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Bishop Justin Welby Chosen to Lead Anglican Communion (3168)

Catholic leaders welcome the British government’s selection of the former oil executive to succeed retiring Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

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Bishop Justin Welby

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LONDON — Anglican Bishop of Durham Justin Welby will become the 105th archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, succeeding the retiring Archbishop Rowan Williams.

“I feel a massive sense of privilege at being one of those responsible for the leadership of the church in a time of spiritual hunger,” said the 56-year-old father of six, who was an oil-industry executive before pursuing a religious vocation.

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office formally announced the appointment, saying he had been the “overwhelming choice” of the British Crown Nominations Commission, a body made up of clergy and laypeople.

Bishop Welby is widely hailed for his...READ MORE

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Papal Encyclical on Faith Announced (9599)

Pope Benedict XVI’s fourth encyclical will be released in the first half of 2013, timed to coincide with the Year of Faith.

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Pope Benedict XVI signs his third encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate.'

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is to publish a new encyclical on faith sometime during the first six months of 2013, the Vatican has confirmed.

“The Pope is preparing a new encyclical on the subject of faith, to be published in the first half of next year, during the Year of Faith,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the Register this morning.

The encyclical will be the Pope’s fourth; he has already written two encyclicals on the other two theological virtues of hope and charity. In 2006, he published Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), followed by Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope) in 2007. Both were also related to his third “social” encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in...READ MORE

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Marry Us or You'll Drive Us Out of the Church, Rebuilding the Culture, Knox Bible, and More! (5550)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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“Marry Us or You’ll Drive Us Out of the Church!” Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

“Marry Us or You’ll Drive Us Out of the Church!” via Fr. Z's Blog – Big Pulpit

Professor Points to St. Martin of Tours for Rebuilding Culture – Catholic News Agency

The Knox Bible – Allie Terrell, Ignitum Today

To Fix U. S. Political System, First Fix the American Culture – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Recent Forays Into Ecclesiastical Heraldry – Matthew Alderman, New Liturgical Movement

Christian Valor Amidst Pagan Persecution – John P. Bequette, Crisis Magazine

Is “Extraordinary Form” an Acceptable Name? and is it the Official Name? – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

It’s All The Values Voters Fault! – Foxfier, The American Catholic

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Pope Benedict Highlights Bond of Faith With Charity (2388)

In his Nov. 11 Angelus address, the Holy Father reflected on Sunday’s Mass readings featuring two poor widows who provide timeless models of faith and charity.

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VATICAN — In his Nov. 11 Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on Sunday’s Mass readings featuring two poor widows who provide timeless models of faith and charity.

“In today’s Gospel, the poor widow gives everything she possesses to the Temple,” the Pope said, as he addressed the crowd from the papal apartments overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

“May her unconditional offering inspire us to rely on God alone, while attributing to everything else its due place and proper worth,” he said.

In that Gospel reading, from Mark 12:38-44, the poor widow’s generosity at the Temple collection is contrasted with the great offerings of the rich. Whereas the rich gave from their excess, the...READ MORE

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Pastor Weathers Hurricane Sandy and Its Aftermath (1860)

Father Frank Nelson, pastor of Maria Regina Church in Seaford, N.Y., 28 miles from Manhattan on Long Island, told Register staff writer Joseph Pronechen about his parish’s experiences dealing with the hurricane and its aftermath.

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When Hurricane Sandy slammed into many towns along the coasts of New Jersey, New York, Long Island and Connecticut, not to mention inland areas too, it left destruction that made many places resemble war zones.

Scores of main roads and highways had to be closed to traffic. Millions were without power for days that stretched into a week — thousands even into a second week. Houses were inundated with water measured in feet.

New York City was virtually isolated, as subways and tunnels flooded, planes were grounded, and trains could not run. Mass transit came to a halt.

In the city’s borough of Queens, the Breezy Point beachfront section was not only flooded — 100 homes burned to the...READ MORE

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How We Build the New Culture, Civilization; Sacred Music Can Change Politics and Culture, and More! (1920)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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How We Can Build the New Culture and the New Civilization. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog.

How We Can Build the New Culture and the New Civilization by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog – Big Pulpit

Sacred Catholic Music can Change Politics and Culture – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

The Knox Bible – Allie Terrell, Ignitum Today

Syrian Christians Face Growing Threat From Jihadists - The Algemeiner

The Election in Two Images – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Paul Horgan’s Priests – Fr. Daniel J. Heisey OSB, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Temptations for Classical Christian Education – Brian Douglas, First Things/On the Square

Mother: My Daughter Happily Sacrificed Her Life to Save Babies – Kristine Blythe, Life News

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EWTN Radio Teams Up With iHeartRadio (2429)

The digital radio service makes streaming radio available through the Internet, mobile devices and tablets.

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The EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network is now available through iHeartRadio, the Clear Channel media company’s digital radio service that makes streaming radio available through the Internet, mobile devices and tablets.

EWTN’s president and CEO, Michael Warsaw, said the Catholic network is “pleased” to partner with iHeartRadio in order to “proclaim the Gospel message to an ever-expanding global audience.”

“Our foundress, Mother Angelica, took the Lord’s command to carry his message to the ends of the earth seriously. Our partnership with iHeartRadio enables us to carry on that legacy using the latest in digital technology,” Warsaw said Nov. 8.

iHeartRadio gives users instant access...READ MORE

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Moot Point: Voters Reject Obamacare (6360)

Symbolic Gesture Passed in Five States

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In largely symbolic ballot measures, five states allowed voters on Election Day the opportunity to show their disapproval of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.

The measures were symbolic because the U.S. Supreme Court already ruled this past summer that the federal health-care law is constitutional, thus making moot any state-level efforts to nullify the federal law.

On Nov. 6, similar health-care amendments were on the ballot in Alabama, Florida, Wyoming and Montana. The amendments allowed residents in those states the option to purchase health insurance or not, which the Affordable Care Act compels all Americans to do in what is called the...READ MORE

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