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Pope Francis and European Parliament President Discuss Social Welfare (4639)

Martin Schulz, an atheist, also invited the Holy Father to speak to the legislative body in Strasbourg.

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Martin Schulz

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis received in private audience today Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.

The Holy Father and the Catholic-educated but self-declared atheist German politician spent 30 minutes in private talks, during which Schulz invited the Pope to give an address to the Parliament, which is the legislative body of the European Union.

Unusually for such an audience, the Vatican did not release a statement, but according to Schulz, issues relating to poverty, youth unemployment and immigration were discussed. Particular reference was made to the Oct. 3 tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa in which more than 300 refugees, mostly from Eritrea, drowned...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Christians Must Guard Against Devil’s Slyness (6669)

Referencing today’s Gospel reading about Jesus’ healing of a possessed man, the Holy Father recommended three tools for spiritual warfare.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Oct. 11 daily Mass homily, the Holy Father warned of the discreet presence of the devil, exhorting those gathered to be astute in their spiritual lives.

“We must always be on guard,” exhorted the Pope to those who attended Mass in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, “on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”

Referencing the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus has just healed a possessed man and is accused of casting out demons by the power of the devil, the Pope noted that, often in history, there have been those who wish to “diminish the power of the Lord” by offering different explanations for his works, saying that this is a temptation that...READ MORE

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Bill Introduced to Reveal Abortion Charges in Insurance Exchanges (2951)

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and co-sponsored by 70 other members of the House.

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Reps. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. (l) and Chris Smith, R-N.J.

WASHINGTON — A bill newly introduced in the House of Representatives would enable individuals to determine if they are paying a surcharge for abortion under the health-care exchanges available under the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act “requires premium payers to be assessed an abortion surcharge every month to pay for abortions,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said at an Oct. 9 press conference.

“But many pro-life Americans may unwittingly purchase pro-abortion plans because of a marketing secrecy clause,” he added.

Smith continued, saying, “Americans have a right to know upfront and with full transparency when they are purchasing a plan that subsidizes the killing of unborn...READ MORE

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Be a Saint and Respect Life, Archbishop Gomez Tells Thousands of Teens (2279)

The archbishop of Los Angeles told thousands of teens they ‘are never too young’ to answer Christ’s call to holiness.

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More than 5,000 teens attended the 'Christian Service 4 Life' event.

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LOS ANGELES —  Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez encouraged a gathering of thousands of teens to deepen their respect for all human life and to show society how to reach out in love and compassion to all those in need.

“Our job as Christians is to show our society a new way: a way of love, a way of welcoming and hospitality,” he said Oct. 9.

He said they need to defend “the sanctity and the dignity of all human life — from conception, through life, until natural death.”

“We need to reach out to everyone with the helping hand of Jesus Christ — from the woman expecting a child to the handicapped and the aged,” Archbishop Gomez said. “We need to be people of mercy and understanding —...READ MORE

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Long Islanders Gather for Massive Rosary Rally for Freedom (5299)

Hundreds turn out to pray the Rosary and rally for religious liberty threatened by the HHS mandate.

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WEST ISLIP, N.Y. — Come HHS mandate or high water, hundreds of Catholics turned out in Long Island at a local hospital to pray the Rosary and protest the erosion of freedom of religion in the U.S. public square.

Despite the threat of a downpour, more than 750 registered participants gathered on Oct. 5 to pray three decades of the Rosary in front of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, on Long Island.

Organized by the non-partisan Catholics for Freedom of Religion (CFFR), the 90-minute event began with an opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, and then a few speakers addressed the crowd about the U.S. tradition of freedom of religion and the threat to Catholic rights...READ MORE

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At Vatican Audience, Pope Praises Knights of Columbus (2608)

Meeting with the organization’s board of directors Oct. 10, the Holy Father applauded the Knights’ charity and ‘unfailing support.’

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VATICAN CITY — At a recent audience, Pope Francis encouraged the Knights of Columbus to continue working towards the renewal of society through their charitable efforts, prayer and the witness of their lives.

Meeting with the organization’s board of directors on Oct. 10, the Pope thanked the Knights for their prayers on his behalf.

“On this occasion I also wish to express my gratitude for the unfailing support which your order has always given to the works of the Holy See,” Pope Francis said, according to Vatican Radio.

“This support finds particular expression in the Vicarius Christi Fund, which is an eloquent sign of your solidarity with the Successor of Peter in his concern for...READ MORE

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Cardinal Eijk Suspends Priest for Liturgical Abuse; Ordinariate Has a New Text for Mass and More! (11657)

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Cardinal Eijk Suspends Priest for Liturgical Abuse. Follow the link by Mark de Vries to read more.

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Mr. Holier Than Thou Vs Mrs. Barest Minimum Catholic - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Acts Of The Apostasy Calls It Quits – LarryD, Acts Of The Apostasy

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Can the B. B. C. Handle Truth about Ottoman Empire? - Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

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Report: Kidnapped Jesuit Priest Alive in Syria (2561)

Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, who disappeared July 28, was reportedly seen alive and well Oct. 5 in an area controlled by Islamist rebels.

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Jesuit Father Paolo Dall'Oglio

DAMASCUS, Syria — A Jesuit priest missing since July is alive in an area of northern Syria that is controlled by an Islamist opposition group allied with al-Qaida, one reporter has said.

“Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is alive and is being treated well by his kidnappers,” Khalaf Ali Khalaf, a reporter and activist opposed to the Syrian government, told Aki-Adnkronos International news agency.

Khalaf said the Italian-born priest was seen on Saturday, Oct. 5, in an area controlled by the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant, a group active in both Iraq and Syria. He did not name his sources on the grounds, as he wanted to protect them from reprisals.

The priest disappeared from the northern...READ MORE

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