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Christian Pastor’s Two-Year Iran Imprisonment Marked With Prayer Vigil (2171)

Hundreds of people, including Saeed Abedini’s wife and two children, gathered in Washington to pray for his release.

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Naghmeh Abedini and family at the two-year anniversary of minister Saeed Abedini’s imprisonment in Iran.

– CNA/Adelaide Mena

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of advocates gathered Sept. 25 in Washington to pray for the release of U.S. minister Saeed Abedini, who has now been imprisoned in Iran for the past two years.

At the prayer vigil, Abedini’s wife read from a letter in which the imprisoned pastor reassured his 8-year-old daughter that “Lord Jesus Christ is in control” and expressed his wish that she “learn important lessons during these trying times,” particularly that “everything that is happening in it is for his good purpose.”

Born and raised as a Muslim in Iran, Abedini converted to Christianity in 2000, becoming an American citizen in 2010, following his marriage to his wife Naghmeh, who also is an U.S. citizen....READ MORE

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‘Motherhood Is the Contribution Women Can Give to the Life of the Church’ (3456)

With her appointment to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Comboni Sister Luzia Premoli is the first woman to be appointed to a Vatican congregation.

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VATICAN CITY — The first woman ever to be appointed a member of a Vatican congregation explains that “women still have much to give to the Church with their personal charisma.”

Comboni Sister Luzia Premoli, superior general of the Combonian Missionary Sisters, was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples on Sept. 13 and spoke recently to CNA.

“The appointment took me by surprise; I did not expect it … but I was also joyful, because the appointment is a concretization of Pope Francis’ wish for more women in high-ranking positions in the Catholic Church,” Sister Luzia said.

She added that her appointment “shows Pope Francis’ commitment” to having more women...READ MORE

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Synod at the Heart of Papal Masses for Month of October (2005)

A prayer vigil Saturday will officially begin the events of the third extraordinary synod of bishops.

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Pope Francis greets one of the 34 metropolitan archbishops to receive the pallium on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Basilica.

– 2013 CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — The schedule of liturgical celebrations over which Pope Francis will preside in October is mainly booked with events surrounding the synod of bishops, which culminates with the beatification of Pope Paul VI.

According to the schedule released by the Vatican on Sept. 26, Pope Francis will begin the month of October by kicking off the highly anticipated synod of bishops on the family with a Saturday prayer vigil to be held in St. Peter’s Square at 6pm local time.

Following the prayer vigil, Pope Francis will officiate Sunday Mass to mark the opening of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family in St. Peter’s Basilica at 10am.

Reflecting on the theme...READ MORE

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Mass. Bishops: Casino Gambling Is a Bad Bet (2647)

The Bay State’s Catholic shepherds are urging voters to support a ballot measure to repeal a 2011 law that legalized casinos.

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BOSTON — Led by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the Catholic bishops in Massachusetts are urging voters to support a ballot measure this November that would repeal a 2011 law that legalized casino gambling in the Bay State.

As of now, not a single casino has been built in Massachusetts, but the bishops have been warning that building three casinos — one for each region of the state — and one slots parlor, as the law allows, will not spur economic development, but instead will cause many local businesses to fail while leading more people into gambling addiction.

“The gambling industry threatens local businesses, weakens the moral fabric of society and fundamentally alters communities for...READ MORE

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Why I Never Should Have Had Eight Children; The Hell There Is! Faith and Mystery and Much More! (4121)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Why I Never Should Have Had Eight Children by Leila Miller of Catholic Stand link to read more.

Why I Never Should Have Had Eight Children by Leila Miller of Catholic Stand – BigPulpit.com

The Most Exclusive Job in the World: How to Become Pope – ChurchPOP

The Hell There Is! – Victor Ajluni MD, Catholic Stand

Survival Story: First Week of Homeschool – Cari Donaldson, Aleteia∝

Synod for the Family: Remarried & Divorced - BigPulpit.com

Sequoia Sierra On Beauty & Femininity – Christine Niles, Regina Blog

Synod of the Family & USCCB: Oh No! – Donald R. McClarey JD, The America Catholic

From Same-Sex Attraction to Chaste Catholic – Christine Niles, Regina Magazine

Faith and Mystery – J. C., Ignitum Today

Discerning My Vocation as an Artist – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty


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Tenn., N. Dakota Pro-Lifers Fight for Their State Constitutions (4039)

If the ballot measures are successful, they would serve as models for the rest of the country.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee and North Dakota are launching a counteroffensive in the battle for life that could reverberate across the country.

Both have ballot measures Nov. 4 that seek to protect their constitutions from the kind of pro-abortion activism that has eviscerated pro-life regulations in a dozen states. If these measures pass, Tennessee and North Dakota could become models for the other 48 states.

In Tennessee, Amendment 1 would overturn the state Supreme Court’s interpretation that the state Constitution’s right to privacy guarantees abortion. Measure 1 in North Dakota would protect the constitution from such an interpretation.

The amendments are critical because, as...READ MORE

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Ukraine Nuncio: Russian Expansion Endangers Catholics (1831)

Archbishop Thomas Gullickson warned that recent Kremlin statements ‘leave little doubt of Russian-Orthodox hostility and intolerance toward Ukrainian Greek-Catholics.’

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A Ukrainian flag adorns the grave of Kostiv Yuri Mironovich, a Ukrainian soldier killed this summer in the war in eastern Ukraine, in the village of Starychi.

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KIEV, Ukraine — The apostolic nuncio to Ukraine has urged efforts to support Catholics in the nation, warning that Russia’s expansion into the country has caused major instability and threatens a return to political persecution.

“The danger of repression of the Greek-Catholic Church exists in whatever part of Ukraine Russia might establish its predominance or continue through acts of terrorism to push forward with its aggression,” Archbishop Thomas Gullickson said Sept. 23.

“Any number of statements emanating from the Kremlin of late leave little doubt of Russian-Orthodox hostility and intolerance toward Ukrainian Greek-Catholics.”

Archbishop Gullickson was addressing a meeting of Aid to...READ MORE

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Opus Dei’s First Prelate Beatified in Madrid (2400)

An estimated 250,000 pilgrims attended the beatification of Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, who led Opus Dei for nearly two decades until his death in 1994.

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Pilgrims attend the beatification Mass of Bishop Álvaro del Portillo in Madrid.

– Opus Dei Information Office

MADRID — A vast crowd of pilgrims, many of them families, started arriving in the Valdebebas fields on the outskirts of Madrid Saturday morning for the beatification of Bishop Álvaro del Portillo (1914-1994).

Soon after noon, the immediate successor to Opus Dei’s founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, was declared "Blessed" in a solemn yet festive ceremony. An estimated 250,000 pilgrims from all over the world — so many that they stretched almost a mile back from the specially constructed ­altar — attended the beatification Mass.

Blessed Álvaro is the first member of Opus Dei to be raised to the altars since St. Josemaría was canonized in 2002, making the event highly significant for...READ MORE

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