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Pope Francis Hits 10 Million Twitter Followers (4444)

Although President Barack Obama still has more followers on the popular social-media site, the Holy Father’s tweets show a much wider reach.

10/30/2013 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has passed 10 million followers across nine language accounts on the popular social-media network Twitter, where users publish messages of 140 characters or fewer. The only world leader with a greater number of followers on Twitter is U.S. President Barack Obama.

On Oct. 27, Pope Francis tweeted, “Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me.”

As of Oct. 29, the papal Twitter @Pontifex accounts had a total of 10,070,848 followers. The most popular account is the Spanish-language one, with more than 4 million followers. The English-language account comes in second, with...READ MORE

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Peru Cardinal: Pray to the Lord of Miracles to Save the Family From the World (2925)

Cardinal Cipriani told families to create love and joy in their homes in order to spread God’s love to others.

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Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani

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LIMA , Peru — Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima exhorted Peruvians at a recent Mass to pray to the Lord of Miracles and not to allow “the world to destroy the family.”

“The Lord is telling me that we must protect the family,” Cardinal Cipriani said at an Oct. 28 Mass celebrating the national Solemnity of the Lord of Miracles.

“Long live our fathers, children, grandchildren and grandparents, because the family is wonderful,” the cardinal said.

“May others see that we love each other. May parents teach their children from the time they are little,” he said. “And parents should teach by word and example and have them baptized, so that Jesus can speak to their hearts.” 

In his...READ MORE

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Thomas Aquinas College’s Ronald McArthur (1924-2013) (5161)

COMMENTARY: The spiritual and professional reverberations of the founding president’s lifework are incalculable.

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– Thomas Aquinas College

SANTA PAULA, Calif. — He was the biggest man on campus. He was so big that when he slapped you on the back you had trouble not falling over. His laughter was booming and infectious; his humility was tremendous. Excepting those traits, he nearly fit the profile of Aristotle’s magnanimous man. But he would have been the last person to think so.

Ronald McArthur, the founding president of Thomas Aquinas College (TAC), died Thursday, Oct. 17, at the age of 89. He had retired from teaching in 1991; he returned in 2002, continuing until this spring.

When I came to TAC as a freshman, McArthur was about 80. He’d taught my mother 30 years before, and he remembered her enthusiasm — and he seemed...READ MORE

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Mexico’s ‘Prison Angel’ Nun Dies After Four Decades of Jail Ministry (4815)

Mother Antonia Brenner, who married and divorced twice before converting to the Catholic faith, died Oct. 17 at the age of 86.

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Mother Antonia Brenner, the foundress of the Eudist Servants of the Eleventh Hour

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LOS ANGELES — Mother Antonia Brenner, who married and divorced twice before converting to the Catholic faith and devoting herself to prison ministry for nearly 39 years in Tijuana, died Oct. 17 at the age of 86.

“Humanly speaking, this is an irreparable loss, but from the point of view of the mission that she had, I think we have won something,” Archbishop Rafael Romo Munoz of Tijuana said after receiving news of her death.

“She is a woman with the characteristics of a saint. I say that because I knew her and loved her a lot. I also received much affection from her. She has the traits of a saint, and that is why the Church has come out winning.”

Mother Antonia Brenner was born Mary...READ MORE

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Texas Pro-Life Law Takes Effect After Some Portions Struck Down (2919)

All abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy are banned, on the grounds that science has established that babies can feel pain by this time.

10/30/2013 Comments (7)

AUSTIN, Texas — A ban on abortions when an unborn baby can feel pain took effect in Texas today, one day after a federal judge blocked other new restrictions on abortion practices in the state.

“The American public understands the importance of this law. Pain-capable unborn children should be protected from the violent act of a dismemberment abortion,” Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life’s director of state legislation, said Oct. 29. “Sadly, 40 states still allow it. We continue to work for a day when mothers and their children are fully protected and respected by our laws and our society.”

“Unborn children and their mothers deserve better than the violence of abortion,” she...READ MORE

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Is This the Image of Our Queen? Finding Me Time for Mom in a Large Family and Much More! (3752)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/30/2013 Comment

Is This the Image of Our Queen? Follow the link by Richard Collins of the Linen on the Hedgerow blog to read more.

Is This the Image of Our Queen? by Richard Collins of the Linen on the Hedgerow blog - BigPulpit.com

Finding Me Time for Mom in a Large Family – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

Liturgical Parenting – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Homosexualists Demand to Be Approved by the U. N. - Stefano Gennarini JD, Catholic Lane

The Top Ten Christian Poets – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Bringing Hope to the Infertile – Leslie Fain, Aleteia

Could This Lead to Orthodox-Catholic Unity? - Byz Pulpit

No Conscience Clause for Mayors in Same-Sex ‘Marriage’, Says French Court - Catholic Herald

From Sneezing to Faith, A True Story – Emmanuel Joseph, Catholic Stand


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Marine Corps Marathon Participants Run for Military Archdiocese (3917)

Two dozen runners raised more than $25,000 in support of the archdiocese’s military ministry.

10/29/2013 Comment
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Archdiocese for the Military Services' assistant development director, Matthew Lockwood, runs in the Oct. 27 Marine Corps Marathon.

– Archdiocese for the Military Services

WASHINGTON — As tens of thousands of runners crossed the finish line in the Oct. 27 Marine Corps Marathon, 24 participants completed the race having raised more than $25,000 for the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

Matt Smith, president of Catholic Advocate, ran his first Marine Corps Marathon with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and he said to CNA Oct. 28 that it “was a great experience,” and it was “rewarding” to do “so as part of Team AMS, knowing you are helping their ministry.”

“I had tried to enter the race when the general sign-ups opened and was unsuccessful,” Smith said, explaining how he joined the archdiocese’s team.

“Then, when I saw the Archdiocese for...READ MORE

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Pope Francis the Mentor, Minister to the Poor (5822)

Jesuit Father Renzo De Luca, a missionary in Japan, tells L’Osservatore Romano how Father Jorge Bergoglio transformed a neighborhood — and a young seminarian's life.

10/29/2013 Comments (3)

Bishop Jorge Bergoglio celebrates Mass in Nagasaki, Japan.

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VATICAN CITY — An Argentinian priest, sent as a missionary to Japan, remembers fondly the spiritual direction he received from Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the way in which the future Pope Francis transformed a local neighborhood.

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, published Oct. 26, Jesuit Father Renzo De Luca recounted his experiences as a seminarian at the Maximo College of San Miguel in Argentina in the early 1980s. At the time, Father Bergoglio was rector of the seminary, which is located just outside Buenos Aires.

Seminarians studied Monday through Friday, Father De Luca remembered, but instead of free time on Saturday or Sunday, Father Bergoglio had them enter poor...READ MORE

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