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African Archbishop Reflects on Challenges to Marriage and Family (3463)

Archbishop John Baptist Odama, Uganda’s delegate to the Synod of Bishops on the Family, discusses the Church in Africa.

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SIDEBAR ARTICLE: African Missionary: The Family Is Indispensible to the Church's Mission


KAMPALA, Uganda — Archbishop John Baptist Odama, chairman of the Uganda bishops’ conference, is Uganda’s delegate to the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

The synod, which is taking place through Oct. 19, is discussing pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.

In an interview with the Register before the synod, Archbishop Odama highlighted some key issues negatively impacting marriage and the family, such as the crisis of faith and family, the breakdown of families, violence and physical abuse, dependence on the media and social networks and external...READ MORE

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Daily Examination of Conscience Keeps the Devil at Bay, Pope Francis Says (5058)

Satan, he cautioned, 'never leaves that which he wants for himself' — our souls.

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Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass of the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis encouraged the faithful on Friday to guard their hearts by doing a daily examination of conscience, saying that, we if we don’t, we risk letting the devil in rather than the Lord.

“Guard the heart, as a house is guarded, with a key. And then watch the heart, like a sentinel: How often do wicked thoughts, wicked intentions, jealousy, envy enter in?” the Pope asked his Oct. 10 Mass attendees.

The devil, he cautioned, “never leaves that which he wants for himself,” which are our souls, meaning that he keeps trying to tempt us.

Pope Francis began his reflections by turning to the day’s Gospel reading from Luke Chapter 11, in which Jesus is accused of casting out...READ MORE

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Cardinal Nichols Shines Light on Migration, Marriage Prep at Family Synod (1847)

Speaking prior to the opening of the synod, the cardinal — who is president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales — discussed the importance of marriage preparation and how it relates to the validity of marriage.

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster

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VATICAN CITY — The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding of marriage: These are a few of the themes that Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, England, hopes to see raised during the synod on the family currently under way in the Vatican.

Speaking with CNA just ahead of the opening of the synod, the cardinal — who is president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales — also spoke on the importance of marriage preparation and how it relates to the validity of marriage.

The Extraordinary Synod on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization runs...READ MORE

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‘Familiaris Consortio’ and the Synod on the Family (6137)


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Official icon for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

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VATICAN CITY — As the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family gets under way at the Vatican, how relevant will be the last apostolic exhortation on the family, Pope St. John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio (The Christian Family in the Modern World)?

In May this year, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, said in an interview that the Vatican wishes to “update” the document, the fruit of the 1980 Synod of Bishops’ deliberations.

In a later interview with the Register, he noted the “theme of the family, after more than 30 years, since the document Familiaris Consortio, needs to be looked at in a global sense, considering the often uncommon...READ MORE

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Amid Ebola Epidemic, Only Christ Offers Hope to Liberia’s Faithful (2699)

Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk, the Holy See’s apostolic nuncio to Liberia, discusses how faith is sustaining the inhabitants of the beleaguered nation.

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A U.S. Air Force airman watches as U.S. Marines arrive Oct. 9 in Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance, the American effort to contain the Ebola epidemic.

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MONROVIA, Liberia — With hundreds dead from the devastating Ebola virus and no signs of relief on the horizon, one archbishop in Liberia says the people’s faith is what helps them maintain hope.

“The people of Liberia are very religious people who believe and hope in eternal life,” Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk, the Holy See’s apostolic nuncio to Liberia, said Sept. 30.

“Liberians have suffered much and continue to have a difficult life, but they also have great patience — and they know how to be happy and enjoy life. I hope that this night of Ebola will pass away as soon as possible and that we can fully enjoy life again.”

“Ultimately, our hope is always the same: We hope in Jesus...READ MORE

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Christian Club Banned at Long Island Public School (4491)

A public high school faces the prospect of going to court for revoking a Christian club’s approval for the second time.

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Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, N.Y.

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EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. — A group of Christian high-school students and their Long Island public school are moving toward a legal showdown after the school banned their Christian club from campus a second time.

Attorneys informed officials at East Setauket’s Ward Melville High School in an Oct. 6 letter that they had until Oct. 9 to reinstate the Students United in Faith club, which the high school had banned nine months earlier on account of its religious nature.

“They’ve done it again,” said Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for with the legal nonprofit Liberty Institute, which is helping to represent the Christian club’s student founder, John Raney, alongside the firm McDermott, Will & Emery.


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Synod Day 3: Handbook to Overcome Lack of Catechesis Discussed (4123)

Bishops examined the link between the crisis of faith and the crisis of the family.

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Bishops participate in one of the conferences of the Oct. 5-19 synod on the family

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VATICAN CITY — The general discussion of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family continued Wednesday by focusing on various proposals under way regarding the pastoral program for the family unit.

According to the Holy See Press Office, the link between the crisis of faith and the crisis of the family was discussed, with the first generating the second. This led to the suggestion of a vademecum (handbook) being devised, dedicated to the catechesis of the family.

The weakness of the knowledge of the Catholic faith of many baptized person was emphasized, saying this leads to couples getting married without being fully aware of what they are undertaking.

“A dictatorship of unitary...READ MORE

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Susan G. Komen’s Moral Dilemma (12832)

Pro-life advocates remain troubled by the group’s ties to Planned Parenthood, and its denial of links between breast cancer and abortion and the use of oral contraceptives.

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NEW YORK — As a two-time breast-cancer survivor, Eve Sanchez Silver once supported the Susan G. Komen organization in her personal fight against a disease affecting hundreds of thousands of U.S. women each year.

But when she found out while serving on the group’s National Hispanic/Latina Advisory Council that Komen was giving money to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s No. 1 abortion provider, she knew she had a problem.

“Here was a breast-health organization — a very life-affirming organization, from my perspective — funding an organization that essentially kills people. I couldn’t understand why they thought that was okay.”

Sanchez Silver, a retired medical-research analyst from Red...READ MORE

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