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World’s Oldest Catholic Bishop Dies at Age 104 (1797)

Archbishop Emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark passed away Sept. 20 — 77 years after his ordination as a priest and after 50 years as a bishop.

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NEWARK, N.J. — Archbishop Emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark, the oldest Catholic bishop in the world, passed away Sept. 20 at the age of 104 — 77 years after his ordination as a priest and after 50 years as a bishop.

“Today this local Church of Newark mourns a remarkable Churchman whose love for the people of God was always strong and ever-growing,” Archbishop John Myers of Newark said.

“He served as shepherd of this great archdiocese during a time of spiritual reawakening in the years after the Second Vatican Council and a time of deep financial difficulties. He very carefully led the Church, her people and institutions through those challenges,” Archbishop Myers continued.


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SDG Reviews ‘Queen of Katwe’ (3660)

David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o star in an inspiring fact-based, faith-infused family film about a girl from a slum in Uganda who becomes a chess champion.

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Newcomer Madina Nalwanga (l) and Lupita Nyong’o ('12 Years a Slave') star in 'Queen of Katbe.'

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There are so many reasons Queen of Katwe shouldn’t even exist, and just thinking about them all makes me even more vexed at Hollywood for its desperate obsession with exhausted franchise fare when there are winning and wonderful stories like this to be told.

It may be that more people saw the cartoony African tribesmen of the dark, dismal Independence Day: Resurgence this summer than will see the impoverished but colorful world of Katwe, the largest slum in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, in Mira Nair’s fact-based film about real-life chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave).

Those who do see Queen of Katwe, though, will experience...READ MORE

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Trump Makes Strong Play for Pro-Life Vote as Race Tightens (4063)

Silent on abortion during his RNC acceptance speech, the GOP nominee now pledges to defend the Hyde Amendment and has formed a new coalition to mobilize pro-life support in battleground states.

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Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, speaks during a press conference following a meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, June 21 in New York City. Dannenfelser was recently appointed to lead Trump’s national pro-life coalition.

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has tapped a leading abortion-rights foe to launch a nationwide effort to mobilize pro-life voters in the final weeks before U.S. voters go to the polls.

The appointment of Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), as the leader of Trump’s national pro-life coalition marked a new front in his battle to activate the GOP base. In a recent letter to pro-life leaders, Trump also vowed to support the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end late-term abortions nationwide,” protect the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of elective abortions, and defund Planned Parenthood.

“As we head into the final stretch...READ MORE

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Tim Kaine: ‘A Joe Biden Catholic’ (29830)

‘He’s not a Pope Francis Catholic,’ Bishop Thomas Tobin told the Register.

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Democratic candidate for vice president Tim Kaine of Virginia speaks at the Human Rights Campaign’s national dinner.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia describes himself as a practicing Catholic who was raised in a devout household that never missed Sunday Mass. Mainstream media reports present him as a serious Catholic and often mention that he went on a missionary trip to Honduras as a young man almost 40 years ago.

Despite that image, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee has failed to reflect pro-life or basic Catholic views in his voting record. As an elected official, he has affirmed legalized abortion and defended Roe v. Wade. He has also publicly espoused other positions clearly at odds with the Church’s teachings on faith and morals, including controversial campaign-trail remarks...READ MORE

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Charlotte Priest: People ‘Need to Hear Message … That We Are Called to Be a Light’ (1579)

Father Patrick Winslow wants to offer a ‘simple message of prayer, of charity and reassurance’ to those hurting in his city.

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A police officer stands guard near a fire on the I-85 during protests in the early hours of Sept. 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The protests followed the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Father Patrick Winslow is a priest at a Catholic church in Charlotte’s University City neighborhood.

After a police shooting left a man dead and roused hundreds of people in protest, amid conflicting stories, he has been thinking about what he can say to his flock.

“I think they need to hear a simple message of prayer, of charity and reassurance, that we are called to be a light in the midst of many darknesses in this world,” Father Winslow told CNA.

“If there were a Christian way forward, it would simply be one of drawing closer together and listening and relating, with a sense of vulnerability,” he said.

Father Winslow is pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas parish, which...READ MORE

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Bishop Olmsted: Pope Has Not Changed Catholic Practice on Communion for Divorced and Remarried (2714)

“Pope Francis specifically calls those in this situation ‘to seek the grace of conversion,’” the Phoenix bishop said, citing the 78th paragraph of the exhortation.

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PHOENIX — Pope Francis has not changed Catholic practice on holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. Rather, his goal is to help welcome them to the Church, Phoenix’s Bishop Thomas Olmsted has said.

The Pope gives “special attention to those who walk on the edge of despair” because of personal failures, family problems and “the complex and contradictory situations in which they find themselves now,” Bishop Olmsted said in his Sept. 18 column for The Catholic Sun.

The bishop considered Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, especially as it concerns couples in irregular situations like the divorced and remarried.

The exhortation does not advocate the reception of...READ MORE

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Make ‘Merciful like the Father’ a Commitment — Not a Slogan — Pope Says (23705)

The Holy Father said at his Wednesday audience that through forgiveness, Christians can begin to see God’s mercy and imitate his love for others.

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VATICAN CITY - On Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on the theme of the Jubilee of Mercy, “Merciful like the Father,” telling pilgrims that while imitating God’s love can seem impossible, it’s genuine effort, rather than quantity, that matters.

To be “merciful like the Father” is not just “a slogan for effect, but a life commitment,” the Pope said Sept. 21.

However, he also questioned whether Jesus’ words to his disciples in the Gospel of Luke are actually realistic, asking “is it really possible to love like God loves and to be merciful like him?”

When looking back at the story of salvation history, Francis noted that God’s entire revelation to man consists of his tireless love for...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Canon Law Change Strengthens Evangelism With Eastern Churches (5520)

The Holy Father altered the Latin Code of Canon Law, citing the need for the Western and Eastern Churches to work together for the good of all the faithful.

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A Coptic Orthodox priest baptizes an infant.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has strengthened the Latin and Eastern Churches’ cooperative efforts in spreading the Gospel with a new decree that brings the Latin Church’s Code of Canon Law into harmony with the canon law of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

The new document from Pope Francis, issued motu proprio (on his own initiative), changes the Latin Church’s Code of Canon Law to harmonize with the existing canons on baptism and marriage in the Eastern Code of Canon Law governing the 23 other Eastern Catholic Churches spread throughout the world. It also strengthens the pastoral support for Eastern Christians in the West, reminding the faithful that they “are obliged to observe their own...READ MORE

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