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At Vatican Audience, Pope Praises Knights of Columbus (2748)

Meeting with the organization’s board of directors Oct. 10, the Holy Father applauded the Knights’ charity and ‘unfailing support.’

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Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

– David Uebbing/Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — At a recent audience, Pope Francis encouraged the Knights of Columbus to continue working towards the renewal of society through their charitable efforts, prayer and the witness of their lives.

Meeting with the organization’s board of directors on Oct. 10, the Pope thanked the Knights for their prayers on his behalf.

“On this occasion I also wish to express my gratitude for the unfailing support which your order has always given to the works of the Holy See,” Pope Francis said, according to Vatican Radio.

“This support finds particular expression in the Vicarius Christi Fund, which is an eloquent sign of your solidarity with the Successor of Peter in his concern for...READ MORE

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Cardinal Eijk Suspends Priest for Liturgical Abuse; Ordinariate Has a New Text for Mass and More! (11803)

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Cardinal Eijk Suspends Priest for Liturgical Abuse. Follow the link by Mark de Vries to read more.

Cardinal Eijk Suspends Priest for Liturgical Abuse by Mark de Vries - BigPulpit.com

Can Human Free Will & Divine Predestination Both be True? – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

PopeWatch: Frieburg – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Anglican Ordinariate has a New Text for Mass - Giorgio Bernardelli, Vatican Insider

Mr. Holier Than Thou Vs Mrs. Barest Minimum Catholic - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Acts Of The Apostasy Calls It Quits – LarryD, Acts Of The Apostasy

Stump the Priest: The Virgin Mary’s “Sister” – Byz Pulpit

Can the B. B. C. Handle Truth about Ottoman Empire? - Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Limbo: Watching Your Child Crawl...READ MORE

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Report: Kidnapped Jesuit Priest Alive in Syria (2643)

Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, who disappeared July 28, was reportedly seen alive and well Oct. 5 in an area controlled by Islamist rebels.

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Jesuit Father Paolo Dall'Oglio

DAMASCUS, Syria — A Jesuit priest missing since July is alive in an area of northern Syria that is controlled by an Islamist opposition group allied with al-Qaida, one reporter has said.

“Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is alive and is being treated well by his kidnappers,” Khalaf Ali Khalaf, a reporter and activist opposed to the Syrian government, told Aki-Adnkronos International news agency.

Khalaf said the Italian-born priest was seen on Saturday, Oct. 5, in an area controlled by the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant, a group active in both Iraq and Syria. He did not name his sources on the grounds, as he wanted to protect them from reprisals.

The priest disappeared from the northern...READ MORE

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The First Beatified Seminarian: Rolando Rivi, a Martyr for the Faith (7286)

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

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Blessed Rolando Rivi

– Wikipedia

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 (3404)

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)

– Wikipedia

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 (3168)

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 (3673)

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 (2562)

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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