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Iraqi Christian Couple Finds Courage From a Pope Who Suffers With Them (1455)

Mubarack and Agnese Hano, who are living in a refugee camp, met Sunday with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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Iraqi Christians Mubarak and Agnese Hano at a Mass Pope Francis celebrated Sept. 28 for grandparents and the elderly.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY — An elderly couple who lost everything after fleeing their home due to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) violence met with Pope Francis on Sunday, saying the encounter gave them hope because they know they are not alone.

“The call of the Holy Father for the whole world to pray for Iraq has meant a lot to us, because in this call, we have seen and heard the suffering of the Holy Father due to the persecution of Christians, especially in Iraq,” Mubarack Hano told CNA Sept. 29.

“This also gives [us] strength and courage because it’s not only us who are suffering, but we have also seen that the Holy Father suffers with us.”

Mubarack Hano, 74, and his wife Agnese, 68, come...READ MORE

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Kasper Proposal a Flawed Solution, Says Panel (6719)

A panel of Catholic leaders, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, said allowing Communion for the divorced and remarried would complicate the Church’s pastoral outreach and that better strategies are needed.

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A couple newly married by Pope Francis receives Communion in St. Peter's Basilica on Sept. 14.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

WASHINGTON — A prominent cardinal’s proposal to allow Communion for divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics is a flawed solution to the Church’s need to address the pastoral challenges of married life and family, according to critics.

Much of the coverage of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family that starts Oct. 5 has focused on a proposal from Cardinal Walter Kasper to allow Communion for divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics after a period of penance. The idea that the Church could change its doctrine or discipline has generated buzz in the media and has largely overshadowed the synod’s other topics addressing the pastoral challenge of how to help build stronger...READ MORE

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St. Thérèse: Little Flower, Little Warrior (4134)


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There is an amazing photograph of St. Thérèse of Lisieux wearing armor, dressed as St. Joan of Arc. It was no more than a costume for a little drama in the convent, but it now stands as a portrait not only of Thérèse the Little Flower, but also of Thérèse the Little Warrior. 

She might have been a little flower, but if so, she was a steel magnolia.

Too many read her Story of a Soul and come away only with the sweet sentimentality of mid-19th-century French spirituality. Despite the little flowers, the starry nights and the lisping tributes to her “heavenly Papa,” there is also a soul on fire, a chevalier of the Spirit and a knight of Christ the King. With the heart of a gladiator, Thérèse...READ MORE

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Synod Participants Say Family Life First Requires Love of God (1994)

Arturo and and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline of Brazil direct the Teams of Our Lady Movement in San Jose de Camposcity, and they will address the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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Arturo and and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline

– Aciprensa

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming synod on the family at the Vatican said they hope to convey the necessity of realizing God’s essential role in marriage and family life.

“When we received the news, it was a surprise, because this is such an important event. We are thankful for this great blessing. It’s an honor and at the same time a great responsibility,” said Arturo and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline, who come from San Jose de Campos in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

The couple directs the Teams of Our Lady Movement in their city, and together with 13 other couples, they have been invited to attend the synod as auditors, which means they will be able to...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller: Don’t Remove Gospel’s Challenges to Accommodate Postmodern Man (3554)

The prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said when the authentic Word is deconstructed, we risk depriving ourselves of the authentic happiness only Christ can bring.

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CORDOBA, Spain — With the synod on the family just days away, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cautioned against deconstructing the Gospel message to make it artificially easy.

“We can talk a lot about God, and in the end, do so without faith,” warned Cardinal Gerhard Müller during a Sept. 28 Mass at the cathedral in Cordoba, Spain, where he delivered an address on St. John of Avila.

“We can ‘deconstruct’ the Gospel and Tradition and remake them to the liking of today’s world, making their demands easy and accommodating them to the fragile, superficial, immature and postmodern man.”

However, he cautioned, if we were to deprive ourselves “of the chance to...READ MORE

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Pope: Use Your God-Given Gifts to Build Up the Church (1357)

The Holy Father spoke about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit on Oct. 1.

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis dedicated his weekly general audience on Oct. 1 to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, saying that rather than making us better than others, they commission us to serve our brothers and sisters.
“A charism is more than a talent or personal quality. It is a grace, a gift that God gives through the Holy Spirit: not because someone is better than others, but, rather, so that he puts it at the service of others with the same gratitude and love with which he has received it.”

Pope Francis began his address by drawing the attention of the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to “the manifold gifts of the Holy Spirit,” saying that they “enliven and enrich the...READ MORE

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Synod Spin (5234)

A Register editorial

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On Sept. 12, The New York Times posted a short notice with an unusual headline: “Are You Catholic and Divorced?”

“In an effort to better understand how Catholics experience their church’s teachings, New York Times journalists covering religion would like to hear from Catholics who have been divorced, and, in particular, from those who have remarried,” read the post.

Respondents were asked to answer a number of questions, including: “Do you support the Church’s teachings on divorce, or are there changes you would like to see?”

There were no questions about the respondents’ level of Mass attendance or knowledge of the faith. There was no specific interest in the experience of Catholics...READ MORE

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Can a Catholic Attend an Invalid Wedding Ceremony, How to Design a Church for the Poor and More! (4062)

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