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National Pro-Abortion Campaign Ignores Women’s Pain, Critics Contend (2767)

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

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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 (3433)

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

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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 (2595)

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 (7638)

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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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 (2634)

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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9 Ways the Eucharist Is Hidden in Old Testament, The Ex-Seminarian's Survival Guide and More! (4778)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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9 Ways the Eucharist Is Hidden in the Old Testament by Stephen Beale of the Catholic Exchange website.

9 Ways the Eucharist Is Hidden in the Old Testament - Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange

The Ex-Seminarian’s Survival Guide by Micah Murphy of the Truth & Charity blog - BigPulpit.com

Top Down to Jesus: Jewish Physicist’s Conversion Story - Robert Kurland PhD, Catholic Stand

Mass in Portsmouth Cathedral with Bishop Egan - The Chairman's Blog

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Flannery O’Connor - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Lessons from an 18th-century Anglican Whig – Thomas M. Doran, The CWR Blog

Attracting People To Jesus, or Pushing Them Away? - Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Homosexual Pagan Sex Offenders to Wed in Prison - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the...READ MORE

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Becoming Who We Are (6236)

COMMENTARY: ‘One of the reasons we celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day one day after the other is a reminder that all souls are called to be saints.’

10/30/2013 Comments (14)

In ministering as a Catholic priest, I sometimes get the impression that Catholics are more interested in the minimum than the maximum.

What I mean is that too many Catholics seem to have heard that what is required to be a good Catholic is to go to Mass once a week and confession once a year. That’s it.

Therefore, they do their duty. They check the boxes. They complete the test. They reckon they’ve done just enough to stay out of hell, that God will forgive them the rest, and they’ll coast into heaven having done what’s required.

They seem, to me, like the high-school kid who was told by his teacher that his term paper needed to be five pages long with footnotes, so he turns in a...READ MORE

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Egypt Suffers Terrorism, Not Religious Conflict, Says Coptic Priest (3040)

The secretary of the Coptic Patriarchate said Muslim terrorists want to provoke Christians into seeking help from Western powers and thus ‘internationalize’ the conflict in Egypt.

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ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — A priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria has rejected claims that attacks on Egyptian Christians indicate a religious conflict, noting that terrorists in the country are attacking many groups.

“The idea that this involves a conflict between Muslims and Christians simply isn’t borne out by reality. Not only Christians are being attacked, but state institutions as well,” said Father Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos, secretary of the patriarchate.

While police are stationed at many churches, he said terrorists “strike completely unexpectedly.”

Father Kiroulos told Aid to the Church in Need, “This is a problem that affects all Egyptians equally, not only the...READ MORE

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