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South African Cardinal: ‘My Greatest Worry Is Unrealistic Expectations’ (3717)

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier rejects the ‘media-driven false hope’ that Pope Francis intends to overturn key Church teachings related to marriage.

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Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of Durban, South Africa

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Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, archbishop of Durban, South Africa, is a member of the ordinary council of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that begins on Sunday and lasts until Oct. 19.

In this interview with the Register, the cardinal discusses his hopes, concerns and expectations for the meeting that will discuss the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”


What are your hopes and fears for this synod?

Let me begin with my fears. Perhaps “worries” is a better word. My greatest worry is unrealistic expectations, one of which is the media-driven false hope that Pope Francis is going to overturn, single-handedly, a most...READ MORE

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Teen Student’s Murder Tests Newly Ordained Priest (4740)

San Francisco seminary’s curriculum prepares young priests to serve a rough world.

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Father Mark Doherty speaks with parishioners outside the rectory of St. Peter Church in San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO — On Sept. 3, Father Mark Doherty answered his cellphone after celebrating 7am Mass at St. Peter’s Church in San Francisco’s gritty Mission district.

“The vice principal of the parish school told me that the relative of a student had been killed, and I was needed,” Father Doherty told the Register, recalling the first time he had learned about the murder of Rashawn Williams, 14.

Newly ordained to Archdiocese of San Francisco, Father Doherty arrived at St. Peter’s in July, and Williams was a freshman football player at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School.

But despite his limited experience with priestly duties, Father Doherty quickly acted on the tragic news of the...READ MORE

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Pope: Listen to Your Guardian Angel (9707)

The Holy Father spoke of our heavenly 'traveling companions' on their Oct. 2 feast day.

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VATICAN CITY -- In his homily for the feast of the Guardian Angels, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily Mass on Oct. 2 to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companions.”

The doctrine of the angels, the Holy Father stressed, is not imaginary, but “reality.” He cited what Jesus said: “I send an angel before you to protect you, to accompany you along the path, so that you do not make mistakes.”

According to the Tradition of the Church, each of us has a guardian angel who protects us and helps make us aware of things, the Pope said at the Santa Marta residence. Oftentimes, we have the feeling that “I should do this; this is not right; be careful.” This, he said, “is...READ MORE

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Political Will for Peace Lacks in Holy Land, Says U.S. Bishop (1157)

Residents of Israel and Palestine still desire peace, and coexistence is possible, observed a delegation of U.S. bishops to the Holy Land.

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

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WASHINGTON — Christians and Muslims are coexisting peacefully in Israel and Palestine, but the political will for peace is not yet there, said the leader of a recent bishops’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

“It does not seem that there have been any bad, difficult or ruptured relationships between the Muslims and the Christians in the Holy Land. I don’t think that has been an ongoing issue so much,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, said. “I think, at this point in time, perhaps the biggest problems are political in nature.”

Bishop Pates, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, led a delegation of 18 bishops on a “prayer pilgrimage for peace” to the...READ MORE

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Vatican Officials Meet With Nuncios From Middle-Eastern Nations (1261)

Summit is discussing responses to the Islamic State and how to provide humanitarian aid to displaced persons

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis and Vatican officials are meeting this week with the nuncios to seven Middle-Eastern nations to discuss responses to the Islamic State and how to provide humanitarian aid to displaced persons.

The summit will be held at the Vatican Oct. 2-4. On Tuesday, Holy See press officer Father Federico Lombardi indicated the summit will include the State Secretariat and the Holy See's representatives to the United Nations in New York and in Geneva, as well as the heads of several dicasteries.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, will chair the meeting, and Pope Francis will greet the participants in an audience on Thursday.

Other officials of the state...READ MORE

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Letter to Synod: Marriage Needs Support of Church (3074)

The family is, with the Church, 'the greatest institutional manifestation of Christ’s love.'

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VATICAN CITY -- Law professors, family advocates and clergy have asked those participating in the upcoming synod of bishops to consider how best to help couples understand and live their marriages, in light of such negative family trends as divorce, cohabitation and pornography.

More than 40 academics signed the open letter, which has been sent to the Holy Father and to the cardinals and bishops participating in the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

“Men and women need desperately to hear the truth about why they should get married in the first place,” the letter states. “And, once married, why Christ and the Church desire that they should remain faithful to each...READ MORE

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Cardinal’s Book Provides a Blueprint to Proclaim the Beauty of the Family (4857)

Register Book Pick: The Hope of the Family by Cardinal Gerhard Müller provides thoughtful insights into the contemporary family.

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The Hope of the Family:

A Dialogue with Cardinal Gerhard Müller

Ignatius Press, October 2014

86 pages, $10.95 (paperback)

To order: ignatius.com


In a culture ever more secular, with less space for believers and less regard for religion, the Catholic Church faces a problem of perception. We aren’t largely known for the Church’s charity, her rich intellectual life or the beautiful expressions of the faith across history.

Today, the Church is characterized most often not by who we are or what we do, but by what we oppose. We’re painted as the enemies of progress, of equality, of tolerance. We’re misperceived as bigots, misogynists and hypocrites. To be Catholic, at least in the United...READ MORE

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The Rumor of Cardinal Burke's Demotion, The Laity's Call to Gospel Poverty and Much More! (4284)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on The Rumor of Cardinal Burke’s Demotion via Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

The Rumor of Cardinal Burke’s Demotion via Fr. Z’s Blog – BigPulpit.com

Families Grow Together While Serving Others – Marge Fenelon, OSV Newsweekly

The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty – Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

The Reality of the Church’s Social Magisterium – Randall Smith PhD, The Catholic Thing

Synod on the Family: Cardinal Kasper Spars - BigPulpit.com

Vatican City vs. the Holy See vs. the Pope? – ChurchPOP

15 Tips for Surviving Mass With Little Ones – Jenni Groft, Catholic Stand

The Church Is at Risk in Ukraine. . . – John L. Allen Jr., Crux

Apologetics & Social Media with Patrick Madrid – Shaun McAfee

A Tour of Pope Francis’s Home – Roberta Sciamplicotti, Aleteia∝


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