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Bono Thanks Vatican for Helping With Debt Forgiveness (7478)

Without Pope John Paul II’s intervention, the rock star says, the international debts of impoverished nations wouldn’t have been canceled.

11/19/2012 Comments (22)


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VATICAN CITY — The famous U2 vocalist Bono traveled to the Vatican Nov. 16 to thank the Church for its work to free the world's least developed countries from their foreign debt, enabling them to invest in education.

On Friday, Bono spent nearly an hour speaking with Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, according to Vatican Radio.

In 2000, the Church was an important backer of the “Drop the Debt” campaign, which coincided with the Church's Jubilee Year. Bono was one of the leading figures in the campaign, and he is known for his activism on behalf of the world’s poorest people.

Drop the Debt was an effort to persuade first-world nations...READ MORE

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Hurricane Sandy Efforts Move From Relief to Recovery (2444)

People in hard-hit areas continue to work to rebuild their lives.

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A woman searches through donated shoes at a relief center set up in a parking lot in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island.

– Andrew Burton/Getty Images

CAMDEN, N.J. — Dioceses in the mid-Atlantic are starting to move their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts to a focus on recovery, 18 days after the storm first touched American soil.

“This weekend, we're going to make the pivot from relief to recovery. ... Relief is a shorter-term proposition,” said Kevin Hickey, executive director of Catholic Charities of Camden, N.J.

“Its length really depends on the scale of any given disaster. ... Recovery is, first of all, long term.”

In a Nov. 16 interview with Catholic News Agency, he said relief efforts in Camden, N.J., involved the setting up of “two disaster-distribution points to handle relief supplies to get them out and into communities as...READ MORE

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Jesus Christ Is Constant in Transient World, Pope Says (1510)

The Holy Father's Nov. 18 angelus

11/19/2012 Comment


VATICAN CITY — At the Sunday Angelus prayers at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Sunday Gospel about the passing of the world is a reminder that Jesus Christ is the focus and source of all creation.

“Everything passes, but the word of God does not change, and each of us is responsible for his behavior before it,” Pope Benedict said from his window in St. Peter’s Square Nov. 18. “It is upon this that we shall be judged.”

Jesus does not act as a visionary who gives forecasts and dates, the Pope explained. Rather, he wants to show his disciples “the right path to walk on, today and tomorrow, to enter into eternal life.”

The Pope emphasized the centrality of Jesus in his...READ MORE

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Even More Converts You Didn't Know About, Bishops and Birthrates: A Heroic Solution, and More! (3152)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/19/2012 Comment

Even More Converts You Didn’t Know About. Follow the link by Brantly Millegan of the Young Evangelical Catholic blog to read more.

Even More Converts You Didn’t Know About by Brantly Millegan of the Young Evangelical Catholic blogBig Pulpit

Bishops and Birth Rates: A Heroic Solution – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Our Love Story – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

Prominent Atheist Converts and Gets Baptized – Leah Libresco, Unequally Yoked

Getting Into the Habit – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Fordham, Coulter and Singer – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Transalpine Redemptorists Growth Spurt! – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Brick by Brick in Brazil . . . Indiana, Priest Starts Up a TLM, People Come – Fr. Z’s Blog

Biblical Foundations and the Thread of History –...READ MORE

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Family Wins Reprieve in Nevada ‘Forced Abortion’ Case (4873)

A district judge removes abortion as an option for a mentally disabled women, backing away from his original stance.

11/19/2012 Comments (17)

Washoe County District Judge Egan Walker

– EWTN News

RENO, Nev. — When a Reno, Nev., group-home manager called Amy and William Bauer to report that their daughter was pregnant, the news set in motion a chain of events that almost ended with a court-mandated abortion, despite the Bauers’ objections.

But three weeks later, during a Nov. 14 hearing at a Washoe County District courthouse, Judge Egan Walker told the Bauers that abortion was no longer an option for their 32-year-old daughter Elisa’s crisis pregnancy. The news offered an unexpected reprieve for the embattled family and their supporters in the pro-life community.

“We won after a very welcome, but sudden, change of heart: Judge Walker announced that abortion is no longer being...READ MORE

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Renewing the Church and Her Mission in the Year of Faith (12889)

Address at the Catholic Life Congress in Philadelphia on Nov. 17.

11/18/2012 Comments (37)
Peter Zelasko/ CNA

– Peter Zelasko/ CNA

My comments today will be simple. I want to focus on just three points. The first point is where we are as a Church and as individual Catholics, given the current environment of our country. The second point is what we need to do about it. And the third point is who we need to be, or become, to live the kind of witness God wants from us. Before we get to that, though, I want to offer a few preliminary thoughts.

Language matters. It both expresses and shapes our thinking. Vulgar language suggests a vulgar soul. Obviously, lots of exceptions exist. A peasant can have a rough vocabulary and still lead a saintly life. And a political leader can have a golden tongue and still be a complete...READ MORE

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What Obama Did Not Say, The Eight Demons of St. John Cassian, The Worst Deadly Sin: Pride, and More! (4564)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/17/2012 Comment

What President Obama Did Not Say. Follow the link by Don DeMarco PhD of the Truth and Charity Forum to read more.

What President Obama Did Not Say by Don DeMarco PhD of the Truth and Charity ForumBig Pulpit

The Eight Demons of St. John Cassian – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pride, the Worst of the Deadly Sins – Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

Does a Catholic Wedding Have to be Held in a Catholic Church? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

Irish Abortion Laws and the Tragic Death of Savita Halappanavar – Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Are We Entering Another Period of Puritanism? – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The Changing Demographic – Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

The Saint Who Gave His Name to Oxford – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Eastern Catholics...READ MORE

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U.N. Calls Access to Birth Control a 'Human Right,' Hymnal 1940 Available Online and More! (3168)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/16/2012 Comment

U.N. Calls Access to Birth Control a 'Human Right.' Click on the link by Steven Ertelt to read more.

U. N. Calls Access to Birth Control a “Human Right” – Steven Ertelt, Life News

Hymnal 1940 is Online – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Study Shows Self-Identifying Homosexuals are a Small Percent of the U. S. via Fr. Z's BlogBig Pulpit

Exeter Cathedral, Corpus, a Clock and Martial – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Explaining Reason: Atheism or Christianity? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

2012 Statistics for the FSSP: A Booming Order! – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Why I Wear a Purity Ring – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson Confessional Seal Scandal Brings Up a Question – Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law


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