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The Synod on the Family and Procedures of Charity (5541)


10/24/2014 Comments (25)

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There is probably no newspaper in the world that did not over-cover the early meetings of the Holy See’s Synod of Bishops on the Family.

The coverage revealed a deeply contentious conversation going on in Rome. Still, though, the commentaries were unbalanced. Journalists lack fluency needed in discussing complex theological issues. And in the midst of the synod, the Church’s bishops publicly aired grievances and differences most often discussed in private.

At the center of this synod — and much of the controversial debate — is the question of what it means for the Church to be “pastoral” in the exercise of her ministry.  To some, it seems, “pastoral” approaches to the faith allow for...READ MORE

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Pregnancy Centers, Not Politics, the Future of the Pro-Life Movement (3098)

The Front Royal Pregnancy Center places persons first — mother, father and child — as they provide assistance to nearly 400 women annually.

10/24/2014 Comments (4)
CNA/CDC/James Gathany

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FRONT ROYAL, Virginia — Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman’s unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child.

Their mission is in an unassuming plot in a modest town well outside the sprawling Washington, D.C. suburbs. Not much car traffic passes through town other than tourists on their way to see the mountain leaves turn every October.

Seventy miles outside the nation’s capital in northern Virginia, there is no national pro-life headquarters, army of lobbyists, or melodramatic political battle being waged. The Front Royal Pregnancy Center is simply part of a national chain of crisis pregnancy centers, “the...READ MORE

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Vatican Reorganizes the Mother Abbey of the Benedictines (3322)

Montecassino is one of the few remaining ‘territorial abbeys,’ independent of a diocese, in the world.

10/24/2014 Comments (2)
CNA/Michelle Bauman

Abbey of Montecassino in Italy

– CNA/Michelle Bauman

MONTECASSINO, Italy — Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a new Abbot of Montecassino — the first monastery built by St. Benedict of Nursia — and at the same time reduced the territory for which the new abbot is responsible.

“The Monastic Community warmly welcomes Father Donato Ogliari as 192nd Ordinary Abbot of the territorial Abbey of Montecassino,” the abbey posted on Twitter Oct. 23.

Benedictine Abbot Ogliari, 57, was professed as a member of the Consolata Missionaries in 1978, and ordained a priest of that institute in 1982. He later transferred to the Order of St. Benedict, and was solemnly professed there in 1992. Before his appointment as Abbot of Montecassino, Abbot Ogliari had...READ MORE

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Reproductive Health Care Pioneer Was Converted After Reading ‘Humanae Vitae’ (5117)

One of the co-founders of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and the National Center for Women's Health in Omaha, Neb., was inspired after reading Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of birth.

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CNA/Bohumil Petrik

Dr. Thomas and Susan Hilgers of the Pope Paul VI Institute speak with CNA in Rome, Oct. 16.

– CNA/Bohumil Petrik

VATICAN CITY — As founders of an institute studying reproductive health care, Thomas and Susan Hilgers have seen the benefits that natural family planning can offer in the realms of health, sexuality and human relationships.

But the couple was not always focused on advocating Church teaching on sexuality and family planning. Their years of dedication to the subject were largely inspired by reading Blessed Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae and later St. John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio, documents that they say bring “great hope and joy to the people to utilize them.”

“This whole concept is rich. I said in another place we should be shouting out from the mountain tops as a Church, we...READ MORE

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Miracle Baby Is a ‘Messenger of God’ (8711)

Faith supports a Rhode Island family — and other families whose children face adversity in and out of the womb.

10/23/2014 Comments (13)
Joseph R. LaPlante

Rony, Angela and Sonia Morales.

– Joseph R. LaPlante

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The adverse prenatal diagnosis that their baby was missing parts of her brain and skull inspired Rony and Sonia Morales to name her Angela.

“She would be our angel, our Angela. We thought she was going to heaven right away,” Sonia said in October, tearing up at the memory of the heartbreaking diagnosis of anencephaly in her third trimester — and how the staff at Providence’s Women and Infants Hospital had suggested an abortion. “Two weeks before delivery, I learned that Angela means ‘Messenger of God.’

The couple was determined to trust God with their baby’s life.

“They told us she had fatal birth defects, that she was incompatible for life, because babies with her...READ MORE

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Trend of Cash Prizes Gives Big Boost for Modern Catholic Literature (4603)

The announcement of America magazine's $25,000 George W. Hunt award marks a major milestone in the effort to promote Catholic letters with money and recognition.

10/23/2014 Comments (15)

Nigerian author Pita Okute's novel Wild Spirits was the winner of the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction.

NEW YORK — Could a Catholic literary revival for the 21st century be in the making?

A recent trend of Catholic awards and prizes for literature — including one for $25,000 — suggests the groundwork is slowly being laid for a Catholic literary renaissance.

Since Tuscany Press launched its Tuscany Prize for literature in 2012, more awards and prizes for writers of Catholic literature have appeared on the scene each year.

On Oct. 13, America magazine announced the launch of the $25,000 George W. Hunt Writing Prize to recognize authors under 45 whose body of work represents “the finest literary work of Roman Catholic intelligence and imagination.”

The prize, administered jointly by America...READ MORE

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Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Raise $1 Million for Iraqi Christians (3012)

The Catholic apostolate La Filotea Productions is seeking to provide food, clean water, shelter, clothing, medical aid, and other basic necessities to the persecuted minorities in Iraq.

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CNA/Maria Lozano

A young boy refugee in Erbil, Iraq.

– CNA/Maria Lozano

WASHINGTON — A Catholic lay organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and money to help persecuted Christians and other minorities in Iraq.

“How can common lay people of faith throughout the world help martyr communities in Iraq with something more than their valuable prayers?” asked Gabriela Paz, president of La Filotea Productions, Inc., in an Oct. 14 statement.

“Knowing that faith without works is dead, the answer is with their pocket, by contributing funds for much-needed relief efforts in these communities,” Paz went on to say.

La Filotea Productions is a Catholic lay organization that dedicates itself to evangelization through multimedia and works of...READ MORE

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Hundreds Flock to U.S. Shrine to Celebrate First Memorial of St. John Paul II (2655)

A relic of St. John Paul II's blood, as well as a bloodstained piece of his cassock from the 1981 attempt on his life, are present for veneration at the shrine.

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CNA/Addie Mena

Mass is said at the St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C., for the pope-saint’s optional memorial, Oct. 22.

– CNA/Addie Mena

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of pilgrims and faithful from all states of life flocked to Washington, D.C.'s St. John Paul II Shrine on Wednesday to celebrate the late Pope and recently canonized saint’s first universal feast day.

“To be able to celebrate in the presence of a saint on their first feast day, I think is just a point of great grace for the local Church and all the pilgrims that come here,” said Dominican Father. Jonathan Kalisch, chaplain of the St John Paul II National Shrine, to CNA Oct. 22.

This presence, he said, was apparent in the large and diverse crowd who came to participate in a feast day Mass at the shrine.

At the Mass, there were “over 550 young people, the elderly,...READ MORE

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