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Vatican Releases Preparatory Document for Synod on Family (2335)

The synod, which will take place in October 2014, will explore the theme of the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.

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Cardinal Peter Erdo, relator general of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, speaks at at a Nov. 5 Vatican press conference.

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VATICAN CITY — At a press conference Tuesday, the Vatican released the official preparatory document on the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, revealing key topics the meeting’s discussion will focus on.

“The document contains, as well as a general presentation on the matter, various essential biblical and magisterial quotations on the theme as well as a questionnaire on the main challenges regarding the family,” said Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary.

Cardinal Erdo, who was appointed as the new general secretary of the Synod of Bishops by Pope Francis on Sept. 21, made the announcement at the press conference.

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Modified Liturgy Coming to Ordinariate Parishes in Advent (9214)

The new ordinariate-use Mass texts are fully Catholic, but also retain the liturgical heritage that former Episcopalians and Anglicans brought with them into the Church.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — One of the most beloved prayers in the Anglican tradition is called the Prayer of Humble Access, but some cherished words were omitted from the Anglican-use Mass, the Vatican-approved liturgy that allowed former Episcopalians and Anglicans to bring elements of their liturgical tradition with them into the Catholic Church.

Come the First Sunday of Advent, however, the missing words of Humble Access will be included in the new ordinariate-use Mass, no doubt gladdening the hearts of many former Episcopalians who recently have become Catholics through the ordinariate.

Said by a kneeling congregation before going to Communion, the famous Prayer of Humble Access begins:


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The Franciscan University of Steubenville Story, What Faith Is and What It Isn't and Much More! (3043)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Franciscan University of Steubenville Story. Follow the link by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine to read more.

The Franciscan University of Steubenville Story – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

3000 Religious Leave Religious Life Each Year, Some Reasons via Fr. Z's Blog (Link Repaired) – BigPulpit.com

What Faith Is and What it Isn’t – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

“Satan, Haunter of the World, Is Haunted by Holiness” – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

We Need More Brainy Cardinals like Prosper Grech – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

N. S. A. Vatican Spying Scandal – BigPulpit.com

Catholic Dads: The Mood in Marital Bedroom – E. Neubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

Francis, They Hardly Know Ye – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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Pope Francis: Find Strength, Hope in the Mercy of God (3479)

Remembering bishops and cardinals recently passed away, Pope Francis said the love of God is “the most invincible motive” for Christian hope.

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VATICAN CITY — At a special Mass honoring all of the bishops and cardinals who have died during the past year, Pope Francis said that nothing can separate Christians from the love of the merciful God.

“It is not by chance that Jesus wanted to preserve the wounds on his hands to make us feel his mercy. This is our strength and our hope,” the Pope said during his homily at a Nov. 4 Mass at the Altar of the Chair inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

In the month of November, “which is marked by the memory of the faithful departed,” said the Pope, “we remember our brother cardinals and bishops from around the world who have returned to the Father's house during the past year.”

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Pope Francis’ Vatican Seminar Tackles Human Trafficking (2630)

At the Pope’s request, the Vatican brought together experts to discuss the scourge of human trafficking and share practical solutions to stop it.

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ROME — Experts from around the world gathered at the Vatican this past weekend to investigate and discuss the growing practice of “modern slavery” in the form of human trafficking.

The preparatory workshop “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery” was held Nov. 2-3.

Called at the request of Pope Francis, the conference was jointly hosted by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences and the World Federation of the Catholic Medical Association.

Speaking at a Nov. 4 press briefing, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said that Pope Francis “had recommended” that this seminar be held.

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Catholics and Orthodox Unite in Call for Peace in the Middle East (1690)

Members of both Churches appealed for the release of two Syrian archbishops kidnapped by armed thugs while on a humanitarian mission.

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WASHINGTON — Dialogue between Catholic and Orthodox Christians in the U.S. and Canada has resulted in a strong call for the release of two abducted Syrian Orthodox bishops, as well as peace across the Middle East.

In an Oct. 26 joint statement, Catholic and Orthodox officials affirmed that “we repudiate all violence and demand action by responsible authorities to end the kidnapping, torture and killing of Christians and all civilians.”

The document, “The Plight of Christians in the Middle East: Revisited,” stated, “We also appeal for the release of Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, both of Aleppo, Syria.”

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Court Delivers Blow to HHS Contraceptive Mandate in Gilardi Case (18898)


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D.C. Circuit Court Judge Janice Rogers Brown

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WASHINGTON — The D.C. Circuit Court recently delivered another defeat for the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate. And in doing so, it set out substantive arguments that the Supreme Court would do well to adopt if it agrees to hear one or more cases challenging the federal mandate, authorized under the Affordable Care Act.

In Gilardi v. Department of Health and Human Services, two brothers, Frank and Phil Gilardi — faithful Catholics and owners of Freshway Foods in Ohio — filed suit to prevent application of the mandate for them, arguing that it violated their rights, as protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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40 Days for Life Celebrates Success at Campaign’s End (3306)

Since 2007, the pro-life group has conducted 2,480 campaigns in more than 500 cities and reports that 7,000 babies’ lives have been saved.

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WASHINGTON — On a rainy sidewalk in Washington, D.C., 40 Days for Life's founder, David Bereit, and Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayonne, France, joined 15 pro-life activists in prayer outside of a Planned Parenthood facility. Bishop Aillet led the group in a bilingual Rosary on the busy sidewalk on 16th Street in the nation’s capital. 

Similar vigils were scheduled throughout the country since Sept. 25, as part of the most recent “40 Days for Life” campaign, which ended Nov. 3.

40 Days for Life’s mission is “to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful activism,” according to the group’s website. The mission is...READ MORE

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