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Pope Francis: Entrust Yourself to the Loving Hands That Formed You (3591)

People must choose to face death ‘belonging to the devil’ or entrusting themselves to the loving hands of God, the Pope said.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Tuesday daily homily, Pope Francis recalled how God formed man with his own hand and emphasized that God is a Father who seeks to console his children rather than hurt them.

“Jesus, God, has taken his wounds with him: He makes them visible to the Father. This is the price: The hands of God are hands blistered by love. And this consoles us much,” the Pope stated during a Nov. 12 homily at his daily Mass in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse.

Focusing his words on the day’s reading from the Book of Wisdom, describing how God created man by hand out of the dirt of the earth, the Pope said that “God has created man for incorruptibility,” but that, “by the devil’s...READ MORE

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Lawsuit Charges Chaplain-Training Program Discriminated Against Christians (2581)

The suit charges that the program’s supervisor began to harass two chaplains about their beliefs.

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SAN DIEGO — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Baptist organization charges that a leader of a training program for the Department of Veteran Affairs discriminated against two military chaplains because of their Christian beliefs.

The suit was filed on behalf of Maj. Steven Firtko, U.S. Army (Ret.), and Lt. Cmdr. Dan Klender of the U.S. Navy. Both entered a San Diego-based Department of Veterans Affairs chaplain-training program in August 2012.

The suit charges that the program’s supervisor, Nancy Dietsch, began to harass the chaplains about their beliefs. The suit says that she admonished them not to pray in the name of Jesus in public ceremonies or cite Scripture in class.

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Pope Francis to Meet With Vladimir Putin (3339)

Pope Francis is the third pope to meet the Russian president.

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President Vladimir Putin has already met with Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

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ROME — Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 25 at the Vatican, according to the director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi.

On the following day, the Holy Father will meet with the president of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.

The first meeting between Pope Francis and the Russian president comes after the Holy Father sent Putin a letter on Sept. 5, at the opening of the G-20 summit, calling on the group’s leaders to set aside the “useless” search for a military solution to the conflict in Syria and to pursue a peaceful resolution through dialogue and negotiation.

Upon his election to the papacy, Pope Francis received a letter of...READ MORE

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Bishops Asked to Hold Collection for Typhoon Haiyan Relief (1365)

Catholic Relief Services has pre-committed $20 million in aid, in advance of raising the funds, because of the critical need for supplies.

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Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services, speaks Nov. 11 to the USCCB's fall general assembly in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — U.S. bishops gathered at their fall general assembly in Baltimore were asked to hold a special collection for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastation in Southeast Asia.

The number of fatalities has been estimated at 10,000 in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan — one of the most powerful storms in recorded history — struck on Nov. 8.

However, Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, said reports on the ground suggest that this is “probably a very low estimate” because some areas are still inaccessible, and the damage there has not yet been assessed.

It is expected that 3 million people will be “very displaced” in the aftermath of the...READ MORE

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Archbishop Kurtz Elected President of U.S. Bishops' Conference (5995)

The USCCB also elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo as its vice president.

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected Nov. 12 as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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BALTIMORE — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services.

Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has served as the conference vice president since 2010. He was elected conference president at the conference’s fall assembly in Baltimore the morning of Nov. 12. He will serve a three-year term.

The bishops’ conference president plays a significant role in coordinating and leading charitable and social work and education, while providing a public face for the Catholic Church in the U.S.

Archbishop Kurtz served as bishop of Knoxville,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Encourages Culture of Prayer for Persecuted Christians (2034)

In his last address as USCCB's outgoing president, Cardinal Timothy Dolan focused on religious freedom and worldwide persecution.

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BALTOMIRE — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, outgoing president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world, encouraging prayers as well as action on their behalf.

“We bishops, as shepherds of one of the most richly blessed communities of faith on the planet, as pastors who have spoken with enthusiastic unity in defense of our own religious freedom, must become advocates and champions for these Christians whose lives hang in the balance, as we dare not allow our laudable battles over religious freedom at home to obscure the actual violence being inflicted on Christians elsewhere,” Cardinal Dolan told the...READ MORE

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Synod, Evangelization Discussed at Bishops’ Meeting (1784)

The bishops also approved a request to move forward on the sainthood cause of Mother Mary Teresa Tallon.

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Bishops listen during discussions Nov. 11 at the USCCB fall general assembly in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — During the first day of their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops discussed themes and priorities for their work as a whole, including evangelization, the family and Catholic education.

They heard a report from the conference’s National Advisory Council, a 48-member group of laity, clergy and religious of various ages, locations, ethnicities and occupations, who meet to offer input on topics discussed by the bishops.

The council supports a continued focus on evangelization and education, the development of a formal statement on pornography, a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict and an extension of the bishops’ “Call to Prayer” for life, marriage and religious...READ MORE

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Papal Nuncio: ‘The Holy Father Wants Bishops in Tune With Their People’ (12445)

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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