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Holiness in the Midst of Holocaust (2810)

How Pope John Paul II offered an answer to the horror of the Holocaust. Oct. 23-Nov. 5 issue feature.

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Shutterstock/CNA illustration by Melissa Hartog

– Shutterstock/CNA illustration by Melissa Hartog

Pope John Paul II offered an answer to the horror of the Holocaust.

“Can it still be a surprise to anyone that the Pope born and brought up in this land, the Pope who came to the See of St. Peter from the diocese in whose territory is situated the camp of Oswiecim (Auschwitz), should have begun his first encyclical with the words ‘Redemptor Hominis’ and should have dedicated it as a whole to the cause of man, to the dignity of man, to the threats to him, and finally to his inalienable rights that can so easily be trampled on and annihilated by his fellowmen?”

Pope John Paul II offered this anguished reflection during his 1979 visit to Auschwitz, located about an hour’s drive from...READ MORE

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JP2 Mass Appeal (1972)

Publisher's note for Oct. 9-22 issue in time for John Paul II's first feast day, Oct. 22. John Paul, pray for us!

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Our series on the new translation of the Missal continues in this issue with a thoughtful expository story on collects and prefaces by Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll.

Providentially, his story falls in the publishing cycle that includes the first celebration of the feast day of Blessed Pope John Paul II (Oct. 22). It doesn’t seem like it has been five and a half months since that incredible weekend in Rome in May when Pope Benedict XVI beatified his immediate predecessor. And so the Church will use for the first time the Collect specifically for Masses of thanksgiving for Blessed John Paul.

We hope you will join us in offering thanks on that day for the gift of Blessed Pope John Paul II...READ MORE

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A Soul in Turmoil (1665)

Saturday Book Pick: Poor Banished Children by Fiorella De Maria

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With very few exceptions, I have always been suspect of novels published during the last 30 years or so. Poor Banished Children by British novelist Fiorella De Maria is one of the exceptions.

The novel is engaging, compelling and beautifully written. Set in 17th-century Europe and North Africa, a savage and terrifying time and place of Barbary pirates, slavery and widespread murder, Poor Banished Children is the story of Warda, an afflicted soul singularly in search of authentic love.

As an innocent girl compelled by love, Warda wraps herself next to her dead father’s body as he lies in state, an act appalling to the superstitious beliefs of the day.

Shunned by her family, Warda is...READ MORE

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Pope Outlines Church's Diplomacy (2462)

Holy See's 'moral voice exerts considerable influence around the world,' Benedict tells new Netherlands ambassador.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI used his address to the new ambassador from the Netherlands to outline how the Catholic Church views its role in diplomatic relations.

“In acting as a voice for the voiceless and defending the rights of the defenseless, including the poor, the sick, the unborn, the elderly and the members of minority groups who suffer unjust discrimination,” said Pope Benedict, “the Church seeks always to promote natural justice, as it is her right and duty to do.”

Although the terms “Vatican state” and “Holy See” are often used interchangeably, they are very different things.

According to international law and diplomatic custom, it is the Holy See and not...READ MORE

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Occupy Wall Street, No Unity in Eastern Orthodoxy, Pope St. Celestine V, Fr. Duffy, and much more! (3600)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Papal Profile: Pope St. Celestine V. Click on the link by The Mad Monarchist to learn more.

Occupy Wall Street and My Son - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

From Behind the Iron Curtain to the Belly of the Beast (San Francisco) - Eva Muntean, Ignatius Insight

There is No Real Unity in Eastern Orthodoxy - Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah, The Maccabean

Papal Profile: Pope St. Celestine V - The Mad Monarchist

Our Catholic Faith. . . at Work - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Easier Than You Think - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

Father Francis P. Duffy: War and Humor - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Catholics - Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

The Traditional Latin Mass in Afghanistan - Adfero, Rorate Cæli

Study finds Priests...READ MORE

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Church Report Condemns Pakistan's Intolerance Toward Non-Muslims (3850)

A 12-year-old Christian girl's ordeal sheds further light on the plight of religious minorities.

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WALKING IN FEAR. Girls walk through a street in Gojra town, located in Punjab province. Residents of the neighborhood, known as Christian Colony, are haunted, since 2009, by memories of Muslim attacks on families there.

– Reuters/Faisal Mahmood

LAHORE, Pakistan — Human-rights activists in Pakistan and outside are aghast over the plight of a 12-year-old Christian girl who escaped the clutches of her Muslim abductor nine months later.

Arif Masih, the father of the kidnapped girl (whose name was withheld), is a government street sweeper in Lahore. He filed a complaint with the police soon after his daughter was abducted on Christmas Eve 2010. But the police never bothered to investigate the crime while the abductor repeatedly raped the girl and even forcibly converted her to Islam until she managed to escape and call her parents from a public telephone booth.

The police refused to order a medical exam of girl. The magistrate who...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Mighty Macs' (3684)

A sweetly old-fashioned sports movie celebrates the unlikely success of a tiny Catholic women's college basketball team.

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The Mighty Macs is a sweetly old-fashioned sports movie with a Hollywood Catholic milieu in which Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman would be right at home. To cite a more recent touchstone, it’s almost exactly the same movie as Secretariat, only Catholic instead of Protestant, and with girls playing basketball instead of horses racing.

Consider: Like Secretariat, The Mighty Macs is based on a true underdog sports story from the early 1970s. Both movies feature a spunky blonde heroine played by an appealing actress in her 40s—a well-dressed housewife with an old-fashioned feminist streak, married to an initially unsupportive sexist husband who just doesn’t understand why his wife needs to see...READ MORE

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What is Contemplation, Greed is Real Sin, Lady Gaga, St. Basil on Avarice, and much more! (4109)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What is Contemplation? Click on the link by Dr. Anthony Lilles to learn more on this form of prayer.

What is Contemplation? - Dr. Anthony Lilles, Beginning to Pray

Greed is a Real Sin - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

Relationships = Gift - Rachel Howell, VirtuousPla.net

Lady Gaga and the Weight of Glory - Sam Mullins, beingCatholic

St. Basil the Great on Avarice - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

“Divorce” between Regnum Christi & Legionaries - Andrés Beltramo Álvarez, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Vatican: Major Document on Reform of Global Financial System Coming - John Thavis, CNS

Some Catholic Parents Say ‘Nay’ to Halloween & ‘Yea’ to All Saints - Carol Paur, Our Sunday Visitor

On the Intellectual Roots of “Occupy Wall Street” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop


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