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Pope Francis Takes the Faith to the Pages of the Secular Press (20098)

Addressing unbelievers, the Holy Father’s letter in the Italian daily newspaper ‘La Reppublica’ addresses themes of faith and secularism.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has pulled off yet another surprise, by taking the unprecedented step of writing a long letter to the founder of an Italian daily newspaper, explaining the faith to nonbelievers.

The 2,500-word missive, written in response to July 7 and Aug. 7 editorials by Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of the socialist-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, principally addresses themes covering the faith, the Church and today’s increasingly secularist culture.

Scalfari was prompted to write his articles partly to show his admiration for the Holy Father, but also in response to Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), that was published in July....READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Release Special Mass Prayers for 9/11 Anniversary (2478)

Individual bishops also commemorated the anniversary with thoughts and prayers on social media.

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World Trade Center memorial cross, composed of beams found standing amidst the debris following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.

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WASHINGTON — On the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. bishops have released their special Patriot Day Mass intercessions to pray for victims of terrorism, for military service members and for an “end to all hatred.”

“For all victims of violence and terrorism around the world, and for their families, that they may find comfort and peace, we pray to the Lord,” reads a new prayer on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Another prayer asks that the Church “may continue to provide care and healing for all, especially those affected by the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.”

A third prays that national leaders “may work together to address...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Visits Refugees at Jesuit Center in Rome (4098)

The Holy Father met with refugees who are among thousands served by the Jesuits each year in Rome.

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ROME — Just two months after paying a visit to immigrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis visited a group of refugees at a Jesuit-run center in Rome today.

At the Church of the Gesù, Pope Francis met with refugees seeking asylum in Rome and the volunteers who help provide them with food, health care, social support and legal aid.

At least 1,000 people gathered outside the Astalli Center, run by the Jesuit Refugee Service, to wait for Pope Francis, who arrived at 3:30pm local time. The Holy Father met with Father Giovanni La Manna, president of the Astalli Center, as well as Cardinal Vicar of Rome Agostino Vallini and the Holy See’s Press Office director, Father...READ MORE

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Sept. 11, 2001: A Personal Remembrance (10979)


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Father Francis Grogan

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In my freshman year at Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass., the teacher in my very first class was Father Francis Grogan of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. God could not have assigned a gentler and more calming pedagogue to allay my youthful anxieties.

He quickly convinced me that he was there to help his students and not to intimidate them. He was far too modest to talk about his duties as a sonar expert on a Navy destroyer during World War II. I learned about this only when I read his obituary in The New York Times.

I recall the first paper he asked us to write. He would have no idea at that time how prophetic its theme would be. It was based on an experience he had shortly...READ MORE

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'Papal Bounce' Credited for British Confession Boom (5792)

Between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, British clergy report confessions are on the rise.

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Pope Francis welcomes Benedict XVI back to the Vatican at Mater Ecclesia Monastery.

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LONDON — Catholic clergy in England and Wales say more people are going to confession, and many credit both Pope Francis' election and Benedict XVI's 2010 papal visit for inspiring the trend.

“This summer there has been a marked difference in demand compared to last summer,” one priest said in response to a telephone survey conducted by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales' Home Mission Desk. “We don’t usually offer confessions in August, but have done (so) this year.”

The informal survey of 22 Catholic cathedrals in England and Wales sought reports from cathedral deans, priests in residence or designated staff members.

One respondent said there is “definitely” an...READ MORE

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The Francis Effect: New Proposals Give Peace a Chance in Syria (6372)

President Obama makes his case for armed intervention in a televised address, but backs away from requesting swift congressional authorization for a military strike.

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WASHINGTON — Days after Pope Francis’ worldwide fast and vigil for peace, new developments have given hope that a U.S. military strike can be avoided and that diplomatic action can achieve peaceful solutions to Syria’s bloody civil war.

With the world bracing for President Barack Obama to order strikes against the Syrian military over its alleged use of chemical weapons, the Syrian government announced Tuesday that it would accept Russia’s overture to put its chemical-weapons stockpile under international control for eventual destruction.

Even so, President Obama made his case Tuesday night in a televised address to the nation that Congress should give him the authority to punish...READ MORE

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Scott Hahn Calls Year of Faith Book Release ‘Holy Coincidence’ (4972)

His new book, Consuming the Word, presents the New Testament as ‘a sacrament before it was a document.’

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DENVER — At a talk given in the Archdiocese of Denver, Scott Hahn of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology detailed his new book, Consuming the Word, while highlighting the importance of the Year of Faith.

The Franciscan University professor said he had already been working on the book’s release as a follow-up to his bestsellers, The Lamb’s Supper and Letter and Spirit, before then-Pope Benedict XVI announced the Year of Faith for the Church.

“It was already in the works,” Hahn told CNA Sept. 4. “It was a happy and holy coincidence though.”

The conclusion to Year of Faith, Hahn explained during his talk, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, an event that...READ MORE

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Women: Save Your Marriage In 5 Minutes; Unitive and Procreative: What Is Marriage? and Much More! (5239)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Women: Save Your Marriage, In 5 Minutes. Follow the link by Leila Miller of the Little Catholic Bubble blog to read more.

Women: Save Your Marriage, In 5 Minutes by Leila Miller of the Little Catholic Bubble blog - BigPulpit.com

Unitive and Procreative: What Is Marriage? - Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

John Wayne Catholics Throughout History - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pesky Reptiles & Other Creatures, Oh My! - Sr. Mary Colombiere OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

9/11 – BigPulpit.com

A Catholic Flourish to ‘Holy God We Praise Thy Name’ - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Aesthetics: Dr. Peter Kreeft’s Summa Philosophica - William M. Briggs, Statistician to the Stars!

Gnostics, Socialists, and Opiates - Jason Jones & John Zmirak, Aleteia

The Jesuit General’s...READ MORE

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