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U.S. Bishops to Address Pornography’s ‘Serious Challenges’ (5147)

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., cites statistics that show that the material is ‘a significant factor’ in nearly 60% of divorces.

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Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., is the chairman-elect of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a statement on pornography to address the “serious pastoral challenges” and consequences that it poses on a spiritual, social and personal level.

“Pornography comes in many forms but leaves its effects on all those exploited by or exposed to it. It is a great temptation that ravages men, women and children,” Bishop Richard Malone, chairman-elect of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, told the bishops’ fall assembly Nov. 12.

“The number of men, women and children who have been harmed by pornography use is not negligible, and we have an opportunity to offer healing and hope to...READ MORE

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Guard Changes, Top Priorities Continue at the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (9854)

Cardinal Dolan’s leadership is applauded as Archbishop Kurtz takes the helm.

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Bishops from across the United States take part in the USCCB's fall general assembly in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops elected as their new president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., previously the vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), ending months of speculation about the future leadership of the nation’s largest religious body.

Archbishop Kurtz will serve a three-year term. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected the USCCB vice president, a move that signaled, in part, the growing prominence of dioceses located in the burgeoning Southwest, where Hispanics increasingly constitute the majority of Catholics.

Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has worked closely with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the outgoing president of...READ MORE

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The Fortunate Faith of Audrey Assad, How You Can Help with The Philippines Recovery and Much More! (3466)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Fortunate Faith of Audrey Assad. Follow the link by Carl E. Olson of The Catholic World Report website to read more.

The Fortunate Faith of Audrey Assad by Carl E. Olson of The Catholic World Report website - BigPulpit.com

How You Can Help with The Philippine Recovery Efforts - Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Ohmygosh! Public Universities to Require Single-Sex Dorms – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Miracle Baby Born in Philippines Amid Disaster - Matt Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines - Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Sacred Art for Our Children - Cassandra Poppe, Catholic Mom

The Tragic World of the Satanic Poets – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

FSSP Discernment Weekend in England, Dec. 13-15 – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement


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Bringing Holiness Door-to-Door (3125)

Mother Mary Teresa Tallon’s cause for canonization was advanced by the U.S. bishops this week.

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Mother Mary Teresa Tallon (1867-1954), foundress of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.

– Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate website

Editor's Note: This story has been updated since it was first posted.

MONROE, N.Y. — The Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, based in Monroe, N.Y., make it their mission to spread the Gospel door-to-door.

Founded by Mother Mary Teresa Tallon in August 1920, the order now has convents in the Bronx, Arizona, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Mother Mary Teresa’s sainthood cause was advanced at the bishops’ fall meeting on Nov. 11. The bishops applauded moving the cause forward. In April, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, outgoing president of the bishops’ conference, signed the edict for her sainthood cause; she is currently a “Servant of God.”

Waldery Hilgeman, who...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Entrust Yourself to the Loving Hands That Formed You (3463)

People must choose to face death ‘belonging to the devil’ or entrusting themselves to the loving hands of God, the Pope said.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Tuesday daily homily, Pope Francis recalled how God formed man with his own hand and emphasized that God is a Father who seeks to console his children rather than hurt them.

“Jesus, God, has taken his wounds with him: He makes them visible to the Father. This is the price: The hands of God are hands blistered by love. And this consoles us much,” the Pope stated during a Nov. 12 homily at his daily Mass in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse.

Focusing his words on the day’s reading from the Book of Wisdom, describing how God created man by hand out of the dirt of the earth, the Pope said that “God has created man for incorruptibility,” but that, “by the devil’s...READ MORE

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Lawsuit Charges Chaplain-Training Program Discriminated Against Christians (2558)

The suit charges that the program’s supervisor began to harass two chaplains about their beliefs.

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SAN DIEGO — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Baptist organization charges that a leader of a training program for the Department of Veteran Affairs discriminated against two military chaplains because of their Christian beliefs.

The suit was filed on behalf of Maj. Steven Firtko, U.S. Army (Ret.), and Lt. Cmdr. Dan Klender of the U.S. Navy. Both entered a San Diego-based Department of Veterans Affairs chaplain-training program in August 2012.

The suit charges that the program’s supervisor, Nancy Dietsch, began to harass the chaplains about their beliefs. The suit says that she admonished them not to pray in the name of Jesus in public ceremonies or cite Scripture in class.

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Pope Francis to Meet With Vladimir Putin (3273)

Pope Francis is the third pope to meet the Russian president.

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President Vladimir Putin has already met with Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

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ROME — Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 25 at the Vatican, according to the director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi.

On the following day, the Holy Father will meet with the president of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.

The first meeting between Pope Francis and the Russian president comes after the Holy Father sent Putin a letter on Sept. 5, at the opening of the G-20 summit, calling on the group’s leaders to set aside the “useless” search for a military solution to the conflict in Syria and to pursue a peaceful resolution through dialogue and negotiation.

Upon his election to the papacy, Pope Francis received a letter of...READ MORE

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Bishops Asked to Hold Collection for Typhoon Haiyan Relief (1339)

Catholic Relief Services has pre-committed $20 million in aid, in advance of raising the funds, because of the critical need for supplies.

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Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services, speaks Nov. 11 to the USCCB's fall general assembly in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — U.S. bishops gathered at their fall general assembly in Baltimore were asked to hold a special collection for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastation in Southeast Asia.

The number of fatalities has been estimated at 10,000 in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan — one of the most powerful storms in recorded history — struck on Nov. 8.

However, Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, said reports on the ground suggest that this is “probably a very low estimate” because some areas are still inaccessible, and the damage there has not yet been assessed.

It is expected that 3 million people will be “very displaced” in the aftermath of the...READ MORE

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