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An Introduction to Distributism, Egyptian Christians Slaughtered, Halloween, and much more! (4262)

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Egypt: Church Blames Army & Police after Dozens Dead. Click on the link by John Pontifex to read about the slaughter that is bringing put upon our brothers in Christ.

An Introduction to Distributism - Donald P. Goldman III, The Distributist Review

Egypt: Church Blames Army & Police after Dozens Dead - John Pontifex, Catholic Herald

Ten Signs You May Be a Distributist - Kenneth Spence, Acton Institute/Power Blog

Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: “No More Churches” - Raymond Ibrahim, Hudson New York

Is Mormonism a Christian Denomination? - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

Halloween In Our Catholic Home - Bonnie Engstrom

Why Young Christians Leave the Faith - Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

A Summary of St. Dominic’s Prayer - Anthony Lilles, Beginning to Pray

What Is The Most Compelling Book You’ve Ever Read? - Brandon Vogt

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Watershed Moment: Copts Killed in Violence (3582)

Nina Shea predicts a 'major exodus' of Christians after deadly violence in Cairo

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An Egyptian priest chants pro-Christian slogans during the funeral for victims of sectarian clashes with soldiers and riot police at a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt at Abassaiya Cathedral in Cairo Oct. 10. Thousands of mourners attended a funeral ceremony for those killed in overnight clashes when troops crushed a protest over an attack on a church in the worst violence since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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Yesterday, Oct. 9, in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, violent clashes between Christians, Muslims and the military, resulted in a mounting toll of mostly Christian deaths and an estimated 500 injured. Coptic Pope Shenouda III announced there would be three days of mourning, praying and fasting for the victims starting tomorrow. The Coptic church issued a statement that reflected the widespread belief among Copts that anti-Christian forces had infiltrated a peaceful march and fueled violence, which was then used as a pretext for intervention by security forces. The Coptic church stated that “strangers got in the middle of our sons and committed mistakes to be blamed on our sons.” The church’s...READ MORE

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Traditional-Marriage Advocates Have Hope for Their Cause (3000)

Washington panel discusses issues at stake.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—Leaders of organizations dedicated to preventing the redefinition of marriage said in an Oct. 8 panel that the movement to support marriage should not give up hope.

“This cause is not only just, but, in the end, will prevail,” said Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage.

Gallagher presented “The Case for Hope on Marriage” as part of a panel at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington.

The panel, entitled “Straight Talk on ‘Gay Marriage,’” was moderated by Tom McClusky, vice president for government affairs at the Family Research Council.

Gallagher explained that those committed to defending marriage have...READ MORE

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Large Group of Episcopalians Received Into the Church (4331)

Cardinal Wuerl notes the ‘truly historic moment’ on Cardinal Newman’s feast day.

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WASHINGTON — As people filed into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception yesterday, Mark Lewis was wearing a layman’s tie rather than the clerical collar he had worn for years.

Accompanied by his wife, daughter and grandson, Lewis was preparing to lead his flock at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in suburban Maryland into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Lewis is the former rector of St. Luke’s, the first Episcopal church in the Washington metropolitan area to come into the Church under provisions created for Episcopalians and Anglicans by Pope Benedict XVI.

The ceremony took place during a Rite of Reception and Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl Oct....READ MORE

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Otherworldly Series (2187)

Baseball Coach Rich Donnelly Shows You Can Go Home Again

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Assistant coach Rich Donnelly of the Los Angeles Dodgers talks with Luis Gonzalez during the game against the Florida Marlins at Dodger Stadium on July 8, 2007, in Los Angeles.

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Rich Donnelly has a World Series story that is out of this world.

Donnelly’s daughter Amy had passed away four years before his trip to the World Series in 1997 with the Florida Marlins, but her presence was felt keenly at the end of the seventh game. The coach has recounted the story to thousands of people around the country every year.

His story has a special impact on other parents whose children are struggling with terminal illnesses or have already died. Because only they can know what it’s like to lose a child, Donnelly says he has a soft spot in his heart for such families.

In fact, family was what brought Donnelly back from his own wayward path earlier in his career. The...READ MORE

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Collects Receive a Rich Translation (2752)

Come Advent, the prayer after the Kyrie and Gloria will sound quite different — and it will have a profound effect, says a Benedictine liturgist. Part of the Register's series on the new Missal. An Oct. 9 issue feature.

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During the sacrifice of the Mass, the last part of the Introductory Rites is a prayer called the Collect.

In our current version, this is called the Opening Prayer, but, in fact, “collect” is a richer word, and it will be useful for us to begin employing it to refer to this prayer.

All that we have done so far in the liturgy — the entrance procession with its chant, the Penitential Act, and on some days the Gloria — is now “collected” in a focused way by the prayer the priest proclaims. This prayer is always proper to the day, and, as such, it gives a precise focus to the particular celebration that is now under way.

The collects of the new translation are much richer. They follow more...READ MORE

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Pope: Modern Society Needs More Silence (2611)

During Oct. 9 visit to Carthusian monastery in Italy, Benedict called the order's charism 'a precious gift for the Church and the world,' and one that contained 'a profound message for our life and for humanity.'

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA)—The lack of silence in contemporary society is making many people’s lives “more agitated and at times convulsed,” Pope Benedict XVI has said.

“Some people are no longer able to stay long in silence,” he told members of a silent Carthusian monastery in the southern Italian region of Calabria Oct. 9.

“Most young people, who are already born in this state, seem to fill every empty moment with music and images, almost afraid to feel, in fact, this void.”

The monastery visit was the Pope’s last stop on a one-day trip to the south of Italy. Upon his arrival in the town of Serra San Bruno, crowds of more than 30,000 greeted the Pope as he made his way through the streets in...READ MORE

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Family and Marriage on Trial (3306)

Chilean human-rights case involving lesbian relationship could have far-reaching effect.

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WASHINGTON — A case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights could have negative consequences throughout the Americas for marriage and the family, religious freedom and national sovereignty.

The case involves a child-custody claim advanced by a Chilean judge who abandoned her marriage to pursue a lesbian relationship.

Chilean father Jaime López Allende has had sole court-ordered custody of his three daughters for the last eight years and is the girls’ preferred custodial parent.

Despite these facts, the transnational Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has ruled in favor of awarding custody to his ex-wife, Karen Atala. The Washington, D.C.-based commission concluded Chile’s...READ MORE

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