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Pope: 'Africa ... Put Your Trust in God!' (1500)

'Africa, Good News for the Church, become Good News for the entire world!' Before leaving, he said: 'May God bless you all, through the intercession of Our Lady of Africa.'

11/20/2011 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI has signed his apostolic exhortation Africae Munus, a teaching document which charts a future for the Catholic Church in Africa.

“Africa, land of a New Pentecost, put your trust in God! Impelled by the Spirit of the risen Christ, become God’s great family, generous with all your sons and daughters, agents of reconciliation, peace and justice!” the Pope said at the signing ceremony in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the southern Benin city of Ouidah Nov. 19.

The document contains the Pope’s conclusions following the Synod of African Bishops, which was held in Rome in 2009.

After a brief moment of Eucharistic adoration, the Pope explained what he hoped the...READ MORE

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Follow the Saints: Make a Spiritual Communion (3459)

The benefits of union with Christ every day. Nov. 20 issue feature.

11/20/2011 Comments (4)
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Paula Magliocco of Pewaukee, Wis., is a busy mother of three and a Catholic elementary-school teacher. Yet, in spite of her hectic life, she finds time to make a spiritual communion, not just once, but several times throughout the day. Why? Because it’s easy, takes only a moment, and offers benefits beyond compare.

“Receiving the Eucharist is really the joy of my life, so when I cannot receive sacramentally, I know that the next best way for union with Christ is a spiritual communion,” she said. “Jesus is always ready and waiting to unite his heart with ours; and all we need to do is turn to him in prayer, and he is there with his arms wide open and the graces flowing.”

A spiritual communion...READ MORE

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King Jesus and the Thanksgiving Meal (1999)

User's Guide to Sunday, Nov. 20.

11/20/2011 Comment
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Sunday, Nov. 20, is the Solemnity of Christ the King. Nov. 24 is Thanksgiving Day.



Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has arrived! Here is a quick look at the symbolism of the major staples of the Thanksgiving meal.

Turkey, an American original, reminds us that God provides now just as he did in the days when his chosen people wandered in the desert. As Psalm 105 puts it: “They asked for meat, and he sent them quail.” The pilgrims could say the same thing. God provided them a bigger (and better tasting) bird in the turkey — and turkeys are still found wild in America today.

Mashed potatoes remind us of the goodness of the earth God has given us. As Pslam 104 puts it: “He makes plants for people to...READ MORE

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Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Features Lighted Religious Displays (2299)

New York state tradition draws large crowds pre-Thanksgiving Day through Christmas. Nov. 20 issue feature.

11/20/2011 Comments (4)
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Several weeks before Christmas, my family visits one of our favorite local holiday-light displays. However, at this display you won’t find the usual smiling snowmen, jolly Santas and frolicking elves that you find at most holiday exhibits. No, this showcase of holiday lights has the courage to boldly depict the true meaning of the season — the birth of Jesus Christ — by featuring the Holy Family, St. Nicholas, angels, and other religious-themed displays.

The wonderful display is found at the National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima in Lewiston, N.Y., about seven miles north of Niagara Falls. The 15-acre sanctuary is dedicated to the Gospel message urged by our Blessed Mother in Fatima,...READ MORE

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Loving Africa (4042)

The policy — and moral — challenges of truly helping.

11/19/2011 Comments (3)

A girl dances while waiting for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Benin's main city Cotonou, Nov18. Pope Benedict, arriving on his second trip to Africa as Roman Catholic leader, on Friday urged African nations to resist the temptation to surrender to market forces as they grow and modernize.

– Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

As Pope Benedict XVI continues his second trip to Africa as Holy Father, memories of Western media’s condom-focused coverage last time around are still fresh. What exactly does the Church teach, and what exactly do Africans need?

Matthew Hanley is co-author of Affirming Love, Avoiding AIDS: What Africa Can Teach the West, published by the National Catholic Bioethics Center, which was recently honored by the Catholic Press Association, and a new guide called The Catholic Church and the Global AIDS Crisis, published by the Catholic Truth Society in England. He talks about some of these issues in a conversation that might come in handy to have nearby as one reads some of the news reports...READ MORE

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Defender of the Faith (3584)

Major League Soccer Player Keeps His Trust in God

11/19/2011 Comment
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Matt Besler on the field.

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Matt Besler and his Sporting Kansas City team almost reached this year’s MLS Cup final, which takes place Nov. 20. What makes this an especially noteworthy feat is the team’s climb from last place earlier in the season and, on an individual level, the fact that Besler was not even sure he’d be playing professional soccer.

Besler guided his high-school team to a state championship in 2004 and went on to help the University of Notre Dame make four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. He was named an All-American on the field and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America voted him the Men’s Scholar All-America Player of the Year as a senior in 2008.

In the professional ranks,...READ MORE

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Marriage Saver (3290)

Saturday Book Pick: Dr. Ray Guarendi's Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards

11/19/2011 Comment

Ray Guarendi is a clinical psychologist of common sense and uncommon wit. Known to Register readers for his “Family Matters” column, and popular for his Catholic radio call-in show, he spends a lot of his professional time reassuring parents that the time-tested truths of childrearing are better than the modern trends that would replace the parents as the dispensers of discipline and moral instruction.

In Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards, the good doctor applies his insights to the husband-wife relationship, again stressing that the commonsense principles of the Christian life — forgiveness, holding your tongue, listening, self-sacrifice — can do a lot more for a couple than the latest “7...READ MORE

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The Catholic Briefcase, Project Rachel, Bishop Tod's "Hour of Power", and much more! (3062)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/19/2011 Comment

Book Review: "The Catholic Briefcase" by Randy Hain. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos to learn more.

Is New York Seminary Merger the Way of the Future? - Brian Fraga, OSV Newsweekly

Book Review: “The Catholic Briefcase” by Randy Hain - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Card. DiNardo Praises Project Rachel‘s Post-Abortion Healing Work - M. Bauman, Catholic News Agency

Live from Orange: Bishop Tod’s “Hour of Power” - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Knock-Knock, Who’s There? Jehovah’s Witness, Jehovah’s Witness, Who? - Martina, Catholic Sistas

Barnett on Sirico & Rediscovering Political Economy - Kevin Schmiesing, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Scientism, Knowledge, and Truth - JC Sanders, VirtuousPla.net

The Vatican Hits Back Against Benetton’s Insult to the Pope - William Oddie,...READ MORE

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