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Play Tells Story of Death-Row Inmate's Marian Visions and Catholic Conversion (4580)

Catholic theater company is putting on the show this month.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The story of a Mississippi death row inmate who admitted his guilt and converted to the Catholic faith after seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary has come to the stage in a play that premiered in California last month.

Cathal Gallagher’s play, Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row, dramatizes the last days of Claude Newman, a convicted murder executed in Vicksburg, Miss., in 1944 for killing his grandmother’s abusive lover.

Gallagher explained to Catholic News Agency on Oct. 15 that Newman’s alleged death-row visions of the Virgin Mary changed him.

“On the night he was supposed to die, there was a reprieve from the governor, a two-week stay of execution....READ MORE

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The States of Religious Freedom (3293)

Nine state-level religious-freedom caucuses gear up for new challenges to First Amendment rights.

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WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill has been the focus of legislative efforts to overturn the federal contraception mandate and strengthen conscience rights, but state legislators are also moving quickly to address emerging threats to the “first freedom.”

Now, a bipartisan group of 120 state legislators is banding together to form religious-freedom caucuses in nine states. This development has been fostered by the American Religious Freedom Program, a project of the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Tim Schultz, the state legislative policy director for the American Religious Freedom Program, confirmed during an Oct. 10 interview that judicial and legislative efforts to...READ MORE

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NFP vs. Fertility Awareness, A House Is a Woman's Castle, What Is a Demon, and Much More! (3000)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What’s in a Name?: NFP vs. Fertility Awareness. Click on the link by Denise Hunnell MD to read more.

What’s in a Name?: NFP vs. Fertility Awareness – Denise Hunnell MD, Truth and Charity Forum

A House Is A Woman’s Castle – The Blonde Bombshell, William M. Briggs

What is a Demon? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Composer Morten Lauridsen: Life and Work – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Why are Catholics Praising the Nobel Prize Stem Cell Technology? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

A New Beautiful Monastery in America – Matthew Alderman, New Liturgical Movement

Bishop Explains Why He’s Suing Former Catholic Diocese Lawyers via the KREM.com website – Big ulpit

Dealing With A Miscarriage: When “I’m Sorry” Just Isn’t Enough – Rachel M, Catholic Sistas


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God's Love Stronger Than the Attraction of Wealth, Pope Says (2143)

Oct. 14 Angelus address

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said that although riches should pose no barrier to serving the Kingdom of God, Christ's love fulfills humanity's deepest needs in a way that wealth is unable to.

“God can win the heart of a person who has many goods,” the Holy Father said Oct. 14 during his midday Angelus from his window overlooking a sunny St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope addressed a crowd of thousands, packed with Church leaders and pilgrims here in Rome since last week’s start of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization and the Church’s Year of Faith.

He based his remarks upon Sunday’s Gospel reading about the young rich man who wanted to follow Christ but walked away...READ MORE

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'Reaching Out in Truth and Love' (1766)

At Washington's Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty, Archbishop Lori calls on Catholics to renew America's secularized culture.

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WASHINGTON — The striking confluence of the beginning of the Year of Faith and the annual recognition of Respect Life Month, set amidst the backdrop of a contentious election season, deepened both the sense of urgency and hope at the Oct. 14 Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty in Washington.

“For some time now, both life and liberty have been under assault by an overarching, Godless secularism, replete with power and money, but sadly lacking in wisdom, both human and divine: a secularism that relentlessly seeks to marginalize the place of faith in our society,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in his homily to the thousands gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine...READ MORE

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Faithful Catholic Education Key to New Vocations, Andy Warhol: SSA Ruthenian Catholic, and More! (2034)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Faithful Catholic Education Key to New Vocations, Study Suggests. Click on the link by The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes to read more.

Faithful Catholic Education Key to New Vocations, Study Suggests – The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Andy Warhol, Same-Sex Attracted and Catholic by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog – Big ulpit

Recovering a Culture that is Genuinely Catholic – Arland K. Nichols, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Conscience of a Catholic – Anne Hendershott and Christopher White, The Catholic Thing

Heresy in Education – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Ethos of a Catholic School – Stratford Caldecott, Beauty in Education

Formal and Material Cooperation – Fr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady, Truth & Charity Forum

Why Do We Need Faith? – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Insight Scoop


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Godless Secularism Assaults Life and Liberty (6608)

Homily given Oct. 14 for the Marian Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty.

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Following is the homily given by Archbishop William Lori Oct. 14 of Baltimore and the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the occasion of the Marian Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty.

Introduction: Mary Seat of Wisdom

On this beautiful autumn Sunday in which the Scripture readings speak to us about the wisdom of God, we have gathered from near and far on pilgrimage to this august basilica, dedicated to Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, the Seat of Wisdom.

With Mary’s loving encouragement, we have come together to pray to the Holy Spirit for an outpouring of divine...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Takes Aim at the Separation of Church and State (13703)

An informal occasion at Washington’s Catholic Information Center yields an engaging portrait of the deeply Catholic and predictably acerbic justice.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia looks around the packed room in the Catholic Information Center (CIC) as if to estimate its temper.

He begins his address quoting a Frenchman: “‘France is a country …’” A faint anticipatory chuckle ripples over the crowd, spilling out into the doorway where the late-comers stand.

The justice corrects himself and adopts the appropriate accent. “‘Frahhhnce eez a cohhntry with two religions and three hondred cheeses. The United States eez a country with three hondred religions and two cheeses.’” He pauses for a moment and resumes his native inflection. “I always have trouble remembering the second cheese.”

The crowd laughs —...READ MORE

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