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The Divine in the Details (1698)

11/24/2012 Comment


Glimpses of God in Everyday Life

By Nancy Jo Sullivan

Loyola Press, 2012

112 pages, $12.95

To order: www.loyolapress.com


Nancy Jo Sullivan has faced the big stuff in life, from the end of a marriage to raising — and later losing — a child with special needs.

But it was the little stuff — what she calls “small mercies” — that saw her through the sadness and softened the sharp edges of grief.

In this slim volume of short essays written in a warm, engaging style, Sullivan talks about her losses and how she faced them by opening herself to God’s presence in all manner of places and people.

She begins with her experience of the Divine in Minnesota’s...READ MORE

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Critics Find U.N. Contraception Push Harmful to Women (4232)

The money spent on contraceptives would be better spent preventing maternal deaths, according to doctors and pro-life advocates.

11/23/2012 Comments (17)

NEW YORK — A United Nations population report calling for global contraceptive access has drawn fire from doctors and pro-life advocates who say the funding would be better spent preventing maternal deaths.

“A push to increase spending on contraceptives in developing countries by the United Nations Population Fund is at best misguided and at worst harmful to women and families,” Dr. John Brehany, executive director of the Catholic Medical Association, told Catholic News Agency Nov. 15.

On Nov. 14, the United Nations Population Fund released its annual report on the “State of World Population.”

This year’s report — titled “By Choice, Not By Chance” — links family planning to...READ MORE

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A More Catholic Capitol Hill (5264)

The largest-ever Catholic contingent is one of the major features of the most religiously diverse Congress in U.S. history.

11/23/2012 Comments (10)
Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life

Source: Data from Congress CQ roll call and Pew Forum. Based on 530 races that have been called as of Nov. 16, 2012. Blue squares represent Democrats. Red squares represent Republicans. Gray squares represent independents.

– Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life

WASHINGTON — The most-ever Catholics have been elected to the two houses of Congress in the November election, according to the Pew Forum on Religion on Political Life, a non-partisan, nondenominational research center.

The Pew study of the religious composition of the new Congress indicates that Catholics picked up five more seats than they held in the previous Congress for a total of 161, giving them 30.4% of all the seats in the Senate and House of Representatives, well above their 22% share of the adult population.

Overall, the study noted an unprecedented religious diversity among members of the 113th Congress.

John K. White, a politics professor at The Catholic University of...READ MORE

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The Married Saint who Renewed Her Husband and Church, Lily of the Mohawks Depictions, and Much More! (2179)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/23/2012 Comment

Learning from a Married Saint Who Renewed Her Husband and the Church. Click on the link by Bert Ghezzi to read more.

Learning from a Married Saint Who Renewed Her Husband and the Church – Bert Ghezzi

Lily of the Mohawks: 10 Depictions of St. Kateri Tekakwitha by H. H. Ambrose of Saint Peter's ListBig Pulpit

Seven Questions about the Dominican Rite – Kevin Birnbaum, The Candle

Be Careful about St. Paul (Part 1) - Godwin Delali Adadzie, Ignitum Today

Shine, Complementarian Wife, Shine! – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Philosophy and Immortality of the Soul: New Evangelization Tool – Br. John McCusker OSB, Dominicana

St. Philemon, Bishop and Martyr – Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Milwall and the New Evangelisation – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Blessed...READ MORE

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Priest Takes Food Stamp Challenge in Solidarity With Poor (2871)

The head of Catholic Charities in Washington participated last month in the D.C. Hunger Solutions’ Food Stamp Challenge, pledging to spend only $30 on food for one week.

11/23/2012 Comments (27)

WASHINGTON — The head of Catholic Charities in this archdiocese recently experienced the struggle of low-income families relying on food stamps, noting that Christian charity lends vital support to those in need.

“Most of us don’t have a real sense of what it’s like to be on food stamps,” said Father John Enzler, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.

From Oct. 9-15, Father Enzler participated in D.C. Hunger Solutions’ Food Stamp Challenge, pledging to spend only $30 on food for one week, the average amount allotted to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

He told Catholic News Agency that the...READ MORE

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Vatican Nativity Set Might Include Animals Not Present at Jesus’ Birth (2431)

Construction is under way on the annual Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.

11/23/2012 Comments (2)
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Construction is underway on this year's Vatican nativity set.

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has started construction on its annual Nativity set in St. Peter’s Square, and the display is expected to include a few animals that may not have been at Jesus’ birth.

The Pope said in his third book on the life of Christ, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, released Nov. 21, that the ox and the donkey, regularly included in Nativity scenes, are not mentioned in the Gospels.

But they are included in other parts of the Bible, which could have inspired Christians to use them in representations of the birth of Jesus.

“No Nativity scene will give up its ox and donkey,” Pope Benedict says in his new book, which eventually will be translated into 20...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Group Praises Ethical Flu Vaccine (7983)

The vaccine Flucelvax, produced by Novartis, does not rely on aborted fetal cell lines for its production.

11/23/2012 Comments (6)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A U.S. pro-life group that monitors pharmaceutical research says the Switzerland-based company Novartis’ new vaccine, Flucelvax, is ethically produced and does not rely on aborted fetal cell lines like some others in development.

“We are extremely pleased to see Novartis advance in the market over those such as Sanofi Pasteur, who are developing influenza vaccines using aborted fetal cell lines,” Debi Vinnedge, executive director of the Florida-based group Children of God for Life, said Nov. 21.

She said Novartis should be commended for “listening to public concerns.” Vinnedge encouraged the public to write the company and thank them for a vaccine that “will not...READ MORE

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A Close Call for Life in Massachusetts (2210)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The come-from-behind victory against one blue state’s assisted-suicide ballot measure provides lessons about how to mobilize successfully on this life issue and on others.

11/23/2012 Comments (4)
Justin Bell

Some members of a street team gather after a "No on Question 2" outreach in Boston.

– Justin Bell

WALTHAM, Mass. — It took a Bay State village with a kitchen sink full of methods, but the effort to legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts was voted down. And the victory shined a bright light through a largely bleak national election with respect to life, marriage and religious-liberty issues.

An eclectic coalition — including medical professionals, disability advocates, Catholic bishops and their officials, other religious leaders, lay Catholics, editorial writers, strategic communications and polling firms, pro-lifers, sign holders, street messengers and very generous donors — joined forces to defeat Ballot Question 2, the state’s so-called “Death With Dignity Act.”

And, of...READ MORE

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