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New York Encounter for 2014 Delves Into the Meaning of Relationship (1682)

The three-day cultural event sponsored by Catholics in the Big Apple teaches people that they can find their identity and fulfillment only in relationships.

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New York Encounter

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NEW YORK — The upcoming New York Encounter cultural festival will explore the dynamic between “I” and “we” — between individuals and community — and how the human person finds fulfillment only in relationship.

The 2014 New York Encounter takes place Jan. 17-19 in Midtown Manhattan, and it is in its fourth year. This year’s theme is “The Time of the Person, the Origins of a People.”

While the event is organized by Catholics, it is meant to be an encounter for all persons.

“People come looking for something beautiful, and, hopefully, they will find it,” said Maurizio Maniscalco, chairman of the New York Encounter.

“It’s a very human and common experience: realizing that you can’t...READ MORE

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Engaged Couples to Meet With Pope on Valentine’s Day (2077)

During the event, which is being organized by the Pontifical Council of the Family, the couples will gather with the Holy Father in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall.

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A newly married couple at the Vatican waits to be blessed by Pope Francis on Oct. 16, 2013.

– Kerri Lenartowick/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Pontifical Council for the Family is promoting a special encounter between Pope Francis and couples who are engaged, which will take place on the upcoming feast of St. Valentine.

Invited to the meeting with the Pope are those couples “who have already attended or are currently going through their marriage-preparation courses,” the council’s webpage states.

Couples who meet these qualifications will gather in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall on Feb. 14 at 11am to receive the personal greetings and message of the Pope.

The Pontifical Council for the Family, which is organizing the event, is part of the Roman Curia and was established by Blessed John Paul II in 1981 in...READ MORE

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California Project Aiding ‘Motel Kids’ Seeks Global Expansion (1892)

A rags-to-riches immigrant chef is serving up a global plan to feed impoverished kids everywhere.

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ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — An Orange County chef, who began feeding impoverished children out of his restaurant in 2005, has created a special project to continue the work, which he hopes to expand to a global level.

“Growing up, I knew what it was like firsthand to be a part of a low-income family,” Bruno Serato told CNA, “so I identified with these kids.”

“I experienced many struggles myself, as I came from a place of hardship and struggle,” he said.

Serato, originally from Verona, Italy, where he grew up as one of seven children in a poor family, moved to the United States more than 30 years ago. He began to work as a dishwasher, but within five years had become the chef and owner...READ MORE

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Vocations Delayed by High Student Debt (5879)

Catholic colleges are taking steps to reduce costs for students, whose lives after graduation are often hindered by their accumulated financial burdens.

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WASHINGTON — The increasing burden of student debt on Catholics has turned into a major roadblock for young people trying to fulfill their vocations: whether it be for marriage, priesthood or religious life.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston raised the alarm in November about student debt, saying that “people are postponing marriage — are postponing a decision to go into the seminary or religious life — because they’re saddled under these tremendous debts which former generations didn’t have.

“If you have a $150,000 debt when you graduate law school, are you going to marry a girl who has a $130,000 debt and start off your marriage with over a quarter-million dollars’ debt?”

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Pope Francis: ‘Our Faith Is Not an Ornament’ (2201)

The Holy Father continued his reflections on the sacrament of baptism at his Jan. 15 general audience.

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Pope Francis speaks at his Jan. 15 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — During his general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on baptism, emphasizing that we are called to use the grace we receive in order to become “missionary disciples.”

“We are one community, and living together our faith is not an ornament, but, rather, is something essential for the Christian life ... for testimony and for evangelization,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 15 general audience.

“Dear brothers and sisters,” he stated to the pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square, “today we continue our catechesis on the sacrament of baptism by reflecting on how, through baptism, we become members of Christ’s mystical body, the Church.”

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Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop of Pueblo, Colo. (2989)

Bishop-designate Stephen Berg promises, ‘You will have all I have to give.’

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Bishop-designate Stephen Berg

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has named the next bishop of Pueblo, Colo.: Msgr. Stephen Berg of Fort Worth, Texas, a trained pianist who became a priest after a career as a business executive.

“You will have all I have to give,” Bishop-designate Berg, 62, told the people of his diocese at a Jan. 15 press conference in Pueblo. “I will also give my best to all of my people, especially the Hispanic ministry.”

The Pueblo Diocese covers 48,000 square miles of territory across southern Colorado. It has about 64,000 Catholics in 53 parishes, 44 missions and four Catholic schools.

Bishop-designate Berg, whose new diocese is predominantly rural and mountain, cited his own background in rural...READ MORE

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Fear of the Lord Gives Us the Desire Not to Offend God (2040)

COMMENTARY: The conclusion of a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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As we saw last time, fear of the Lord is ordered toward Christian hope, and hope is linked with suffering as Christ the Son, not Christ the slave, suffered. “We rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope; and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, which has been given to us” (Romans 5:2-5).

This sounds counterintuitive, since our whole civilization is ordered toward not suffering, and it regards suffering as proof that God either does not exist, does not care or...READ MORE

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Pregnant Woman’s Brain-Dead Diagnosis Renews Abortion Debate (7002)

Fort Worth case raises question of what constitutes ‘extraordinary care’ for an unborn baby now gestating in the womb of a mother on life support.

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Erick Muñoz stands Jan.3 beside a copy of a photograph of himself with his wife Marlise and their son Mateo in Haltom City, Texas.

– AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis

FORT WORTH, Texas — A hospital room in the city of Fort Worth, Texas, has become the newest focal point in the national abortion debate.

In John Peter Smith Hospital lies the body of 33-year-old Marlise Muñoz, who is reportedly brain-dead, after having suffered what seemed to be a blood clot in her lungs some six weeks ago. Her bodily functions are being sustained on a ventilator, however, because Muñoz is now 20 weeks pregnant, and hospital officials are interpreting Texas law to require that Muñoz not be disconnected from life support until the viability of her baby can be determined.

The case is causing a national debate about when human life begins, a woman’s “right to choose” and...READ MORE

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