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Pope: Saints Show Us Beatitudes Are Path Toward Happiness and Holiness (1532)

For the Solemnity of All Saints, the Holy Father encouraged Massgoers to follow Jesus’ example on the path to eternal life.

11/02/2015 Comment

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VATICAN CITY — The beatitudes are the most direct path toward happiness and holiness, Pope Francis said during Mass on All Saints’ Day. He urged the congregation to imitate Jesus in walking the difficult, yet rewarding, road to heaven.

The Pope said that the beatitudes make up “the path of holiness, and it is the same path of happiness. It is the path Jesus has taken; indeed, Jesus himself is this path.”

“Those who walk with him and through him enter life, eternal life,” he said. He encouraged those present to pray that they would have the grace, like Jesus, to be “simple and humble.”

He told them to ask for the grace “of knowing how to weep, the grace to be meek, the grace to work for...READ MORE

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Mexican Cardinal: Pope Francis to Visit Mexico in February (1550)

Pope Francis is expected to visit the famous Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe when he arrives in Mexico.

11/02/2015 Comments (2)
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Pope Francis touches an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 12, 2014.

– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

MEXICO CITY — Pope Francis will visit Mexico in February 2016, Cardinal Norberto Rivera announced on Sunday.

“I have a piece of news that everyone already knows: The Holy Father comes to visit us, and he comes on the afternoon of Feb. 12. So, from that day, we will receive him with much love,” the archbishop of Mexico City said.

The cardinal made the announcement during Sunday Mass at Mexico City’s cathedral Nov. 1, Televisa reports. He suggested that the date of the Pope’s arrival in Mexico was “very close” to Feb. 12.

The Vatican has not yet made an official announcement of the trip.

On Oct. 6, Father Ciro Benedettini, the vice director of the Holy See Press Office, told CNA that the...READ MORE

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ISIS: What the ‘Do-Nothing’ West Is Doing, Who Is the Whore of Babylon, and Much More! (2990)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/02/2015 Comments (1)

Click on I.S.I.S.: What the ‘Do-Nothing’ West Is Doing by Jameson Brower of Aleteia link to read more.

I.S.I.S.: What the ‘Do-Nothing’ West Is Doing by Jameson Brower of Aleteia - Big Pulpit

Faithful Campus Life Leads Students to Better Marriages at Franciscan University – Justin Petrisek, Catholic Education Daily

What are the Church’s Teachings on Sacred Music? – Hilary Cesare, Ignitum Today

The Meaning of Beauty and Its Importance in Church Architecture – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Who Is the Whore of Babylon? – Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand

Divine Worship Missal Now Available; The Official Missal of the Anglican Ordinariate – Fr. James Bradley, Thine Own Service

The Catholic Academy Brouhaha Over Ross Douthat - Big Pulpit

Searched ‘Modern Masculinity’, Was Extremely...READ MORE

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The Bitter Fruit of Brittany Maynard’s ‘Private’ Choice and Much More. . . (2852)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/01/2015 Comment

Click on The Bitter Fruit of Brittany Maynard’s ‘Private’ Choice by Chelsea Zimmerman of Reflections of a Paralytic link to read more.

The Bitter Fruit of Brittany Maynard’s ‘Private’ Choice by Chelsea Zimmerman of Reflections of a Paralytic - Big Pulpit

Christendom College Builds Strong Marriage and Family Life – Justin Petrisek, Catholic Education Daily

2015 Catholic Stand Essay Contest – Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

Sunday: The Foundation of Personal and Family Peace – Katie Warner, Crisis Magazine

Sanctifying the Present Moment – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, The Catholic Gentleman

When a Catholic Bishop Baptized His Muslim Father – Diane Montagna, Aleteia

The Catholic Academy Brouhaha Over Ross Douthat - Big Pulpit

A Great Chant Resource : Putting the Whole Gradual on Youtube – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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What ‘Alienates’ People from Church?, ISIS’s Sex Slavery of Christians and More… (2183)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/31/2015 Comment

Click on What ‘Alienates’ People from the Church? by Father Gerald E. Murray of The Catholic Thing link to read more.

What ‘Alienates’ People from the Church? by Father Gerald E. Murray of The Catholic Thing - Big Pulpit

ISIS’s Largely Ignored Practice of Sexual Slavery of Christians and Yazidi – John Burger, Aleteia

The Importance of Showing Up – Autumn Jones, Catholic Stand

Last Remnants of Syrian Rite Remain in the Mar Mattai Monastery – Bernard-Henri Lévy, The Wall Street Journal

Church to be Built in Egypt in Honor of Christians Killed by I.S.I.S. – Staff Reporter, Catholic Herald Magazine

12 Treasures of Antiquity Destroyed in the Middle East Since 2001 – Thomas L. McDonald, Aleteia

Syriac Catholic Monastery of Mar Elian, Destroyed by ISIS, United Christians, Muslims – Emma Loosley, Catholic...READ MORE

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India Draws Praise for Plan to Stop Foreigners Looking to ‘Rent-a-Womb’ (2287)

India’s government is seeking Parliament’s approval for a plan to clamp down on commercialized surrogate pregnancy, which exploits poor women for their bodies, according to critics.

10/30/2015 Comment
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– Sandro Lacarbona via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

NEW DEHLI — Known as the surrogacy capital of the world, India has announced that it would like to end its practice of allowing foreigners to contract women for surrogate pregnancies.

“The government does not support commercial surrogacy, and also the scope of surrogacy is limited to Indian married, infertile couples only, and not to the foreigners,” the Indian government said Oct. 28, according to BBC News. 

Currently, the Indian government allows foreign couples to participate in a surrogacy agreement, but under the conditions of being engaged in a heterosexual, marital relationship of two or more years. 

In an effort to regulate better the industry, the government has introduced a new...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Every Christian Must Be Prepared for Martyrdom (2983)

Quoting Blessed Oscar Romero, the Pope said, 'We must be willing to die for our faith, even if the Lord does not give us this honor.'

10/30/2015 Comments (4)
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An image of Blessed Oscar Romero in San Salvador, El Salvador, after his beatification.

– CNA/David Ramos

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reflected on Friday on the life and death of Blessed Oscar Romero, who was recognized as a martyr earlier this year, stressing that each Christian ought to be ready to give his or her life for the faith.

“A martyr is not born. It’s a grace that the Lord allows, and that in a way concerns every baptized person,” Pope Francis told a group pilgrims from El Salvador on Oct. 30.

Blessed Oscar Romero was archbishop of San Salvador (the Salvadoran capital) from 1977 until his March 24, 1980, martyrdom.

Quoting a phrase of Blessed Romero, the Pope said, “We must be willing to die for our faith, even if the Lord does not give us this honor.”

To give one’s life doesn’t...READ MORE

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Exorcists Agree: Network’s Live-TV ‘Exorcism’ Is a Really Bad Idea (9138)

A cable network and local St. Louis radio personality have teamed up to conjure demons and then ‘cleanse’ him from the home where events took place that inspired The Exorcist.

10/30/2015 Comments (8)
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Detail of a poster from the 1973 film The Exorcist.

– Warner Bros.

ST. LOUIS — Catholic authorities and exorcists agree: Messing with the devil is a bad idea; but summoning him on live television in order to perform an unauthorized exorcism ritual is beyond foolish.

“We cannot play games with Satan and expect to win,” said Bishop Robert Hermann, auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in a statement responding to plans for a séance followed by a minor exorcism at the St. Louis country home where a famous exorcism took place.

The archdiocese has forcefully responded to the plans by cable network “Destination America” and local radio personality Dave Glover of St. Louis’s The Dave Glover Show to conduct a purported exorcism live on...READ MORE

Filed under exorcism, occult, peter jesserer smith, satanism, william peter blatty

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