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Hundreds Flock to U.S. Shrine to Celebrate First Memorial of St. John Paul II (1221)

A relic of St. John Paul II's blood, as well as a bloodstained piece of his cassock from the 1981 attempt on his life, are present for veneration at the shrine.

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Mass is said at the St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C., for the pope-saint’s optional memorial, Oct. 22.

– CNA/Addie Mena

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of pilgrims and faithful from all states of life flocked to Washington, D.C.'s St. John Paul II Shrine on Wednesday to celebrate the late Pope and recently canonized saint’s first universal feast day.

“To be able to celebrate in the presence of a saint on their first feast day, I think is just a point of great grace for the local Church and all the pilgrims that come here,” said Dominican Father. Jonathan Kalisch, chaplain of the St John Paul II National Shrine, to CNA Oct. 22.

This presence, he said, was apparent in the large and diverse crowd who came to participate in a feast day Mass at the shrine.

At the Mass, there were “over 550 young people, the elderly,...READ MORE

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Eleven Ways the Synod Failed Pope Francis’ Vision (15110)


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Before the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome began Oct. 5, I wrote that my first hope for the fortnight would be that “it does no harm to those efforts in parishes around the world to propose the blessed and demanding vocation of Christian marriage.”

The danger of even low expectations is that they can be dashed.

The synod was not primarily concerned with offering encouragement to young couples eager to embrace the great adventure of Catholic marriage. The couples who are living with quiet heroism the blessings and burdens of that adventure appeared in the background of the synod’s focus.

On the contrary, the synod stirred up giddy excitement among those — both within...READ MORE

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RIP Richard Collins, Popular British Catholic Blogger; Connecticut Targets Homeschoolers and More! (2228)

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When Inculturation Is Wrong via Fr. Z’s Blog –...READ MORE

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Refugees, Displaced Take Center Stage at Middle East Consistory (661)

‘We are suffering … we feel that we are isolated and that we are forgotten,’ said Patriarch Sako of Babylon.

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Syrian refugees in Qaa, a village in Lebanon’s Bekaa province.

– Aid to the Church in Need.

VATICAN CITY — At Monday’s consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the key task of returning displaced families to their homes.

“We are suffering … we feel that we are isolated and that we are forgotten,” Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, told CNA after the Oct. 20 consistory.

“I asked the Pope to send a message to Christians, to encourage them to stay home, to keep their hope, and maybe also to visit displaced families to encourage them to stay and not to leave their homes, and to have patience to persevere.”

The Syrian civil war has forced 3 million Syrians, of all religions, to become...READ MORE

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St. John Paul II: The Pope of Marriage and the Family (1517)


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– CNA/Wikipedia

At the conclusion of this month’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Pope Francis reminded the synod fathers, “God is not afraid of new things.” Perhaps some of them, however, need to be reminded that God is not afraid of old things either.

After all, the Jesus who makes “all things new” (Revelation 21:5) is the same Jesus who, when pressed on the question of marriage and divorce, pointed us back to the most ancient teaching of all: back to “the beginning,” where we find God’s original plan for man and woman (Matthew 19:1-12).

As we celebrate St. John Paul II’s feast day Oct. 22, we are reminded that no one exhorted us more tirelessly than he with Jesus’ words: “Be not afraid!” Indeed,...READ MORE

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Brazilian Presidential Candidates Downplay Religious and Social Issues (1329)

Incumbent Dilma Rousseff and challenger Aécio Neves shy from controversy, after a third candidate’s campaign collapsed following a flip-flop on same-sex ‘marriage.’

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Brazilian voters will choose between incumbent President Dilma Rousseff (l) and challenger Aécio Neves in Sunday's presidential election.

– Wikipedia

BRASILIA, Brazil — Less than a week before Brazil’s 2014 presidential election run-off, incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and challenger Aécio Neves stand less than two percentage points apart, according to a Oct. 15 poll conducted by Datafolha.

The poll, which surveyed 9,081 residents across the country, has Neves ahead with 45 percent of the popular vote and Rousseff with 43 percent. With a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points, the numbers are close enough to consider the race equal.

Brazil has the world’s largest population of Catholics, who constitute 65% of the nation’s 202 million inhabitants, according to the CIA World Factbook. But as the campaign trail pushes...READ MORE

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Pope: The Church Is a Beautiful and Visible Sign of the Love of Christ (678)

The Holy Father focused on building up the Body of Christ at his Oct. 22 general audience.

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VATICAN CITY -- In his weekly address for his Wednesday general audience on Oct. 22, Pope Francis offered advice on fighting those tendencies that “dismember” the Body of Christ, such as jealousy and feelings of superiority.

“A jealous heart is a bitter heart, a heart that, instead of blood, seems to have vinegar. It is a heart that is never happy; it is a heart that disrupts the community,” he told tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

“When I am jealous, I must say to the Lord: 'Thank you, Lord, for you have given this to that person.'”

Pope Francis stressed the importance of “expressing gratitude for everything,” saying that we are sometimes “held back” from...READ MORE

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Minnesota Dioceses Settle Abuse Cases, Pledge to Protect Children (840)

Former priest Thomas Adamson admitted to the sexual molestation of at least 10 teens while working as a priest in the Diocese of Winona and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

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CNA/J. Stephen Conn (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Cathedral Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis

– CNA/J. Stephen Conn (CC BY-NC 2.0).

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two dioceses in Minnesota have reached undisclosed financial settlements with a victim of clergy abuse, promising to implement and abide by policies intended to protect children, and to report perpetrators.

“I am deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for the pain suffered by victims, survivors and their families,” Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul and Minneapolis said Oct. 13. He added that the agreement is a “significant step closer” to help survivors heal and “to restore trust with our clergy and faithful.”

He said that the archdiocese’s agreement with an abuse victim is “a historic moment in our efforts to assure the safety of children and vulnerable adults.”


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