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November 07, 2019
November 07, 2019
The unlikely friendship between a controversial abortion doctor and a local Catholic shows the impact of encounter and friendship in spreading the Gospel, an Indiana priest said after the abortionist’s death. On Sept. 16, police launched an investigation after more than 2,000 remains of aborted children were found at the former home of abortion doctor
November 07, 2019
Bishops in Africa have raised concerns about the agenda of the Nairobi Summit, a United Nations gathering being held next week, saying the meeting will be destructive to humanity and the values around human life. Sponsored by the UN Population Fund and the governments of Kenya and Denmark, the Nairobi Summit marks the 25th anniversary
November 07, 2019
A long-awaited decision to restore a celebrated church in Iraq desecrated by ISIS has been hailed as a turning point in the struggle to keep Christianity alive in one of its most ancient heartlands. Syriac Catholic Archbishop Petros Mouche of Mosul thanked Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) for committing itself to repair the
November 07, 2019
Nearly three quarters of Catholics in the United States are not opposed to couples cohabiting before marriage, despite the Church’s moral teaching. A new survey by the Pew Research Center, released Nov. 6, reports that Americans as a whole are very accepting of unmarried couples living together, even if they have no plans to marry.
November 07, 2019
St. Paul announced Jesus Christ to “idol worshippers” in Athens without attacking them, but by building bridges, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “We also ask the Holy Spirit today to teach us to build bridges with culture, with those who do not believe or with those who have a creed different from ours. Always build bridges,
November 07, 2019
The Church in Britain has been struggling for decades “to cope with the presence of evil embodied in its members”, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has told an abuse inquiry. The Holy See has approved the new French translation of the Roman Missal. Members of the Community of St John have voted to refound the order (French
November 07, 2019
The decision to refuse to admit pro-abortion politicians to Holy Communion is not just based on a centuries-old discipline of the Church. It is also an act of pastoral mercy. Sadly, a number of priests and even bishops have sown confusion about this discipline. The current norm for the Latin Church is enshrined in canon 915
November 07, 2019
We tend to nurse a certain naïveté about what faith means in the face of death. The common notion among us Christians is that if someone has a genuine faith she should be able to face death without fear or doubt. The implication then, of course, is that having fear and doubt when one is
November 07, 2019
My only experience of Buddhism was during a visit to Bhutan years ago, to visit a friend who was doing voluntary work there. We travelled through as much of the country as we could manage in a fortnight. Inevitably we visited Buddhist monasteries. Some things have remained with me: the spectral vision of giant hands
November 07, 2019
Henry James Prince (1811-1899) became a doctor in 1832; five years later he gave up medicine due to his own ill health and entered an Anglican seminary in Wales.   Ordained in 1846, he was accepted by the Bishop of Bath and Wells in Somerset and appointed curate at a rural church there. His rector
November 07, 2019
Cryptic across  3 Seals Herman made for old king (11)  7 Old Anatolian capital African politicians promoted over a year (6)  8 Homer’s Greek, following a king’s example, returned around four (6)  9 Ultimate revolutionary approach, the first one to confront pain (4)  11 Pole gets wine without using the web (5)  13 Slave invested
November 07, 2019
Ordinary Form  Divine Office Week IV  Sunday, November 10: The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time  2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14; Ps 17; 2 Thes 2:16-3:5; Lk 20:27-38  Monday, November 11: St Martin of Tours  Wis 1:1-7; Ps 139; Lk 17:1-6  Tuesday, November 12: St Josaphat  Wis 2:23–3:9; Ps 34; Lk 17:7-10  Wednesday, November 13: Weekday in