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The Franciscan University of Steubenville Story, What Faith Is and What It Isn't and Much More! (2984)

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11/05/2013 Comment

The Franciscan University of Steubenville Story. Follow the link by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine to read more.

The Franciscan University of Steubenville Story – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

3000 Religious Leave Religious Life Each Year, Some Reasons via Fr. Z's Blog (Link Repaired) – BigPulpit.com

What Faith Is and What it Isn’t – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

“Satan, Haunter of the World, Is Haunted by Holiness” – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

We Need More Brainy Cardinals like Prosper Grech – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

N. S. A. Vatican Spying Scandal – BigPulpit.com

Catholic Dads: The Mood in Marital Bedroom – E. Neubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

Francis, They Hardly Know Ye – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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Pope Francis: Find Strength, Hope in the Mercy of God (3424)

Remembering bishops and cardinals recently passed away, Pope Francis said the love of God is “the most invincible motive” for Christian hope.

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VATICAN CITY — At a special Mass honoring all of the bishops and cardinals who have died during the past year, Pope Francis said that nothing can separate Christians from the love of the merciful God.

“It is not by chance that Jesus wanted to preserve the wounds on his hands to make us feel his mercy. This is our strength and our hope,” the Pope said during his homily at a Nov. 4 Mass at the Altar of the Chair inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

In the month of November, “which is marked by the memory of the faithful departed,” said the Pope, “we remember our brother cardinals and bishops from around the world who have returned to the Father's house during the past year.”

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Pope Francis’ Vatican Seminar Tackles Human Trafficking (2535)

At the Pope’s request, the Vatican brought together experts to discuss the scourge of human trafficking and share practical solutions to stop it.

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ROME — Experts from around the world gathered at the Vatican this past weekend to investigate and discuss the growing practice of “modern slavery” in the form of human trafficking.

The preparatory workshop “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery” was held Nov. 2-3.

Called at the request of Pope Francis, the conference was jointly hosted by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences and the World Federation of the Catholic Medical Association.

Speaking at a Nov. 4 press briefing, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said that Pope Francis “had recommended” that this seminar be held.

Bishop Sorondo explained that, when Pope Francis was...READ MORE

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Catholics and Orthodox Unite in Call for Peace in the Middle East (1646)

Members of both Churches appealed for the release of two Syrian archbishops kidnapped by armed thugs while on a humanitarian mission.

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WASHINGTON — Dialogue between Catholic and Orthodox Christians in the U.S. and Canada has resulted in a strong call for the release of two abducted Syrian Orthodox bishops, as well as peace across the Middle East.

In an Oct. 26 joint statement, Catholic and Orthodox officials affirmed that “we repudiate all violence and demand action by responsible authorities to end the kidnapping, torture and killing of Christians and all civilians.”

The document, “The Plight of Christians in the Middle East: Revisited,” stated, “We also appeal for the release of Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, both of Aleppo, Syria.”

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Court Delivers Blow to HHS Contraceptive Mandate in Gilardi Case (18713)

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D.C. Circuit Court Judge Janice Rogers Brown

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WASHINGTON — The D.C. Circuit Court recently delivered another defeat for the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate. And in doing so, it set out substantive arguments that the Supreme Court would do well to adopt if it agrees to hear one or more cases challenging the federal mandate, authorized under the Affordable Care Act.

In Gilardi v. Department of Health and Human Services, two brothers, Frank and Phil Gilardi — faithful Catholics and owners of Freshway Foods in Ohio — filed suit to prevent application of the mandate for them, arguing that it violated their rights, as protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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40 Days for Life Celebrates Success at Campaign’s End (3167)

Since 2007, the pro-life group has conducted 2,480 campaigns in more than 500 cities and reports that 7,000 babies’ lives have been saved.

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WASHINGTON — On a rainy sidewalk in Washington, D.C., 40 Days for Life's founder, David Bereit, and Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayonne, France, joined 15 pro-life activists in prayer outside of a Planned Parenthood facility. Bishop Aillet led the group in a bilingual Rosary on the busy sidewalk on 16th Street in the nation’s capital. 

Similar vigils were scheduled throughout the country since Sept. 25, as part of the most recent “40 Days for Life” campaign, which ended Nov. 3.

40 Days for Life’s mission is “to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful activism,” according to the group’s website. The mission is...READ MORE

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Women Uniquely Understand ‘Truth of Man,’ Philosopher Says (2115)

Rocco Buttiglione recommends the writings of Edith Stein, as a striking example of the capacity of women to communicate the essence of human sexuality.

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Italian philosopher Rocco Buttiglione

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VATICAN CITY — In light of Pope Francis’ call for a deeper theology of women, a leading Italian philosopher spoke of the importance of Edith Stein’s writings on gender, saying that she extracts the essence of human sexuality.

“For women, it is easier, because they are taught through this experience of pregnancy something about man, about the truth of man, that is more difficult for us males to understand and to enter,” Rocco Buttiglione told CNA during an Oct. 31 interview.

Buttiglione, who is currently a professor of political science at St. Pius V University in Rome and who has spent the majority of his career teaching various topics of philosophy, has recently returned from the...READ MORE

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For Divorced & Remarried Catholics, a Time for Mercy; On Creative Minorities and Much More! (3671)

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For Divorced & Remarried Catholics, a Time for Mercy. Follow the link on OSV Newsweekly to read more.

For Divorced & Remarried Catholics, a Time for Mercy – OSV Newsweekly

3000 Religious Leave Religious Life Each Year, Some Reasons via Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

Distinguishing Vocations from Occupations – Denise Hunnell MD, Truth and Charity Forum

Quotes Suitable for Framing: H. Richard Niebuhr – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Medicine As If Catholicism Mattered – Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Timothy Leary and the 1960’s Counter-Culture - Robbe Lyn Sebesta, Catholic Stand

On Creative Minorities – R. R. Reno, On the Square

A Singular Vocation - Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

Bishop Egan of Portsmouth on Importance of Plainchant & Latin – Charles Cole, New...READ MORE

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