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  1. Child Abuse and the Church (Awesome Library)
      Provides sources of information about the struggle of the Roman Catholic Church with child abuse. 03-10

  2. Pope John Paul II (Awesome Library)
      Provides biographical information on the late Pope. 4-05

  1. Catholic Papal Exam (BBC News)
      Tests your knowledge about Pope John Paul II. 10-03

  1. Radical Love: Sisters of Summit, NJ (
      Provides a photoessay and comments from sisters depicting why they chose, and stay in, a monastic lifestyle. 01-09

  1. -01-28-09 Israel's Chief Rabbinate Severs Vatican Ties (
      "Israel's chief rabbinate severed ties with the Vatican on Wednesday to protest a papal decision to reinstate a bishop who publicly denied 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust." 01-09

  2. -05-30-08 Vatican Prohibits Female Priests (CBS News)
      "The Vatican insisted Friday that it is properly following Christian tradition by excluding females from the priesthood. And it issued a new warning that women taking part in ordinations will be excommunicated." 05-08

  3. -07-10-07 Pope: Other Denominations Not True Churches (Guardian Unlimited)
      "Protestant churches yesterday reacted with dismay to a new declaration approved by Pope Benedict XVI insisting they were mere 'ecclesial communities' and their ministers effectively phonies with no right to give communion."

      "The president of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy, pastor Domenico Maselli, called it a 'huge step backwards in relations between the Roman Catholic church and other Christian communities'." 07-07

  4. -07-10-07 Pope: Other Denominations Not True Churches (MSNBC News)
      "Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches." 07-07

  5. -08-23-07 Amazing Confessions of Mother Teresa (
      "Come Be My Light is that rare thing, a posthumous autobiography that could cause a wholesale reconsideration of a major public figure — one way or another. It raises questions about God and faith, the engine behind great achievement, and the persistence of love, divine and human. That it does so not in any organized, intentional form but as a hodgepodge of desperate notes not intended for daylight should leave readers only more convinced that it is authentic — and that they are, somewhat shockingly, touching the true inner life of a modern saint." 07-07

  6. Catholic - News Media (
      Provides dozens of sources of Catholic news from magazines, newspapers, radio, and more. 10-00

  7. Catholic News - (Leadership Conference of Women Religious)
      Provides press releases.

  1. -03-13-06 Body "Intact" After 15 Years of Burial (TimesOnlne)
      "The body of a Greek Orthodox monk was allegedly found intact 15 years after he was buried." 03-06

  2. -Electing a Pope: The Process (CBS News)
      "Pope Benedict XVI's resignation sets in motion a complex sequence of events to elect the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The timing of Pope Benedict's surprise announcement, coming days before the beginning of Lent - the 40 day period before Easter, the most important feast in the Catholic Church - presents a challenge to church officials who would like a new pope in place by March 24, the beginning of Holy Week." 02-13

  3. -How the Conclave for Electing the Pope Works (CBS News)
      "On the first day of the conclave, the cardinals will hold no more than one round of voting, in the afternoon. Each round consists of two votes. They have already discussed the merits of each papal prospect during days of "general congregations" at the Vatican, but a deciding vote must see one name garner two-thirds plus-one vote to win -- that translates to support from 77 of the 115 cardinal electors. The now-retired Pope Benedict XVI himself committed that absolute majority rule into Church law just two days before he stepped down." 03-13

  4. -Pope Benedict Announces Abdication (ABC News)
      "The pope's decision makes him the first pontiff to resign in nearly 600 years. A conclave to elect a new pope will take place before the end of March. The 85-year-old pope announced the decision to resign in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals." 02-13

  5. -Pope Francis Takes a Position on Climate Change (
      "Word is out that the head of the Roman Catholic Church will soon urge its 1.2 billion members worldwide to act on climate change, with the Pope anticipated to issue an encyclical this year that will tackle the issue of global warming and human ecology."

      "The document, which will be given to 5,000 bishops and 400,000 priests for distribution to their parishioners, will direct Catholics to take action on climate change on scientific and moral grounds."

      "With its network of hospitals, schools, parish centers, seminaries and other institutions, the Church spends billions for its energy use. The Pope's position on climate change could lead to installations of renewable energy sources, such as solar systems in establishments and institutions that the Church has stakes in." 02-15

  6. -Text of Pope Benedict's Abdication as Pope (CBS News)
      "I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is." 02-13

  7. Boy Barred from Pre-K Catholic School for Long Hair (MSNBC News)
      "Renee Szablewski decided to honor her father by letting her son’s hair grow out so that he could donate his locks to be used in wigs for children who lose their own hair to cancer radiation treatment."

      " 'The teacher wouldn’t let him through the doors and left us standing out in the rain,' Szablewski said." 11-10

  8. Catholic - Authoritative Documents (
      Provides authoritative sources of information for Catholics, such as the Encyclicals, teachings, liturgy, and more. 10-00

  9. Catholic - Joan of Arc (Catholic Encyclopedia)
      Provides an extended biography and a drawing of Joan of Arc. 5-00.

  10. Catholic - Lent (
      Provides activities for observing lent, as well as an article by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk.

  11. Catholic - Mother Teresa (BBC News)
      "Mother Teresa captured the imagination of the world with her dedication to the poor. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of 'the throwaway of society'." 10-03

  12. Catholic - National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Basilica of the National Shrine)
      Provides a virtual tour of the National Shrine. "The Basilica of the National Shrine is the largest Catholic church in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth largest in the world." The Shrine is an example of modern Byzantine architecture." 5-01

  13. Catholic - Pope Urban II (New Advent - Catholic Encyclopedia)
      Provides a detailed biography of the Pope famous for initiating the Crusades against the Muslims. 10-01

  14. Catholic - Pope to Add Five New Mysteries to Rosary ( - Thavis)
      "While praising those who regularly pray the rosary in its traditional form, the pope also encouraged the addition of five 'mysteries of light' -- moments from Jesus' public ministry -- to further underline the rosary's focus on Christ."

      "Pope John Paul said the rosary has 'a peaceful effect on those who pray it,' it leads them to see the face of Christ in others, to recognize other's grief and suffering and to yearn to make the world 'more beautiful, more just, more closely conformed to God's plan.' " 11-02

  15. Catholic - Seven Sacraments (
      Provides scriptural basis for the seven sacraments.

  16. Catholic - Succession of Popes (
      Provides information on the succession of popes. 4-05

  17. Catholic - The Holy See (The Vatican)
      Provides the official Website of the Vatican. 10-00

  18. Catholic Bishops (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
      Provides news, texts, and more.

  19. Catholic Churches Take a Strong Anti-Contraception Position (CBS News)
      "During church services on Sunday, Catholics around the country were read a blistering letter assailing the Obama administration for an 'assault on religious liberty' in the form of a coming requirement that most church-linked organizations - among them hospitals, schools and universities - offer birth control coverage as part of their health care plans." 01-12

  20. Catholic Encyclopedia (Catholic Encyclopedia)
      Provides an encyclopedia of information on the Catholic approach to Christianity. 10-04

  21. Catholic Pope John Paul II Biography (BBC News)
      "Marco Politi, one of Italy's best-known Vatican watchers, believes John Paul II will be remembered not only as a great pope, but also as a leading figure of the 20th Century."

      "Yet when he was elected in 1978, few outside Poland had heard of Karol Wojtyla, then the archbishop of Krakow."

      "The cardinals who chose him knew they could count on him to uphold traditional beliefs at a time when many Catholics were questioning the teachings of the Church." 10-03

  22. Catholic Pope John Paul II Biography (BBC News)
      Provides a brief biography of the Pope. 10-03

  23. Catholic Pope John Paul II Biography (PBS)
      Provides a detailed biography of the Pope, including his historical roots in Poland. The Pope was formerly known as Karol Wojtyla. 3-00

  24. Catholic Prayers by Subject (
      Provides prayers. 4-05

  25. Catholic Sacraments (Eternal Word Television Network - Pope John II)
      "The overall theme for Pope John Paul II's pastoral visit to England and Wales was the seven Sacraments." "We give below the main points of the Holy Father's homilies on all these occasions." 11-02

  26. Catholic Saints - Monk Padre Pio Sainted (CBS News)
      "Padre Pio, whose hands were said to have bled for years, was considered the first priest in centuries to show signs of the stigmata — the hand, foot and side wounds Jesus suffered when crucified." 6-02

  27. Catholic Saints - Mother Teresa (CNN - Bindra)
      Reports that the Pope has confirmed a miracle performed by praying to Mother Teresa, a step toward sainthood in the Catholic tradition. Also describes the steps for sainthood. 9-02

  28. Catholic Saints - Pope Canonizes Five Saints (CBS News)
      "A massive crowd in the shape of a cross gathered around Pope John Paul II on Sunday as he proclaimed five new saints and urged Spaniards to emulate them."

      "One of the canonized priests, Pedro Poveda, was killed in 1936 during the opening days of the Spanish Civil War."

      The other four new saints are Angela de la Cruz, who founded the Sisters of the Company of the Cross; Genoveva Torres, who founded the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Holy Angels; Maravillas de Jesus, who founded convents for the Order of Barefoot Carmelites, and Jose Maria Rubio, a Jesuit priest."

      "Sunday's service raised to 469 the number of saints John Paul has proclaimed in his nearly 25-year papacy. He has proclaimed more saints than any other pontiff." 5-03

  29. Catholic Saints - Saint Bridget (Catholic Information Network)
      Describes the tradition of Saint Bridget, very popular in Ireland. 6-02

  30. Catholic Saints and Angels (Catholic Online)
      Provides a listing of saints and angels recognized by the Catholic church.

  31. Controversial Popes (
      Provides historical information on ten controversial popes. 04-10

  32. Editorial: Bishops and Religious Authority (New York Times)
      "There was, perhaps, a time when the vast majority of Catholics accepted the bishops as having an absolute right to define theological and ethical doctrines. Those days, if they ever existed, are long gone. Most Catholics — meaning, to be more precise, people who were raised Catholic or converted as adults and continue to take church teachings and practices seriously — now reserve the right to reject doctrines insisted on by their bishops and to interpret in their own way the doctrines that they do accept." 01-12

  33. Editorial: The Dr. Seuss School of Catholicism (
      "Little can alleviate the pain and suffering of the abuse victims. But at least in one sense, the Dr. Seuss sense, Catholics can use the Easter spirit of renewal to turn this heartbreak into something positive by putting their religion — their singular communion with Jesus' life and teachings — above their church. We're in this mess largely because we've continued to let the Catholic Church believe that it's somehow more important than the Catholic religion. And that's got to stop." 04-10

  34. First Council of Nicea (
      "The First Council of Nicaea, convoked by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in 325, was the first ecumenical[1] conference of bishops of the Christian Church."

      "The purpose of the council (also called a synod) was to resolve disagreements in the Church of Alexandria over the nature of Jesus in relationship to the Father; in particular, whether Jesus was of the same or of similar substance as God the Father." 06-06

  35. Monastery Life: Carmelite Nuns (MSNBC News)
      "Once strictly cloistered, the Carmelite nuns of Elysburg, Pa., allowed an Associated Press writer-photographer to spend time observing their ancient routines." 12-05

  36. Pope Francis Recognized as "Person of the Year" (
      "But what makes this Pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all. People weary of the endless parsing of sexual ethics, the buck-passing infighting over lines of authority when all the while (to borrow from Milton), 'the hungry Sheep look up, and are not fed.' In a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church—the church as servant and comforter of hurting people in an often harsh world—above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors. John Paul II and Benedict XVI were professors of theology. Francis is a former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and literature teacher."

      "And behind his self-effacing facade, he is a very canny operator. He makes masterly use of 21st century tools to perform his 1st century office. He is photographed washing the feet of female convicts, posing for selfies with young visitors to the Vatican, embracing a man with a deformed face. He is quoted saying of women who consider abortion because of poverty or rape, 'Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?' Of gay people: 'If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.' To divorced and remarried Catholics who are, by rule, forbidden from taking Communion, he says that this crucial rite 'is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.' " 12-13

  37. Pope Francis Signals Openness (MSNBC News)
      "Proving yet again that the leader of the western world’s oldest institution is anything but old-fashioned, Pope Francis suggested this week that the Catholic Church could be open to civil unions for people in 'diverse situations of cohabitation' – an ambiguous phrasing that did not exclude same-sex couples." 03-14

  38. Popes of the Catholic Church (
      Provides a list of popes, including biographies for many. 4-05

  39. Saint Linus (
      "Saint Linus (d. 79) was the second leader of the Christian church in the city of Rome. The Catholic Church identifies Linus as the second Pope, immediately following the apostle Saint Peter." 4-05

  40. Saint Peter (
      "The name Peter is given to Simon when, as it is narrated, Peter first declares that Jesus is the promised Messiah and son of God." 4-05

  41. Salaries for Catholic Priests (
      "If you're looking for a career that provides an opportunity to stack up worldly wealth, any job in the clergy probably isn't your best option." 05-11

  42. The Four Reform Themes of Pope Francis (
      "Pope Francis has been a reformer from day one of his papacy, and he has been reforming in ways many people may not have expected. The world has witnessed his compassionate, and yet quietly revolutionary, spirit from the moment he chose to be named after Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the poor. Now Pope Francis has given the first extensive interview of his new papacy, jointly published by La Civiltà Cattolica and America Magazine, and it is an in-depth look at his vision for the future of the Catholic Church. Here are four key takeaways from what he said."

  43. The Hammer of Witches (
      "Whether or not the work was ever officially banned by the Catholic Church, the Malleus Maleficarum became the de-facto handbook for witch-hunters and Inquisitors throughout Late Medieval Europe. Between the years 1487 and 1520, it was published thirteen times, and between 1574 to 1669 it was again published sixteen times."

      "The Malleus Maleficarum perhaps owes most of its popularity to Johannes Gutenberg. It was the invention of the printing press in the middle of the fifteenth century that allowed the work to spread so rapidly throughout Europe." 03-10

  44. The Hammer of Witches (
      "The Malleus Maleficarum[2] (Latin for "The Hammer of Witches", or "Der Hexenhammer" in German) is a famous treatise on witches, written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer, an Inquisitor of the Catholic Church, and was first published in Germany in 1487.[3] Jacob Sprenger is also often attributed as an author, but some scholars now believe that he became associated with the Malleus Maleficarum largely as a result of Kramer's wish to lend his book as much official authority as possible.[4]"

      "The main purpose of the Malleus was to attempt to systematically refute arguments claiming that witchcraft does not exist, discredit those who expressed skepticism about its reality, to claim that witches were more often women than men, and to educate magistrates on the procedures that could find them out and convict them.[5] Kramer was denounced by the Inquisition in 1490.[6]" 03-10

  45. The Last Triumph of Fatima (
      "It is a Vatican rule: candidates for sainthood wait five years beyond their deaths before the Catholic Church begins its investigation of their 'heroic virtue,' the first step toward canonization. Only two figures in recent history have received a fast-track exemption: Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II, both of them superstars in the Catholic and wider popular firmament. So, when the Vatican recently added Sister Lucia dos Santos, who died in 2005 at age 97, to this list, many wondered why she had been put in that esteemed company." 03-08

  46. Two Catholic Popes Are Cannonized as Saints (
      "More than one million Catholics were expected to flock to Rome Saturday for the historic double canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Sunday." 04-14

  47. U.S. Catholic Nuns Reprimand the Vatican (CNN News)
      "The leadership representing most of America’s nuns came out swinging Friday against the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, in the face of charges from the Vatican that the nuns are espousing 'radical feminism' and straying from church teaching." 06-12

  48. Vatican Report Reprimands U.S. Catholic Nuns (CNN News)
      "The showdown between the Vatican and America's largest group of Catholic nuns is expected to peak this week when group leaders will meet to determine a response to the Vatican's reprimand for the group's 'radical feminist themes.' "

      "The church also demands major reforms from the nuns' group." 05-12


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