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Pope Benedict: End the Death Penalty (6287)

The Holy Father encouraged countries to end the policy during his Nov. 30 audience.

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Pope Benedict XVI encouraged countries around the world to end the death penalty as a legal sanction at his Nov. 30 general audience.

Addressing a group of pilgrims gathered in Rome for an international conference on the controversial topic, the Pope said he hopes that their deliberations “will encourage the political and legislative initiatives being promoted in a growing number of countries to eliminate the death penalty.”

The conference was organized by the Italian-based Sant’Egidio Community under the theme of “No Justice Without Life.” The Pope told them that he applauded “the substantive progress made in conforming penal law both to the human dignity of prisoners and the effective...READ MORE

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Scorsese to Adapt Catholic Film, Abortion Zip Codes, Changing God Lobby, Easy Believism, and more! (4637)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Scorsese to Adapt Jesuit-Drama "Silence". Click on the link by Matthew to learn more.

Scorsese to Adapt Jesuit-Drama “Silence” - Matthew, By Way of Beauty

Abortion According to Zip Codes: Startling Discovery in New York - Fr. John Leies SM, HLI America

That Changing God Lobby in DC - Terry Mattingly, On Religion

Universalism, True and False - Fr. James V. Schall, The Catholic Thing

The Problem with “Easy Believism” - Brent Stubbs, Almost Not Catholic

New Translation Critics: It’s Not About You - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Planned Parenthood’s 1969 Jaffe Memo: Frightful Mission - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Authority to Kill - Joseph Bottum, Public Discourse

The Myth Of Being Non-Judgemental - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

SSPX Asks Rome for...READ MORE

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Should We Seek Economic Equality? (2156)

The Occupy movement in light of Church teaching.

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“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others,” declared the revised commandment of the animals in Orwell’s Animal Farm. Some of the more vocal members of the so-called Occupy Movement point to the vast disparity of incomes in the United States and see there an Orwellian scenario.

“Injustice!” they cry.

The wealthiest people — the top 1% — have experienced the greatest income growth in recent years; the 99% have seen smaller growth. The rich aren’t getting richer while the poor get poorer — all income groups have increased in wealth. But the vastly rich have gotten much wealthier (hundreds of times so) than the not-so-rich and the poor. Justice demands equality of...READ MORE

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Adult Stem-Cell Therapies Are the Future, Scientist Says (4200)

Holy See gathers bioethics experts from around the world. Dec. 4 issue story.

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Adult stem cells, and not embryonic stem cells, are what all scientists in this field of research should be working on, says Dr. Peter Hollands.

A renowned clinical scientist and researcher at the University of Westminster, London, Hollands took part in the first Vatican-sponsored conference to analyze adult stem-cell technology, which was held in Vatican City in early November.

Organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and NeoStem Inc., a developer and manufacturer of stem-cell therapies, the symposium drew experts from around the world.

Hollands spoke more about the advantages of adult stem-cell research in an interview Nov. 10.

How important is adult stem-cell technology in your...READ MORE

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Arlington Diocese Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1731)

Bishop Paul Loverde's pastoral letter recalls Christ desire 'to unite our hearts with his own.'

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ARLINGTON, Va. (EWTN News)—Bishop Paul Loverde consecrated Virginia’s Arlington Diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, calling the devotion “both a sign and an invitation” for members of the faith.

Christ, through his Sacred Heart, reveals his desire “to show us the depth of his divine love,” Bishop Loverde said in a pastoral letter announcing the Nov. 20 consecration.

In recent weeks, Arlington Catholics have had the opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, which have stopped in several parishes in the diocese as part of a relic tour.

According to Church history, Jesus revealed his Sacred Heart to cloistered nun St. Margaret Mary in a series of apparitions...READ MORE

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Bishop Lori: Religious Liberty: 'The Pre-Eminent Social Justice Issue' of Our Time (5574)

A new game plan for defending the free exercise of religion in the public square.

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Bishop William Lori

– Courtesy of the Diocese of Bridgeport

Bishop William Lori is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, established this fall to direct and fortify the Church’s response to the “erosion of freedom of religion in America,” arising from immediate threats — at both the federal and state level — to the free exercise of religion by Catholic institutions.

Bishop Lori, a former auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C., who has led the Bridgeport, Conn., Diocese since 2001, has already testified on Capitol Hill at congressional hearings on this issue, but he’s impatient to mobilize the faithful to engage both legislative and cultural forces that seek to expel the Church from the public...READ MORE

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During Advent, the Domestic Church Is the School of Love (3044)

Reflections on Christian family life to mark the 30th anniversary of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio.

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Advent, and its ensuing Christmas season, is a time for families, an opportunity to share in the celebration of deeply abiding mysteries, along with fun and lots and lots of food. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation, Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), and we’re thus reminded of the great call to the family to “be what you are.”

Though 30 years old Nov. 22, this document offers an abundance of wisdom, and no wonder, as the “bright spots and shadows for the family” are virtually the same today as they were then. The bright spots include the growing “awareness of personal freedom,” the quality...READ MORE

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A Culture of Vocations, Solidarity and Subsidiarity, Preferential Option for the Poor, and more! (2619)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/30/2011 Comment

Mother Teresa's Work with the Poor: "She did it for Jesus". Click on the link by Msgr. Leo Maasburg to read more.

Abp. Dolan: Building a Culture of Vocations - Matthew E. Bunson, Our Sunday Visitor (link fixed)

Mother Teresa’s Work with the Poor: “She did it for Jesus” - Msgr. Leo Maasburg, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Understanding Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity & Subsidiarity - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Thoughts On Preferential Option for Poor & Vulnerable - Teresa Rice, Catholibertarian

Peter Kreeft Calls a Spade a Bloody Shovel - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Catholics and Freedom - George Weigel, NRO

Can Priests Go Hunting? The Council of Trent Has an Answer - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Why Didn’t Jesus Tell Us the Day & the Hour of His Return? - Fr. Ryan...READ MORE

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