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Court Rejects CUA, Priests for Life’s Challenge to Contraception Mandate Rules (2130)

D.C. Circuit Judge Cornelia Pillard, writing for a three-judge panel, in a Nov. 14 ruling said the Obama administration’s revised rules “do not impose a substantial burden” on the plaintiffs.

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday against Priests for Life, The Catholic University of America and several other Catholic organizations that have filed legal challenges objecting to the Obama administration’s latest opt-out rules for mandated contraceptive and sterilization health-insurance coverage.

“To ask a group of priests to cooperate in the government’s plan to expand access to birth control and abortion-inducing drugs is about as contrary to religious freedom as you can get,” said Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, a lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services, Nov. 14.

He said that if the government is sincere in providing...READ MORE

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Christmas Comes Early to Harvard Square (2031)

The only Catholic boys’ choir school in the U.S. celebrates the release of its first major album with a performance at a Nov. 15 tree-lighting ceremony.

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated since it was first posted.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — When the boys at St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge lift their voices in song, the music is “hauntingly beautiful,” according to Kevin Fitzgibbons, co-founder of AimHigher Recordings.

The boys, who attend the only Catholic boys’ choir school in the United States, recently recorded their debut major label and international album in the choir’s 50-year history. To celebrate the release of Christmas in Harvard Square, the boys sang at a tree-lighting ceremony in Massachusetts’ famed Harvard Square on Nov. 15.

On that crisp evening in Winthrop Park, the choir performed several songs and then led the...READ MORE

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Post-Synod Vatican Conference Highlights Truth of Marriage (2485)

The Humanum Colloquium, under way Nov. 17-19 at the Vatican, is seeking to find ‘new and creative language to speak to people where they are.’

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VATICAN CITY — Following the dramatic and media-hyped Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family last month, the Vatican is hosting a colloquium seeking to find “new and creative language to speak to people where they are.”

This is according to Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University and communications liaison for the Humanum Colloquium, which will run Nov. 17­-19 at the Vatican.

The gathering is sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

The aim of the conference, Alvaré told...READ MORE

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It’s Official! Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to U.S. (10680)

The Vatican has announced the Holy Father will attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September.

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VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Monday officially announced that he will visit the U.S. in September 2015, including a visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and New York City.

“I wish to confirm, if God wills it, that in September of 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families,” he announced at Vatican City's Synod Hall Nov. 17 during his remarks at an international colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman.

The Philadelphia World Meeting of Families will take place Sept. 22-27. Even before the Pope's announcement, the meeting was expected to draw tens of thousands of people. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia had told a...READ MORE

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Pope Warns Physicians Against ‘Playing With Life’ by Abortion and Euthanasia (4548)

The Holy Father called abortion and euthanasia ‘sins against God’ during a Nov. 15 address to the Italian Catholic Doctors’ Association on the occasion of their 70th anniversary.

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Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” through abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred.

“We’re are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment … (we’re) playing with life,” said the Pope during an audience of 4,000 Catholic doctors from the Italian Catholic Doctors’ Association who gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 15 in celebration of their 70th anniversary.

“Be careful, because this is a sin against the Creator: against God, the Creator,” Pope Francis told the Catholic doctors.

He recalled that many times in his years as a priest he heard people...READ MORE

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What Everyone Is Really Thinking in the Cry Room, Misconceptions about Saints and Much More! (3974)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What Everyone Is Really Thinking in the Cry Room by Doug Johnson of Epic Pew - BigPulpit.com

Faith Brings Comfort, But Not at First – Peter Kreeft PhD

Misconceptions about Saints – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis Dismissed Pedophile Priest – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Real Council, but There was Also the Council of the Media via Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

Jesuit Philosopher Works to Demonstrate Compatibility of Faith and Science - Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Yoga and Religion – Fr. Ezra Sullivan, Catholic Spiritual Direction

65 Errors of Modernists Condemned by The Church – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Familiaris Consortio: A Road Map for Catholic Families by...READ MORE

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How to Perfectly Know the Existence of God, God's Temples are Under Construction and Much More! (3399)

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Pope Francis’s “Humanum” Conference: An Interview with Dr. Helen Alvaré: - Brandon Vogt

God’s Temples are Under Construction – Deacon Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

The Church Chooses Death With Dignity – Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Three Catholic Thinkers on ‘The Rules’ of Art – Thomas Van, Catholic Culture

Post-Birth Abortions Gaining Ground: “Infanticide” – Gene Tarne, Aleteia∝

Not Just New Sins, but New Categories of Sins! – Fr. Z’s Blog

Purgatory: The Purifying Fire of God’s Love – Steve Skojec, One Peter 5...READ MORE

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Bishops Renew Call for Immigration Reform (3061)

Action urged as President Obama reportedly prepares executive order.

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BALTIMORE — In the wake of the midterm elections last week, the U.S. bishops urged Congress and President Barack Obama to work jointly on timely immigration reform that respects families and human dignity.

“We urge both parties to work together to finally reform this broken and immoral system,” said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, addressing the U.S. bishops’ annual fall meeting in Baltimore on Nov. 11.

He spoke about the need to address the “human tragedies” caused by the current immigration system. The bishops are not trying to “pick political sides,” he explained, but they have long worked in support of “humane immigration reform.”

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