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Pope Francis, Cardinals Begin First Set of Reform Meetings (3625)

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

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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 (5370)

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 (3239)

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 (17205)

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.”

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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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Florida Catholics Plan Prayer Vigils to Protest Death Penalty (2371)

The Florida bishops said life in prison is a better alternative punishment that gives the sinner a chance for conversion.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As the scheduled execution date approaches for a Florida man convicted of murder, local Catholics are offering prayers and renewing their call for an end to the practice of the death penalty.

“Even those who have committed terrible deeds and caused great pain possess a human dignity that is inherent in all persons,” said the Florida Catholic Conference in a statement. “This dignity, instilled by our Creator, is neither earned, nor can it be forfeited.”

The conference urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott to spare the life of Marshall Gore, who is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 1 for the murders of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick.

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New Orleans Schools to Reschedule Sports and Keep Sunday Sacred (5779)

The new archdiocesan policy keeping Sundays clear of school events will go into full effect by fall 2014.

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Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans is behind the new sports and social events policy for Catholic schools.


NEW ORLEANS — A new policy for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans aims to reclaim Sunday as a day focused on faith and family rather than sports matches and social events.

The policy is “rooted in the fact that people have a number of obligations and commitments. Our society is fast-paced,” Archbishop Gregory Aymond told the New Orleans Advocate.

“In living such a hectic life, people neglect sometimes, not purposefully, the very basics of faith and family,” he said.

Archbishop Aymond started asking schools to reduce the number of events scheduled on Sundays during the 2012-2013 school year, alongside his declaration of 2013 as a “Year of Family and Faith.”

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Materialism Robs Us of Our Humanity, Warns Pope Francis (5744)

Whenever material things become the center of our lives, the Holy Father warned, ‘we lose our very identity as human beings.’

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square Sept. 29.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis celebrated Mass in cloudy St. Peter’s Square Sept. 29, cautioning the faithful against the danger of losing their personal identity to materialism.

“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of us; they possess us. We lose our very identity as human beings,” he said.

Sunday’s Mass was held at the close of an international weekend conference in Rome for catechists during the Year of Faith.

The Pope explained that Christians must be on guard against “the danger of complacency, comfort, worldliness in our lifestyles and in our hearts, of making our well-being the most important thing in our lives.”


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How Sagrada Familia Will Look When Completed, The Saint Who Was Known as the Little Flower and More! (5498)

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How Sagrada Familia Basilica Will Look When It’s Done In 2026. Follow the link via Leslie Horn to read and view the video.

How Sagrada Familia Will Look When It’s Done In 2026 via Leslie Horn – BigPulpit.com

The Saint Who was Known as The Little Flower – The Catholic Herald

Bishop Sheen: Life of Abraham Lincoln – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Grand Debate Over Music & Morals – Peter Kwasniewski PhD, Views from the Choir Loft

The Most Beautiful Thing – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Mozart Is the New Black – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Smother Her with Love – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

The Meaning of Manliness: Matt Walsh Interview – Brantly Millegan, Aleteia

The “Death Threat” Perspective – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

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