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Cardinal Etchegaray: Blessed Paul VI Was ‘Missionary Pope’ (627)

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 92, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, first met the future blessed in 1960s.

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Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, recounts his friendship with Paul VI.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — Blessed Paul VI was a missionary Pope who wished to bring the light of the Gospel all over the world, a cardinal who worked with him recalled.

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 92, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, had a long-term relationship with Paul VI, whom he first met during the 1960s.

“I was serving as general secretary of the French bishops’ conference, and I met the-then Cardinal Montini, who showed great interest in European matters,” Cardinal Etchegaray told CNA in an Oct. 17 interview.

Giovani Battista Montini had served for several years in the Secretariat of State before being appointed archbishop of Milan in 1954.

In his years in the Secretariat of State,...READ MORE

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Spousal Benefits for Same-Sex Partners at Catholics Universities and Hospitals (3958)

The University of Notre Dame and Catholic Health Initiatives have both announced they will provide such benefits.

10/20/2014 Comments (27)

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SOUTH BEND, Ind.— Early this month, the University of Notre Dame confirmed that it would provide spousal benefits to “legally married same-sex spouses.”

“On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage in several states, including Indiana,” read an Oct. 8 email notice from the university’s Office of Human Resources.

“This means that the law in Indiana now recognizes same-sex marriages, and the university will extend benefits to all legally married spouses, including same-sex spouses.”

The news shocked some Notre Dame faculty and alumni, but “Our Lady’s University” is among a growing number of Church-affiliated institutions...READ MORE

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When Good Catholics are Bad People, When I Met Pope Francis and Saw Him Burn with Joy and Much More! (2899)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/20/2014 Comment

Click on When Good Catholics Are Bad People by John McNichol of Catholic Stand link to read more.

When Good Catholics Are Bad People by John McNichol of Catholic Stand – BigPulpit.com

When I Met Pope Francis and Saw Him Burn with Joy - Austen Ivereigh

Different Strokes: A Matter of Style – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

The So-Called “Francis Problem” - Father Mark Pilon, The Catholic Thing

Houston Lesbian Mayor’s Inquisition of Pastors by Donald R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic – BigPulpit.com

Saint Francis and the Imitation of Christ – Ivan Gobry, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How Sinners Became Saints through Spiritual Reading – Lorraine Espenhair, Seton Magazine

Push for Paperless and Revisiting Used Book Stores – Father James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report Blog

Something...READ MORE

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Everything You Want to Know about Angels, Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets, Heavenly Signs and More! (1962)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/19/2014 Comment

Click on Everything You Want to Know About Angels link to read more.

Everything You Want to Know About Angels - BigPulpit.com

What Pope Francis can do for the Christians of the Middle East – John L. Allen Jr., Crux

Signs From Heaven – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

The Challenge of the Church's Social Magisterium - Randall Smith PhD, of The Catholic Thing

Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets by Donald R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Caring for the Elderly – Luis Daniel Gonzalez, Catholic365.com

Evil vs. Good: Time for Everyone to Choose Sides Larry Peterson – BigPulpit.com

Distributism Basics: Distributism versus Christian Socialism - David W. Cooney, Ethika Politika

Go Home and Love Your Family – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today


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The Courage of Pope Paul VI (9075)

How a pope’s controversial encyclical led me to the Catholic Church.

10/19/2014 Comments (38)

When I was first exploring Catholicism after a life of atheism, it never occurred to me that I would accept the Church’s teachings against artificial contraception. Like most other people of my generation, I understood contraception to be a universal good. From high-school health classes to messages in popular media, I was bombarded with the message that the pill and similar methods of birth control were essential components of a good and free life, especially for women.

A few months into my conversion journey, I found myself bedridden due to a medical condition. To pass the time, I had printed out a stack of documents I’d found online that discussed that crazy Catholic teaching against...READ MORE

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Playing by ‘The Rule’ (1572)

New documentary chronicles a Benedictine success story at a Newark prep school.

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Courtesy of Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno

BLESSED BY A MONK. Students receive a blessing by a Benedictine monk at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J.

– Courtesy of Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno

NEWARK, N.J. — After race riots tore Newark, N.J., apart in the summer of 1967, nothing in the city was ever the same again.

White flight and the declining industrial base were already causing a drastic rise in poverty levels and civil unrest.

When a black man was beaten by police following a minor traffic violation, the city exploded. Twenty-six people died, 725 were injured, and Newark burned.

It never really recovered. Approximately one-third of the population now lives below the poverty line. It has the seventh-highest crime rate in the United States. Its political history is mostly notable for its corruption and fractiousness. Thousands of at-risk youth crowd a school system that...READ MORE

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Synod’s Final Report Shows Nuance on Divorce, Homosexuality (5867)


10/18/2014 Comments (18)

VATICAN — The synod’s final report, released Oct. 18, presents substantial changes with respect to the much-discussed midterm report, especially regarding homosexual persons and the divorced and remarried.

The final report was voted on, paragraph by paragraph, by the synod fathers; and, by Pope Francis’ choice, the result of each poll has been publicized, thus showing a glimpse into the synod fathers’ thought.

Though all the paragraphs gained a majority of votes, not all of them reached the super majority of two-thirds, which is required for official approval.

With 181 voting synod fathers (out of 193), a simple majority is 93, while the super majority is reached at 123 votes.

Speaking...READ MORE

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Synod Fathers Approve Summary of Final Message (2292)

A more detailed report of the document will be published after another round of discussion.

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Pope Francis prays as he opens the morning session of the synod on the family Oct. 18 at the Vatican.

– AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

VATICAN — The final message of the third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family has been praised for its emphasis on the beauty and joy of the family, the quality of its “stimulating” content and its synthesis of the main issues.

Critics, however, have said the message, published on the eve of the final day of the two-week ecclesial gathering, sends out “weak and ambiguous” signals on the Church’s positions on sexual morality.

The three-and-a-half-page document, which was approved by 158 out of 174 synod fathers, serves as a short summary of the synod. The final, more detailed report (relatio sinodali) is expected to be published shortly after synod fathers vote on the document...READ MORE

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