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Pope's Former Butler Goes to Prison (1276)

A pardon of his 18-month sentence for stealing confidential documents remains a possibility.

10/25/2012 Comments (1)
Catholic News Agency

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Today, the Pope’s ex-butler was taken to prison for stealing his boss’ private documents and leaking them to the press in the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal.

“The sentence in the trial of Paolo Gabriele, which has now become final, puts a full stop to the end of a sad affair which has had very painful consequences,” read an Oct. 25 announcement from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State.

Gabriele was sentenced Oct. 6 and ordered incarcerated in the Vatican Prison to begin his 18-month sentence.

The Vatican communiqué declared the sentence “lenient and just.”

“A personal offense was done to the Holy Father” and “the right to privacy of the many people who … addressed...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: Be Catholic Before You Are Democrat or Republican (4543)

Faith can’t be separated from voting-booth decisions, he stresses.

10/25/2012 Comments (31)

– Catholic News Agency

ROME — As the country approaches election day in two weeks, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia is encouraging Catholic voters to place their faith above their allegiance to political parties.

“I’m always encouraging our people minimally to vote, maximally to run for political office, and make sure that they’re Catholic prior to being Democrat or Republican and that they put that into practice politically,” he told Catholic News Agency in Rome on Oct. 22.

Archbishop Chaput echoed the calls of other American bishops to have their flocks consider their faith in the voting booth.

“We do believe in the separation of church and state, but we don’t believe in the separation of faith...READ MORE

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Virtue & Music, Learning Innovative Evangelization From a Zealous Archbishop, and Much More! (1888)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/25/2012 Comment

Virtue and Music: Raising the Bar. Click on the link by Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. to read more.

Virtue and Music: Raising the Bar – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

Learning Innovative Evangelization from a Zealous Archbishop – Bert Ghezzi, BrandonVogt.com

Catholic University Hosts Theologian Who Compared the Mass to Homosexuality by Matthew Archbold of The Cardinal Newman Society Blog – Big Pulpit

The Musical Life and Aims of the Our Lady of Walsingham Ordinariate – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Do Demons Experience Time? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Neo-Secular Hegemony Reminiscent of the Roman Empire – Bishop Daniel E. Flores, En Pocas Palabras

Are We All Sexual Perverts? – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Faith and Reason in the...READ MORE

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Discovery Institute Fellow Is Dedicated to Christian Unity (3837)

Jay Richards discusses his transformation from Calvinist to Catholic.

10/24/2012 Comments (16)
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– Discovery Institute

Jay Richards is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and the director of the Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality. 

In addition to editing the award-winning God & Evolution: Protestants, Catholics and Jews Explore Darwin’s Challenge to Faith, Richards has authored several books, including the best-selling Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family and Freedom Before It’s Too Late.

Richards holds a master of Divinity degree, a master of theology degree and a Ph.D. in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.  A convert to the faith, Richards and his family entered the Church three years ago at the Easter Vigil. The experience has been, he said, “an...READ MORE

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Lourdes Cleans Up Following Torrential Rains (4298)

The flooded Marian shrine is almost deserted of visitors, except for a group of determined Hawaiian pilgrims.

10/24/2012 Comments (8)

– Reuters/Caroline Blumberg

“I’ve been here many times, but there’s something different happening here at this time,” said Marlene Watkins. “A religious sister said to me today it was as if the grotto were wiped clean.”

Watkins, founding president of Lourdes Volunteers in the Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y., arrived with a group of pilgrims at the popular Marian shrine in the French Pyrenees just after it was hit by devastating floods this week.

The flooding of the Gave River left a “landscape of desolation” for clean-up workers as they began to remove mud and debris from the Lourdes Shrine on Oct. 21, according to Catholic News Agency (CNA). Clean-up crews made up of local firefighters and municipal workers began the...READ MORE

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Five Steps to Better Parenting, Restoration of Continuity, A Muslim Conversion Story, and Much More! (1534)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/24/2012 Comment

Throwing the Football and Five Steps to Better Parenting. Click on the link by Randy Hain to read more.

Throwing the Football and Five Steps to Better Parenting – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Restoration of Continuity: Clerical Collars, Epistle & Gospel Readings & More! via Fr. Z's Blog – Big Pulpit

Paying the Price of Faith: Muhammad Fadel-Ali Becomes Joseph Fadelle – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Special Needs Etiquette: Education – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Theologians’ Academic Respectability– Fr. Kenneth Baker SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Transitional Atheism – Br. John Sica OP, Dominicana

Pope Benedict XVI Canonizes a Mohawk Saint: Kateri Tekakwitha – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Source and Summit (by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski)...READ MORE

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Pope Announces Six New Cardinals, Including an American (2266)

Milwaukee native Archbishop John Harvey will receive a red hat Nov. 24.

10/24/2012 Comment

– wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — At today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will appoint six new cardinals, including an American, at a consistory that will be held Nov. 24.

“I invite everyone to pray for the newly elected, asking the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that they will always love with courage and dedication to Christ and his Church,” the Holy Father said in a St. Peter’s Square that was teeming with pilgrims and visitors, many who came to Rome for Sunday’s canonization of seven new saints.

The cardinals-elect are: Archbishop James Harvey, prefect of the papal household; Bechara Boutros Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch in Lebanon; Major Archbishop...READ MORE

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Violence Postpones Papal Delegation to Syria (2300)

Cardinal Bertone indicates the visit won’t happen until after the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization concludes on Oct. 28.

10/24/2012 Comments (1)

– wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican secretary of state told the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization that the planned peace mission to Syria will still happen but has been postponed following flare-ups in violence.

“Given the gravity of the situation, the visit will be postponed, probably until after the conclusion of the synod, and the composition of the delegation will be modified, also due to other commitments on the part of its members,” Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said Oct. 23 at the synod.

Cardinal Bertone originally announced the papal delegation at an Oct. 16 session of the synod. It was scheduled to embark this week, ahead of the synod's conclusion on Oct. 28.


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