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I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you...+Philippians 1:3-5




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Pope Francis greets an addict from a detention and treatment center for alcohol and drugs in Eboli, Italy, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 22. (CNS/Paul Haring)

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Pope Francis reflects on the Church as the Body of Christ
Recalling the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones, the Pope described the Church as “the masterpiece of the Spirit, which instills in each of us new life of the risen Christ and places us next to each other, to help and support each other, thus making all us one body, built in the communion and love.”

Liturgical items on agenda of US bishops’ meeting
The bishops will vote on a revision of the current (1989) translation of the rite of dedication of a church and altar, vote on the first-ever official translation of the current rite of exorcism, and discuss modifications to the Revised Grail Psalms, which are eventually expected to be used in a revised English translation of the Liturgy of the Hours.

On the Feast of St. John Paul II, His Prophetic Warning to the U.S. Requires a Response
Affirmed by many as one of the chief architects of the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church and its extraordinary document on the relationship of the Church to the modern world (entitled "Joy and Hope" or "Gaudium et Spes" in Latin), this strong, passionate, charismatic priest and Bishop was chosen to occupy the chair of Peter. At a critical time in the history of both the Church and the world, he stepped forward like a lion, with a prophetic roar. He strode onto that platform with strength and vitality. How well I remember the moment.

The USSR's Catholic martyrs suffered, but they suffered for God
“The persecution of the Church was immediate. It started within a couple weeks of the October Revolution,” Geraldine Kelley told CNA Oct. 10. “It was brutal. It focused first of all on the confiscation of church property and the arrest of the hierarchy, (then) the decrees that prohibited teaching religion to anybody under the age of 18.”

Archbishop Chaput: believers are outsiders in America today
“Our job is to be the healthy cells in a society,” the archbishop said. “We need to work as long as we can, as hard as we can, to nourish the good that remains in our country-– and there’s a deep well of good that does remain-– and to encourage the seeds of a renewal that can only come from our young people.”

African bishops oppose closing borders in fight against Ebola
"The closing of borders is not the solution to Ebola,” the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) said in a statement released to the Fides news agency.  Concluding a meeting in Doula, Cameroon, the SECAM bishops acknowledged the suffering of Ebola victims and of the countries where the epidemic has been particularly widespread. They called for action to help the victims and to find a medical means of stopping the spread of the disease.

Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere

Patron Comics
Anthony James Perez from the Philippines believes comics can be a potent medium to transmit the word of God. Together with a team composed of Gilbert Monsanto (penciller), Raymond Ferrer (inker), Bryan Arfel Magnaye (colorist), Jayboy Acosta (editor and assistant project head) and Michael Anthony Mapa (managing editor), he is currently creating Patron Comics, which he describes as “taking the Gospel and inserting it into the action/fantasy/adventure genre of comics and manga that our youth are reading nowadays.”

In the Fullness of Time: The Fullness of Family
The incident related in the Gospel of Luke, celebrated as the “Finding in the Temple,” has always been troubling. It’s the one and only glimpse we’re given into the “secret life” of the Holy Family. Earlier, we see baby Jesus with Simeon and Anna, redeemed in the Temple when he is 40 days old. Later, we see Jesus of Nazareth at the start of his public ministry, his baptism in the Jordan in his 30th year.

The Death of Our Family Wage Culture
In a society that considers cable television, designer clothes, and smart phones to be necessities, these numbers are not particularly surprising. When you add modern egalitarianism and androgyny to the materialistic cultural mindset, the commonality of dual income households is even more predictable. What is surprising, though, is how incompatible these numbers seem to be with traditional Christian values, namely those espoused by the Catholic Church. In his encyclical Quadragesimo Anno Pius XI states…

Rediscovering the Pleasures of Penance
Growing up Catholic at a time when everything you needed to know to save your soul was presumptively understood by everybody, there was never any excuse for those of us who fell short or missed the mark.  Having been carefully coached by legions of dedicated priests and nuns, where would the wiggle room be when you’d clearly done something wrong?   Which happened rather a lot, actually, but only rarely were you unhinged by the experience, since the solution was so straightforwardly simple. And it was always the same, too. Even for the nuns and the priests.



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