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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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Franciscan Father Benito Jose Choque of Argentina holds a bucket of olives harvested from trees in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem Oct. 21. The trees' history extends to the time of Christ. (CNS/Debbie Hill)

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Pope offers 'absolute condemnation' of death penalty
The Pope said that Christians should categorically reject the death penalty. He observed that capital punishment has been used by totalitarian regimes to crush opposition. He also alluded to the extra-judicial executions that have been condoned by some repressive regimes, such as the military dictatorship in his native Argentina. In his speech the Pope also decried abuses of the judicial process, such as lengthy pretrial detention without charges, degrading prison conditions, torture and inhuman treatment, and harsh punishments meted out to the young and the elderly.

Catholic involvement helps Girl Scouts feed their 'hunger for the holy'
One hundred years ago, Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore endorsed the work of the Girl Scouts and their relationship with the Catholic Church. That relationship remains vibrant today as evidenced by the participation of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry in the 2014 national convention of the Girls Scouts of the USA, held Oct. 14-18 in Salt Lake City.

Making a Difference - Newly beatified pope championed justice and peace
From Mexico to South Sudan, from Syria to Ukraine, from Russian and U.S. nuclear weapons threatening each other to the endless "war on terrorism," today more than ever the world needs to heed Blessed Paul's plea: "No more war, war never again. It is peace, peace which must guide the destinies of peoples and of all mankind."

How do we praise God? Pray like Saint Paul, Pope Francis says
“This is a mystical experience of Paul and it teaches us the prayer of praise and the prayer of adoration…he says to the Father: ‘thank you, because you are able to do what we do not dare to think.’ It is a beautiful prayer, a beautiful prayer,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha house on Oct. 23. The Roman Pontiff continued to reflect on the third chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, the source of the liturgy’s first readings for the past few days.

Papal appeal for workers whose jobs are in danger
“I hope that a fair solution may be worked out, that considers above all the dignity of the human person and the essential needs of the families concerned,” Pope Francis said. “Please, I appeal to all those with responsibility: no family without work.”

'Don’t abandon us' – Church in Mosul 'no longer exists'
 “When we were in Erbil, we met with the Archbishop of Mosul, who along with his priests and all of the faithful of the archdiocese, have been driven out,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City told CNA in an Oct. 16 interview. “He is, in effect, the archbishop of a Church that no longer exists.”

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"Risk Jesus": New Evangelization in Action
Risk Jesus was clearly designed to make parishioners’ guests feel at home. Over 75 enthusiastic volunteers from many parishes rolled up their sleeves to “make it happen,” according to Soren Johnson, the Special Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelization and Media. The event was not held at a Catholic Church and, notably, no Mass was scheduled during the day’s events. There was little that would divide Catholics and non-Catholics and make a non-believer feel out of place.

How To Craft A Chalice, Ciborium, and Paten
I’ve been wanting a Mass kit for my kids for some time now, but the reality is, they are expensive! Even the little ones made from felt cost nearly $100, and don’t include all the pieces. The really nice ones, also over $100, also don’t include all the pieces I was looking for. Also, even if I had the expensive sets, it really stresses me out to have expensive kids stuff. So I decided I needed to make a Mass set for us. It turned out to be easier and more fun than I thought it would!

JPII and the Crisis of Freedom
In the classic Bill Murray flick Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil is called a “prognosticator of prognosticators.”  Catholics could borrow that phrase and apply it to St. John Paul II because in 1993, he penned an encyclical which even today diagnoses, with incredible specificity, many of the world’s most serious moral crises.

7 Simple Ways to Grow in Holiness Before Noon
It’s easy to look at great saints and be intimidated. Whether it’s the stories of their personal holiness, their martyrdom, or just that their greatness is so revered, we tend to think it’s out of reach. We think that a deeply intimate, personal relationship with God is something reserved for someone that’s not us. But it should be encouraging to know that a “saint” is just a person who ends up in Heaven once God calls them home.



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