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Government Allows Contract Priest to Celebrate Mass on Naval Base (8635)

One day after a lawsuit was filed in federal court challenging the suspension of Sunday Mass at the base, Justice Department attorneys said the priest could return.

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Courtesy the Thomas More Law Center

The chapel at the King's Bay Naval Submarine Base.

– Courtesy the Thomas More Law Center

ST. MARYS, Ga. — On Oct. 1, Father Ray Leonard was slated to begin providing Catholic services at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia.

But after the government shutdown, the Catholic priest, who had contracted with the U.S. Department of Defense to celebrate Mass and provide sacramental preparation for the 300 Catholic families on the base, was told he would not be able to provide such services — not even as a volunteer.

Father Leonard contacted the Thomas More Law Center, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based public interest group. And on Oct. 14, legal counsel Erin Mersino filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., that challenged the policy, which was based on...READ MORE

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Archbishop: Pope Francis’ Decision to Focus Synod on the Family Is ‘Providential’ (4374)

The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family said the event is an ‘extraordinary sign of affection’ of the Holy Father.

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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia

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VATICAN CITY — The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, said it was “providential” that Pope Francis has decided to devote the next Synod of Bishops to the family.

Archbishop Paglia said that this synod “is an extraordinary sign of affection of Pope Francis for families,” coming in the wake of the Second Vatican Council and the 1980 Synod of Bishops also focused on the family, which produced John Paul II's 1981 apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World).

On Oct. 8, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has convened the Synod of Bishops for Oct. 5-19, 2014, on the theme “The Pastoral...READ MORE

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Ordinariate Use Unites Anglican Tradition to Catholic Church (5272)

A Mass on Oct. 10, the day after the memorial of Anglican convert Blessed John Henry Newman, was the first liturgy to officially integrate traditional Anglican prayers into the Roman rite.

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LONDON — The introduction of a new ordinariate-use liturgy for groups of former Anglicans is uniting some of their old traditions to the fullness of the Catholic Church.

The Vatican office responsible for adapting parts of the Anglican liturgy for use in the Catholic Church “has had the task of the scribe, trained for the Kingdom of heaven, the householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old,” said Msgr. Andrew Burnham.

The monsignor serves as assistant to the ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

“We have had to examine just what it is in the Anglican liturgical books that can and should be brought fully into the life of the Catholic...READ MORE

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Historian: Catholic Church Played Pivotal Role in Rescue of Roman Jews (11192)

A new book contends that the Church was the ‘only organizing force’ committed to saving Jews in Rome during World War II.

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VATICAN CITY — The efforts of the Catholic Church were undoubtedly decisive in the escape of most of Rome’s Jews during World War II, according to a Jewish historian and columnist of L’Osservatore Romano.

In a recently published book, Portico d’Ottavia, 13, Anna Foa describes the only raid against Jews committed by Nazis in Rome. The book is named for the address of the Oct. 16, 1943, raid.

Foa said Oct. 10 that “Nazis entered in the courtyard and knocked on everyone’s doors. They captured 30 people, one-third of the inhabitants of the house.”

She also explained that “Nazis had a list of the Jews living in that courtyard. The list was drafted based on the census of Jews made in...READ MORE

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Covering All the Bases With World Series Champion Jeff Suppan (7656)

The 2006 NLCS MVP discusses the MLB playoffs, family, prayer and Catholic media.

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Jeff Suppan delivers a pitch in the 2006 World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

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With only four teams left in the playoffs, Major League Baseball is heading into the climax of its season, and Jeff Suppan knows exactly what the players are going through.

Suppan initially looked upon the playoffs with awe and trepidation, but, eventually, he gained a more accurate view of the dynamics at play. This helped to bring about a 2006 World Series Championship for him and the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Now that Suppan has been away from professional baseball for over a year, he spends most of his time in southern California with his wife, Dana, and their two small children, ages 2 and 4. He makes the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads before putting them in bed, and...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Beware of Hidden Idolatry That ‘Stifles’ the Faith (6356)

The Holy Father warns against the trap of becoming an apostle of one’s own ideas.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass homily on Oct. 15, Pope Francis warned of the presence of idolatry in our lives, urging each person present to look to themselves in order to find the hidden idols that are present.

“Even today, there are so many idols, and even today there are so many idolaters, so many who think they are wise,” urged the Holy Father during his Mass.

Pope Francis offered his reflections to those present in the St. Martha guesthouse of the Vatican, emphasizing the need to be aware of the trap of becoming an apostle of one’s own ideas and forgetting the commandment to love without exceptions.

Echoing the words of St. Paul from the day’s first reading, the Pope...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Vox Populi, The Mission of Money and the Single-Income Marriage, Kreeft and Much More! (3625)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Francis Vox Populi. Follow the link to read more.

Pope Francis Vox Populi – BigPulpit.com

The Mission of Money and the Single-Income Marriage - Katie Sciba, The Catholic Wife

Dr. Peter Kreeft on God & Suffering – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

She Understands My Heart - John Janaro, Never Give Up

N. F. P. Book by Simcha Fisher, an Accidental Bestseller! - The Editor, Catholic Stand

Anglican Ordinariate Unveils New Mass Text - Catholic Herald

Syrian Christians Begin to Take Up Arms – Byz Pulpit

The Silent Canon: Is Worship Supposed to be Aweful? – Peter Kwasniewski, New Liturgical Movement

Questionable Visions: Demonic or Psychiatric Origins - Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction


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Captain in Pirate Rescue Praises Everyday Heroism of Virtue (2193)

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

– U.S. Navy

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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