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The Rabbi and Pope Francis (7267)

In an exclusive Register interview, Rabbi Abraham Skorka shares his friendship with Pope Francis that is ushering in a new chapter in Jewish-Catholic relations.

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NEW YORK — “I am Joseph, your brother” — with those words Pope John XXIII ushered in a new era of dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people.

But with the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s document on relations with non-Christian religions, just around the corner, Catholics and Jews are poised to make major strides in their relationship, thanks to Pope Francis and his steadfast friendship with Rabbi Abraham Skorka and the Jews of Argentina.

Rabbi Skorka and Pope Francis have been friends since 1997, after the Holy Father became Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. Their friendship began when Archbishop Bergoglio ribbed Rabbi...READ MORE

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Curia Reform Could Increase Congregations, Reduce Pontifical Councils (2568)

And according to one of the cardinals advising Pope Francis on reform, a new Congregation for the Laity might be created.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia is expected to produce a new document regulating the Curia itself and reducing the number of pontifical councils, while increasing the number of congregations.

The group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform and on the government of the Church will have their second meeting at the Vatican Dec. 3-5, following their Oct. 1-3 meeting.

“The cardinals are not thinking about an adjustment of Pastor Bonus; they are mostly thinking about sketching out a brand-new pastoral constitution,” said Father Federico Lombardi, Holy See Press Office director, in a media briefing Oct. 2.

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9 Ways the Eucharist Is Hidden in Old Testament, The Ex-Seminarian's Survival Guide and More! (4675)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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9 Ways the Eucharist Is Hidden in the Old Testament by Stephen Beale of the Catholic Exchange website.

9 Ways the Eucharist Is Hidden in the Old Testament - Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange

The Ex-Seminarian’s Survival Guide by Micah Murphy of the Truth & Charity blog - BigPulpit.com

Top Down to Jesus: Jewish Physicist’s Conversion Story - Robert Kurland PhD, Catholic Stand

Mass in Portsmouth Cathedral with Bishop Egan - The Chairman's Blog

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Flannery O’Connor - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Lessons from an 18th-century Anglican Whig – Thomas M. Doran, The CWR Blog

Attracting People To Jesus, or Pushing Them Away? - Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Homosexual Pagan Sex Offenders to Wed in Prison - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the...READ MORE

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Becoming Who We Are (6066)

COMMENTARY: ‘One of the reasons we celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day one day after the other is a reminder that all souls are called to be saints.’

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In ministering as a Catholic priest, I sometimes get the impression that Catholics are more interested in the minimum than the maximum.

What I mean is that too many Catholics seem to have heard that what is required to be a good Catholic is to go to Mass once a week and confession once a year. That’s it.

Therefore, they do their duty. They check the boxes. They complete the test. They reckon they’ve done just enough to stay out of hell, that God will forgive them the rest, and they’ll coast into heaven having done what’s required.

They seem, to me, like the high-school kid who was told by his teacher that his term paper needed to be five pages long with footnotes, so he turns in a...READ MORE

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Egypt Suffers Terrorism, Not Religious Conflict, Says Coptic Priest (2748)

The secretary of the Coptic Patriarchate said Muslim terrorists want to provoke Christians into seeking help from Western powers and thus ‘internationalize’ the conflict in Egypt.

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ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — A priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria has rejected claims that attacks on Egyptian Christians indicate a religious conflict, noting that terrorists in the country are attacking many groups.

“The idea that this involves a conflict between Muslims and Christians simply isn’t borne out by reality. Not only Christians are being attacked, but state institutions as well,” said Father Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos, secretary of the patriarchate.

While police are stationed at many churches, he said terrorists “strike completely unexpectedly.”

Father Kiroulos told Aid to the Church in Need, “This is a problem that affects all Egyptians equally, not only the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Hits 10 Million Twitter Followers (4070)

Although President Barack Obama still has more followers on the popular social-media site, the Holy Father’s tweets show a much wider reach.

10/30/2013 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has passed 10 million followers across nine language accounts on the popular social-media network Twitter, where users publish messages of 140 characters or fewer. The only world leader with a greater number of followers on Twitter is U.S. President Barack Obama.

On Oct. 27, Pope Francis tweeted, “Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me.”

As of Oct. 29, the papal Twitter @Pontifex accounts had a total of 10,070,848 followers. The most popular account is the Spanish-language one, with more than 4 million followers. The English-language account comes in second, with...READ MORE

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Peru Cardinal: Pray to the Lord of Miracles to Save the Family From the World (2794)

Cardinal Cipriani told families to create love and joy in their homes in order to spread God’s love to others.

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Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani

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LIMA , Peru — Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima exhorted Peruvians at a recent Mass to pray to the Lord of Miracles and not to allow “the world to destroy the family.”

“The Lord is telling me that we must protect the family,” Cardinal Cipriani said at an Oct. 28 Mass celebrating the national Solemnity of the Lord of Miracles.

“Long live our fathers, children, grandchildren and grandparents, because the family is wonderful,” the cardinal said.

“May others see that we love each other. May parents teach their children from the time they are little,” he said. “And parents should teach by word and example and have them baptized, so that Jesus can speak to their hearts.” 

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Thomas Aquinas College’s Ronald McArthur (1924-2013) (4838)

COMMENTARY: The spiritual and professional reverberations of the founding president’s lifework are incalculable.

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SANTA PAULA, Calif. — He was the biggest man on campus. He was so big that when he slapped you on the back you had trouble not falling over. His laughter was booming and infectious; his humility was tremendous. Excepting those traits, he nearly fit the profile of Aristotle’s magnanimous man. But he would have been the last person to think so.

Ronald McArthur, the founding president of Thomas Aquinas College (TAC), died Thursday, Oct. 17, at the age of 89. He had retired from teaching in 1991; he returned in 2002, continuing until this spring.

When I came to TAC as a freshman, McArthur was about 80. He’d taught my mother 30 years before, and he remembered her enthusiasm — and he seemed...READ MORE

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