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Anglican Scholar, Catholic Theologian Awarded Ratzinger Prize (4671)

Pope Francis bestowed the honors to the two professors Oct. 26 at the conclusion of a symposium held in Rome by the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation.

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ROME — At the conclusion of an international symposium in Rome, Pope Francis granted the prestigious "Joseph Ratzinger Award" to two professors for their exemplary scholarship in theology.

The 2013 winners were the Anglican canon professor Rev. Richard Burridge, dean of Kings College, London, and Catholic professor of theology Christian Schaller, vice director of the Pope Benedict XVI institute of Regensburg, Germany.

“Special congratulations go to the revered professor Richard Burridge … and professor Christian Schaller, who have been awarded this year’s Joseph Ratzinger Prize,” said Pope Francis on Oct. 26.

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No, You Can't Support Abortion and Be an E.M. of the Eucharist; The Ethics of Water and More! (7254)

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No, You Can’t Support Abortion & Be an E. M. of the Eucharist. Follow the link by Fr. O to read more.

No, You Can’t Support Abortion & Be an E. M. of the Eucharist by Fr. O - BigPulpit.com

Superior Catholic Schools Exceed Common Core Standards - Daniel Guernsey, Crisis Magazine

Contemplating Christ Crucified – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Close Study of Mosaics Helps Painters Learn About Color - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Poverty & Abortion on an Equal Footing? – The Motley Monk, The AmericanCatholic

Ukraine’s Future Depends on Greek (Byzantine) Catholic Church - Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

How Ani Difranco Enhanced My Catholic Faith – Robbe Lyn Sebesta, Catholic Stand

Object Lessons in How to Obtain E. F. Mass Where You are – Fr. Z’s Blog

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U.S. Ambassador Ken Hackett on Serving His Country and the Church (2900)

The former head of Catholic Relief Services formally presented his credentials to Pope Francis Oct. 21.

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Ken Hackett, the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, presents his diplomatic credentials to Pope Francis Oct. 21.

VATICAN CITY — The new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Kenneth Hackett, presented his credentials to Pope Francis on Oct. 21. Prior to his appointment, he had given 40 years’ service to Catholic Relief Services, serving from 1993 to 2012 as president of the U.S. bishops’ humanitarian-aid organization.

In this Oct. 25 interview, Ambassador Hackett explains how he hopes his wealth of international experience and close contacts with the Church across the world will complement his new role. He also discusses his likely priorities as ambassador and his approach to serving the Obama administration in the face of its well-known differences with the Church over important life and...READ MORE

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‘How’s the Joy in Your Home?’ Pope Asks Families (2119)

A Mass in St. Peter’s Square concluded the ‘Day for the Family’ in Rome.

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VATICAN CITY — At the Sunday Mass held during the “Day for the Family” in Rome, Pope Francis questioned pilgrims about the harmony of their home lives.

“I would like to ask a question today. Everyone: How will you carry joy home in your heart? How’s the joy in your home? How’s the joy in your family?” he asked during his Oct. 26 homily.

 “The family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it naturally. That family is the salt of the earth and the light of the world; it is the leaven of society: the joyous family!” the Pope exclaimed.

The Holy Father went on to draw out the connection between joy and faith lived in common life.

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The Extraordinary Deeds of an Ordinary Catholic; Imagination, Prayer, and the Spousal Gift and More! (2315)

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The Extraordinary Deeds of an Ordinary Catholic by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith - BigPulpit.com

Imagination, Prayer, and the Spousal Gift – Deacon James Keating, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Francis Effect & Nancy Pelosi’s Bishop – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Married Mom & Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada – Mark Regnerus, Crisis Magazine

On Confession: The Way to Peace – Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Not Your Great-Grandfather’s Panis Angelicus – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Why I Don’t Pray the Rosary at Mass – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

Save Classical Music from Your Commercialized Mind – Alberto González, Aleteia

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Marriage, Divorce and Mercy (6829)

Editorial on recent Church reiteration of its long-held teaching.

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Pope Francis has often expressed compassion for divorced Catholics who have remarried and feel cast off from the communion of believers who receive the holy Eucharist.

In his book On Heaven and Earth — translated into English this year — he sought to calm that sense of alienation: "Catholic doctrine reminds its divorced members who have remarried that they are not excommunicated — even though they live in a situation on the margin of what indissolubility of marriage and the sacrament of marriage require of them — and they are asked to integrate into the parish life."

More recently, the Pope’s remarks about offering "mercy" to estranged Catholics led some commentators to suggest that...READ MORE

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Communion to Divorced-Remarried Catholics: The CDF Says No (14847)

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Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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That Pope Francis is not going to change the discipline that denies Communion to divorced-remarried people is established by the long article Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, drafted for the Vatican daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

In the article, published on Oct. 22, Archbishop Müller reiterates that a Christian marriage is indissoluble and that this is not simply a pastoral question, but a doctrinal issue that involves the Church’s theological understanding of the sacrament of marriage.

There are also other key passages. Archbishop Müller stated that the Orthodox practice of allowing second or third marriages under...READ MORE

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Pope: Sacrament of Confession Isn’t a ‘Torture Chamber’ (3535)

In his Oct. 25 Mass homily, the Holy Father provides relevant direction about recourse to the sacrament of reconciliation.

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VATICAN CITY — During his daily Mass, Pope Francis centered his homily on the sacrament of reconciliation, stressing that sin is an everyday struggle that requires accountability through “face-to-face” contact.

“Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist or to a torture chamber: It’s saying to the Lord, ‘Lord, I am a sinner,’ but saying it through the brother [a priest], because this says it concretely. ‘I am sinner because of this, that and the other thing.’”

The Pope offered his Oct. 25 reflections to those gathered in the chapel of the St. Martha guesthouse, where he has chosen to reside.

Pope Francis opened his homily by reflecting how, for many believing adults, the...READ MORE

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