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Lourdes Cleans Up Following Torrential Rains (4203)

The flooded Marian shrine is almost deserted of visitors, except for a group of determined Hawaiian pilgrims.

10/24/2012 Comments (8)

– Reuters/Caroline Blumberg

“I’ve been here many times, but there’s something different happening here at this time,” said Marlene Watkins. “A religious sister said to me today it was as if the grotto were wiped clean.”

Watkins, founding president of Lourdes Volunteers in the Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y., arrived with a group of pilgrims at the popular Marian shrine in the French Pyrenees just after it was hit by devastating floods this week.

The flooding of the Gave River left a “landscape of desolation” for clean-up workers as they began to remove mud and debris from the Lourdes Shrine on Oct. 21, according to Catholic News Agency (CNA). Clean-up crews made up of local firefighters and municipal workers began the...READ MORE

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Five Steps to Better Parenting, Restoration of Continuity, A Muslim Conversion Story, and Much More! (1490)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/24/2012 Comment

Throwing the Football and Five Steps to Better Parenting. Click on the link by Randy Hain to read more.

Throwing the Football and Five Steps to Better Parenting – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Restoration of Continuity: Clerical Collars, Epistle & Gospel Readings & More! via Fr. Z's Blog – Big Pulpit

Paying the Price of Faith: Muhammad Fadel-Ali Becomes Joseph Fadelle – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Special Needs Etiquette: Education – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Theologians’ Academic Respectability– Fr. Kenneth Baker SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Transitional Atheism – Br. John Sica OP, Dominicana

Pope Benedict XVI Canonizes a Mohawk Saint: Kateri Tekakwitha – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Source and Summit (by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski)...READ MORE

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Pope Announces Six New Cardinals, Including an American (2244)

Milwaukee native Archbishop John Harvey will receive a red hat Nov. 24.

10/24/2012 Comment

– wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — At today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will appoint six new cardinals, including an American, at a consistory that will be held Nov. 24.

“I invite everyone to pray for the newly elected, asking the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that they will always love with courage and dedication to Christ and his Church,” the Holy Father said in a St. Peter’s Square that was teeming with pilgrims and visitors, many who came to Rome for Sunday’s canonization of seven new saints.

The cardinals-elect are: Archbishop James Harvey, prefect of the papal household; Bechara Boutros Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch in Lebanon; Major Archbishop...READ MORE

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Violence Postpones Papal Delegation to Syria (2283)

Cardinal Bertone indicates the visit won’t happen until after the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization concludes on Oct. 28.

10/24/2012 Comments (1)

– wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican secretary of state told the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization that the planned peace mission to Syria will still happen but has been postponed following flare-ups in violence.

“Given the gravity of the situation, the visit will be postponed, probably until after the conclusion of the synod, and the composition of the delegation will be modified, also due to other commitments on the part of its members,” Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said Oct. 23 at the synod.

Cardinal Bertone originally announced the papal delegation at an Oct. 16 session of the synod. It was scheduled to embark this week, ahead of the synod's conclusion on Oct. 28.


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Sacred Architect and the LA Cathedral; Holy Photoshop, LSU Removes Crosses; The Just Wage, and More! (4199)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/24/2012 Comment

Fashion and Design Ideology in Sacred Architecture: A Review of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Click on the link by Nikos Salingaros to read more of what is beauty and what is not beauty.

Fashion and Design Ideology in Sacred Architecture: A Review of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels – Nikos Salingaros, Crisis Magazine

Holy Photoshop! LSU Removes Crosses from Student Pic by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog – Big Pulpit

The Just Wage – Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

Ex-Catholic Priests Come Out for “Homosexual Marriage” – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G. K. Chesterton – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Teen Pregnancy Isn’t the Problem - Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Pro-Life vs. Social Justice: A False Dichotomy – Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

Am I Experiencing...READ MORE

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Vatican Approves Addition of Bl. John Paul II’s Feast for U.S. (3212)

The Oct. 22 celebration commemorates his inauguration as Pope in 1978.

10/23/2012 Comments (12)

– wikipedia

WASHINGTON — The Congregation for Divine Worship has approved the celebration of Blessed John Paul II’s feast day in the dioceses of the United States, after setting the feast day for Oct. 22.

The congregation was petitioned for permission by the U.S. bishops’ conference following their November 2011 meeting.

Blessed John Paul II’s feast day is observed as an optional memorial in the dioceses of the United States. His office includes the opening prayer at Mass and the second reading in the Office of Readings, which is part of the Liturgy of the Hours. Additional texts for the Liturgy of the Hours should be taken from the texts common to all pastors who are celebrated liturgically.


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Are Public-Disclosure Laws Being Used to Target Opponents of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’? (5001)

A university administrator is placed on leave for signing a petition for a marriage referendum in Maryland.

10/23/2012 Comments (17)

WASHINGTON — Earlier his month, Angela McCaskill, the chief diversity officer for Gallaudet University, was placed on administrative leave after her signature was spotted on a petition to put a same-sex “marriage” referendum — known as Question 6 — on the Maryland ballot this November.

The referendum, which asks voters to decide Yes or No to legalize same-sex “marriage,” is viewed as a challenge to a state law passed last spring that made same-sex “marriage” legal in Maryland.

Alan Hurwitz, the president of the Washington-based university for the deaf, announced on Oct. 10 that he had removed the administrator because “Dr. McCaskill has participated in a legislative initiative that...READ MORE

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Look East for the Future of the New Evangelization? Instruments of Peace, Downton Abbey, and More! (1481)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/23/2012 Comments (2)

The Future of the New Evangelization? Look East. Click on the link by Deacon Greg Kandra to read more.

The Future of the New Evangelization? Look East – Dc. Greg Kandra, Patheos/The Deacon’s Bench

Needed Instruments of Peace – Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, Ignitum Today

Downton Abbey’s Anti-Catholic Plot by Tim Walker – Big Pulpit

St. Nicodemus and Renewal – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Lily of the Mohawks – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church – St. Elias. . .Today!

Bp. Olmsted Removes “Catholic” Status from Another Phoenix Hospital – Fr. Z’s Blog

Eucharistic Theology and Altar Servers – J. Andrews, Prayer of St. Ephrem

The Person and the Personal: Two Modes of the Same Being – Don DeMarco...READ MORE

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