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The Holiness and Work of St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic and Church Reformer (4885)

Feature for the Spanish saint and doctor of the Church's feast day, Oct. 15.

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On Oct. 15, Roman Catholics celebrate the Spanish Carmelite reformer and mystic St. Teresa of Avila, whose life of prayer enriched the Church during the 16th century Counter-Reformation.

Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada was born in the Castilian city of Avila during the year 1515; she was the third child in a family descended from Jewish merchants who had converted to Christianity during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Her father, Alphonsus, had become an ardent Catholic, with a collection of spiritual books of the type his daughter would later compose herself.

As a child, Teresa felt captivated by the thought of eternity and the vision of God granted to the saints...READ MORE

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Pope John Paul II's Unfinished Work (2607)

Saturday Book Pick: Interrupted by his election to the Chair of Peter, Karol Wojtyla never got back to Man in the Field of Responsibility.

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In 1969, then-Cardinal Karol Wojtyla published a book that would be known in English as The Acting Person. The book was subtitled “an anthropological study,” intended to examine how the human person expresses himself through human acts. Philosophical anthropology is the philosophy of man: Who is the human person, and what are his possibilities?

In the mid-1970s, Cardinal Wojtyla started work on another book, one intended to examine the other side of the picture: how human action forms, shapes and affects the person. Wojtyla intended to write the book jointly with his senior assistant in the chair of ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin, Tadeusz Styczeń. The cardinal had developed a...READ MORE

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Patron Saint of Bad Finances, Modern Art in Churches, Chastity, Character Strengths, and much more! (4428)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Patron Saint of Compromised Financial Services. Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to find out.

Patron Saint of Compromised Financial Services - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Is There a Place for Modern Art in Our Churches? - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Hope and Homosexuality - Leonard Klein, First Things/On the Square

Chastity and Building the Culture of Life - Brendan Dudley, HLI America

The Arab Spring’s Forgotten Freedom - Samuel Gregg, American Spectator

“There Is No Place for the Jew in Libya” - Shiraz Maher, Hudson New York

Are Character Strengths Enough? - Kevin Ryan, MercatorNet

Le Chiese Delle Cittá: Santa Maria in Monterone - Nathaniel Gotcher, VirtuousPla.net

What is so Special about the Interior Castle? - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Obama is...READ MORE

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Bishop Finn Indicted by a Kansas City Grand Jury (6099)

The bishop pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count charging he sheltered a predatory priest.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn appeared in court today to answer to criminal charges alleging he did not tell police last year about child pornographic images that authorities later discovered on a diocesan priest’s computer.

Bishop Finn, who pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of failure of a mandated reporter to report, is the first U.S. Catholic bishop to be criminally charged with sheltering an alleged predatory priest, who authorities said kept hundreds of pornographic photographs of children on his laptop.

“The defendant was a mandated reporter and had reasonable cause to suspect a child may be subjected to abuse,” said Jackson County Prosecutor...READ MORE

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Father Pavone Turns Down Meeting With Bishop Zurek (6250)

Priests for Life’s director requested mediation through his legal counsel.

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AMARILLO, Texas (CNA/EWTN News) — The Diocese of Amarillo confirmed that despite an invitation from Bishop Patrick Zurek, Father Frank Pavone did not meet with him on Oct. 13 and has instead asked for mediation.

“I advised Father Frank not to have this private meeting until the process of mediation is underway,” Father David Deibel, canon lawyer for Father Pavone and Priests for Life, said in an Oct. 14 statement.

“All of us want this entire process to be carried out in private rather than through the media.”

On Oct. 6, Bishop Zurek had invited Father Pavone to come to his office and explained that his actions in the situation are tied to his pastoral concern for the national director...READ MORE

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China's Population Control Continues (5453)

Nation’s economic clout grows in the face of its 1-child policy and persistent religious persecution.

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Catholics pray at the Cross Hill at Paowo Village in 2007 in Meixian County of Shaanxi Province, China. Cross Hill is a holy place first built by missionary Liu Jialu as a simulation of Calvary.

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WASHINGTON — Religious persecution and forced abortions persist in China, even as the nation exerts increasingly global influence.

Experts predicted that China’s rapid economic expansion and integration into global financial markets would soon foster improvements in human rights. But the 2011 “Congressional-Executive Annual Report on Human Rights in China,” released this week, signaled that the nation’s rapid economic growth has not been matched by equally dramatic improvements in the Communist Party’s approach to civil rights.

“Tragically, in the years since [Congress granted] permanent normal trade relations, China has continued to abuse the fundamental human rights of its citizens...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops and Other Catholic Groups Issue Ad Opposing HHS Mandate (1997)

Oct. 11 statement ran in Politico and The Hill in Washington: 'Support access to health care? Protect conscience rights.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The leaders of 20 national Catholic organizations are objecting to the Department of Health and Human Services’ recent “preventive services” mandate with an ad placed in two D.C.-area newspapers. They insist that the requirements would harm both Catholic institutions and society as a whole.

“As written, the rule will force Catholic organizations that play a vital role in providing health care and other needed services either to violate their conscience or severely curtail those services,” said the statement, which appeared as an Oct. 11 ad in Politico and The Hill.

“This would harm both religious freedom and access to health care.”

The statement was signed by...READ MORE

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Pope Praises St. Ambrose as Model for Civil Servants (2023)

Benedict quoted fourth-century bishop at meeting with Italian politicians Oct. 14: 'The establishment of the civil power comes from God as well, so that he who exercises it is, he also is a minister of God.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—During a meeting Oct. 14 with Italy’s provincial regulators, Pope Benedict XVI held up the fourth-century governor-turned-bishop St. Ambrose of Milan, as a model of a just administrator.

“This holy bishop and doctor of the Church, animated by so great a love and respect for state institutions as for those ecclesial, is an extraordinary example of rectitude, especially his loyalty to the law and firmness against injustice and oppression,” Pope Benedict said in his address to the 110 prefects of Italy.

The Pope held the special audience at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican to mark the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.

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