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Sainthood on the Horizon for G.K. Chesterton? (14597)

An investigation has begun into whether to open the cause for canonization of the English writer and convert.

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G.K. Chesterton

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Devotees of the English writer and Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton rejoiced at the news that a Catholic bishop in England is seeking to open an investigation into whether he should be declared a saint.

Opening the annual conference of the American Chesterton Society at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., society president Dale Ahlquist said that Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, England, “is seeking a suitable cleric to begin an investigation into the potential for opening a cause for Chesterton.”

Speaking to the Register, Father Ian Ker, author of G.K. Chesterton: A Biography, published by Oxford University Press, reacted to the announcement by saying, “The Church is looking...READ MORE

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Evangelization Blocked by Our Own ‘Hesitancy’ to Convert (4047)

Cardinal O'Malley gave the keynote address on the New Evangelization in Pope Francis' pontificate at the Knights of Columbus’ supreme convention in San Antonio.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley gives a keynote address during the Knights of Columbus' supreme convention in San Antonio Aug. 6.

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SAN ANTONIO — The biggest obstacle to the success of the New Evangelization is the reluctance of individual Catholics to let themselves be converted by the faith, according to Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

This dynamic is a “hesitancy to accept that each one of us has the obligation to further our own personal conversion and at the same time to share our faith,” the archbishop of Boston told Catholic News Agency Aug. 7.

He emphasized that many Catholics “don’t feel equipped” to share the Gospel and that “we need to help them to be disciple-makers and to have the confidence and also a sense of responsibility” to spread the faith.

“This Year of Faith is a wonderful opportunity for us; the...READ MORE

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Mysterious Priest Showed Up to Pray With Missouri Crash Victim (55683)

As responders struggled to remove Katie Lentz from her wrecked car, a priest appeared and prayed with her, then vanished.

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After emergency responders spent an hour trying to remove a young woman from her wrecked car near Center, Mo., a priest appeared with anointing oil and prayed with her, and then inexplicably vanished.

“He came up and approached the patient and offered a prayer,” Raymond Reed, the New London, Mo., fire chief explained to KHQA-TV about the Aug. 4 incident.

“A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle.”

Once the victim, Katie Lentz, was removed from her car and put into an...READ MORE

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Abortion Polls Test the Conscience of a Church (11022)

Pro-life outreach in parishes and colleges and to Hispanics may prove decisive toward a Catholic culture of life.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Catholic bishops are trying to bring their flocks fully into the pro-life fold, but another poll confirms that the faithful are not even halfway there.

However, Catholic and pro-life leaders believe the Church has an opportunity to change these trends — if only the lay faithful will allow it.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll reports 55% of self-identified white Catholics believe abortion should be “legal in most or all cases.” Just 29% of Catholics said abortion should be “illegal in most cases,” and 13% said abortion should be “illegal in all cases.”

However, the poll does not give the complete picture of Catholics in the United States: It does not reflect the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Issues Motu Proprio on Vatican Finances (6097)

‘For the Prevention and Countering of Money Laundering, the Financing of Terrorism and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction,’ issued Aug. 8, strengthens the Holy See’s supervisory powers.

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VATICAN CITY — In a further bid to counter and prevent financial crime within the jurisdiction of the Holy See, Pope Francis today issued a decree to tighten Vatican safeguards on money laundering.

The Pope’s latest “motu proprio” (“on one’s own initiative”) strengthens the supervisory powers of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority “in response to a recommendation of the Moneyval Committee,” the Vatican said.

Moneyval is a European watchdog group that carried out a review of the Institute of Works of Religion — better known as the Vatican Bank — last year.

The new decree aims to prevent and counter not only money laundering, but also cites its associated crimes of financing...READ MORE

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Priests Race to Scene of Deadly Argentina Explosion (5368)

The archbishop of Rosario has urged Catholics to show solidarity by offering their prayers and support for the suffering city.

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Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Rosario, Argentina.

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BUENOS AIRES —  A local explosion has rocked the city of Rosario, leaving 12 people dead, 60 wounded and many more missing. Archbishop Jose Luis Mollaghan of Rosario, Argentina, has called for hope and solidarity with the suffering and related how the Church was immediately on the scene of the disaster.

Around 9:35am local time on Aug. 6, a natural gas explosion erupted in an apartment building in Rosario, destroyed entire facades and filled the surrounding streets with smoke. Emergency officials estimated the blast was felt up to 40 blocks away.

“This is a very tough moment that has left many wounded and dead. The city has been surprised by this real tragedy,” Archbishop Mollaghan...READ MORE

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Steppe Sisters: Consolata Missionaries Celebrate 10 Years in Mongolia (6978)

The missionary order is fulfilling a 700-year-old request from Kublai Khan to evangelize the Mongol people.

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ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia — For the past 10 years, the Consolata Missionaries have been the sisters of the steppe, evangelizing a people searching for God and helping improve their lives in Mongolia, where more than 20% live on less than $1.25 a day.

“People here naturally have been searching for God and looking for meaning to their way of life,” Sister Sandra Garay, an Argentine member of the Consolata Missionaries serving in Mongolia, told Catholic News Agency. The community is celebrating a decade of their presence in Mongolia, bringing the consolation of Mary to those in spiritual and material need.

The ancient homeland of Genghis Khan and the Golden Horde of centuries past, Mongolia...READ MORE

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Georgetown’s Father James Schall Has Retired — or Has He? (7919)

The storied Jesuit political philosopher has officially left academia, but he has three new books out this fall.

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Father James Schall

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LOS GATOS, Calif. — Jesuit Father James Schall roams around the room, as he explains the relationship between Revelation and reason before a Catholic group in San Jose, Calif.

“Revelation is addressed to reason,” Father Schall tells his audience.

“God created a being that could share in his Trinitarian life. Our end is not a natural end. It is a supernatural end. The universe follows from that — it was created so that human beings can participate in the life of the Trinity, which is not natural to them.”

His wide-ranging meditation draws on Aristotle and Plato, G.K. Chesterton and Pope Benedict XVI. For the moment, the dining room might as well be his old classroom at Georgetown...READ MORE

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