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Pope Reveals Mystical Experience in Major New Interview (9609)

The revelations from Pope Francis, and his thoughts on reforming the Vatican, come from his second big newspaper interview published in the past two weeks.

10/01/2013 Comments (10)

VATICAN CITY — In a major new interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis shared that he had a mystical experience before accepting the role as bishop of Rome. He also gave his thoughts on several issues surrounding Church reform and the need for the Church to follow the Second Vatican Council’s call to engage fully in dialogue with the modern world.

Pope Francis recounted the experience in a wide-ranging interview with Eugenio Scalfari, atheist founder of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, which published the interview on Oct.1. Scalfari’s interview took place at the Pope’s request on Sept. 24 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence, where Pope Francis lives.

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Obamacare’s Abortion Mandate Gets Ready to Go (13819)

Planned Parenthood and other players in the U.S. abortion industry could profit from tens of thousands of taxpayer-subsidized abortions.

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Planned Parenthood Gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in April in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — The federal government began to shut down after the stroke of midnight on Oct. 1, after the U.S. Senate voted repeatedly to reject any House of Representatives amendments to the nation’s health-care law, including the HHS mandate requiring religious employers to provide contraceptive services against their consciences.

The shutdown began as new revelations put into focus how Planned Parenthood and other players in the U.S. abortion industry could profit from potentially tens of thousands of abortions covered by taxpayer-subsidized health plans in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Even with the threat of a government shutdown, the U.S. Senate rejected a proposal to fund the...READ MORE

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Share the Pro-Life Message of Mercy, Says Cardinal O’Malley (2387)

Boston’s archbishop told the faithful to let their hope in Christ’s Gospel turn into ‘loving, merciful action toward others.’

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston

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WASHINGTON — Recalling the recent words of Pope Francis, the leader of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ pro-life committee called the faithful to open their hearts to Christ, sharing the Gospel message of mercy and the sanctity of human life.

“Only a tender, compassionate love that seeks to serve those most in need, whatever the personal cost, is strong enough to overcome a culture of death and to build a civilization of love,” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

“Let us open our hearts and reflect on how God might be calling each of us to witness the sacredness of human life and assist in pro-life efforts,” he said.

The cardinal offered encouragement to those defending life in a...READ MORE

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Veiling in America, The Economics of Putting Family First, and Much More! (4599)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Veiling in America. Follow the link by Roseanne T. Sullivan of Regina Magazine to read more.

Veiling in America by Roseanne T. Sullivan of Regina Magazine – BigPulpit.com

The Economics of Putting Family First – William Gonzalez, Catholic Lane

Why I Am Worried About Pope Francis – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Cultural Revival Depends on Catholic Renewal - James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Family Life: A Call for Volunteers – Elizabeth Teixeira, Ignitum Today

The New Norm: A Generation Raised on Porn - Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Quantum Mechanics & the Real Presence: Which to Believe? - Dr. Bob Kurland, Catholic Stand

Subsidiarity Now – Fr. Brian Mullady OP, Truth and Charity Forum

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Pope Francis, Cardinals Begin First Set of Reform Meetings (3623)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston is one of the eight cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him about Church governance and reform.

09/30/2013 Comments (4)

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi


VATICAN CITY — The council of eight cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on Church governance and Curial reform will begin their first official meeting tomorrow, Oct.1.

“The institution of the council of cardinals,” said Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi in a Sept. 30 press briefing, “is a further enrichment provided by the Pope to the governance of the Church.”

Father Lombardi recalled that the formation of such a council was given as an advisement to the future pope during the general congregation meetings before the conclave.

He emphasized that, so far in his pontificate, Pope Francis has made frequent use of consultation, citing the Sept. 10 meeting...READ MORE

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Little Sisters of the Poor Challenge the HHS Mandate (5366)

If successful, the class-action lawsuit could provide protection to several hundred other Catholic organizations.

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WASHINGTON — Even as the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the White House continue to play political and economic brinkmanship over tomorrow’s scheduled introduction of President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms, an international Catholic women’s religious order has filed an important legal challenge against the HHS mandate.

Marking a new development in a broad legal strategy to shield religious nonprofits from compliance with the federal abortion and contraception mandate, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest group, filed a class-action lawsuit Sept. 24 on behalf of Little Sisters of the Poor, an international order of Catholic sisters who care for...READ MORE

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Following the Footsteps of a Saint, in John Paul II’s Poland (3233)

Catholic journalist Joanna Bogle shares her experiences from a recent trip, during which she was working on an upcoming EWTN feature about the late pope.

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Statue of John Paul II in Poznan, Poland.

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An emotional moment. We’re in Krakow, meeting Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz and hearing firsthand about John Paul the Great. The cardinal is warm and friendly and doesn’t want a lot of formality — “I’m Father Stan” he says, as we are introduced. He is genial, thoughtful and extremely interesting — our list of prepared questions soon gives way to a much deeper discussion.

And as our long conversation ends, he says twice, with quiet earnestness: “He was a saint. He was a saint.”

The “we” is a pair of Catholic writers from Britain, Clare Anderson and myself, and the interview is for a big EWTN feature on the great pope that will be broadcast worldwide to mark his forthcoming canonization.


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It’s Official: John Paul II and John XXIII to Be Canonized April 27 (17005)

According to the Vatican decree: “Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be enrolled among the saints on April 27, 2014, the Second Sunday of Easter, of the Divine Mercy.”

09/30/2013 Comments (22)

VATICAN CITY — Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, the Vatican has officially confirmed.

In a statement released this morning, the Vatican said that Pope Francis “decreed that Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be enrolled among the saints on April 27, 2014, the Second Sunday of Easter, of the Divine Mercy.”

The Vatican said the Holy Father announced his decision at 10am at an ordinary public consistory made up of cardinals and bishops in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of mid-morning prayer.

The news was widely expected. The Register was among the first to report the...READ MORE

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