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What To Do When There Are No Hosts for Mass, From Japanese Agnostic to Believer, and Much More! (1128)

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The Making of a Catholic Painter: From Japanese Agnostic to Believer – Jim Bryant, Regina Magazine

Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood: New Proof of Collusion – Patrick Reilly and Justin Petrisek, Crisis Magazine

Rebuilding a Marriage Culture: A Fourfold Mission for the Church – Ryan T. Anderson Ph.D., Canon & Culture

The Birds and the Bees and Children’s Literature – Jennifer Lahl, Catholic Lane

Truth and Consequences: There Are Reasons for This – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Does Being ‘Gay’ Make You an ‘Expert’ on Homosexuality? – Deacon Jim Russell, Crisis Magazine


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Philadelphia Fitting Destination for Pope Francis (1555)

The vision of William Penn makes Philly a good host to the Holy Father.

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A crowd awaits Pope Francis' arrival at Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on Sept. 26 in Philadelphia.

– Drew Angerer/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA — When enemies of Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, became enraged about his advocacy of religious liberty and decided to circulate the most vicious rumors about him that they could imagine in 1682, they settled on two: William Penn was dead, and William Penn was a Jesuit.

Neither was true. In fact, Penn, upon hearing the rumors, wrote, “I find some persons have had so little wit, and so much malice, as to report my death; and, to mend the matter, dead a Jesuit, too. … However, to the great sorrow and shame of the inventors, I am still alive and no Jesuit; and, I thank God, very well.”

In spite of his statement, after many 17th-century Catholics seeking religious...READ MORE

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Cardinal and Pastor Tell Families: Want to Evangelize? You Need These Two Qualities (1096)

At the World Meeting of Families, Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Evangelical pastor Rick Warren spoke about how families need to be a ‘school of love’ that draw the world to Jesus through beauty and joy.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston gives a keynote address in Philadelphia at the World Meeting of Families, Sept. 25, 2015.

– Mary Rezac/CNA.

PHILADELPHIA — In front of thousands of Catholics who had descended upon Philadelphia to hear talks about family and faith, Boston Cardinal Seán O'Malley had a message for them: Don’t be a party-pooper before a world that needs their witness.

“Beauty and joy are the most powerful tools that we have to evangelize,” Cardinal O’Malley said at Friday’s keynote address at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. 

“So together, we want to dream of a world where the beauty of family life attracts people to make a gift of themselves in marriage, to build a domestic church that will continue to build a civilization of love,” he said. 

The cardinal spoke at the World Meeting of Families, an...READ MORE

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Argentinian Nuns to Present Pope Francis With Farewell Gifts (1648)

‘For me it’s like a dream,’ Sister Maria Vervo Encarnado told the Register, about the opportunity to bestow the Holy Father with tokens of their love and support.

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Courtesy of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará

Four members of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará community, pictured here at their monastery in Brooklyn, will have the honor of presenting gifts to Pope Francis as he ends his trip to New York.

– Courtesy of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará

NEW YORK — When Pope Francis leaves New York City on Saturday, four nuns from the Precious Blood Monastery of Brooklyn will be there to bid Pope Francis farewell and present him with gifts of a bouquet of flowers, a traditional Argentinian gift and a book of Marian images from the Brooklyn diocese’s Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.

The nuns are Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, part of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. One special aspect is that in the monastery four of the sisters are Argentinian, while four are American, two Filipino, and one Egyptian. In the midst of their regular cloistered prayer life plus preparing for the big event, some sisters shared their...READ MORE

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Speaker John Boehner Drops Bombshell Resignation After Pope’s Speech (5209)

The Catholic lawmaker is leaving Congress after four years of leadership and infighting in his own caucus that came to a head recently over the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood.

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner greets Pope Francis as he arrives at the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 24.

– Twitter/SpeakerBoehner

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’ historic address Thursday morning to a joint meeting of Congress marked not only the fulfillment of a dream for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. With the words of Pope Francis on servant leadership fresh in his mind, the Catholic lawmaker decided the next day that the time had come to give up his Speaker’s gavel and resign from Congress.

The Catholic lawmaker dropped the bombshell news on the House Republican conference Friday morning that he was leaving Congress on Oct. 30. Boehner had led the House of Representatives as Speaker since January 2011, after Republicans took majority control of the chamber following the November 2010 elections, and saw...READ MORE

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Pope’s Visit to Ground Zero Brings Hope (1353)

One reporter relates her touching morning among families of the fallen, complete with a ‘sign of the cross.’

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– Deborah Lubov

Professionals in downtown New York were still scrambling to work this morning, but as they checked their emails and got their coffee, things were different. Why? Pope Francis was on his way.

For those who were going to see him as he visited Ground Zero, security was well-organized and intense. 

Secret Service, the NYPD and canines could be seen all over. Whether you were press, cardinal, rabbi, politician, you had to pass the security checkpoint. If you had hairspray or sunblock in your purse, it would be confiscated (I am not speaking from firsthand experience …).

Once I was able to get over to the second “plaza” for press, I, along with other journalists, became even more excited about...READ MORE

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We Are Witnesses to the ‘Great Light’ of Christ (1302)

Official text of the Holy Father’s homily for the Mass Sept. 25 at Madison Square Garden, New York.

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We are in Madison Square Garden, a place synonymous with this city. This is the site of important athletic, artistic and musical events, attracting people not only from this city, but from the whole world. In this place, which represents both the variety and the common interests of so many different people, we have listened to the words: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:1).

The people who walked — caught up in their activities and routines, amid their successes and failures, their worries and expectations — have seen a great light. The people who walked — with all their joys and hopes, their disappointments and regrets — have seen a great light.


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Pope Francis Schools UN General Assembly on ‘Human Ecology’ (1938)

In today’s address to the international community of nations, the Holy Father persuasively linked environmental degradation to other issues of human life and dignity.

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Pope Francis stands as delegates applaud at the conclusion of his Sept. 25 address to the U.N. General Assembly.

– usccb.org

UNITED NATIONS — Pope Francis shared his vision of social justice this morning to the 193 member nations of the United Nations and 3,000 journalists.

And because of the U.N. Sustainable Development Summit — a massive meeting to be held Sept. 25-27, aimed at eradicating poverty over the next 15 years — this may be the most important speech for Pope Francis thus far, in terms of speaking to the largest gathering of world leaders yet in his pontificate.

In a 48-minute speech delivered in Spanish, he spoke about a wide-ranging set of issues: from human trafficking and slave labor, to the drug trade and nuclear proliferation. But his two main themes were on the environment and on the problem...READ MORE

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