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Papal Nuncio: Catholic Division Undermines Religious Freedom (6525)

Persecution of Catholics is facilitated by internal dissent, Archbishop Carlo Vigano stresses in a speech at the University of Notre Dame.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the United States that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching.

“Evidence is emerging which demonstrates that the threat to religious freedom is not solely a concern for non-democratic and totalitarian regimes,” he said. “Unfortunately, it is surfacing with greater regularity in what many consider the great democracies of the world.”

The apostolic nuncio, who serves as the Pope’s diplomatic representative to the U.S., said this is a...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan to Brother Bishops: 'Engage Christ First' (2881)

In the wake of the 2012 election, Church leaders stress the need for spiritual conversion before tackling challenges.

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– CNA/Michelle Bauman

BALTIMORE — The mood was reflective, but hopeful, at the U.S. bishops’ annual conference, as Church leaders took stock of the 2012 election and outlined plans to tackle cultural, spiritual and moral challenges.

“Yes, we have ‘a lot on our plate,’” agreed Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, during a Nov. 12 address.

He acknowledged a growing list of urgent concerns, from Hurricane Sandy relief and New Evangelization outreach to sustaining the “prophetic challenge to our culture” on life and marriage, welcoming immigrants and defending persecuted religious minorities across the globe.

Just a week after the election, Church...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Brings Joy to ‘Peers’ at Elderly Home (1686)

Holy Father: 'In every age, we must be able to detect the presence and blessing of the Lord and the treasures it contains. Do not ever be imprisoned by sadness! We have received the gift of a long life. In our face, there is always the joy of feeling loved by God and never sadness.'

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Pope Benedict XVI visits an elderly home of the Sant’Egidio community in Rome Nov. 12.

– Reuters/L’Osservatore Romano

ROME — Pope Benedict visited fellow seniors at a home for the aged in Rome on Nov. 12, speaking to their needs and reminding all of them of the special role they play in this “time of sunset.”

“I come among you as the bishop of Rome, but also as an elder on a visit to his peers,” the Pope told residents of the Long Live the Elderly Home, a project of the charitable Community of Sant’Egidio.

“I understand the difficulties, problems and limitations of this age,” he said during his remarks at the seniors’ assisted-living home located on the Gianicolo Hill near the Vatican.

Looking back on his own life, the Pope called it a natural tendency in one’s old age to envy the “fresh energy” of...READ MORE

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Priest: Go to Confession In Lieu of Christmas Gifts, The Reinvention of Parish Music, and More! (2636)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Priest Asks People Go to Confession Instead of Christmas Gifts, Huge Response! Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

Priest Asks People Go to Confession Instead of Christmas Gifts, Huge Response! via Fr. Z's BlogBig Pulpit

The Political Reasons for Traditional Education and Formation – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Reinvention of Parish Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Crisis Magazine

Pontificia Academia Latinitatis – Fr. Christopher Smith, The Chant Café

Book Review: The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand – Mary Hartwell, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Election in Two Images – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Quo Vadis; O, U.S. Bishops? – Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

The Tip of the Spear – Daniel Mikulsky, Ignitum Today

St. Elizabeth of Schonau on the...READ MORE

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Bishops and Bloggers Meet in Baltimore (2745)

Internet-savvy practitioners, including one blogging bishop, highlight the potential for effective utilization of the new information media.

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Bishop Christopher Coyne

– Bishop Coyne's blog, ThoughtsofaCatholicBishop.blogspot.com

BALTIMORE — As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops prepared to kick off their annual general meeting this week in Baltimore, two dozen bishops and approximately four dozen bloggers and media gathered Nov. 11 for “An Encounter With Social Media: Bishops and Bloggers Dialogue.” Over the course of three hours, they discussed social media, blogging and reaching Catholics with new technology.

Their discussion was timely, as it had just been disclosed that Pope Benedict XVI plans to start using Twitter.

The afternoon session began with a presentation by Mark Gray of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. His report, “Catholic New Media Use in...READ MORE

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Post-Election Game Plan for the HHS Mandate (9376)

Questions and answers with Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

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Richard Doerflinger, the associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.. Since 1980, Doerflinger has negotiated with legislators and the executive branch to advance pro-life legislation on Capitol Hill.

On Nov. 9, he spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond about the 2012 election’s impact on the battle to overturn the federal contraception mandate, as well as other pro-life ramifications. He explained why legal challenges filed by for-profit companies have met with some success in the courts. And he reported on another legislative opportunity to strengthen conscience protections — the upcoming Labor/HHS appropriations...READ MORE

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Bishop Justin Welby Chosen to Lead Anglican Communion (3511)

Catholic leaders welcome the British government’s selection of the former oil executive to succeed retiring Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

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Bishop Justin Welby

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LONDON — Anglican Bishop of Durham Justin Welby will become the 105th archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, succeeding the retiring Archbishop Rowan Williams.

“I feel a massive sense of privilege at being one of those responsible for the leadership of the church in a time of spiritual hunger,” said the 56-year-old father of six, who was an oil-industry executive before pursuing a religious vocation.

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office formally announced the appointment, saying he had been the “overwhelming choice” of the British Crown Nominations Commission, a body made up of clergy and laypeople.

Bishop Welby is widely hailed for his...READ MORE

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Papal Encyclical on Faith Announced (10343)

Pope Benedict XVI’s fourth encyclical will be released in the first half of 2013, timed to coincide with the Year of Faith.

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Pope Benedict XVI signs his third encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate.'

– 2009 L'Osservatore Romano-Vatican Pool via Getty Images

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is to publish a new encyclical on faith sometime during the first six months of 2013, the Vatican has confirmed.

“The Pope is preparing a new encyclical on the subject of faith, to be published in the first half of next year, during the Year of Faith,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the Register this morning.

The encyclical will be the Pope’s fourth; he has already written two encyclicals on the other two theological virtues of hope and charity. In 2006, he published Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), followed by Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope) in 2007. Both were also related to his third “social” encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in...READ MORE

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