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Pope Francis: Thank Your Family (5370)

‘These are essential words for our life in common,’ the Holy Father told a crowd of 150,000 gathered for Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 13

10/13/2013 Comments (5)
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Pope Francis waves from the popemobile in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 13.

– Lauren Cater / CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday preached about the importance of gratitude and thankfulness for the Christian community and for family life.

“If we can realize that everything is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift. He is our strength!” he told the crowd of about 150,000 gathered for Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 13. 

“Saying ‘thank you’ is such an easy thing and yet so hard,” his homily continued. “How often do we say ‘thank you’ to one another in our families? These are essential words for our life in common.”
The Pope gave special attention to the need to show consideration for one’s family.

“If families can say these three things, they...READ MORE

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Vocations to Religious Life Tripled in Just 8 Years; Is Anyone Grateful?; Pope on Francis and More! (2840)

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10/13/2013 Comment

Vocations to Religious Life Tripled in Just 8 Year. Follow the link by Mark Greaves of the Catholic Herald newspaper to read more.

Vocations to Religious Life Tripled in Just 8 Year by Mark Greaves of the Catholic Herald newspaper – BigPulpit.com

Is Anyone Grateful? The 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – John Bergsma, The Sacred Page

Pope Francis on St. Francis – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Wedding Proposals & Other Things T. V. Has Ruined – Red Cardigan, And Sometimes Teas

Could Success in Life & Business Be Really That Simple? - Christopher Weber, Catholic Stand

If Islamophobia Has Gone Mainstream, Then What are the Causes? – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Pakistan’s Christians are Victims of Terror - Mauro Pianta & Marta Petrosillo, Vatican Insider

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Mary ‘Can Only Bring Us to God,’ Expert Says as Entrustment Nears (5863)

Pope Francis will entrust the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday.

10/12/2013 Comments (5)

VATICAN CITY — Anticipating Pope Francis’ entrustment of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 13, a specialist in Marian apparitions reflected on how the Blessed Mother serves to bring people to Jesus.

Oct. 13 is the anniversary of the final Marian apparition in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal.

“It is necessary to have recourse to the Virgin, because she can only bring you to God. That’s her whole mission. She has nothing of self in it at all. She lives only for God and to bring you to God,” said Marian expert Tim Tindal-Robertson during an Oct. 10 interview with CNA.

Tindal-Robertson is currently the national president in England of the World Apostolate of Fatima, an...READ MORE

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This Is Why We Have Canon 428, How to Stay Chaste: 10 Tips for Couples, Ralph's Mom and More! (5474)

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This is Why We Have Canon 428. Follow the link by Dr. Edward Peters to read more.

This is Why We Have Canon 428 by Dr. Edward Peters - BigPulpit.com

How to Stay Chaste: 10 Tips for Couples – Meg Hunter-Kilmer, Catholic Lane

Pope Francis: A Modernist Heretic? Ridiculous! – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

On Humility in Prayer - Msgr. Charles Pope

Ralph’s Mom – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Cardinal Arinze on the Role of the Laity - Catholic World Report

Why Pope Francis Makes Me Uncomfortable - Gary Zimak, Catholic Stand

Church Patronage of the Arts & the Necessity of Beauty – Gwyneth Holston, New Liturgical Movement

How to Bind Your Family to Heaven without Using Duct Tape – Stacy Trasancos PhD

How a California Choir Kept Chant, Polyphony for 50...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Disrupts Our Plans (7158)

Editorial on how the Pope is calling Catholics to ponder: ‘Are we content with the status quo?’

10/11/2013 Comments (21)
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– CNA/ Alan Holdren

We live in an era of economic disruption, which is upending job prospects and forcing many Americans to reinvent themselves in order to land jobs. Political polarization culminating in the government shutdown furthers our unease. In such perilous times, our faith offers a refugee of hope and healing, as we navigate uncharted waters.

But recently, many Catholics have felt as if they are facing a fresh threat of disruption where they least expected it. Pope Francis has challenged the faithful’s expectations and stirred anxieties.

Some Catholics are second-guessing their present commitments to the Church, and others are upset that the Pope, in recent interviews, appears to dismiss the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and European Parliament President Discuss Social Welfare (5069)

Martin Schulz, an atheist, also invited the Holy Father to speak to the legislative body in Strasbourg.

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Martin Schulz

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis received in private audience today Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.

The Holy Father and the Catholic-educated but self-declared atheist German politician spent 30 minutes in private talks, during which Schulz invited the Pope to give an address to the Parliament, which is the legislative body of the European Union.

Unusually for such an audience, the Vatican did not release a statement, but according to Schulz, issues relating to poverty, youth unemployment and immigration were discussed. Particular reference was made to the Oct. 3 tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa in which more than 300 refugees, mostly from Eritrea, drowned...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Christians Must Guard Against Devil’s Slyness (6911)

Referencing today’s Gospel reading about Jesus’ healing of a possessed man, the Holy Father recommended three tools for spiritual warfare.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Oct. 11 daily Mass homily, the Holy Father warned of the discreet presence of the devil, exhorting those gathered to be astute in their spiritual lives.

“We must always be on guard,” exhorted the Pope to those who attended Mass in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, “on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”

Referencing the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus has just healed a possessed man and is accused of casting out demons by the power of the devil, the Pope noted that, often in history, there have been those who wish to “diminish the power of the Lord” by offering different explanations for his works, saying that this is a temptation that...READ MORE

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Bill Introduced to Reveal Abortion Charges in Insurance Exchanges (3395)

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and co-sponsored by 70 other members of the House.

10/11/2013 Comments (4)

Reps. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. (l) and Chris Smith, R-N.J.

WASHINGTON — A bill newly introduced in the House of Representatives would enable individuals to determine if they are paying a surcharge for abortion under the health-care exchanges available under the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act “requires premium payers to be assessed an abortion surcharge every month to pay for abortions,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said at an Oct. 9 press conference.

“But many pro-life Americans may unwittingly purchase pro-abortion plans because of a marketing secrecy clause,” he added.

Smith continued, saying, “Americans have a right to know upfront and with full transparency when they are purchasing a plan that subsidizes the killing of unborn...READ MORE

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