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D.C. Catholics Provide Thanksgiving Dinners (1932)

Local Catholics are opening their hearts — and kitchens — to the poor, hungry and homeless in the nation’s capital.

11/28/2013 Comment
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WASHINGTON — Catholics in the nation’s capital are opening their hearts — and kitchens — to the poor, hungry and homeless in their neighborhoods for Thanksgiving this year.

“Thanksgiving is a time of the year for all of us to reflect with gratitude on the many blessings we have received,” said Msgr. James Watkins, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, who organizes a Thanksgiving ministry to the poor in the area.

“It is also a time for us to share those blessings with our neighbors who are the least among us, so their families might share in the hope and joy of Thanksgiving.”

The 150-year-old parish, located in Washington’s Shaw neighborhood, carries out an annual "Turkey Basket"...READ MORE

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Decision to Move U.S. Embassy to Vatican Sparks Controversy (6401)

‘To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence,’ warned former ambassador James Nicholson.

11/28/2013 Comments (21)

WASHINGTON — The relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has come under fire from past U.S. ambassadors who say the move will diminish its influence, though State Department officials defend the decision as good for security.

Former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See James Nicholson said the embassy’s planned move to the grounds of the U.S. Embassy to Italy is “another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican — and to Christians in the Middle East.”

“This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties, but particularly in the Middle East,” Nicholson told CatholicVote.org. “This is anything but a good time to diminish the...READ MORE

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Peter O'Toole in New Film on St. Catherine of Alexandria, Swing Dancing Until 4am and More! (3349)

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11/28/2013 Comment

Peter O’Toole Stars in New Film on St. Catherine of Alexandria. Follow the link by Ed West to learn more.

Peter O’Toole Stars in New Film on St. Catherine of Alexandria by Ed West - BigPulpit.com

Swing Dancing Until 4am – Denae & Allen Hebert, Catholic Sistas

Remembrance of Turkeys Past - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Real Lives of Gay Men - Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Thanksgiving Special Edition - BigPulpit.com (link repaired)

Why the Kalam Cosmological Argument Fails - Bob Drury, Catholic Stand

Is the Catechism “Extra Stuff”? – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

With the Point of a Nail – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

3 Tips from Proverbs About Finances – Robert Waruszewski, Catholic Lane

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Seattle Seahawks’ Coach Draws Strength From Catholic Church (8773)

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is guided by the communal aspect of the faith.

11/27/2013 Comments (7)
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Community has always been part of Dan Quinn’s life. Having five older siblings and going to Mass regularly from his youth have prepared him for his present-day coaching duties. As the defensive coordinator for the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks, Quinn uses, on a daily basis, what he has learned from his family and faith.

The connectedness Quinn values so highly has also been helpful in his marriage. The 43-year-old Morristown, N.J., native has benefitted from the support of his wife, Stacey. She has been with him over the years as he has moved from coast to coast for coaching changes.

Dan Quinn spoke with Register correspondent Trent Beattie in time for the Seahawks’...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Cautions Against ‘Trivialized’ Vision of Death Without Hope (4058)

The Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Creed by discussing ‘the resurrection of the body.’

11/27/2013 Comments (7)
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VATICAN CITY — During his general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian death, emphasizing that the resurrection of Jesus gives it light and cautioning against worldly ideas which can overcome us.

“If we allow ourselves to be taken in by this mistaken vision of death, we have no other choice than that of hiding death, of denying it or of trivializing it, so that it won’t make us afraid,” the Holy Father said in his Nov. 27 general audience.

Pope Francis closed his catechesis on the Creed by speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square about the last phrase, in which believers proclaim their belief in the “resurrection of the body.”

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Doctor Warns That HHS Mandate Puts Religious Identity at Risk (3196)

Head of U.S. Catholic health-care system addresses urgent concerns.

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Dr. Anthony Tersigni

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VATICAN CITY — The president of the leading Catholic health-care system in the U.S. said that the requirements of the HHS mandate are a great threat to the company’s ability to continue serving those most in need.

"One of the challenges for us is to make sure we maintain the freedom as a religious organization to continue to respect the dignity of life and take care of young and old throughout the life cycle," Dr. Anthony Tersigni told CNA in a Nov. 25 interview.

Tersigni is the president and chief executive officer of Ascension Health in the United States, as well as the president of the International Committee of Catholic Health Care Institutions at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis’ Meeting With Vladimir Putin Focuses on Middle East (2909)

Of particular interest to the Holy Father was the plight of Christians in the strife-torn region.

11/27/2013 Comment
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Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin inside the Vatican on Nov. 25.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first-ever meeting this week mostly focused on the Middle East, particularly on the ongoing Syrian conflict.

The president met with the Holy Father Nov. 25, amid Putin’s short visit to Italy — along with 11 ministers of his cabinet — to sign commercial agreements and have institutional meetings with government officials.

According to a Vatican Press Office statement, Putin “expressed thanks for the letter addressed to him by the Holy Father on the occasion of the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg,” in which the Pope urged global leaders during the September event to pay attention to the situation in Syria.

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Pope Francis’ Exhortation Praised as a Guide to Christian Outreach (3351)

The new document Evangelii Gaudium could mark a ‘key moment’ in reinvigorating the Church’s evangelization.

11/27/2013 Comments (17)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ new document on the “joy” of evangelization is an opportunity for Catholics to re-examine how to share the Gospel in today’s world, several Catholic commentators note.

“Pope Francis says the Church has to focus on what is essential and most beautiful, that everyone has to have a personal encounter with the saving grace of Christ,” Vatican media adviser Greg Burke said Nov. 26.

“It’s a wide-ranging document, one that deals with everything, from better Sunday homilies to the broadening gap between rich and poor,” Burke said.

The Pope’s 85-page document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), was released Nov. 26. The apostolic exhortation follows the...READ MORE

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