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Notre Dame Professor Hits School President After Pro Same-Sex 'Marriage' Policy and More! (415)

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Click on University of Notre Dame Professor Hits School President After Pro-Homosexual Policy by Mark Stricherz of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

University of Notre Dame Professor Hits School President After Pro Same-Sex 'Marriage' Policy by Mark Stricherz of Aleteia∝ – BigPulpit.com

Why Is Society Reluctant to Judge Anything at All? – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Aleteia∝

Christianity Is Freedom – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

The Greatest Disease in the West – Alex Johannigman, All That Catholic Jazz

Catholic Canines – Emma King, Ignitum Today

Common Phrases You Didn’t Know Came From the Bible – ChurchPOP

A Case of Surrogacy’s Gordian Knot – Wesley Smith JD, Catholic Lane

Why Is Religion Necessary for Happiness? - Fr. Leslie Rumble, Catholic Answers

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde – Sean Fitzpatrick, The Civilized Reader

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Bishops Active at State and National Level in Current Election Cycle (556)

State Catholic conferences have involved themselves in a variety of ways, and the U.S. bishops also have collectively identified some key issues of concern.

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WASHINGTON — With Election Day less than a week away, Catholic voters in several states will be considering many ballot measures in addition to hotly contested races for various state and federal offices. 

The individual state Catholic conferences, the public-policy arms of the states’ bishops, have surveyed candidates, compiled “informed citizenship” guides for Catholic voters and staked out positions on a host of ballot questions pertaining to matters of life, religious freedom, marriage and human dignity.

Throughout the year, the committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have also prepared statements and spoken out on several political issues that are...READ MORE

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Halloween, the Catholic Faith and the Occult (5693)

An Interview With Father Jose Antonio Fortea

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Exorcist Father Jose Antonio Fortea

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Dealing with the demonic was not Father Jose Antonio Fortea’s first choice for his priestly ministry. Yet, for more than 15 years, he has been a world-renowned exorcist.

In 1998, the Spanish priest completed his licentiate thesis, “Exorcism in the Present Age,” and in 2006, he published Interview With an Exorcist. Father Fortea has a degree in theology from the University of Navarra, a licentiate degree in Church history from the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid and is completing a doctorate in theology in Rome.

Father Fortea is a priest of the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares. He spoke to Dan Burke, the Register’s executive director, this week on Register Radio from Spain about...READ MORE

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Ghosts and the Catholic Church: Pointing to the Permanence of the Soul (3707)

COMMENTARY: People want to believe in ghosts for a simple reason: It provides proof of the immortality of the human soul.

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Do you believe in ghosts?

You may be surprised to find out which Church Fathers and doctors did and which didn’t.

What’s clear is that, whether or not many Americans believe in ghosts, many clearly want to. Television and film are crowded with stories about ghosts and the supernatural. “Ghost hunter” reality-TV shows proliferate, producing no evidence to prove the reality of ghosts beyond a lot of grainy, green night-vision footage of people acting scared of the dark. Almost everyone has heard someone tell of an encounter that he or she cannot explain.

People want to believe in ghosts for a simple reason: It provides proof of the immortality of the human soul and the possibility of life...READ MORE

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Vatican Astronomer Dismisses Media Frenzy Over Pope’s Words on Big Bang Theory (2150)

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ROME — A leading Vatican astronomer said that although some see Pope Francis’ recent words on the Big Bang as signifying a change in the Church’s stance on the issue, the Holy Father was reaffirming Church teaching.

“It is important to emphasize that Pope Francis was not saying anything new or ‘breaking with tradition’ as I saw one commentator put it,” Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno told CNA Oct. 29.

Brother Consolmagno is a U.S. research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, which is an astronomical research and educational institution supported by the Holy See.

Storms of media reports initially arose following a speech Pope Francis gave at the unveiling of a...READ MORE

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Carl Anderson: Families Will Be Bolstered by a Return to the Basic Virtues (488)

The leader of the Knights of Columbus and his wife Dorian received the St. John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization Oct. 29 in Washington.

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Father Arne Panula presents Carl and Dorian Anderson with the St. John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization Oct. 29 in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON — The Church must work to strengthen the family by helping couples practice Christian concepts of virtues if it wishes to “open wide the doors to Christ” in the vision of St. John Paul II, the head of the Knights of Columbus said on Wednesday.

“We have often heard that the family is at the center of the New Evangelization. This means that there must be greater pastoral care and formation of families at the parish level. We must pray that this will be one of the fruits of the recent Synod on the Family and of the upcoming World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Oct. 29 at the Catholic Information Center’s New Evangelization Award...READ MORE

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March of Saints Aims to Catechize Filipino Children (344)

According to an organizer, the parade is 'an avenue of catechizing the kids at an early age, and families, about the lives of the saints.

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A March of Saints at St. John the Evangelist parish in the Diocese of Malolos, Philippines.

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MANILA, Philippines — Families in Manila marched in a colorful Oct. 31 parade dressed as their favorite saints, to evangelize and to catechize on heaven and the communion of the saints.

According to Chita Monfort, executive director for Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls, “the March of Saints primarily is a Christ-centered way of celebrating Halloween, and an avenue of catechizing the kids at an early age, and families, about the lives of the saints.”

“The idea is to create a counter-culture and to bring back the sacredness of the celebration of the vigil of All Saints’ Day,” Monfort told CNA Oct. 27.

Bishop Bernardino Cortez, Prelate of Infanta, said Mass at 3 pm on Oct. 31 at the Manila...READ MORE

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Ministering in the Media Spotlight (1628)

Father Jonathan Morris discusses his priestly calling, his bestselling books and his unanticipated role as a high-profile Catholic analyst on Fox News.

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Father Jonathan Morris

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It is an irony that someone not seeking the limelight should find himself there.

Working in the media was never a goal for Father Jonathan Morris, yet, for the last 10 years, he has achieved high acclaim in the field.

He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author — including the recently released The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer  — and since 2005, he has given news analysis through a Catholic lens several times a week for the Fox News Channel.

Father Morris is also a parish priest in the Archdiocese of New York, a special assistant to Cardinal Timothy Dolan for media and communications and a director of The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM...READ MORE

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