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Pope Francis Effect, Middle East Christians Face Extinction, Journeys to the Priesthood and More! (3403)

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Pope Francis Effect. Follow the link to read the roundup of the best stories on Pope Francis.

Pope Francis Effect – BigPulpit.com

Middle East Christians Faces Extinction, Says Govt Minister – Ed West, Catholic Herald

Divorce & Remarriage Among Catholics - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

North Koreans Execute 80 Citizens for Possessing Bibles – Junno A. Esteves, Zenit

The Mouth as a Lethal Weapon – Patti M. Armstrong, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Modern Error of Preaching Mercy without Repentance – Msgr. Charles Pope

The Sinner’s Guide to N. F. P.: The Simcha Fisher Interview – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Follow Me: Journeys to the Priesthood - Brandon Vogt

St. Gregory Palamas & the Place of Paradox in Christianity – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount...READ MORE

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What God Is and Isn't, The Evolution of Conscience in the Western World, and Much More! (2333)

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11/16/2013 Comment

What God Is & Isn’t. Follow the link by Fr. Robert Barron of the Strange Notions website to read more.

What God Is & Isn’t by Fr. Robert Barron of the Strange Notions website - BigPulpit.com

A Solution to the Degrading Catholic Culture in California – Regina Magazine

Culture Without God – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Why You Should Receive Communion Kneeling & on the Tongue – Kevin Tierney, Catholic Lane

Guess Who’s in the Neighborhood? - Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

5 Things to Say to Someone Considering Leaving the Church – Anthony Baratta, Evangelical to Catholic

God Loves You: Nobody Cares – Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

Cardinal Bartolucci Interviewed on Liturgical Reform – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

4 Things That Aren’t Reasons I Became...READ MORE

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Inter Mirifica and the Changing World of Communication (5291)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Vatican II document was issued 50 years ago Dec. 4.

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VATICAN CITY — Much has changed in the world of social communications since the promulgation 50 years ago of Inter Mirifica (The Means of Social Communication), the Second Vatican Council’s decree that addressed the concerns and problems associated with the media.

But the document has been effective, and the topics it discusses have been further developed in other Vatican writings over the last five decades, as media has rapidly advanced.

“Communications has been always, and always will be, central to the life of the Church, but sometimes it’s so central and part of what we do that we take it for granted,” said Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Cancels Morning Meetings Due to a Cold (2702)

But despite the illness, he presided over an afternoon Mass at which he ordained a new bishop.

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Pope Francis incenses the altar at the Nov. 15 Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at which he ordained Msgr. Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, secretary general of the Vatican City governing body, as a bishop.

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VATICAN CITY — It was announced earlier today that Pope Francis canceled all of his morning meetings due to a cold, but still presided over a scheduled Mass in which he ordained a bishop in the afternoon.

In a statement issued to journalists on Nov. 15, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi noted that, although the Pope had four audiences scheduled with various heads of dicasteries within the Curia, he decided to postpone them because the officials live in Rome and can be met with at any time.

However, despite his illness, Father Lombardi revealed that the Pope still decided to preside, as previously planned, over a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon.

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Pilgrimage to Guadalupe Seeks to Foster Intercontinental Unity (1736)

Clergy and laypeople, including many of the Americas’ leading bishops, are gathering Nov. 16-19 at the famous Mexican shrine.

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VATICAN CITY — Numerous clergy and laypeople from across the world will gather together at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to discuss common concerns and to help forge stronger bonds between continents.

“We go as pilgrims to pray with existence, as Pope Francis says. Pray to Our Lady with existence, Our Lady who is the alliance of life between people and who listens to her pilgrims,” said Guzman Carriquiry in a Nov. 11 interview with CNA.

Carriquiry is the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and is in charge of the organization of the meetings that will be taking place during the gathering.

The pilgrimage, entitled “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New...READ MORE

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Video Shows Reality of Abortionists in Albuquerque as Historic Vote Nears (3238)

The Nov. 19 vote will decide whether the New Mexico city becomes the first city to ban abortion on the basis of fetal pain.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As Albuquerque voters consider whether to ban late-term abortions in their city, the undercover reporting group Live Action has released a video, “Profits From Pain,” giving an inside view of a local late-term abortion business.

“This facility is only one of the worst examples of the abortion industry’s complete disregard for basic human rights,” Live Action's president, Lila Rose, said Thursday. “Babies shot through the heart with poison; mothers left to deliver their dead children in an empty hotel room.”

A pregnant Live Action undercover reporter scheduled a late-term abortion 25-27 weeks into her pregnancy at the Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque and...READ MORE

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Pope Applauds Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s Loyalty to Rome (8425)

‘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 (9214)

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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