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Religious Sisters Lead First Class-Action Suit Against HHS Mandate (6926)

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is representing the Little Sisters of the Poor in their fight against the HHS mandate.

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The Little Sisters of the Poor minister to the elderly in poverty.

– Little Sisters of the Poor

DENVER — The Little Sisters of the Poor have filed the first class-action lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, saying that it would require them to violate the teachings of their Catholic faith.

“Like all of the Little Sisters, I have vowed to God and the Roman Catholic Church that I will treat all life as valuable, and I have dedicated my life to that work,” said Mother Loraine Marie Clare Maguire, superior of the congregation’s Baltimore province, Sept. 24.

“We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government’s program to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs,” she said.

The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged in Denver and the Little Sisters...READ MORE

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Architects Eager to Begin Crystal Cathedral’s Renovation (10215)

Two architectural firms have been selected to collaborate on the transformation of the landmark building and its 34-acre campus.

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ORANGE, Calif. — The leading architects in the massive undertaking of renovating the Crystal Cathedral into Christ Cathedral for the Diocese of Orange, Calif., have expressed their excitement about the daunting project.

On Sept. 18, Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange announced that Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios had been selected to collaborate on the transformation of the landmark building and its 34-acre campus.

The Diocese of Orange purchased the 3,000-seat Crystal Cathedral in February of 2012 from the Protestant church that founded it. The purchase was made after Crystal Cathedral had filed for bankruptcy in October 2010, when some of its creditors sued for payment.


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Pope Francis’ First Six Months (9629)

NEWS ANALYSIS: A look at the ‘Francis Effect’ over the period that commenced with his election as Pope on March 13.

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Catholic News Agency

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Even before last week’s major interview, Pope Francis’ pontificate had certainly not been given short shrift in the mainstream media during his first six months as Pope.

In fact, the Holy Father has made such a positive impact on the world stage that negative comments are almost entirely absent in the mainstream media.

Many have been affected not only by his words, but his actions and gestures — from his emphasis on God’s love and mercy and peace-making efforts in Syria to his out-of-the-blue telephone calls and his decision to shun the apostolic palace and live in the St. Martha guesthouse.

Images of him kissing children, hugging the disabled and being driven from...READ MORE

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A Day of Reparation for the Insult Caused to God, The Mother of Christ Comes to Theaters and More! (8645)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/26/2013 Comment

A Day of Reparation for the Insult Caused to God. Follow the link by Deacon Nick Donnelly to read more.

A Day of Reparation for the Insult Caused to God by Deacon Nick Donnelly - BigPulpit.com

The Mother of Christ Comes Alive on the Big Screen - Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

One Filipino Family’s Call to Missionary Life – Joseph Summers, Ignitum Today

Children’s Choirs – Charles Cole, The Chant Café

What Apostolic Succession Is & Why It’s Essential – Brantly Millegan, Catholic Stand

The Lily that did Not Mind Death - Jane Sloan, Catholic Exchange

Eyewitness to Evil – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

A Predominant Fault in Some Men – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Big Interview of Pope Francis (Tuesday) – BigPulpit.com

Naggable Offenses - Birgit Jones, Designs by Birgit


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Pope: World Needs the Church’s United Witness (2782)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father said diversity within the universal Church is a sign of unity.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Sept. 25 general audience.

– Elise Harris/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Today during his general audience, Pope Francis drew attention to the rich diversity within the universal Church, saying that such differences are in fact a sign of unity.

“Dear brothers and sisters: In the Creed, we confess that the Church is ‘one.’ When we consider the rich diversity of languages, cultures and peoples present in the Church throughout the world, we realize that this unity is a God-given gift,” the Pope told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 25.

“In effect, the Church is one, and it is in that same unity, even though it is dispersed throughout the world and there are many diversities.”

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New Bridgeport Bishop Calls for No Catholic Left Behind (5520)

Bishop Frank Caggiano encouraged his flock to invite fallen-away Catholics and non-Catholics to come home to the Church.

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Bishop Frank Caggiano

– Amy Mortensen/EWTN News

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Newly installed Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport told his new flock to “leave no one behind” and build bridges with non-Catholics and those who have left the Church.

“Leave no one to fend for themselves. Leave no one to be tossed into the shadows of our parishes, schools, neighborhoods and homes,” Bishop Caggiano said at his Sept. 19 installation Mass. “All have been called; all must be served; all must be strengthened in faith, hope and love.”

“For just as all earthly bridges are made up of stone, earth and mortar, the spiritual bridges God creates in us are made up of living spiritual stones — that’s you and me,” he said.

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Pope Francis Excommunicates Dissident Priest in Australia (33900)

Father Greg Reynolds supported women's ordination, same-sex "marriage" and offered illicit Masses.

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Pope Francis has ordered the excommunication of a Catholic priest in Australia who illicitly offered Mass, taught that women should be ordained priests and advocated for redefining marriage to include homosexual couples.

An Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman said the Pope had ordered the excommunication of Father Greg Reynolds, who has also been dismissed from the clerical state, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Australian newspaper The Age reported that Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne said the excommunication was due to the priest’s public celebration of Mass without faculties to do so and his preaching contrary to the teachings of the Church.


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New Catholic Voices Head Eager to Help Share Church’s Message (3786)

Scot Landry comes to the Catholic communications training group after serving as secretary for media at the Archdiocese of Boston.

09/25/2013 Comment

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WASHINGTON — The new head of a Catholic communications training group says he hopes to help the faithful present the complex truths of the Gospel in understandable ways amid a sometimes hostile modern world.

“I’m very excited to begin my work at Catholic Voices USA,” said Scot Landry, new executive director of the organization.

“Catholic Voices offers communication tools and approaches that allow laypeople to confidently share Catholic teaching on hot-button issues in a concise and compassionate manner,” he told CNA on Sept. 24.

“Given the speed of communications today and the shorter articles and attention spans common in new media, these tools for communicating a few key points...READ MORE

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