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Archbishop Aymond Clarifies New Missal's Use in Rites Outside of Mass (3425)

New Orleans archbishop answered questions at the USCCB meeting.

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Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, clarified how the new translation of the Roman Missal should be used in services and rites outside of the Mass.

Archbishop Aymond answered questions about the new Missal at the U.S. bishops’ conference’s fall General Assembly, held in Baltimore Nov. 14-16.

The new English translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal will be used in the U.S. beginning on Nov. 27, the First Sunday of Advent.

Archbishop Aymond explained to fellow bishops that his committee worked with the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship to determine certain instances where the material from the new Roman Missal...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI Set for Voyage to Benin (2997)

Second apostolic voyage takes the Holy Father to West Africa to present the final text of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops.

11/17/2011 Comment

Worshipers leave the Notre Dame cathedral Nov. 17 after morning Mass in Benin's economic capital Cotonou.

– Reuters

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will embark on his second apostolic voyage to Africa this week when he makes a three-day trip to the Republic of Benin.

The main purpose of the Nov. 18-20 visit is to present the final text of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which was held two years ago at the Vatican.

But the Holy Father is also traveling to the country for three other reasons: to celebrate 150 years since the first missionaries arrived there; to pay homage to two great Beninese, Cardinal Bernardin Gantin (1922-2008) and Archbishop Isidore de Souza (1934-1999), who was archbishop of Cotonou, the nation’s capital; and to mark 40 years of formal diplomatic...READ MORE

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The State of Catholic Youth Today (5316)

The young Church is hungry for the truth. After World Youth Day, they head to National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.

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National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Youth listen attentively at a conference. Youth leaders say teens are hungry for the truth of the faith.

– National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Over the weekend of Nov. 17, 25,000 Catholic youth and their chaperons will gather in Indianapolis for the National Catholic Youth Conference. Coming only three months after the huge outpouring of faith, joy and peaceful witness that characterized World Youth Day in Madrid, NCYC provides another chance to see the faith through young eyes. What do American youth want from their faith? What do they have to give? And what role will they play in the Church as it heads into increasingly difficult times?

NCYC is one of the major events on the Catholic youth calendar. Every two years, high-school age students gather for a three-day experience of prayer, keynote addresses, adoration, workshops,...READ MORE

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St. Christina the Astonishing, A Tragic History of Usury, Theology of the Body, and much more! (11196)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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St. Christina the Astonishing & the Impending Holidays. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos to learn more.

St. Christina the Astonishing & the Impending Holidays - Stacy Trasancos, Catholic Sistas

Catholics and “Usury”: A Tragic History - Jeffrey Tucker, Crisis Magazine

As Erosion of Religious Liberty Continues, Bishops Speak Out - Msgr. Charles Pope, AOW

Unions and the Catholic Way - George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

An International Theology of the Body Symposium - Julie Rodrigues, VirtuousPla.net

Cheat Sheet (Matthew 25:31-46) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Can the Poor Souls Pray for Us? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

In the New Year, a New Ordinariate - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

The Anglicans are Coming - Fr. Dwight Longenecker,...READ MORE

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New Law Leads to Catholic Charities Casualty in Illinois (3880)

One agency breaks from diocese in order to continue adoptions and foster-care placement under civil union law, which prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples.

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Diocese of Belleville

Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill.

– Diocese of Belleville

CHICAGO — Since the 1920s, Catholic Charities of Illinois has contracted with the state to provide foster care and adoption services.

Now, Catholic Charities in the state has shuttered that part of its program after its legal challenge to the state’s new civil union law came to naught.

The law, which took effect on June 1, grants same sex couples “civil union” status and includes them as a protected group under state anti-discrimination statutes. That mean all Illinois foster care and adoption agencies must be willing to place children with same-sex couples, a violation of Catholic policy.

While the new law has forced Catholic Charities agencies affiliated with dioceses in Illinois to...READ MORE

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Pope: Psalm 110 Paves the Way for Christ (2065)

Benedict said during his Nov. 16 audience that the Psalm’s prophecy 'is accomplished and the priesthood of Melchizedek is completed' in the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, 'because it is rendered absolute and eternal, a reality that knows no sunset.'

11/16/2011 Comment

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI used his weekly General Audience to explain how Psalm 110 foreshadows the incarnation of Jesus Christ as Messiah, King and High Priest.

“The Church reads this Psalm as a prophecy of Christ, the messianic king and eternal priest, risen from the dead and seated at the right hand of the Father,” said the Pope Nov. 16.

He explained that today would be the last time he focuses on a Psalm as part of his ongoing Wednesday general audience series on prayer. He said that he tried to focus on the “different situations in life and the various attitudes we may have towards God” in his remarks.

The Pope delivered his reflections for today on the “royal...READ MORE

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Pope Approves Date for American Ordinariate for Former Episcopalians (3550)

‘In 500 years, we will be reading about this in the history books,’ says one former Anglican priest.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington discusses the Anglican ordinariate that will be established in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2012.

– CNA photo by Michelle Bauman

BALTIMORE — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington announced Nov. 15 at the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Baltimore that the Anglican-use ordinariate for former Anglicans coming into the Catholic Church will be established in the United States on Jan. 1, 2012

The announcement comes almost two years after Pope Benedict XV’s apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus authorizing the creation of ordinariates, which are similar to dioceses, for former Anglicans. It allows groups of Anglicans to come into the Catholic Church while retaining elements of the Anglican heritage and liturgical tradition.

Episcopalians in the U.S. are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion centered on the archbishop of...READ MORE

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Bishops Urge Senate to Stop Funding Abortions, New USCCB Appointments and Anglican Ordinariate News (2141)

'At a time when Congress is tempted to reduce even vitally important programs that serve the poorest and neediest people here and abroad, the moral wrong of expanding subsidies for direct violations of human life and dignity is especially egregious,' Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. bishops’ conference, said in a Nov. 14 letter to senators.

11/16/2011 Comments (2)

The U.S. Catholic bishops are calling on the Senate to amend a bill whose abortion-funding provisions pose “a direct threat to innocent human life.”

Provisions in the current bill would allow taxpayer-funded elective abortions in the District of Columbia and would permit federal employee health plans to fund elective abortions. One provision would also permanently ban the Mexico City Policy that restricts U.S. funding for foreign groups involved in abortion.

“At a time when Congress is tempted to reduce even vitally important programs that serve the poorest and neediest people here and abroad, the moral wrong of expanding subsidies for direct violations of human life and dignity is...READ MORE

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