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Pope Expresses ‘Heartfelt Solidarity’ With Victims of Philippines Typhoon (2069)

The Holy Father also urged the faithful to ‘try also to reach out to them with practical help.’

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Downed power lines and debris block the road in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 10 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sent a message of prayer and encouragement to those who were affected by the huge storm that swept across the Philippines on Friday.

Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of the Holy Father to the Philippine president, Benigno Aquino III, on Nov. 10, saying, “Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this storm and its aftermath.”

Early reports suggest that the storm — called Typhoon Haiyan internationally and Yolanda in the Philippines — may have claimed up to 10,000 lives, with thousands of...READ MORE

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5 Church Fathers on that Most Manly of Traits: The Beard; Denied the City and Much More! (3854)

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5 Church Fathers on that Most Manly of Traits: The Beard. Follow the link by Brantley Millegan of the Aleteia website to read more.

5 Church Fathers on that Most Manly of Traits: The Beard by Brantley Millegan of the Aleteia website - BigPulpit.com

How to Promote the Latin Mass, Learning from Detroit – Jennifer Donelson, New Liturgical Movement

Tolstoy and The Battle of the Will - DarwinCatholic, American Catholic

Family Time. . . It’s what’s for Dinner! – Michelle, Catholic Sistas

Denied the City – Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Leading Candidates for the Red Hat – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Reflexive Belief – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Blessed John Paul II’s Secretary: Meeting with Legionaries Founder was a Mistake – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Finances, Facebook & Pornography – Br. Gabriel...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI, Bp. Schneider and Communion in the Hand; Dads, Do We Have Our Acts Together? and More! (4871)

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11/09/2013 Comments (2)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Bishop Schneider & Communion in the Hand. Follow the link by Alberto Carosa to read more.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Bishop Schneider & Communion in the Hand by Alberto Carosa - BigPulpit.com

Dads, Do We Have Our Acts Together? - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

“Set the Prisoners Free” 2,000 Years Later - Greg Yoko, Catholic Stand

Who Needs a Requiem Mass? - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Confusing the Arguments for God - Doug Beaumont, Strange Notions

30 Days for Holy Souls: Practical Way to Survive Nov. – Cari Donaldson, Aleteia

How to Visit Rome in the Austerity Era – Edward Pentin, Catholic Herald

Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate News – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Future of Thomism - Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

God of All Things – Emmanuel...READ MORE

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Vatican Collecting Diocesan Data, Not Lay Opinions in Worldwide Survey (12705)

Multiple media reports have given rise to the misconception that Pope Francis is polling Catholics for their views on Church teaching and practices.

11/08/2013 Comments (28)

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi and Archbishop Bruno Forte, special secretary of the 2014 Synod of Bishops, speak Nov. 5 at the Vatican.

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis wants to know about the state of marriage and the family in the Church, before the bishops meet in Rome for an extraordinary synod next year. However, the lay faithful should not expect to be receiving a survey on their views from the Vatican anytime soon.

For one thing, the Vatican’s survey is being handled at the diocesan level, and the aim is to collect raw data, not opinions on Church doctrine or discipline, in advance of the 2014 synod. The data will help inform the bishops as they develop pastoral solutions for the challenges faced by modern families.

“Each bishop determines what is the most useful and reasonable manner of consultation to assist him in...READ MORE

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Marco Roncalli on His Great-Uncle, Blessed John XXIII (4705)

The great-nephew of the soon-to-be canonized pope will publish a new book on his famous relative, in time for the April 27 ceremony in Rome.

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Marco Roncalli is the great-nephew of soon-to-be-canonized Blessed Pope John XXIII, Angelo Roncalli.

He is also the author of Giovanni XXIII — Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli: Una Vita Nella Storia (John XXIII — Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli: A Life in History) and the editor of correspondence from 1933-1962 between John XXIII, Loris Francesco Capovilla, John XXXIII’s secretary, and Giuseppe De Luca, a close friend of the Pope.

Roncalli shared his views on the life and personality of John XXIII in this email interview with the Register, given in October. He has a new book on his great-uncle coming out next year in time for the April 27 canonization.


What kind of a man was Angelo Roncalli?...READ MORE

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National Pain-Capable Abortion Ban Introduced in U.S. Senate (1766)

The legislation would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on the basis that an unborn child feels pain at that stage.

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WASHINGTON — Legislation that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, at which point science indicates that unborn babies are able to feel pain, has been presented in the U.S. Senate.

“At 20 weeks, mothers are encouraged to speak and sing, as the baby can recognize the voice of the mother,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who unveiled the bill at a Nov. 7 press conference.

“The question for the American people is: ‘Should we be silent when it comes to protecting these unborn children entering the sixth month of pregnancy? Or is it incumbent on us to speak up and act on their behalf?’” he said. “I say we must speak up and act.”

The House of Representatives passed a...READ MORE

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State Elections Yield Mixed Results on Abortion Candidates (2981)

Pro-life and pro-marriage advocates point to Gov. Chris Christie’s victory in New Jersey as proof socially conservative principles can still succeed.

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WASHINGTON — Prominent state elections on Nov. 5 offered mixed results for pro-life and marriage candidates, leading advocates to underscore the importance of pro-life education and work.

In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie won his re-election campaign despite criticism for his pro-life viewpoints and his opposition to state legislation to redefine marriage to accommodate same-sex couples.

Even though the state has a large Democratic majority, Christie won with a comfortable majority of the vote, and he gained votes among women, Hispanics, younger voters and blacks.

The governor had faced criticism for his defense of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. In...READ MORE

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God Searches for the Lost With a Special Love, Pope Francis says (2904)

The Holy Father says God has a “certain loving weakness” for the lost and has joy in restoring them, bringing them home.

11/08/2013 Comments (3)

– InterMirifica.net

VATICAN CITY — In his Nov. 7 homily, Pope Francis reflected on the Parables of the Lost Sheep and Coin, saying that God has a special love for sinners who are lost.

“God is not a good loser, and this is why, in order not to lose, he goes out on his own, and he goes, he searches. … He searches for all those who are far away from him, like the shepherd who goes to search for the lost sheep,” the Pope said during his daily Mass.

The Holy Father directed his words to those present inside the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, where he resides.

In his opening comments, Pope Francis remarked on the attitude of the scribes and the Pharisees from the daily readings, describing...READ MORE

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