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'Doctor Death' Opens Up Shop in California (1431)

A doctor has returned to medicine in California to prescribe lethal drugs to people seeking suicide.

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ashley rose via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

– ashley rose via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

OAKLAND, Calif. — You can’t put a price on most things in life. But you can, apparently, put a price on death: $2,000.

That’s what Dr. Lonny Shavelson is charging patients at his brand-new physician-assisted suicide clinic in Berkeley, California.

Last month, California became the fifth and most populous state to adopt a law legalizing physician-assisted suicide. The state’s End of Life Option Act went into effect June 9.

Shavelson, who had retired from practicing medicine, was drawn back after Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act last year. Shavelson recently opened the state’s first End of Life Options clinic in the Bay Area, where he will consult with and...READ MORE

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Archbishop Cupich — Newest US Church ‘Kingmaker’ (6585)

COMMENTARY: The archbishop of Chicago will influence the shape of the Church in the United States for many years to come.

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L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis with Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Sept. 2, 2015

– L'Osservatore Romano

There is a saying that the only mystery deeper than the Trinity is how new bishops are selected.

That maxim is especially relevant when speaking about the important Vatican office of the Congregation for Bishops, which is in charge of the discreet but vital process of choosing most of the world’s bishops and archbishops.

Currently headed by the Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the bishops’ office also oversees the creation of new dioceses, organizes the mandatory five-year (ad limina) visits of bishops to Rome and has the sensitive task of investigating bishops who might be negligent in their duties and recommending their possible removal by the Pope.

To be a member of the congregation is...READ MORE

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Battle Over ‘Ad Orientem’ Mass Heats Up at Vatican (8568)

With the Vatican’s apparent support, Cardinal Vincent Nichols discourages the liturgical practice promoted by Cardinal Robert Sarah.

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Cardinal Robert Sarah

– CNA/Paul Badde

Cardinal Robert Sarah’s promotion earlier this month of the ancient liturgical posture ad orientem (facing the east) was met by public disagreement from the Vatican spokesman and a British cardinal.

In his July 5 address at the Sacra Liturgia conference in London, Cardinal Sarah, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, encouraged priests and the congregation to face the same direction towards the apse or ad orientem at key parts of the Mass, and stated that the practice of ad orientem in the new rite was already permitted under Church legislation, meaning there is no need for additional liturgical directives. He also revealed that...READ MORE

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Sensing Opportunity, Pope Francis Takes Next Step to Rebuild Dialogue with Sunnis (1652)

Vatican emissaries are meeting with their counterparts in Egypt’s Al-Ahzar University, the most prestigious institution in the world of Sunni Islam.

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Al-Ahzar mosque in Cairo.

– Romel Jacinto via Flickr.

VATICAN CITY — Less than two months after one of Sunni Islam’s highest authorities came to the Vatican following several years of icy relations, Pope Francis has sent a representative to Egypt’s Al-Azhar University in a bid to restart dialogue between the two.

In accordance with “the explicit wish of Pope Francis,” Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is currently in Egypt for an official visit to the Al-Azhar University, according to a July 12 announcement from the Vatican.

Bishop Ayuso will be accompanied by the Vatican’s ambassador to Egypt, Archbishop Bruno Musarò, for a July 13 meeting with Sunni academic and politician...READ MORE

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The Priest Who Rode a Mule, Wore a Sombrero, and Robbed the Devil of Souls (1877)

Blessed Jose Brochero roamed the countryside of Argentina like a cowboy, armed with an image of the Virgin Mary, his Mass kit, and prayer book.

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Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero.

– Public Domain via Wikipedia.

VATICAN CITY — If Jose Brochero doesn't sound like a Gaucho name, nothing does.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis announced Oct. 16 as the canonization date for Blessed Brochero, a fellow countryman from Argentina, who rode like a cowboy, and was known as the “Gaucho priest.”

He was beatified in Sept. 2013 by Pope Francis, who said Father Brochero was a priest who truly “smelled of his sheep.”

Blessed Brochero was born Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero in Argentina in 1840, the fourth of ten children to Ignacio Brochero and Petrona Davila.

Blessed Brochero entered seminary at the age of 16, and was ordained a priest at the age of 26 for the Archdiocese of Cordoba.

As a priest, after...READ MORE

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Raucous Primary Leaves Paul Ryan as GOP’s Most Visible Catholic Official (4715)

The former VP candidate shows he has learned a lot about combining his faith and politics.

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Speaker Paul Ryan with Little Sisters of the Poor before the 2016 State of the Union address.

– Speaker Ryan Instagram

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is not the only person to win the Republican primaries.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin did not run as a candidate in any of the primaries and, as Trump’s juggernaut built steam, he refused calls that he step in as a compromise nominee at a brokered convention.

Instead, as Trump wiped out a once crowded 16-candidate field that included a record six Catholic candidates, Ryan — fresh in his role as U.S. House speaker — has emerged as the GOP’s most prominent Catholic figure.

And he is drawing upon his faith to offer a thoughtful policy counterweight to a presidential campaign that seems to be constantly embroiled in controversy over the incendiary...READ MORE

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Greg Burke Appointment Comes as Overhaul of Vatican Communications Continues (2616)

This week’s high-profile leadership changes at the Holy See Press Office ‘represent a further step in the reform process.’

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L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis meets with the newly appointed deputy director of the Holy See Press Office, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, and the newly appointed director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, at the Vatican.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — News of the appointments this week of a new director and deputy director of the Holy See Press Office comes at a time when Vatican communications are undergoing a major overhaul, although the Vatican Press Office personnel changes were not made by those in charge of that reform, according to Vatican sources.

The Vatican announced on Monday that Greg Burke, a native of St. Louis and a former Register correspondent, would succeed Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi as Vatican spokesman on Aug. 1.

His current position, as deputy Vatican spokesman, will be filled by Spanish journalist Paloma García Ovejero, who will become the first woman to hold the post. For the first time,...READ MORE

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‘Ad Orientem’: Right Worship Leads to Right Conduct (5877)

COMMENTARY: Reflections on the Exhortation of Cardinal Robert Sarah

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2009 Wikipedia/John Stephen Dwyer

Mass celebrated on Palm Sunday in the chapel of Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

– 2009 Wikipedia/John Stephen Dwyer

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, drew sustained applause for his remarks at the annual Sacra Liturgia conference on liturgical formation in London.

While his remarks reflecting on insights from Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution on the sacred liturgy, were noteworthy, it was his closing words that generated the most energy and enthusiasm: He enjoined all priests present to begin celebrating holy Mass ad orientem (facing the east) by the First Sunday of Advent.

This exhortation and the specific target date were widely reported throughout the Church precisely because this...READ MORE

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