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Raising the Bar in Every Area of Life (3478)

Belmont Abbey College’s high-jumping president calls for excellence and virtue on and off campus.

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Light post at Belmont Abbey College

– Courtesy of Belmont Abbey College

As a two-time NCAA Division I All-American and National Champion high jumper, Bill Thierfelder had long been accustomed to raising the bar in a literal sense.

Now, he does so in a metaphorical way by promoting excellence and virtue in every aspect of life. In fact, each light post at Belmont Abbey College is adorned with a banner reading “Excellence & Virtue,” serving as a reminder of what every member of the Belmont Abbey community is called to embody.

Thierfelder has frequently spoken about his insights into a virtuous life in classrooms, boardrooms, meeting halls and training facilities across the country.

Now, for the first time, he is imparting this knowledge through a book,...READ MORE

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Themes Announced for Upcoming World Youth Days (7170)

The themes will serve as spiritual preparation for WYD 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

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Polish pilgrims celebrate July 28 in Rio de Janeiro after learning that the next worldwide World Youth Day will be hosted in Krakow, Poland.

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Earlier today, it was disclosed that Pope Francis has decided on the next three World Youth Day themes, which will mark a spiritual preparation for the international event to be held in Krakow in 2016.

World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of youths from all over the world to meet with the Pope in order to build and strengthen the bonds of faith, friendship and hope, symbolizing the union between people of different cultures and countries.

A Nov. 7 press release revealed that, for the next three years, the themes will center on the beatitudes, taken from the Gospel of Mark.

The title of the 2014 theme will reflect on the first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Names Bishop Salvatore Matano to Lead the Rochester Diocese (4568)

Bishop Matano succeeds Bishop Matthew Clark, who led the diocese for more than three decades.

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Bishop Salvatore Matano

– Diocese of Burlington

ROCHESTER, N.Y.  — Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Salvatore Matano, who had led the Diocese of Burlington, Vt., since 2005, as bishop of Rochester, succeeding Bishop Matthew Clark.

“My first priority will be to bring people back to Mass,” Bishop Matano said Nov. 6 at a press conference announcing his appointment, adding that “my strategic plan is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“If you are not practicing the faith, please come home. Come home. We miss you,” he said.

Bishop Matano said that holiness isn't something “magical,” but means “to be absorbed by Jesus.”

He furthermore requested prayers from the people. His Mass of installation will be celebrated Jan. 3, 2014.

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Pornography, Liturgy Among Agenda Topics At Upcoming Bishops' Meeting (5050)

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will meet in Baltimore and elect a new president and chairmen for various committees.

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USCCB 2012 Fall General Assembly.

– Michelle Bauman/CNA.

WASHINGTON — When bishops from across the country gather in Baltimore next week, they will consider issuing a formal statement on pornography, and discuss a Spanish translation of Mass prayers, among other issues.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will hold its annual fall General Assembly Nov. 11-14, and elect a new conference president, as Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York concludes his current presidency. They will also hear an address from Cardinal Dolan, as well as from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

In addition, the bishops will hear a presentation for a proposal to create a formal statement on pornography, as studies continue to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Embraces Man Afflicted by Tumors (3292)

At the conclusion of his weekly general audience, the Holy Father spoke with the man for several minutes, then kissed his face and blessed him.

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Pope Francis kisses a man suffering from boils at the end of his Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

– ANSA/Claudio Pera from CNA

VATICAN CITY — At the end of the Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis drew attention by warmly embracing a man who suffers from a rare disease causing neuronal tumors all over his body.

The man was identified as suffering from neurofibromatosis, which causes great pain and can result in impaired vision, learning impairment and even cancer, according to the nonprofit research group Mayo Clinic. Treatment of the condition is very complicated.

People with this disease — which is genetic and not contagious — often face discrimination because of their appearance.

As he carried out his typical greeting of pilgrims at the conclusion of the general audience, Pope...READ MORE

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Grassroots Effort Targets Late-Term Abortion in Albuquerque (2081)

Voters will cast ballots Nov. 19 on a citizen-initiated ordinance to ban abortion there after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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– protectabqwomenandchildren.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — A citizen-initiated ordinance to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Albuquerque, N.M., will receive a vote on Nov. 19 and could have a big impact on the abortion-friendly state.

“This election is historic and has national implications, as it is the first time in our nation’s history that the issue of abortion is on a stand-alone ballot for the citizens to decide,” said Elisa Martinez, executive director of Protect Albuquerque Women and Children.

“Albuquerque residents are energized to support and vote for the ban in face of the medical and scientific evidence that unborn babies experience tremendous pain during these horrific late-term abortion procedures,”...READ MORE

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Immigration Reform Debate: Is a Piecemeal Approach Required? (11487)

Some prominent Catholic observers have concluded Washington’s current political dynamics preclude a comprehensive reform at this time.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with CBP guards beside the fence dividing Mexico from the United States.

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WASHINGTON — As the clock wound down on the congressional legislative session in November, some Catholic observers were becoming less optimistic that the House of Representatives would tackle immigration reform.

“Certainly, there is not going to be any comprehensive bill. At best, there will be one small piece or another,” said Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration and Refugee Services.

“I don’t see too much happening. Unfortunately, this is going to be dragged out,” Bishop DiMarzio told the Register.

“There is not a lot of time left, and next year in particular doesn’t look like it will be good for us...READ MORE

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Do Not Sleep with Your Boyfriend; Balthasar, Universal Salvation and Ralph Martin and Much More! (5567)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Your Boyfriend. Follow the link by Beverly De Soto of Regina Magazine to read why.

Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Your Boyfriend by Beverly De Soto of Regina Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Bishops Oppose ENDA – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Balthasar, Universal Salvation & Ralph Martin – Christopher Blosser, The American Catholic

How Obamacare Offends Human Dignity - Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

Tyrannical Charity – Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

Homeschooling: Decline or Diversification? - Joseph Knippenberg, First Things

Byzantine Divine Liturgy at Wyoming Catholic College – Byz Pulpit

Does Objective Morality Depend Upon God? - Joe Heschmeyer, Strange Notions

Do Ghosts Exist? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

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