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Mexico’s ‘Prison Angel’ Nun Dies After Four Decades of Jail Ministry (4839)

Mother Antonia Brenner, who married and divorced twice before converting to the Catholic faith, died Oct. 17 at the age of 86.

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Mother Antonia Brenner, the foundress of the Eudist Servants of the Eleventh Hour

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LOS ANGELES — Mother Antonia Brenner, who married and divorced twice before converting to the Catholic faith and devoting herself to prison ministry for nearly 39 years in Tijuana, died Oct. 17 at the age of 86.

“Humanly speaking, this is an irreparable loss, but from the point of view of the mission that she had, I think we have won something,” Archbishop Rafael Romo Munoz of Tijuana said after receiving news of her death.

“She is a woman with the characteristics of a saint. I say that because I knew her and loved her a lot. I also received much affection from her. She has the traits of a saint, and that is why the Church has come out winning.”

Mother Antonia Brenner was born Mary...READ MORE

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Texas Pro-Life Law Takes Effect After Some Portions Struck Down (2942)

All abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy are banned, on the grounds that science has established that babies can feel pain by this time.

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AUSTIN, Texas — A ban on abortions when an unborn baby can feel pain took effect in Texas today, one day after a federal judge blocked other new restrictions on abortion practices in the state.

“The American public understands the importance of this law. Pain-capable unborn children should be protected from the violent act of a dismemberment abortion,” Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life’s director of state legislation, said Oct. 29. “Sadly, 40 states still allow it. We continue to work for a day when mothers and their children are fully protected and respected by our laws and our society.”

“Unborn children and their mothers deserve better than the violence of abortion,” she...READ MORE

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Is This the Image of Our Queen? Finding Me Time for Mom in a Large Family and Much More! (3761)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Is This the Image of Our Queen? Follow the link by Richard Collins of the Linen on the Hedgerow blog to read more.

Is This the Image of Our Queen? by Richard Collins of the Linen on the Hedgerow blog - BigPulpit.com

Finding Me Time for Mom in a Large Family – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

Liturgical Parenting – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Homosexualists Demand to Be Approved by the U. N. - Stefano Gennarini JD, Catholic Lane

The Top Ten Christian Poets – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Bringing Hope to the Infertile – Leslie Fain, Aleteia

Could This Lead to Orthodox-Catholic Unity? - Byz Pulpit

No Conscience Clause for Mayors in Same-Sex ‘Marriage’, Says French Court - Catholic Herald

From Sneezing to Faith, A True Story – Emmanuel Joseph, Catholic Stand


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Marine Corps Marathon Participants Run for Military Archdiocese (3932)

Two dozen runners raised more than $25,000 in support of the archdiocese’s military ministry.

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Archdiocese for the Military Services' assistant development director, Matthew Lockwood, runs in the Oct. 27 Marine Corps Marathon.

– Archdiocese for the Military Services

WASHINGTON — As tens of thousands of runners crossed the finish line in the Oct. 27 Marine Corps Marathon, 24 participants completed the race having raised more than $25,000 for the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

Matt Smith, president of Catholic Advocate, ran his first Marine Corps Marathon with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and he said to CNA Oct. 28 that it “was a great experience,” and it was “rewarding” to do “so as part of Team AMS, knowing you are helping their ministry.”

“I had tried to enter the race when the general sign-ups opened and was unsuccessful,” Smith said, explaining how he joined the archdiocese’s team.

“Then, when I saw the Archdiocese for...READ MORE

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Pope Francis the Mentor, Minister to the Poor (5867)

Jesuit Father Renzo De Luca, a missionary in Japan, tells L’Osservatore Romano how Father Jorge Bergoglio transformed a neighborhood — and a young seminarian's life.

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Bishop Jorge Bergoglio celebrates Mass in Nagasaki, Japan.

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VATICAN CITY — An Argentinian priest, sent as a missionary to Japan, remembers fondly the spiritual direction he received from Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the way in which the future Pope Francis transformed a local neighborhood.

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, published Oct. 26, Jesuit Father Renzo De Luca recounted his experiences as a seminarian at the Maximo College of San Miguel in Argentina in the early 1980s. At the time, Father Bergoglio was rector of the seminary, which is located just outside Buenos Aires.

Seminarians studied Monday through Friday, Father De Luca remembered, but instead of free time on Saturday or Sunday, Father Bergoglio had them enter poor...READ MORE

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Bishop Leonard Blair Will Lead Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. (2268)

The archbishop-designate, who has led the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, since 2003, was appointed Oct. 29 by Pope Francis.

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Archbishop-designate Leonard Blair of Hartford, Conn.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio, to lead the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., following the retirement of the archdiocese's previous archbishop.

“With joy, we welcome the news that Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed Bishop Leonard P. Blair of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, to be the new archbishop of Hartford,” outgoing Archbishop Henry Mansell said Oct. 29.

Bishop Blair, 64, will be replacing the 76-year-old Archbishop Mansell, who has headed the Hartford Archdiocese since 2003 until his recent application for resignation, having passed the age of retirement.

Born in Detroit in 1949, Bishop Blair was ordained to the...READ MORE

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Jesus Christ Intercedes for Us From Heaven, Says the Pope (3837)

Pope Francis said Jesus shows the Father his wounds when he intercedes for his people.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis devoted his Oct. 28 homily to the fact that Jesus prayed for his apostles and the people he encountered on earth, and he continues to intercede for us in heaven.

When we pray to Jesus, the Pope said, Jesus shows his Father in heaven the wounds on his hands, feet and his side, the price of our salvation, which “is as if he is saying: Father, may this not be lost.”

The Holy Father directed his homily to those gathered in the St. Martha guest house of the Vatican.

At the beginning of his reflections, Pope Francis spoke of the day’s Gospel reading, taken from Luke, in which Jesus prayed for the whole night before he chose the Twelve Apostles, pointing out...READ MORE

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Keep the Faith During Persecutions, Iraqi Bishop Tells Western Christians (7421)

Archbishop Nona of Mosul said the example of Iraqi Christians should remind them to keep a daily living faith.

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Bishop Emil Shimoun Nona, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul

– Aid to the Church in Need

MOSUL, Iraq — The Chaldean archbishop of the Iraqi city of Mosul wrote an open letter to Christians in the West telling them that, in the face of religious persecution, they must continue steadfast in the virtue of faith.

In a letter published Oct. 26 in National Review Online, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Mosul explained that he arrived at his see in Jan. 16, 2010. The very next day a series of reprisal murders were carried out against Christians in the city.

“The faithful left the city to seek refuge in the small towns and villages nearby or in the monasteries. Since then, almost half of the faithful have returned,” Archbishop Nona said. “What can we do...READ MORE

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