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Pope Francis carries palm fronds in procession at the start of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 29. (CNS/Paul Haring)

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Papal letter for 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Ávila’s birth
Pope Francis has written a letter to Father Xavier Cannistrà, superior general of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, on the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Ávila. “St. Teresa is primarily a teacher of prayer,” Pope Francis wrote. “She was convinced of the value of continuous prayer, even if it was not always perfect. The saint asks us to be steadfast, faithful, even in times of dryness, personal difficulties or urgent needs that call us.”

Varied paths bring thousands into Catholic Church at Easter Vigil
Who was Jesus? Why do we need a pope? How were we made by God? All of these are good questions that anyone considering becoming Catholic might ask. But the questions are even more poignant when they come from a young man who grew up in a place where the government told him that God cannot mutually exist with science, where one who believes in God is considered weak, and where the only media coverage of the Catholic Church is around abuse scandals.

Pope pays tribute to late head of Assyrian Church of the East
“The Christian world has lost an important spiritual leader, a courageous and wise pastor who faithfully served his community in extremely challenging times,” Pope Francis wrote. “His Holiness Mar Dinkha suffered greatly because of the tragic situation in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and in Syria, resolutely calling attention to the plight of our Christian brothers and sisters and other religious minorities suffering daily persecution.”

History, truth, and politics: Researcher seeks to clear the record on Junipero Serra
California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented. “When he died, many native peoples came to the mission for his burial. They openly wept. Others of his colleagues and even colonists, believed that he would be made a saint, because of the way he had lived his life, a self-effacing life of a martyr,” said archaeology professor Reuben Mendoza of California State University, Monterrey Bay.

Bishops visit Texas detention center for migrant families
Three Catholic bishops, joined by two Lutheran counterparts, visited a new detention center in Dilley, Texas, designed to house migrant women and children who have entered the United States illegally. “Why do we feel compelled to place in detention such vulnerable individuals, traumatized young mothers with children fleeing persecution in their home countries?” said Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio.

St. Peter’s Basilica goes dark for ‘earth hour’
St. Peter’s Basilica went dark for one hour on March 28 in commemoration of “earth hour,” a World Wildlife Fund initiative intended to raise awareness about climate change. The Great Synagogue of Rome and the Mosque of Rome also joined in the initiative.

 


Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere


Front Row With Francis: The Role of Grandparents
Playing on his celebrated phrase “How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor,” Pope Francis closed his General Audience on Wednesday, March 11, with a fulsome, “How I would like a Church that challenges the disposable culture with the overflowing joy of a new embrace between young people and the elderly!”

Noticeable Differences Between Catholics and Non-Catholics
My wife and I just spent the past weekend in Maryland meeting our newborn son that we are adopting. While the details of that story are terrific, I want to talk about something else from the trip. After taking our new son, Jude home from the hospital, we ended up staying with some very close friends of ours that live in Maryland. Long story short, it may be a few extra days before we can bring him home to Texas. Soooo…While we were there, we ended up attending a non-denominational church service with our friends. During the service, I couldn’t help but be whisked back to our past church experiences before we joined the Catholic Church. 

When You Fall Off The Wagon
During Lent, we set goals. We need encouragement. We look for support. We hold each other accountable. We evaluate how we are doing along the way. Unlike “goal setting” in the traditional sense of the word, our Lenten promises have an ultimate goal: greater union with God – a deeper relationship with the One who loves us and so deeply desires the happiness of our hearts. Yet, a lot like setting goals – be it New Years resolutions, academic achievements, fitness ideas, etc. – we can fall off the wagon.

An Interview with Sr Mary Magdalene of the Immaculate Conception, OP
She’s part of a vibrant new wave of young sisters entering traditional religious Orders around America.The Dominicans of Summit, New Jersey are a cloistered Order which remained loyal to their foundations, and today they are increasingly blessed with young novices like Sister Mary Magdalene. In this revealing interview, Sister Mary Magdalene discusses her vocation and her experience thus far.

 

 

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