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Giving in the Memory of Alvaro del Portillo (952)

Those attending this weekend’s beatification of the first prelate of Opus Dei are being invited to contribute to initiatives aimed at helping the people of Africa.

09/26/2014 Comment
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Bishop Alvaro del Portillo will be beatified Sept. 27 in Madrid.

– Photo courtesy of Opus Dei

ROME — To mark the impending beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, who led Opus Dei from 1975 to 1994, those attending the celebration are being invited to contribute to initiatives aimed at bringing aid and support to the people of Africa.

Headed by Harambee Africa International, whose aim is to promote awareness-raising activities throughout Africa, the goal is to raise funds for four separate projects, each of which owes its existence to the impetus of the soon-to-be Blessed.

Alvaro del Portillo y Diez de Sollano will be beatified Sept. 27 in Madrid. He was appointed head of Opus Dei on the death of its founder, St. Josemaria Escrivá. When the group was made a personal prelature in...READ MORE

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At U.N., Vatican Secretary of State Condemns Terrorism’s Use of Religion (853)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin told the Security Council Sept. 24 that terrorism represents a ‘fundamental threat to our common humanity.’

09/26/2014 Comments (6)
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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state

– Elise Harris/CNA

NEW YORK — Terrorism represents a “fundamental threat to our common humanity,” and people of faith must condemn religion-based terrorism, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.

Invoking the founding of the United Nations after World War II and the defeat of Nazi Germany, he said Sept. 24 that countries once again “must come together in order to fulfill our primary responsibility to protect people threatened by violence and direct assaults on their human dignity.”

The cardinal addressed the Security Council during open debate on foreign terrorist fighters and their threats to international peace, according to the...READ MORE

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Canon Law Prof: Streamlining of Annulment Process Is Welcome — ‘If Done Properly’ (1968)

Luis Navarro, professor of canon law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, said that no matter what the procedure is, ‘if a marriage is valid, you cannot say it’s invalid — that’s very clear.’

09/26/2014 Comments (6)
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Opus Dei Father Joaquin Llobell is a professor of canon law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

– Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ decision to establish a commission aimed at streamlining the annulment process is to be welcomed if the procedure is carried out properly, a professor of canon law has said.

“Making the procedure faster is not something bad; the real issue is to do things properly,” Luis Navarro, professor of canon law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, told the Register.

On Sept. 20, the Vatican announced that, on Aug. 27, Pope Francis had established a commission to study reform of the annulment process. Chaired by Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Roman Rota, the commission will “focus on the preparation of a proposal for reforming the...READ MORE

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‘When Our Family Is Renewed, the Whole Church Is Renewed’ (2719)

Philadelphia is busy preparing for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which is expected to draw in excess of 1 million pilgrims.

09/26/2014 Comments (3)
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PHILADELPHIA — When Pope Benedict XVI called Archbishop Charles Chaput two years ago to ask him to consider hosting the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, his first thought was to refuse the offer.

The Philadelphia Archdiocese has endured difficult times in recent years — a sexual-abuse scandal that led to the conviction of several priests, as well as parish and school closings, dwindling Mass attendance and an operating deficit reportedly at $17.4 million. An event the magnitude of the World Meeting of Families seemed to the shepherd of Philly’s 1.5 million Catholics the “last thing we needed,” said the archbishop.

But Archbishop Chaput did say “Yes” to the Holy Father’s...READ MORE

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What to Do When a Baby Starts Crying in Mass? Teaching about Vocations and Occupations and More! (2365)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/26/2014 Comment

Click on What to Do When a Baby Starts Crying in Mass? by Father Alexander Lucie-Smith of The Catholic Herald link to read more.

What to Do When a Baby Starts Crying in Mass? by Father Alexander Lucie-Smith of The Catholic Herald – BigPulpit.com

Six to Profess Final Vows, Ordained Transitional Deacons – Stephanie Sibal, Congregation of Holy Cross

Teaching about Vocations and Occupations – Denise J. Hunnell MD, Catholic Stand

Ode to Feminine Genius: A Merciful Woman – Catholic Sistas

Islamic State 'Split Her in Two; She Would Not Convert!' by Elizabeth Scalia of The Anchoress via Patheos - BigPulpit.com

Four Wrong Ways to Teach Chastity – Father Matthew Schneider, Project YM

Cardinal Nichols: Jihadist John Represents Humanity at Its Worst – Conor Gaffey, The Catholic Herald

Neurological Care for the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Highlights Link Between Faith and Scriptures, Scholar Says (1236)

The Holy Father told members of the Italian Bible Association that faith must be constantly nourished by the word of God.

09/26/2014 Comments (1)
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VATICAN CITY — In a recent speech to the Italian Biblical Association, Pope Francis did not disclaim biblical studies but rather stressed the relation between faith and the Scriptures, according to the group’s secretary.

“All of Pope Francis’ speech is aimed at emphasizing the relationship between faith and the word of God. In this sense, he is on the trail of Benedict XVI, who always emphasized the need for faith to fully interpret the Bible, though without disclaiming biblical studies,” Father Antonio Pitta told CNA.

The Pope met with the Italian Biblical Association Sept. 12 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, marking the end of nation’s Bible Week.

“For the faith to respond, to avoid...READ MORE

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Smart Move: Pope Francis Appoints a Jesuit to Prosecute Sex Abuse; The Theology of Giving and More! (1640)

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09/25/2014 Comment

Click on Smart Move: Pope Francis Appoints a Jesuit to Prosecute Sex Abuse by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture link to read more.

Smart Move: Pope Francis Appoints a Jesuit to Prosecute Sex Abuse by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture - BigPulpit.com

Beauty and Liturgy: Pope Saint John Paul II’s Letter to Artists – Richard J. Clark, Corpus Christi Watershed/Views from the Choir Loft

The Theology of Giving – Loye Young, Catholic Stand

The Saint Who Spent Two Years Continually Standing – The Catholic Herald

The Clash of Faiths – BigPulpit.com

Paper or Plastic Holy Cards? – God-Haunted Lunatic

10 Things to Remember When Fed Up with Other Catholics – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

A New Proposed Layout for the Roman Missal – Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement

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First ISIS, Now Winter Threatens Christians in Kurdistan (2533)

Christian-aid groups are racing against time to save Christians, Yazidis and other refugees in Kurdistan.

09/25/2014 Comments (2)
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Assyrian Aid Society workers distribute supplies to refugees in Kurdistan.

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ERBIL, Kurdistan — Hundreds of thousands of Christian, Yazidi and other minority refugees who escaped death from the hands of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists now face another lethal foe: the Kurdistan winter. Time is running out, as the need is great, but the resources are few for the Christian-aid groups trying to save them.

Kurdistan’s hot and dry autumn is giving way to a coming season of cold, wet and snow, where average temperatures can range from 35 to 55 degrees. The parched earth turns to mud with the winter rains, while snow and freezing temperatures will come to more mountainous regions.

“Winter is upon them, and it is already cold at nights, but they don’t have anywhere to go,”...READ MORE

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