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Pope Benedict Highlights Bond of Faith With Charity (2529)

In his Nov. 11 Angelus address, the Holy Father reflected on Sunday’s Mass readings featuring two poor widows who provide timeless models of faith and charity.

11/12/2012 Comments (2)

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VATICAN — In his Nov. 11 Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on Sunday’s Mass readings featuring two poor widows who provide timeless models of faith and charity.

“In today’s Gospel, the poor widow gives everything she possesses to the Temple,” the Pope said, as he addressed the crowd from the papal apartments overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

“May her unconditional offering inspire us to rely on God alone, while attributing to everything else its due place and proper worth,” he said.

In that Gospel reading, from Mark 12:38-44, the poor widow’s generosity at the Temple collection is contrasted with the great offerings of the rich. Whereas the rich gave from their excess, the...READ MORE

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Pastor Weathers Hurricane Sandy and Its Aftermath (2098)

Father Frank Nelson, pastor of Maria Regina Church in Seaford, N.Y., 28 miles from Manhattan on Long Island, told Register staff writer Joseph Pronechen about his parish’s experiences dealing with the hurricane and its aftermath.

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When Hurricane Sandy slammed into many towns along the coasts of New Jersey, New York, Long Island and Connecticut, not to mention inland areas too, it left destruction that made many places resemble war zones.

Scores of main roads and highways had to be closed to traffic. Millions were without power for days that stretched into a week — thousands even into a second week. Houses were inundated with water measured in feet.

New York City was virtually isolated, as subways and tunnels flooded, planes were grounded, and trains could not run. Mass transit came to a halt.

In the city’s borough of Queens, the Breezy Point beachfront section was not only flooded — 100 homes burned to the...READ MORE

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How We Build the New Culture, Civilization; Sacred Music Can Change Politics and Culture, and More! (1966)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/10/2012 Comment

How We Can Build the New Culture and the New Civilization. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog.

How We Can Build the New Culture and the New Civilization by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog – Big Pulpit

Sacred Catholic Music can Change Politics and Culture – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

The Knox Bible – Allie Terrell, Ignitum Today

Syrian Christians Face Growing Threat From Jihadists - The Algemeiner

The Election in Two Images – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Paul Horgan’s Priests – Fr. Daniel J. Heisey OSB, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Temptations for Classical Christian Education – Brian Douglas, First Things/On the Square

Mother: My Daughter Happily Sacrificed Her Life to Save Babies – Kristine Blythe, Life News

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EWTN Radio Teams Up With iHeartRadio (2828)

The digital radio service makes streaming radio available through the Internet, mobile devices and tablets.

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The EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network is now available through iHeartRadio, the Clear Channel media company’s digital radio service that makes streaming radio available through the Internet, mobile devices and tablets.

EWTN’s president and CEO, Michael Warsaw, said the Catholic network is “pleased” to partner with iHeartRadio in order to “proclaim the Gospel message to an ever-expanding global audience.”

“Our foundress, Mother Angelica, took the Lord’s command to carry his message to the ends of the earth seriously. Our partnership with iHeartRadio enables us to carry on that legacy using the latest in digital technology,” Warsaw said Nov. 8.

iHeartRadio gives users instant access...READ MORE

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Moot Point: Voters Reject Obamacare (6554)

Symbolic Gesture Passed in Five States

11/09/2012 Comments (34)
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In largely symbolic ballot measures, five states allowed voters on Election Day the opportunity to show their disapproval of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.

The measures were symbolic because the U.S. Supreme Court already ruled this past summer that the federal health-care law is constitutional, thus making moot any state-level efforts to nullify the federal law.

On Nov. 6, similar health-care amendments were on the ballot in Alabama, Florida, Wyoming and Montana. The amendments allowed residents in those states the option to purchase health insurance or not, which the Affordable Care Act compels all Americans to do in what is called the...READ MORE

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Life on the Ballot: Election Results (3803)

The outcome was mixed on four state initiatives involving abortion, physician-assisted suicide and the death penalty.

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Election Day yielded two state ballot-measure wins in defense of the sanctity of life, while two other state initiatives were defeated.

After a contentious campaign battle, Massachusetts’ voters narrowly rejected an attempt to legalize physician-assisted suicide. In Montana, voters accepted a parental-notification restriction on abortion. Meanwhile, an attempt to eliminated state funding for abortion in Florida was rejected. California voters rejected a measure to end the death penalty in favor of life in prison.

Bishops, priests and lay Catholic leaders were actively involved in the four campaigns, hoping to educate voters about the dignity of the human person.


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'Wreck-It Ralph': The Secret Life of Video Arcade Characters (5590)

New Film Provides Little More Than ’80s Nostalgia

11/09/2012 Comments (3)
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IDENTITY CRISIS. Classic gaming comes to life in Disney’s new 3-D film, where Ralph questions his ‘hero worthiness.’

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Wreck-It Ralph, the latest 3-D offering from Walt Disney Animation Studios, is a pixelated paradox that is both entertaining and underwhelming, frenetic and flat.

Full of visual verve, the zippy digital animation clearly smacks of Pixar, as does the story that derives much of its narrative DNA from Toy Story, the 1995 movie that put Pixar on the map. It’s hardly surprising, given that Pixar veteran John Lasseter — who directed the first two Toy Story installments — executive-produced this film.

Like Toy Story, Wreck-It Ralph revolves around the secret life of toys, only here it’s characters from classic video arcade games.

And a very active life it is, complete with after-hour...READ MORE

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Pope: Faith and Science Needed for Peace and Humanity's Destiny (2343)

Benedict XVI addresses the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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Pope Benedict XVI said cooperation between science and faith is necessary for world peace and man's destiny, as he addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

“I am convinced of the urgent need for continued dialogue and cooperation between the worlds of science and of faith in the building of a culture of respect for man, for human dignity and freedom, for the future of our human family and for the long-term sustainable development of our planet,” he said in a speech given Nov. 8 at Clementine Hall.

“Without this necessary interplay, the great questions of humanity leave the domain of reason and truth and are abandoned to the irrational, to myth or to indifference, with great...READ MORE

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