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The First Beatified Seminarian: Rolando Rivi, a Martyr for the Faith (7190)

Killed by communists in 1945 because of their hate of faith, Rivi was proclaimed ‘blessed’ Oct. 5.

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Blessed Rolando Rivi

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MODENA, Italy — “Tomorrow, one priest less,” said the political commissioner of one of the Communist Party’s “Garibaldi Brigades” of Monchio, a small town in the northern Italian province of Modena. Those words uttered in 1945 signaled the commissioner’s decision that seminarian Rolando Rivi had to be executed. Rivi was only 14, and now he is the Church’s first beatified seminarian.

Rivi’s beatification took place Oct. 5 in Modena, and it was a true “feast of faith.” Nearly 20,000 people attended the event, coming from the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy, also known as “the triangle of death.”

From 1943-1949, approximately 4,500 people were killed in this region by communists....READ MORE

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November Conference Will Discuss Spiritual Warfare (3392)

Topics covered at the conference will include cultural attacks on women; the importance of love; spiritual weapons; and St. Michael the Archangel.

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St. Michael the Archangel, painted by Guido Reni (1575–1642)

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Catholic Online, a comprehensive Web publisher focused on the Catholic Church, will host a religious conference on spiritual warfare next month in Redwood City, Calif.

St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle: Spiritual Warfare and the Triumph of Love” will be held at the Sotifel Hotel San Francisco Bay from Nov. 1 to 3, and it will feature a keynote address by Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Other speakers include Msgr. Steven Otellini, a veteran of the Vatican Diplomatic Corps who has worked in Africa and Greece; Deacon Keith Fournier, editor in chief at Catholic Online; and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which...READ MORE

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New Curia Will Serve Both Pope and Local Churches, Say Cardinals (3150)

Cardinal George Pell of Australia said the upcoming Synod of Bishops will strategize on pastoral ways to give hope to the family.

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Cardinals gather to talk at the November 2012 consistory.


VATICAN CITY — After the conclusion of their meetings, two cardinals from Pope Francis' group of eight have revealed that Curia reform will largely focus on service to Pope Francis and the universal Church in its various locales.

“We want to change the look — that the Curia be at the service of the Pope and also at the service of the local Churches, the universal Church and the episcopal conferences,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of India said.

Cardinal Gracias was appointed by Pope Francis as one of the eight members to the council of cardinals instituted by the Holy Father in April to advise him on matters regarding Church reform and governance.

“The vision of the Pope is an open and...READ MORE

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Updated Newman Guide Helps Parents, Students Find Faithful Colleges (3667)

The Cardinal Newman Society’s guide has updated print and online resources for students discerning college choices.

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WASHINGTON — New guides by the Cardinal Newman Society provide guidance for Catholic families looking at higher education for their children as they seek out faithful Catholic colleges.

“For those students seeking a college education, I cannot recommend enough that they take a close look at the broad range of faithful colleges recommended in The Newman Guide,” said Thomas Mead, executive vice president of the Cardinal Newman Society and managing editor of the guide and magazine.

“While strong Catholic campus ministries at secular colleges can minimize the well-documented and too often destructive secular influences at public colleges and universities, only at a faithful Catholic...READ MORE

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Defense of Marriage Is a Social-Justice Concern, Scholar Says (2553)

The state is in the marriage business to help keep a child’s mother and father together, not maximize adult happiness.

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Ryan Anderson

– Heritage Foundation

WASHINGTON — Maintaining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is a matter of social justice, said Ryan Anderson, a political scholar and editor of the online journal Public Discourse, in a recent talk.

Speaking to students at Georgetown University in Washington, Anderson said that efforts to redefine marriage are often characterized as being rooted in a sense of justice.

However, he said, the case against redefining marriage is actually an argument based upon justice, “precisely because marriage exists as the prime institution of social justice that guarantees and protects the rights and well-being of children.”

“If you care about social justice and you care about limited...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Interviews and the Bigger Picture (11338)

Father John Wauck discusses the Holy Father’s ‘relentlessly personal’ approach.

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Opus Dei Father John Wauck

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Opus Dei Father John Wauck teaches in the School of Church Communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. During the 2013 papal conclave, he served as a television commentator for ABC.

On Oct. 8, he spoke with the Register's senior editor, Joan Frawley Desmond, about Pope Francis’ efforts to reach alienated Catholics and the public through an unprecedented strategy of informal interviews that reportedly bypassed Vatican filters.


Two recent interviews with Pope Francis have produced inaccurate headlines attacking pro-life activism and Catholic conversions. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat worried that the Pope’s communications strategy — which Douthat...READ MORE

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Hans Kung Considering Suicide?, Long Way to Special Needs Education in Catholic Schools and More! (4262)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Hans Küng Considering Suicide. Follow the link by Teófilo de Jesús of the Vivificat blog to read more.

Hans Küng Considering Suicide? By Teófilo de Jesús of the Vivificat blog - BigPulpit.com

Long Road to Special Needs Education in Catholic Schools - William Van Ornum, Aleteia

Basically Good People: The Great Modern Heresy – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Why Beauty? – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Common Core vs. Catholic National Reader – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Poor and the Religious - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Comparing the Great Female Mystics of the Middle Ages – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

New Resources Help Catholic Families Find Faithful Universities – Adam Wilson, Catholic Education Daily

Answers to 5 Lutheran Statements by Mathew Olson of the...READ MORE

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Church’s Catholicity Embraces All of Humanity, Pope Affirms (2281)

The Holy Father explained that the universal identity of the Church can be understood in many ways.

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– Andreas Dueren

VATICAN CITY — During his weekly general audience Pope Francis explored the different elements of what makes the Church catholic, reflecting on why we call ourselves by that name.

“Dear brothers and sisters: In the Creed, we profess that the Church is ‘catholic;’ in other words, she is universal,” the Pope said during his Oct. 9 audience in a rainy St. Peter’s Square.

He told the thousands of pilgrims present that the Catholic identity of the Church can be understood in many ways, first of all because “she proclaims the apostolic faith in its entirety.”

“She is the place where we meet Christ in his sacraments and receive the spiritual gifts needed to grow in holiness together with...READ MORE

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