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"The Most Effective Response to Evil"

Pope Benedict XVI VATICAN CITY, MARCH 11, 2007 - Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today before reciting the midday Angelus with several thousand people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The passage of Luke's Gospel proclaimed on this Third Sunday of Lent refers to Jesus' comments on two current events of that time. The first was the uprising of some Galileans, which was suppressed by Pilate with the shedding of blood; the second was the collapse of a tower in Jerusalem, which caused the death of 18 victims. They were two tragic, yet very different, events. The first was caused by man, the other was accidental.
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Vatican Web Site Focuses on Lent
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 7, 2007 - Internet users can live Lent with Benedict XVI this year. The Vatican Web site is offering a compilation of the Holy Father's teachings and other tools for celebrating the liturgical season.

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Cardinal Dziwisz: Spy Tales Target John Paul II
John Paul II Says Accusations Aim at Hindering Canonization


KRAKOW, Poland, MARCH 5, 2007 - Accusations about espionage surrounding Pope John Paul II are not only false but also an attempt to hinder his canonization, said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.

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World Youth Day's 500-Day Countdown
World Youth Day '08. SYDNEY, Australia, MARCH 2, 2007 - With 500 days to go, organizers of World Youth Day 2008 are now accepting group registrations.

The youth day event in Sydney -- July 15-20, 2008 -- is expected to draw 500,000 pilgrims. Organizers decided to open up group registration now in order to accommodate the large numbers.

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This is what I am talkin about... technologies serving good.

Image Cardinal Posts Lenten Message on YouTube

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, FEB. 25, 2007 - Cardinal Justin Rigali is reaching out to new audiences this Lent by posting weekly Gospel commentaries on the video sharing Web site YouTube.

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Lenten Tradition of Station Churches Lives On
An Edifice a Day Helps Focus on Paschal Mystery ROME, FEB. 20, 2007 - Benedict XVI celebrates Mass this Ash Wednesday at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, marking the start of Lent and the ancient tradition of the station churches in Rome.

Following the station church tradition, the faithful make their way to a different church each of the 40 days of Lent for Mass and the singing of the litany of the saints.
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5 in Line for Canonization
VATICAN CITY, FEB. 20, 2007 - The Church intends to canonize four male saints from Malta, Poland, Brazil and the Netherlands, and one female saint from France.

The Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced today that on Friday, in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, an ordinary public consistory will be held for the canonization of the following blessed:
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Papal Message for Lent 2007
Image "They Shall Look on Him Whom They Have Pierced"

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 13, 2007. - Here is Benedict XVI's message for Lent 2007. It was issued today by the Vatican press office.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

"They shall look on Him whom they have pierced" (Jn 19:37). This is the biblical theme that this year guides our Lenten reflection. Lent is a favourable time to learn to stay with Mary and John, the beloved disciple, close to Him who on the Cross, consummated for all mankind the sacrifice of His life (cf. Jn 19:25). With a more fervent participation let us direct our gaze, therefore, in this time of penance and prayer, at Christ crucified who, dying on Calvary, revealed fully for us the love of God. In the Encyclical Deus caritas est, I dwelt upon this theme of love, highlighting its two fundamental forms: agape and eros.

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An Interview With Fr. Tomislav Pervan (1996.)
"Medjugorje, The New Emmaus"

by: Miro Brcic

From "GLAS MIRA" No. 7. 1996., pages 9/13.Image

With the beginnings of Medjugorje, we encounter something which we can call world phenomena, a miracle in the making which is surviving and continuing. Many try to dispute its authenticity saying that's just a cheap way of comforting the deprived, the cheated and those who have lost their way in life.

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Pope Voices Concern for Laws on Life and Family
Greets Ambassador From Colombia

Image VATICAN CITY, FEB. 9, 2007 - Benedict XVI says that legislators should respect life, marriage and the family, issues that he says are of particular concern to him.

The Pope made this comment today on receiving the letters of credence of the new ambassador of Colombia to the Holy See, Juan Gómez Martínez. The ambassador has also served as the mayor of Medellin and governor of the state of Antioquia.

The Holy Father said: "As shepherd of the universal Church, I cannot but express my concern about the laws that regard very delicate questions such as the transmission and defense of life, sickness, the identity of the family and respect of marriage.

"On these topics, and in the light of natural reason, and of the moral and spiritual principles that stem from the Gospel, the Catholic Church will continue proclaiming ceaselessly the inalienable greatness of human dignity."

On this matter, the Pope appealed "to the responsibility of the laity present in legislative bodies, in the government and in the administration of justice, so that the laws will express always the principles and values that are in keeping with the natural law and that promote the genuine common good."
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Pilgrimage to St. Tryphon - Kotor

Image The trip was lovely, well worth the early (3:30 am) start. The ride started out OK until bus no. 15, our bus broke down. After fiddling with the engine for a while the driver decided he could not do a thing to get us going with this bus. An hour or so passed we got two vans instead and we where on the road again. It was already 6:30 am and we are far behind the other 14 buses but we still had the baby bus no. 16 behind us. We drove along the coast, we passed Klek, Neum, Dubrovnik and finally reached the Croatian - Montenegro border another 40 min. before we get to Kotor. The nice people on my van made the trip so much fun and as God provided us with the little speedy van we reached Kotor just a few minutes behind the other 14 buses. Praise GOD, we got there safe and sound and on time for the Holy Mass.

Fr. Mika Stojic, the Dean of the Deanery of Brotnjo, a true Franciscan trooper, got us all there with our yellow caps. I got to say that we where quite distinctive. There where quite a few people there. They came from all over, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia… but the Deanery of Brotnjo, our Deanery, with our Franciscans and our yellow caps where the ones that occupied the town in the real sense of the word, there where 736 of us. Anyhow, it is time for me to stop writing “a picture is worth a thousand words” and I got quite of few of those. My friend Vlatka and her sister Tihana helped me quite a bit. Take a look, click HERE then select “Other albums” and then select “Pilgrimage - Kotor”. Peace.

Learn more about:
- St. Leopold Mandic, click HERE
- St. Osanna, click HERE, (photo of Her incorrupt body is among the ones from my pilgrimage)
- St. Tryphon click, HERE.

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