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New Almanac Documents America’s Catholic Heritage (1964)

The American Catholic Almanac highlights the vital and constructive role the Catholic Church has played in the nation’s history.

10/08/2014 Comment

DENVER — “Is the Catholic Church good for America?” That was the question recently posed to Americans on the streets of major cities across the United States by the nonprofit advocacy group CatholicVote.org.

It is also the challenge CatholicVote.org takes up its new book, The American Catholic Almanac.

“There [is] a serious deficiency or a serious lack of appreciation for the role that religion, more generally, but Catholicism, in particular, has played in the history of our country,” explained CatholicVote.org President Brian Burch in a recent interview with CNA.

“If you look at the relevancy of the Catholic faith to every area of American life, there’s sports, movies, schools, church,...READ MORE

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Synod Day 2: Casting a Wide Net (5839)

Discussions among the participants at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family considered a range of ideas concerning marriage, family life and sexuality.

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Pope Francis attends the first sessions of the synod on the themes of the family at the Synod Hall on Oct. 6. Pope Francis addressed the fathers of the synod on Monday, as they began their first full day of sessions exploring the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.

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VATICAN CITY — The latest discussions yesterday afternoon and this morning at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family covered a wide range of subjects largely focusing on how to make the Church and the Church’s teaching more attractive to marriage and family life.

The second and third general congregations (sessions) also included testimonies from married couples from Australia and the Philippines.

Taking the themes from the opening chapters of the instrumentum laboris (working document), synod participants reaffirmed that the family constitutes the future of humanity and must be protected.

Only a general summary of the discussions can be made public, as the synod secretariat is...READ MORE

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Syrian Militants Abduct Franciscan Priest and Christian Villagers (2964)

The apostolic vicar of Aleppo told Fides news agency that about 20 persons had been kidnapped, including ‘young people, both boys and girls,’ and that the village monastery in Qunaya had been looted.

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Franciscan Father Hanna Jallouf was abducted Oct. 5, along with some 20 villagers from Qunaya, Syria.

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ALEPPO, Syria — Militants linked to al-Nusra Front kidnapped a Catholic parish priest and as many as 20 people from a Christian village in Syria on Sunday night.

The priest has been identified as 62-year-old Franciscan Father Hanna Jallouf.

“Let us pray for him and for the other victims of this tragic and senseless war,” the Custody of the Holy Land said on its website.

The Custody of the Holy Land, which oversees Franciscan activity in the region, said the priest was kidnapped with several men from the Christian village of Qunaya on the night of Oct. 5-6.

Qunaya is located in Syria’s Idlib province, 29 miles west of Idlib, and 75 miles northwest of Hamah.

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Conversion of Ignatius, Ancestor of Princess Diana, 'Catholic' Environmentalism and More! (3067)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Conversion of Ignatius, Ancestor of Princess Diana by Kathy Schiffer of Seasons of Grace link to read more.

Conversion of Ignatius, Ancestor of Princess Diana by Kathy Schiffer of Seasons of Grace - BigPulpit.com

The Mere Expectation of a Change to Church Teaching Is Damaging - Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille, The CWR Blog

A ‘Catholic’ Environmentalism – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Happy Marriage Secret: There are No Perfect Relationships – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

Regarding the Synod, Underlying Debate Is Sex Outside of Marriage & Homosexual Acts via Fr. Z's Blog - BigPulpit.com

True Mercy & the Indissolubility of Marriage – George Cardinal Pell, The Catholic World Report

Nicole DeMille Conversion and Life-After – Shaun McAfee You’re Not My Type! – Anthony Buono, Catholic...READ MORE

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Pope’s Concern for Middle-East Christians Displayed at Family Synod (1665)

Pope Francis has added a discussion of the issue to the schedule of the consistory of cardinals that will take place immediately after the synod concludes.

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Christians displaced by the Islamic State seek refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

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VATICAN CITY — In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a discussion on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See spokesman announced Tuesday.

The consistory is to be held at the Vatican on Oct. 20, the day after the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, which began Oct. 5.

“The consistory’s topic is now widened, and it becomes a consistory, during which all cardinals and patriarchs will speak about the situation in the Middle East, on the basis of the material of the [recent] meeting of nuncios,” Father Federico Lombardi said at an Oct. 7 press briefing.

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New Catholic Health Initiative Provides Alternative to Obamacare Insurance (22183)

CMF CURO aims to fulfill the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, but in a way that is both affordable and consistent with Catholic teaching.

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From left to right: Michael O'Dea, David Wilson and Louis Brown.

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WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans filing their 2014 taxes next year have to prove to that they have health coverage or pay a hefty penalty on their taxes. But Catholics now have a new alternative to the escalating financial and moral predicaments of health insurance under Obamacare, with the creation of the first-ever Catholic health-care sharing ministry.

On Oct. 2, the Christ Medicus Foundation (CMF) and Samaritan Ministries International (SMI) held a press conference in Washington to launch a new initiative called CMF CURO (from the Latin “to heal”) that fulfills the health-care requirement of the Affordable Care Act, but in a way that is both affordable and consistent with Catholic...READ MORE

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Armed Guards Protect Cameroon Missionaries Against Boko Haram (2042)

But despite the threat posed by the Nigerian-based Islamic terrorists, Cameroonian Bishop Bruno Ateba stresses that relations with local Muslims remain strong.

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Bishop Bruno Ateba of Maroua-Mokolo, Cameroon

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Boko Haram terrorist activity spreading into Cameroon from northeastern Nigeria has caused local Catholic missionaries to increase security, but one bishop has stressed that relations with local Muslims are good.

“The Boko Haram fighters supply themselves with food in the border area and attempt to make money by kidnapping. That’s why the priests and nuns are now accompanied by the military when they visit the parishes close to the border,” Bishop Bruno Ateba of Maroua-Mokolo told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need Sept. 30.

He said armed soldiers now accompany missionary priests when they celebrate Sunday Mass.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict Could Attend Paul VI's Beatification, Spokesman Says (3127)

The beatification Mass will take place Oct. 19, at the end of the extraordinary synod on the family.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI may take part in Paul VI’s beatification Mass Oct. 19, revealed Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office.

Asked if the retired pope was expected to give his personal contribution to the two-week synod of bishops, Father Lombardi said during a press conference that “it is not expected that the pope emeritus will take part in the synod, which is so committing and long.”

“Since his resignation, the pope emeritus has been living a private life in prayer,” said Father Lombardi, adding, “Everybody hopes to see him for Paul VI’s beatification.”

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