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Helen Hull Hitchcock: A Valiant Voice for Faith and Family (4092)

The founder of Women for Faith and Family and the editor of the Adoremus Bulletin died Oct. 20 at the age of 75.

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Helen Hull Hitchcock

ST. LOUIS — Helen Hull Hitchcock, an influential Catholic laywoman whose name is forever associated with the fierce battles over the Catholic Church’s teaching on women that raged in the 1980s and her staunch advocacy for a renewal of beauty in the liturgy, has died at the age of 75.

Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith and Family and editor of Adoremus Bulletin, died Oct. 20 in St. Louis. The Hitchcock family said that she died after a brief illness. She was married to James Hitchcock, the noted Catholic author and emeritus professor of history at Saint Louis University. The couple has four daughters and six grandchildren.

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Archbishop Kurtz on the Synod: ‘Mercy Without Truth Is Not Mercy’ (3755)

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops discusses key aspects of the just-concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz


Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was one of the 191 synod fathers who took part in the third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, which concluded Oct. 19.

In this Oct. 16 interview with the Register’s Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, as the synod was drawing to a close, Archbishop Kurtz reflected on how the synod had proceeded. Among the topics he discusses are the controversial interim report (which was superseded by the final report Oct. 18), the importance of pastoral language and the debate over doctrine and pastoral practice.


Your Excellency, did the synod match your expectations?
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What’s at Stake in 2014 Midterms: A More Pro-Life U.S. Senate, for One Thing (1219)

Pro-life advocates see gaining control of the Senate as key to advancing pro-life legislation and stopping the president from appointing pro-abortion judges.

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WASHINGTON — Control of the U.S. Senate, potential nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court, and two historic ballot initiatives in two states are among the stakes for pro-life voters in the 2014 midterm elections.

On a national level, the eyes of pro-life activists have turned toward the control of the U.S. Senate, where pro-life legislation for the most part has not been able to come to the floor under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

“Most pro-lifers would recognize that the biggest prize in the entire election cycle is the United States Senate,” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life Committee, said. “Harry Reid has blocked any and all pro-life measures from coming...READ MORE

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Human Rights Activists Tell Europe: Stand Up for Persecuted Christians (1226)

More than 200,000 people signed a petition urging European leaders to send ‘real help’ to persecuted religious minorities.

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Two refugees at the Church of St. Joseph in Ankawa Erbil, Iraq.

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ROME — More than 200,000 people have signed a petition asking European leaders to offer “real help” for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities around the world.

Luca Volonté, a board member of CitizenGo and president of the international foundation Novae Terrae, told CNA that the petition seeks to address the “critical plight of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East and in many other part of the world.”

Volonté urged “the Council of Europe, the European Union’s foreign ministers and the European Parliament to put into action policies of asylum and humanitarian aid, to bring this horror to an end.”

Novae Terrae launched a petition in August on...READ MORE

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Marriage Formation Can’t Stop at the Wedding, Says Catholic Couple (1026)

Former EWTN co-hosts John and Ashley Noronha said parishes need to provide formation after the vows for a husband and wife’s first steps and beyond.

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ROME — As the Church reflects on the pastoral needs of the family following the recent extraordinary synod of bishops, the need for marriage formation lasting well beyond the day a husband and wife take their vows has come front and center.

Marriage preparation was one of many topics on the agenda for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, which concluded Oct. 19. The synod fathers acknowledged the importance of improving marriage formation.

“There is a real need for the creation of a standard for the preparation and formation for marriage,” said John Noronha, a Ph.D. candidate in bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum .

Noronha and his wife Ashley, both known for...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Shows His Cards, Eye of the Tiber's Samer Naoum, Synod Roundup and Much More! (3734)

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Praying Rosary Is Our Secret Weapon Against ISIS – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

Eye of the Tiber’s Samer Naoum’s Story/Interview – Shaun McAfee

Born Into Slavery in America Fr. Augustus Tolton May Become a Saint - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Pope Blessed Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic – BigPulpit.com

Employment Challenges & a Closer Walk with Christ – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

God, Professors, and Evolutionary Biology Classes – Stacy Trasancos PhD

10 Ways to Fall In Love With the Bible – Fr. Edward Broom OMV,...READ MORE

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Synod Closes With Clearer Vision Than When It Opened (4341)

Some divisions persist over the synodal process and some of the final report’s content, but the second week of discussion at the Vatican produced greater consensus.

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Opening session of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 6, 2014.

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The Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on marriage and family life concluded this weekend, with Pope Francis praising the two-week meeting for its “spirit of collegiality and of synodality” and participants agreeing to all but the most contentious issues in a final report.

Despite impassioned debate and some concern at how the meeting was steered in a particular direction, especially in its first week, there was general satisfaction with the final result of this ongoing process. Discussions over the Church’s approach to marriage, family and sexuality will continue for the next year, in preparation for the ordinary synod on the family, set for Oct. 4-25, 2015.

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Christian Ministers Told to Perform Same-Sex ‘Weddings’ or Face Jail (2223)

Officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ordered David and Evelyn Knapp to perform the ceremonies or face an array of legal punishments.

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Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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BOISE, Idaho — Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies.

“Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here — and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. 18.

“The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines,” he said. “The city cannot erase these fundamental freedoms and...READ MORE

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