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Second Storm Approaches NJ Coast as Catholics Continue Relief Work (2618)

A storm is expected to pass by New Jersey today, bringing high winds, coastal flooding, rain and snow.

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Trisha McAvoy of Brick Township, N.J., evacuates her home due to an approaching storm Nov. 6.

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CAMDEN, N.J. — Catholic Charities affiliates are continuing to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as another storm heads for the region.

“While the storm has passed, the aftermath continues, as thousands are still without power, communities face the risk of floods, and those living on the margins of society struggle to stay afloat,” Father Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA president, said Nov. 6.

Kevin Hickey, executive director at Catholic Charities of Camden, N.J., echoed Father Snyder’s sentiments.

“Ever since Sandy hit, it’s been very cold here,” Hickey said on Nov. 6. “You can imagine folks without power. There’s some real suffering going on.”

He said that New...READ MORE

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Americans Share Same Hopes for Future, Obama Says (2243)

In the end, Catholic voters favored the president, 52%-45%. Mitt Romney encouraged Republicans to pray for the president and the nation: 'I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to a new greatness.'

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WASHINGTON — During his victory speech after being elected to a second term Nov. 6, President Barack Obama said that Americans are united in their values as a nation.

“Despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America's future,” he said Nov. 6.

“We want our children to live in an America not burdened by debt, weakened by inequality ... that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. We want to pass on a country that's safe and respected and admired around the world.”

A country “built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being,” the president added. “We believe in generous, compassionate, tolerant America.”

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Top 10 Rejected Catholic Hymns, Humility and Holy Forgetfulness, Fly Middle Earth Air, and More! (4242)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Top Ten Rejected Catholic Hymns. Follow the link by The Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blog to read more.

Top Ten Rejected Catholic Hymns by The Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blog – Big Pulpit

Humility, Holy Forgetfulness – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Fly Middle Earth Air – D. McClarey, The American Catholic

Keeping First Things First Puts Everything Else in Proper Order – Joel Schmidt, The Practicing Catholic

From the Belly of the Dragon – Emi Parker, Ignitum Today

New Age Convert: Cari Donaldson – Why I’m Catholic

The Catholic Identity of a Retirement Community – Dr. Robert Gotcher, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The French Revolution and the Struggle for Religious Liberty – Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

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Hope in God (12724)


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“The world itself now bears witness to its approaching end by its fading powers. […] The peasant is failing and disappearing from the fields, the sailor at sea, the soldier in the camp, uprightness in the forum, justice in the court, concord in friendships, skill in the arts, discipline in morals.”

Someone might think these words were written today in response to a decline in American society witnessed by the attempt to so centralize the government that the freedom of the Church is threatened. Yet these words were written by St. Cyprian, an early Church Father, around the year 250.

At the time, the Christians thought that the world was coming to an end as they knew it. Yet St....READ MORE

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Montana Passes Parental-Notification Abortion Law (2640)

As votes rolled in Tuesday, 66% of state locals voted in favor.

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HELENA, Mont. — On Nov. 6, Montana passed a measure requiring abortion facilities to notify parents before performing the procedure on those under 16.

As votes rolled in Tuesday, 66% of state locals voted in favor and 33% voted against Referendum 120, which mandates that doctors notify a parent or legal guardian at least 48 hours beforehand.

Notice will not be required, however, if there is a medical emergency, if notice is waived by a youth in court in a sealed proceeding or if it is waived by the parent or guardian.

Physicians who perform an abortion in violation of this act or who coerce a minor to have an abortion will now be subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability.


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Maine Legalizes Same-Sex 'Marriage' (1973)

This is the first time a vote by the people has legalized the redefinition.

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WASHINGTON — Voters in the state of Maine approved a ballot measure Nov. 6 to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples, becoming the sixth state in the U.S. to do so and the first to do so by a vote of the people.

Previously, marriage had been put before the people 32 times, and voters had affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman in each case.

Question 1 on the Maine ballot proposed to legally recognize “gay marriage,” reversing a similar referendum in 2009 that was narrowly defeated.

With 45% of precincts reporting on the night of the Nov. 6 election, the measure held a 55%-46% lead, enough for analysts to project its passage.

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The Wuerl Report (3570)

At a gathering back home in Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl passes along experiences and insights drawn from his service as general relator of last month’s Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

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Cardinal Wuerl during an Oct. 8 press conference at the Synod of the New Evangelization in Rome.

– David Kerr/ CNA

WASHINGTON — A hushed silence pervades the Catholic Information Center’s chapel at 6pm Monday evening on Nov. 5. The guests, if they speak at all, speak in whispers.

They’re waiting for Cardinal Donald Wuerl, lately returned from the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization in Rome, where he served as its general relator, guiding the discussions of the participating bishops.

Cardinal Wuerl is a commanding presence, despite his slight frame and quiet voice — or perhaps in part because of them. It was evident that not one in the audience wanted to miss a single word. For over an hour they sat, listening with rapt attention to the cardinal’s account of the synod.


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Catholics Across Nation Hold Election Day Prayer Events (1647)

Invoking God and conscience before voting.

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WASHINGTON — Throughout the United States, Catholics are gathering in prayer on Nov. 6 to ask for God’s blessing upon the country and its citizens as they cast their ballots.

In response to popular request, Ave Maria University in southwest Florida is hosting 24-hour adoration for both students and members of the local community on Election Day.

“We’re expecting a full house,” said Jesuit Father Robert McTeigue, director of campus ministry, adding that the students have a clear understanding of what is at stake in this election.

“They’re very much involved,” he said.

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