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Obamacare Threatens to Hit Many Families’ Pocketbooks (6783)

Couples face a financial marriage penalty when it comes to subsidies, according to critics, and the law’s good intentions have made obtaining full-time work harder for many.

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WASHINGTON — As the new health-insurance law kicks in, so does the law of unintended consequences.

In the wake of the rollout, contend opponents of President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms, many will discover that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only has made their insurance options more expensive, but has also introduced financial uncertainty and disincentives to marrying and having families.

The rollout of the ACA, also called “Obamacare” by the law’s friends and foes alike, had a rocky start on Oct. 1, when the federal and state health-insurance exchanges opened for enrollment. Despite intense interest in the new online exchanges, relatively few people have actually...READ MORE

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Pope: Mary Models How to Follow Christ by the ‘Martyrdom’ of Her Heart (3512)

Pope Francis urged Christians to imitate Mary and ask her help in sharing Jesus with others.

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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 — In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, reflecting on the importance of Mary as an example of how to respond to God’s plan with fidelity.

“She is also a model of union with Christ, be it in her daily duties, be it in the way of the cross, until she unites herself with him in the martyrdom of the heart,” said Pope Francis.

The Holy Father directed the words of his Oct. 23 general audience to the nearly 100,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, including those from England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, India, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Guam, Canada and the United States. The Pope also greeted the...READ MORE

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Ave Maria: A Very Catholic Town; Life Begins at Conception: The Science Is Settled and Much More! (5376)

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Ave Maria: A Very Catholic Town. Follow the link by Michael Durnan of Regina Magazine to read more.

Ave Maria: A Very Catholic Town by Michael Durnan of Regina Magazine – BigPulpit.com

Life Begins at Conception: The Science Is Settled - Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Tens of Thousands of Syrian Christians Flee or Are Displaced – Byz Pulpit

New Data on Why Women Have Abortions Is Both Illuminating and Ambiguous - Randall K. O’Bannon, Catholic Lane

The Sacrament of Matrimony is Out of This World - Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Caravaggio: Conversion of Saul & Catholic Imagination – Tuscany Press

Getting On My Own Nerves - Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

The Hidden Meaning of Fra. Angelico’s ‘Annunciation’ – Karen Andrews, Aleteia

The Jonah Experience:...READ MORE

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Archbishop Müller Affirms Indissolubility of Catholic Marriage (7118)

In an article published by L’Osservatore Romano, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also urges pastoral care for divorced Catholics.

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Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s head official on doctrinal matters has reaffirmed that Catholics in irregular marital unions after divorce cannot receive Communion, but he urged that this means it is “all the more imperative” to show “pastoral concern” for them.

“The path indicated by the Church is not easy for those concerned,” Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said of Catholics who have divorced and remarried civilly.

“Yet they should know and sense that the Church as a community of salvation accompanies them on their journey.”

Catholics in such unions who try to understand Catholic teaching and abstain from Communion...READ MORE

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Catholics Save Lives, Aid Recovery from India's Devastating Cyclone (3272)

Disaster preparedness saved countless lives, but Cyclone Phailin left behind a trail of destruction and lost livelihoods.

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Locals seek shelter Oct. 15 from Cyclone Phailin in Burdwan, West Bengal, India.

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NEW DELHI — After successfully helping to evacuate 1 million people from the onslaught of India’s worst cyclone in more than a decade, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and local Church agencies are still coping with supporting thousands of survivors who saved their lives but lost their livelihoods.

Cyclone Phailin ripped through the Bay of Bengal less than two weeks ago and rammed into India’s eastern coastline on Oct. 12, with winds exceeding 190 mph. However, unlike the 1999 cyclone that left 10,000 Indians dead, this time, the death toll is much, much lower, thanks to a massive evacuation effort.

But the scene to welcome survivors is bleak. Those in hilly regions have returned to...READ MORE

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Olympic Gold Medalist Credits Nuns for Inspiration (2576)

Champion runner Jason Gardener said the nuns also gave him a solid foundation that also inspired him to work with Special Olympics athletes.

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Jason Gardener, 2004 Olympic gold medallist in the 4x100 relay

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VATICAN CITY — At a Vatican athletic event promoting the connection between faith and sports, British Olympic gold medalist sprinter Jason Gardener credited Catholic nuns for encouraging him to succeed.

He recounted his first involvement in sports at age 6 at St. John’s Catholic Primary School in Bath. There, he said, “I was given the opportunity to participate in sports days, and I remember crossing the [finish] line — trying my best and doing really well.” 

“That coincided with the Olympic Games in 1984, and I thought, ‘Wow, I want to be like that.’ And my nuns (from my school) came to see me and brought some medals and said, ‘You work really hard, and be a good boy; you may get...READ MORE

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Sinners Are Close to the Heart of God, Pope Reflects (3887)

Where sin abounds, the Holy Father notes, so does God’s grace.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass homily today, Pope Francis stressed that Jesus came to save sinners, emphasizing also the importance of knowing God on more than an intellectual level.

“I have come to heal, to save,” said the Pope, quoting the words of Jesus from the Gospel.

The Holy Father directed his Oct. 22 homily to those gathered at the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, where he resides.

Pope Francis began his reflections by echoing the words of St. Paul to the Romans in the day’s first reading, stating that we can only enter into the mystery of God by talking to him on our knees, stressing that intelligence alone is not enough.

“You need contemplation, intelligence, heart,...READ MORE

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Redemptorist Father Pablo Straub (1932-2013) (22916)

The priest of 55 years was frequently heard on EWTN television and radio. He was 81 when he died Oct. 21.

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Redemptorist Father Pablo Straub (1932-2013)

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CANCUN, Mexico — Father Pablo Straub, who regularly appeared on EWTN television and whose voice was heard on EWTN Radio, died Oct. 21 in a hospital in Cancun, Mexico.

A member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, colloquially known as the Redemptorists, and a priest for 55 years, Father Straub was easily recognized and well loved from the numerous series he hosted and the retreats he gave over the years.

“Father Pablo was a longtime host on EWTN and a friend to many of us here at the network,” noted Michael Warsaw, chairman and chief executive officer of the EWTN Global Catholic Network. “We feel a profound sense of loss at the news of his passing.”

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