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Tenn., N. Dakota Pro-Lifers Fight for Their State Constitutions (4040)

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.

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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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Bishops Find Hope for Religious Dialogue at Palestinian University (1240)

A delegation of U.S. bishops finds hope at Bethlehem University, but deep concern that Christians continue to emigrate from Palestine.

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Bishops from the U.S. make a pilgrimage to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sept. 11.

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WASHINGTON — Relationships in the Holy Land between Christian and Muslim students are a sign of peace for the region, said U.S. bishops just returned from pilgrimage there.

A delegation of U.S. 18 bishops made the pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine Sept. 11-18.

“What was really positive about this was the tremendous work being done there by Catholic Relief Services and by the Knights of Malta and the Knights and the Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, and a lot of these Catholic organizations that …[are] doing really good work,” said Bishop Richard Higgins, an auxiliary of the Military Archdiocese, who was among the pilgrims.

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Pope Francis: Satan Seduces Us by Disguising Evil as Good (6586)

He said that although the Bible tells us that the devil is astute and cunning in his attacks, we have the angels to defend us.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28.

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VATICAN CITY — On Monday’s feast of the archangels, Pope Francis spoke of the ongoing battle between the devil and mankind, encouraging attendees to pray to the angels, who have been charged to defend us.

“He presents things as if they were good, but his intention is destruction. And the angels defend us,” the Holy Father told those gathered for his Sept. 29 Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha residence.

Francis began by pointing to the day’s readings, taken from Daniel Chapter 7, in which the prophet has a vision of God the Father on a throne of fire giving Jesus dominion over the world, and Revelation Chapter 12, which recounts the battle in which Satan, as a large dragon, is cast out of...READ MORE

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U.K. Bishop Steps Down Over ‘Being Unfaithful’ to Vows (3638)

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Bishop Kieran Conry

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VATICAN CITY — Bishop Kieran Conry of the Dioceses of Arundel and Brighton in Great Britain announced his resignation Sept. 27 after revealing he has been “unfaithful” to his “promises as a Catholic priest.”

“I am sorry for the shame that I have brought on the diocese and the Church, and I ask for your prayers and forgiveness,” he said in a brief statement, which has been read in all the churches of the dioceses over the weekend.

In the announcement, the bishop wrote: “Going back some years, I have been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest.”

“As a result, however, I have decided to offer my resignation as bishop with immediate effect and will now take some time to consider my...READ MORE

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Reclaiming the Family (4834)

COMMENTARY: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher

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Two parents and a child; statue 'Family' in the garden of the Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

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The Catholic Church is entering a pivotal phase on marriage and the family.

With the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, beginning Oct. 5, Pope Francis’ recent creation of a commission that will look into streamlining the matrimonial process, and the Holy Father’s recent celebration of the wedding of 20 couples at the Vatican, the Church needs to make up ground it has lost or ceded to popular culture and reclaim the family.

Much has been written about the recent wedding ceremony. According to the Vatican, the group included couples who were cohabiting, couples who were divorced (and annulled) and at least one spouse who already had a child.

The message underlying the Pope’s gesture, and the...READ MORE

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Communion for Remarried, Pope Francis Has Yes in Pectore; Casualties of the Device Age and More! (3570)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Communion for Remarried, Pope Francis Has Yes In Pectore Sandro Magister of Chiesa via La Repubblica link to read more.

Communion for Remarried, Pope Francis Has Yes In Pectore Sandro Magister of Chiesa via La Repubblica – BigPulpit.com

Casualties of the Device Age – Thomas M. Doran, The CWR Blog

Who Is Pope Francis, the Man – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Remedy For Suffering: Be Self-Giving – Father Charles Irvin, Catholic Journal US

Root Cause of Clerical Homosexual Behavior & Pederasty by Richard Cross of Catholic Culture – BigPulpit.com

Could You Give Up Your Life for Your Faith? – Tim Stanley, The Catholic Herald

A Voice From Hell – Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand

Secularism, Choice and Compulsion – James Kalb, The Catholic World Report

The Votive Candles – Deacon Edward Looney,...READ MORE

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