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The Wuerl Report (3342)

At a gathering back home in Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl passes along experiences and insights drawn from his service as general relator of last month’s Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

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Cardinal Wuerl during an Oct. 8 press conference at the Synod of the New Evangelization in Rome.

– David Kerr/ CNA

WASHINGTON — A hushed silence pervades the Catholic Information Center’s chapel at 6pm Monday evening on Nov. 5. The guests, if they speak at all, speak in whispers.

They’re waiting for Cardinal Donald Wuerl, lately returned from the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization in Rome, where he served as its general relator, guiding the discussions of the participating bishops.

Cardinal Wuerl is a commanding presence, despite his slight frame and quiet voice — or perhaps in part because of them. It was evident that not one in the audience wanted to miss a single word. For over an hour they sat, listening with rapt attention to the cardinal’s account of the synod.


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Catholics Across Nation Hold Election Day Prayer Events (1593)

Invoking God and conscience before voting.

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WASHINGTON — Throughout the United States, Catholics are gathering in prayer on Nov. 6 to ask for God’s blessing upon the country and its citizens as they cast their ballots.

In response to popular request, Ave Maria University in southwest Florida is hosting 24-hour adoration for both students and members of the local community on Election Day.

“We’re expecting a full house,” said Jesuit Father Robert McTeigue, director of campus ministry, adding that the students have a clear understanding of what is at stake in this election.

“They’re very much involved,” he said.

Members of the community gathered for a Holy Hour on the evening of Nov. 5, followed by 24 hours of adoration,...READ MORE

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Extraordinary Form at Franciscan, Catholic Teaching on the LI Medium, and Much More! (1596)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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E. F. Masses at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read and view more pics.

E. F. Masses at Franciscan University of Steubenville – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Position of the Catholic Church on Theresa Caputo, Long Island Medium by Glenn Dallaire of the Mystics of the Church blog – Big Pulpit

An Alternative 50 Books to Read for the Year of Faith – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Minnesota Game Changer Due to Same-Sex Marriage Initiative? – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

20th-Century (and Later) Musical Treasures – Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

The Sistine Chapel: A Liturgical Classroom – Kathy Schiffer, Catholic Lane

Death, A Part of Life – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

How Prayer Works, and How It Doesn’t – Thomas L....READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Launch Religious-Freedom Website (2752)

FirstAmericanFreedom.com encourages education, prayer and public action in support of religious liberty.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a new website dedicated to encouraging education, prayer and public action to protect religious freedom at home and abroad.

As our first American freedom, religious liberty is “a founding principle of our country, protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights,” said the U.S. bishops on their new website.

“It's a fundamental human right, rooted in the dignity of every human person, people of any faith or no faith at all,” they added.

Launched just days before the Nov. 6 election, the new website, FirstAmericanFreedom.com, includes sections promoting education, prayer and action regarding the right to freedom...READ MORE

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New Romney Ad Reaches Out to Catholic Voters  (1819)

TV message targets the impact of President Obama's HHS mandate on Catholic schools, hospitals and charities.

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WASHINGTON — The Romney campaign released a new television ad on Nov. 4 to appeal to Catholic voters, citing the Obama administration's controversial Health and Human Services' mandate.

“The Obama administration dictated that every Catholic school, hospital and charity must include services that many Catholics consider immoral,” the ad says.

The administration's Department of Health and Human Services' mandate requires that virtually all employers, even religious ones, provide employees with health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, despite any moral or religious objections.

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Padre Pio's Encounters With Souls From Purgatory, Talking About the Rosary, and More! (3868)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Padre Pio’s Mysterious Encounters with Souls from Purgatory. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Padre Pio’s Mysterious Encounters with Souls from Purgatory by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog – Big Pulpit

Let’s Talk About the Rosary – Godwin Delali Adadzie, Gadel.info

It’s Not Cooperation with Evil If One Side is Not Evil – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

New Book Review: ‘The Catholic Tide Continues to Turn’ – David L. Gray, DavidLGray.info

“Serious” Catholics – Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Seeking the Kingdom of God Transcends Politics – Denise Hunnell MD, Truth and Charity Forum

Romney, Not Obama, Best Choice for Pro-Life Latino Voters – Raimundo Rojas, Life News

Democracy and the Gospel of Christ – William Doino Jr., First Things/On The Square


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A Tough Campaign Season: The Bishops' Battle to Overturn the Mandate (4084)

Amid a presidential-election year, the highlights of the U.S. bishops’ high-stakes effort to counter partisan spin and raise the alarm about the HHS mandate.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaking to reporters about the HHS controversy outside St. Patrick Cathedral in New York City.

– Jeff Bruno

WASHINGTON — On Nov. 4, The Denver Post published a campaign advertisement, paid for by local Catholics, which included a letter by Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver warning voters that religious freedom was under attack.

“Our Founding Fathers understood that without these freedoms, especially religious liberty, our democratic experiment would fail,” read the archbishop’s Nov. 1 letter, which stated that the federal contraception mandate “undermines the promise of the First Amendment.”

The appearance of Archbishop Aquila’s letter in the campaign advertisement underscored the increasing intensity and unity of the U.S. bishops’ call for action this election year. Amid the presidential...READ MORE

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One Day Before Election, Catholic Vote Remains Good Indicator (3883)

A look at the latest polling.

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WASHINGTON — With polls still disagreeing on which presidential candidate holds the lead just one day before the election, political analysts believe Catholics will continue to be an influential indicator of what the general electorate will decide. 

“The Catholic vote, like any number of votes, does have the potential to make an impact,” said Gregory Smith, a senior researcher who specializes in Catholic politics at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.

While they do not vote as a unified group, Catholics are significant in elections because of their large numbers, making up approximately one in four U.S. voters, he said.

Final polling numbers show a...READ MORE

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