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Pope’s Ex-Butler Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison (2471)

A pardon from Pope Benedict XVI is very likely, according to spokesman Father Federico Lombardi.

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Paolo Gabriele

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VATICAN CITY — Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s former butler, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty today of stealing confidential Vatican papers — but it is likely that the 46-year-old Italian will receive a pardon from Pope Benedict XVI.

Eyewitnesses said that Gabriele sat impassively as Judge Giuseppe Dalla Torre handed down the sentence. The three-year prison sentence was reduced to 18 months due to “mitigating circumstances,” including Gabriele’s lack of previous convictions, years of service and admission of wrongdoing.

Following the verdict, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the possibility of a papal pardon for Gabriele...READ MORE

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The Stigmatas of Sts. Pio and Francis, A Myth That Needs Killin', and More! (3689)

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How Stigmata of St. Francis Differed from that of Padre Pio. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

How Stigmata of St. Francis Differed from that of Padre Pio – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

A Myth that Needs Killin' by Mark Shea of the Catholic and Enjoying It blog – Big ulpit

Music to Die For – Benjamin Wiker, Catholic World Report

What To Do When Confession Goes Bad – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Two Examples of the Sicilian Baroque – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Faith and Freedom: Why Liberty Requires Christianity – Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine

Is Civilization Changing Drastically as It Did During the Reformation? – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Hollywood’s Bigots and Censors – Bill Donohue, Catholic Lane

Burial in Ancient Israel: Rock Cut...READ MORE

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Pope Opens Bishops' Synod With Universal Call to Holiness (2871)

'Evangelization always has as its starting and finishing points Jesus Christ, the Son of God,' the Holy Father said Oct. 7.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness” aimed at all Christians worldwide.

“Holy men and women bloom among the generous missionaries who announce the Good News to non-Christians, in the past in mission countries and now in any place where there are non-Christians,” said the Holy Father in his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 7.

“Holiness is not confined by cultural, social, political or religious barriers. Its language, that of love and truth, is understandable to all people of good will, and it draws them to Jesus Christ, the inexhaustible source of new life.”

Over the next...READ MORE

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The Synod and the New Evangelization: Why It’s Important for U.S. Catholics (6601)

The principal purpose for the Synod of Bishops, which commenced Oct. 7, is to study how the New Evangelization affects the mission of the Church.

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The principal purpose for the Synod of Bishops, which commenced Oct. 7, is to study how the New Evangelization affects the mission of the Church. The Holy Father has asked the synod to study about "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith." As the theme indicates, the focus is on the "transmission" of the faith. Both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have identified the New Evangelization as the response to how the Church transmits the Christian faith, considering the challenges confronting believers in today’s world.


Why Does the Holy Father

Need to Call a Synod?

The bishops of the Church, in unity with Peter’s successor, and as successors...READ MORE

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Play for Faith and Freedom (2912)

Oct. 7 issue feature: Timely show portrays St. Maximilian Kolbe’s stand for religious liberty.

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Leonardo Defilippis as St. Maximilian Kolbe

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When the U.S. bishops called upon writers and artists to employ their skills and talents in the defense of religious liberty during the period of preparation for the Fortnight for Freedom campaign for prayer and special events in June, actor and producer Leonardo Defilippis responded by saying, "I’m not just going to talk about it. I’m going to give you a saint."

In July, Defilippis brought to life St. Maximilian Kolbe in Phoenix in the one-man play Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz (StMaxDrama.com). The multimedia production has since been kindling a brush fire of renewed faith among audiences during the first leg of its nationwide tour.

"Audiences are connecting the dots. They’re...READ MORE

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God's Plan for Marriage (3191)

User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 7

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Sunday, Oct. 7, is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It’s also the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.



In America, clever secular politicians feel they are showing great foresight by opposing the teachings of the Church. Of course, they are only the most recent in a long line of clever secular politicians who have had the same thought, from Nero’s Rome to North Korea.


On Oct. 8, the Church celebrates 11 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War who died at the hands of politicians in the 1930s. In three years, 12 bishops, 4,184 priests, 2,365 monks and 300 nuns died for the faith in Spain.



Genesis 2:18-24, Psalms 128:1-6, Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 or...READ MORE

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Rosaries and Masses 'For God and Country' (4156)

From our Oct. 7 issue: A new prayer campaign is being organized by the World Apostolate of Fatima USA and Father Andrew Apostoli, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal and Fatima expert.

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A great battle — a spiritual battle — is raging.

At Fatima and elsewhere, our Mother showed us the simple, surefire way she would bring about victory for the culture of life: through the Rosary.

One way to bring about this victory is through an initiative called "For God and Country."

This is both the name and the theme of a new prayer campaign organized by the World Apostolate of Fatima USA (WAF) and Father Andrew Apostoli, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal and Fatima expert.

Father Apostoli calls the Nov. 6 election one of the most crucial in our country’s history.

That’s why the WAF is launching a 30-day Rosary novena beginning on Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary,...READ MORE

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Doctor of the Church St. Hildegard, Why Roman Rite Catholics Switch to Eastern Rites, and Much More! (2927)

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10/06/2012 Comment

St. Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church. Click on the link by Leroy Huizenga to read more.

St. Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church – Leroy Huizenga, First Things/On The Square

The Rite Switch: Why Roman Rite Catholics Become Eastern Rite posted by the Regina Domain website – Big ulpit

Struggles and Unexpected Blessings of Special-Needs Kids – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

The Standard Bearer’s Battle Hymn and Large Families – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Recovering Words and Culture in the Unsociety – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

The Interior Life: That of the Apostles and Ours - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

An Introduction to the Social Theories of the Middle Ages - John Médaille, The Distributist Review

The Earliest Biblical...READ MORE

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