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Pope Issues Letter Explaining Need for Year of Faith (3784)

Benedict wrote: "The 'door of faith' is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. He hopes this year will bring a rediscovery and renewal of faith within the Church and world.

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)—Pope XVI Benedict says the Church’s Year of Faith, starting October 2012, which he announced yesterday, Oct. 16, comes in response to a “profound crisis of faith that has affected many people” and left them searching for answers.

“Ever since the start of my ministry as Successor of Peter, I have spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ,” the Pope wrote in his letter, Porta Fidei (Door of Faith), announcing the yearlong initiative, which was released Oct. 17.

“The ‘door of faith’ is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and...READ MORE

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HHS Ends Contract With Church Program for Trafficking Victims, Stressing Need for Contraception (6769)

A former director of the HHS trafficking program argues that contraceptives may facilitate coercive prostitution.

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Two children are seen at a rescue station after their were rescued by police on Feb. 13, 2011, in Guiyang, Guizhou province of China. More than 9,300 kidnapped children in China have been rescued since April 2009 since a nationwide campaign was launched to crack down on human trafficking. In less than three weeks, a Chinese microblog called 'Street Photos to Rescue Child Beggars' attracted 175,000 followers and posted more than 2,500 images of begging children online for parents to identify. But agencies such as one run by the U.S. bishops conference might not be able to help such children if they lose goverment grants due to restrictions on religious liberty.

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WASHINGTON — The federal government’s decision to end funding for a Church program for trafficking victims has fueled concerns that “abortion politics” are at work.

“There seems to be a new unwritten reg at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It’s the ‘ABC Rule’: anybody but Catholics,” asserted Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which established an ambitious range of services for trafficking victims in 2006.

The HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement and the American Civil Liberties Union have stressed that trafficking victims need access to the full range of “family planning” services, which the USCCB program won’t...READ MORE

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Knights of Malta, St. Thomas More, Essential Qualities of Prayer, Abortion, and much more! (3493)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Great Siege of Malta of 1565 & The Knights of Malta. Click on the link by Tribunus to learn more.

The Essential Qualities of Prayer - Dc. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Great Siege of Malta of 1565 & The Knights of Malta - Tribunus, Roman Christendom

Maria Pierina de Micheli & The Holy Face of Jesus Devotion - Mystics of the Church

Feeling Clean - Joe Sales, VirtuousPla.net

“Christians are Free People, That is Why They Hate Us” - Mauro Pianta, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Intriguing Saint Thomas More - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Infamous Anonymous Abortion Practitioner Exposed: Nicola Moore - Cheryl Sullenger, LifeNews.com

B16 Believes Secularized Nations can turn Christian Again - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

Decline and Fall - Anthony...READ MORE

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Courage Continues Mission of Its Founder, Father Harvey (10650)

Director of Catholic apostolate to homosexuals discusses challenges and opportunities.

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CHICAGO — Courage, a Church apostolate ministering to people with same-sex attraction, held its 23rd annual conference this summer in Chicago. Members of Courage and EnCourage, the support group for their loved ones, were joined by Church leaders, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura at the Vatican, the Holy See’s highest court; Father Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who helped to found Courage in 1981; and Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a psychiatrist with extensive experience counseling people with same-sex attraction.

Register correspondent Matthew A. Rarey covered the conference, which featured daily Masses...READ MORE

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Pope Says Year of Faith for 2012 Will Proclaim Christ With Joy to the World (8825)

Special year will commemorate 50th anniversary of Vatican II's start, Benedict said Oct. 16. He also spoke of the importance of sharing the Gospel in the New Evangelization to those working for that purpose during Mass and his Angelus.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year of Faith,” which will begin in October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

“It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in him and proclaim him with joy to the people of our time,” said the Pope, making his announcement during Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Year of Faith will run from Oct. 11, 2012, until Nov. 24, 2013, which is the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The Pope said in his Oct. 16 remarks that it will give “new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often...READ MORE

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Justice and Mercy: As Relevant Today as Ever (4359)

Oct. 9 issue column on two very important virtues especially relevant for the Catholic laity today.

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The late Father Richard Neuhaus spoke of the sex-abuse scandal that broke out almost 10 years ago in the American Church as “The Long Lent.” I think he would have been astonished to know not only that it has not completely ended here (although we may finally be in the endgame), but that this sickening plague went viral into Ireland and continental Europe, bringing down not only abusing priests and religious but members of the hierarchy implicated in cover-ups that destroyed families and crippled dioceses. In the U.S., recent sexual scandals have also brought down several well-known media priests familiar to the readers of the Register through radio, television or personal appearances....READ MORE

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Celebrating Blessed Pope John Paul II (3079)

Celebrations have been planned in Rome and in Poland for next weekend, Oct. 22.

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Official beatification portrait

Oct. 22 celebrations are planned in Rome and in Poland.

Blessed Pope John Paul II’s first feast day will be celebrated this coming Oct. 22 in Rome and Poland.

In Rome, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, will lead a procession to the St. John Lateran basilica, where he will celebrate Mass with Cardinal Agostino Vallini — the archpriest of the Lateran basilica and vicar of Rome.

The procession will begin at 5pm, with the memorial Mass taking place at 7pm, according to a spokesman for the Vicariate of Rome.

Earlier this year, the Vatican decreed that an Oct. 22 liturgical memorial be automatically inserted into the liturgical calendars of the Diocese...READ MORE

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A Visit to Pope John Paul II's Hometown (2211)

The Register's senior editor is a pilgrim in Poland: Wadowice. An Oct. 9 feature.

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After Czestochowa, our pilgrim group, organized by Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and headed by Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh, wended our way to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Jozef Wojtyla, the Polish boy would become Pope John Paul II — and whose feast day as the Church’s newly declared “Blessed” is Oct. 22.

Born in 1920, he lived in this small city during his childhood and adolescence, until 1938, when he entered the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Suffering and loss soon entered the life of the small family, with the death of Karol’s mother in 1929, and then his older brother in 1932. Yet a deep faith and sense of hope — rather than desolation and bitterness — pervaded...READ MORE

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