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Father Francis Grogan

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In my freshman year at Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass., the teacher in my very first class was Father Francis Grogan of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. God could not have assigned a gentler and more calming pedagogue to allay my youthful anxieties.

He quickly convinced me that he was there to help his students and not to intimidate them. He was far too modest to talk about his duties as a sonar expert on a Navy destroyer during World War II. I learned about this only when I read his obituary in The New York Times.

I recall the first paper he asked us to write. He would have no idea at that time how prophetic its theme would be. It was based on an experience he had shortly...READ MORE

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'Papal Bounce' Credited for British Confession Boom (5878)

Between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, British clergy report confessions are on the rise.

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Pope Francis welcomes Benedict XVI back to the Vatican at Mater Ecclesia Monastery.

– L'Ossevatore Romano/ANSA

LONDON — Catholic clergy in England and Wales say more people are going to confession, and many credit both Pope Francis' election and Benedict XVI's 2010 papal visit for inspiring the trend.

“This summer there has been a marked difference in demand compared to last summer,” one priest said in response to a telephone survey conducted by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales' Home Mission Desk. “We don’t usually offer confessions in August, but have done (so) this year.”

The informal survey of 22 Catholic cathedrals in England and Wales sought reports from cathedral deans, priests in residence or designated staff members.

One respondent said there is “definitely” an...READ MORE

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The Francis Effect: New Proposals Give Peace a Chance in Syria (6660)

President Obama makes his case for armed intervention in a televised address, but backs away from requesting swift congressional authorization for a military strike.

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WASHINGTON — Days after Pope Francis’ worldwide fast and vigil for peace, new developments have given hope that a U.S. military strike can be avoided and that diplomatic action can achieve peaceful solutions to Syria’s bloody civil war.

With the world bracing for President Barack Obama to order strikes against the Syrian military over its alleged use of chemical weapons, the Syrian government announced Tuesday that it would accept Russia’s overture to put its chemical-weapons stockpile under international control for eventual destruction.

Even so, President Obama made his case Tuesday night in a televised address to the nation that Congress should give him the authority to punish...READ MORE

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Scott Hahn Calls Year of Faith Book Release ‘Holy Coincidence’ (5015)

His new book, Consuming the Word, presents the New Testament as ‘a sacrament before it was a document.’

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DENVER — At a talk given in the Archdiocese of Denver, Scott Hahn of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology detailed his new book, Consuming the Word, while highlighting the importance of the Year of Faith.

The Franciscan University professor said he had already been working on the book’s release as a follow-up to his bestsellers, The Lamb’s Supper and Letter and Spirit, before then-Pope Benedict XVI announced the Year of Faith for the Church.

“It was already in the works,” Hahn told CNA Sept. 4. “It was a happy and holy coincidence though.”

The conclusion to Year of Faith, Hahn explained during his talk, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, an event that...READ MORE

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Women: Save Your Marriage In 5 Minutes; Unitive and Procreative: What Is Marriage? and Much More! (5287)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Women: Save Your Marriage, In 5 Minutes. Follow the link by Leila Miller of the Little Catholic Bubble blog to read more.

Women: Save Your Marriage, In 5 Minutes by Leila Miller of the Little Catholic Bubble blog - BigPulpit.com

Unitive and Procreative: What Is Marriage? - Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

John Wayne Catholics Throughout History - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pesky Reptiles & Other Creatures, Oh My! - Sr. Mary Colombiere OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

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A Catholic Flourish to ‘Holy God We Praise Thy Name’ - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Aesthetics: Dr. Peter Kreeft’s Summa Philosophica - William M. Briggs, Statistician to the Stars!

Gnostics, Socialists, and Opiates - Jason Jones & John Zmirak, Aleteia

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New Polish Ambassador Says Pope ‘Will Not Give Up’ on Syria (3885)

Piotr Nowina-Konopka discussed the Syrian situation in a meeting yesterday with the Holy Father.

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Piotr Nowina-Konopka, the Polish ambassador to the Holy See

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Poland’s new Vatican ambassador, Piotr Nowina-Konopka, says that Pope Francis will not back down in helping resolve the Syrian conflict peacefully.

“The Pope is very focused on this issue with a sort of passion,” Nowina-Konopka said. “When he speaks about war in Syria, you see immediately that he will not give up.”

“The way he does it proves that he really believes that the Pope, the Church, Christians, Muslims must do something,” he told CNA Sept. 10.

Nowina-Konopka was appointed as the new ambassador of Poland, as well as of the Order of Malta, to the Holy See on July 6.

He met the Pope privately for about 20 minutes on Sept. 9 to present his letters of...READ MORE

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Bishop Paprocki: ‘Rupture’ Between Church and Modern Culture (6723)

The Illinois bishop says Catholics need to be aware of an ‘unconscious hatred for the faith’ in contemporary society.

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., said that Catholics should be aware of an “unconscious hatred for the faith” as they seek to interact with the modern culture.

In an interview with The Washington Times, published Sept. 3, the bishop reflected that, in past generations, “many of the values in our secular world mirrored the values of the religious world.”

“And I think what’s happening now is that relationship — that symbiosis between our culture and the Church — has been ruptured,” Bishop Paprocki said.

He noted that he and many others grew up at a time when secular culture was more friendly to religion, as shown in the production of biblical movies...READ MORE

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First Mainland American Diocese Celebrates 500 Years of History (4734)

The Church in Panama celebrates a rich history that began with conquistadors honoring the Virgin Mary for winning a battle.

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Catedral Metropolitan de Santa María la Antigua in Panama City.

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PANAMA CITY, Panama — This weekend, the Archdiocese of Panama celebrated the 500th anniversary of the first diocese created on the American mainland, an event which Church leaders say “changed the history of our continent and our country.”

The archdiocese said the Jubilee Year celebrations are meant to “commemorate the fruits of our journey as a Church together with the Panamanian people” and to confirm the people in their Catholic faith and national identity.

The first dioceses in the Americas were created in the Caribbean islands after the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Pope Leo X erected the first mainland diocese, Santa Maria La Antigua, on Sept. 9, 1513.

The diocese’s...READ MORE

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