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Pope: God’s Salvation Reaches Us ‘in Any Condition, Even Most Negative, Painful’ (1469)

At Sept. 28 audience, the Holy Father said, ‘Jesus is truly the face of the mercy of the Father.’ He also appealed for peace in Syria.

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L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis meets with former prostitutes assisted by the Pope John XXIII Community in Rome on Aug. 12.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis said that Jesus’ salvific mission reaches its culmination on the cross in his conversation with the two thieves crucified with him, showing that God’s mercy goes beyond the desperation of human suffering, responding to it with mercy and forgiveness.

When the “Bad Thief” cries out to Jesus on the cross, telling him, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us,” this act “bears witness to the anguish of man in front of the mystery of death and the tragic awareness that only God can be the liberating answer,” the Pope said Sept. 28.

As he dies on the cross alongside two criminals, Jesus confirms God’s salvation “can reach any man in any condition,...READ MORE

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In Minnesota, Christian-Muslim Dialogue Turns Strangers Into Neighbors (2398)

Catholic participants in the dialogue remain committed to building interreligious bridges, in the wake of the stabbing of nine people by a Somali-Muslim in a mall in St. Cloud.

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Dianne Towalski/St. Cloud Visitor

Lisa Tu, a senior at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, talks with 9-year-old Ayan Musse at a Sept. 22 Christian-Muslim dialogue meeting at St. Joseph’s Church in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

– Dianne Towalski/St. Cloud Visitor

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — In the aftermath of the mall stabbing of nine people by a Somali-Muslim Sept. 17 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Muslims called on their friends at the Greater St. Cloud Area Faith Leaders and others for support.

Leaders from various faiths came together to pray and strategize a sensible reaction to the violence. They emerged from their meeting ready to show a united front to a community whose racial-cultural stress points where under heavy pressure.

This wasn’t just a crisis response, but the fruit of almost two years of ongoing Muslim-Christian dialogue.

“It has allowed us to build bridges in the past, and it seemed natural that we would have conversations and stand in...READ MORE

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How the Catholic Faith and Mother Teresa Prepared CRS’ Incoming President (1622)

CRS Chief Operating Officer Sean Callahan will succeed Carolyn Woo as president at the end of her term in January 2017.

09/27/2016 Comments (5)
2012 photo by Sam Tarling for Catholic Relief Services; profile photo, CRS

Sean Callahan (also shown below) speaks with young Syrian refugees at a school in Zarqa, Jordan.

– 2012 photo by Sam Tarling for Catholic Relief Services; profile photo, CRS

BALTIMORE — For three decades, Sean Callahan has followed God’s call to help the Church serve “the least of these” in faraway places by sharing in their joys, sufferings and even dangers — surviving a terrorist assault on an airport — in the course of his duties at Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Callahan will succeed Carolyn Woo as CRS’ president and CEO in January 2017, once she completes her five-year term at the helm of the U.S. bishops’ overseas humanitarian-aid agency. Callahan, CRS’ chief operating officer, has extensive experience of Latin America, Africa and Asia and membership on the board of Catholic Charities and Caritas Internationalis. He will build on the foundations laid by...READ MORE

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Trump-Clinton Presidential Debates: Round One (7913)

ANALYSIS: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tossed plenty of barbs at Monday's televised debate at Hofstra University.

09/27/2016 Comments (69)
ABC News

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands before Monday's presidential debate.

– ABC News

A record-setting number of viewers tuned in Monday to watch the first presidential debate (the first of three) and saw two candidates come to grips not just with each other but with the perceptions that have formed about them in the public eye.

What they also saw was a debate that was thin on civility and marked by a nasty tone that was enough to make any viewer uncomfortable about how unpleasant the next debates might become.

Trump had a win in the debate at the very least from the standpoint of being on the stage. For several months, the Clinton campaign has painted him as a delusional and dangerous figure too unstable to serve as commander-in-chief. His very presence on the same stage...READ MORE

Filed under catholic voters, donald trump, election 2016, hillary clinton, rick santorum, sam brownback

400,000 Mexicans March to Defend Marriage — With Pope Francis’ Blessing (2031)

Sept. 24 marked the country’s second March for the Family to protest the Mexican government’s attempt to redefine marriage as anything but a union between one man and one woman.

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Barbara Bustamante / CNA

March for the Family in Mexico on Sept. 24.

– Barbara Bustamante / CNA

MEXICO CITY — Some 400,000 people filled the streets of Mexico City on Saturday to protest the Mexican government’s attempt to redefine marriage as anything but a union between one man and one woman.

Juan Dabdoub Giacoman, president of the Mexican Council of the Family, which helped organize the event, told CNA on Sept. 10 that the march was “historic” and an “example of the awakening of Mexico.”

“It is a march to express to politicians and leaders of the country that this is really what Mexican society is searching for, which is not what gender ideology and the international LGBT movement is promoting.”
 
After Mass on Sept. 25, Pope Francis voiced his support of the Mexican bishops’...READ MORE

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‘Angel of Dachau’ Is Now a ‘Blessed’ (2644)

Father Engelmar Unzeitig, who was interred in the Nazis’ Dachau concentration camp and has been recognized as a martyr, was beatified during a Mass on Saturday.

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Blessed Engelmar Unzeitig, who was beatified Sept. 24.

– CMM engelmarunzeitig.de

Würzburg, Germany — Father Engelmar Unzeitig, a priest of the Mariannhill Mission society who was interred in the Nazis’ Dachau concentration camp and has been recognized as a martyr, was beatified during a Mass on Saturday.

Bishop Friedhelm Hofmann of Würzburg said during his homily for the Sept. 24 Mass at the city’s cathedral that Father Unzeitig, known as the “Angel of Dachau,” brought the light of God’s goodness to the place where his presence “is least expected.”

Father Unzeitig lived under a “dehumanizing dictatorship,” Bishop Hofmann noted, saying, “We can learn from him not to subject ourselves to a dictatorship, even a dictatorship of opinions.”

The following day, before...READ MORE

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Impact of a Third-Party Vote Unclear in Election (2364)

A prudential perspective is important, in considering whether such votes are ‘wasted’ or might help elect the least desirable major-party candidate.

09/26/2016 Comments (9)
Harry Benson/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Gov. George Wallace of Alabama garnered 13.5% of the popular vote in 1968, leading some to speculate that it gave Republican Richard Nixon the edge over Democrat Vice President Hubert Humphrey in the presidential election.

– Harry Benson/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Catholic voters who are disenchanted with the two major-party options and are weighing a third-party candidate in the election for president may find themselves dogged by yet another dilemma: Does such a vote merely ensure that the candidate they deplore the most win — or, perhaps worse, is it a “waste” of a vote? 

Chad Pecknold, a theologian at The Catholic University of America, said it’s important for Catholics to focus on voting their conscience. “It is always better to follow the light of conscience that is informed by faith, and so voting for a third party is less about casting a deciding vote and more about doing the right thing,” Pecknold said.

But Colin Donovan, vice...READ MORE

Filed under election 2016, presidential election 2016, stephen beale, third party candidates

Building a Better Business Education for Catholics (2242)

COMMENTARY: The idea of business as a noble vocation has both a practical and spiritual understanding.

09/26/2016 Comments (5)
CUA Business Facebook

The Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America is committed to training students in a virtue-based business background.

– CUA Business Facebook

What do Koch Industries’ “Market-Based Management” and Catholic Social Doctrine have in common? More than you might think.

This statement probably sounds pretty strange. After all, the Catholic Church is the bride of Christ, the earthly messenger of God’s kingdom, charged with leading all souls to heaven. Charles Koch, for his part, is an entrepreneur from Wichita, Kansas, who runs one of the largest private companies on earth, and Market-Based Management (MBM) is his business philosophy that has helped Koch Industries become so successful. I’ve had the privilege of working with him in many capacities, and I believe his business philosophy and the Church’s teaching have much in common....READ MORE

Filed under business ethics, catholic higher education, catholic social teaching, catholic university of america, tim busch, virtue

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