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Dominican Nun Delves Into the Mystery of the Rosary (8109)

Sister Mary Catharine provides a motherly service on this feast of Our Lady.

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Sister Mary Catharine

– Dominican nuns of Summit, N.J.

Dominican Sister Mary Catharine Perry is the novice mistress of The Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, N.J. (a congregation of cloistered nuns ranging in age from 24-95, with a blog at monialesop.org).

A Massachusetts native, she is also the author of a work of fiction set in a monastery. In an interview to mark the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, she provided a deeper window into the cloistered life in the New York metropolitan area and does what Dominicans do so well: teach about the Rosary to those of us outside monastery walls.

You and your sisters celebrated Rosary Sunday this past weekend. What was that all about, and why is it a different day than the feast this...READ MORE

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Ave Maria Receives Official Recognition as a Catholic University (5097)

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From the Press Release:

Today, Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane, bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, made perhaps the most significant announcement in the history of Ave Maria University. During the investiture ceremony for new Ave Maria University president H. James Towey, Bishop Dewane announced that he grants recognition of Ave Maria University as a Catholic university.

Bishop Dewane commented, “This announcement marks a special time in the history and faith life of Ave Maria University. While the university continues to grow, it is the deepening of its roots of faith that is of primary importance to me as the bishop of this diocese. The Catholic Church views Catholic universities in...READ MORE

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Pray a Rosary a Day (6635)

The importance of the beloved Marian devotion. Our Lady of the Rosary feature from our Oct. 9 issue.

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Every day we eat, sleep, work etc. But do we find time to pray the Rosary?

Is there a better time to start the practice of praying the Rosary daily than in October, the month of the Rosary?

Saints, scholars and ordinary people know the importance — and the benefits — of praying the Rosary every day. St. Pio of Petrelcina prayed many. St. Louis de Montfort said, “Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray.”

Blessed John Paul II admitted that “the Rosary is my favorite prayer.” He urged the faithful to pray this Marian prayer regularly so that it can make a monumental difference for themselves, their families and the world.

Praying the Rosary daily is important and...READ MORE

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House Committee Vote Could Pave Way to Defund U.N. Population Fund (2042)

Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a bill that would prohibit taxpayer funding of the United Nations Population Fund.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a bill that would prohibit taxpayer funding of the United Nations Population Fund, which has been widely criticized for its cooperation with China’s controversial one-child policy.

“I’m happy to announce today [Oct. 5] that we have taken an important step in protecting American taxpayers from funding controversial family-planning operations through the U.N.,” said Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., who introduced the bill. “If the Chinese wish to do such things, they should not expect funding from the United States taxpayer.”

The population fund, which is the United Nations’ main unit for global population...READ MORE

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Archbishop Kurtz on Priestly Vocations, the Rosary, Traditional Marriage (3280)

Vice president of the U.S. bishops’ conference places heavy responsibility for defense of marriage on Christian couples.

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Archdiocese of Louisville

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

– Archdiocese of Louisville

As a young man, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz was inspired by a book his sister gave him on St. Dominic and the Rosary. It described Dominic as an “athlete for Christ.” This life appealed to him more than merely devoting his life to a career, so he decided to enter the seminary.

Today, he has a lot to say about priestly formation — and the importance of the Rosary in the life of the Church. He suggests that priests can and should be doing much more to encourage the vocations they sense some of their young parishioners may have. And he has an innovative way to pray the Rosary that, he says, can help Christians hear the voice of Christ.

As archbishop of Louisville, Ky., and as vice president of...READ MORE

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Steve Jobs, Adoption, Abortion, Brighton Rock, HuffPo, Bishop Zubik, and much more! (3535)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Steve Jobs, Adoption and Abortion. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey to better understand the connection between all three.

Without a Wedding Garment: Faith Without Works - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Steve Jobs, Adoption and Abortion - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Study: Catholic Priests Are Among the Happiest People in Society - Genevieve Pollock, Zenit

Engage, The Other “E” Word - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

Why Media Blackout on Persecution of Christians? - Milo Yiannopoulos, Catholic Herald

Deeply Confused HuffPo Writer - Mark Shea, Catholic and Enjoying It!

The New ‘Brighton Rock’: Bad Romance - Eve Tushnet, Crisis Magazine

Occupy Wall Street vs. 40 Days for Life - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Darn Tooting: President Obama Openly Confronts...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Way' (8644)

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez travel the ancient pilgrimage route together and finish their journey of faith with a flourish.

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Emilio Estevez directs his father Martin Sheen in a scene from The Way.

– Courtesy theway-themovie.com

Tom Avery takes some needling on the golf course for riding in the golf cart: He says he’s tired, but his fellow players say he’s old and lazy. Played by 71-year-old Martin Sheen, Tom is not a prime candidate for strapping on a North Face backpack in France and heading up into the Pyrenees on the beginning of a 500-mile journey to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.

That the long journey — the Camino Francés (French Way), the most popular route of el Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) — is an important Catholic pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where tradition holds St. James’ remains are buried, makes Tom, a lapsed Catholic, an even less likely...READ MORE

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Father Pavone's Bishop Responds to Firestorm Over Priests for Life Leader's Recall (21098)

Amarillo Bishop Zurek seeks ‘fruitful dialogue,’ confirms Father Pavone has no faculties outside his diocese. The two will meet Oct. 13.

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AMARILLO, Texas — Bishop Patrick Zurek of Amarillo issued a statement yesterday that clarified his reasons for recalling Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priest for Life, to his home diocese.

“It is my desire to have a fruitful dialogue with Father Pavone,” Bishop Zurek wrote in the statement posted on the Diocese of Amarillo’s website that confirmed the two would meet on Oct. 13 to address both pastoral and administrative issues.

In his statement, Bishop Zurek said he had called Father Pavone back to the diocese to encourage a period of prayer and reflection on the “sacramental ministerial priesthood that we both share.”

The bishop said he sought “clarification and answers to...READ MORE

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