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Are These the Outer Banks of a Coming Judgment? Vocations; On the Wrong Side of History and More! (2442)

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Are These the Outer Bands of a Coming Judgment? by Monsignor Charles Pope - BigPulpit.com

Vocations: All About Life – Father Frank Pavone, Catholic Lane

On the Wrong Side of History – Shane Kepler, Epic Pew

‘Culture of Encounter’ Crucial in Aiding Poor - Maria-Pia Negro Chin, OSV Newsweekly

Sources of the Protestant Devolution by Matthew Tyson of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

Cardinal Burke: “I Don’t Ever Put Myself in Opposition to the Successor of Saint Peter - Diane Montagna, Aleteia∝

Reasons to Be Thankful – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Washington D. C.: Church’s Doctrinal Czar, Cardinal Müller, Walks a Political Line - Mark Stricherz, Aleteia∝

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‘You Are My Legacy,’ Cardinal George Tells Chicago at Final Mass as Archbishop (1466)

The 77-year-old cardinal retires on Nov.18 as he passes care of the archdiocese to Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich.

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CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George celebrated his final public Mass as archbishop of Chicago on Sunday, thanking the people of the Windy City for being God’s “gift” to him.

“Every priest and bishop is given the gift of the people that he is called to care for and to love in Christ’s name,” Cardinal George said in his Nov. 16 homily, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“At some point, Christ will question me: 'What have you done with my people? Are they holier because of your ministry? Are they more generous, more loving toward others?' In short, you are my legacy,” he told the congregation at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral.

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Archbishop Chaput: Pope’s Visit to Philly Will Be ‘Icing on the Cake’ (847)

The Philadelphia archbishop says Pope Francis’ attendance at the World Meeting of Families will be a blessing for the event and for the world.

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ROME — After Pope Francis officially confirmed that he will visit Philadelphia next fall for the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles Chaput said the trip will be a blessing for the event and the world.

The Philadelphia archbishop explained that while the Pope had already said privately that he would come, it “gave me great joy” to hear the official announcement.

“This way, we can prepare more formally with our state and with our Church to welcome the Holy Father,” he told CNA Nov. 17. “We have a concrete expression of his interest and his commitment, and I hope to get a broad response from the community in the United States in reaction to this news.”

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Court Rejects CUA, Priests for Life’s Challenge to Contraception Mandate Rules (1354)

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.

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Christmas Comes Early to Harvard Square (1161)

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

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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 the first 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 crowd in a Jingle Bells sing-along.


Praising God Through Song

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Post-Synod Vatican Conference Highlights Truth of Marriage (1453)

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.

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It’s Official! Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to U.S. (7078)

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 (3299)

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.

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