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Do It Yourself Lent: March 27

March 27th, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Pope recognizes Cubans’ struggles, calls freedom a necessity

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba — Celebrating an outdoor Mass on his first day in Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the struggles of the country’s Catholics after half a century of communism and described human freedom as a necessity for both salvation and social justice.

The pope spoke March 26 in Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, in Cuba’s second-largest city. He had arrived in the country a few hours earlier, after spending three days in Mexico.

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Religious freedom rallies held

March 26th, 2012 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: ,

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Hundreds of people gathered March 23 in front of U.S. courthouses, state capitols and historic sites to support religious freedom and protest a federal mandate they say violates that freedom by requiring most religious employers to provide no-cost contraceptive coverage even it is contrary to their beliefs.

All of the events, held at noon local time in 143 cities, were part of a nationwide “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally organized by the Pro-Life Action League in Chicago and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, based in Michigan. About 55,000 people participated.

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Reading ‘Phanatics’ at Our Lady of Fatima School get special visitor

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 NEW CASTLE — It wasn’t Citizens Bank Park, but Our Lady of Fatima School looked and sounded like the home of the Philadelphia Phillies on March 23.

Many of the students and teachers dressed in Phillies red for the day as a special visitor took a break from spring training to reward them for their dedication to reading.

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Phila. ex-priest admits abuse; lawsuits settled, filed

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PHILADELPHIA — As two of his former colleagues prepared to face trial on abuse-related charges, a former priest of the Philadelphia archdiocese was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison March 22 after pleading guilty to conspiracy and sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy.

Edward V. Avery, 69, who was removed from the priesthood in 2006, admitted in an appearance before Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina that he was guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in the 1999 assault. He also said he conspired with co-defendant Msgr. William J. Lynn, then secretary for clergy in the archdiocese, to endanger children.

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Pope calls for complete religious freedom in Cuba

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HAVANA — Preaching at Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square, location of the headquarters of Cuba’s Communist Party, Pope Benedict XVI called for full religious freedom and greater respect for human rights on the island.

“In Cuba steps have been taken to enable the church to carry out her essential mission of expressing the faith openly and publicly,” the pope said during his homily March 28. “Nonetheless, this must continue forward.”

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Pope thanks Latin American bishops

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LEON, Mexico — Pope Benedict XVI thanked Latin America’s bishops for their hard work in a troubled region and urged them to continue the evangelization campaign he launched with them at their first meeting five years earlier.

The pope spoke during a vespers service at Leon’s cathedral March 25, the second and last full day of his visit to Mexico. The congregation included about 130 Mexican bishops, along with representatives of other national conferences in the Latin American bishops’ council, CELAM.

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Trust in God to help change society, pope says in Mexico’s heartland

March 26th, 2012 Posted in Featured, International News

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SILAO, Mexico — Celebrating Mass in the Catholic heartland of Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI told a nation and a continent suffering from poverty, corruption and violence, to trust in God and the intercession of Mary to help them bring about a “more just and fraternal society.”

“When addressing the deeper dimension of personal and community life, human strategies will not suffice to save us,” the pope said in his homily during the outdoor Mass at Guanajuato Bicentennial Park March 25, the second full day of his second papal visit to Latin America. “We must have recourse to the one who alone can give life in its fullness, because he is the essence of life and its author.”

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Pope in Mexico as ‘pilgrim of faith, of hope, and of love’

March 26th, 2012 Posted in Featured, International News

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SILAO, Mexico — Arriving in Mexico on his second papal visit to Latin America March 23, Pope Benedict XVI said he came as a “pilgrim of faith, of hope, and of love,” promoting the cause of religious freedom, social progress and the Catholic Church’s charitable works.

Bells tolled and the assembled crowd cheered as Pope Benedict XVI appeared through the door of his Alitalia plane at Guanajuato Internal Airport in central Mexico. He was greeted by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and other dignitaries, including Archbishop Jose Martin Rabago of Leon and Archbishop Carlos Aguilar Retes of Tlalnepantla, president of the Mexican bishops’ conference and the Latin American bishops’ council, CELAM.

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 26

March 26th, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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