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Bishop Tells Apologists: Beauty Must Infuse the New Evangelization (3829)

Loveliness gives ʻeyes to seeʼ and ʻears to hearʼ the Gospel, Bishop James Conley explained.

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Bishop James Conley.

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SAN DIEGO — Beauty must play a central role in efforts for evangelization and cultural renewal, because beauty is a gift from God to lead men and women to him, Bishop James Conley said in an address at a recent apologetics conference.

“Our New Evangelization must work to make truth beautiful. By means both ancient and new, we must make use of beauty to infuse Western culture, once more, with the spirit of the Gospel,” the bishop of Lincoln said in his Sept. 28 keynote address at the Catholic Answers National Apologetics Conference in San Diego.

“By means of earthly beauty, we can help our contemporaries discover the truth of the Gospel, he said. “Then, they may come to know the...READ MORE

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Prominent Priest Resigns From Irish Hospital’s Board After It Agrees to Perform Abortions (18449)

The Mater Hospital announced last month it would comply with Ireland’s new law that requires the provision of abortions by tax-funded institutions, despite its Catholic identity.

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Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin

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DUBLIN — A leading Irish priest, Father Kevin Doran, has dramatically resigned from the board of directors for the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, after it issued a statement saying it would carry out abortions under the government’s recently passed abortion legislation.

Father Doran, who organized last year’s successful International Eucharistic Congress, was the nominee of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin to the board.

The hospital issued a statement Sept. 24 that said, having considered the government’s new abortion law, it would “comply with the law as provided for in the [Protection of Life During Pregnancy] Act.”

Father Doran made no comment to the Register when...READ MORE

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True Peace Comes by Embracing the Cross, Pope Says at Assisi (4335)

Franciscan peace comes through Christ’'s commandment of love, not an invented ‘pantheistic harmony with forces of the cosmos.’

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Piazza San Francesco in Assisi Oct. 4, 2013.

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ASSISI, Italy — During his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis told Christians gathered at Mass that true peace can only be gained by drawing close to the crucified Lord, stressing the importance of having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

“What is the peace which [St.] Francis received, experienced and lived and which he passes on to us? It is the peace of Christ, which is born of the greatest love of all, the love of the cross,” the Holy Father said.

Pope Francis celebrated an Oct. 4 Mass for the pilgrims who joined him in the town of Assisi to celebrate the feast of his 13th- century patron, St. Francis of Assisi.

At the beginning of his pontificate, the Holy Father revealed in a...READ MORE

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Pope: Christians Must Reject Worldliness as St. Francis Did (5069)

The Holy Father said true followers of Christ must embrace the cross and reject ʻbakery Christianity.ʼ

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Pope Francis.

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ASSISI, Italy — On the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4, Pope Francis said that Christians should follow the example of the great saint by stripping themselves of a spirit of worldliness, which he called an “idol.”

“All of us must undress ourselves from this worldliness: the spirit contrary to the spirit of the beatitudes, the spirit contrary to the spirit of Jesus,” he said Friday to a group of bishops and poor individuals gathered in Assisi.

The Popeʼs speech, which diverged from his prepared remarks, was one of several given during his day pilgrimage to St. Francisʼ hometown.

“When Francis, here, made this gesture of undressing, he was a young man: He didnʼt have...READ MORE

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The Last Franciscan (4586)

COMMENTARY: What St. Francis and Pope Francis are trying to show us.

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“It has been said that there was only one Christian who died on the cross; it is truer to say, in this sense, that there was only one Franciscan, whose name was Francis.”

— G. K. Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi, 1923


“You (Scalfari) did not ask me (Pope Francis) for a ranking of their (the saints) cultural and religious importance, but who is closer to my soul. So I’d say: Augustine and Francis.”

— Interview of Eugenio Scalfari with Pope Francis, La Repubblica, Oct. 1, 2013


Pope Francis brings the name of St. Francis to world attention. His visit to Assisi on Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis, serves to emphasize both men. The greatest “secular” reminder of the saint from...READ MORE

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William Peter Blatty Submits Petition to Halt Georgetown’s Drift From the Church (15366)

2,000 signees join The Exorcist author in requesting that the Vatican require the university to implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

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William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, is a Georgetown alumnus.

WASHINGTON — When William Peter Blatty won a four-year scholarship to Georgetown University in the 1940s, he arrived at the Jesuit campus with a sense of relief.

During his childhood, Blatty and his mother suffered through more than 20 evictions for non-payment of rent. For the first time, he knew he could stay put without unwelcome interruptions.

More than a half century later, after winning an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation of his bestselling novel The Exorcist, Blatty still calls Georgetown “home.”

But his love for the pontifical institution has inspired him to support and sign a canon-law petition that asks the “Catholic Church to require that Georgetown implement...READ MORE

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Seeking Transparency, Vatican Bank Issues First Annual Report (1535)

The bank receives and administers funds for charitable activities, especially in the developing world.

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The Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the Vatican Bank

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican Bank confirmed a commitment to full financial transparency Oct. 1 by publishing its first annual report.

With the report’s publication, the Vatican Bank — known officially as the Institute for the Works of Religion — fulfills a promise made in May by its president, Ernst Von Freyberg. The bank receives and administers funds for charitable activities, especially in the developing world.

At that time, Pope Francis had yet to appoint a pontifical commission to advise him on the bank, headed by Cardinal Raffaele Farina, former librarian of the Vatican Library and archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives.

The report’s publication comes as the Vatican Bank’s...READ MORE

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Council of Cardinals Recommends Extensive Vatican Shake-Up (7520)

The international group of eight cardinals advising the Holy Father on reform believes a broad decentralization of Church governance is required.

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Pope Francis meets with his so-called 'Group of Eight' cardinals during their first meeting at the Vatican Oct. 1.

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VATICAN CITY — At the end of their first three-day meeting to examine Church governance and reform of the Roman Curia, members of a select “council of cardinals” have recommended that Pope Francis make radical changes to the way the Vatican is run.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters Oct. 3 that the international group of cardinals did not intend to update the apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus — Blessed John Paul II’s 1988 instruction on governance of the Roman Curia — “with retouches and marginal modifications.”

Instead, they wished to introduce “a new constitution with significant new aspects,” with the aim of decentralizing the governance of the Church.  


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