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Forgiveness Is the ‘Joy of God,’ Pope Says (4124)

The Holy Father reflected on the Parable of the Prodigal Son in his Sunday Angelus.

09/16/2013 Comments (4)
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VATICAN CITY — In his Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father said the “joy of God” is ultimately found in pardoning another for his wrongdoing, just as in the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

“What is the joy of God? It is to forgive!” the Pope told pilgrims Sept. 15, explaining that, in this teaching, “is the whole Gospel; it is all of Christianity!”

Forgiveness, he warned, “is not a sentiment — it is not ‘feeling good’ — on the contrary, mercy is the true force that can save man and the world from the cancer that is sin, bad morality or bad spirituality.”

“Only love fills up the emptiness, the negative chasms that evil opens in hearts and in history,” continued the Holy Father.

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Requiem for a Son (5217)


09/15/2013 Comments (26)
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Paradiso, from Dante’s 'Divine Comedy'

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Why? It’s one of the questions peculiar to humanity.

Animals are curious about “where,” “who,” “what” and “when,” but I don’t suspect they puzzle out “Why?” when going about their everyday lives. My dogs, for example, are content with my company, a bowl full of food, periodic walks and the occasional belly rub.

They don’t ask, “Why?” Only humans ask, “Why?”

The car driving Gian Paolo Stagnaro and his three football buddies crashed shortly before 4pm on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, on Schultz Hill Road, approximately a half mile between Route 199 and Johnny Cake Hollow Road. Unsafe speed and reckless driving were contributing factors in the crash. He and his friend Zachary Pruner, 16, of...READ MORE

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Saints Teach Us Piety by Their Example (5647)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

09/14/2013 Comments (4)

Detail of St. Francis Before the Sultan by Giotto (1267-1337)

When we talk about the gift of piety, it is often easiest to get the hang of it by talking about what it looks like. Like most things having to do with God or any other personal relationship, piety is often a thing easier caught than taught. Seeing a saint makes it easier to understand sanctity than merely reading about it, just as you more easily learn to ride a bike or throw a football by watching others and doing it than you do by just reading an instruction manual.

This is one of the reasons that the Church gives us saints to venerate — and why some of the most beloved saints were not necessarily big on book learning themselves.

Take St. Francis of Assisi. This is a man who was...READ MORE

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Capturing a Political and Spiritual Moment (7005)

Book Review of Michael Novak’s "Writing from Left to Right"

09/14/2013 Comments (3)

Writing from Left to Right:

My Journey from Liberal to Conservative

By Michael Novak

Image Books, 2013

$24, 336 pages

To order: RandomHouse.com


At the ripe age of 80, Michael Novak has written a new book, Writing From Left to Right: My Journey From Liberal to Conservative

Although the author probably would not agree, his book is both a memoir and a conversion story. In the decades ahead, it may rate a spot beside Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain and Whittaker Chambers’ Witness as capturing a certain political and spiritual moment in the United States.

Novak’s era incorporates the last half of the 20th century and the early years of the new millennium.

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New Shepherd in Connecticut: 'Witness Is the Most Powerful Vehicle for Conversion' (13597)

Bishop Frank Caggiano will be installed as bishop of Bridgeport on Sept. 19.

09/13/2013 Comments (5)
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Bishop Frank Caggiano

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Pope Francis recently appointed Brooklyn, N.Y., auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano to be the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., which had been vacant since Bishop William Lori was appointed to the Archdiocese of Baltimore in March 2012.

The Bridgeport Diocese, which has produced two cardinals and an archbishop, includes more than 460,000 registered Catholics, representing 45% of Fairfield County’s total population.

Bishop Caggiano was born less than 70 miles away in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on Easter Sunday 1959, the second of two children. His parents emigrated from Italy a year earlier. He grew up in an overwhelmingly Italian and Italian-American neighborhood.


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Jerry Brown Vetoes Sales of Human Eggs in California (5752)

‘Not everything in life is for sale, nor should it be,’ commented the California governor, who is a former Jesuit seminarian.

09/13/2013 Comments (10)

California Gov. Jerry Brown

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, vetoed a measure that would have enabled a potentially lucrative market for women to sell their eggs for medical research.

“Not everything in life is for sale, nor should it be,” said Brown in his Aug. 13 statement on the veto of bill A.B. 926. “This bill would legalize the payment of money in exchange for a woman submitting to invasive procedures to stimulate, extract and harvest her eggs for scientific research. The questions raised here are not simple; they touch matters that are both personal and philosophical.”

Brown zeroed in on an increasingly complex aspect of egg sellers' understanding of the...READ MORE

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Augustinian Sisters Remembered for Martyrdom in Algeria (4513)

‘Do not worry. We are in the hands of God,’ the sisters said.

09/13/2013 Comment

Martyred Sisters Esther Paniagua and Caridad Alvarez


MADRID — Two Augustinian missionaries martyred in 1994 during the Algerian Civil War are today remembered within their community for their faithfulness, even to the point of death.

Sisters Caridad Alvarez and Esther Paniagua were killed during a war between the Algerian government and Islamists, who targeted various groups, including foreigners living in the country.

The decade-long war, which began in 1991, became especially violent in the summer of 1994. Amid worsening violence, the Spanish Embassy in Algeria advised all their nationals to leave the country as soon as possible.

Archbishop Henri Teissier of Algiers issued a similar warning, asking the religious communities in his...READ MORE

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Youth Say Education Key in Solving Israel-Palestine Conflict (2449)

Christian, Muslim and Jewish youths talked about problems and solutions for conflict in the Holy Land.

09/13/2013 Comments (13)
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Nagib Kasbary (l), Naor Bitton (c) and Lubna Alzaroo (r) give their views on the Palestine-Israel conflict.

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WASHINGTON — Education and interpersonal interaction offer the best hope for change in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, young students said at a recent panel.

“When you live under occupation, you come to accept things you shouldn't accept,” Lubna Alzaroo, a Muslim graduate of Bethlehem University and a Fulbright Scholar studying at the University of Washington, said Sept. 9 at the Washington event hosted by The Catholic University of America.

“Education is our best way for liberation,” Alzaroo added, echoing her father's parting words to her when she left to go to the United States.

She noted, however, that even this hope is threatened by the current political situation.


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