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Archbishop Coakley Named as Catholic Relief Services Chairman (2835)

The Oklahoma City archbishop said he is ‘humbled and honored’ to serve the U.S. Church in this capacity.

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Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City says he feels privileged to have been named chairman of the board for Catholic Relief Services and was surprised when he was asked last week to take the role.

“I’m humbled, and I’m honored, to have this opportunity to serve the Church and our mission to the least of our brothers and sisters around the world,” Archbishop Coakley told CNA Nov. 19.

“I’ve been on the board of CRS for over a year, going on two years, but I was very much surprised by the appointment.”

The archbishop recalled how the new U.S. bishops’ conference president, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., approached him as the annual meeting...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Blesses Man With Severely Disfigured Face (6023)

The Holy Father’s ‘culture of encounter’ with the disabled and disfigured has gained more media attention than past popes who did the same.

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Pope Francis blesses a sick man after his general audience in St. Peter’s Square Nov. 20.

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VATICAN CITY — Continuing his efforts to promote a “culture of encounter” with the disabled, Pope Francis again embraced a severely disfigured man after his Nov. 20 weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope spoke with a man who lacks facial features, embraced him and gave him a blessing. Pope Francis then smiled at the man, kissed him and gestured toward the sky in the midst of a crowded square.

The cause of the man’s disfigurement was not known. His identity is also not known, the British newspaper The Daily Mail reported.

It is the second time this month that the Pope’s hospitality towards the disfigured has drawn public attention.

At the end of his Nov. 6 audience, Pope...READ MORE

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The Church of England Is Dying, Grandparents Play a Heroic Role Passing on The Faith and Much More! (4572)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Church of England Is Dying. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

The Church of England Is Dying by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Grandparents Play Heroic Role Passing on Faith - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Catholicism & Conspiracies: Lost Books of the Bible - Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Isn’t Being Chaste the Same Thing as Being a Prude? – Aleteia

Mark Regnerus & His Publisher Harassed – God & Caesar

The Idolatry of Disbelief - Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine

God Is Not Odin, Zeus, Marduk – Byz Pulpit

Quæritur: How to Pray a Loved One Into Heaven – Fr. Z’s Blog

President Obama Omits Under God in Gettysburg Address – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How Moral Can a Market Be? – Andrew Haines, Aleteia

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Common Core Debate Intensifies Among Catholic Educators (10446)

More than a hundred leading Catholic scholars have signed a letter warning of the negative implications of the federal standards for Catholic schools.

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WASHINGTON — Debate among Catholic educators over the merits of the Common Core has intensified since mid-October, with a public letter from more than 130 scholars asking the U.S. Catholic bishops to abandon any implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

The Oct. 16 letter spearheaded by University of Notre Dame law professor Gerard Bradley argued the Common Core represents a major departure from the main objective of Catholic education: to form a person to seek the good, the true and the beautiful.

The Common Core is a set of federal education standards embraced so far by 45 states and more than 100 out of 195 Catholic dioceses. The Common Core has generated a national...READ MORE

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Albuquerque Pro-Life Measure Defeated, But Important Lessons Learned (2627)

Susan B. Anthony List's president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, said pro-lifers ‘were able to educate thousands of citizens about fetal pain and the reality of late abortion.’

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Pro-life advocates pray March 20 in front of the Planned Parenthood Surgical Center in Albuquerque.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Although a pro-life ballot measure in Albuquerque, N.M., did not gain enough votes to pass, pro-life activists say the initiative was able to educate citizens about the reality of late-term abortion.

“Months ago, most Albuquerque residents had no idea their city had become a national hub for late abortion,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, in a statement.

“Despite being outspent four to one, pro-life grassroots activists were able to educate thousands of citizens about fetal pain and the reality of late abortion,” she continued. “This was no small feat in a deep blue city that chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by a 15-point...READ MORE

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Priests Must Exercise ‘Humility and Mercy’ to Hear Confessions, Pope Says (3109)

Pope Francis said the Church is the ‘depository’ of God’s forgiveness, and priests must have peace in their hearts to welcome back sinners as their brothers.

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VATICAN CITY — In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priests should exercise this ministry with “humility.”

“The Church is the depository of this power. It is not an owner; it is the servant of the ministry of reconciliation on behalf of men,” the Pope explained during his Nov. 20 general audience. He also greeted the thousands of pilgrims present, which included groups from Spain, Venezuela, Guatemala, Argentina, Mexico, England, Wales, Korea and the United States.

Continuing his reflections on the Creed, the Holy Father addressed the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square...READ MORE

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South Sudan Bishops Praise National Progress, Urge Reforms (2608)

The bishops urged that a process of national reconciliation take place to heal the wounds left by decades of civil war.

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JUBA, South Sudan — The bishops of South Sudan say they find “much to celebrate” in their newly independent country, praising peaceful advances, while also noting causes for concern.

“Building a new nation is not a quick or easy task,” they said. “Most of our people are living in peace and democracy for the first time in decades. There is religious freedom, with Muslims, Christians and followers of African traditional religion able to practice their faith without obstacles.”

The bishops’ comments come in a pastoral message approved during their plenary meeting in the capital city of Juba held Nov. 12-15.

South Sudan became independent in July 2011, following decades-long civil wars...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus' Pope Francis Documentary Now on DVD (4768)

The documentary delves into the background of the Holy Father from his days in Argentina.

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ROME —  The Knights of Columbus' new film on the life of Pope Francis and his election to the papacy will be available on DVD starting Nov. 20.

“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, an executive producer.

“Still, what remains largely unknown to the public are many details of Pope Francis’ life, the work he has done and the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles. This documentary delves into those stories,” Anderson said.

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