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Nebraska Catholics Dedicated to Religious Freedom (1665)

The banners for 147 Catholic churches bear messages about defending religious liberty, the unborn and marriage between a man and a woman.

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A banner outside of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska.

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OMAHA, Neb. — A group of Nebraska Catholics has created and donated banners for 147 Catholic churches that bear messages about defending religious liberty, the unborn and marriage between a man and a woman.

“They are outstanding banners,” said Father Ryan Lewis, pastor of Omaha’s St. Thomas More Parish, Oct. 26. “I thought the message was incredible. The people in my parish are all fired up about concerns about attacks on religious liberty as it relates to the current administration and the HHS mandate.”

One of the banners reads: “Religious Liberty: Our Most Cherished Freedom.” The 4-by-12 banner also bears the website address of the Archdiocese of Omaha, though the archdiocese is not...READ MORE

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Beautiful Music by the Benedictine Nuns, Can Christianity Bounce Back? Synod on Liturgy and More! (1264)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles: Amazing Music. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles: Amazing Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Chant Café

Can Christianity Bounce Back? by Mike Aquilina – Big Pulpit

The Synod on Liturgy – Fr. Z’s Blog

Controlling Passion: Fire as Emotion and Desire - Ink and Quill, Ignitum Today

Europe: Two Souls, Three Reasons for Hope – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The CWR Blog

Liturgical Products from Monasteries – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Savage Danger, Virgin Serenity: Intro to Leatherstocking Tales – Therese Conte, Crisis Magazine

Pat Caddell: U.S. Politics and Honor – Donald McClarey, American Catholic

Cardinal Dolan’s Visit to Syria Postponed – Fr. Chris Zugger

Confessio (I Confess) – Fr....READ MORE

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Bishops Call Attack on Nigerian Parish 'Barbarous' (1852)

Suicide bomber kills seven others after detonating his vehicle at a church during Mass.

10/30/2012 Comment

ABUJA, Nigeria — A suicide bombing of a Catholic church in northern Nigeria on Oct. 28 has been denounced as cowardly by Archbishop Matthew Ndagoso of Kaduna.

“A cowardly, barbarous and horrible act that any ordinary person can only condemn. It is unthinkable that anyone is able to commit such actions, but, unfortunately, it happens,” the archbishop told Fides news agency Oct. 29.

On Sunday, a suicide bomber killed himself and seven others when he drove his explosives-filled jeep into St. Rita's parish in the city of Kaduna during a Mass. Hundreds were wounded in the attack.

The driver was stopped at the security gate outside the church. At first he reversed his car, but then drove...READ MORE

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Pope's 'Little Consistory' Adds Geographical Balance to College of Cardinals (2538)

One American, and five others from outside of Europe, will be appointed Nov. 24.

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Cardinal-elect James Harvey (right).

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has named six new cardinals as a “gesture of the universality of the Church” and “in the context of the New Evangelization.” The new members of the College of Cardinals, including one American — Vatican Archbishop James Harvey — will be appointed in an unexpected consistory, scheduled to take place Nov. 24.

Speaking extemporaneously Oct. 27 at the final session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, the Pope said the “little consistory” would “complete” a previous one held in February, at which 22 new cardinals were appointed. Many of those new cardinals hailed from Europe and Italy in particular. Ten were also cardinals of the Roman Curia.

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Catholic Community Mobilizes to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy (3090)

Church groups work as early responders, as well as providing longer-term support.

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WASHINGTON — As much of the East Coast braced for Hurricane Sandy, the Church helped local people prepare for the storm, reaching out to offer shelter to the homeless and organizing disaster-response efforts.

“Since Hurricane Katrina, we have focused on being prepared for future disasters,” Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, said in an Oct. 27 statement.

“Not only are we early responders, but our presence in the community also puts us in a position to be able to quickly assess and provide support in the long term,” he added.


As the massive storm started to hit New England on Oct. 29, its potential to cause damage and take lives was increased by its collision...READ MORE

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Five Heretics Every Catholic Should Know, 500 Years of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, and Much More! (2955)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Five Heretics Every Catholic Should Know and Why. Follow the link by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog to read more.

Five Heretics Every Catholic Should Know and Why by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog – Big Pulpit

500 Years of Sistine Chapel Ceiling, Thanks Pope Julius II & Michelangelo – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Intolerant Tolerance on the Horizon – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic; Fr. Z Opines

All Things Eastern Catholic On One Website – In Union With Rome

Death with Dignity and Other Euphemisms – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Pattern in the Decorative Arts by Heinrich Dometsch – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Blessed John XXIII: Saint in the Age of Television – Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Catholic Lane

Curial Changes: Governance of Seminaries...READ MORE

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Court Allows Texas to Defund Planned Parenthood (3334)

Gov. Rick Perry: 'In Texas, we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice.'

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has declined a rehearing for Planned Parenthood, which was trying to block Texas’ effort to defund its clinics in the state.

“Today’s ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement Oct. 25.

“In Texas, we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice.”

In March, Texas indicated it would forgo federal funding for its Women’s Health Program and established a rule that barred clinics that perform elective abortions or...READ MORE

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Pope at Synod Closing Mass: Faith Overcomes Spiritual Blindness (2043)

Benedict XVI said the New Evangelization is meant to help people ‘rediscover the joy of faith and return to religious practice in the community of the faithful.’

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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates in St. Peter's Basilica the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization on October 28, 2012.

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN — At a Mass on Sunday closing the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the need for faith in overcoming spiritual blindness and also appealed on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Drawing from the day’s Gospel of Mark reading, the Pope noted that giving sight to the blind man Bartimaeus “is the last miraculous healing that Jesus performs before his passion, and it is no accident that it should be that of a blind person, someone whose eyes have lost the light.”

Pope Benedict noted that physical blindness “has great significance in the Gospels” because it “represents man who needs God’s light, the light of faith, if he is to know...READ MORE

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