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Albuquerque Pro-Life Measure Defeated, But Important Lessons Learned (2501)

Susan B. Anthony List's president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, said pro-lifers ‘were able to educate thousands of citizens about fetal pain and the reality of late abortion.’

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Pro-life advocates pray March 20 in front of the Planned Parenthood Surgical Center in Albuquerque.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Although a pro-life ballot measure in Albuquerque, N.M., did not gain enough votes to pass, pro-life activists say the initiative was able to educate citizens about the reality of late-term abortion.

“Months ago, most Albuquerque residents had no idea their city had become a national hub for late abortion,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, in a statement.

“Despite being outspent four to one, pro-life grassroots activists were able to educate thousands of citizens about fetal pain and the reality of late abortion,” she continued. “This was no small feat in a deep blue city that chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by a 15-point...READ MORE

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Priests Must Exercise ‘Humility and Mercy’ to Hear Confessions, Pope Says (2939)

Pope Francis said the Church is the ‘depository’ of God’s forgiveness, and priests must have peace in their hearts to welcome back sinners as their brothers.

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VATICAN CITY — In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priests should exercise this ministry with “humility.”

“The Church is the depository of this power. It is not an owner; it is the servant of the ministry of reconciliation on behalf of men,” the Pope explained during his Nov. 20 general audience. He also greeted the thousands of pilgrims present, which included groups from Spain, Venezuela, Guatemala, Argentina, Mexico, England, Wales, Korea and the United States.

Continuing his reflections on the Creed, the Holy Father addressed the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square...READ MORE

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South Sudan Bishops Praise National Progress, Urge Reforms (2280)

The bishops urged that a process of national reconciliation take place to heal the wounds left by decades of civil war.

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JUBA, South Sudan — The bishops of South Sudan say they find “much to celebrate” in their newly independent country, praising peaceful advances, while also noting causes for concern.

“Building a new nation is not a quick or easy task,” they said. “Most of our people are living in peace and democracy for the first time in decades. There is religious freedom, with Muslims, Christians and followers of African traditional religion able to practice their faith without obstacles.”

The bishops’ comments come in a pastoral message approved during their plenary meeting in the capital city of Juba held Nov. 12-15.

South Sudan became independent in July 2011, following decades-long civil wars...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus' Pope Francis Documentary Now on DVD (4391)

The documentary delves into the background of the Holy Father from his days in Argentina.

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ROME —  The Knights of Columbus' new film on the life of Pope Francis and his election to the papacy will be available on DVD starting Nov. 20.

“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, an executive producer.

“Still, what remains largely unknown to the public are many details of Pope Francis’ life, the work he has done and the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles. This documentary delves into those stories,” Anderson said.


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Sacrosanctum Concilium Turns 50 (5136)

Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, discusses the significance of Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

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Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

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VATICAN CITY — Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, turns 50 on Dec. 4. The main aim of the document was to achieve greater lay participation in the Catholic Church’s liturgy.

In this exclusive interview with the Register, Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, discusses the significance of the constitution, its fruits after half a century and how to address some of the problems that followed its promulgation.


What did Sacrosanctum Concilium set out to achieve? Why was it needed?

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Cardinal O’Malley: Cohabitation and Student Debt Threaten Marriage (5662)

The Boston archbishop pointed out that student debt is forcing young people to postpone not only marriage, but priestly and religious vocations as well.

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BALTIMORE — Cultural trends discouraging marriage are among the biggest challenges to the Church in the U.S., says Cardinal Seán O’Malley. However the Boston archbishop says he also sees signs of renewal and hope among young people.

“Concerns about marriage — people not getting married, falloff in Mass attendance, [and the] challenge of catechizing the young Catholics” are some of the more troubling trends facing Catholicism in the U.S., Cardinal O’Malley said.

Cardinal O’Malley is a member of the group of eight cardinals whom Pope Francis has asked to help reform the Roman Curia, as well as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ committee on pro-life activities.

The cardinal said that “the...READ MORE

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Domestic Church Key in Evangelization, Supreme Knight Says (1947)

Carl Anderson highlights the importance of family and motherhood, modeled on Mary, in drawing souls to Christ.

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Carl Anderson speaks Nov. 17 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

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MEXICO CITY — Addressing a conference on the Church in the Americas, the head of the Knights of Columbus noted the importance of the family and motherhood, modeled on Mary, in drawing souls to Christ.

“On a continent where John Paul II told us the laity was largely responsible for the future of evangelization here, Our Lady of Guadalupe shows us the way not only as a member of the laity, but an example of the domestic Church: as a wife and as a mother,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Nov. 17.

Anderson made his remarks in Mexico City at the conference and pilgrimage “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization on the American Continent.”

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Pope Francis Names New Fort Worth Bishop (2568)

Msgr. Michael Olson, the current rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in the Dallas suburb of Irving, will shepherd the Texas diocese.

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Pope Francis has named Msgr. Michael Olson as the new bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, setting the priest on the path to become the second-youngest bishop to head a diocese in the U.S.

“I am very humbled and deeply moved by Pope Francis’ appointment of me to serve as the bishop of Fort Worth,” he said. “In a very special way, I am delighted to return home to the Diocese of Fort Worth to serve the priests, deacons, religious and all of the faithful as their bishop.”

Msgr. Olson, 47, is the current rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in the Dallas suburb of Irving. The seminary is associated with the University of Dallas.

Bishop-designate Olson addressed a Nov. 19 press...READ MORE

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