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Pope Meditates on Death for All Souls Day (2424)

'As human beings, we have a natural fear of death and we rebel against its apparent finality,' Pontiff tells faithful.

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VATICAN CITY — On today’s Solemnity of All Souls, Pope Benedict XVI reflected upon death and the hope that Christian faith brings to it.

“As human beings, we have a natural fear of death and we rebel against its apparent finality,” Pope Benedict said to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly general audience. 

“Faith teaches us that the fear of death is lightened by a great hope, the hope of eternity, which gives our lives their fullest meaning. The God who is love offers us the promise of eternal life through the death and resurrection of His Son.”

Therefore, said the Pope, “in Christ, death no longer appears as an abyss of emptiness, but rather a path to life which...READ MORE

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Steve Jobs: An ‘Unwanted’ Child (10203)

Adopted as an infant, he was grateful for the gift of life.

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He died a devoted family man, with his wife and children at his bedside. But Steve Jobs didn’t come into the world as the object of his parents’ devotion. His birth was complicated and all too human in its details, and yet his story upends the notion that “unwanted” children are doomed from the start.

Jobs’ death saddened many of his admirers, who developed a firsthand appreciation for his commitment to excellence and viewed Apple’s explosive success as a bright spot amid unrelenting economic gloom. But I’ve always been more intrigued with the backstory of his closely guarded personal life, and thus welcomed Walter Isaacson’s newly released biography, Steve Jobs.

Isaacson does not...READ MORE

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Bishops Call on Faithful to Oppose Bill That Would Repeal DOMA (2973)

The Respect for Marriage Act threatens to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Legislative debate on the bill will begin in a Senate Judiciary Committee executive business meeting on Nov. 3.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on citizens to urge the U.S. Senate to reject a bill that would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

“Protecting marriage as the faithful and lifelong union of one man and one woman is critical to the common good,” said a recent action alert posted on the website for the bishops’ conference, USCCB.org.

The alert warned of the “national impact” that would be felt if the Defense of Marriage Act, which is “essential to protecting marriage,” were to be repealed.

The federal Defense of Marriage Act was passed in 1996 by a wide bipartisan margin and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The act applies the...READ MORE

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In November, With the God of the Living (2095)

Throughout this month, the Church calls Catholics to raise our hearts and minds to seek the things that are above — to remember that going to heaven is the goal that God desires for each of our lives.

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Jesus' resurrection

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For the Church, the month of November begins with two beautiful feasts of remembrance and hope — All Saints and All Souls.

Throughout this month, the Church calls Catholics to raise our hearts and minds to seek the things that are above — to remember that going to heaven is the goal that God desires for each of our lives.

Jesus told us that our God is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living.

God is not the author of death. He desires only life for his children. Death entered the world through human sinfulness. But death no longer has to be the final word in anyone’s life. Because Jesus Christ has conquered sin and destroyed death.

God’s love is stronger than death.


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How to Win the Culture War, Catholicizing Pop Culture, Bankrolling Beauty, and much more! (2389)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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New Entertainment Company Catholicizes Pop Culture. Click on the link by Daniel McInerny to learn more.

A Spiritual Battle, How to Win the Culture War - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Bankrolling Beauty: The Money Men of the 15th Century - Sarah Phelps Smith, MercatorNet

Georgetown’s Catholic Apologist for Islam - Robert Spencer, Crisis Magazine

Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits - Nathaniel Gotcher, VirtuousPla.net

New Entertainment Co. Catholicizes Pop Culture - Daniel McInerny, Catholic Exchange

“Before Richard Dawkins Was. . . I Am.” - Frank Weathers, Patheos/Why I Am Catholic

The Call to Live Transformed Lives as Catholic Men - Maurice Blumberg, Catholic Lane

The Particular Imagination - Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Dappled Things

The German Pope who took on the Secular...READ MORE

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Pope on All Saints' Day: 'The Original Vocation of Every Baptized Person Is Holiness' (2478)

Benedict celebrates the communion of saints and previews All Souls' Day.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI said on today’s feast of All Saints that everyone is called by Jesus to holiness in their own path toward sainthood.

“The liturgy reminds us today that the original vocation of every baptized person is holiness,” the Pope said in his Nov. 1 Angelus address from the window of his apartment that overlooks St. Peter’s Square.

Jesus Christ, “with the Father and the Holy Spirit, has loved the Church as his bride and gave himself for it in order to make her holy,” he emphasized.

He also reminded Catholics to see the Church as more than just a human institution.

Today, he said, “we are thus invited to look at the Church, not in its temporal...READ MORE

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St. Jude, Totentaz, Dies Irae, Kate Middleton, Malachi, Wrongful Convictions, Progress, and more! (2454)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Thank You, St. Jude! Click on the link by Matthew Hanley to learn more.

Thank You, St. Jude! - Matthew Hanley, The Catholic Thing

Dancing with Death: The “Totentanz” & the “Dies Irae” - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Why It Matters that Kate Middleton Can Be Catholic Now - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Hard-Core Prolife - Rachel Howell, VirtuousPla.net

The Lord’s Word to Priests & People through the Prophet Malachi - Peter Williamson, Speaking of Scripture

Things that Go Bump in the Lab - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

When will W.H.O. Warn Women about Contraceptive Jab? - Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

Why Wrongful Convictions Should Matter to You - Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, Catholic Lane

What Fools We Mortals Can Be - Fr. John A. Leies SM, HLI...READ MORE

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Workers Plead Guilty in Philadelphia Abortion 'House of Horrors' Case (3670)

Assistants await December sentencing. Chief abortionist could face death penalty if convicted of killing babies born at his clinic.

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Kermit Gosnell

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PHILADELPHIA — Two employees of Philadelphia’s notorious abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. Adrienne Moton, 36, admitted Oct. 27 to killing babies delivered alive, while Sherry West, 52, admitted her role in the 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar.

Mongar, a 41-year-old Bhutanese immigrant, was 19 weeks pregnant when West gave her an overdose of painkillers and anesthesia. The overdose killed both Mongar and her unborn child.

West is not being charged with the death of the child.

The women had no training or licensing for the work they did at the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia. The business, operated by Gosnell, was described by...READ MORE

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