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Bringing Hope and God’s Presence to the Philippines Apocalypse (5648)

A close-knit alliance of the local Church, Catholic Relief Services and other international Caritas groups are bringing aid to Typhoon Haiyan’s victims.

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Residents stand next to grafitti requesting aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 13 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines.

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MANILA — Hundreds of thousands in the Philippines are fighting for survival days after their world came to an abrupt end with Super Typhoon Haiyan's swathe of death and destruction. The Catholic Church is stepping into the wasteland to help wage a battle for the island nation now faced with starvation, disease and despair.

Few Americans can picture the total devastation — one’s home broken to pieces, neighborhoods flattened, loved ones and neighbors lying cold and still in the streets. Some officials have estimated at least 10,000 persons may be dead, while the official actual body count has exceeded 2,300 and continues to rise.

But the large-scale disaster also is showing the...READ MORE

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19 Shockingly Simple Ways to Live Your Crazy Catholic Life, Homeschooling, Manliness and Much More! (4948)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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19 Shockingly Simple Ways to Live Your Crazy Catholic Life. Follow the link from a Catholic Sistas blogger to read more.

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At War With Religious Liberty – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

8 Ways Homeschooling Is Good for Your Health & Life – Theresa Thomas

On Manliness: Perseverance – Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Creating a Monastery in Your Homeschool in 10 Steps - Catholic Sistas

Finding Friends after College – Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

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Pope Thanks Boy for Entrusting Him to Guardian Angel (2872)

The Holy Father was deeply moved by a letter from the young man, who suffers from chronic encephalopathy.

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Screen shot of the article in Argentina's Clarin newspaper, about two letters exchanged between Pope Francis and 16-year-old Nicolas Marasco.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A 16-year-old Argentine young man who suffers from chronic encephalopathy, a brain disorder, was moved by a letter from Pope Francis responding to a note that he had sent the pontiff a few days earlier.

The boy, Nicolas Marasco, is unable to speak, but was able to send a letter to Pope Francis with the help of his parents, saying that he asks his guardian angel every night to watch over the Holy Father and assist him in his pontificate.

“Dear Francis, my name is Nicolas, and I am 16. Since I am unable to write you (because I still cannot speak or walk), I asked my parents to do it for me, because they know me best,” his letter said.

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Bishops Create New USCCB Position to Aid Post-Abortion Healing (4022)

The Knights of Columbus have provided funding for a new staff member, who will work with the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel.

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BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops have voted to add a bishops’ conference staff member to work with the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel at a national level, citing growing demand for help. 

“Over the past several years, diocesan interest in and expansion of post-abortion healing ministries have dramatically increased,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life activities committee, said Nov. 12 at the USCCB fall assembly in Baltimore.

“While it’s encouraging that so many dioceses are asking for help and responding, the pro-life committee recognized some time ago that additional help would be needed.”

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Secular Quebec Is Poised to Euthanize (4928)

A separatist government, dedicated to distancing the Canadian province from its religious roots, is promoting the legislation, despite federal opposition.

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QUEBEC CITY — Quebec is North America’s most European jurisdiction, but this doesn’t appear to be an asset in terms of valuing human life, economic health or the preservation of its Catholic heritage.

The predominantly French-speaking Canadian province has this continent’s lowest birth rate, at 1.5 children per woman, the highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 94%, the lowest weekly church attendance at 6% of residents — and soon, if its separatist Parti Quebecois government has its way, it will add euthanasia to the list of dubious similarities.

However, the term  “euthanasia” doesn’t appear anywhere in the Quebec government’s Bill 52, “An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care.” While it offers...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Baptism Is a ‘Bath of Regeneration’ (3082)

In his weekly general audience, the Holy Father continued his catechesis regarding the Nicene Creed.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims Nov. 13 in St. Peter's Square during his weekly general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — During his general audience, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of baptism, stating that it opens the door to a journey of faith and helps to sustain us along the way.

“This sacrament constitutes a true immersion in the death of Christ, to rise with him in a new life. It is a bath of regeneration by water and the Spirit and that illuminates us with the grace of Christ,” the Pope expressed in his Nov. 13 address.

The Holy Father offered his words to the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience earlier this morning.

“Dear brothers and sisters,” he began, “I would like to continue our catechesis on the Creed by...READ MORE

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Vatican Secretary of State Expected in Office Nov. 16 (2678)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin has been ill since Pope Francis appointed him Aug. 31 to succeed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

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Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin

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VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, who has reportedly been ill, will arrive in Rome Nov. 16 to assume his post, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of state emeritus, announced Nov. 12.

Cardinal Bertone stated, “(I) had a phone call with my successor, Archbishop Parolin, who will take his post next Saturday.”

The former secretary of state’s comment came at the conclusion of a presentation of his new book, published in Italian, called Papal Diplomacy in a Globalized World. The book is a selection of his diplomatic interventions whilst secretary of state, a post he held from 2006 until Oct. 15 of this year.

It was announced on Aug. 31 that...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops to Address Pornography’s ‘Serious Challenges’ (5310)

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., cites statistics that show that the material is ‘a significant factor’ in nearly 60% of divorces.

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Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., is the chairman-elect of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a statement on pornography to address the “serious pastoral challenges” and consequences that it poses on a spiritual, social and personal level.

“Pornography comes in many forms but leaves its effects on all those exploited by or exposed to it. It is a great temptation that ravages men, women and children,” Bishop Richard Malone, chairman-elect of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, told the bishops’ fall assembly Nov. 12.

“The number of men, women and children who have been harmed by pornography use is not negligible, and we have an opportunity to offer healing and hope to...READ MORE

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