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New U.S. Ambassador to Vatican Presents Credentials to Pope (1955)

Ken Hackett previously served for 18 years as president of Catholic Relief Services.

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Ken Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican

– vatican.usembassy.gov

VATICAN CITY — The recently appointed American ambassador to the Holy See presented his credentials to Pope Francis in a meeting earlier this morning, officially marking the beginning of his duties.

“The Vatican and the Holy Father have the ability to influence world events in a positive way through the calling of faith, and they will continue to be important partners in future collaboration,” U.S. ambassador Ken Hackett stated in an Oct. 21 press release announcing the event.

Hackett was nominated in June by President Barack Obama to serve as the 10th ambassador to the Vatican, and he was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate in an Aug. 1 evening session.

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Modern Slave Trade Has Many Faces, Human-Rights Authority Says (6470)

The newly issued Global Slavery Index shows that more than 75% of the world’s human trafficking occurs in 10 countries, with Mauritania the worst.

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Workers haul bricks at a construction site in Bangalore, India.

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WASHINGTON — Modern-day slavery is prevalent throughout the world, even though it goes by different names, a human-rights activist has clarified in light of a new worldwide report.

“Modern-day slavery has many faces,” said Ana Steele, president of the Dalit Freedom Network USA and Dalit Freedom Network UK, explaining that the United Nations’ definition includes “the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

Regardless of what form it takes, Steele explained, “it is incumbent on each one of us to combat modern-day slavery wherever it exists.”


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Suit Alleges Colorado Taxes Illegally Fund Planned Parenthood (4029)

A state constitutional amendment passed in 1984 bars direct or indirect subsidy of abortion.

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains office in Aurora.

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DENVER — The state of Colorado is illegally providing $14 million to Planned Parenthood in violation of the state Constitution, a lawsuit from a former executive director of the state health department charges.

“Public officials should respect the law and the democratic process, rather than ignore both to fill Planned Parenthood’s bank account,” Michael Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. 17.

“Colorado voters already decided the issue when they amended the state Constitution to prohibit tax-dollar subsidies to abortionists,” he said. “State records clearly show that state officials have provided both federal and state taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood...READ MORE

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A Thousand Concerts Singing ‘I Do Believe’ (3070)

Singer Tajci and her husband, Matthew, are a team that has communicated their own faith via 1,000 performances sharing Christ’s love through music.

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– idobelieve.com

CINCINNATI — Every Christian at some point in his life must ask the question, “Do I believe?”

For Matthew Cameron and his wife, Tajci, the answer is an emphatic “I do believe” — and they are inviting thousands of other Christians to do the same at their 1,000th “I Do Believe” concert at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati on Oct. 26.

On the outside, this Catholic husband-and-wife team look like they have it all. Tajci (pronounced Ty-chi) is a former Croatian pop star who left the communist atheism she grew up with for the Catholic faith and her homeland and music career to start a new life in the United States. Her husband Matthew, a graduate of Christendom College and...READ MORE

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Colbert and the Cardinal: Humor Permeates the Annual Al Smith Dinner (11727)

Comedian Stephen Colbert served as keynote speaker at this year’s event, which raised $3 million for needy New York children.

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Stephen Colbert (l) and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York attend the 68th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on Oct. 17.

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NEW YORK — Faith and laughter abounded at the 68th annual Al Smith Dinner as comedian Stephen Colbert joked on politicians, big and small, the Pope and Cardinal Dolan of New York; and the cardinal made a few reflections of his own.

“A sense of humor comes from faith, faith that everything is in God’s providential hands, a faith that frees us up to laugh,” Cardinal Dolan explained at the Oct. 17 dinner.

“My pleasant task is simply to thank God — thank God as we leave laughing, placing our guests, our honoree, our speaker, our board, our children that we love and help, the city that we love, our country we cherish, our families to which we’re now going to return safely into his...READ MORE

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Abp. Marini's Nostalgia for Spirit of the Council, Spring for Nashville Dominicans and More! (2933)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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*Heavy Sigh* Archbishop Marini’s ‘Nostalgia’ for ‘Spirit of the Council. Follow the link to Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

*Heavy Sigh* Archbishop Piero Marini’s ‘Nostalgia’ for ‘Spirit of the Council', from Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

Spring Time for American Order of Preachers: Nashville Dominicans - Regina Magazine

Clash of Buffoons – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Is the Old Mass Boring for Children? - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Do You Have the Toolbox for Humanity? - Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

Why I Want My Kids to Be Bored - Ginny Moyer, Catholic Mom

The Secret to Success for Being Catholic in College – Brad Noel, Southern Fried Catholicism

A Year at My Refuge House Worthwhile Struggles of Prickly Creatures - Crystal Sprague, My Refuge House

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Pope: Prayer Helps ‘Overcome Evil With Good’ (2055)

The Holy Father explained that Christians’ strength in prayer comes from God alone.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis in his Sunday Angelus greeting taught that prayer is a weapon in the struggle against evil.

“Above all, persevering prayer is an expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him, every day, every moment, to overcome evil with good,” Pope Francis said Oct. 20 to an enthusiastic crowd in St. Peter’s Square.

We do not pray to convince God “by the force of our words,” he said.

“He knows what we need better than we do!” 

The Pope explained that Christians’ strength in prayer comes from God alone. 

“In our daily journey, especially in difficulties, in the struggle against evil outside of ourselves and within us, the Lord is not far way; he is at...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Frenzy; Brace Yourself, Homeschooling Again; The Joys of Fatherhood and Much More! (3830)

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Pope Francis Frenzy. Follow the link to read more.

Pope Francis Frenzy – BigPulpit.com

Brace Yourself, You’re Homeschooling Again – Martina Krietzer, Catholic Sistas

Keeping Connected to Christ, St. Teresa Style - Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Pregnant, With Cancer – Theresa Thomas, Everyday Catholic

His Boy Jack by Rudyard Kipling - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Letter to Parents – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Challenges & Joys of Modern Fatherhood – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Why Catholic Schools Don’t Turn Out Actual Catholics - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Did Mary Give the Rosary to Saint Dominic? - Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Hungary Governed by Christian Principles,...READ MORE

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