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Papal Nuncio: ‘The Holy Father Wants Bishops in Tune With Their People’ (12366)

Archbishop Viganò addressed U.S. bishops Nov. 11 during their annual meeting in Baltimore.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

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BALTIMORE — During a brief, but pointed address before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gathered for their annual fall meeting Nov. 11-13, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, delivered a striking message from Rome.

“The Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people. When, this past June, I met with him in his simple apartment at the Casa Santa Marta for a fruitful discussion, he made a special point of saying that he wants ‘pastoral’ bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology.”

Archbishop Viganò, the Pope’s personal representative in the U.S., told the assembly Nov. 11 that Francis was calling on them to deepen...READ MORE

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7 Books That Changed My Life; Phillipines: Super Typhoon, Devastation, Death; Adoption and More! (4501)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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7 Books That Changed My Life. Follow the link by Scott Eric Alt of the Logos & Mus blog to read more.

7 Books That Changed My Life by Scott Eric Alt of the Logos & Mus blog – BigPulpit.com

Philippines: Vast Super Typhoon, Devastation, Death – Fr. Z’s Blog

Adoption: More Than Just an Option - Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

Law Gets Us There, Love Gets Us There More Quickly – Dr. Ed Peters JD, Canon Law Blog

N. T. Wright & Orthodox/Byzantine View of Hell – Byz Pulpit

Photographs from Musica Sacra Scotland’s Inaugural Event - Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Regret & the Christian Life - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Mass in a Hidden Chapel – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Simcha Fisher Interview, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning – Bonnie...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The Weak and Suffering Are a ‘Richness for the Church’ (4046)

The Holy Father urged the sick and those who care for them to see Christ in each other, and imitate Mary.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.


VATICAN CITY — In a meeting with an Italian organization dedicated to helping those in poor health go on pilgrimage, Pope Francis reminded the ill and infirm that they have a true role in the Church.

“Dear sisters and brothers who are unwell, don't consider yourselves only as objects of solidarity and charity, but feel integrated fully into the life and the mission of the Church,” the Holy Father told the members of UNITALSI, the National Italian Union for Transporting the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines, on Nov. 9.

“You have your place, a specific role in the parish and every ecclesial sphere,” he said. “Your presence, silent but more eloquent than many words, your prayer,...READ MORE

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Iran Prison Transfer Endangers Christian Pastor's Life, Supporters Warn (2140)

Pastor Saeed Abedini was moved by Iranian authorities to a dangerous prison where ‘unexplained deaths’ are par for the course.

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Pastor Saeed Abedini with his wife and children.

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — Iranian authorities have reportedly transferred imprisoned U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini to a dangerous prison, prompting concern from human-rights groups and calls for U.S. leaders to secure the Christian pastor’s safety.

“Pastor Saeed is now in one of the most dangerous wards of Rajai Shahr Prison — where violent prisoners are held, those who are imprisoned for murder and rape,” said Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

“The transfer to this prison is a deeply disturbing development and can only be viewed as a move that puts Pastor Saeed’s life directly at risk,” he said. “This new and extremely dangerous development requires the full attention...READ MORE

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Illinois, Hawaii Poised to Legalize Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (6289)

Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling, Pope Francis cited as reasons to embrace ‘marriage equality.’

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Throughout most of 2013, “marriage equality” advocates kept up the pressure on the Illinois House of Representatives to follow the Illinois Senate’s lead and change the state’s marriage laws.

This week, that hard-fought campaign paid off: Several “undecided” lawmakers jumped on board, and the bill legalizing same-sex “marriage” passed. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the legislation by the end of the month, making Illinois the 15th state to allow same-sex couples to “marry.”

The flurry of 11th-hour support for the bill was a blow for Catholic and African-American Protestant leaders who joined together to protect traditional marriage and banked on key...READ MORE

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Military Archdiocese Garners Vital Support From Special Collection (2038)

‘Thank you for making it possible for me to visit the flock entrusted to my pastoral care,’ Archbishop Timothy Broglio said Nov. 7.

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Archdiocese for the Military Services

Archbishop Timothy Broglio speaks Nov. 7 at the fifth annual benefit for the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

– Archdiocese for the Military Services

WASHINGTON — A new special collection as Masses throughout the U.S. offers crucial help for military chaplains administering sacraments and support to those serving in the U.S. armed forces throughout the world.

“Thank you for making it possible for me to visit the flock entrusted to my pastoral care. Thank you for supporting the tireless work of the auxiliaries,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

“Thank you for allowing this global archdiocese to say ‘Yes’ each day to fulfilling its responsibilities each day to the men and women in uniform, their families, to our veterans and those who serve our nation outside our shores.”


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Pope Francis Derangement Syndrome; Will We be Married in the Life to Come? and Much More! (4998)

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Pope Francis Derangement Syndrome. Follow the link by Scott Eric Alt of the Logos & Muse blog to read more.

Pope Francis Derangement Syndrome by Scott Eric Alt of the Logos & Muse blog - BigPulpit.com

Will We be Married in the Life to Come? – Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Advocates for Dissident Catholic Opinion Weigh In - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Family that Prays the Rosary Together - Terry McDermott, Catholic Insight

Forever Singing - Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Victory Over Vice – Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange

The Fortunate Faith of Audrey Assad - Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

Catholic Traditionalism verses Fundamentalism - Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

On Pulling Punches from the Pulpit - Richard L....READ MORE

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Evaluating Cardinal Dolan’s Tenure (9934)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The outgoing USCCB president led the U.S. bishops during a tumultuous time.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

– Jeff Bruno/CNA

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the surprise election of Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York as the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops broke with precedent, upending expectations that the sitting vice president — in this case, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz. — would get the top job.

Media commentators jumped on the news, with reporters characterizing Archbishop Dolan as the “more outspoken and conservative” USCCB candidate, as a Washington Post story put it. But the New York archbishop waved off suggestions that his election signaled a shift in priorities for the nation’s largest religious body.

“You might interpret this as the bishops are tired of short...READ MORE

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