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9/11's Church (3174)

St. Peter Church in New York City has witnessed much in its 226 years as a parish, from the joyful birth of a new nation to the most devastating tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001. Feature from our Sept. 11, 2011, issue.

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St. Peter Church in New York City has witnessed much in its 226 years as a parish, from the joyful birth of a new nation to the most devastating tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001.

The rear of St. Peter’s is a half block from Ground Zero; the front is just a block away.

As the oldest parish in the entire state, St. Peter’s first church building, begun in 1785, was flourishing before George Washington was sworn in as president of the new United States in 1789 at Federal Hall, not a hundred yards away.

Saints Have Prayed Here

U.S. history’s famous and not-so-famous have graced this church with their presence. A gift of 1,000 silver pieces from Spain’s King Charles III topped off donations to start...READ MORE

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Pope: 'God Is Always Close, Even in Times of Difficulty, Problems and Darkness' (2018)

In Sept. 7 general audience, Benedict discussed Psalm 3 and called the Psalms as a whole 'the book of prayer par excellence.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)— Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that they should look to the Bible’s third Psalm to recall that God is near “even in times of difficulty, problems and darkness.”

“In the Psalmist’s lament,” Pope Benedict observed in his Sept. 7 general audience, “each of us may recognize those feelings of pain and bitterness, accompanied by faith in God, which, according the biblical narrative, David experienced as he fled from his city.”

Pope Benedict presided over the Wednesday general audience at the Vatican before returning to Castel Gandolfo, his summer vacation residence.

His discussion of Psalm 3 served as the beginning of his treatment of the...READ MORE

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The Gentlemanly Art of the Insult (4985)

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Sir Winston Churchill possessed a wit par excellence.

– Wikipedia photo

One of the (many) signs of our cultural decline is that verbal insults, these days, are almost invariably scatological or sexual, provoking a blizzard of asterisks whenever A wants to put the smackdown on B. Once upon a time, it was not so. Once, the ability to come up with a clever insult that could be repeated in polite society was thought an important, if not necessarily essential, component of being a gentleman.

Take, for example, two masters of English repartee and wit, George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill. Shaw, prior to the opening of one of his plays, sent Churchill a telegram: “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.”...READ MORE

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ProtectMarriage.com Fights to Defend Prop. 8 (1794)

Before the group can defend the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, it must prove to the California Supreme Court that it has the right to do so in place of the governor and attorney general.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNA) — On Sept. 6, California’s Supreme Court heard arguments about a legal question that has less to do with marriage than with the state’s legislative process and citizens’ right to propose ballot initiatives.

“Today’s issue was not limited just to the marriage issue, but any initiative that comes along that a government official may fail to defend,” said Andy Pugno, a lawyer representing the organization ProtectMarriage.com.

“It presents, really, a new question for our courts that they’ve never had to decide before, and that is: What do you do when the attorney general won’t do his job?”

Pugno’s organization is involved in two legal battles, one of which will...READ MORE

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Faith Abbott McFadden’s Life of Faith (3741)

Pro-life matriarch, convert to Catholicism, is celebrated in New York.

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Human Life Foundation

Faith Abbot McFadden speaking at a recent fundraising dinner for The Human Life Review.

– Human Life Foundation

NEW YORK — Family, friends and pro-life activists gathered on the first Friday of September in gratitude for the life of Faith Abbott McFadden.

McFadden, 80, died Aug. 30 after a long and recurring battle with cancer. She was the widow of James P. McFadden, who founded The Human Life Review in 1975 and was its editor for many years. Mrs. McFadden carried on her husband’s work, serving as senior editor of the Review and editing a column in a bulletin he’d started, Catholic Eye.

The McFaddens married in 1959, and the couple had five children, one of whom, Robert, died after his own fight with cancer. A daughter, Maria Maffucci, is editor of The Human Life Review.

Faith McFadden is...READ MORE

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Catholic Students in Joplin Return to School (1719)

Bishop on tornado aftermath: 'There are ... many signs of God’s grace at work, pointing to a future full of hope.'

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Mark Schielfelbein via EWTN News website

St. Mary's School library in Joplin, Mo.

– Mark Schielfelbein via EWTN News website

JOPLIN, Mo.  (EWTN News) — Students at St. Mary’s School in Joplin, Mo., are back in session, despite the loss of their school and parish in a tornado last May. Their local bishop says he sees God bringing good out of suffering.

“There is still much to be done, still great suffering and uncertainty in the lives of many citizens,” Bishop James Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau wrote in a recent column for the diocese’s weekly publication The Mirror. “Yet, there are also many signs of God’s grace at work, pointing to a future full of hope.”

St. Mary’s lost three weeks of its 2011-2012 school year, as the Joplin Catholic Schools system worked to turn a former warehouse into a makeshift...READ MORE

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Translation Resources for the Blind, Solutions for East Africa Drought, Social Justice, and more! (1908)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Need Solutions for East Africa Drought? Click on the link by Kenneth F. Hackett for some solutions.

New Translation Resources for the Blind - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Answering Seventh Day Adventism - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Solutions for East Africa Drought - Kenneth F. Hackett, Catholic Lane

Work and Natural Rights - Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing

Tis the Season for ProLife Activism - Rachel, VirtuousPla.net

Peace If Possible; Truth At All Costs - Michael Hannon, First Things/On the Square

American Catholic Social Justice Circles Neglects the Role of Virtue - Russell Shaw, Catholic World Report

Thomas Aquinas College (TAC): “One of Three to Receive a Perfect Score” - California Catholic Daily

Newman Guide: Only Three Catholic Colleges...READ MORE

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Remembering 9/11 (1897)

For Westchester County executive, Sept. 11 was one that mixed sadness and joy.

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Courtesy of Westchester County executive's office

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino (r) at Ground Zero in August 2011.

– Courtesy of Westchester County executive's office

All this week, the Register is recalling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Each day, we are featuring the recollections of an individual Catholic who was there or whose lives were impacted by the tragic events.

For those not on the scene but who had once worked there and knew some people in the World Trade Center, the events took on added meaning

Robert Astorino, former station manager/program director of the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio, who now serves as Westchester County, N.Y., Executive, was by a television and watched the plane fly into World Trade Center.

“I remember all of a sudden crying and understating what’s happening to people in the building,” he...READ MORE

Filed under al qaeda, new york city, robert astorino, sept. 11 attacks, terrorism, twin towers, westchester county, world trade center

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