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U.S. Bishops: Homilies Should Invite Catholics to Conversion (2203)

Every homily should center on Jesus, they stress in a new document on preaching.

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila gives the homily during Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle May 28 in Washington.

– Catholic News Agency

BALTIMORE — Sunday homilies should promote repentance, instill a sense of mission and lead Catholics to grow in understanding of their faith, the U.S. bishops said in a new document on preaching.

“The ultimate goal of proclaiming the Gospel is to lead people into a loving and intimate relationship with the Lord, a relationship that forms the character of their persons and guides them in living out their faith,” the bishops emphasized.

In “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,” the bishops offered a reflection on preaching for priests, deacons and those who are responsible for forming them.

Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to approve the document...READ MORE

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Nigerian Catholics Respond to Attack With Prayer and Fasting (2679)

Pastor requests reparation by his parishioners for the desecration of their church’s desecration and prayers for the perpetrators’ conversion.

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Msgr. Obiora Ike walks in front of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria.

– Aid to the Church in Need, www.kirche-in-not.ch

LAGOS, Nigeria — After his parish in southern Nigeria was desecrated Nov. 4, Msgr. Obiora Ike called on his parishioners to observe a week of prayer and penance.

“Msgr. Ike has called for seven days of prayer, fasting, penance and reparation for the Christian faithful and for the conversion of these perpetrators,” according to a statement on his website.

Around 2am on Nov. 4, attackers entered St. Leo the Great parish in Enugu, vandalizing the building and destroying infrastructure and sacred items.

Everything in the church was destroyed: the altar, sacred vessels, musical equipment, seats, pulpit, statues, religious images and the entire microphone system.

The destruction...READ MORE

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Catholic Converts You Didn't Know About, Jennifer Fulwiler's Reality TV Show, and More! (2951)

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The Converts to Catholicism You Didn’t Know About. Follow the link by Brantly Millegan of the Young Evangelical Catholic blog.

The Converts to Catholicism You Didn’t Know About by Brantly Millegan of the Young Evangelical Catholic blogBig Pulpit

Jennifer Fulwiler’s Catholic TV Reality Show – Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Three Tips from Proverbs about Finances – Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

St. Martin of Tours and the Search for Holiness – Régine Pernoud, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Vatican Creates New Office for Liturgical Music, Art and Architecture – Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Requiem in Florence – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Difference Between the Old Testament Tabernacle and Temple – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Terri Schiavo Could Not Be Reached...READ MORE

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Pope Creates Academy to Promote Knowledge of Latin (2122)

Holy Father launches new Pontifical Academy for Latin to help priests and academics deepen their knowledge and ability with the language.

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Section of the Bible in Latin.

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is launching a new Pontifical Academy for Latin to help priests and academics deepen their knowledge and ability with the language.

“There is a pressing need for greater knowledge and more competent use of Latin in the ecclesial environment as well as in the world of culture at large,” the Pope stated Nov. 10.

The new academy was announced in a letter titled “Latina Lingua.” The document is known as a motu proprio (“by his own initiative”).

The academy will have two goals.

The first is “to promote the knowledge and study of the Latin language and literature, both classical and patristic … especially in Catholic educational institutions where...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Reject Pastoral Statement on Economic Crisis (7202)

Fast-tracked process is blamed for the outcome, but the U.S. bishops afterwards stress their collective commitment to aiding the needy.

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– Catholic News Agency

BALTIMORE — During their annual meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted against the release of a much-anticipated pastoral statement of support for Americans suffering from the economic crisis on Nov. 13.

“This document is dead,” stated the dismayed president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, after less than the required two-thirds majority of his brother bishops supported the release of the statement “Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times.”

The debate preceding the vote underscored disputes over the scope and tone of the statement and offered glimpses of nostalgia among some older bishops for the 1980s, when the conference’s...READ MORE

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Do We Have to Raise Children Catholic, Dolan to USCCB: Bring Back Meatless Friday's, and More! (1917)

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Do Catholic Parents Have to Raise their Children as Catholics? Click on the link by Cathy Caridi, J.C.L., to read more.

Do Catholic Parents Have to Raise their Children as Catholics? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

Cardinal Dolan to USCCB: Bring Back Meatless Friday’s and Confession! by Catherine Harmon of The CWR BlogBig Pulpit

Sexting, Sexcasting, and Moral Foundations – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Lane

On Spe Salvi and The Lord of the Rings – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Requiem in the Ancient Ambrosian Rite: Msgr. Angelo Amodeo – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Runnymede – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Recent Unpleasantness – Fr. C. J. McCloskey, Truth and Charity Forum

Christianophobia – Mark Movsesian, First Things/First Thoughts

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Media Group Encourages Pregnant Women to Consider Adoption (977)

New video is released in conjunction with National Adoption Month.

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A screenshot of the Heroic Media ad for ImPregnant.org.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin-based pro-life media group Heroic Media has released a new video for National Adoption Month to encourage women with unexpected pregnancies to consider adoption.

“Most women don't understand the feeling of empowerment adoption brings,” Marissa Cope, Heroic Media’s director of marketing, communications and research, said Nov. 12. “We believe this video will alert women to a possibility they may not have yet considered and ultimately save the lives of unborn children.”

Cope said fewer than 1% of women with unplanned pregnancies choose adoption, even though there are 30-40 couples desiring to adopt for every adoptive baby.

The ad is a result of Heroic Media’s...READ MORE

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'Practical Atheism' More Destructive Than Disbelief, Pope Says (7108)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father proposes three methods of discovering God in today’s disbelieving world.

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Pope Benedict XVI gives a blessing Nov. during the Wednesday general audience Nov. 14 in the Paul VI hall.

– Reuters/Giampiero Sposito

VATICAN CITY — The practical atheism of those who say they are Christian but live as if God does not exist is a greater threat than actual atheism, Pope Benedict XVI said as he presented three ways for people to more fully discover God.

While actual atheists often think deeply about God before rejecting belief, practical atheism “is even more destructive … because it leads to indifference towards faith and the question of God,” the Pope stated.

His fourth installment in a series of lessons on faith was delivered Nov. 14 during his weekly general audience to an overflow crowd of nearly 7,000 in the Pope Paul VI audience hall near St. Peter’s Square.

Benedict XVI focused his address...READ MORE

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