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Celebrating Blessed Pope John Paul II (2742)

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

10/16/2011 Comment

Official beatification portrait

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 (1884)

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

10/16/2011 Comment
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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 (2327)

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

10/15/2011 Comments (1)
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– Joseph Pronechen

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 (4573)

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

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– Wikipedia

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 (2479)

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

10/15/2011 Comment

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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Patron Saint of Bad Finances, Modern Art in Churches, Chastity, Character Strengths, and much more! (4231)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/15/2011 Comment

Patron Saint of Compromised Financial Services. Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to find out.

Patron Saint of Compromised Financial Services - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Is There a Place for Modern Art in Our Churches? - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Hope and Homosexuality - Leonard Klein, First Things/On the Square

Chastity and Building the Culture of Life - Brendan Dudley, HLI America

The Arab Spring’s Forgotten Freedom - Samuel Gregg, American Spectator

“There Is No Place for the Jew in Libya” - Shiraz Maher, Hudson New York

Are Character Strengths Enough? - Kevin Ryan, MercatorNet

Le Chiese Delle Cittá: Santa Maria in Monterone - Nathaniel Gotcher, VirtuousPla.net

What is so Special about the Interior Castle? - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Obama is...READ MORE

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Bishop Finn Indicted by a Kansas City Grand Jury (5966)

The bishop pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count charging he sheltered a predatory priest.

10/14/2011 Comments (22)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn appeared in court today to answer to criminal charges alleging he did not tell police last year about child pornographic images that authorities later discovered on a diocesan priest’s computer.

Bishop Finn, who pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of failure of a mandated reporter to report, is the first U.S. Catholic bishop to be criminally charged with sheltering an alleged predatory priest, who authorities said kept hundreds of pornographic photographs of children on his laptop.

“The defendant was a mandated reporter and had reasonable cause to suspect a child may be subjected to abuse,” said Jackson County Prosecutor...READ MORE

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Father Pavone Turns Down Meeting With Bishop Zurek (6058)

Priests for Life’s director requested mediation through his legal counsel.

10/14/2011 Comments (41)

– EWTN

AMARILLO, Texas (CNA/EWTN News) — The Diocese of Amarillo confirmed that despite an invitation from Bishop Patrick Zurek, Father Frank Pavone did not meet with him on Oct. 13 and has instead asked for mediation.

“I advised Father Frank not to have this private meeting until the process of mediation is underway,” Father David Deibel, canon lawyer for Father Pavone and Priests for Life, said in an Oct. 14 statement.

“All of us want this entire process to be carried out in private rather than through the media.”

On Oct. 6, Bishop Zurek had invited Father Pavone to come to his office and explained that his actions in the situation are tied to his pastoral concern for the national director...READ MORE

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