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Pope to the Faithful: Grow in Holiness (1181)

Christ calls us to be saints, the Holy Father said on Nov. 19.

11/19/2014 Comment

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VATICAN CITY -- In his weekly general audience address on Nov. 19, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that must be put into practice through daily witness and attentiveness to the needs of others.

“Growing in holiness thus means becoming better persons, free of selfishness and self-absorption and ever ready to place ourselves at the service of our brothers and sisters in the Church,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square.

In his continued catechesis on the Church, the Holy Father turned his reflections to the universal call to holiness, which is “a vocation” for every person.

Each member of the Church shares this vocation, thanks to...READ MORE

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Catholic-Secular Health-Care Partnerships Prompt Scrutiny (2271)

The moral questions that such partnerships can generate have drawn the attention of both the Vatican and the U.S. bishops.

11/19/2014 Comments (6)

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WASHINGTON — How should a Catholic health-care provider operate when it enters in partnership with a secular counterpart in contemporary America’s fraught moral climate with respect to sanctity of human life issues?

There are no simple answers to this question, as shown by recent actions on this matter by Church leaders both in Rome and in the U.S. The Vatican has released a document provoked by the actions of a U.S. Catholic health-care network, and during their November 2014 annual meeting, the U.S. bishops approved a proposal to update the part of their "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care" (ERDs) that deals with such partnerships.

The new Vatican document, issued...READ MORE

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Cardinal O'Malley: Women Religious Investigation a 'Disaster'; Abbey Monks and More! (4357)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/19/2014 Comment

Click on Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley: Women Religious Investigation a ‘Disaster’ via The Catholic Herald link to read more.

Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley: Women Religious Investigation a ‘Disaster’ via The Catholic Herald - BigPulpit.com

The Monks of the Abbey of St. Mary Magdalene – Bridget Green, Regina Magazine

10 Things Not to Say to a Convert - Abby Johnson, Epic Pew

What are the Obstacles Between Catholic Men and Christ? – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Pope Francis and the Catholic Civil War by Damian Thompson - BigPulpit.com

Is Cremation Any Way to Honor Our Dead? – Rachel Lu, Aleteia∝

11 Things to Do in Saint Peter’s Square – Ryan Mayer, Epic Pew

The Ugliness of Mortal Sin - Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Family and Marriage: Analysis - BigPulpit.com

A Rat Is a Pig Is a...READ MORE

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New Chicago Archbishop: Christ Invites Us to Greater Things (1480)

Archbishop Blase Cupich noted that St. John Paul II began his pontificate with the words of Jesus — “Be not afraid!” — and assured the faithful that we are not alone: “The risen Christ is in the boat with us.”

11/18/2014 Comments (9)
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CHICAGO — New Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich’s first public homily stressed the importance of personal witness “with joy and compassion,” purified of “anger, harshness and fear.”

“Jesus tells all of us today to go back to where our journey of faith began, to be in touch with the joyful experience of being transformed by the intimacy God offers us, to be willing to share it with the next generation,” he said during his installation Mass at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday.

“Young people have always been attracted to authenticity of life, where words match deeds. Let’s not be afraid to let our young people know about our life with God and how it began.”

He encouraged Catholics to...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis Will Bring ‘Gospel Enthusiasm’ to Philadelphia (1355)

Philly’s shepherd discusses the Holy Father’s just-announced visit and other aspects of next year’s World Meeting of Families.

11/18/2014 Comment

Pope Francis and Archbishop Charles Chaput embrace Nov. 17 after the Pope announced that he will visit Philadelphia next year.

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BALTIMORE — Pope Francis is coming to the City of Brotherly Love, and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia is looking forward to the Holy Father bringing his “energy and Gospel enthusiasm” to next year’s World Meeting of Families.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia already has been busy organizing next year’s World Meeting of Families — where tens of thousands were expected for the event, but close to a million now are expected to converge to join the Holy Father following the Nov. 17 announcement that he will attend the event.

In this interview with the Register, Archbishop Chaput spoke about the impact of Pope Francis’ coming to the U.S., the great opportunity the World...READ MORE

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The Teaching Witness of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (807)

Missouri School Founded by Sister of the Sacred Heart Lives On

11/18/2014 Comment
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St. Rose statue in St. Charles, Mo.

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When St. Rose Philippine Duchesne arrived in what is now St. Charles, Mo., she described the place as “the remotest village in the U.S.”  

A Sister of the Sacred Heart, Sister Rose arrived from France in 1818 by an invitation from Bishop Louis William Valentine DuBourg, the St. Louis area’s first bishop.

It was here, on these hallowed grounds in St. Charles, that she and several of her sisters established the first free school west of the Mississippi. 

Fast-forward nearly 200 years later, and a beautiful life-size statue of St. Rose greeted me as I entered the halls of the Academy of the Sacred Heart grade school, which educates more than 400 youngsters. Children in navy-blue uniforms...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Children Have Right to a Mother and Father (1478)

‘The family is the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation,’ the Holy Father affirmed.

11/18/2014 Comments (2)

Pope Francis delivers his opening address Nov. 17 at the Humanum conference currently under way at the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation.”

The Pope made these remarks on Nov. 17, at the opening of the three-day international, interfaith colloquium entitled “The Complementarity of Man and Woman,” currently under way in the Vatican.

Also referred to as the Humanum conference, the gathering is being sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian...READ MORE

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Rick Warren: We Must Celebrate Marriage (3375)

Evangelical pastor participates in Vatican colloquium on the purpose of marriage.

11/18/2014 Comments (9)

Pastor Rick Warren is one of the speakers at a major international and interreligious colloquium taking place at the Vatican Nov. 17-19 on the "Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage." The evangelical founder of Saddleback Church in California, Warren is best known as the bestselling author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold 30 million copies worldwide and is the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible.

The Register's Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, spoke briefly with Pastor Warren Nov. 17 at the colloquium, which is taking place in the synod hall and being hosted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and other Vatican dicasteries. Before the...READ MORE

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