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Pope Francis: Breaking New Ground in Jewish-Catholic Relations (16125)

The Holy Father’s friendships and strong tradition of dialogue with Jewish leaders are already having an impact, building on the foundation provided by previous popes.

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President Shimon Peres of Israel meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 30.

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NEW YORK — The bonds between Jews and Catholics have never been stronger in the Church’s 2,000-year history, but some Jewish leaders say that, with Pope Francis, the best is about to get even better.

Blessed Pope John XXIII reset Catholic-Jewish relations in the 1960s, seeking to reconcile the grievances of the past, in which Catholics had treated Jews less like beloved brothers and more like strangers — or worse, as enemies. The Church approved that outreach in 1965 at the Second Vatican Council with the document Nostra Aetate, and Popes Paul VI, Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI all continued efforts to deepen those relations.

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Pope Names Alice von Hildebrand to Prestigious Order (5140)

Membership in the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory is the highest honor a pope can bestow on a layman.

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Catholic philosopher and author Alice von Hildebrand speaks at an Oct. 30 gala dinner in her honor in New York.

– hildebrandlegacy.org

NEW YORK — Pope Francis has declared Catholic philosopher, author and teacher Alice von Hildebrand a Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory in recognition of her work, witness and service to the Church.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, formally invested her in the chivalric order Oct. 30 at a gala dinner in New York celebrating her 90th birthday.

Cardinal Burke said that Pope Francis conferred the honor to recognize her “outstanding and faithful service” and “in public recognition of the esteem in which she is held in the Church.”

Membership in the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory, which dates back to 1831, is the highest honor a pope can...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Kisses a Man Plagued with Boils; How to Discern by St. Alphonsus de Liguori and More! (4263)

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Pope Francis Kisses a Man Plagued with Boils. Follow the link from the Vatican Insider newsite to view and read more.

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Marriage Exhibitionism – Kim Scharfenberger, Aleteia

How to Discern: a Guide by St. Alphonsus de Liguori - Anna Elissa, Ignitum Today

Conversation with a Cloistered Nun – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

7 Tips to Be Financially Strong in a Tough Economy - Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

Taste of Feminine Genius – Jennifer Rey, OSV Newsweekly

Advent: A Marian Time – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Catholicism and Free Thought - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Strange Notions

Does Objective Morality Depend Upon God? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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Raising the Bar in Every Area of Life (3860)

Belmont Abbey College’s high-jumping president calls for excellence and virtue on and off campus.

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Light post at Belmont Abbey College

– Courtesy of Belmont Abbey College

As a two-time NCAA Division I All-American and National Champion high jumper, Bill Thierfelder had long been accustomed to raising the bar in a literal sense.

Now, he does so in a metaphorical way by promoting excellence and virtue in every aspect of life. In fact, each light post at Belmont Abbey College is adorned with a banner reading “Excellence & Virtue,” serving as a reminder of what every member of the Belmont Abbey community is called to embody.

Thierfelder has frequently spoken about his insights into a virtuous life in classrooms, boardrooms, meeting halls and training facilities across the country.

Now, for the first time, he is imparting this knowledge through a book,...READ MORE

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Themes Announced for Upcoming World Youth Days (7513)

The themes will serve as spiritual preparation for WYD 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

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Polish pilgrims celebrate July 28 in Rio de Janeiro after learning that the next worldwide World Youth Day will be hosted in Krakow, Poland.

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Earlier today, it was disclosed that Pope Francis has decided on the next three World Youth Day themes, which will mark a spiritual preparation for the international event to be held in Krakow in 2016.

World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of youths from all over the world to meet with the Pope in order to build and strengthen the bonds of faith, friendship and hope, symbolizing the union between people of different cultures and countries.

A Nov. 7 press release revealed that, for the next three years, the themes will center on the beatitudes, taken from the Gospel of Mark.

The title of the 2014 theme will reflect on the first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Names Bishop Salvatore Matano to Lead the Rochester Diocese (4782)

Bishop Matano succeeds Bishop Matthew Clark, who led the diocese for more than three decades.

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Bishop Salvatore Matano

– Diocese of Burlington

ROCHESTER, N.Y.  — Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Salvatore Matano, who had led the Diocese of Burlington, Vt., since 2005, as bishop of Rochester, succeeding Bishop Matthew Clark.

“My first priority will be to bring people back to Mass,” Bishop Matano said Nov. 6 at a press conference announcing his appointment, adding that “my strategic plan is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“If you are not practicing the faith, please come home. Come home. We miss you,” he said.

Bishop Matano said that holiness isn't something “magical,” but means “to be absorbed by Jesus.”

He furthermore requested prayers from the people. His Mass of installation will be celebrated Jan. 3, 2014.

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Pornography, Liturgy Among Agenda Topics At Upcoming Bishops' Meeting (5441)

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will meet in Baltimore and elect a new president and chairmen for various committees.

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USCCB 2012 Fall General Assembly.

– Michelle Bauman/CNA.

WASHINGTON — When bishops from across the country gather in Baltimore next week, they will consider issuing a formal statement on pornography, and discuss a Spanish translation of Mass prayers, among other issues.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will hold its annual fall General Assembly Nov. 11-14, and elect a new conference president, as Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York concludes his current presidency. They will also hear an address from Cardinal Dolan, as well as from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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Pope Francis Embraces Man Afflicted by Tumors (3524)

At the conclusion of his weekly general audience, the Holy Father spoke with the man for several minutes, then kissed his face and blessed him.

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Pope Francis kisses a man suffering from boils at the end of his Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

– ANSA/Claudio Pera from CNA

VATICAN CITY — At the end of the Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis drew attention by warmly embracing a man who suffers from a rare disease causing neuronal tumors all over his body.

The man was identified as suffering from neurofibromatosis, which causes great pain and can result in impaired vision, learning impairment and even cancer, according to the nonprofit research group Mayo Clinic. Treatment of the condition is very complicated.

People with this disease — which is genetic and not contagious — often face discrimination because of their appearance.

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