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Pope Benedict, Cardinal Ouellet Address ‘Ecclesia in America’ Congress (1876)

The goal of the Dec. 9-12 congress, attended by more than 200 Catholic leaders from across the Americas, is to improve Church relationships between North, Central and South America and to discuss the New Evangelization.

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Cardinal Marc Ouellet celebrates Mass at the opening of the Ecclesia in America Congress.

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VATICAN CITY — The solution to the issues plaguing the American continent is to renew faith in Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said as he helped open a conference on the Church in the Americas.

“A renewed missionary spirit and zealous generosity in your commitment will be an irreplaceable contribution to what the universal Church expects and needs from the Church in America,” Pope Benedict said.

He made his remarks to participants in the Dec. 9-12 international Ecclesia in America Congress, who were gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica after the conference’s opening Mass.

The congress’ aim is to improve relationships between the Church in North, Central and South America and to discuss the...READ MORE

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Catholic Blogosphere Debates Hell, Guidelines for Giving Even When You're Broke and Much More! (2261)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Catholic Blogosphere’s Debates on Hell. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington (DC) to read more.

The Catholic Blogosphere’s Debates on Hell by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington (DC)Big Pulpit

Guidelines for Giving. . .Even When You’re Broke – Zoe Saint-Paul, SlowMama

The Next Best Thing to Monastic Life – Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

How Infallible Is the Magisterium? – Anthony Rosselli, Until We Rest in Thee

Distractions at Mass – Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pope Leo XIII: Taxing the Rich Does Not Help the Poor – Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Messianic Prophecies: Jonah 2:1 – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Former Episcopal Priest Grateful to Pope for Catholic Ordinariate – Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency


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Parents’ Rights Groups Lead Successful Fight to Stop U.N. Disabilities Treaty in Senate (4403)

Along with fears the treaty would undermine parental authority, opponents argued that ratification would undermine U.S. national sovereignty and could advance abortion.

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NEW YORK — A United Nations treaty guaranteeing rights to the disabled narrowly failed Dec. 4 to get the necessary two-thirds majority it needed in the U.S. Senate to become part of American law, thanks to intense lobbying by parents’ rights groups, home-schoolers, pro-life Catholics and an immovable minority of Republican senators.

Sixty-one senators, mostly Democrats, voted for ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Thirty-eight senators, all Republicans, voted against it.

But because international treaties require a two-thirds Senate supermajority to be ratified, those 38 votes were more than enough to at least stall the measure, which has...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Recommend '10 Prayers for the Year of Faith' (4339)

Catholic prayers, old and new, are offered by the USCCB.

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WASHINGTON — By working to enrich their prayer lives, Catholics can grow closer to Christ and more deeply live out the Year of Faith, said the U.S. bishops’ leader on matters of evangelization.

“The Year of Faith is about returning to the foundational teachings of the Church and drawing strength from them,” said Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

He pointed to the Nicene Creed, the official prayer of the Year of Faith, as expressing “the core of Christian belief.”

Announced by Pope Benedict XVI, the Year of Faith runs through Nov. 24, 2013, and is an opportunity for Catholics to renew their faith so that...READ MORE

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Congress Considering Abortion Support in Defense Bill (1874)

House Republicans are resisting the drive to expand access to abortion for military servicewomen.

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WASHINGTON — The Senate passed its version of the defense bill Dec. 4, which expands access to abortion for military servicewomen.

The amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, would end the existing ban on women in the military using their health insurance to procure abortions when they have been the victims of rape or incest.

The House’s version of the bill does not include the amendment, and the two have yet to be reconciled with one another.

The Senate bill, with the Shaheen amendment, was supported by Republican senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, among others. The Dec. 4 vote in...READ MORE

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Miami Catholics Holding Prayer Vigil for Death Row Inmate (2277)

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MIAMI — The Archdiocese of Miami will hold a prayer vigil for a Florida death row inmate and former policeman ahead of his scheduled Dec. 11 execution.

“Recourse to the death penalty is both cruel and unnecessary,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said Dec. 7. “Modern society has the means of protecting itself.  We do not make the case that killing is wrong by killing.”

Manuel Pardo Jr., 56, is a former police officer from Sweetwater, Fla. He admitted to the 1986 murders of alleged drug dealers, a confidential informant and two women who he said owed him money. He was convicted in 1988 after his admission.

Father Christopher Marino, the rector of Miami’s St. Mary Cathedral, will...READ MORE

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Christmas Is More Than a Party, Pope Explains (1991)

The Holy Father suggests Catholics prepare for Christmas amid a consumerist society by listening to the voice of John the Baptist.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has asked Catholics to prepare for Christmas amid a consumerist society by listening to the voice of John the Baptist, who teaches us to celebrate Christmas as more than a party.

“Our aim today is listening to that voice to give space and welcome to the heart of Jesus, the Word that saves us,” said the Pope Dec. 9 from his apartment window to pilgrims gathered below in St. Peter’s Square.

The Holy Father asked Catholics to “prepare to see with the eyes of faith the humble stable of Bethlehem, God’s salvation, in this time of Advent.”

“In the consumer society, in which we seek joy in things, John the Baptist teaches us to live in an essential way, so...READ MORE

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Former Anglican Archbishop Is Happy to Be a Catholic Parish Priest (9423)

At the conclusion of a year of dramatic developments for converts from Anglicanism, newly ordained Father Peter Wilkinson says he has ‘no regrets’ about joining the Catholic Church.

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Bishop Richard Gagnon of Victoria ordains former Anglican-Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Canada Peter Wilkinson into Catholic priesthood.

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VICTORIA, B.C. — When Father Peter Wilkinson returned to his hometown of Victoria, B.C., 42 years ago, with five years of service in the Anglican Church in England under his belt, he was deemed too “Catholic” by the local bishop and never got an Anglican parish of his own.

But as an Anglican Catholic member of a worldwide communion of dissenters from the direction of Anglicanism, he rose swiftly to bishop and then to metropolitan for Canada — before giving that all up earlier this year to be received as a simple layman into the Catholic Church.

On Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and at the ripe age of 72, he was ordained a Catholic priest and immediately assumed his...READ MORE

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