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Pope Francis: No One Can Be Christian Without Love of God (3413)

The Holy Father said Christians must ask whether their hearts respond more like St. Paul or like the Jerusalem that did not embrace Christ’s love.

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Pope Francis

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily on Oct. 31, Pope Francis spoke of the necessity of God’s love in order to be faithful, and he encouraged those present to make love the center of their lives.

“Without the love of Christ, without living this love, without recognizing it, without nurturing this love, you cannot be Christian,” Pope Francis said during his homily.

The Pope celebrated his Mass in the St. Sebastian Chapel near the tomb of Blessed John Paul II inside St. Peter’s Basilica, where a group of Polish faithful gather to celebrate the Eucharist every Thursday.

St. Paul’s words to the Romans from the day’s first reading, when he tells them that “no one can separate me from the...READ MORE

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Mysteriously Moved by Sacred Music (8208)

How did an electric-guitar player in a garage band become a chant instructor at a seminary?

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Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

Gregorian chant rehearsal at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Neb.

– Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

Music has always been a part of Nicholas Lemme’s life. In his youth, he saw it as an expression of who he was. As his overall perspective on life changed, so did the music he identified with. It seemed only natural that a new outlook would be accompanied by a new art form, somewhat like a change of wardrobe being the outgrowth of a new lease on life.

Yet it has only been in the past four years that Lemme has come to see music not only as being expressive of his own beliefs, but also as influential in shaping, retaining and expanding those beliefs. Currently a member of the faculty at the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Neb., he now holds a...READ MORE

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How to Win an Argument with a Catholic, Surviving the Las Vegas for Kids and Much More! (3604)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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How to Win an Argument with a Catholic. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of the Strange Notions website to read more.

How to Win an Argument with a Catholic by Marc Barnes of the Strange Notions website - BigPulpit.com

Surviving the Las Vegas for Kids - Cari Donaldson, Aleteia

Fr. Scannell: What Causes Most Trouble in the Church? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Tips for Catholic Dads - York Young, OSV Newsweekly

We are the Church, She Said. . . - Matthew Heinrich, Ignitum Today

Latin in Seminaries: More Forgotten Documents - The Chairman's Blog

The Devil’s War on Silence - Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Liturgical Music Today: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

What Will Pope Francis Proclaim the Year of 2014 To...READ MORE

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National Pro-Abortion Campaign Ignores Women’s Pain, Critics Contend (2755)

Pro-life advocates say the campaign is about promoting a political agenda, not helping women suffering after an abortion.

10/31/2013 Comments (7)

WASHINGTON — A national campaign to depict abortion as a normal and positive experience has drawn criticism for overlooking the harm that abortion causes to women and their unborn children.

“This campaign reinforces the political beliefs about the goodness of abortion without giving women a chance to be honest about how they feel about their abortion or their lost child,” said Tina Whittington, executive vice president for Students for Life of America.

The problem with “encouraging women to fit into this mold that says ‘I am okay with my abortion and I feel no regrets,’” she told EWTN News on Oct. 30, is that “it takes away their rights to feel regret, loss or sadness.”

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Love of God ‘Scorches’ Our Selfishness, Pope Francis Says (3423)

The Holy Father said that Christians must root themselves in the ‘womb’ of the Trinity’s love.

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Pope Francis

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VATICAN CITY — In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed and focused on the centrality of the communion of saints in the faith and how that communion embraces and purifies the Church.

“The love of God,” Pope Francis told thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 30 for his weekly address, “scorches our selfishness, judgments and divisions.”

Among the pilgrims present at the audience were groups and individuals from England, Wales, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Vietnam, the United States, Argentina, El Salvador and Mexico.

The Pope opened his remarks by saying, “Dear brothers and sisters, today I want to talk...READ MORE

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Food Is a Human Right, Vatican Envoy Tells United Nations (2570)

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt invoked Pope Francis, saying it was scandalous to waste 1.3 billion tons of food per year.

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NEW YORK — The archbishop leading the Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations has praised international efforts to combat hunger, malnutrition and poverty, but said that more must be done to secure “the human right to food.”

“While improvements in food production remain an important goal, food security will be achieved by all only when we change social structures and when we learn to show greater solidarity towards the poor and the hungry,” Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the apostolic nuncio leading the Vatican’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations, said Tuesday.

“Hunger is not just a technical problem awaiting technological solutions,” he added. “Hunger is a human...READ MORE

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The Rabbi and Pope Francis (7542)

In an exclusive Register interview, Rabbi Abraham Skorka shares his friendship with Pope Francis that is ushering in a new chapter in Jewish-Catholic relations.

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Rabbi Abraham Skorka

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NEW YORK — “I am Joseph, your brother” — with those words Pope John XXIII ushered in a new era of dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people.

But with the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s document on relations with non-Christian religions, just around the corner, Catholics and Jews are poised to make major strides in their relationship, thanks to Pope Francis and his steadfast friendship with Rabbi Abraham Skorka and the Jews of Argentina.

Rabbi Skorka and Pope Francis have been friends since 1997, after the Holy Father became Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. Their friendship began when Archbishop Bergoglio ribbed Rabbi...READ MORE

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Curia Reform Could Increase Congregations, Reduce Pontifical Councils (2624)

And according to one of the cardinals advising Pope Francis on reform, a new Congregation for the Laity might be created.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia is expected to produce a new document regulating the Curia itself and reducing the number of pontifical councils, while increasing the number of congregations.

The group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform and on the government of the Church will have their second meeting at the Vatican Dec. 3-5, following their Oct. 1-3 meeting.

“The cardinals are not thinking about an adjustment of Pastor Bonus; they are mostly thinking about sketching out a brand-new pastoral constitution,” said Father Federico Lombardi, Holy See Press Office director, in a media briefing Oct. 2.

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