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Obama vs. Romney Debate, the Final Round (1427)

A look at the postmortems of the final presidential debate, from the thoughtful, rhetorical, and informative.

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Some Thoughts on the Final Debate - Carson Holloway, Catholic Vote

Summarizing and Reviewing the Final Presidential Debate - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Real Battle is in the Heart: Reflections on the Presidential Election - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

The 3rd Debate In a Nutshell - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Televised Presidential Debates Have Harmed America - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Who Looked Presidential? - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Catholic Vote: Don't Get Angry, Don't Get Depressed, Get Informed! - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

Romney During Debate: “I Will Get Rid of Obamacare” -...READ MORE

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Cardinal Arinze: 'The Church Lives in the World of Today' (3305)

One of Vatican II's youngest bishops reflects on the Council and its consequences.

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As the Church celebrates 50 years since the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Register spoke with a man who, like Pope Benedict XVI, knows Vatican II from firsthand experience — Cardinal Francis Arinze, the youngest bishop, at age 33, to take part in the Council’s final session in 1965.

The Nigerian cardinal, who served as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 1985-2002 and as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from 2002 until his retirement in 2008, discussed the Council's highlights, the problems that followed it and his hopes for the Year of Faith.

Cardinal Arinze, who turns 80 next month,...READ MORE

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Stop Blaming the Bishops; Mascara, Paul Ryan and Me; Help Those With Severe Anger, and Much More! (3114)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/23/2012 Comments (3)

Stop Blaming the Bishops. Follow the link to a Catholic in Brooklyn blog to read more.

Stop Blaming the Bishops by a Catholic in Brooklyn – Big Pulpit

Mascara, Paul Ryan and Me – Cheryl Dickow, Catholic Lane

How Do You Help Someone Who Suffers with Severe Anger? – Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Along the Journey Home – Rebekah Durham Hart, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Allure Of the Crunchy Catholic – Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

Blessed John Paul II and the Christ-Centered Anthropology of Gaudium et Spes – Douglas Bushman, Catholic World Report

Believers Lose Their Faith In The Religion Of Big Government – Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

Lourdes Flooded, with Pictures – Mulier Fortis

Godless Secularism Assaults Life and Liberty –...READ MORE

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American Priest Celebrates Receiving Ratzinger Award in Rome (2487)

Like the Pope, Jesuit Father Brian Daley has a profound knowledge of the early Church Fathers.

10/22/2012 Comments (1)

– The University of Notre Dame

ROME — An American priest and scholar who was awarded the annual Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 20 was both thrilled and surprised to receive the honor.

“It was a total surprise for me, but I'm really touched that they would think of me for this and that it would bear the name of our present Holy Father, whom I have always admired a lot,” said Jesuit Father Brian Daley, a professor of patristic theology at the University of Notre Dame.

The 72-year-old shared the honor with French Catholic lay philosopher Remi Brague.

“Father Daley and professor Brague are exemplary for the transmission of knowledge that unites science and wisdom, scientific rigor and...READ MORE

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Vatican Deplores Beirut Car Bomb Attack (1607)

Pope Benedict XVI has called for Lebanon to be a witness to 'peace and hope' for its residents and throughout the region.

10/22/2012 Comment

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY —  The Vatican’s spokesman is condemning the car bomb attack in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed a leading Lebanese security official and seven other people while wounding dozens.

“The attack in Beirut deserves the firmest condemnation, for the senseless murderous violence which manifested itself and because it runs counter to the efforts and commitment to preserve a peaceful coexistence in Lebanon,” Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican’s press office, said Oct. 19.

He cited Pope Benedict XVI’s call for Lebanon to be a witness to “peace and hope” for its residents and throughout the region.

He said the Holy See shares in the grief over the deaths and injuries...READ MORE

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Acknowledging St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s Life of Holiness (4015)

The executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Black and Indian Mission Office discusses the ‘Lily of the Mohawks,' who was canonized Oct. 21.

10/22/2012 Comments (3)

A religious sister holds a crucifix and a picture of St. Kateri Tekakwitha prior to the first American Indian's canonization Oct. 21 at the Vatican.

– Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

Pope Benedict XVI presided over the Church’s canonization of the first American Indian, Kateri Tekakwitha, at St. Peter’s Square yesterday. The 17th-century virgin and laywoman, informally known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” was born in 1656 in present-day New York and died at the age of 24 at the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake, south of Montreal, in New France.

In advance of the Oct. 21 canonization, Father W. Carroll Paysse, executive director of the Black and Indian Mission Office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke to Rome correspondent Edward Pentin Oct. 17 about the significance of the life of St. Kateri and what her canonization means for the Church in the...READ MORE

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New American Saints Canonized in Rome (5424)

Sts. Kateri Tekakwitha and Marianne Cope are among the new saints proclaimed yesterday by Pope Benedict XVI.

10/22/2012 Comment

Women religious hold a banner that reads 'Long Live the Pope' as they wait for Pope Benedict XVI to arrive to celebrate a special Mass to canonize seven new saints Oct. 21 at St. Peter's Square.

– Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

VATICAN CITY — An estimated 80,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to witness and celebrate the canonizations of seven new saints on Oct. 21, including the first American Indian, St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

Also canonized was a second American, St. Marianne Cope.

Under a clear blue sky and warm, sunny weather in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI praised each saint for their exceptional lives, stressing that the words of Mark — “the Son of Man came to serve and give his life for many” — were “the blueprint for living” for each of the newly canonized.

“May the witness of these new saints, and their lives generously spent for love of Christ, speak today to the whole Church, and may their...READ MORE

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Archbishop of Canterbury Pushes for Universal Anglican Acceptance of Women Bishops (3157)

Archbishop Rowan Williams, leaving office in December, wants the measure passed at next month’s General Synod.

10/22/2012 Comments (11)

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LONDON — Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the leading cleric in the Worldwide Anglican Communion, is trying to persuade members of the Church of England’s upcoming General Synod to support the ordination of women as Anglican bishops.

In an article published in the Anglican newspaper The Church Times, Archbishop Williams said the church legislation “will shape the future of the Church of England for generations.” He contended that a vote against the proposal “risks committing us to a period of continued and perhaps intensified internal conflict with no clearly guaranteed outcome.”

The archbishop is trying to push through the measure at the General Synod in November. The synod...READ MORE

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