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Pope Opens Bishops' Synod With Universal Call to Holiness (2819)

'Evangelization always has as its starting and finishing points Jesus Christ, the Son of God,' the Holy Father said Oct. 7.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness” aimed at all Christians worldwide.

“Holy men and women bloom among the generous missionaries who announce the Good News to non-Christians, in the past in mission countries and now in any place where there are non-Christians,” said the Holy Father in his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 7.

“Holiness is not confined by cultural, social, political or religious barriers. Its language, that of love and truth, is understandable to all people of good will, and it draws them to Jesus Christ, the inexhaustible source of new life.”

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The Synod and the New Evangelization: Why It’s Important for U.S. Catholics (6331)

The principal purpose for the Synod of Bishops, which commenced Oct. 7, is to study how the New Evangelization affects the mission of the Church.

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The principal purpose for the Synod of Bishops, which commenced Oct. 7, is to study how the New Evangelization affects the mission of the Church. The Holy Father has asked the synod to study about "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith." As the theme indicates, the focus is on the "transmission" of the faith. Both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have identified the New Evangelization as the response to how the Church transmits the Christian faith, considering the challenges confronting believers in today’s world.


Why Does the Holy Father

Need to Call a Synod?

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Play for Faith and Freedom (2818)

Oct. 7 issue feature: Timely show portrays St. Maximilian Kolbe’s stand for religious liberty.

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Leonardo Defilippis as St. Maximilian Kolbe

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When the U.S. bishops called upon writers and artists to employ their skills and talents in the defense of religious liberty during the period of preparation for the Fortnight for Freedom campaign for prayer and special events in June, actor and producer Leonardo Defilippis responded by saying, "I’m not just going to talk about it. I’m going to give you a saint."

In July, Defilippis brought to life St. Maximilian Kolbe in Phoenix in the one-man play Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz (StMaxDrama.com). The multimedia production has since been kindling a brush fire of renewed faith among audiences during the first leg of its nationwide tour.

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God's Plan for Marriage (3122)

User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 7

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Sunday, Oct. 7, is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It’s also the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.



In America, clever secular politicians feel they are showing great foresight by opposing the teachings of the Church. Of course, they are only the most recent in a long line of clever secular politicians who have had the same thought, from Nero’s Rome to North Korea.


On Oct. 8, the Church celebrates 11 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War who died at the hands of politicians in the 1930s. In three years, 12 bishops, 4,184 priests, 2,365 monks and 300 nuns died for the faith in Spain.



Genesis 2:18-24, Psalms 128:1-6, Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 or...READ MORE

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Rosaries and Masses 'For God and Country' (4004)

From our Oct. 7 issue: A new prayer campaign is being organized by the World Apostolate of Fatima USA and Father Andrew Apostoli, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal and Fatima expert.

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A great battle — a spiritual battle — is raging.

At Fatima and elsewhere, our Mother showed us the simple, surefire way she would bring about victory for the culture of life: through the Rosary.

One way to bring about this victory is through an initiative called "For God and Country."

This is both the name and the theme of a new prayer campaign organized by the World Apostolate of Fatima USA (WAF) and Father Andrew Apostoli, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal and Fatima expert.

Father Apostoli calls the Nov. 6 election one of the most crucial in our country’s history.

That’s why the WAF is launching a 30-day Rosary novena beginning on Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary,...READ MORE

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Doctor of the Church St. Hildegard, Why Roman Rite Catholics Switch to Eastern Rites, and Much More! (2900)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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St. Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church. Click on the link by Leroy Huizenga to read more.

St. Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church – Leroy Huizenga, First Things/On The Square

The Rite Switch: Why Roman Rite Catholics Become Eastern Rite posted by the Regina Domain website – Big ulpit

Struggles and Unexpected Blessings of Special-Needs Kids – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

The Standard Bearer’s Battle Hymn and Large Families – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Recovering Words and Culture in the Unsociety – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

The Interior Life: That of the Apostles and Ours - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

An Introduction to the Social Theories of the Middle Ages - John Médaille, The Distributist Review

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Following Francis’ Footsteps: How Assisi Protected Jews During World War II, Part II (4533)

At significant risk to themselves, local Catholics and a German Catholic commander preserved peace in the birthplace of St. Francis.

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American soldier at altar in bombed Catholic Church in Acerno, Italy. Acerno was bombed in September 1943 by Anglo-American forces, which destroyed part of the bishop’s palace and the church of S. Maria degli Angeli. This was the scenario feared by civil and religious leaders in Assisi in 1943-44.

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ASSISI, ITALY-The Italian city of Assisi, that was the home of St. Francis, became from 1943 to 1944, a shelter for thousands of refugees displaced by World War II.  Italian Scholar Francesco Santucci has researched and recounted the Catholic effort to protect Jewish refugees.  Yesterday Part I told the story of Assisi’s wartime bishop, Guiseppi Nicolini, and his priest secretary, Father Aldo Brunacci, who together masterminded the network of hiding places for Jewish families in the city’s convents, monasteries and private homes—including the bishop’s palace. Part II recounts the strategy that prevented Assisi from suffering any military damage despite its location in an embattled region....READ MORE

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Singles' Standards (6305)

Single Life column from Oct. 7 issue: All Catholic singles — men and women — should have the same set of standards and hold fast to them. At least we should if a happy, holy marriage is what we’re after.

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"Maybe it’s time to stop being so picky."

On the list of well-intentioned remarks married friends and relatives make to single Catholics, that sentiment is among the most oft expressed. It’s also among the most misguided.

At least, it can be … depending on what people mean by "picky."

If they’re telling us to throw out the list we’ve been carrying around since high school, enumerating all the qualities we want in a spouse, then they’re right.

If, however, they mean we need to lower our standards, then they couldn’t be more wrong.

What’s the difference?

Lists are what we take to the grocery store. They remind us to buy garlic, eggs and chicken. They’re helpful when shopping...READ MORE

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