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Captain in Pirate Rescue Praises Everyday Heroism of Virtue (2182)

Capt. Francis Castellano is a Knight of Columbus who now serves as an usher, lector and extraordinary minister of holy Communion.

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Frank Castellano (l) with Capt. Richard Phillips

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NORFOLK, Va. — The U.S. Navy captain who led the successful effort to rescue a cargo-ship captain captured by Somali pirates says Catholic men can be heroes in everyday life through fatherhood and self-sacrifice.

“You don’t have to be a captain of a naval warship or the president of a company or anything else to be a hero,” Capt. Francis Castellano told the Knights of Columbus in an interview.

Castellano, 45, commanded the USS Bainbridge, a guided-missile destroyer, in the successful effort to rescue cargo-ship captain Richard Phillips from pirates off the coast of Somalia in 2009.

“Every day, we can do something, little by little: to go ahead and show heroic traits and just be...READ MORE

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Cardinal Bertone Steps Down From Role as Vatican Secretary of State (2960)

His successor, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, was absent from the ceremony due to surgery for appendicitis, according to a Vatican source.

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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

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VATICAN CITY — In a farewell ceremony held at the Vatican, former Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepped down from the position, which will soon be filled by his successor, Archbishop Pietro Parolin.

During the short Oct. 15 event, which was held in the library of the Secretariat of State, Pope Francis lauded Cardinal Bertone for his personal contribution to the organization and running of the Holy See.

“Thinking about his long service to the Church, the teaching, as well as the ministry of diocesan bishops, and also his work as secretary of state,” he said, “I can see that the driving force is that of a priestly Salesian vocation that has affected him since...READ MORE

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‘Mary of Nazareth’ Makes Its Premiere in San Francisco (5699)

The film presents the Blessed Virgin ‘in all her feminine wonder,’ observed Marian Father Donald Calloway.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Mary of Nazareth, a new film about the life of the Mother of Jesus, had its U.S. premiere in San Francisco on Oct. 11.

The sold-out event at the AMC Metreon was hosted by Ignatius Press, the distributor of the film and the nation’s largest Catholic publisher. The premiere drew Catholics from across California and neighboring states, marking the advance of a new strategy by Ignatius, which has partnered with Carmel Communications to encourage Catholic organizations to host their own premieres of the film as a vehicle for fundraising. The film will not be available on DVD “until well into or near the end of 2014,” Ignatius noted on the Mary of Nazareth website.

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Pope Francis Praises ‘Total Love’ of Spanish Martyrs (2404)

The 522 newly beatified martyrs show they didn’t ‘love in portions,’ but imitated Christ’s love ‘until the end.’

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Pope Francis greets the crowds in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 13.

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VATICAN CITY — During his Sunday Angelus remarks in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis thanked God for the 522 priests, religious and lay martyrs newly beatified in Spain.

“We praise the Lord for their courageous testimony, and we beg for their intercession in freeing the world from every violence,” said Pope Francis.

The martyrs were killed for their faith during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. They join hundreds of other victims of the conflict’s anti-Catholic persecution who have previously been beatified. 

The Pope sent a video message to those gathered in Tarragona, Spain, for the Oct. 13 beatification ceremony. He said that he was “one in heart” with those in Spain.


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Possible Hate Crime, Arson in Staten Island Convent Blaze (4583)

A nun is now in intensive care as a result of the suspicious fire that destroyed the convent and chapel.

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The convent-turned-crime scene, where a nun had to leap from the second floor to escape the flames.

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NEW YORK –– A convent and chapel in New York City were the site this weekend of a suspicious fire, which injured two nuns and four firefighters.

Sister M. William McGovern, provincial superior of the Daughters of Divine Charity community on Staten Island, said the fires were “a true tragedy.”

“The historic portion of our home — with our chapel, sacristy, archives and provincial offices — was destroyed and is now a crime scene,” Sister William said.

Early in the morning of Oct. 12, firefighters responded to fires at St. Joseph Hill Convent and Chapel. According to multiple local news sources, Sister Regina Gegic and another older sister were staying in the building when the fire...READ MORE

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Experts Meet to Consider Women in the Church, World (2671)

Rome conference reflected on Blessed John Paul II’s writings on women, particularly his apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem.

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ROME — Approximately 100 women from around the world gathered in Rome Oct. 10-12 to discuss the “feminine genius” described by Blessed Pope John Paul II 25 years ago.

The study seminar was hosted by the women’s section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and focused on the theme “God Entrusts the Human Being to the Woman.”

Experts in various disciplines, ranging from medicine and law to academia and art, arrived from 24 different countries to reflect on John Paul II’s writings on women, particularly his apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women).

There were delegates from 29 different international organizations, including U.S. groups such as...READ MORE

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Alissa Jung a Luminous ‘Mary of Nazareth’; Thomas Aquinas College Number One and More! (4712)

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Alissa Jung Overwhelms in New Film Mary of Nazareth. Follow the link by G. J. Cooney to read more about this movie review.

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Thomas Aquinas College: Most Beloved, by U. S. News & World Report – Kelly Conroy, Catholic Education Daily

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Greek Catholics: Witnesses to Church Unity – Byz Pulpit

What Is Purgatory? - Shane Schaetzel, Catholic in the Ozarks

PopeWatch: Vox Populi, Vox Humbug – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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Pope Francis’ Consecrating the World to Mary Culminates Fatima Celebration (25055)

Approximately 150,000 pilgrims jammed St. Peter’s Square for the occasion.

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Pope Francis incenses the official statue of Our Lady of Fatima during Mass Oct. 13 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY –– Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world gathered under unseasonably warm and sunny weather in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday to witness Pope Francis consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Holy Father performed the consecration before the image of Our Lady of Fatima, asking Mary’s help to “revive and grow faith.”

Oct. 13 marked the 96th anniversary since the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to shepherd children Jacinta Marto, her younger brother Francisco and Lúcia dos Santos at Fatima. It also took place as the Year of Faith draws to a close on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 24.

In front of an estimated 150,000 pilgrims, the Pope asked...READ MORE

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