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Rio Archbishop Calls for ‘Missionary Disciples’ in Americas (2511)

Archbishop Orani Tempesta said Christians ‘must live the encounter with Christ’ if they are going to witness Christ to others.

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Archbishop Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro speaks in Mexico City, Nov. 16, 2013.

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MEXICO CITY — The Church in the Americas will be strengthened only by faithful Catholics whose lives of witness flow from their relationship with Jesus, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has said.

“A missionary disciple must live the encounter with Christ,” Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said Nov. 16 to a group of Catholic leaders gathered in Mexico City.

The Americas today are in urgent need of missionaries, and evangelization is critical, Archbishop Tempesta said, pointing to those who have strayed from the faith, as well as those have not yet received the good news of Jesus Christ.

When Christians see adults who have been baptized but not catechized, they realize the need for a...READ MORE

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Cardinal Jaime Ortega Resigns From Cuban Bishops’ Conference (10523)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Will Pope Francis reformulate Vatican policy vis-à-vis Cuba?

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Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana

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HAVANA — With the announcement Nov. 14 that Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, 77, resigned from the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops, speculation began about a new era for the Church in Cuba.

“The retirement of Cardinal Ortega is imminent,” Nestor Carbonell, an author, analyst and Cuban-American Catholic told the Register. “And that’s a healthy development.”

Appointed bishop in 1978 and cardinal in 1994, Cardinal Ortega submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI when he turned 75 two years ago, as is standard practice.

The Holy Father asked him to stay through last year’s papal visit to the island, then for celebrations around the 400th anniversary of Cuba’s patron saint, Our...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Release First Apostolic Exhortation (3022)

The document will be proclaimed at the Nov. 24 closing Mass for the Year of Faith.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will deliver his first post-synodal apostolic exhortation to coincide with the end of the Year of Faith.

During a Nov. 18 press conference, the Holy See revealed that the title of the new document is “Evangelii Gaudium,” or “The Joy of the Gospel,” which will be publicly proclaimed by the Pope during the closing Mass for the Year of Faith on Sunday, Nov. 24.

The exhortation is a concluding document of last year’s Synod of Bishops, which centered on the theme of “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”

Although the Pope will make the initial proclamation on Nov. 24, the official presentation...READ MORE

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Fear of the Lord: The Beginning of Wisdom (6722)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

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Last time in this space, we talked a bit about what the fear of the Lord is not: It is not servile or cringing fear. This is news to a lot of people in our culture — and not all of them are non-Catholics.

Still and all, it is true, and the proof of it is seen in the most perfect lover of God the Father: namely, God the Son. Jesus feared the Lord, but he did not cringe before him. Rather, he held him in awe and majesty and adored him as Abba. How could he both fear and love God?

This puzzles moderns, but there is ancient wisdom in it — and the wisdom of childhood. One of the curious things about the way we are made is that very similar physiological reactions can accompany profoundly...READ MORE

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Evangelize With Honey, Not Vinegar, Cardinal Dolan Says (5247)

The archbishop of New York said that people need to fall in love with Jesus Christ as the first step of their conversion.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

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BALTIMORE — Christians should be warm, and so invite people into relationship with Christ and the Yes of the Gospel, says Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York.

“Evangelization means attracting people to the person and message of Jesus Christ,” Cardinal Dolan told CNA Nov. 12, while attending the U.S. bishops’ general assembly in Baltimore.

“If they fall in love with Jesus and the Church, then we can begin to do a lot of the conversion and the tough moral teaching,” he said, adding that “we can never turn our back on those.”

Cardinal Dolan was outgoing president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the USCCB assembly. His successor in the post is Archbishop Joseph...READ MORE

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Vatican Removes ‘La Repubblica’ Interview From Its Website (3637)

Pope Francis reportedly had expressed concern about the Vatican re-publication of the interview, which was not a transcript of his actual words.

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VATICAN CITY — The Holy See’s press officer announced Nov. 15 that the Vatican had chosen to take down the text of Pope Francis’ interview in La Repubblica, which had been featured among his speeches, from its website.

“The information in the interview is reliable on a general level, but not on the level of each individual point analyzed: This is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See website,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Nov. 15.

“Its removal is a final update on the nature of this text. Some mistakes were made regarding its value, which was questioned.”

The interview was conducted by Eugenio Scalfari, editor of the...READ MORE

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Origins of Mandatory Private Confession, Converted by Beauty, The Anglican Ordinariate and More! (4324)

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Origins of Mandatory Private Confession. Follow the link by the Quartermaster of the Barque to read more.

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How Obamacare Offends Human Dignity – Stephen M. Krason, Aleteia

Minding the Monarchical Church – Matthew Olson, Ignitum Today

Converted by Beauty, a True Story – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Unfortunately, It’s Time For More Musical Reparation – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Why Homeschooling Matters – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

Now We Know Why the Ordinariate Was Started! - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Yes, Your Religion Matters – William Kilpatrick, Aleteia

The Altar of Success - Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

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Pope Francis Promotes Year of Faith ‘Spiritual Medicine’ (4665)

At the end of the Holy Father’s Angelus address, volunteers distributed small boxes containing rosaries and Divine Mercy prayer cards to the assembled pilgrims.

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VATICAN CITY — At the close of his Angelus address today, Pope Francis encouraged those in St. Peter’s Square to pick up a little box of spiritual medicine on their way out.

“I would like, now, for all of you to consider a medicine. But some may think, ‘The Pope is being a pharmacist now?’ It is a special medicine to make the fruit of the Year of Faith that is coming to a close more concrete,” said Pope Francis Nov. 17, as he raised a little box for the crowd to see.

The boxes, packaged to resemble actual medication, contained rosaries and Divine Mercy prayer cards.

“This little box contains the medicine, and some volunteers will distribute it to you as you leave the square. Take...READ MORE

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