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Vatican Collecting Diocesan Data, Not Lay Opinions in Worldwide Survey (13015)

Multiple media reports have given rise to the misconception that Pope Francis is polling Catholics for their views on Church teaching and practices.

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi and Archbishop Bruno Forte, special secretary of the 2014 Synod of Bishops, speak Nov. 5 at the Vatican.

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis wants to know about the state of marriage and the family in the Church, before the bishops meet in Rome for an extraordinary synod next year. However, the lay faithful should not expect to be receiving a survey on their views from the Vatican anytime soon.

For one thing, the Vatican’s survey is being handled at the diocesan level, and the aim is to collect raw data, not opinions on Church doctrine or discipline, in advance of the 2014 synod. The data will help inform the bishops as they develop pastoral solutions for the challenges faced by modern families.

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Marco Roncalli on His Great-Uncle, Blessed John XXIII (4809)

The great-nephew of the soon-to-be canonized pope will publish a new book on his famous relative, in time for the April 27 ceremony in Rome.

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Marco Roncalli is the great-nephew of soon-to-be-canonized Blessed Pope John XXIII, Angelo Roncalli.

He is also the author of Giovanni XXIII — Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli: Una Vita Nella Storia (John XXIII — Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli: A Life in History) and the editor of correspondence from 1933-1962 between John XXIII, Loris Francesco Capovilla, John XXXIII’s secretary, and Giuseppe De Luca, a close friend of the Pope.

Roncalli shared his views on the life and personality of John XXIII in this email interview with the Register, given in October. He has a new book on his great-uncle coming out next year in time for the April 27 canonization.


What kind of a man was Angelo Roncalli?...READ MORE

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National Pain-Capable Abortion Ban Introduced in U.S. Senate (1803)

The legislation would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on the basis that an unborn child feels pain at that stage.

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WASHINGTON — Legislation that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, at which point science indicates that unborn babies are able to feel pain, has been presented in the U.S. Senate.

“At 20 weeks, mothers are encouraged to speak and sing, as the baby can recognize the voice of the mother,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who unveiled the bill at a Nov. 7 press conference.

“The question for the American people is: ‘Should we be silent when it comes to protecting these unborn children entering the sixth month of pregnancy? Or is it incumbent on us to speak up and act on their behalf?’” he said. “I say we must speak up and act.”

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State Elections Yield Mixed Results on Abortion Candidates (2996)

Pro-life and pro-marriage advocates point to Gov. Chris Christie’s victory in New Jersey as proof socially conservative principles can still succeed.

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WASHINGTON — Prominent state elections on Nov. 5 offered mixed results for pro-life and marriage candidates, leading advocates to underscore the importance of pro-life education and work.

In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie won his re-election campaign despite criticism for his pro-life viewpoints and his opposition to state legislation to redefine marriage to accommodate same-sex couples.

Even though the state has a large Democratic majority, Christie won with a comfortable majority of the vote, and he gained votes among women, Hispanics, younger voters and blacks.

The governor had faced criticism for his defense of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. In...READ MORE

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God Searches for the Lost With a Special Love, Pope Francis says (2938)

The Holy Father says God has a “certain loving weakness” for the lost and has joy in restoring them, bringing them home.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Nov. 7 homily, Pope Francis reflected on the Parables of the Lost Sheep and Coin, saying that God has a special love for sinners who are lost.

“God is not a good loser, and this is why, in order not to lose, he goes out on his own, and he goes, he searches. … He searches for all those who are far away from him, like the shepherd who goes to search for the lost sheep,” the Pope said during his daily Mass.

The Holy Father directed his words to those present inside the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, where he resides.

In his opening comments, Pope Francis remarked on the attitude of the scribes and the Pharisees from the daily readings, describing...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Breaking New Ground in Jewish-Catholic Relations (14648)

The Holy Father’s friendships and strong tradition of dialogue with Jewish leaders are already having an impact, building on the foundation provided by previous popes.

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President Shimon Peres of Israel meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 30.

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NEW YORK — The bonds between Jews and Catholics have never been stronger in the Church’s 2,000-year history, but some Jewish leaders say that, with Pope Francis, the best is about to get even better.

Blessed Pope John XXIII reset Catholic-Jewish relations in the 1960s, seeking to reconcile the grievances of the past, in which Catholics had treated Jews less like beloved brothers and more like strangers — or worse, as enemies. The Church approved that outreach in 1965 at the Second Vatican Council with the document Nostra Aetate, and Popes Paul VI, Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI all continued efforts to deepen those relations.

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Pope Names Alice von Hildebrand to Prestigious Order (5023)

Membership in the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory is the highest honor a pope can bestow on a layman.

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Catholic philosopher and author Alice von Hildebrand speaks at an Oct. 30 gala dinner in her honor in New York.

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NEW YORK — Pope Francis has declared Catholic philosopher, author and teacher Alice von Hildebrand a Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory in recognition of her work, witness and service to the Church.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, formally invested her in the chivalric order Oct. 30 at a gala dinner in New York celebrating her 90th birthday.

Cardinal Burke said that Pope Francis conferred the honor to recognize her “outstanding and faithful service” and “in public recognition of the esteem in which she is held in the Church.”

Membership in the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory, which dates back to 1831, is the highest honor a pope can...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Kisses a Man Plagued with Boils; How to Discern by St. Alphonsus de Liguori and More! (4199)

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Pope Francis Kisses a Man Plagued with Boils. Follow the link from the Vatican Insider newsite to view and read more.

Pope Francis Kisses a Man Plagued with Boils from the Vatican Insider newsite - BigPulpit.com

Marriage Exhibitionism – Kim Scharfenberger, Aleteia

How to Discern: a Guide by St. Alphonsus de Liguori - Anna Elissa, Ignitum Today

Conversation with a Cloistered Nun – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

7 Tips to Be Financially Strong in a Tough Economy - Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

Taste of Feminine Genius – Jennifer Rey, OSV Newsweekly

Advent: A Marian Time – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Catholicism and Free Thought - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Strange Notions

Does Objective Morality Depend Upon God? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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