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U.S. Bishops' Labor Day Letter Focuses on Present Economy and Dignity of Work (3501)

Letter: 'This Labor Day we need to look beyond the economic indicators, stock-market gyrations and political conflicts and focus on the often invisible burdens of ordinary workers and their families, many of whom are hurting, discouraged, and left behind by this economy.'

09/05/2011 Comments (11)

WASHINGTON (CNA) — Work has dignity because it participates in God’s creation and builds up the common good, the U.S. bishops said in their annual Labor Day statement. They called for shared sacrifices to heal the country, while recognizing the rights of workers and the stark facts of unemployment, poverty and insecurity.

“An economy that cannot provide employment, decent wages and benefits, and a sense of participation and ownership for its workers is broken in fundamental ways,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., in the letter.

The chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development emphasized the suffering of those in difficult situations.

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Twin Towers Pastor (7310)

Priests were among the first responders to the scene. Second in a series remembering the 9/11 terrorist attack on America.

09/05/2011 Comments (9)
Peter McDermott, Irish Echo

Father Kevin Madigan was tending the wounded at Ground Zero when the south tower of the World Trade Center began to fall.

– Peter McDermott, Irish Echo

The Register this week is recalling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We began the series yesterday, featuring New York fireman Tom Marsich.

For many Americans, the wounds inflicted on their country 10 years ago have been slow to heal. But the healing began right away, in the midst of the Twin Towers falling, as Catholic priests rushed to the scene to anoint the dead and dying, provide solace to the grieving and grant conditional absolution to those going into the inferno in a desperate attempt to rescues whomever they could.

One such priest lived within a stone’s throw of the Twin Towers. Father Kevin Madigan was and still is pastor of St. Peter’s, the oldest Catholic parish in...READ MORE

Filed under al qaeda, archdiocese of new york, new york city, priests, sept. 11 attacks, st. peter’s church manhattan, terrorism, twin towers, world trade center

Remembering 9/11 (3581)

Catholics affected by terrorist attacks of 2001 reflect on the tragedy — and its spiritual impact. Part 1 of a series.

09/04/2011 Comments (3)
Official FDNY photo

New York fireman Tom Marsich carried more than his gear to Ground Zero. He carried his faith.

– Official FDNY photo

NEW YORK — The ten years since 9/11 have not faded the memory of those who were on the scene in New York or Washington or knew someone who was murdered by terrorists that day.

Nor has time lessened the spiritual lessons learned. For the anniversary, several Catholics shared their memories of 9/11 with the Register. We’ll be presenting them throughout the week, here at NCRegister.com.

For firemen, it didn’t matter whether they were on duty at the moment or not. All responded generously, whether it was going to the scene or ordered to remain at a firehouse to protect the neighborhood.

New York Fire Department firefighter Tom Marsich was home on his day off when he heard the first reports....READ MORE

Filed under al qaeda, new york city, new york fire department, prayer, sept. 11 attacks, terrorism, twin towers, world trade center

Holy Obligation to Participate in Politics, Consecrated Virgins, The Real Population Bomb, and more! (4891)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/03/2011 Comment

Learn what consecrated virgins are by clicking on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf. The portrait is of St. Agatha, one of the earliest consecrated virgins of the Church.

“The Holy Obligation of Participation in Political Life” - California Catholic Daily

Consecrated Virgins - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Why I Believe in the Purple Cow, Part 2 - Steven Lawson, VirtuousPla.net

The Real Population Bomb - Colleen Carroll Campbell, Catholic Lane

Catholic League: Alabama’s Immigration Law ‘Morally Reprehensible’ - Joshua Mercer, Catholic Vote

When Consumerism And Motherhood Collide - Pia de Solenni, Headline Bistro

How Newspapers Decide Who’s a Catholic, and Who Isn’t - David Mills, First Things

IVF Turns Pregnancy Into a Shopping Expedition - Dennis Hunnell MD, HLI America

On the Fragility of Islam - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The...READ MORE

Filed under alabama immigration law, archbishop thomas collins, archbishop timothy dolan, archdiocese of toronto, bishop armando ochoa, diocese of el paso, disobedience, fr. michael rodriguez, holy obligation, homosexuality

EWTN's 'Saints Alive!' Brings Sanctity to Life (4063)

The Church's saints of the past offer today's Catholics advice in new TV series that starts Sept. 4.

09/03/2011 Comments (6)
Arcadia Films

– Arcadia Films

WATERBURY, Conn. — On a cold New England night last February, Venerable Father Michael McGivney was standing in the sanctuary of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Conn., speaking about saints.

“God desires nothing less than that all of us be saints,” he said to hundreds of young and old filling the pews. Then he hinted how several experts can help the faithful achieve that goal: “Now saints of the Church have come to visit.”

Indeed, he had brought with him the likes of Teresa of Avila, Jean Marie Vianney, Irenaeus of Lyons, Catherine of Siena, Gregory the Great and others. For three nights, the saints took turns answering questions from individuals on how we should...READ MORE

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Theology Made Easy (3527)

Saturday Book Pick: Ray Guarendi helps us understand What Catholics Really Believe

09/03/2011 Comments (3)

Admit it: You are daunted by the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Yes, it’s a Godsend; yes, it is one the most powerful tools we Catholics have at our disposal for learning what the Church teaches. Unfortunately, many Catholics take one peek between the covers and see all those paragraph numbers and footnotes and theological formulations and they recoil in fear. They shouldn’t — it’s an amazing book that every Catholic should be well acquainted with. But it is the third millennium, after all. Any message that doesn’t fit on our iPhone screens will likely go unread.

Thankfully, the good Lord meets us where we are. An example is What Catholics Really Believe. Adapted from a television...READ MORE

Filed under apologetics, catholic catechism, catholic faith, kevin fete, ray guarendi

D.C. Padres Play Baseball and Promote Vocations (2373)

Priests-seminarians team takes the diamond this weekend.

09/02/2011 Comments (5)
Shutterstock

– Shutterstock

WASHINGTON (CNA) — A baseball team of 11 Catholic priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Washington will play a team of high school and college varsity players to help promote vocations. The team’s first baseman, Father Larry Young, can’t wait for the game.

“We’re going to start something where we can play three games a year around the archdiocese. This is a forum to promote vocations to the priesthood in a fresh, different way,” said Father Young, the pastor of Our Lady’s Church in Leonardtown, Md.

Many of the players have experience in college or high-school baseball.

“There’s talent among the seminarians and the priests. I think we’ve got a good team,” the priest said.

The...READ MORE

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Pope Praises Sacred Music (1986)

Benedict enjoyed recent classical concert at Castel Gandolfo

09/02/2011 Comment
CNA website

– CNA website

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI has praised sacred music as a means of prayer, following a classical concert hosted in his honor at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo on Sept. 1.

“This evening we are immersed in sacred music, that music which in a quite special way is born from faith and can express and communicate faith,” said the Pope. In the midst of daily activities, “you have offered us a moment of meditation and prayer, making us perceive the harmonies of heaven.”

The concert featured various compositions by Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci, the former director of the Sistine Chapel Choir. The 94-year-old Italian has had a long and distinguished career as...READ MORE

Filed under classical music, faith, pope benedict xvi, sacred music

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