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Vatican Commission for Protection of Minors Sets Oct. 4-5 Meeting (705)

Pope Francis' council of cardinal advisers just concluded their sixth round of meetings Sept. 15-17.

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VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis’ council of cardinals for Curia reform gather this week in Rome, the newly created Pontifical Commission for the Protection for Minors will soon meet to finish creating its statutes.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican’s press office, announced in a briefing with journalists Sept. 17 that the commission will hold its next meeting Oct. 4-5.

Msgr. Robert Oliver was appointed secretary of the commission Sept. 10, and that same day Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston was confirmed president of the commission.

As the commission takes shape, Father Lombardi underscored that “in the next few weeks other very important aspects will be specified regarding...READ MORE

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Why Would Any Woman Choose Religious Life? When Catholic Leaders Abandon the Faithful and More. . . (2608)

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Click on Why Would Any Woman Choose Religious Life? by Fr. Robert McTeigue of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

When Catholic Leaders Abandon the Faithful by Matthew Hennessey – BigPulpit.com

Why Would Any Woman Choose Religious Life? – Fr. Robert McTeigue, Aleteia∝

Evil Is On The March – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Minimum Wage Thinking & Salvation Theology: On the Worth and Value of the Human Being – Adam Michael Wood, One Peter 5

Cardinal Dolan’s St. Patrick’s Day Conundrum – BigPulpit.com

Is Paramount Duty of Church & Faithful to Aid Those in Need? – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

The Seven Vices of Sporting Events – Deacon Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

A Model for a Cultural Center for the New Evangelization – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

St. Clare &...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: Ukraine ‘Flowing With Blood’ (1768)

New York’s archbishop urges U.S. Catholics to respond to the pleas of Ukraine’s Greek-Catholic bishops.

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The annual Synod of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church took place this month in Lviv, Ukraine.

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NEW YORK CITY — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has urged U.S. Catholics to listen to the “chilling” pleas of Greek-Catholic bishops who say Ukraine is “flowing with blood” due to the Russian military’s actions.

During the Cold War, Cardinal Dolan said, “Catholics in the United States were in solidarity with persecuted Christians in Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, Lithuania, Hungary and the other countries under Russia’s jackboot. We spoke up for them; our government listened.”



“We had hoped it would now be different. Things looked so bright in Ukraine for awhile. It appeared that religion was free, the Church encouraging a just, open, civil society,” the New York archbishop said in a...READ MORE

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Watchdog Report Confirms Pro-Life Warnings About Obamacare (2969)

The Government Accountability Office’s Sept. 15 report finds that elective abortions are being covered under plans subsidized with federal dollars.

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WASHINGTON — On Sept. 15, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report that confirmed the pro-life movement’s early warnings that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would faciliate taxpayer-subsidized abortions.

Commissioned by House Republicans, the survey found that, in a sample of 18 insurers, all but one allowed elective abortions to be covered under plans subsidized with federal dollars — a violation of federal law. And most insurers, in violation of federal rules, did not segregate private funds used for abortion from the pool of federal dollars allotted for health-insurance coverage. 

“This report confirms the U.S. bishops’ long-standing concern about abortion...READ MORE

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Ebola Epidemic Is ‘a Transnational Issue’ (1148)

While Church officials in the U.S. lauded the country’s involvement and President Obama’s plan to combat the spread of the disease in Africa, they said other nations and agencies need to do their part.

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President Barack Obama discusses his plan to combat the Ebola epidemic at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Sept. 16.

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WASHINGTON — Catholic officials are welcoming President Barack Obama’s plan to expand medical and military resources to combat the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa, though they caution that more might have to be done.

“This is a huge scale-up of resources, but it’s still unclear as to whether it will be enough,” said Steven Hilbert, a foreign-policy adviser for Africa and global development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace.

Hilbert also told the Register that other nations and relief agencies will need to contribute additional resources and personnel to prevent hundreds of thousands of more people dying from Ebola.

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Pope Francis: Through Evangelization, Faithful Show Church’s Catholicity (1214)

'The Spirit compels us to encounter our brothers and sisters, even those most distant from us in every way, to share with them the love, peace and joy of the risen Lord,' the Holy Father said.

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VATICAN CITY -- At his weekly general audience on Sept. 17, Pope Francis spoke about what it means to evangelize, calling it apostolic work born of an encounter with Christ, rather than lifeless efforts from the self-appointed “elect.”

He also asked for prayers for his upcoming trip to Albania on Sept. 21, saying that his choice to visit the country was because of the suffering endured on account of “a terrible atheist regime and is now realizing peaceful coexistence among its various religious components.”

Earlier in the morning, Pope Francis offered catechesis to those gathered in the square, reflecting on the words “catholicity” and “apostolic.”

The Church, the Pope said, shows her...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Make One-Day Journey to Albania (1381)

The Holy Father is scheduled to visit the Balkan birthplace of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Sept. 21.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Albania will highlight the land of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s birth, honor the martyrs of Albania’s atheistic past and suggest the country’s potential as a model for religious coexistence

Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi discussed the motives for Pope Francis’ Sept. 21 trip in a press briefing Tuesday.

The Albanian-born Blessed Mother Teresa will be an important figure for Pope Francis’ trip, he said.

“In Albania, Mother Teresa is a national heroine, as well as a figure of extraordinary Christian holiness,” Father Lombardi explained.

He observed that Albania was the first officially atheistic state. The Pope’s...READ MORE

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Chinese-Speaking World Gets First Parish Dedicated to St. John Paul II (1062)

Archbishop Peter Chen-Chung Liu of the Diocese of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, presided at the Mass of inauguration and consecration on Sept. 6, with 20 priests concelebrating and more than 1,200 faithful in attendance.

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KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — The Diocese of Kaohsiung in Taiwan has become the first in the Chinese-speaking world to have a parish dedicated to St. John Paul II, where a first-class relic of the Polish saint’s blood is kept.

Archbishop Peter Chen-Chung Liu of Kaohsiung presided at the Mass of inauguration and consecration on Sept. 6, with 20 priests concelebrating and more than 1,200 faithful in attendance.

According to Fides news agency, the pastor of the parish, Father Calogero Orifiamma, an Italian missionary and architect of the new church, traveled to Italy to obtain the relic of St. John Paul II.

“The biggest and most beautiful news was the celebration of four baptisms during the Mass,”...READ MORE

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