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Friday Abstinence from Meat to Return, Why is Fish Allowed on Meatless Fridays, and Much More! (5253)

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11/15/2012 Comment

Friday Abstinence from Meat to Return in U. S.? Click on the link by Kenneth J. Wolfe to find out more.

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Friday Abstinence from Meat to Return in U. S.? – Kenneth J. Wolfe, Rorate Cæli

Why is Fish Allowed on Meatless Fridays? by Joe Heschmeyer of the Shameless Popery blogBig Pulpit

About Episcopalians (Anglicans) Entering the Church – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

Reality, Belief, and Hell – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Australia: Bishop Robinson Wants to Break Seal of Confession, Differs with Cardinal Pell – Fr. Z’s Blog

You Might Be Married to a Liturgiophile If. . . – Anna Owens, Benedictus Dominus

A Politics of Communion – Roland Millare, Truth and Charity Forum

On George Weigel’s Call to Review Civil Issues for Catholic Weddings – Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Approve Revision of the Liturgy of the Hours (6816)

Changes will be made to reflect the implementation of new liturgical texts, including the third edition of the Roman Missal.

11/15/2012 Comments (17)

Benedictine monks reciting vespers.

– Wikipedia

BALTIMORE — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has approved a plan to draft an amended edition of the English-language Liturgy of the Hours for use in the United States.

The conference’s Committee on Divine Worship, headed by Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, had recommended the action in light of new liturgical texts, including the third edition of the Roman Missal, the revised Grail Psalms and biblical canticles and revision work begun by the International Committee on English in the Liturgy.

The vote at the general assembly of bishops’ Nov. 13 morning session in Baltimore involved only the Latin-rite bishops, who passed the proposal by 189 to 41, with one abstention.


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Bishops Renew Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (1548)

‘Seize the moment,’ Archbishop Gomez urges President Obama and Congress.

11/15/2012 Comments (14)

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles

– Michelle Bauman

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops are reiterating their appeal to President Barack Obama and the newly elected members of Congress to enact just and humane immigration reform within the coming year.

“I am heartened by the recent public statements of the leaders of both political parties supporting the consideration of comprehensive immigration reform in the new Congress,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee.

“I urge the president and Congress to seize the moment and begin the challenging process of fashioning a bipartisan agreement,” he said in a statement released on Nov. 13, during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: Homilies Should Invite Catholics to Conversion (2392)

Every homily should center on Jesus, they stress in a new document on preaching.

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila gives the homily during Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle May 28 in Washington.

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BALTIMORE — Sunday homilies should promote repentance, instill a sense of mission and lead Catholics to grow in understanding of their faith, the U.S. bishops said in a new document on preaching.

“The ultimate goal of proclaiming the Gospel is to lead people into a loving and intimate relationship with the Lord, a relationship that forms the character of their persons and guides them in living out their faith,” the bishops emphasized.

In “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,” the bishops offered a reflection on preaching for priests, deacons and those who are responsible for forming them.

Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to approve the document...READ MORE

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Nigerian Catholics Respond to Attack With Prayer and Fasting (2873)

Pastor requests reparation by his parishioners for the desecration of their church’s desecration and prayers for the perpetrators’ conversion.

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Msgr. Obiora Ike walks in front of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria.

– Aid to the Church in Need, www.kirche-in-not.ch

LAGOS, Nigeria — After his parish in southern Nigeria was desecrated Nov. 4, Msgr. Obiora Ike called on his parishioners to observe a week of prayer and penance.

“Msgr. Ike has called for seven days of prayer, fasting, penance and reparation for the Christian faithful and for the conversion of these perpetrators,” according to a statement on his website.

Around 2am on Nov. 4, attackers entered St. Leo the Great parish in Enugu, vandalizing the building and destroying infrastructure and sacred items.

Everything in the church was destroyed: the altar, sacred vessels, musical equipment, seats, pulpit, statues, religious images and the entire microphone system.

The destruction...READ MORE

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Catholic Converts You Didn't Know About, Jennifer Fulwiler's Reality TV Show, and More! (3044)

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11/15/2012 Comment

The Converts to Catholicism You Didn’t Know About. Follow the link by Brantly Millegan of the Young Evangelical Catholic blog.

The Converts to Catholicism You Didn’t Know About by Brantly Millegan of the Young Evangelical Catholic blogBig Pulpit

Jennifer Fulwiler’s Catholic TV Reality Show – Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Three Tips from Proverbs about Finances – Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

St. Martin of Tours and the Search for Holiness – Régine Pernoud, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Vatican Creates New Office for Liturgical Music, Art and Architecture – Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Requiem in Florence – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Difference Between the Old Testament Tabernacle and Temple – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Terri Schiavo Could Not Be Reached...READ MORE

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Pope Creates Academy to Promote Knowledge of Latin (2380)

Holy Father launches new Pontifical Academy for Latin to help priests and academics deepen their knowledge and ability with the language.

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Section of the Bible in Latin.

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is launching a new Pontifical Academy for Latin to help priests and academics deepen their knowledge and ability with the language.

“There is a pressing need for greater knowledge and more competent use of Latin in the ecclesial environment as well as in the world of culture at large,” the Pope stated Nov. 10.

The new academy was announced in a letter titled “Latina Lingua.” The document is known as a motu proprio (“by his own initiative”).

The academy will have two goals.

The first is “to promote the knowledge and study of the Latin language and literature, both classical and patristic … especially in Catholic educational institutions where...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Reject Pastoral Statement on Economic Crisis (7438)

Fast-tracked process is blamed for the outcome, but the U.S. bishops afterwards stress their collective commitment to aiding the needy.

11/14/2012 Comments (76)
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– Catholic News Agency

BALTIMORE — During their annual meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted against the release of a much-anticipated pastoral statement of support for Americans suffering from the economic crisis on Nov. 13.

“This document is dead,” stated the dismayed president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, after less than the required two-thirds majority of his brother bishops supported the release of the statement “Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times.”

The debate preceding the vote underscored disputes over the scope and tone of the statement and offered glimpses of nostalgia among some older bishops for the 1980s, when the conference’s...READ MORE

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