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Courage Continues Mission of Its Founder, Father Harvey (9609)

Director of Catholic apostolate to homosexuals discusses challenges and opportunities.

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CHICAGO — Courage, a Church apostolate ministering to people with same-sex attraction, held its 23rd annual conference this summer in Chicago. Members of Courage and EnCourage, the support group for their loved ones, were joined by Church leaders, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura at the Vatican, the Holy See’s highest court; Father Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who helped to found Courage in 1981; and Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a psychiatrist with extensive experience counseling people with same-sex attraction.

Register correspondent Matthew A. Rarey covered the conference, which featured daily Masses...READ MORE

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Pope Says Year of Faith for 2012 Will Proclaim Christ With Joy to the World (8336)

Special year will commemorate 50th anniversary of Vatican II's start, Benedict said Oct. 16. He also spoke of the importance of sharing the Gospel in the New Evangelization to those working for that purpose during Mass and his Angelus.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year of Faith,” which will begin in October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

“It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in him and proclaim him with joy to the people of our time,” said the Pope, making his announcement during Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Year of Faith will run from Oct. 11, 2012, until Nov. 24, 2013, which is the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The Pope said in his Oct. 16 remarks that it will give “new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often...READ MORE

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Justice and Mercy: As Relevant Today as Ever (3573)

Oct. 9 issue column on two very important virtues especially relevant for the Catholic laity today.

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The late Father Richard Neuhaus spoke of the sex-abuse scandal that broke out almost 10 years ago in the American Church as “The Long Lent.” I think he would have been astonished to know not only that it has not completely ended here (although we may finally be in the endgame), but that this sickening plague went viral into Ireland and continental Europe, bringing down not only abusing priests and religious but members of the hierarchy implicated in cover-ups that destroyed families and crippled dioceses. In the U.S., recent sexual scandals have also brought down several well-known media priests familiar to the readers of the Register through radio, television or personal appearances. And...READ MORE

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Celebrating Blessed Pope John Paul II (2679)

Celebrations have been planned in Rome and in Poland for next weekend, Oct. 22.

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Oct. 22 celebrations are planned in Rome and in Poland.

Blessed Pope John Paul II’s first feast day will be celebrated this coming Oct. 22 in Rome and Poland.

In Rome, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, will lead a procession to the St. John Lateran basilica, where he will celebrate Mass with Cardinal Agostino Vallini — the archpriest of the Lateran basilica and vicar of Rome.

The procession will begin at 5pm, with the memorial Mass taking place at 7pm, according to a spokesman for the Vicariate of Rome.

Earlier this year, the Vatican decreed that an Oct. 22 liturgical memorial be automatically inserted into the liturgical calendars of the Diocese...READ MORE

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A Visit to Pope John Paul II's Hometown (1834)

The Register's senior editor is a pilgrim in Poland: Wadowice. An Oct. 9 feature.

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After Czestochowa, our pilgrim group, organized by Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and headed by Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh, wended our way to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Jozef Wojtyla, the Polish boy would become Pope John Paul II — and whose feast day as the Church’s newly declared “Blessed” is Oct. 22.

Born in 1920, he lived in this small city during his childhood and adolescence, until 1938, when he entered the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Suffering and loss soon entered the life of the small family, with the death of Karol’s mother in 1929, and then his older brother in 1932. Yet a deep faith and sense of hope — rather than desolation and bitterness — pervaded...READ MORE

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Marian Pope John Paul II Prayed Here (2276)

St. Mary Cathedral Basilica reminds the faithful of the 'Gate of Heaven.' Oct. 9 issue feature.

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At the eastern end of Canada, the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is located on one of the world’s largest natural harbors; it is considered a gateway to the Atlantic. And just a quick walk from the harbor, one can find the “Gate of Heaven” at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica.

In 1984, John Paul II visited this stately English-French Gothic cathedral, the site of Halifax’s first Catholic church. Already, its granite exterior, quarried by special permission from the Queen’s Quarry, was 110 years old.

The cathedral’s fancy Gothic spires topped with crosses are decorative, but the main soaring center spire reaches 189 feet into the sky and is considered to be the tallest free-standing granite...READ MORE

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The Holiness and Work of St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic and Church Reformer (4477)

Feature for the Spanish saint and doctor of the Church's feast day, Oct. 15.

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On Oct. 15, Roman Catholics celebrate the Spanish Carmelite reformer and mystic St. Teresa of Avila, whose life of prayer enriched the Church during the 16th century Counter-Reformation.

Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada was born in the Castilian city of Avila during the year 1515; she was the third child in a family descended from Jewish merchants who had converted to Christianity during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Her father, Alphonsus, had become an ardent Catholic, with a collection of spiritual books of the type his daughter would later compose herself.

As a child, Teresa felt captivated by the thought of eternity and the vision of God granted to the saints...READ MORE

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Pope John Paul II's Unfinished Work (2413)

Saturday Book Pick: Interrupted by his election to the Chair of Peter, Karol Wojtyla never got back to Man in the Field of Responsibility.

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In 1969, then-Cardinal Karol Wojtyla published a book that would be known in English as The Acting Person. The book was subtitled “an anthropological study,” intended to examine how the human person expresses himself through human acts. Philosophical anthropology is the philosophy of man: Who is the human person, and what are his possibilities?

In the mid-1970s, Cardinal Wojtyla started work on another book, one intended to examine the other side of the picture: how human action forms, shapes and affects the person. Wojtyla intended to write the book jointly with his senior assistant in the chair of ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin, Tadeusz Styczeń. The cardinal had developed a...READ MORE

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