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Pope Recalls God's Loving Plan Throughout History (2155)

Benedict XVI discusses Psalm 136 at Oct. 19 audience.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims at this week’s general audience that Psalm 136 summarizes the loving plan of God manifested throughout history.

“This is a great hymn of praise to celebrate the Lord in the multiple, repeated manifestations of his goodness throughout the history of man,” the Pope said to more than 30,000 pilgrims gathered Oct. 19 in St. Peter’s Square.

He explained how the Psalm is known as the “Great Hallel” and is traditionally sung at the conclusion of the Passover meal because it retells the story of God’s creation, the Jewish people’s liberation from slavery in Egypt, 40 years of exile in the desert, and their subsequent entry into the...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Names Archbishop Carlo Viganò U.S. Nuncio (4659)

Successor to Archbishop Pietro Sambi has a doctorate in both canon law and civil law.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI today, Oct. 19, named Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò his new ambassador to the United States.

A veteran Holy See diplomat with almost four decades of experience, he succeeds Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died in July after a short illness.

Archbishop Viganò,70, has a doctorate in canon law and civil law. For the past two years, he has served as deputy to the cardinal president of the commission governing Vatican City, before resigning on Sept. 3.

As apostolic nuncio in one of the most important and delicate posts in Vatican diplomacy, the archbishop will be responsible not only for diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the United States, but also —...READ MORE

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The Goodness and Necessity of Latin, Atheists in Assisi, Forgiveness for Mel Gibson, and much more! (4335)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/19/2011 Comment

Robert Downey, Jr. Asks Hollywood to Forgive Mel Gibson. Click on the link by Frank Weathers to learn more.

The Acceptable Sphere for Talking About Abortion - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Tolerance, Decadence and Violence - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Robert Downey, Jr. Asks Hollywood to Forgive Mel Gibson - Frank Weathers, YIMCatholic

The Goodness & Necessity of Latin in Religious Ed. - Chris Owens, Benedictus Dominus

In Remembrance - Sarah Babbs, VirtuousPla.net

How “Noninfallibilists” Diminish Virtues of Docility & Obedience - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archd. of Washington

Pornography, Public Morality, & Constitutional Rights - Robert P. George, Public Discourse

Trouble Inside SSPX - Ches, The Sensible Bond

Abp. Timothy Dolan to President Obama: Push the Reset Button on...READ MORE

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Bob Hope and His Ladies of Hope (17398)

His mother, wife and Our Lady of Hope made all the difference in his life.

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Bob and Dolores Hope in 1999.

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Bob Hope — “the most honored entertainer” ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, for his achievements in theater, radio, film, TV, philanthropy and business, and an extraordinary record of service to country, with 199 USO shows around the globe — won the biggest prize of all in the waning days of his life when he converted to Catholicism.

Born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, England, he was the fifth of seven boys.

Leslie’s mother, Avis, was very devoted and loving. His father, William Henry “Harry,” a stonecutter, “had only one fault,” as Hope recalled in his memoir, Have Tux, Will Travel: Bob Hope’s Own Story: “It was his theory that, as a result of...READ MORE

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Pope Names New Bismarck Bishop (1762)

Benedict appointed Msgr. David Kagan from the Rockford, Ill., Diocese to be the North Dakota diocese's seventh bishop on Oct. 19.

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– Bismarck Diocese website

BISMARCK, N.D. (EWTN News/CNA)—On Oct. 19, Pope Benedict appointed Msgr. David Kagan from the Rockford, Ill., Diocese as the new bishop of Bismarck, N.D.

Bishop-elect Kagan, 61, will succeed Bishop Paul Zipfel, who has served as leader of the diocese since 1997. The Pope also accepted Bishop Zipfel’s resignation, which he submitted at the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Msgr. Kagan was born in Waukegan, Ill. He holds a M.A. in sacred theology and a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He was ordained a priest in Rockford, Ill., in 1975 and has served at a number of parishes in the diocese as a teacher, parish pastor and parochial administrator.


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U.S. Bishops Will Discuss Adding John Paul II Prayer to Liturgical Calendar (2286)

USCCB will vote on the measure during their upcoming general assembly.

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Official beatification portrait

– Official beatification portrait

WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. bishops will consider including two new sets of prayers in the Proper of Saints calendar — one for Blessed Pope John Paul II and the other for Blessed Marianne Cope — during their upcoming fall meeting.

At the Nov. 14-16 general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops will vote on adding the prayers as part of several liturgical items up for discussion.

“Because blesseds are not normally inscribed on the universal calendar, it is left to the local authorities to suggest the inscription of the observance of a blessed on a diocesan, religious or national calendar,” the U.S. bishops’ conference said in an Oct. 18 press release.

The Vatican’s Congregation for...READ MORE

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters Featured in 'The Mighty Macs' (2896)

Catholic director offers faith-and-family-friendly (and inspiring) true story.

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Mighty Macs movie Facebook page

– Mighty Macs movie Facebook page

WASHINGTON (CNA)—The Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are featured in the upcoming movie The Mighty Macs, an inspirational true story about a small women’s college basketball team that defies all odds and achieves victory.

“We gave the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary final approval of the script,” said director Tim Chambers. “So, in many ways, they collaborated with us to tell a story that just had a values-based infrastructure.”

The Mighty Macs is based on the true story of the early 1970s’ women’s basketball team at Immaculata College in Philadelphia. The small all-women’s Catholic college seemed to have no hope at competing for a national championship. But led by coach...READ MORE

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St. Luke, St. Faustina's Vision of Hell, Crypto Christians in Iraq, Clare and Francis, and more! (2736)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/19/2011 Comment

Clare and Francis, a poem. Click on the link by J.B. Toner to read a beautiful poem.

St. Luke, the Most Prolific New Testament Writer - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Only Apostle Not a Jew & Never Saw Christ - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

St. Faustina’s Vision of Hell (Seven Characteristics of Hell) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

When Children Arrive, Iraq’s Christians Live Double Lives - BP News

Vatican to Approve Distinct Order of Mass for Personal Ordinariates - Msgr. Andrew Burnham, Ordinariate Portal

Traditional Family Values from a Kids’ Perspective - Steven W. Mosher, Catholic Lane

Clare and Francis - J.B. Toner, Dappled Things

Mother Teresa and Me. . . and Me Too - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Lane

2012 is Year of Faith,...READ MORE

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