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Catholics and Orthodox Unite in Call for Peace in the Middle East (1779)

Members of both Churches appealed for the release of two Syrian archbishops kidnapped by armed thugs while on a humanitarian mission.

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WASHINGTON — Dialogue between Catholic and Orthodox Christians in the U.S. and Canada has resulted in a strong call for the release of two abducted Syrian Orthodox bishops, as well as peace across the Middle East.

In an Oct. 26 joint statement, Catholic and Orthodox officials affirmed that “we repudiate all violence and demand action by responsible authorities to end the kidnapping, torture and killing of Christians and all civilians.”

The document, “The Plight of Christians in the Middle East: Revisited,” stated, “We also appeal for the release of Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, both of Aleppo, Syria.”

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Court Delivers Blow to HHS Contraceptive Mandate in Gilardi Case (19216)


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D.C. Circuit Court Judge Janice Rogers Brown

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WASHINGTON — The D.C. Circuit Court recently delivered another defeat for the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate. And in doing so, it set out substantive arguments that the Supreme Court would do well to adopt if it agrees to hear one or more cases challenging the federal mandate, authorized under the Affordable Care Act.

In Gilardi v. Department of Health and Human Services, two brothers, Frank and Phil Gilardi — faithful Catholics and owners of Freshway Foods in Ohio — filed suit to prevent application of the mandate for them, arguing that it violated their rights, as protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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40 Days for Life Celebrates Success at Campaign’s End (3575)

Since 2007, the pro-life group has conducted 2,480 campaigns in more than 500 cities and reports that 7,000 babies’ lives have been saved.

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WASHINGTON — On a rainy sidewalk in Washington, D.C., 40 Days for Life's founder, David Bereit, and Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayonne, France, joined 15 pro-life activists in prayer outside of a Planned Parenthood facility. Bishop Aillet led the group in a bilingual Rosary on the busy sidewalk on 16th Street in the nation’s capital. 

Similar vigils were scheduled throughout the country since Sept. 25, as part of the most recent “40 Days for Life” campaign, which ended Nov. 3.

40 Days for Life’s mission is “to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful activism,” according to the group’s website. The mission is...READ MORE

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Women Uniquely Understand ‘Truth of Man,’ Philosopher Says (2247)

Rocco Buttiglione recommends the writings of Edith Stein, as a striking example of the capacity of women to communicate the essence of human sexuality.

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Italian philosopher Rocco Buttiglione

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VATICAN CITY — In light of Pope Francis’ call for a deeper theology of women, a leading Italian philosopher spoke of the importance of Edith Stein’s writings on gender, saying that she extracts the essence of human sexuality.

“For women, it is easier, because they are taught through this experience of pregnancy something about man, about the truth of man, that is more difficult for us males to understand and to enter,” Rocco Buttiglione told CNA during an Oct. 31 interview.

Buttiglione, who is currently a professor of political science at St. Pius V University in Rome and who has spent the majority of his career teaching various topics of philosophy, has recently returned from the...READ MORE

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For Divorced & Remarried Catholics, a Time for Mercy; On Creative Minorities and Much More! (3835)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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For Divorced & Remarried Catholics, a Time for Mercy. Follow the link on OSV Newsweekly to read more.

For Divorced & Remarried Catholics, a Time for Mercy – OSV Newsweekly

3000 Religious Leave Religious Life Each Year, Some Reasons via Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

Distinguishing Vocations from Occupations – Denise Hunnell MD, Truth and Charity Forum

Quotes Suitable for Framing: H. Richard Niebuhr – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Medicine As If Catholicism Mattered – Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Timothy Leary and the 1960’s Counter-Culture - Robbe Lyn Sebesta, Catholic Stand

On Creative Minorities – R. R. Reno, On the Square

A Singular Vocation - Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

Bishop Egan of Portsmouth on Importance of Plainchant & Latin – Charles Cole, New...READ MORE

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Journalist: Pope Concerned About Misunderstanding of ‘La Repubblica’ Interview (13075)

According to Catholic columnist Antonio Socci, the Holy Father afterward took corrective measures to address the problem.

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VATICAN CITY — According to a Catholic writer in Italy, Pope Francis was aware that his reported words in an Oct. 1 interview published in La Repubblica could be misunderstood and took measures concerning this.

Antonio Socci, a Catholic columnist for the Italian newspaper Libero, wrote Oct. 27 that, after the publication of the interview, Pope Francis was fully aware of the risk of misunderstanding some of his words, particularly those on conscience.

In the interview, Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder and former director of La Repubblica, quoted Pope Francis as saying that “the conscience is autonomous, and everyone must obey his conscience.”

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Clergy Sexual Abuse and the Church: Views From Rome and Washington (11101)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Lessons learned from a harrowing, complex struggle to protect children by changing institutional culture.

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Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, who served from 2002-2012 as promoter of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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WASHINGTON — More than a decade after the clergy-abuse crisis made headlines, Catholics remain aghast when they read fresh reports of predatory priests, innocence lost and ambiguous or inadequate responses from local bishops.

Have we learned anything in the past 11 years?

“Yes,” say two experts who have approached the clergy-abuse scandal from different vantage points.

One man, Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, led the Holy See’s investigation of clergy-abuse cases from his post at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, while the other, Deacon Bernard Nojadera, implemented reforms in the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., before taking up his post as executive director...READ MORE

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Appeals Court Unanimously Overturns Block on Texas Abortion Law (4597)

The decision reinstates a provision of the law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their facilities.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas pro-life advocates have claimed victory after a federal appeals court unanimously reinstated state rules that require abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

“Legislators worked so hard to pass House Bill 2, because they are not only concerned about protecting the unborn, but also about women going to abortion clinics with sub-standard conditions and unsanitary equipment,” Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas Right to Life, said Oct. 31.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Oct. 31 reinstated a provision of an abortion law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their businesses....READ MORE

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