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Pope Francis Shows His Cards, Eye of the Tiber's Samer Naoum, Synod Roundup and Much More! (3474)

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Praying Rosary Is Our Secret Weapon Against ISIS – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, The Catholic Herald

Eye of the Tiber’s Samer Naoum’s Story/Interview – Shaun McAfee

Born Into Slavery in America Fr. Augustus Tolton May Become a Saint - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Pope Blessed Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic – BigPulpit.com

Employment Challenges & a Closer Walk with Christ – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

God, Professors, and Evolutionary Biology Classes – Stacy Trasancos PhD

10 Ways to Fall In Love With the Bible – Fr. Edward Broom OMV,...READ MORE

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Synod Closes With Clearer Vision Than When It Opened (3583)

Some divisions persist over the synodal process and some of the final report’s content, but the second week of discussion at the Vatican produced greater consensus.

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Opening session of the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 6, 2014.

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The Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on marriage and family life concluded this weekend, with Pope Francis praising the two-week meeting for its “spirit of collegiality and of synodality” and participants agreeing to all but the most contentious issues in a final report.

Despite impassioned debate and some concern at how the meeting was steered in a particular direction, especially in its first week, there was general satisfaction with the final result of this ongoing process. Discussions over the Church’s approach to marriage, family and sexuality will continue for the next year, in preparation for the ordinary synod on the family, set for Oct. 4-25, 2015.

“I can...READ MORE

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Christian Ministers Told to Perform Same-Sex ‘Weddings’ or Face Jail (2010)

Officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ordered David and Evelyn Knapp to perform the ceremonies or face an array of legal punishments.

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Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

– Courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom

BOISE, Idaho — Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies.

“Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here — and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. 18.

“The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines,” he said. “The city cannot erase these fundamental freedoms and...READ MORE

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Letting Christ — Not Confusion — Reign (3461)

COMMENTARY: Evaluating the Synod by Pope Francis’ Own Evangelical Principles

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On the middle Sunday of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, every Catholic parish in the world providentially focused on Jesus’ parable about the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus compared his kingdom to a banquet, for which he sent his servants to invite everyone, the good and the bad. But then the king entered the banquet hall, found someone not dressed in a wedding garment and had him bound and cast into the darkness outside (Matthew 22:1-14).

The parable summarizes the essential mission of the Church: We’re called to invite everyone to the feast, saints and sinners both. But we’re also called to help people get properly...READ MORE

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‘Tireless Apostle’ Paul VI Beatified (1414)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was among the tens of thousands that thronged St. Peter’s for the beatification Mass Oct. 19.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Paul VI was a “courageous Christian,” a “tireless apostle” and the “great helmsman” of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis said in his homily at Paul’s beatification Mass on Sunday, Oct. 19.

The Holy Father gave thanks for the life of Paul VI at the Mass, attended by some 70,000 faithful who had gathered in unseasonably warm weather in St. Peter’s Square. As the former pope was declared blessed, a tapestry portrait was unveiled on the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Also present at the ceremony was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whom Paul VI appointed as archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany, in 1977. Pope Francis and his predecessor warmly embraced and briefly...READ MORE

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Interreligious Marriage in India Poses Pastoral Concerns (961)

With the number of interreligious marriages on the rise across Asia, Father Cajetan Menezes said that it is an important issue, and one with which the Church needs to have a ‘very specific pastoral care.’

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias

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VATICAN CITY — While some countries face family issues such as divorce and polygamy, the synod’s Indian participants have voiced concern for interreligious marriages, which pose pastoral concerns across Asia.

“We have got this whole thing of mixed marriages, there are many marriages in India which are between a Catholic and somebody who is not baptized, a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Buddhist, and that is what specifically came out of India,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay told CNA Oct. 10.

While marriage between a Catholic and an unbaptized person would normally be invalid, the local ordinary can dispense from this impediment, and thus allow such a marriage to be validly contracted (Canon...READ MORE

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Hard Winter Looms for Iraq’s ‘Betrayed’ Christian Refugees (1262)

Without aid to survive in Kurdistan, or security to return to their homes, Iraq’s Christians feel they are brushed off as “collateral damage” of geopolitical power plays.

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A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

– Aid to the Church in Need.

ERBIL, Iraq — Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support continue to pose serious threats to their lives.

“The Church is pretty much alone in caring for them; so far the Iraqi government has not done anything for them. The tents of the refugees are set up on parish properties,” said Karin Maria Fenbert, an official with the international pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Fenbert assessed the situation in Erbil. With the start of the school year, many of the refugees who had been sheltered in schools have left quickly in order to avoid...READ MORE

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Cardinal Etchegaray: Blessed Paul VI Was ‘Missionary Pope’ (610)

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 92, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, first met the future blessed in 1960s.

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Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, recounts his friendship with Paul VI.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — Blessed Paul VI was a missionary Pope who wished to bring the light of the Gospel all over the world, a cardinal who worked with him recalled.

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 92, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals, had a long-term relationship with Paul VI, whom he first met during the 1960s.

“I was serving as general secretary of the French bishops’ conference, and I met the-then Cardinal Montini, who showed great interest in European matters,” Cardinal Etchegaray told CNA in an Oct. 17 interview.

Giovani Battista Montini had served for several years in the Secretariat of State before being appointed archbishop of Milan in 1954.

In his years in the Secretariat of State,...READ MORE

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