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Pope Applauds Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s Loyalty to Rome (8362)

‘The Holy Father encourages them to pursue their mission of reconciliation among all the faithful.’

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PARIS — Congratulating the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter on their 25th anniversary, Pope Francis has expressed his appreciation for the devotion to the bishop of Rome they have exhibited.

“It was in a moment of great trial for the Church that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter was born,” read an Oct. 28 letter from Archbishop Luigi Ventura, apostolic nuncio to France, to Father Vincent Ribeton, French district superior of the fraternity.

“The Holy Father encourages them to pursue their mission of reconciliation among all the faithful, whatever may be their sensibility, and this to work so that all welcome one another in the profession of the same faith and the bond of an intense...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Malley on Vatican Reform and Other Key Church Issues (9178)

In a Register interview, the archbishop of Boston discusses his service as an adviser to Pope Francis, and hot-button matters the U.S. bishops are addressing.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston was appointed by Pope Francis to serve on a council of cardinals that will advise the Pope on Curial reform. He is also the chairman of the Committee on Pro-life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and has played a key role within the conference on advocating for immigration reform and the needs of undocumented workers.

Cardinal O’Malley spoke Nov. 12 with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond during the U.S. bishops’ annual fall meeting in Baltimore.


Reform of the Curia is a key issue on Pope Francis’ agenda. You were selected to a council of cardinals — and you are the only American — who will advise Francis on...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Euphoria; HHS Mandate: US Bishops 'Stand United to Resist' and Much More! (4058)

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Pope Francis Euphoria. Follow the link to read more on the latest news of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis Euphoria – BigPulpit.com

H. H. S. Mandate: U. S. Bishops ‘Stand United to Resist’ - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Councils, Catholicism & Conspiracies - Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Cross Purposes: Catholic Schools & Common Core - Peg Luksik, Crisis Magazine

Are You Scared of the Synod? - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Breaking Free from Porn: A 5 Step Battle Plan! - Matt Fradd

God Often Isolates Those Whom He Chooses – Byz Pulpit

U. S. Bishops Agree to Resist Mandate - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

The Present Darkness of This World - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Defend Priests Against Bullies – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic News and...READ MORE

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Divorce Statistics Indicate Catholic Couples Are Less Likely to Break Up (18851)

Some credit is due to effective marriage preparation, Catholic experts say, but more work remains to improve further.

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WASHINGTON — An oft-repeated tale says Catholic marriages fare only slightly better than those among the rest of the American population — which is said to have a divorce rate of about 50%. If it were ever true, new research tells us it’s no longer the case.

“I’ve long been under the impression, without investigating the numbers, that this idea of Catholic marriages failing at about 50% is faulty,” said Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, Colo.

So the bishop was pleased to see data compiled by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate that shows Catholic marriages doing well, relative to marriages in the general population. Officials of the U.S....READ MORE

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Archbishop Fisichella on Year of Faith: ‘A Very Evident Moment of Grace’ (4629)

The president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization looks back at the special year, convened by Benedict XVI and completed by Francis.

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Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization


VATICAN CITY — The Year of Faith, which comes to an end on Nov. 24, the Solemnity of Christ the King, has been a “year of grace” characterized by “enthusiasm and dynamism” that has brought many Catholics back to the faith, says Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

As president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, he has led the Vatican department that has been the principal organizer of the year’s events. Archbishop Fisichella sat down with the Register Nov. 6 to share his reflections on the last 12 months, during which he discussed the challenges facing the New Evangelization and how Catholics need to radically change if it is to be effective.  



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Pope: Peace Comes From Following the Spirit of God, Which Gives Wisdom (2629)

The Holy Father encouraged: 'Let us allow the Spirit to lead us forward in that wisdom, which is like a soft breeze.'

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In his daily homily on Nov. 14, Pope Francis warned against a misguided "spirit of curiosity" that can lead us away from God, stating that it is only through the spirit of wisdom that we are able to be close to him.

“Jesus says that the Kingdom of God does not come in a way that attracts attention: It comes by wisdom,” the Pope said during his homily.

His words were directed to those gathered in the St. Martha guesthouse of the Vatican for daily Mass.

Opening his reflections by recalling the day’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom, Pope Francis stated that the passage described “the state of the soul of the spiritual man and woman” and of true Christians, who live “in the wisdom...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Unanimously Reaffirm Opposition to HHS Mandate (4961)

The bishops said their opposition is rooted in Pope Francis’ call to ‘proclaim the Gospel in its entirety.’

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz (l) and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the new president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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BALTIMORE — At their annual fall gathering in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops issued a message voicing their continued opposition to the federal contraception mandate and the threats that it poses to religious liberty.

“We stand together as pastors charged with proclaiming the Gospel in its entirety. That Gospel calls us to feed the poor, heal the sick and educate the young, and in so doing witness to our faith in its fullness,” stated the Nov. 13 message from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

“Our great ministries of service … strive to answer this call every day, and the Constitution and the law protect our freedom to do so,” the USCCB said. “Yet with its coercive HHS...READ MORE

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Priest Formerly of Newark Agrees to Seek Laicization (3586)

Father Michael Fugee, who violated the terms of an earlier court order, entered a new agreement Nov. 8 to avoid prosecution.

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NEWARK, N.J. — A priest formerly of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., accused of sexual abuse, will apply to be removed from the priesthood instead of facing criminal prosecution after breaking an agreement to avoid youth ministry.

Father Michael Fugee, 52, entered a new agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office that included laicization, the New Jersey Star-Ledger said. The agreement was announced Nov. 8.

Father Fugee was accused of sexually abusing a minor in 2001. After an appellate court reversed his subsequent conviction, in 2007 he made an agreement with local prosecutors that allowed him to remain in ministry so long as he was not around children unsupervised and did...READ MORE

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