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Archbishop Kurtz Elected President of U.S. Bishops' Conference (5859)

The USCCB also elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo as its vice president.

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected Nov. 12 as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

– Catholic News Agency

BALTIMORE — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services.

Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has served as the conference vice president since 2010. He was elected conference president at the conference’s fall assembly in Baltimore the morning of Nov. 12. He will serve a three-year term.

The bishops’ conference president plays a significant role in coordinating and leading charitable and social work and education, while providing a public face for the Catholic Church in the U.S.

Archbishop Kurtz served as bishop of Knoxville,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Encourages Culture of Prayer for Persecuted Christians (1934)

In his last address as USCCB's outgoing president, Cardinal Timothy Dolan focused on religious freedom and worldwide persecution.

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BALTOMIRE — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, outgoing president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world, encouraging prayers as well as action on their behalf.

“We bishops, as shepherds of one of the most richly blessed communities of faith on the planet, as pastors who have spoken with enthusiastic unity in defense of our own religious freedom, must become advocates and champions for these Christians whose lives hang in the balance, as we dare not allow our laudable battles over religious freedom at home to obscure the actual violence being inflicted on Christians elsewhere,” Cardinal Dolan told the...READ MORE

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Synod, Evangelization Discussed at Bishops’ Meeting (1657)

The bishops also approved a request to move forward on the sainthood cause of Mother Mary Teresa Tallon.

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Bishops listen during discussions Nov. 11 at the USCCB fall general assembly in Baltimore.

– Addie Mena/CNA

BALTIMORE — During the first day of their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops discussed themes and priorities for their work as a whole, including evangelization, the family and Catholic education.

They heard a report from the conference’s National Advisory Council, a 48-member group of laity, clergy and religious of various ages, locations, ethnicities and occupations, who meet to offer input on topics discussed by the bishops.

The council supports a continued focus on evangelization and education, the development of a formal statement on pornography, a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict and an extension of the bishops’ “Call to Prayer” for life, marriage and religious...READ MORE

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Papal Nuncio: ‘The Holy Father Wants Bishops in Tune With Their People’ (11521)

Archbishop Viganò addressed U.S. bishops Nov. 11 during their annual meeting in Baltimore.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

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BALTIMORE — During a brief, but pointed address before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gathered for their annual fall meeting Nov. 11-13, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, delivered a striking message from Rome.

“The Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people. When, this past June, I met with him in his simple apartment at the Casa Santa Marta for a fruitful discussion, he made a special point of saying that he wants ‘pastoral’ bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology.”

Archbishop Viganò, the Pope’s personal representative in the U.S., told the assembly Nov. 11 that Francis was calling on them to deepen...READ MORE

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7 Books That Changed My Life; Phillipines: Super Typhoon, Devastation, Death; Adoption and More! (4423)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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7 Books That Changed My Life. Follow the link by Scott Eric Alt of the Logos & Mus blog to read more.

7 Books That Changed My Life by Scott Eric Alt of the Logos & Mus blog – BigPulpit.com

Philippines: Vast Super Typhoon, Devastation, Death – Fr. Z’s Blog

Adoption: More Than Just an Option - Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

Law Gets Us There, Love Gets Us There More Quickly – Dr. Ed Peters JD, Canon Law Blog

N. T. Wright & Orthodox/Byzantine View of Hell – Byz Pulpit

Photographs from Musica Sacra Scotland’s Inaugural Event - Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Regret & the Christian Life - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Mass in a Hidden Chapel – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Simcha Fisher Interview, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning – Bonnie...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The Weak and Suffering Are a ‘Richness for the Church’ (3874)

The Holy Father urged the sick and those who care for them to see Christ in each other, and imitate Mary.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.

– ELISE HARRIS/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In a meeting with an Italian organization dedicated to helping those in poor health go on pilgrimage, Pope Francis reminded the ill and infirm that they have a true role in the Church.

“Dear sisters and brothers who are unwell, don't consider yourselves only as objects of solidarity and charity, but feel integrated fully into the life and the mission of the Church,” the Holy Father told the members of UNITALSI, the National Italian Union for Transporting the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines, on Nov. 9.

“You have your place, a specific role in the parish and every ecclesial sphere,” he said. “Your presence, silent but more eloquent than many words, your prayer,...READ MORE

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Iran Prison Transfer Endangers Christian Pastor's Life, Supporters Warn (2019)

Pastor Saeed Abedini was moved by Iranian authorities to a dangerous prison where ‘unexplained deaths’ are par for the course.

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Pastor Saeed Abedini with his wife and children.

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — Iranian authorities have reportedly transferred imprisoned U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini to a dangerous prison, prompting concern from human-rights groups and calls for U.S. leaders to secure the Christian pastor’s safety.

“Pastor Saeed is now in one of the most dangerous wards of Rajai Shahr Prison — where violent prisoners are held, those who are imprisoned for murder and rape,” said Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

“The transfer to this prison is a deeply disturbing development and can only be viewed as a move that puts Pastor Saeed’s life directly at risk,” he said. “This new and extremely dangerous development requires the full attention...READ MORE

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Illinois, Hawaii Poised to Legalize Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (5861)

Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling, Pope Francis cited as reasons to embrace ‘marriage equality.’

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Throughout most of 2013, “marriage equality” advocates kept up the pressure on the Illinois House of Representatives to follow the Illinois Senate’s lead and change the state’s marriage laws.

This week, that hard-fought campaign paid off: Several “undecided” lawmakers jumped on board, and the bill legalizing same-sex “marriage” passed. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the legislation by the end of the month, making Illinois the 15th state to allow same-sex couples to “marry.”

The flurry of 11th-hour support for the bill was a blow for Catholic and African-American Protestant leaders who joined together to protect traditional marriage and banked on key...READ MORE

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