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Play for Faith and Freedom (2530)

Oct. 7 issue feature: Timely show portrays St. Maximilian Kolbe’s stand for religious liberty.

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Leonardo Defilippis as St. Maximilian Kolbe

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When the U.S. bishops called upon writers and artists to employ their skills and talents in the defense of religious liberty during the period of preparation for the Fortnight for Freedom campaign for prayer and special events in June, actor and producer Leonardo Defilippis responded by saying, "I’m not just going to talk about it. I’m going to give you a saint."

In July, Defilippis brought to life St. Maximilian Kolbe in Phoenix in the one-man play Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz (StMaxDrama.com). The multimedia production has since been kindling a brush fire of renewed faith among audiences during the first leg of its nationwide tour.

"Audiences are connecting the dots. They’re...READ MORE

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God's Plan for Marriage (2869)

User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 7

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Sunday, Oct. 7, is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It’s also the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.



In America, clever secular politicians feel they are showing great foresight by opposing the teachings of the Church. Of course, they are only the most recent in a long line of clever secular politicians who have had the same thought, from Nero’s Rome to North Korea.


On Oct. 8, the Church celebrates 11 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War who died at the hands of politicians in the 1930s. In three years, 12 bishops, 4,184 priests, 2,365 monks and 300 nuns died for the faith in Spain.



Genesis 2:18-24, Psalms 128:1-6, Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 or...READ MORE

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Rosaries and Masses 'For God and Country' (3646)

From our Oct. 7 issue: A new prayer campaign is being organized by the World Apostolate of Fatima USA and Father Andrew Apostoli, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal and Fatima expert.

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A great battle — a spiritual battle — is raging.

At Fatima and elsewhere, our Mother showed us the simple, surefire way she would bring about victory for the culture of life: through the Rosary.

One way to bring about this victory is through an initiative called "For God and Country."

This is both the name and the theme of a new prayer campaign organized by the World Apostolate of Fatima USA (WAF) and Father Andrew Apostoli, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal and Fatima expert.

Father Apostoli calls the Nov. 6 election one of the most crucial in our country’s history.

That’s why the WAF is launching a 30-day Rosary novena beginning on Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary,...READ MORE

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Doctor of the Church St. Hildegard, Why Roman Rite Catholics Switch to Eastern Rites, and Much More! (2832)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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St. Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church. Click on the link by Leroy Huizenga to read more.

St. Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church – Leroy Huizenga, First Things/On The Square

The Rite Switch: Why Roman Rite Catholics Become Eastern Rite posted by the Regina Domain website – Big ulpit

Struggles and Unexpected Blessings of Special-Needs Kids – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

The Standard Bearer’s Battle Hymn and Large Families – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Recovering Words and Culture in the Unsociety – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

The Interior Life: That of the Apostles and Ours - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

An Introduction to the Social Theories of the Middle Ages - John Médaille, The Distributist Review

The Earliest Biblical...READ MORE

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Following Francis’ Footsteps: How Assisi Protected Jews During World War II, Part II (4022)

At significant risk to themselves, local Catholics and a German Catholic commander preserved peace in the birthplace of St. Francis.

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American soldier at altar in bombed Catholic Church in Acerno, Italy. Acerno was bombed in September 1943 by Anglo-American forces, which destroyed part of the bishop’s palace and the church of S. Maria degli Angeli. This was the scenario feared by civil and religious leaders in Assisi in 1943-44.

– Office of War Information, United States National Archives and Records Administration/ public domain

ASSISI, ITALY-The Italian city of Assisi, that was the home of St. Francis, became from 1943 to 1944, a shelter for thousands of refugees displaced by World War II.  Italian Scholar Francesco Santucci has researched and recounted the Catholic effort to protect Jewish refugees.  Yesterday Part I told the story of Assisi’s wartime bishop, Guiseppi Nicolini, and his priest secretary, Father Aldo Brunacci, who together masterminded the network of hiding places for Jewish families in the city’s convents, monasteries and private homes—including the bishop’s palace. Part II recounts the strategy that prevented Assisi from suffering any military damage despite its location in an embattled region....READ MORE

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Singles' Standards (5939)

Single Life column from Oct. 7 issue: All Catholic singles — men and women — should have the same set of standards and hold fast to them. At least we should if a happy, holy marriage is what we’re after.

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"Maybe it’s time to stop being so picky."

On the list of well-intentioned remarks married friends and relatives make to single Catholics, that sentiment is among the most oft expressed. It’s also among the most misguided.

At least, it can be … depending on what people mean by "picky."

If they’re telling us to throw out the list we’ve been carrying around since high school, enumerating all the qualities we want in a spouse, then they’re right.

If, however, they mean we need to lower our standards, then they couldn’t be more wrong.

What’s the difference?

Lists are what we take to the grocery store. They remind us to buy garlic, eggs and chicken. They’re helpful when shopping...READ MORE

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Saving Babies 1 Cupcake at a Time (2977)

Did you know that Oct. 9 is National Pro-Life Cupcake Day? Oct. 7 issue Pro-Life Profile on Cupcakes for Life.

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– CupcakesforLife.com

Did you know that Oct. 9 is National Pro-Life Cupcake Day? Educating people about abortion with a cupcake is the idea of Dave Pomerantz, 23, and Joe Baker, 30. They wanted to do something for the million-plus U.S. babies who aren’t allowed to have a birthday due to abortion. Hundreds of thousands of cupcakes are given away across the nation each year through Cupcakes for Life.


Birth of an Idea

Back in 2006, Baker and Pomerantz started brainstorming friendly and non-threatening ways to promote life. Pomerantz was feeling troubled about the number of fellow students and teachers at the Christian school he attended who professed to be "pro-choice."

"I sort of made a joke about...READ MORE

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Catholic Reads Before Election Day: Part 2 (2765)

The Register offers more books worth reading before Nov. 6. Biographies of St. Thomas More and Sargent Shriver are offered here, as is a book — co-authored by a Catholic and an evangelical Christian — dedicated to how the United States can return to its founding principles. And Catholic women speak about what is important to them in light of government intrusions into their faith and family matters. All of the selections examine the harmony that can be found between the principles of faith, virtue and service — apropos before Election 2012. From our Oct. 7 issue.

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Faithful Statesman



The One Thomas More

By Travis Curtright

CUA Press, 2012

216 pages, $64.95

To order: cuapress.cua.edu


The life of St. Thomas More continues to attract attention. Scholar, brilliant apologist for the faith, devoted husband and father, Lord Chancellor of England and one of Henry VIII’s confidants, More was martyred in 1535 for refusing to take the Oath of Succession, which confirmed Henry as head of the Church of England and his divorce from Catherine of Aragon.

Some academics have seen "two Mores" — the early tolerant scholar vs. the hardened heretic hunter and Catholic fanatic he supposedly later became. This view...READ MORE

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