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American Priest Celebrates Receiving Ratzinger Award in Rome (2316)

Like the Pope, Jesuit Father Brian Daley has a profound knowledge of the early Church Fathers.

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– The University of Notre Dame

ROME — An American priest and scholar who was awarded the annual Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 20 was both thrilled and surprised to receive the honor.

“It was a total surprise for me, but I'm really touched that they would think of me for this and that it would bear the name of our present Holy Father, whom I have always admired a lot,” said Jesuit Father Brian Daley, a professor of patristic theology at the University of Notre Dame.

The 72-year-old shared the honor with French Catholic lay philosopher Remi Brague.

“Father Daley and professor Brague are exemplary for the transmission of knowledge that unites science and wisdom, scientific rigor and...READ MORE

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Vatican Deplores Beirut Car Bomb Attack (1464)

Pope Benedict XVI has called for Lebanon to be a witness to 'peace and hope' for its residents and throughout the region.

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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY —  The Vatican’s spokesman is condemning the car bomb attack in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed a leading Lebanese security official and seven other people while wounding dozens.

“The attack in Beirut deserves the firmest condemnation, for the senseless murderous violence which manifested itself and because it runs counter to the efforts and commitment to preserve a peaceful coexistence in Lebanon,” Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican’s press office, said Oct. 19.

He cited Pope Benedict XVI’s call for Lebanon to be a witness to “peace and hope” for its residents and throughout the region.

He said the Holy See shares in the grief over the deaths and injuries...READ MORE

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Acknowledging St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s Life of Holiness (3553)

The executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Black and Indian Mission Office discusses the ‘Lily of the Mohawks,' who was canonized Oct. 21.

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A religious sister holds a crucifix and a picture of St. Kateri Tekakwitha prior to the first American Indian's canonization Oct. 21 at the Vatican.

– Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

Pope Benedict XVI presided over the Church’s canonization of the first American Indian, Kateri Tekakwitha, at St. Peter’s Square yesterday. The 17th-century virgin and laywoman, informally known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” was born in 1656 in present-day New York and died at the age of 24 at the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake, south of Montreal, in New France.

In advance of the Oct. 21 canonization, Father W. Carroll Paysse, executive director of the Black and Indian Mission Office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke to Rome correspondent Edward Pentin Oct. 17 about the significance of the life of St. Kateri and what her canonization means for the Church in the...READ MORE

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New American Saints Canonized in Rome (4870)

Sts. Kateri Tekakwitha and Marianne Cope are among the new saints proclaimed yesterday by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Women religious hold a banner that reads 'Long Live the Pope' as they wait for Pope Benedict XVI to arrive to celebrate a special Mass to canonize seven new saints Oct. 21 at St. Peter's Square.

– Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

VATICAN CITY — An estimated 80,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to witness and celebrate the canonizations of seven new saints on Oct. 21, including the first American Indian, St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

Also canonized was a second American, St. Marianne Cope.

Under a clear blue sky and warm, sunny weather in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI praised each saint for their exceptional lives, stressing that the words of Mark — “the Son of Man came to serve and give his life for many” — were “the blueprint for living” for each of the newly canonized.

“May the witness of these new saints, and their lives generously spent for love of Christ, speak today to the whole Church, and may their...READ MORE

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Archbishop of Canterbury Pushes for Universal Anglican Acceptance of Women Bishops (2961)

Archbishop Rowan Williams, leaving office in December, wants the measure passed at next month’s General Synod.

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LONDON — Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the leading cleric in the Worldwide Anglican Communion, is trying to persuade members of the Church of England’s upcoming General Synod to support the ordination of women as Anglican bishops.

In an article published in the Anglican newspaper The Church Times, Archbishop Williams said the church legislation “will shape the future of the Church of England for generations.” He contended that a vote against the proposal “risks committing us to a period of continued and perhaps intensified internal conflict with no clearly guaranteed outcome.”

The archbishop is trying to push through the measure at the General Synod in November. The synod...READ MORE

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Ontario Pressures Catholic Schools Over Abortion (6338)

Provincial government backpedals after Cardinal Collins reaffirms Catholic system’s independence

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– Archdiocese of Toronto

TORONTO — The government of Canada’s largest province has backed down from statements by a senior cabinet minister last week calling the Catholic school system’s pro-life teachings illegal and anti-women.

In a confrontation similar to that between U.S. Catholic institutions and the Obama administration over the federal contraception mandate, the minority government of Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty called Catholic teaching on abortion “misogynistic” and indicated it was a violation of the government’s new anti-bullying law, the Accepting Differences Act, also known as Bill 13.

The controversy started Oct. 10, when a reporter asked Education Minister Laurie Broten whether Catholic...READ MORE

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Bishops Stir the Pews (4312)

Oct. 21 issue editorial on the election and the New Evangelization.

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Whether in Miami or Seattle, Newark or St. Paul-Minneapolis, the U.S. bishops are ratcheting up the influence of their office during the final days of the 2012 campaign season.

Providentially, during the last lap before the election, Church leaders and lay experts are meeting for the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization in Rome, where they are discussing the best way to mute the siren song of secularism and draw Catholics back to faith in Jesus Christ.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, in his opening address at the synod, urged Christians to "overcome the syndrome of embarrassment" that led the faithful to shrug off threats to the survival of "marriage, family, the concept of...READ MORE

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A Carthusian Nun Wearing a Stole and Maniple, St. Kateri Tekakwitha and Gregorian Chant, and More! (2962)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Carthusian Nun Wearing a Stole and Maniple. Follow the link by Shawn Tribe of the New Liturgical Movement website to read more of this ancient tradition.

A Carthusian Nun Wearing a Stole and Maniple by Shawn Tribe of the New Liturgical Movement - Big Pulpit

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Gregorian Chant – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Archbishop Jose Gomez: Traditional Devotions Together with the New Media – Fr. Z’s Blog

Saint Pedro Calungsod – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Is It a Sin to be Late for Mass? – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Three Masks of the Culture of Death – John P. Hittinger, Truth and Charity Forum

Las Presentaciones: A Vibrant Hispanic Tradition – Fr. Gus Puelo, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Clarity and Specificity of Thomistic Natural Law – Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

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