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Archbishop Gomez Encourages Catholics to Boldly Defend Life (2384)

'Our religion, in a beautiful and mysterious way, is deeply identified with human life. What other world religion remembers the time when its founder was in his mother's womb?'

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LOS ANGELES (EWTN News) — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles marked Respect Life Month by saying that Catholics must defend the unborn and marginalized in society out of fidelity to Christ.

For Catholics, “the defense of unborn life is not a political issue,” he said in an Oct. 7 article for the archdiocesan paper, The Tidings. “This issue is deeply related to who we are as Catholics, to our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Archbishop Gomez urged the faithful to spend the month of October praying together as a Church for an end to “every offense against the sanctity and dignity of the human person” and for all of society to recognize the dignity of every person.

“Our religion,...READ MORE

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Anonymous No More: Child of Sperm Donor Speaks Out (8383)

Such children struggle with a unique anxiety: What if I fall in love with my half-sibling?

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Thirty-two invitro fertilized children gather at the Swedish Medical Center in 2003 in Denver. The Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Center gathered the children from each of its 16 years of work in the field. Guests included Payton Kline, 4 1/2 months, the 5,000th invitro fertilized baby born at the center.

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Alana S. was just 8 years old when her parents told her they would be getting a divorce. Her father made an effort to gain custody of Alana’s older sister, but not Alana. This would become Alana’s first of many painful lessons in what it is like to be a child of a sperm donor.

Alana’s “social father” — the term used to describe a man who functions as a child’s father but is not the biological parent — was an infertile man, and shortly after marrying Alana’s mother, they adopted a young girl from South Korea. Five years later, they attempted to adopt again, but their application was denied. Rather than starting the process over, they settled on the sperm-donor route, as it was “quick,...READ MORE

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An Introduction to Distributism, Egyptian Christians Slaughtered, Halloween, and much more! (4443)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Egypt: Church Blames Army & Police after Dozens Dead. Click on the link by John Pontifex to read about the slaughter that is bringing put upon our brothers in Christ.

An Introduction to Distributism - Donald P. Goldman III, The Distributist Review

Egypt: Church Blames Army & Police after Dozens Dead - John Pontifex, Catholic Herald

Ten Signs You May Be a Distributist - Kenneth Spence, Acton Institute/Power Blog

Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: “No More Churches” - Raymond Ibrahim, Hudson New York

Is Mormonism a Christian Denomination? - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

Halloween In Our Catholic Home - Bonnie Engstrom

Why Young Christians Leave the Faith - Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

A Summary of St. Dominic’s Prayer - Anthony Lilles, Beginning to Pray

What Is The Most Compelling Book You’ve Ever Read? - Brandon Vogt

America’s Greatest Catholic...READ MORE

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Watershed Moment: Copts Killed in Violence (3885)

Nina Shea predicts a 'major exodus' of Christians after deadly violence in Cairo

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An Egyptian priest chants pro-Christian slogans during the funeral for victims of sectarian clashes with soldiers and riot police at a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt at Abassaiya Cathedral in Cairo Oct. 10. Thousands of mourners attended a funeral ceremony for those killed in overnight clashes when troops crushed a protest over an attack on a church in the worst violence since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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Yesterday, Oct. 9, in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, violent clashes between Christians, Muslims and the military, resulted in a mounting toll of mostly Christian deaths and an estimated 500 injured. Coptic Pope Shenouda III announced there would be three days of mourning, praying and fasting for the victims starting tomorrow. The Coptic church issued a statement that reflected the widespread belief among Copts that anti-Christian forces had infiltrated a peaceful march and fueled violence, which was then used as a pretext for intervention by security forces. The Coptic church stated that “strangers got in the middle of our sons and committed mistakes to be blamed on our sons.” The church’s...READ MORE

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Traditional-Marriage Advocates Have Hope for Their Cause (3225)

Washington panel discusses issues at stake.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—Leaders of organizations dedicated to preventing the redefinition of marriage said in an Oct. 8 panel that the movement to support marriage should not give up hope.

“This cause is not only just, but, in the end, will prevail,” said Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage.

Gallagher presented “The Case for Hope on Marriage” as part of a panel at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington.

The panel, entitled “Straight Talk on ‘Gay Marriage,’” was moderated by Tom McClusky, vice president for government affairs at the Family Research Council.

Gallagher explained that those committed to defending marriage have...READ MORE

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Large Group of Episcopalians Received Into the Church (4532)

Cardinal Wuerl notes the ‘truly historic moment’ on Cardinal Newman’s feast day.

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WASHINGTON — As people filed into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception yesterday, Mark Lewis was wearing a layman’s tie rather than the clerical collar he had worn for years.

Accompanied by his wife, daughter and grandson, Lewis was preparing to lead his flock at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in suburban Maryland into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Lewis is the former rector of St. Luke’s, the first Episcopal church in the Washington metropolitan area to come into the Church under provisions created for Episcopalians and Anglicans by Pope Benedict XVI.

The ceremony took place during a Rite of Reception and Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl Oct....READ MORE

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Otherworldly Series (2345)

Baseball Coach Rich Donnelly Shows You Can Go Home Again

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Assistant coach Rich Donnelly of the Los Angeles Dodgers talks with Luis Gonzalez during the game against the Florida Marlins at Dodger Stadium on July 8, 2007, in Los Angeles.

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Rich Donnelly has a World Series story that is out of this world.

Donnelly’s daughter Amy had passed away four years before his trip to the World Series in 1997 with the Florida Marlins, but her presence was felt keenly at the end of the seventh game. The coach has recounted the story to thousands of people around the country every year.

His story has a special impact on other parents whose children are struggling with terminal illnesses or have already died. Because only they can know what it’s like to lose a child, Donnelly says he has a soft spot in his heart for such families.

In fact, family was what brought Donnelly back from his own wayward path earlier in his career. The...READ MORE

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Collects Receive a Rich Translation (3013)

Come Advent, the prayer after the Kyrie and Gloria will sound quite different — and it will have a profound effect, says a Benedictine liturgist. Part of the Register's series on the new Missal. An Oct. 9 issue feature.

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During the sacrifice of the Mass, the last part of the Introductory Rites is a prayer called the Collect.

In our current version, this is called the Opening Prayer, but, in fact, “collect” is a richer word, and it will be useful for us to begin employing it to refer to this prayer.

All that we have done so far in the liturgy — the entrance procession with its chant, the Penitential Act, and on some days the Gloria — is now “collected” in a focused way by the prayer the priest proclaims. This prayer is always proper to the day, and, as such, it gives a precise focus to the particular celebration that is now under way.

The collects of the new translation are much richer. They...READ MORE

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