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Pope: Assisi Meeting Will Be a Sign of Peace for Today's World (2554)

Benedict XVI celebrated a special Liturgy of the Word on the eve of the interreligious gathering.

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VATICAN CITY — A Christian must never yield to the temptation “to become a wolf among wolves,” but should work instead to build a kingdom of peace in which Christ is King, Pope Benedict XVI said today, Oct. 26, at a special Liturgy of the Word on the eve of tomorrow’s special day of prayer for peace in Assisi, Italy.

Addressing pilgrims this morning in the Paul VI hall, the Pope said, “It is not the sword of the conqueror that builds peace, but the sword of those who suffer and give up their own lives.” He reminded the faithful that they must journey like Christ: “not with the might of war or the force of power ... but with the giving of self, with love carried to its extreme...READ MORE

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Archbishop Naumann on the Indictment of Bishop Finn (6670)

Neighboring bishop, a close collaborator, has questions about the prosecution of the case and its treatment by the media.

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On Oct. 14, Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., was indicted for failure to report suspected child abuse, a charge linked to the arrest in May 2011 of Father Shawn Ratigan, a diocesan priest, for possession of child pornography. The New York Times noted that it was the “first time in the 25-year history of the Church’s sex-abuse scandals that the leader of an American diocese has been held criminally liable for the behavior of a priest he supervised.”

Bishop Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph have each been charged with one misdemeanor count for failure to report the priest to the authorities. The local prosecutor as well as the Times and The Kansas City Star...READ MORE

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GOP Presidential Candidates Share Pro-Life Views (2054)

Republican contenders talk about faith and the unborn.

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Updated Oct. 27 and Oct. 29.

WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Abortion was a key issue for Republican presidential candidates at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual dinner on Oct. 22.

The dinner, which took place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, featured speeches by six major GOP candidates.

“It is a liberal canard to say, ‘I am personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision,’” said Texas Gov. Rick Perry. “That is not pro-life. That is pro-having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too.”

“Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience. It is a core conviction,” he added.

“I’ve raised 28 children. I am the old woman in the shoe,” said Minnesota...READ MORE

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Vatican Conference on Stem Cells Will Focus on Ethical Science (3290)

Pontifical Council for Culture’s collaboration with New York biopharmaceutical firm launches with international event.

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WORKING TOGETHER. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi and Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem, during a press conference to announce a joint venture between the Vatican and NeoStem.

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NEW YORK — A Vatican conference next month could help influence public figures to get behind adult stem-cell research, much in the way Michael J. Fox is lobbying for embryonic stem-cell research.

That’s the hope of Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem, an international biopharmaceutical firm based in New York.

The Nov. 9-11 conference, “Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture,” will bring Church leaders, policymakers, government health ministers and ambassadors to the Holy See together with scientists, stem-cell companies and patients who have participated in adult stem-cell trials.

The gathering will feature Tommy Thompson, former U.S. secretary of Health and Human...READ MORE

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Can All be Saved?, God's Men vs. Yes Men, A Model for Catholic Colleges, and much more! (3028)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The PCJP’s Vision of Polity: The Ideal vs. the Real. Click on the link by Dr. Jeff Mirus to learn more about the Note on the Financial Crisis.

The Emerging Crisis in Ukraine - George Weigel, ArchDen/The Catholic Difference

God’s Men Versus the Yes Men - Fr. Christian Mathis, Blessed is the Kingdom

Can we Hope that All Men be Saved? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

“Once Upon a Time” and the Ethics of Elfland - By Way of Beauty

This is My Body, Given Up for You - Leah Jacobson, VirtuousPla.net

Why Priests are Happy and Sometimes Not - Fr. Giovanni Trigilio, The Black Biretta

‘A Model for Catholic Colleges’ - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Preparing Children for the Changes in the Mass - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

The Pontifical Council on Justice & Peace (PCJP) Note on the Global Financial Crisis:

On Going the Way...READ MORE

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Pope: New Evangelization Needs to Reach Migrants and Refugees (1739)

Benedict XVI previewed his message for January's World Day of Migrants and Refugees Oct. 25: 'The phenomenon of migration today is also a providential opportunity for the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI will mark January’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees with a call for the New Evangelization to extend to migrant workers, refugees and international students.

“The phenomenon of migration today is also a providential opportunity for the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world,” the Pope will say in his message, a preview of which was released by the Vatican Oct. 25 at a press conference.

Pope Benedict noted, “Men and women from various regions of the earth, who have not yet encountered Jesus Christ or know him only partially, ask to be received in countries with an ancient Christian tradition.”

Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio,...READ MORE

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Artists Need to Discover Richness of Ordinary Life, Mondragon Revisited, With Your Spirit, and more! (1976)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Deuterocanonicals. Click on the link by Devin Rose to learn more.

When will Artists Discover the Drama & Richness of Ordinary Life? - Michael Kirke, MercatorNet

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Deuterocanonicals - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Your Moment in the Mass: “And with your spirit” - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Mondragon Revisited - Dr. Race Mathews, The Distributist Review

Why Be Catholic? - Anna Williams, VirtuousPla.net

Why Facebook Is The Devil - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Fr. Michael Rodriguez: A Priest with Fortitude - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

Meet a Holy Bishop: St. Anthony Mary Claret - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Catholic Hero of Auschwitz Dies - Dc. Greg Kandra, Patheos/The Deacon’s Bench

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Iraqi Christian Leaders View U.S. Troop Departure With Uncertainty and Hope (2927)

In the wake of the American-led invasion, the Christian population has been cut in half.

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ENDANGERED SPECIES? An Iraqi police officer stands guard outside of St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Baghdad following a Sunday liturgy on July 24. Forming one of the oldest Christian communities of the Middle East, Iraqi Christians have been targeted for attack since 2003, with numerous abductions, murders and threats for them to leave Iraq. In 1980 Iraqi Christians made up over 7% of the population and have now declined to below 3%. St. Joseph, which was established in 1959 and which once had as many as 1,200 families in its parish, now has only 150 to 200 families left.

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Amid President Obama’s announcement that the United States will bring home the remainder of its troops from Iraq by the end of this year, Church leaders in Iraq said the situation for the country’s Christians remains unchanged. Yet they expressed hope for their future.

“Even with the American presence here, we have had problems — explosions, kidnappings, murders, attacks on Christian churches,” said Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, a flashpoint in the conflict.

Since the American-led invasion in 2003, Archbishop Sako said, violence has claimed the lives of 905 Iraqi Christians, including one bishop, five priests and a number of sub-deacons. Despite the U.S. presence in...READ MORE

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