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Pope Francis’ Consecrating the World to Mary Culminates Fatima Celebration (25756)

Approximately 150,000 pilgrims jammed St. Peter’s Square for the occasion.

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Pope Francis incenses the official statue of Our Lady of Fatima during Mass Oct. 13 in St. Peter's Square.

– Rex Features via AP Images

VATICAN CITY –– Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world gathered under unseasonably warm and sunny weather in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday to witness Pope Francis consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Holy Father performed the consecration before the image of Our Lady of Fatima, asking Mary’s help to “revive and grow faith.”

Oct. 13 marked the 96th anniversary since the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to shepherd children Jacinta Marto, her younger brother Francisco and Lúcia dos Santos at Fatima. It also took place as the Year of Faith draws to a close on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 24.

In front of an estimated 150,000 pilgrims, the Pope asked...READ MORE

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‘Parable of the Pies’ Helps Catholic School Fundraise (4134)

Arizona priest’s idea is bearing fruit — in more ways than one.

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Father Thomas Eckert with parishioners Ann and Jim Sulzer.

– courtesy Father Thomas Eckert

This past May, a parishioner dropped off a small box of apricots at the St. John Vianney parish rectory in Goodyear, Ariz.

The pastor, Holy Cross Father Thomas Eckert, remembered his mother’s crust recipe from his days growing up on an Indiana farm. He baked a few apricot pies and brought them with him to the 5pm Mass the following Saturday.

“It’s funny, because I wasn’t even sure, when I was carrying the pies over to the church, what I was going to do with them,” Father Eckert told the Register. He saw a small opportunity to raise awareness and maybe a few dollars from selling the pies for the parish school.

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Jerry Brown Vetoes Calif. Statute of Limitations Bill (5787)

According to the California governor, the legislation — which was directed primarily against Catholic institutions — ‘is simply too open-ended and unfair.’

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 12  vetoed bill S.B. 131, a measure that would have re-established a two-class system of sex-abuse lawsuits.

The measure would have exempted public schools from liability for historic sexual-abuse cases involving their employees, while leaving Catholic schools open to new charges.

Brown bluntly criticized the state Legislature for sending him the bill, which would have opened a new one-year window in which people who believed they had suffered sexual abuse years ago but had not sought relief during the legally established statute of limitations could again sue the employing private institutions — predominantly Catholic schools in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Life and Vision Explored in New Documentary (10032)

The Knights of Columbus produced the film, which will air this week on the Fox Business Network.

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Pope Francis.

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ROME — A new documentary produced by the Knights of Columbus traces the background of Pope Francis, offering insight into his life and thought through the words of those who know him best.

“This documentary introduces people to Pope Francis in a very accessible way,” said Andrew Walther, one of the documentary’s executive producers.

“Most people know something about our Holy Father,” Walther said, “but through his own words and the interviews with those who worked with him in Argentina, as well as with key Catholic figures in the United States, this film will help give viewers an in-depth understanding of the Pope's thought, life and work.”

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U.S. Drone Attacks Fuel Assaults on Christians, Says Pakistan Bishop (4426)

Christians have suffered from recent violence as reprisals for U.S. military action in the region, according to a Karachi bishop.

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Pakistani Christians are suffering blowback from U.S. attacks by weaponized drones, similar to the Predator drone featured here.

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VATICAN CITY — Amid recent violence against Christians in Pakistan, a leading bishop says that the attacks are deeply rooted in the political situation of the country and how it relates to both the West and surrounding areas.

Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi said the terrorist bombing in late September of a Christian church in Peshawar, which killed nearly 100 people, was an act of retaliation against the U.S. military’s lethal attacks in the region with Predator and Reaper drones.

The group that claimed responsibility for the attack on Christians, Bishop Coutts said, stated that it was done because “the Americans are using drone attacks,” and “unless the Americans stop the drone...READ MORE

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Australian Doctor Could Lose License for Refusing Sex-Based Abortion (6868)

Dr. Mark Hobart, who is Catholic, has practiced medicine for 27 years.

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Five-month-old unborn baby in the womb.

– priestsforlife.org

MELBOURNE, Australia — A Catholic doctor in Australia could face suspension or the loss of his license for refusing to refer a couple who sought the sex-based abortion of their unborn daughter.

“I refused to refer the patient because there was no medical reason to do it, and it offended my moral conscience,” Dr. Mark Hobart told Nine News Australia.

“It’s very wrong, I don’t know any doctor in Victoria that would be willing to refer a woman who wanted to have an abortion just because of gender at 19 weeks.”

The 55-year-old doctor, who lives in the Australian state of Victoria, has practiced medicine for 27 years. He said the pregnancy was “well advanced.”

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Gonzaga University: Catholics Need Not Apply? Motherhood Matters; Killing the Fatted Calf and More! (5106)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Gonzaga University: Catholics Need Not Apply? Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of the Catholic Education Daily website to read more about this troubled Jesuit university.

Gonzaga University: Catholics Need Not Apply? by Matthew Archbold of the Catholic Education Daily website – BigPulpit.com

Motherhood Matters - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

PopeWatch: A Letter from Grisez – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Suiting Up For the Mommy Wars: A Corollary - Mary Walker, Truth & Charity

Do God & the Devil Talk among Themselves? - Fr. Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Living In Lincoln, Nebraska: Beautiful Flourishing Catholic Culture - Georgeanne Rashilla, Regina Magazine

Is Richard Dawkins Responsible in His Statements? – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

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Pope Francis: Thank Your Family (5316)

‘These are essential words for our life in common,’ the Holy Father told a crowd of 150,000 gathered for Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 13

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Pope Francis waves from the popemobile in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 13.

– Lauren Cater / CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday preached about the importance of gratitude and thankfulness for the Christian community and for family life.

“If we can realize that everything is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift. He is our strength!” he told the crowd of about 150,000 gathered for Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 13. 

“Saying ‘thank you’ is such an easy thing and yet so hard,” his homily continued. “How often do we say ‘thank you’ to one another in our families? These are essential words for our life in common.”
The Pope gave special attention to the need to show consideration for one’s family.

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