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Welcome to WebPlus, our online supplement to this month's issue of St. Anthony Messenger, one of the nation's leading Catholic magazines. The Franciscans, behind all of our magazine, books and digital offerings at Franciscan Media, have always been intent on getting Good News to the people, wherever the people are, however the people can hear it. For St. Francis, it was sometimes as simple as walking through town serving the poor. For us, it's reaching out through as many media as we can!

On the links below, organized according to monthly edition, you can find links that enhance the content featured in this month's St. Anthony Messenger. Enjoy! --John Feister, Editor-in-Chief


Thanksgiving seasonal feature
Learn more about Dorothy Day, the Catholic Worker Movement, and artist Michael O'Neill McGrath.
Information on St. Maximilian Kolbe and the movie The Labyrinth.
Information on the Salesian Sisters as well as the Middle East
Resources on grieving
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Video interview with Peter Isely

Additional articles on the sex-abuse crisis
Spiritual and corporal works of mercy

IHM Children's Choir's performance of  "Ave Verum Corpus Est"

IHM Children's Choir's Facebook page

INTERKULTUR'S website

Pilgrims of Ibillen website

Watch a 12 minute excerpt from the 2011 Telly Award-winning "Building Peace on Desktops."

Explore our special feature on the Middle East.

More information about Angels from the Heart

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish website

Read an excerpt from Kyle Kramer's book A Time to Plant.

Read the Kramer's family blog.

Listen to interviews with Kyle Kramer.

Read an excerpt from Regis Philbin’s memoir How I Got This Way. Read more about these Stations of the Cross sculptures. Resources on lectio divina. Read more about Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos and its many works.

Trailer for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Find links throughout the article to excerpts from Ron Hansen’s works.

Check out more Lenten resources

Pope Benedict XVI's address to participants

Vatican coverage of the event

Read the document "Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity"

Dr. McCorry's website

The opera's website and Facebook  page

The Dayton International Peace Museum’s exhibit on Sister Dorothy

A trailer of the opera

More information about the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Hospice

Read an excerpt from Julia Quinlan’s book My Joy, My Sorrow: Karen Ann’s Mother Remembers

Web site for The Mighty Macs Film

Changes in the Mass: Deepening Our Understanding by Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

Changing How We Pray: A Guide to the New Translation of the Roman Missal, by  Rev. Lawrence E. Mick

St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Society's Facebook page

St. Ignatius High School

NPR story on the Pallbearer Society

Read Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D.'s adoption story.

Watch video from Father Jack's interview with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez.

A link to Maryknoll’s many Web sites, and a video sample from Maryknoll Productions.Learn more about St. Francis and animals at AmericanCatholic.org/FrancisSee a list of Catholic colleges that offer programs in Church administration.

God bless our youth! Not all the reflections we received could fit into this article. To read more from participants of this year’s World Youth Day in Madrid—including on-site reporting from the event—go to AmericanCatholic.org/WorldYouthDay.

We would like to continue this conversation with you, our readers. We invite you to go to facebook.com/StAnthonyMessengerMagazineor e-mail us at mailto:mageditors@AmericanCatholic.org and tell us YOUR stories and ideas.

View Web-plus features related to this article.

Read the personal experiences of three illegal immigrants. For a further look into this issue, visit our immigration feature.

Sound off
Do you agree with the bishops? Why or why not? Visit our Facebook page.
Check out this article's Web-Plus features.




Louis of France: At his coronation as king of France, Louis IX bound himself by oath to behave as God’s anointed, as the father of his people and feudal lord of the King of Peace. Other kings had done the same, of course. Louis was different in that he actually interpreted his kingly duties in the light of faith. After the violence of two previous reigns, he brought peace and justice. 
<p>He was crowned king at 12, at his father’s death. His mother, Blanche of Castile, ruled during his minority. When he was 19 and his bride 12, he was married to Marguerite of Provence. It was a loving marriage, though not without challenge. They had 11 children. </p><p>Louis “took the cross” for a Crusade when he was 30. His army seized Damietta ini Egypt but not long after, weakened by dysentery and without support, they were surrounded and captured. Louis obtained the release of the army by giving up the city of Damietta in addition to paying a ransom. He stayed in Syria four years. </p><p>He deserves credit for extending justice in civil administration. His regulations for royal officials became the first of a series of reform laws. He replaced trial by battle with a form of examination of witnesses and encouraged the use of written records in court. </p><p>Louis was always respectful of the papacy, but defended royal interests against the popes and refused to acknowledge Innocent IV’s sentence against Emperor Frederick II. </p><p>Louis was devoted to his people, founding hospitals, visiting the sick and, like his patron St. Francis (October 4), caring even for people with leprosy. (He is one of the patrons of the Secular Franciscan Order.) Louis united France—lords and townsfolk, peasants and priests and knights—by the force of his personality and holiness. For many years the nation was at peace. </p><p>Every day Louis had 13 special guests from among the poor to eat with him, and a large number of poor were served meals near his palace. During Advent and Lent, all who presented themselves were given a meal, and Louis often served them in person. He kept lists of needy people, whom he regularly relieved, in every province of his dominion. </p><p>Disturbed by new Muslim advances in Syria, he led another crusade in 1267, at the age of 41. His crusade was diverted to Tunis for his brother’s sake. The army was decimated by disease within a month, and Louis himself died on foreign soil at the age of 44. He was canonized 27 years later.</p> American Catholic Blog God passes through the thicket of the world, and wherever His glance falls He turns all things to beauty. <br />–St. John of the Cross

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