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Nigerian Bishop Doeme Combats Boko Haram With ‘Rosary Battle Plan’ (4584)

During a recent trip to London, the bishop discussed how the Islamist terrorists have devastated his diocese and why a vision of Jesus inspired him to fight back spiritually.

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Bishop Oliver Doeme

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LONDON — At a cool mid-50s temperature and with an occasional rain shower, it was no surprise Nigerian Bishop Oliver Doeme, 55, was wearing a heavy coat and woolly hat indoors when the Register recently went to interview him.

But there’s nothing cool about his ardor for promoting the Rosary as a spiritual weapon to assist his suffering flock as they struggle to cope with the terrorist threat of Boko Haram.

“Thank you so much for this opportunity,” he said. “It’s a chance for me to share the sufferings of my people with the world, to ask people to pray the Rosary for us.”

The bishop had just traveled from his Diocese of Maiduguri, in Borno State in northeast Nigeria, for a five-day tour...READ MORE

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Bishop Paprocki: ‘Unprecedented and Challenging Election Ahead’ (4739)


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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois

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Editor’s Note: This column is reprinted with permission from the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois. It has been edited to reflect Register style.


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

With the general election coming up in just a few weeks, people are pondering and praying over their choices. Although candidates are also running for state and local offices, the presidential election this year is unprecedented and most challenging. Those who are concerned with protecting human life from conception until natural death, promoting marriage and family life, and defending religious liberty point to the Democrats’ aggressive pro-abortion stance and activist agenda expanding lesbian, gay,...READ MORE

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Former White Sox Player Connects the MLB Playoffs and Homeschooling (2380)

Chris Nyman, who played first base and outfield for Chicago in 1982 and 1983, serves as the director of operations at Seton Home Study.

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Chris Nyman now ... and, below, on his 1984 baseball card.

– Seton Home Study; Topps

As the best teams in Major League Baseball square off in the playoffs this week, schoolchildren are getting settled into their educational routine, whether at school or at home.

Chris Nyman is committed to a curriculum faithful to the Church’s magisterium. The Pomona, California, native is the director of operations at Seton Home Study in Front Royal, Virginia. It is his job to ensure the materials are shipped from Seton’s warehouse to parents and students around the country.

Nyman had previous travel experience across the country — and the world — long before his days at Seton. After attending collegiate baseball powerhouse Arizona State from 1973 to 1977 and playing road games mainly in...READ MORE

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Leaked Trump Audio Tape Splinters Catholic Support (4214)

The candidate's comments from 2005 have led some Catholics to withdraw their support, while others are staying the course.

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Donald Trump

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WASHINGTON — Recently released audio of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women in 2005 has created a split in his Catholic supporters — with some continuing to back him and others pulling away from the Republican Party nominee.

Joseph Cella, Catholic liaison to the Trump campaign and founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, called the comments “repulsive and undignified” and said they “cannot be condoned or defended.”

He reiterated his support for Trump, however.

“Donald Trump and Mike Pence remain the only candidates in this election who will bring jobs back home where they belong, keep our families and communities safe, defend the right to life, the right to fully and...READ MORE

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Divided Supreme Court Begins New Term in Shadow of Election Politics (3151)


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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, speaks with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as they leave St. Matthew's Cathedral after the annual Red Mass in Washington Oct. 2. The Supreme Court's new term started Oct. 3.

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WASHINGTON — Amid the mud-slinging at the second presidential debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were asked to comment on their plans for the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I want a Supreme Court that will stick with Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose, and I want a Supreme Court that will stick with marriage equality,” Clinton answered.

“Donald has put forward the names of some people he would consider; and among the ones that he has suggested are people who would reverse Roe v. Wade and reverse marriage equality,” she added. “I think that would be a terrible mistake and would take us backwards.”

When Trump got his turn, the GOP presidential nominee repeated his pledge to “appoint...READ MORE

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Election 2016: Voting Our Conscience (4716)

EDITORIAL: Our faith makes clear that politics is not ultimate, and so we should never invest all of our hopes in a partisan leader, party or movement. Yet with profound Christian realism, the Church does offer moral and social principles that help us make the best choice available to us.

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The final stretch to the 2016 presidential election marks a new and disturbing experience for many faithful Catholic Americans.

In past years, the activists among us have embraced our preferred candidates with gusto, especially when their political records confirmed an unequivocal support for life, marriage and religious freedom and a desire to address immigration reform and other social and religious issues of critical importance to the Church. We trusted our candidates to do their best to promote the common good and defend our national interests. And if in hindsight our faith in their characters proved a bit naïve, their legacy never led us to question the process that sent them to the...READ MORE

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Catholic Organization Calls for Trump to Step Down in Wake of Leaked Interview (5243)

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan reportedly says he will no longer defend the GOP candidate after Trump's graphic comments about women were published Oct. 7.

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Donald Trump

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WASHINGTON — The Catholic political advocacy group CatholicVote.org has joined calls for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to step down following his lewd comments about women in a leaked audio recording from 2005.

“Newly released comments by Donald Trump … are disgusting and simply indefensible,” the organization wrote in an Oct. 8 statement. “Catholic voters rightly will be unnerved by these developments.”

“In our own opinion the viability of Donald Trump’s candidacy is now in question. Furthermore, the good many hoped to achieve, in spite of Trump’s many well-known flaws, is also now in doubt. If Donald Trump is unwilling to step aside, the Republican National Committee...READ MORE

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Trump vs. Clinton II: In Any Other Election Year … (5777)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Both presidential candidates’ flaws remained front and center in their acrimonious second debate, reminding Catholic voters of the need to focus on the true essentials of the political process.

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the town-hall debate at Washington University on Oct. 9 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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The second presidential debate was held at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton.

A near record-setting audience tuned in to see the first debate two weeks ago, witnessing a spectacle of bickering and missed opportunities.

The question was asked at the end by many observers whether the next debate would possibly be even more bitter. Sunday night’s debate provided a depressing answer.

In any other election year, the revelations regarding Hillary Clinton and the leaked portions of her speech to Goldman Sachs would be the headline entering the debate. Not this year. The big story — understandably — was...READ MORE

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