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Praying the Rosary through Art, Blind Chinese Pro-Lifer Feared Dead, Real Confession, and much more! (1815)

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Praying the Rosary through Art: The Joyful Mysteries. Click on the link by Maria Stella Ceplecha to learn more.

Praying the Rosary through Art: The Joyful Mysteries - Maria Stella Ceplecha, Crisis Magazine

Famed Blind Chinese Pro-Life Activist Chen Guangcheng May be Dead - John Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews.com

Is Smoking Morally Wrong? - Rachel Howell, VirtuousPla.net

Religion and Occupy Wall Street - Joseph Knippenberg, First Things/First Thoughts

Lepanto - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

So Long, Freedom of Thought - Colleen Carroll Campbell, Catholic Lane

Real Confession - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Disturbing New Evidence on Contraception & AIDS in Africa - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

“The Spirit of Vatican II” - Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

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The Way, as Seen by a Priest (2388)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Greg Markey spent a month on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail. Here's what he found.

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain is one of the top pilgrimage destinations in the world. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is the burial place of St. James the Greater.

In Discovering the Camino de Santiago, Father Greg Markey takes the reader on this 500-mile pilgrimage route, which has been well worn since the ninth century. This Connecticut pastor hiked the route over 34 days in 2009.

What an enjoyable, insightful, enriching journey it turns out to be. In prose that flows like a conversation with friends, Father Markey recounts his experiences through villages, hostels and churches, arriving for the feast of St. James on July 25.

We’re at his side through the...READ MORE

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Portrait Artist Was Blessed by John Paul II (2321)

John Petermeier captures the holiness of saints and the beauty of God's creation in his drawings. An Oct. 9 issue feature.

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Portraits like this one of John Paul II, whom he met in 2000, are artist John Petermeier's specialty.

– Courtesy of John Petermeier

This Oct. 22, the new feast day for Blessed John Paul II, will have special meaning for artist John Petermeier.

He had worked full time at several radio stations in Iowa, Wisconsin and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But after seeing John Paul during a visit to Rome in 2000, he returned in earnest to his art, focusing mainly on portrait drawings, with Blessed John Paul II the subject of several of those works.

In September, Petermeier discussed his art and John Paul II from his Elk River, Minn., home.

Did you always want to be an artist?

I had an interest in art all my life and as a child knew that is what I’d be someday. In college my initial major was art. But I quickly learned I couldn’t do...READ MORE

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How to Pay for College (3352)

College application season is here. Advice for parents on how to fund their children's education. An Oct. 9 issue feature.

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Fall is the time of year when high-school seniors apply to the colleges they want to attend, and my nerves are getting a workout. How should we pay the college bills and deal with the complexities of the financial-aid process?

Here are several ways you can be equipped to better assist with your children’s college plans and minimize the negative impact of debt:

Make use of solid college-guide resources such as the Register’s annual “Catholic Identity College Guide” to help you understand the “Catholic” identity of the colleges you are considering. (See “Resources” online at NCRegister.com.)

Familiarize yourself with the financial-aid options available to you and your child. Helpful...READ MORE

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Cautious Optimism After Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hosanna Tabor Case (5215)

The government’s challenge to “ministerial exception” in 1st amendment case prompts skepticism from justices, Kagan included.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in the closely followed 1st amendment case, Hosanna Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 10-553, and some constitutional scholars are hopeful that religious liberty will emerge unscathed.

“I am cautiously optimistic. The Court was visibly skeptical of the government’s position,” said Douglas Laycock, the Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law who represented Hosanna Tabor before the high court.

In the Hosanna Tabor case, the justices must decide whether a Lutheran church in Michigan, which fired a teacher at a...READ MORE

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What Society Needs Is an Extreme Makeover, Catholic Style (3711)

If we can learn anything from any or all of the current extreme-makeover shows, it’s that we are continually in need of our own extreme spiritual makeover.

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Turn on the TV any given night and you’re bound to find some program that deals with some sort of makeover.

It might be ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Grab the remote and move along the dial to TLC (The Learning Channel), and you’ll find Stacy and Clinton of What Not to Wear fame trying desperately to take their subjects from frumpy to fabulous. NBC’s The Biggest Loser is an effort to help the weight-challenged change their eating habits and lifestyles.

Last but not least, one of the most bizarre makeover-type shows out there has to do with the addiction to stuff: hoarding. TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive is an attempt to make over the lives of folks who are literally putting...READ MORE

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U.S. College Students Celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary in Rome (2801)

Youth Catholics went on pilgrimage to four ancient basilicas, singing the Rosary in Latin as they went.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—A joyful group of young American Catholics spent today, Oct. 7, on pilgrimage to Rome’s four ancient basilicas, singing the Rosary in Latin for the feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary as they went.

“We’re doing this to celebrate the feast day today and as a pilgrimage,” said 19-year-old Jonathan Wanner from Mandan, N.D. He was leading the procession with a five-foot cross made of palm leaves.

Braving the Roman rain, the party of 10 filed behind Wanner and his cross, each wearing a bandanna and greeting locals with a wave and cry of “Buona festa!” or “Happy feast day!” On the whole, the Romans responded in kind.

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was...READ MORE

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Pope Urban and Non-Smokers, Bishops and Facebook, Saudi Arabia and Copts, and much more! (2907)

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Pope Urban VII: Patron of Nonsmokers? Click on the link by Kathy Schiffer to find out why.

Pope Urban: Patron of Nonsmokers? - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Do Bishops Use Facebook? - Steven Lawson, VirtuousPla.net

Egypt: Saudi Arabia Funding Attacks on Copts to Install Radical Islamic Regime - AsiaNews.it

Amid Unrest, Syria’s Christians Fear for Future - Andrea Kirk Assaf, Our Sunday Visitor

Why is Everyone Ignoring the Biggest Risk Factors in Breast Cancer? - Matthew Hanley, MercatorNet

Don’t Confuse the Common Good with Statism - Michael Novak, The Institute on Religion & Democracy

The Cruelty of Hedonism - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Mandatory University Training Negatively Stereotypes Catholics - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

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