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Pope Says Faith Fosters Peace at Assisi Gathering (1827)

Benedict reiterates Church's commitment toward peace in the world and thanks those in attendance for coming by quoting St. Francis: 'May the Lord grant you peace.'

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ASSISI, Italy (CNA/EWTN News)—Pope Benedict XVI used his address at the World Day of Peace gathering in Assisi to reflect on how faith brings peace to the world and how its abuse can lead to violence.

“It is a case of being together on a journey towards truth, a case of taking a decisive stand for human dignity and a case of common engagement for peace against every form of destructive force,” the Pope said to world religious leaders in the Umbrian hill town.

The summit, entitled “Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace,” was convened to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first World Day for Peace, first held by Pope John Paul II in 1986.

Pope Benedict charted how the nature of the...READ MORE

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So Many Gods-So Little Time, The Fortress, Can't Blame God When You Quit, and much more! (2103)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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So Many Gods, So Little Time. Click on the link by John Zmirak to learn more!

So Many Gods, So Little Time - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

The Fortress - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

If You Quit, You Can’t Blame God - Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

The Great ‘Yes’ of Marriage is Worth Fighting For - Mike Phelan, HLI America

Liturgical Movement Since its Beginnings in 19th Century - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Augustine at the Movies - Matthew Cantirino, First Things/First Thoughts

Being Nun the Wiser - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

Credit Suisse Speaks Out on Patristics - Nemesio Epiphron, Crisis Magazine

Fisking the Wasteful “Note” on Financial Reform - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Vatican Reveals Itself as...READ MORE

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Pope Prays for Turkey Earthquake Victims (1269)

Benedict XVI: 'I invite you to join me in prayer for those who have lost their lives and to be spiritually close to the many people who have been sorely tried. May the Almighty support all those engaged in rescue work.'

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VATICAN CITY (CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has asked for prayers and appealed for aid for the victims of Sunday’s earthquake in Turkey.

“At this time, our thoughts turn to the people of Turkey hard hit by the earthquake, which has caused heavy loss of life, many missing and extensive damage,” the Pope said at his Oct. 26 general audience in Vatican City’s Paul VI Hall.

“I invite you to join me in prayer for those who have lost their lives and to be spiritually close to the many people who have been sorely tried. May the Almighty support all those engaged in rescue work,” he prayed.

The 7.2-magnitude quake killed at least 461 people and injured 1,350 in the Van region, The Associated Press...READ MORE

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Bishop to Congress: 'Illegal Conditions' Placed on Religious Providers of Services (3336)

Bishop Lori, chairman of USCCB religious liberty committee, backs bills protecting First Amendment rights.

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Bishop William Lori gives testimony about religious liberty before the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.

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WASHINGTON — In an escalation of the U.S. bishops’ campaign against “grave threats to religious liberty,” Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., endorsed three bills designed to strengthen First Amendment rights.

The bishop, who heads the newly established Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops testified before Congress yesterday, Oct. 26.

“I am here today to call to your attention grave threats to religious liberty that have emerged even since June — grim validations of the bishops’ recognition of the need for urgent and concerted action in this area,” said the bishop. “I focus on these because most of them arise under federal law and so may...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Beacon for Life Keeps Light On (6030)

Young law professor O. Carter Snead will take the helm of the Center for Ethics and Culture.

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Thanksgiving came early on the campus of the University of Notre Dame this fall for supporters of the Center for Ethics and Culture there, as the school announced that O. Carter Snead would be succeeding David Solomon as the center’s director.

When Solomon was told last year that his term would be ending at the conclusion of this academic year, supporters of the center and the Fund to Protect Human Life, which relies on the center for administrative support, were alarmed. The move has been understood as retribution for his outspoken criticism of the administration’s awarding of an honorary degree to President Barack Obama, an ardent supporter of legal abortion, in principle and...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl: 'Christ and His Message Give True and Lasting Meaning and Joy' (2328)

Archbishop of Washington responds to his appointment for the 2012 synod on the New Evangelization.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—Cardial Donald Wuerl, the head of the Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., will serve as the chief coordinator for the upcoming gathering of bishops on evangelizing societies that are becoming increasingly secular.

“The synod’s theme chosen by our Holy Father appropriately reflects his recognition that in this secular and materialistic society, where people listen in sound bites and slogans replace explanations, we must remember that Christ and his message give true and lasting meaning and joy,” said Cardinal Wuerl in an Oct. 25 statement.

“We must have the excitement and enthusiasm of those Christians of the early Church, going out and telling people for the first...READ MORE

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World Trade Center Church Will Be Rebuilt (2870)

Deal reached between Greek Orthodox and Port Authority means there will be a place of worship at Ground Zero.

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St. Nicholas before 9/11

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NEW YORK — Ten years after 9/11, plans have been settled to rebuild the only church that was destroyed during the attacks on the World Trade Center.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has spent the last decade in a tug-of-war with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the land under the World Trade Center, over the future of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The small church sat in the shadows of the Twin Towers but was crushed when they collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.

On Oct. 14, both parties announced that they had finally reached an agreement.

According to Father Mark Arey, director of the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, St....READ MORE

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Praying for the Holy Souls, Why Two Judgments?, Central World Bank, Aaron Neville, and much more! (3056)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Nude Beauty for Porn Addicts. Click on the link by Marc Barnes to learn more.

Nude Beauty for Porn Addicts - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Praying for the Holy Souls: The Soul You Help may be Your Own - James Curley, Catholic Lane

2 November Indulgences Coming Up, Have a Plan? - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Why Two Judgments? - Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, Our Sunday Visitor

My Life in Roses - Fabiola Garza, VirtuousPla.net

Should Spiritual Directors Charge for their Services? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

No Catholic Church, No Scientific Method  - Scott Locklin, Takimag

Editing Down the Catholic “Core” - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

Shooting the Messenger: What Church Teaches on Her Own Authority - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Central...READ MORE

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