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Pope: Saints Connect Us With Eternity, Fullness of Life (1817)

Benedict XVI's Nov. 1 thoughts on the witness of holy men and women in the Church.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said that the Solemnity of All Saints should help people reflect on the link between the Church on earth and the heavenly Church “that celebrates the never-ending feast.”

“In the saints we see the victory of love over selfishness and death: We see that following Christ leads to life, eternal life, and gives meaning to the present, every moment that passes, because it is filled with love and hope,” the Pope said Nov. 1 from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square.

“Only faith in eternal life makes us truly love the history and the present, but without attachment, with the freedom of the pilgrim, who loves the earth because his heart is in...READ MORE

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Denver Bishops Organize Prayer Campaign Ahead of Elections (1439)

Rosaries and Holy Hours are encouraged at archdiocesan parishes.

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Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.

– Catholic News Agency

DENVER — The Catholic bishops of Denver have called on Catholics across the U.S. to pray for the country ahead of the Nov. 6 elections, encouraging parishes in their archdiocese to organize Rosaries and Holy Hours.

“As Americans we have a civic responsibility to vote and to participate in the political process,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver said Oct. 30.

“As Catholics, we have a moral duty to vote with an informed conscience and to pray for wisdom and guidance as we head to the voting booth.”

Denver's Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception will expose the Blessed Sacrament for Eucharistic adoration on Nov. 6 from 7:30am to 11:45am and from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.


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Friends in High Places (4044)

An interview with journalist Colleen Carroll Campbell, who just released a spiritual memoir about holy women: My Sisters the Saints.

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In many ways, she was on top of the world. Colleen Carroll Campbell was a highly successful 20-something journalist in the Oval Office writing speeches for President George W. Bush.

Yet something did not sit right with her. A restlessness stirred within her. Where did her career fit in to her call to marriage and motherhood?

This was not the first time that she had struggled with such questions.

From her confusion over the campus party scene of her college days to her anguish over infertility and her father’s descent into dementia, she found consoling answers and comfort in the lives of six saintly women.

Campbell’s 15-year journey is detailed in her new book, My Sisters the...READ MORE

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'Happy Saints' Celebrate the Church's Holy Men and Women (3519)

All Saints' Day feature from our Oct. 21 issue

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For All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, parents and teachers who have been searching for resources to introduce children to the lives of the saints have only to search the Internet for new crafts and ideas to celebrate this special holy day, a solemnity in the Church.

Among the ideas they’ll find is a unique presentation of the saints: Happy Saints.

Victor Teh, the creator of Happy Saints, took note of the media competing for children’s hearts and developed a new way of seeing the saints that would appeal to children of all ages.

Trained as an architect but specializing in marketing communications, Teh now works full time producing resources for Christian evangelization.

"I read a lot...READ MORE

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Ad Says Romney Vote Defends Catholics’ Religious Liberty (1306)

A new video aims to sway unaffiliated Catholic voters to Mitt Romney by stressing religious liberty as an election issue.

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CHICAGO — A new video aims to sway unaffiliated Catholic voters to Mitt Romney by stressing religious liberty as an election issue.

“We must vote to protect our schools, our hospitals, our charities, our faith,” the ad says. “We won't have social justice unless we defend religious freedom.”

The ad, produced by the CatholicVote.org Candidate Fund, cites American Catholics’ work in education, health care and work for the poor. It uses images of immigrants, the Catholic Mass, religious teaching sisters and Catholic hospitals to endorse the Republican Romney-Ryan presidential ticket.

The ad was published on YouTube on Oct. 30. It had more than 10,000 views as of Wednesday afternoon.


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Black Vestments on All Souls Day, How to Think Clearly About Social Justice, Demon Time, and More! (1859)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Priests Need to Wear Black Vestments for Funerals and All Souls’ Day. Follow the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush of the New Theological Movement blog to read more.

Priests Need to Wear Black Vestments for Funerals and All Souls’ Day by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush of the New Theological Movement blog – Big Pulpit

Fr. Sirico: How to Think Clearly About Social Justice – Sarah Stanley, Acton Institute

What Do Demons Do With Their Time? – Fr. Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Baronius Press Beautiful New Edition of the Knox Bible – Fr. Z’s Blog

V. P. Joe Biden is a Faithful Catholic? Hilarious! – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Three Reasons This Protestant Became Catholic – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Like Alfred Kinsey, Obama HHS “Grooming” Children for Sex – Matt Barber, Life News

It’s About Contraception – Katie van...READ MORE

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Xavier University Maintaining Contraception Coverage (1779)

Catholic university's president reverses his earlier decision to end such coverage.

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CINCINNATI — Xavier University has made public its decision to continue insurance coverage of contraception and sterilization, following an April decision to end that coverage.

The policy change, affecting the 950 employees of the institution, was made known by Father Michael Graham, the university's president, in an interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer published Sept. 21.

The decision to maintain contraception coverage was made following the Supreme Court's June 28 decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. According to Father Graham, the school reasoned that, after Aug. 1, 2013, coverage would be required by the government and that compliance should be made...READ MORE

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Relics of the Past and the Present (4038)

The skeletal remains of two early Christian martyrs are re-interred in Louisville, after being examined by local archeologists.

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SAINT STUDY. Philip DiBlasi, a Catholic staff archeologist at the University of Louisville, volunteered to examine the relics of Sts. Magnus and Bonosa.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The feast of All Saints has a special resonance this year for one Catholic parish in this city.

Just a few weeks ago, parishioners and friends of St. Martin of Tours Church in Louisville, Ky., celebrated the re-interment of the skeletal remains of Sts. Magnus and Bonosa with a solemn high Mass in the extraordinary form.

The two saints were martyred in the third or fourth centuries and had been kept in glass sarcophagi in the church’s two wooden side altars since 1902. The relics were removed in May so repair and refurbishment could be done on their reliquaries as well as the 160-year-old altars in which they were encased.

Father Paul Beach, St. Martin’s pastor, was...READ MORE

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