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Pope Thanks Boy for Entrusting Him to Guardian Angel (2766)

The Holy Father was deeply moved by a letter from the young man, who suffers from chronic encephalopathy.

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Screen shot of the article in Argentina's Clarin newspaper, about two letters exchanged between Pope Francis and 16-year-old Nicolas Marasco.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A 16-year-old Argentine young man who suffers from chronic encephalopathy, a brain disorder, was moved by a letter from Pope Francis responding to a note that he had sent the pontiff a few days earlier.

The boy, Nicolas Marasco, is unable to speak, but was able to send a letter to Pope Francis with the help of his parents, saying that he asks his guardian angel every night to watch over the Holy Father and assist him in his pontificate.

“Dear Francis, my name is Nicolas, and I am 16. Since I am unable to write you (because I still cannot speak or walk), I asked my parents to do it for me, because they know me best,” his letter said.

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Bishops Create New USCCB Position to Aid Post-Abortion Healing (3597)

The Knights of Columbus have provided funding for a new staff member, who will work with the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel.

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BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops have voted to add a bishops’ conference staff member to work with the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel at a national level, citing growing demand for help. 

“Over the past several years, diocesan interest in and expansion of post-abortion healing ministries have dramatically increased,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life activities committee, said Nov. 12 at the USCCB fall assembly in Baltimore.

“While it’s encouraging that so many dioceses are asking for help and responding, the pro-life committee recognized some time ago that additional help would be needed.”

Cardinal O’Malley said the committee...READ MORE

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Secular Quebec Is Poised to Euthanize (4399)

A separatist government, dedicated to distancing the Canadian province from its religious roots, is promoting the legislation, despite federal opposition.

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QUEBEC CITY — Quebec is North America’s most European jurisdiction, but this doesn’t appear to be an asset in terms of valuing human life, economic health or the preservation of its Catholic heritage.

The predominantly French-speaking Canadian province has this continent’s lowest birth rate, at 1.5 children per woman, the highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 94%, the lowest weekly church attendance at 6% of residents — and soon, if its separatist Parti Quebecois government has its way, it will add euthanasia to the list of dubious similarities.

However, the term  “euthanasia” doesn’t appear anywhere in the Quebec government’s Bill 52, “An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care.” While it offers...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Baptism Is a ‘Bath of Regeneration’ (2877)

In his weekly general audience, the Holy Father continued his catechesis regarding the Nicene Creed.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims Nov. 13 in St. Peter's Square during his weekly general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — During his general audience, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of baptism, stating that it opens the door to a journey of faith and helps to sustain us along the way.

“This sacrament constitutes a true immersion in the death of Christ, to rise with him in a new life. It is a bath of regeneration by water and the Spirit and that illuminates us with the grace of Christ,” the Pope expressed in his Nov. 13 address.

The Holy Father offered his words to the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience earlier this morning.

“Dear brothers and sisters,” he began, “I would like to continue our catechesis on the Creed by...READ MORE

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Vatican Secretary of State Expected in Office Nov. 16 (2512)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin has been ill since Pope Francis appointed him Aug. 31 to succeed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

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Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin

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VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, who has reportedly been ill, will arrive in Rome Nov. 16 to assume his post, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of state emeritus, announced Nov. 12.

Cardinal Bertone stated, “(I) had a phone call with my successor, Archbishop Parolin, who will take his post next Saturday.”

The former secretary of state’s comment came at the conclusion of a presentation of his new book, published in Italian, called Papal Diplomacy in a Globalized World. The book is a selection of his diplomatic interventions whilst secretary of state, a post he held from 2006 until Oct. 15 of this year.

It was announced on Aug. 31 that...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops to Address Pornography’s ‘Serious Challenges’ (5002)

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., cites statistics that show that the material is ‘a significant factor’ in nearly 60% of divorces.

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Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., is the chairman-elect of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a statement on pornography to address the “serious pastoral challenges” and consequences that it poses on a spiritual, social and personal level.

“Pornography comes in many forms but leaves its effects on all those exploited by or exposed to it. It is a great temptation that ravages men, women and children,” Bishop Richard Malone, chairman-elect of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, told the bishops’ fall assembly Nov. 12.

“The number of men, women and children who have been harmed by pornography use is not negligible, and we have an opportunity to offer healing and hope to...READ MORE

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Guard Changes, Top Priorities Continue at the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (9818)

Cardinal Dolan’s leadership is applauded as Archbishop Kurtz takes the helm.

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Bishops from across the United States take part in the USCCB's fall general assembly in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops elected as their new president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., previously the vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), ending months of speculation about the future leadership of the nation’s largest religious body.

Archbishop Kurtz will serve a three-year term. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected the USCCB vice president, a move that signaled, in part, the growing prominence of dioceses located in the burgeoning Southwest, where Hispanics increasingly constitute the majority of Catholics.

Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has worked closely with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the outgoing president of...READ MORE

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The Fortunate Faith of Audrey Assad, How You Can Help with The Philippines Recovery and Much More! (3421)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Fortunate Faith of Audrey Assad. Follow the link by Carl E. Olson of The Catholic World Report website to read more.

The Fortunate Faith of Audrey Assad by Carl E. Olson of The Catholic World Report website - BigPulpit.com

How You Can Help with The Philippine Recovery Efforts - Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Ohmygosh! Public Universities to Require Single-Sex Dorms – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Miracle Baby Born in Philippines Amid Disaster - Matt Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines - Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Sacred Art for Our Children - Cassandra Poppe, Catholic Mom

The Tragic World of the Satanic Poets – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

FSSP Discernment Weekend in England, Dec. 13-15 – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement


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