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Priest Recalls the Faith of His Grandfather John Wayne (16519)

Grandson remembers the handwritten letters 'The Duke' wrote to God and his conversion to Catholicism.

10/02/2011 Comments (19)

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John Wayne, for many, was a Hollywood legend who symbolized true masculinity and American values. To Father Matthew Muñoz, though, he was simply “granddaddy.”

“When we were little we’d go to his house, and we’d simply hang out with granddaddy; and we’d play, and we’d have fun: a very different image from what most people have of him,” Father Muñoz told EWTN News on a recent visit to Rome.

Father Muñoz was 14 years old when his grandfather died of cancer in 1979. In his lifetime, “The Duke” won three Oscars, the congressional Gold Medal, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Of all those achievements, though, Father Muñoz is most proud of just one: his...READ MORE

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Illinois Catholic Conference Creates Marriage-Defense Department (3334)

Advocates will defend God's definition of marriage in the wake of opposition.

10/02/2011 Comments (16)

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The Catholic Conference of Illinois has created a new Defense of Marriage department in response to the state’s passage of a civil-unions law.

Each Catholic diocese in the state will appoint advocates who seek to defend against “public-policy encroachments” and to promote the Church’s “love and solicitude towards marriage, families and children,” the conference said on Sept. 22.

Zach Wichmann, the conference’s director of government relations, heads the new department.

He said that the new office reflects the bishops’ intention to keep the Church in the public square and in line with the Catholic faith’s mission. The department will advocate marriage as the proper home for human...READ MORE

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New Chapel Dedicated to Our Lady of Lebanon (1767)

New worship space is located at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

10/02/2011 Comments (2)

Our Lady of Lebanon in Lebanon

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WASHINGTON (CNA)—Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, N.Y., recently described a new chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lebanon as a gift “for the universal Church.”

“The Church encompasses every culture of the world,” Bishop Mansour told CNA on Sept. 30. “The Maronite Church has a certain affinity for the culture of the Middle East, the culture of Jesus himself.”

The newly consecrated Maronite Chapel of Our Lady of Lebanon is located at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a little chapel in the midst of many beautiful chapels in the shrine,” said Bishop Mansour. “But it’s a special gift.”

The bishop...READ MORE

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‘Something Beautiful for God’ (2793)

Saturday Book Pick: Malcolm Muggeridge’s uncollected writings

10/01/2011 Comment

Malcolm Muggeridge has been called the “most brilliant” journalist of the 20th century. He was deep in literature and deeply philosophical (though not formally trained in philosophy), not to say mystical.

Muggeridge disclosed Marxism’s atrocities to the world with firsthand reporting in Soviet Russia, when this was still an unpopular thing to do. It is as yet unclear whether it was for this that The London Guardian and The New York Times have yet to forgive Muggeridge, or whether it was his conversion to Catholicism that did it. It couldn’t be both, right?

Muggeridge was a well-known radio and television personality, documentary maker, novelist and essayist, as well as some-time editor...READ MORE

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17th Century St. Peters Square, Is Gambling a Sin, A Christian University, and much more! (3242)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/01/2011 Comment

St. Peter's Square Will Return to the Seventeenth Century. Click on the link by Giacomo Galeazzi to learn how.

St. Peter’s Square Will Return to the Seventeenth Century - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Quæritur: Is Gambling A Sin? - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Christian University - Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

The Crown of Poland - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

About That PR Thing - Colin Gormley, VirtuousPla.net

The Folly of Federal ‘Safe Sex’ Campaigns - Bernard Toutounji, Crisis Magazine

Mothers of Gardasil-Injured Girls Issue Challenge to Doctors - Susan Brinkmann, Women of Grace

HHS Birth Control Mandate Planners Tied to NARAL & Planned Parenthood - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com

Teacher Disciplines Students Who Say...READ MORE

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Living the Little Way, Day by Day (2676)

A St. Therese feast day feature. Little Flower, pray for us!

10/01/2011 Comments (6)

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This originally appeared in our Sept. 27, 2009, issue.

In Providence, R.I., the four children of Renee Brissette are regular kids, says their mom. Like other children, they might have a squabble. But when school started this year and 7-year-old John Paul came home sad because it was the first time he didn’t go to the same school with the rest of the family, his sister and brothers jumped into action.

Eleven-year-old Francis brought out the stash of snacks and treats he had hidden for himself and handed them to his little brother. He knew this was exactly the sort of thing St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as the “Little Flower,” lived and taught with her “Little Way.”

“What matters in...READ MORE

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Teresa Tomeo Calls Women to Undergo an 'Extreme Makeover' (2506)

EWTN host says her new book is meant to expose the ways in which women are objectified by modern culture.

10/01/2011 Comments (2)

(EWTN News)—A new book by the radio and TV host Teresa Tomeo encourages women to undergo a “cultural detoxification” and reject the messages in today’s culture that enslave them.

In a Sept. 27 interview with EWTN News, Tomeo said that she hopes the book will help combat “messages that we’ve been told through the media about how we’re supposed to live our lives according to the world.”

Tomeo, who co-hosts The Catholic View for Women on EWTN, is also now the author of Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, not Conformed to the Culture (Ignatius Press, $21.95), which is scheduled to be released on Oct. 7.

“I started to notice that there was a trend in a lot of the problems in the...READ MORE

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New Bishops' Committee Responds to Religious Liberty Threats (5775)

Archbishop Dolan cites six urgent challenges that have arisen in just three months.

09/30/2011 Comments (20)
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Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., will head the new bishops ad hoc committee on religious liberty.

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Washington, D.C. — Seeking to fortify the Church’s response to the “erosion of freedom of religion in America,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has formed an Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.

The new committee will be headed by Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport.

The announcement to form the committee was made Sept. 30, the same day as the deadline for comments registering concerns about the interim rules —  issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services —  which mandate that contraceptive services and surgical sterilization be included in virtually all employee health coverage.

The coincidence, whether intentional or not, signaled that the bishops possess...READ MORE

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