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Missionaries of Charity Stand Firm on Decision to Withdraw From Adoptions (2972)

Mother Teresa’s order has decided to discontinue participation in India’s federal adoption program, because of new rules granting adoption rights to single-parent homes.

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Anto Akkara

Missionaries of Charity sisters and assistants tend to young orphans during a pilgrimage to the tomb of Mother Teresa in Kolkata, India.

– Anto Akkara

NEW DELHI — Indian Church leaders and other prominent Christian and political leaders have endorsed the unprecedented decision of the Missionaries of Charity (MC) congregation founded by Mother Teresa to withdraw from the government-controlled adoption process in India, in order to protest objectionable clauses in India’s new adoption policy.

The MCs object to controversial provisions like granting adoption rights to single parents (separated, divorced or unwed mothers) and giving prospective parents the freedom to select child of their choice from the adoption centers.

“We endorse the stand taken by the MC congregation. They have every right to withdraw from the adoption process that...READ MORE

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Naming the Unknown Martyr: Could These Remains Be St. John Plessington? (1311)

The Diocese of Shrewsbury is asking for funds to identify the remains of a martyr killed as a result of an anti-Catholic hoax more than 300 years ago.

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Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Shrewsbury/Simon Caldwell

The bones which are believed to belong to English martyr and priest St. John Plessington.

– Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Shrewsbury/Simon Caldwell

SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom — The English priest St. John Plessington was among dozens martyred because of an anti-Catholic hoax in the 17th century. Now, a diocese seeks to confirm whether remains long venerated as a martyr’s relics are truly his.

The Diocese of Shrewsbury is appealing for donors to fund research to confirm the identity of the remains.

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury praised the saint’s “faithfulness to the point of death” and his witness to priestly life and mission in the diocese.

St. John Plessington was canonized in 1970 by Blessed Paul VI as one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales.

“As one of England’s 40 martyrs, he points to the long continuity of our...READ MORE

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‘It’s Truly a Miracle’ — Kidnapped Syrian Priest Escapes From ISIS Clutches (8090)

Father Jacques Mourad credited the Virgin Mary and a Muslim friend for his rescue.

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Father Jacques Mourad, who recently escaped from the Islamic State terror group.

– Terre Sainte Mag

HOMS, Syria — A Syrian priest captured by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now, he credits the Virgin Mary and the help of a Muslim friend for his escape.

“This is the miracle the good Lord gave me — while I was a prisoner, I was waiting for the day I would die, but with a great inner peace,” the Syriac Catholic priest, Father Jacques Mourad, told Italian TV 2000. “I had no problem dying for the name of Our Lord; I wouldn’t be the first or the last, just one of the thousands of the martyrs for Christ.”

“I want to thank all those who prayed for my liberation,” he added. “It’s truly a miracle that a priest has been freed from the hands of the Islamic...READ MORE

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Cardinal Urosa: ‘The Moral Teaching of the Church Is the Same Everywhere’ (3766)

Speaking with the Register, the Venezuelan synod father emphasized that pastoral practices that effectively change Church doctrine are not acceptable at the national or regional level.

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Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino

– ACI Pensa

Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela, is confident the Church’s teaching will be upheld after the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family and is hoping for clarity at its conclusion on Oct. 25.

The cardinal, one of the 11 confirmed signers of the Oct. 5 cardinals’ letter to Pope Francis that expressed concerns about the synod process and its potential outcome, shared his reflections on the synod so far in an Oct. 13 interview with the Register. He addressed the issue of devolving more authority to bishops’ conferences, the question of whether holy Communion for civilly remarried divorcees should be considered a matter of discipline or doctrine, and whether...READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood’s Latest Move Unlikely to Shake Off Lawmakers (2645)

‘Congress will continue to take action to protect unborn babies and investigate any organization engaged in these horrific practices,’ a spokeswoman for Speaker John Boehner told the Register.

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Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Sept. 29.

– Mark Wilson/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Obtaining aborted fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood is now free of charge — a decision the abortion giant’s president made this week in response to congressional investigations into its business practices and attempts to deprive it of federal funding.

However, the move appears unlikely to shake off lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who have been looking into Planned Parenthood’s role in procuring fetal tissue from aborted children for research scientists. The abortion provider has been the subject of public scrutiny and allegations of wrongdoing after a series of undercover videos released over the summer from a group called the Center for Medical Progress.

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Synod Bishops: We Need Clarity About What Marriage Actually Is (1806)

Numerous bishops raised the issue in the second round of their small-group reports.

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VATICAN CITY — Numerous bishops voiced alarm over the lack of a clear definition of marriage in the synod’s controversial guiding text, prompting a call for one based on Scripture and Church teaching to be added.

“The instrumentum laboris nowhere defines marriage. This is a serious defect,” group “D” of the four English-speaking circles wrote in their second report, published Wednesday.

This lack of definition “causes ambiguity throughout the text,” the group wrote, suggesting a paragraph from the 1965 Second Vatican Council document Gaudium et Spes as a correction.

The Vatican II document states that marriage between a man and a woman has “been established by the Creator and qualified...READ MORE

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Read the Latest Report From the German Small Group at the Synod (2093)

The second round of small-group reports, addressing Part II of the synod working document, were released Oct. 14.

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at an Oct. 5 press conference held by German bishops at the Teutonic College in Rome.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the synod on the family. The reports of the 13 small groups, or circuli minori, were all released Oct. 14 in their own languages: four English, three French, three Italian, two Spanish and one German.

The text below is CNA’s translation of the German original:

We extensively debated the concepts — that are, again and again, considered to be opposites — of mercy and truth, of grace and justice, and their theological relationship to each other. In God, they are not opposites: because God is love, in God justice and mercy are one. God’s mercy is the foundational divine truth of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and Synod 2015: ‘Humanae Vitae Effect’; Catholic Websites and Much More! (2394)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Pope Francis and Synod 2015: A ‘Humanae Vitae Effect’ in the Offing? by Andrea Gagliarducci link to read more.

Pope Francis and Synod 2015: A ‘Humanae Vitae Effect’ in the Offing? by Andrea Gagliarducci - Big Pulpit

What a Divorced and Remarried Catholic Wants from the Synod – Luma Simms, First Things

Seven Websites Every Catholic Should Visit – Molly Milroy, Ignitum Today

Francis Hittinger, an American Scholar Close to Pope Francis – Rudolph Bush, The Dallas Morning-News

Is Pope Francis Too Popular with Liberals? – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

If the Catholic Church Legitimizes Putting Away a Spouse for Another, It’s Blasphemy – Randall Smith Ph.D., The Catholic World Report

Synod Update for Thursday - Big Pulpit

Marriage Is Good, True and Beautiful, Synod on the Family Needs to...READ MORE

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