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- updated April 6, 2010


Small Red Jerusalem Cross Resurrection: Easter Triduum Leads Us to Christ Pope Benedict
VIS/Faith Central - March 31, 2010
"We are living through the holy days that invite us to meditate upon the central events of our Redemption, the essential nucleus of our Faith ..." The Holy Father catechized on the Easter Triduum during his general audience on March 31, 2010. Click to read more ...

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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Venerable John Paul II: Benedict XVI Recalls the Unshakeable Faith of John Paul II
VIS/Faith Central -March 30, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI, on March 29, 2010, celebrated Mass at the Vatican commemorating his predecessor, Venerable John Paul II, proclaiming "Each gesture of Charity and of authentic Devotion to Christ does not remain a personal matter, it does not concern only the relationship between the individual and the Lord, but involves the entire Body of the Church. It is contagious and infuses love, joy and light." Click to read more, including the entire VIS news release ...

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Lent And Easter Wisdom From Fulton J. Sheen
"Lent and Easter
Wisdom from
Servant of God
Fulton J. Sheen"
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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Abuse Scandal: Holy Father's Pastoral Letter to Catholics of Ireland
VIS/Faith Central - March 19, 2010
Pope Benedict, on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Patron of the Church, released his Pastoral Letter to the Irish Faithful: "You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured. Your trust has been betrayed ... your dignity has been violated. ... In [the Church's] name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel. At the same time, I ask you not to lose hope. It is in the communion of the Church that we encounter the person of Jesus Christ, who was Himself a victim of injustice and sin. Like you, He still bears the wounds of His own unjust suffering. He understands the depths of your pain and its enduring effect upon your lives and your relationships, including your relationship with the Church...." click to read more ...

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Lent And Easter Wisdom From Fulton J. Sheen
"Lent and Easter
Wisdom from
Servant of God
Fulton J. Sheen"
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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Abuse Scandal: "VIGIL OF HOLY WEEK:" Holy Mother Church committed to combat, root out blight of abuse wherever it occurs ? Vatican press liaison
VIS/Faith Central - March 29, 2010
Media coverage of past child abuse by clergy recently increased, following the Holy Father issuing his letter to the Irish Faithful. In a note entitled "Vigil of Holy Week," Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. has reiterated that the Holy Father and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are guiding and supporting Bishops "to combat and root out the blight of abuse wherever it appears." Father Lombardi pointed out that while many cases actually occurred a number of years ago, Holy Mother Church is seeking to restore Justice and achieve "purification of memory" by recognizing what happened and attempting to make amends to victims. click to read more ...

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Theology of History in Bonaventure
Joseph Ratzinger
(Pope Benedict XVI):
Theology of History in
St. Bonaventure
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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Saint Bonaventure: A Man of Action and Contemplation ― Pope Benedict XVI
VIS/Faith Central - March 3, 2010
Once again using a general audience to catechise on the Saints, Pope Benedict on March 3, 2010, taught on the life of Saint Bonaventure, the subject of the Holy Father's own graduate work. Saint Bonaventure, a Scripture scholar, theologian, Franciscan Superior, Cardinal, and Bishop, lived in Italy in the 1200s. He contributed to unity between Faith and culture, himself exemplifying unity between Catholic Spiritual contemplation and a life of action ....

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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Bioethics: Human Dignity and Natural Moral Law
VIS/Faith Central - Feb. 15, 2009
Receiving members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Benedict observed: "Recognising human dignity as an inalienable right has its first foundation in [natural moral law] - unwritten by the hand of man but inscribed by God the Creator in man's heart - which all juridical systems are called to recognise as inviolable, and all
individuals to respect and promote."

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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Abide in God and Keep His Commandments: Pope Benedict on John Chapters 15-16
VIS/Faith Central - Feb. 15, 2010
The Holy Father explains: "From God we do not ask anything small or great, from God we invoke the Divine Gift of He Himself. In this sense that we must learn to pray ... to Him to give us His Spirit, that we may respond to the needs of life and help others in their suffering .... "

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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: Pope Benedict tells Church to evangelize and care for the sick in body and spirit
VIS/Faith Central - Feb. 12, 2010
"The Church ... entrusted with the task of prolonging the Mission of Christ over space and time, cannot ignore these two essential activities: evangelisation and caring for the sick in body and spirit ... "

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Saint Anthony of Padua: Example to preachers, and one of the most popular Saints
― Pope Benedict XVI Audience

VIS/Faith Central - Feb. 11, 2010
The Holy Father used his Feb. 10, 2010, general audience as an opportunity to catechise on Saint Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church.... "Anthony made a significant contribution to the development of Franciscan spirituality with his outstanding gifts of intelligence, balance, apostolic zeal and, especially, mystic fervour... He was also one of the first, if not the first, master of theology among the Friars Minor."

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Celtic Cross, Scotland
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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Catholic News: Pope Benedict to Scottish Bishops: Renew focus on lay apostolate, promote respect for human life
VIS/Faith Central - VIS Feb. 5, 2010
"... wherever the Lay Faithful live out their Baptismal Vocation - in the family, at home, at work - they are actively participating in the Church's mission to sanctify the world .... A strong Catholic presence in the media, local and national politics, the judiciary, the professions and the universities can only serve to enrich Scotland's national life, as people of faith bear witness to the truth ...."

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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Papal Message for World Day of the Sick
VIS/Faith Central - Dec. 3, 2009
The Holy Father on Dec. 3, 2009, issued his Message for the World Day of the Sick occurring on Feb. 11, 2010, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. "In the Mystery of Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection ... human suffering finds meaning and fullness of light. ... Following His example all Christians are called to relive, in different contexts, the parable of the Good Samaritan ...."

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Health Care Council, World Day of Sick marked by Vatican — "The Church at the loving service of those who suffer"
VIS/Faith Central - VIS Feb. 2, 2010
"The Church at the loving service of those who suffer" will be the theme of celebrations marking twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers and the eighteenth World Day of the Sick, Feb. 9-11 ....

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Catholic Church will always stand alongside Haitians — Pope Benedict XVI - VIS/Faith Central - Jan. 25, 2010
Pope Benedict invoked the Blessed Mother as Our Lady of Perpetual Hope; expressed solidarity with the Haitian people in the aftermath of their serious series of earthquakes; pledged his prayers and the Church's continued support for relief efforts; praised the ongoing international response to the tragedy; calls for continued efforts to rescue survivors; and prays for a spirit of calm, consolation, and solidarity to enter the hearts of all involved in Haiti. The Holy Father did so in telegrams sent to the Haitian president and the Archbishop president of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti. Click here to read VIS press release and introduction 

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Small Red Jerusalem Cross Announcing the Word using new technologies Pontifical Council for Social Communications discusses Pope Benedict XVI Message for World Day of Social Communications - VIS VIS/Faith Central - Jan. 25, 2010
Leading officials from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in a press conference at the Holy See Press Office, discussed the Holy Father's recent Message for the World Day of Social Communications. Pope Benedict XVI views new technologies as tools to utilize for a positive contribution to pastoral care, "to make known the Good News of God's Love for all people." Click here for VIS press release and introduction

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