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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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Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland, Ore., celebrates the Eucharist in the extraordinary form with Benedictine monks at the San Benedetto in Monte monastery overlooking the town of Norcia, Italy, Oct. 27. Archbishop Sample said he was preparing to celebrate Mass when an earthquake struck in Norcia Oct. 26. (CNS photo/courtesy Populus Summorum Pontificum) 

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>>Bishop-elect Coerver Ordination Mass Ticket Wait List Request <<
*Each name added is eligible for one ticket. Adding your name to the wait list does not guarantee that you will receive a ticket.
Add your name to the wait list for Bishop-elect Coerver's Ordination Mass. Those who do receive tickets will likely be seated in the Christ the King Cathedral School Gym.
All people of good will are welcomed to join in praying Vespers with Bishop-elect Coerver and guests at Christ the King Cathedral the evening of November 20 at 7 p.m.
The Mass on November 21 at 2 p.m. will stream live through the Christ the King Cathedral website at

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Vatican previews Pope’s visit to Sweden for Reformation anniversary
Catholics and Lutherans are “no longer defining themselves in opposition to each other,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said at an October 27 briefing in anticipation of the visit by Pope Francis to Sweden, to join in observances for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. When questioned about the uneasy responses of Catholics who are dismayed by a celebration of the Reformation, Cardinal Koch said that there are three reasons for a common celebration: the ecumenical progress of the past 50 years, the shared witness of hope for the future, and the repentance for bloody religious conflicts of the past.

Bishops to elect officers, hear task force report, vote on action plan
The U.S. bishops will discuss ways to promote peace in U.S. communities torn apart by violence, vote on ways to implement priority areas for their conference approved last year and elect new leaders during their Nov. 14-16 fall general assembly in Baltimore. The discussion about restoring peace in the nation will stem from a report to be presented to the bishops from a task force formed this past summer after shootings by police and of police took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Minneapolis; and Dallas.

Pope emphasizes importance of the Rosary
“We are nearing the end of the month of October, dedicated to the prayer of the Rosary,” he told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “This is a summary of divine mercy,” he continued. “In the mysteries of the Rosary, with Mary, we contemplate the life of Jesus that radiates the mercy of the Father Himself. Let us rejoice in his love and forgiveness, receiving it in strangers and those in need, and let us live every day of His Gospel.”

Pope encourages church, police in shared battle against trafficking
An unrelenting, coordinated commitment is needed to prevent people from falling prey to traffickers and to help victims caught in their snares, Pope Francis told representatives of law enforcement agencies and church leaders. The growing number of people being trafficked and exploited are “the most vulnerable” people in society; they are stripped of their dignity, physical and mental integrity and sometimes even their life, the pope said Oct. 27 during an audience with the Santa Marta Group.

Rome's poor to be guests of honor at Vatican concert
The Vatican will host a concert for the poor and homeless of Rome next month, not only using the concert to raise money for Pope Francis’ charities, but also inviting the poor to attend as the guests of honor. Called “With the Poor and for the Poor,” free-will donations taken at the end of the concert will benefit Pope Francis’ charitable projects: this year, the building of a new cathedral in Moroto, Uganda, and an agrarian school in Burkina Faso.

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The Skeletons of Catholic Churches
Catholic Churches are meant to be beautiful. Only the best for the King. The beauty of these churches is not so much for God, but for us. The images, mosaics, stained-glass windows, the pews, the columns, the altar, the organ, etc. – these things are there to assist us in our worship of the Lord. The sense of awe and splendor that you can experience in a beautiful church doesn’t take away the magnificence of God, it only enhances it. Beauty can save the world. Even when they are destroyed, they remain beautiful.

Exclusive: Christ's Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries
For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 A.D., and most likely centuries earlier. "The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it,” said Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, a partner in the restoration project.

Mother Teresa suffered a terrible dark night of the soul for over a decade, sharing in the darkness of Christ’s spiritual agony; yet, she possessed the strength and grace to keep serving the poorest of the poor with cheerfulness. Now, some people are trying to impugn her reputation, for they cannot fathom how a person can really give of herself so completely without some ulterior motive. I once picked up a book from a Catholic thrift store about her; it said she was just doing it all for show, affecting piety for the camera.



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