrorists, the Vatican is also aware of “the risk of action by individuals, which is more dangerous because it is unpredictable.”

US bishops' conference spokesmen urge Congress not to cut spending on welfare, relief programs
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico—the chairmen, respectively, of the US bishops’ committees on domestic and international justice—argued in a letter to every Congressman that the federal budget must not be balanced by “disproportionate cuts in essential service to poor persons.” “The moral measure of the federal budget is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless, or poor are treated,” the two prelates wrote.

Satanism, Pompeii and the Rosary – a bizarre tale surrounds Francis' next trip
Later this month Pope Francis will head to Pompeii: a city which lays claim to the curious story of a former Satanist priest – now on the way to sainthood – and his miracle-working Marian devotion. Blessed Bartolo Longo is considered the founder of modern Pompeii, which was established in 1891 after he commissioned the building of the city’s sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary.

Pope backs Secretariat for Economy in bid for Vatican reform
Cardinal Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, had faced mounting opposition to his plans. Last week, Italian newspapers carried stories, based on leaked documents, alleging lavish spending at the new agency. Both the Secretariat for the Economy and the Vatican press office rejected those charges. During last month’s consistory of cardinals, several prelates said that the powers of the new Secretariat should be trimmed, preserving some of the autonomy traditionally enjoyed by Vatican agencies. By approving the draft statutes, Pope Francis chose not to accept those suggestions.

Bishop welcomes FCC vote on net neutrality
"The Internet is a critical medium for religious speech. Radio, broadcast television and cable television are, in large part, closed to noncommercial religious messages," said a Feb. 26 statement by Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City. "From the inception of the Internet until the mid-2000s, Internet service providers were not permitted to discriminate or tamper with what was said over those Internet connections," he added. "Today, the FCC restores this protection for speakers, protection particularly important to noncommercial religious speakers."

Is there a 'roadmap to happiness' in marriage? New video series says yes
“We wanted to develop a program that is going to meet (couples) where they are at, inspire them to God’s beautiful plan for love, for marriage, where we are called to find our happiness,” said Dr. Edward Sri, theology professor at the Augustine Institute, and the content director for “Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage.”


Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere

3 Big and Beautiful Benefits of Lent
Society has become so extreme in its embrace of various forms of immorality, we are largely absent from many sectors of society, except to protest them. So we are looked on as the grumpy family member who sits glumly in the corner, interrupting his moody silence only occasionally in order to make things awkward for the people who are trying to have fun.

Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids
I made this printable Lenten calendar for kids, and we use it every year. It has become a tradition now! It’s a fun visual for kids so they can see the 40 days of lent of lent going by, and Easter approaching. I left room in the squares to write in daily prayers or sacrifices if desired. The important days are brought to special attention with fun visuals for kids that symbolize what’s going on that day, and little fish symbolize days to avoid meat (although children are not required to do this). I also love how it shows kids that Sundays are not included in the 40 days of lent.

Why Catholics Practice Fast and Abstinence?
Our bookstores are filled with books written to help us advance in prayer and the spiritual life. The “secret” we all look for is really no secret at all.  At its heart, the gospel message is one of self-denial and detachment from all things that are obstacles to our growth.  Jesus tells us that if we are to be his disciples, we must deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow him (cf. Matthew 16:24). That is why Catholics practice fast and abstinence as a form of self-denial intended to lead us to perfection. So stick with me here and learn how self-denial will satisfy your deepest hunger.

15 Strategies For A Better And Holier Lent – Part 1: Almsgiving
Lent offers us an opportunity to focus on the poor among us, yet many of us forget to take advantage of that opportunity. We need to make this the Lent that we remember. This Lent, let’s help our brothers and sisters who are living in poverty. Below are five strategies for participating in almsgiving.



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