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COMMENTARY: Evaluating the Synod by Pope Francis’ Own Evangelical Principles

10/20/2014 Comment
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On the middle Sunday of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, every Catholic parish in the world providentially focused on Jesus’ parable about the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus compared his kingdom to a banquet, for which he sent his servants to invite everyone, the good and the bad. But then the king entered the banquet hall, found someone not dressed in a wedding garment and had him bound and cast into the darkness outside (Matthew 22:1-14).

The parable summarizes the essential mission of the Church: We’re called to invite everyone to the feast, saints and sinners both. But we’re also called to help people get properly...READ MORE

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‘Tireless Apostle’ Paul VI Beatified (271)

Pope Emeritus Benedict was among the tens of thousands that thronged St. Peter’s for the beatification Mass Oct. 19.

10/20/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Pope Paul VI was a “courageous Christian,” a “tireless apostle” and the “great helmsman” of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis said in his homily at Paul’s beatification Mass on Sunday.

The Holy Father gave thanks to the life of Paul VI at the Mass, attended by some 70,000 faithful who had gathered in unseasonably warm weather in St. Peter’s Square. As the former pope was declared blessed, a tapestry portrait of his face was unveiled on the façade of St. Peter’s basilica.

Also present at the ceremony was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whom Paul VI appointed as archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1977. Pope Francis and his predecessor warmly embraced and briefly...READ MORE

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Interreligious Marriage in India Poses Pastoral Concerns (395)

With the number of interreligious marriages on the rise across Asia, Father Cajetan Menezes said that it is an important issue, and one with which the Church needs to have a ‘very specific pastoral care.’

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias

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VATICAN CITY — While some countries face family issues such as divorce and polygamy, the synod’s Indian participants have voiced concern for interreligious marriages, which pose pastoral concerns across Asia.

“We have got this whole thing of mixed marriages, there are many marriages in India which are between a Catholic and somebody who is not baptized, a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Buddhist, and that is what specifically came out of India,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay told CNA Oct. 10.

While marriage between a Catholic and an unbaptized person would normally be invalid, the local ordinary can dispense from this impediment, and thus allow such a marriage to be validly contracted (Canon...READ MORE

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Hard Winter Looms for Iraq’s ‘Betrayed’ Christian Refugees (384)

Without aid to survive in Kurdistan, or security to return to their homes, Iraq’s Christians feel they are brushed off as “collateral damage” of geopolitical power plays.

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A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

– Aid to the Church in Need.

ERBIL, Iraq — Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support continue to pose serious threats to their lives.

“The Church is pretty much alone in caring for them; so far the Iraqi government has not done anything for them. The tents of the refugees are set up on parish properties,” said Karin Maria Fenbert, an official with the international pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Fenbert assessed the situation in Erbil. With the start of the school year, many of the refugees who had been sheltered in schools have left quickly in order to avoid...READ MORE

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Cardinal Etchegaray: Blessed Paul VI Was ‘Missionary Pope’ (403)

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 92, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, first met the future blessed in 1960s.

10/20/2014 Comment
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Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, recounts his friendship with Paul VI.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — Blessed Paul VI was a missionary Pope who wished to bring the light of the Gospel all over the world, a cardinal who worked with him recalled.

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 92, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, had a long-term relationship with Paul VI, whom he first met during the 1960s.

“I was serving as general secretary of the French bishops’ conference, and I met the-then Cardinal Montini, who showed great interest in European matters,” Cardinal Etchegaray told CNA in an Oct. 17 interview.

Giovani Battista Montini had served for several years in the Secretariat of State before being appointed archbishop of Milan in 1954.

In his years in the Secretariat of State,...READ MORE

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Spousal Benefits for Same-Sex Partners at Catholics Universities and Hospitals (1836)

The University of Notre Dame and Catholic Health Initiatives have both announced they will provide such benefits.

10/20/2014 Comments (7)
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SOUTH BEND, Ind.— Early this month, the University of Notre Dame confirmed that it would provide spousal benefits to “legally married same-sex spouses.”

“On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage in several states, including Indiana,” read an Oct. 8 email notice from the university’s Office of Human Resources.

“This means that the law in Indiana now recognizes same-sex marriages and the University will extend benefits to all legally married spouses, including same-sex spouses.”

The news shocked some Notre Dave faculty and alumni, but “Our Lady’s University” is among a growing number of church-affiliated institutions...READ MORE

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When Good Catholics are Bad People, When I Met Pope Francis and Saw Him Burn with Joy and Much More! (1916)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/20/2014 Comment

Click on When Good Catholics Are Bad People by John McNichol of Catholic Stand link to read more.

When Good Catholics Are Bad People by John McNichol of Catholic Stand – BigPulpit.com

When I Met Pope Francis and Saw Him Burn with Joy - Austen Ivereigh

Different Strokes: A Matter of Style – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

The So-Called “Francis Problem” - Father Mark Pilon, The Catholic Thing

Houston Lesbian Mayor’s Inquisition of Pastors by Donald R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic – BigPulpit.com

Saint Francis and the Imitation of Christ – Ivan Gobry, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How Sinners Became Saints through Spiritual Reading – Lorraine Espenhair, Seton Magazine

Push for Paperless and Revisiting Used Book Stores – Father James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report Blog

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Everything You Want to Know about Angels, Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets, Heavenly Signs and More! (1592)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/19/2014 Comment

Click on Everything You Want to Know About Angels link to read more.

Everything You Want to Know About Angels - BigPulpit.com

What Pope Francis can do for the Christians of the Middle East – John L. Allen Jr., Crux

Signs From Heaven – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

The Challenge of the Church's Social Magisterium - Randall Smith PhD, of The Catholic Thing

Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets by Donald R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Caring for the Elderly – Luis Daniel Gonzalez, Catholic365.com

Evil vs. Good: Time for Everyone to Choose Sides Larry Peterson – BigPulpit.com

Distributism Basics: Distributism versus Christian Socialism - David W. Cooney, Ethika Politika

Go Home and Love Your Family – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

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