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By Catholic News Service  CHICAGO — At his installation as the ninth archbishop of Chicago Nov. 18, Archbishop Blase J.Cupich urged the congregation at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral to fearlessly share their faith recognizing that God calls them “to more” … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
Staff Report Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the nation will take up collections this weekend for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Today’s Throwback Thursday heralds the announcement of said campaign in 1969, but under a different name. … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
Staff Report The Family and Respect Life Office (FARLO) of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has launched a web page dedicated to the World Meeting of Families schedule to take place Sept. 22-27, 2015 in Philadelphia. Pope Francis announced in a … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — A table spread with the components of Thanksgiving dinner, with the White House as a backdrop, set the scene Nov. 19 for what would turn out to be a last-minute pitch to … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders,” welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said. Addressing the 300 … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
Staff Report Roughly 450 youth, 100 chaperones, 65 parents and 35 volunteers took part in “CHOSEN: Called to be More” at Good Shepherd Nov. 8. The four-and-a-half-hour youth rally included Mass, exposition, music and talks led by NET Ministries. Parents … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
Among the most recognizable voices of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is Matt Swaim. As host of the Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, Swaim is heard nationally on EWTN affiliate stations each morning, before hosting a local hour … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — As millions of immigrants celebrate the possibility of protection from deportation under a new Obama administration plan, among those who cannot take advantage of it will be the 68,445 families and 68,541 … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio will not be forced to shut down a Cincinnati abortion clinic after the Ohio Department of Health granted the abortion provider a variance, allowing it to remain open despite … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service  JERUSALEM (CNS) — After an early morning synagogue attack left four Israelis dead and eight injured Nov. 18, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal called for an end to all violence in the Holy Land. “We … Continue reading → 19 hours 6 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph The bright lights of national media rarely focus on Division III college basketball, but on Nov. 2, 116 members of said media were credentialed for a Mount St. Joseph University women’s basketball game. The … Continue reading → 1 day 19 hours
Staff Report  DAYTON — For a record-tying eighth time, Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame took home the OHSAA Division I volleyball state championship as the Cougars beat Massillon Jackson 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-18) Nov. 8 at Wright State University. See below … Continue reading → 1 day 19 hours
By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service  The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia. Pope Francis approved … Continue reading → 1 day 19 hours
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive … Continue reading → 1 day 19 hours
CNA/EWTN News As he enters retirement, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago noted the importance of living faith in the truth, reflecting on his time as archbishop, the approach of death, and advice for his successor, Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich. “The faith, … Continue reading → 1 day 19 hours

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Former Philadelphia Eagle Tom Luken (La Salle class of '68) stopped by xxxx Wednesday morning to buy tickets for Friday's La Salle/Mount Healhty game.

Former Philadelphia Eagle Tom Luken (La Salle class of ’68) stopped by a Mason Panera Bread location Wednesday morning to buy tickets for Friday’s La Salle/Mount Healhty game.

The following article by Enquirer reporter Mike Dyer ran Thursday, Nov. 20, as “La Salle Ticket Tour engages fans and alumni across the region.”

If there is an OHSAA Award for the most unique effort in selling presale tickets this week, La Salle would be a leading candidate to hoist up the state title trophy.

The La Salle Ticket Tour started at 7 a.m. at the Panera Bread in Mason with La Salle Director of Alumni Relations and WLSN General Manager Barrett hosting the meeting along with Lancers coach Nate Moore.

The first fan on the Ticket Tour at the Panera this morning was Jeanne Cardinal.

The first male fan to purchase a ticket this morning was former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Tom Luken, a 1968 La Salle graduate.

Moore interacted with fans and helped to sell tickets to…

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Tim Kisker, La Salle class of '68, bought his tickets at a Panera Bread store in Northern Kentucky.

Tim Kisker, La Salle class of ’68, bought his tickets at a Panera Bread store in Northern Kentucky.

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Members of Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life praying Monday night in front of the Mt. Auburn/Cincinnati Planned Parenthood abortion business, which killed 2,600 children last year. Ordered to close last month, the business will remain open following a decision from the Ohio Department of Health.

Members of Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life praying Monday night in front of the Mt. Auburn/Cincinnati Planned Parenthood abortion business, which killed 2,600 children last year. Ordered to close last month, the business will remain open following a decision from the Ohio Department of Health.

The abortion clinic at Planned Parenthood’s Elizabeth Campbell Center in Mt. Auburn/Cincinnati will remain in the business of killing unborn babies for the foreseeable future, and will drop its suit against Ohio Department of Health.

The DOH ordered the clinic to close last month because it did not have a written transfer agreement (WTA) with an area hospital in case of serious complications following abortions. The business, which killed 2,600 children last year according to its records, had such an agreement with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center until a recent Ohio law prohibited public hospitals from making WTAs with abortion businesses.

The law allows abortion centers to make alternate arrangements with doctors who have hospital admitting privileges. The DOH ordered the Cincinnati abortion business to close after finding that it didn’t have one during a routine inspection.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio (PPSWO) filed the suit in part because it had attempted to follow the law — making agreements with three area doctors and filing the paperwork for a variance more than a year ago, but never receiving either a variance or being denied one. The business was allowed to operate pending the decision from the DOH.

The suit claimed that the WTA laws were impossible to follow and were designed to close abortion businesses in the state. (See our story on the suit here.) PPSWO asked that the court find the law unconstitutional, and that it be granted an emergency injunction to remain open until the end of the trial.

On Thursday, new DOH Director Rick Hodges granted the variance for the abortion business’s backup medical care. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, PPSWO CEO Jerry Lawson said the business will drop its suit.

Area pro-life leaders attributed the decision to wanting to avoid a costly suit. Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, put it this way: “To avoid a lawsuit, the Ohio Department of Health has catered to the abortion industry and thus ensured continued wounding of women and the death of their unborn babies.”

Bradley Mattes, director of Life Issues Institute in North College Hill (OH), says the DOH’s decision means that “apparently the state is in partnership with the abortion industry, cutting a deal so that they can continue killing.

“Pro-lifers in Ohio will continue to work to protect unborn babies and their mothers from Planned Parenthood, the kingpin of the abortion business.”

The Mt. Auburn building is the focus protests nearly every day of the year, including fall and spring 40 Days for Life campaigns. Mary Clark, who organizes the 40 Days for Life Cincinnati prayer vigils, says that more than 1500 people participated in the campaign that ended at the beginning of the month, including members of 34 churches who officially signed up for at least one, one-hour shift during the 40 days of 12-hour prayer vigils, as well as many others.

“Our resolve will continue until Planned Parenthood is no more in our community,” she says.

A previously scheduled, monthly vigil will be held at the building tonight, Nov. 21st, from 7-8 pm.

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The Thomas More College mascot watches over the 2013 Meadows Turkey Bowl (Medina, OH), which raised $158,000 for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Thomas More College President David Armstrong, a game regular, raised $1,200 for the Society in Northern Kentucky and hopes to raise $2,500 this year.

The Thomas More College mascot watches over the 2013 Meadows Turkey Bowl (Medina, OH), which raised $158,000 for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Thomas More College President David Armstrong, a game regular, raised $1,200 for the Society in Northern Kentucky and hopes to raise $2,500 this year.

Moving to Northern Kentucky to be President of Thomas More College didn’t stop David Armstrong from playing in the Meadows Turkey Bowl last year. He just transferred the donations he raised for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to the SVdP chapter of his new hometown, and will do the same this Thanksgiving.

Begun as a football game in the backyard of the Meadows family of Medina (OH) 25 years ago, the Meadows Turkey Bowl has grown into a major fundraiser for the Society, raising well over $100,000 each year. Each of the 40 players ask their friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to give via their donate buttons on the Bowl’s website,

“Now that I’m down here in Kentucky, I’ve asked that the donations received in my name go to our local St. Vincent de Paul,” says Armstrong. “It is a great opportunity to give back to our local community and demonstrate the mission of Thomas More College.”

Mike Meadows, founder of the Meadows Turkey Bowl, is a good friend of Armstrong’s. “He could have left our game, as many do when they get transferred or move, but he didn’t,” he says. “He embraced our game even more.”

The Meadows Turkey Bowl earned $158,000 for the Society last year, $1,200 of that from Armstrong’s donors. This year his goal is $2,500.

One of the players in last year’s Meadows Turkey Bowl wearing a Thomas More College team t-shirt.

“This year I want your support so we can have even more of an impact on families in need here in Northern Kentucky,” Armstrong says, joking that donations, “allow me to get draft dollars so I can obtain the best players.

“The past four years, I’ve played in three championship games and won two of them. Mike Meadows is on my team and I want to help us get another win.”

Ralph Bradburn, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul in Northern Kentucky, said that last year’s donation was a wonderful addition to the Society’s holiday donations. “It is such a blessing to this organization,” he says. “Throughout our existence as an organization, we’ve been about neighbors helping neighbors, and we are glad to have Thomas More College as a neighbor.”

Thomas More College in Crestview Hills (KY), founded in 1921 by Benedictine sisters, is the Catholic college of the Diocese of Covington. Routinely named one of the best values in higher education by Money magazine’s Best College Buys issue and recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching as a ‘selective liberal arts college.’

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is one of the world’s largest charitable organizations. Based on the idea of neighbors helping neighbors, SVdP has been helping area residents in need for more than 140 years, regardless of race or creed, to bridge the spiritual, emotional and material gaps in their lives.

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Photos by Alan Schafer, courtesy the Meadows Turkey Bowl. For a gallery of photos, click here.

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Last year's Meadows Turkey Bowl winners. David Armstrong is the first player on the left in the bottom row.

Last year’s Meadows Turkey Bowl winners. David Armstrong is the first player on the left in the bottom row.

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Cooks at a previous Taste of Lebanon festival at St. Anthony of Padua, the area's only Maronite parish. Photo courtesy St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church.

Cooks at a previous Taste of Lebanon festival at St. Anthony of Padua, the area’s only Maronite parish. Photo courtesy St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church.

Some area Catholic events this week:

Nov. 21-22, Kindle the Flames High School Retreat for Boys at Camp River Ridge (Oldenberg, IN). Friday 5:30 pm – Saturday 4 pm. Hiking, wilderness fort construction, competitive sports, bonfire, talks, Sacraments, Adoration, more. Sponsored by Camp River Ridge.

Nov. 21-22, Catching Fire High School Girls Retreat at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH). Friday 6:30 – Saturday 5:30; group will then attend Encounter (Archdiocese of Cincinnati teen prayer festival). Sponsored by the Legion of Christ; all welcome.

Nov. 21,  Our Lady of Fatima Traveling Statue at Old St. Mary’s (Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati)

Nov. 21, 19th Annual Jazz Party for  Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley at Moraine Country Club, 6 – 11 pm. Last year raised more than $90,000 for adoption and foster care. Food, dancinc, live music, auction. $100. For information or to register click here.

Nov. 22, Our Lady of Fatima Traveling Statue at  St. Benignus (Greenfield, OH)

Nov. 22 Encounter Teen Prayer Festival at The Underground (Springfield Twp., OH), 6:30-10 pm. Speaker:  TBA. This youth event for young people in and around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati features dynamic talks, music, Adoration, food, and fun.

Nov. 22, Defending the Faith Seminar with Gary Michuta at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH) 9 am – 4 pm. Monthly seminar with a leading apologist and EWTN favorite; last of series. Topic: “Behold Your Mother: How to Explain and Defend Marian Doctrine.” No fee (lunch not provided).

Nov. 22, St. Cecilia’s Day Celebration at  Annunciation Church (Clifton, OH), 7 pm.The program, sung by the Annunciation Choir and soloists, will feature Vivaldi’s Gloria with orchestra.A reception will be held in the rectory.break for meal).  No registration required. For information click here.

Nov. 22, “1964 The Tribute” at The College of  Mount St. Joseph, 7:30 PM. One of the world’s best Beatles tributes returns. A Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society 2014-2015 concert; part of your ticket sale goes to the Catholic elementary school of your choice. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 day of the show (general seating), $40 in advance assigned seats. Purchase tickets online here.

Nov. 23, Our Lady of Fatima Traveling Statue at St. Aloysius on the Ohio (Cincinnati)

Nov. 23, A Taste of Lebanon at St. Anthony of Padua Church (East Walnut Hills/Cincinnati), noon – 6 pm. The city’s only Maronite parish invites you to experience Lebanese culture for the day. Enticing, homemade middle-eastern dishes include Kibbee, the main meat dish of Lebanon, Hummus, vegetarian Falafel, stuffed cabbage and grape leaf rolls, vegetarian green bean stew over rice, stuffed spinach pies, Baklawa, and other traditional favorites. Middle Eastern music and dancing: a century-old tradition performed by the Parish Youth Dance Troupe. Entire site handicap-accessible. No fee; for information see

Nov. 23, Mass and Celebration of African-American Music at St. Joseph Church (West End/Cincinnati), 11 am. For the Feast of Christ the King and as part of Black Catholic History Month, St. Joseph Church invites all to Mass featuring music by African-American composers, including local composers Fr. Clarence Rivers and James Moore. A variety of musical styles will be represented.

Nov. 24; Dec 1, 8 and 15, Lunch with the Lord presented by Fr. Mark Burger at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral’s Synod Hall, noon – 1 pm. Musicians will provide accompaniment for this special Advent Scripture study. Bring your own lunch (drinks available for purchase); parking is available in the pay lot at  for $4 and at the meters for $2 per hour.

CANCELLED Nov. 24, Our Lady of Fatima Traveling Statue at St. Cecilia (Oakley/Cincinnati)

Nov. 24, Fr. Pawel Rytel, “Priests and the Jewish People at the Time of the Holocaust in Poland: Reflections in Light of the Newest Research” The Athenaeum of Ohio’s Annual Marzheuser Lecture, 7:30 pm. No fee.

Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16: St. Teresa (Springfield, OH) Adent Mission. Four weekly sessions will explore “Teresian Prayer,” Carmelite spirituality, and some of great Carmelite saints. Light refreshments. 7 pm; no fee.

Nov. 29 – Jan. 4th, Creche Display at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Cincinnati). Twenty-five creches from around the world, borrowed from the University of Dayton’s colllection, will be on display. Tours available. Hours: noon – 6 pm Sundays; noon – 4 pm Monday-Saturday. For information cal (513) 421-6354.

Nov. 29-Jan. 25, “At the Manger: And Now the World” exhibit at Roesch Gallery, University of Dayton. All-new display of Nativities from the Marian Library collection highlighting pieces from the Judy and Bob Davis collection. Open during library hours.

Nov. 29-Jan. 25, “Crèche Creation Contest” exhibit at seventh floor Marian Library Crèche Museum, University of Dayton. NEW! Nativities created by the Dayton-area Catholic and Christian schoolchildren for this year’s first-ever competition. Winners announced 4 pm Nov. 29. Open during library hours.

Nov. 29, Opening of “A Global Village” exhibit at seventh floor Marian Library Crèche Museum, University of Dayton. The exhibit, which runs throughout 2015, features the first-ever display of a French Provençal village built around 150 large, beautifully clothed Provençal Nativity figures from the estate of the Rev. John P. LaCasse.  Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 25.

Nov. 29, Opening of “Christmas Between Beauty and Beast” exhibit at seventh floor Marian Library Crèche Museum, Universuiy of Dayton. The exhibit, which runs throughout 2015, contrasts  Nativities by Hummel, Boehm and Lladró with Expressionist art. Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 25.

Nov. 30, Advent Begins

Nov 30, Dec 1, Saint Cecilia (Oakley/Cincinnati) Advent Mission with Msgr. Frank Lane, 7 pm. Msgr. Lane will speak about the Eucharist; the Nov. 30th talk will be about its Old Testament roots and the Dec. 1st talk will focus on on the Eucharist in the life of the modern Christian. No fee; all welcome.

Nov. 30, Mass for the Opening of the Year of Consecrated Life at Emmanuel Church (Dayton, OH), 10:30 am. Bishop Binzer will celebrate; Mass will be broadcast on Radio Maria stations.

Nov. 30, Advent Lessons and Carols service at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Cincinnati), 3 pm. Part of the Great Music in a Great Space 20th anniversary season. The annual Advent Carol Service sung by the Choir of Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral featues seasonal choral music with the O Antiphon chants and handbells, Marks the beginning of the Advent season. Free to public, no tickets required. Free-will offerings accepted.

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The new Mercy Health Tipoff Classic aims to do for high school basketball what the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown has done for high school football.

The new Mercy Health Tipoff Classic aims to do for high school basketball what the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown has done for high school football.

Aiming to do for high school basketball what the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown has done for high school football, Mercy Health – Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine has announced the creation of the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic, which will be held for the first time this December.

The brainchild of In-Game Sports, the creator and operator of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown football showcase (which Mercy Health presented this summer) it will feature top teams in both boys’ and girls’ basketball from area schools, playing at area schools.

Mercy Health announced the schedule for the inaugural tournament at a Thursday lunch for area coaches and athletic directors at Mercy Health – Anderson HealthPlex. Presented by Blitz 5 and BSN Sports, the tournament will feature exciting 16 games, including Division I state champion Princeton facing off with Lakota West, and ending with a match between North College Hill and Moeller, who have won six state championships between them.

Four girls’ games, including defending Division I state champion Princeton at Lakota West on Thursday, December 11, are another highlight.

“Just as the Crosstown Showdown does for football, the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic will provide a center stage and platform for area high school basketball teams as they begin a new season,” said Yousuf J. Ahmad, Mercy Health – Cincinnati Market President and CEO.

”We celebrate the work and dedication that each team member puts into developing his or her game. Physicians with Mercy Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine acknowledge that effort and are sponsoring Most Valuable Player plaques that will go to one player from each team at every game.”

Tom Gamble, president of In-Game Sports, said “there is tremendous high school basketball played here and, thanks to the commitment and support of a great title sponsor like Mercy Health, we are going to be able to create a unique experience for both attendees and participants

“We envision the same growth for this event as we’ve had with the Showdown, which started in 1998 with eight teams and four games and has grown to 25-plus games each of the last two years.”

Teams participating in the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic will receive event-branded apparel and will have the opportunity to designate a former coach, past player, or deserving administrator or teacher to serve as Honorary Coach for their Classic game.

All games begin at 7:30 pm except the final game, which begins at 7 pm. The schedule:

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Newport Central Catholic at Dixie Heights

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Mason at Colerain (girls)

Thursday, Dec. 4

St. Ursula at McAuley (girls)

Friday, Dec. 5

Finneytown at Roger Bacon

Lakota West at Kings

Saturday, Dec. 6

La Salle at Hamilton

Mariemont at Turpin

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Conner at Cooper

Taylor at Harrison

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Princeton at Lakota West (girls)

Thursday, Dec. 11

Mt. Notre Dame at Mercy

Friday, Dec. 12

Elder at Winton Woods

Milford at Anderson

Saturday, Dec. 13

Sycamore at Walnut Hills

McNicholas at Madeira

Tuesday, Dec. 16

North College Hill at Moeller (special time: 7 pm).

Tickets to each Classic game will be available at the participating schools and at the gate.

Mercy Health – Cincinnati has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years. Part of Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio and fourth-largest employer in the state), Mercy Health – Cincinnati provides an integrated network of physicians, caregivers, services and care at more than 180 locations across the region, including award-winning hospitals, senior living communities, primary care and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, social service agencies, fitness centers, and a variety of outreach programs.

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Heart surgeon and inventor Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty will be awarded the Presidential National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a ceremony today. Now a California resident, he is a 1952 graduate of Roger Bacon High School, where every graduation is held at the Fogarty Center. Photo courtesy the Fogarty Institute for Innovation.

Heart surgeon and inventor Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty will be awarded the Presidential National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a ceremony today. Now a California resident, he is a 1952 graduate of Roger Bacon High School, where every graduation is held at the Fogarty Center. Photo courtesy the Fogarty Institute for Innovation.

Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty, Roger Bacon High School Class of 1952, will receive the Presidential National Medal of Technology and Innovation during a ceremony at the White House today.

The 11:30 am ceremony will be broadcast live at

Best known for inventing the embolectomy (“balloon”) catheter more than 50 years ago, Dr. Fogarty is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon and the named inventor on more than 165 surgical instrument patents. The balloon catheter became the industry standard to remove blood clots and is used in more than 300,000 procedures worldwide every year. It is estimated to have saved the lives and limbs of more than 20 million patients, and helped usher in the age of less invasive types of surgery.

Eight men and women will receive the nation's highest honor for technology and innovation this morning at the White House.

Eight men and women will receive the nation’s highest honor for technology and innovation this morning at the White House.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the country’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology, was created in 1980 and is administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office.

“The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the nation’s technological workforce,” says the official White House description. Nominations are made by “a distinguished independent committee representing the private and public sectors.”

Dr. Fogarty is one of eight medal recipients this year. Announced in October, they are:

  • Charles W. Bachman, MA

  • Edith M. Flanigen, UOP, LLC., a Honeywell Company, NY

  • Eli Harari, SanDisk Corporation, CA

  • Thomas Fogarty, Fogarty Institute for Innovation, CA

  • Arthur D. Levinson, Calico, CA

  • Cherry A. Murray, Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, MA

  • Mary Shaw, Carnegie Mellon University, PA

  • Douglas Lowy and John Schiller, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, MD

“There is no one more deserving of this honor than Dr. Fogarty,” said Dr. William Brody, President of the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and Board Member of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation. “He has spent his entire life looking ‘for a better way’ to help improve patients’ health through his inventions, while providing guidance, mentorship and support to aspiring entrepreneurs.”

“Dr. Fogarty is a trusted partner and we are proud to provide Fogarty catheters to help patients around the world,” said Michael A. Mussallem, Chairman and CEO of Edward Lifesciences, which has manufactured the balloon catheter since 1969. “He is the originator and champion of many innovations and emerging companies. The medtech community and patients they serve have benefitted significantly from his expertise and unique way of thinking.

“Dr. Fogarty is an icon of American medicine and entrepreneurship, and embodies what this Presidential Medal symbolizes.”

Dr. Fogarty's senior photo in the Roger Bacon High School yearbook. The future surgeon wanted to be a professional boxer during his days at RB. Photo courtesy Roger Bacon High School.

Dr. Fogarty’s senior photo in the Roger Bacon High School yearbook. The future surgeon wanted to be a professional boxer during his days at RB. Photo courtesy Roger Bacon High School.

Dr. Fogarty, who grew up in Cincinnati, attended St. Boniface elementary school in Northside. As a child he built model airplanes and sold them to classmates, later working in a machine shop and learning about how and why machinery worked. At age 12 he began working in hospitals as a scrub technician, a job he credits for his interest in surgical equipment. Though he wanted to be a professional boxer in high school, he changed his mind and became a surgeon, graduating from Xavier University and then the University of Cincinnati’s medical school.

He began inventing surgical devices early in his medical career, when a mentor urged him to begin patenting them. Many patents later he founded the Fogarty Institute for Education. Located at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA, the Instittute is a an educational non-profit dedicated to mentoring, training and inspiring medical innovators.

Tom Burke, President of Roger Bacon High School in St. Bernard (OH), says, “The Roger Bacon family is very proud of the accomplishments of Dr. Fogarty. He appreciates the Franciscan education and values he received during his formative years, and he attributes part of his success to being a Roger Bacon Spartan.

“This story should be a source of pride for all Spartans.”

For a video about Fr. Fogarty’s life and career, including his childhood and photos of him at Roger Bacon, click here.

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Fr. Pawel Rytel-Andrianik will present The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West's annual lecture on Jewish and Catholic topics next Monday. The topic is personal for the Polish priest, whose grandfather was imprisoned at the Treblinka death camp for refusing to collaborate with the Nazis.

Fr. Pawel Rytel-Andrianik will present The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West’s annual lecture on Jewish and Catholic topics next Monday. The topic is personal for the Polish priest, whose grandfather was imprisoned at the Treblinka death camp for refusing to collaborate with the Nazis.

Priest’s grandfather was imprisoned at Treblinka death camp

Father Pawel Rytel-Andrianik grew up three miles from Treblinka, the notorious Nazi death camp in Poland, where his grandfather had been imprisoned.

A renowned biblical scholar, Fr. Rytel has dedicated his life to researching the heroic accounts of those who risked their lives to save others from the horrors of Treblinka and will share his new research and reflections during The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West’s annual Marzheuser Lecture on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 pm.

Research shows that the history of Poland and the Jews is more complicated than once thought. Fr. Rytel says, and that thousands of priests and religious helped Jews hide or escape.

The topic is personal to Fr. Rytel. His grandfather, Stanislaw Rytel, was imprisoned at Treblinka for refusing to collaborate with the Nazis, and was saved by a friend and fellow prisoner.

“My mother always reminded me that I was given life because someone saved my grandfather’s life,” Fr. Rytel told Catholic News Service in an interview about his work, adding that he wanted to highlight the good that existed in the darkest times of World War II, when it seemed that God was absent.

treblinka lecture flier

Well-known instances of anti-Semitism in Poland do not tell the whole story of Jews and the Polish people, Fr. Rytel says. According to documents he and others have compiled, nearly two thirds of the women’s religious communities in Poland were engaged in rescue work, and more than 1000 priests were known to have saved Jews from death.

Fr. Earl Fernandes, the seminary’s academic dean, says the annual lecture is an important one for Jewish-Catholic Scholarship. “Fr. Rytel and I became friends when I was studying in Rome,” he says. “I knew about his research and thought he would be a great speaker for our Marzheuser Lecture, which is named after my predecessor, Fr. Richard Marzheuser, who was very interested in promoting mutual understanding and dialogue among Catholics and Jews.”

Fr. Fernandes jokes that Fr. Rytel is an “under-achiever” who speaks 10 languages and holds a doctorate in scripture from the Ecole Biblique and a doctorate in Oriental Studies from Oxford. “He’s a fantastic priest,” he says. “Please join us.”

“Priests and the Jewish People at the time of the Holocaust: Reflections in Light of the Newest Research” will be open to all at no charge. It will also be live streamed by the St. James Project of The Athenaeum of Ohio. To watch, go to

Dr. Jeffrey Zalar, who heads the Catholic Studies department at the University of Cincinnati, urges all to attend. “The topic is a critically important one,” he says. “It drives down to the nature of Catholic relations with Jews in Poland, the epicenter of the Holocaust. The speaker is a widely published Polish priest trained at Oxford University. As a historian of modern Germany and a concerned Catholic, I surely intend to be there. I hope to see you there, too!”

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Use an ale, not a stout or other dark beer, to ensure that the flavor of the beer doesn't overpower the flavor of this great fall bread.

Use an ale, not a stout or other dark beer, to ensure that the flavor of the beer doesn’t overpower the flavor of this great fall bread.


We’ve talked about beer before here at the Catholic Beat.  But I’m always amazed that when I research a subject for Sacred Heart Radio,  I find out that even the most trendy of food and drinks often have an ancient Biblical history. Like beer! It’s hard to imagine that beer, one of our most popular beverages, was brewed  thousands of years before Christ was born, most likely by spontaneous fermentation of grains and water.

It took another thousand years after Christ’s death to use hops in brewing beer. Today boutique beers are all the rage, and this recipe for cheese bread using beer is a delicious accompaniment to that holiday ham or turkey.

Beer Batter Cheese Bread

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Note: This bread is best made with ales and not the dark beers like stouts, which tend to overwhelm the flavor of the bread. Feel free to add some seeds like sesame, etc. , or some dry herbs, like dill leaves, to the bread.

  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 oz. grated Gruyere cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Several dashes pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups beer
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for brushing on top

Preheat oven to 375 and spray a loaf pan. Mix flour, cheese, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper together. Make a well in center and stir in beer and melted butter until combined. Don’t overmix. Pour into pan and brush with more butter. This gives the crust a nice color.  Bake about 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld writes a weekly syndicated column and blog for the Community Press, appears every Thursday on the Son Rise Morning Show, and is the author of several cookbooks. An adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, she is Certified Culinary Professional and Certified Modern Herbalist,  the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, and a media personality with a cable show and YouTube videos. She lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You’ll find all her previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday addressed participants at the Seventh World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants. In his remarks, the Holy Father said, “Today, notwithstanding new developments and the emergence of situations which are at times painful and even tragic, migration is still an aspiration to hope.” Listen to Christopher Wells' report:  After remarking on the causes of migration – including inequality, poverty, disasters caused by climate change, and wars and persecution – the Pope noted that migration offers benefits both to the receiving nations and to the nations from which migrants come. But, he said, “we know that some problems also accompany these benefits.” Some of those problems include “brain drain” in developing countries and the breakup of families in countries of origin; and difficulties of integration in receiving countries. “In this regard,” he said, “pastoral workers play an important role through initiating dialogue, welcoming and assisting with legal issues, mediating with the local population.  In the countries of origin, on the other hand, the closeness of pastoral workers to the families and children of migrant parents can lessen the negative repercussions of the parents’ absence.” However, he continued, the Congress for the Pastoral Care of workers attempts to go further, “to grasp the implications of the Church’s pastoral concern in the overall context of cooperation, development, and migration.” He went on to say that the Christian community “is continuously engaged in welcoming migrants and sharing with them God’s gifts, in particular the gift of faith.” More than this, the Church is a “source of hope” for migrants, who often experience “disappointment, distress, and loneliness.” The question of migration must always be approached from “an integrated perspective capable of valuing their potential rather than seeing them only as a problem to be confronted and resolved.” This is especially true of “the Christian community, where no one is a stranger, and therefore, everyone is worthy of being welcomed and supported.” Below the video, please find the full text of Pope Francis’ address: Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to Participants of the Seventh World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants (21 November 2014)   Your Eminences, Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, 1. I am pleased to be with you at the conclusion of the Seventh World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants. I greet the President of the Pontifical Council, Cardinal Vegliò, thanking him for his kind words of introduction, and I also extend a fraternal welcome to the delegates from other Churches and Communities. To all of you I express my sincere appreciation for your commitment to and solicitude for the men and women who even today are undertaking the “journey of hope” on the path of migration. I thank you for all that you are doing. I assure you, and all those whom you seek to help, of my spiritual closeness. 2. The final Document from your last meeting five years ago affirmed that “migration is… an invitation to imagine a different future, which seeks the development of the whole human race; this includes then every human being with his or her spiritual and cultural potential and contribution to a more equitable world marked by global solidarity and by full respect for human dignity and life” (n. 3). Today, notwithstanding new developments and the emergence of situations which are at times painful and even tragic, migration is still an aspiration to hope. Above all in areas of the world in difficulty, where the lack of work prevents individuals and their families from achieving a dignified life, there is a strong drive to seek a better future wherever that may be, even at the risk of disappointment and failure. This is caused in great part by the economic crisis which, to different degrees, is affecting every country in the world. 3. Your meeting has highlighted the dynamics of cooperation and development in the pastoral care of migrants. First and foremost you have analyzed the factors which cause migration, in particular: inequality, poverty, overpopulation, the growing need for employment in some sectors of the global job market, disasters caused by climate change, wars and persecution, and the desire of younger people to relocate as they seek new opportunities. Moreover, the link between cooperation and development shows, on the one hand, the difference of interests between states and migrants, and, on the other hand, the opportunities which derive for both. In effect, receiving nations draw advantages from employing immigrants for production needs and national prosperity, not infrequently filling gaps created by the demographic crisis. In turn, the nations which migrants leave show a certain reduction in unemployment and, above all, benefit from earnings which are then sent back to meet the needs of families which remain in the country. Emigrants, in the end, are able to fulfil the desire for a better future for themselves and their families. Yet we know that some problems also accompany these benefits. We find in the countries of origin, among other things, an impoverishment due to the so-called “brain drain”, the effects on infants and young people who grow up without one or both parents, and the risk of marriages failing due to prolonged absences. In the receiving nations, we also see difficulties associated with migrants settling in urban neighbourhoods which are already problematic, as well as their difficulties in integrating and learning to respect the social and cultural conventions which they find. In this regard, pastoral workers play an important role through initiating dialogue, welcoming and assisting with legal issues, mediating with the local population. In the countries of origin, on the other hand, the closeness of pastoral workers to the families and children of migrant parents can lessen the negative repercussions of the parents’ absence.   4. Your reflections, however, have wanted to go even further, to grasp the implications of the Church’s pastoral concern in the overall context of cooperation, development and migration. It is here that the Church has much to say. The Christian community, in fact, is continuously engaged in welcoming migrants and sharing with them God’s gifts, in particular the gift of faith. The Church promotes pastoral plans for the evangelization and support of migrants throughout their journey from their country of origin, through countries of transit, to the receiving countries. She gives particular attention to meeting the spiritual needs of migrants through catechesis, liturgy and the celebration of the Sacraments. 5. Sadly, migrants often experience disappointment, distress and loneliness. In effect, the migrant worker has to deal with the problem both of being uprooted and needing to integrate. Here the Church also seeks to be a source of hope: she develops programs of education and orientation; she raises her voice in defence of migrants’ rights; she offers assistance, including material assistance to everyone, without exception, so that all may be treated as children of God. When encountering migrants, it is important to adopt an integrated perspective, capable of valuing their potential rather than seeing them only as a problem to be confronted and resolved. The authentic right to development regards every person and all people, viewed integrally. This demands that all people be guaranteed a minimal level of participation in the life of the human community. How much more necessary must this be in the case of the Christian community, where no one is a stranger and, therefore, everyone is worthy of being welcomed and supported. 6. The Church, beyond being a community of the faithful that sees the face of Jesus Christ in its neighbour, is a Mother without limits and without frontiers. She is the Mother of all and so she strives to foster the culture of welcome and solidarity, where no one is considered useless, out of place or disposable. I wrote of this in my Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees this year: “It is less the criteria of efficiency, productivity, social class, or ethnic or religious belonging which ground that personal dignity, so much as the fact of being created in God’s own image and likeness (cf. Gen 1:26-27) and, even more so, being children of God. Every human being is a child of God! He or she bears the image of Christ!” Migrants, therefore, by virtue of their very humanity, even prior to their cultural values, widen the sense of human fraternity. At the same time, their presence is a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses. In that way, migrants will be able to become partners in constructing a richer identity for the communities which provide them hospitality, as well as the people who welcome them, prompting the development of a society which is inclusive, creative and respectful of the dignity of all. Dear brothers and sisters, I wish to renew my gratitude for the service which you give to the Church and to the communities and societies to which you belong. I invoke upon you the protection of Mary, the Mother of God, and Saint Joseph, who themselves experienced the difficulty of exile in Egypt. I assure you of my prayers and I ask you to pray for me. To all of you I willingly impart my blessing. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 11 hours
(Vatican Radio)  Saying people and not money create development, Pope Francis called on Thursday for courageous initiatives to rethink our economic system and not become slaves of money. His remarks came in a video message delivered to participants attending a Festival of Social Doctrine in the Italian city of Verona promoted by the local Church.   The Pope urged people not to become discouraged by the economic crisis but instead turn their energies towards ways of “rethinking our economic model and the world of work.”  He warned that “the great temptation” when faced with these difficulties is to concentrate “on tending our own wounds and use that as an excuse to not heed the cry of the poor” and all those who are suffering because they have lost their jobs and the dignity that goes with that. The risk, he went on, is that “this indifference makes us blind, deaf and dumb”, closed in to the outside world and only concerned with ourselves. Pope Francis spoke instead of the need to move beyond and “abandon the stereotypes which are considered safe and guaranteed” in order to respond to the real needs of people. In the field of economics, he went on, we urgently need to take the initiative because “the system tends to homogenize everything and money becomes its master.”  Taking the initiative in this field, he added, means having the courage not to allow ourselves to be imprisoned and subsequently enslaved by money. The true problem explained the Pope “is not money as such but people.”  This is because “money by itself does not create development” but instead we need people who have the courage to take the initiative. Pope Francis stressed that taking the initiative in this way means overcoming a tendency to always ask the state or other bodies for assistance but instead use our creative talents to find new ways of earning a living. He concluded his address by expressing his concern over the high number of unemployed young people, saying we need to invest more in them and give them a great deal of confidence.  (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 11 hours
(Vatican Radio) The search for full Christian unity remains a priority for the Catholic Church and it is one of the Pope’s principle daily concerns. That was the message that Pope Francis shared on Thursday with members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity who are taking part in a plenary session in the Vatican this week. The meeting includes a public commemoration at the Gregorian University on Friday of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II decree ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’. That document marked the start of a new era in the Catholic Church’s relations with Christians of all different denominations. Philippa Hitchen reports: Listen:  In a letter given to participants during a meeting at Santa Marta, the Pope notes that the Vatican II teaching, contained in ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’, as well as the other two ecclesiological texts ‘Lumen Gentium’ and ‘Orientalium Ecclesiarum’ has been fully embraced. Earlier hostility and indifference that caused such deep wounds between Christians, the Pope says, have given way to a process of healing that allows us to welcome others as brothers and sisters, united in our common baptism. This changed mentality, he says, must penetrate ever more deeply into the theological teachings and pastoral practise of dioceses, institutes of consecrated life, associations and ecclesial movements. At the same time, he adds, this anniversary offers an opportunity to give thanks to God that we can now appreciate all that is good and true within the life of the different Christian communities. Pope Francis thanks all those who, over the past half century, have pioneered this process of reconciliation and he mentions the important role that ecumenical translations of the Bible have played in developing closer cooperation among Christians. But as we give thanks, the Pope says, we must also recognise continuing divisions and new ethical issues which are complicating our journey towards unity in Christ. Rather than being resigned to the difficulties, he says, we must continue to trust in God who plants seeds of love in the hearts of all Christians. Finally the Pope calls for a renewed commitment to spiritual ecumenism and to the rediscovery of shared Christian martyrdom. Spiritual ecumenism, he says, is that global network of communal moments of prayer, united gestures of charity and shared reflections on the web which circulate like oxygen, contributing to the growth of understanding, respect and mutual esteem. Ecumenism of the martyrs, he notes, continues today wherever our brothers and sisters sacrifice their lives for their faith, since those who persecute Christ’s followers make no distinction between the different Christian confessions. In my many encounters or correspondence with other Christians, Pope Francis concludes, I see a strong desire to walk and pray together, to know and love the Lord and to work together in the service of the weak and suffering. On this common journey, he says, I am convinced that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can learn from each other and grow into the communion which already unites us. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 11 hours
Vatican City, 21 November 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a message to Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Council for Coordination between the Pontifical Academies, on the occasion of the 19th Public Session of the Pontifical Academies, devoted to the theme “Mary, icon of the infinite beauty of Dios Marialis cultus and the Marian teaching of Blessed Paul VI”, organised by the Pontifical International Marian Academy. In his message, the Pope spoke about Blessed Paul VI's great love for the Virgin Mary, which he expressed on many occasions during his papacy, as well as in several documents, including his two encyclicals, Mense Maio and Christi Matri, dedicated to the Mother of God and the worship of her as Mater Ecclesiae. He also devoted three apostolic exhortations to Mary: Signum Magnum, Recurrens Mensis October and, finally, Marialis Cultus, published forty years ago this year. “On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of Vatican Council II, established by Paul VI – not by chance – on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 1965, it is beautiful that you wish to make his voice through the recording of the homily in which he entrusts the fate of the Church, radically renewed through the Council assize, to Mary. On that solemn and historical occasion, Paul VI wished to commend the entire Church to Mary as the Mother of God and our spiritual Mother”. Similarly, Francis recalled that in crucial and difficult moments for the Church and for humanity, Paul VI always turned to Mary, exhorting the people of God to pray for her intercession and protection, and invoking the gift of peace. “In the wake of the Synod of Bishops on new evangelisation, in the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I too entrusted the way of the Church to Mary's maternal and caring intercession, reminding all believers that there is a Marian style to the evangelising activity of the Church, as every time we look to Mary we believe again in the revolutionary power of tenderness and affection. In her we see that humility and tenderness are not virtues of the weak but rather of the strong, who do not need to mistreat others to feel important”. The Holy Father continued, “Let us not tire of learning from Mary, of admiring and contemplating her beauty, of letting ourselves be guided by her, she who leads us always to the original source and fullness of authenticity: infinite beauty, that of God, revealed to us in Christ, Son of the Father and Son of Mary”. The Pontiff concluded by awarding the Pontifical Academies Prize to the Italian Interdisciplinary Mariological Association, above all for more than twenty years of publishing the journal Theotokos, and the Pontifical Medal to the “Centro mariano de difusion cultural” of the Order of the Servants of Mary, in Mexico.... 1 day 12 hours
(Vatican Radio) People will forgive a weak priest or pastoral minister, but they will not forgive a greedy one or one who mistreats people, said Pope Francis at Mass Friday morning as he marked the feast of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a prayer that she help us keep the Lord's Temple clean. Basing his homily on the Gospel of the Day in which Jesus drives the merchants from the Temple because they had turned the house of prayer into a den of thieves, Pope Francis said in doing so Jesus was purifying the Temple of God because it had been profaned and with it the People of God.  The Temple had been defiled with the gravest of sins: scandal. "People are good – continued Pope Francis- people went to the Temple and did not look at these things, they sought God and prayed ... but they had to change their money into coins to make offers". The people of God did not go to the Temple for these people, for those who were selling things, they went because it was the Temple of God" and "there was corruption that scandalized the people".  Pope Francis recalled the biblical story of Anna, a humble woman, mother of Samuel, who goes to the temple to ask for the grace of a child: "she whispered her prayers silently" while the priest and his two sons were corrupt, they exploited the pilgrims, they scandalized the people. “I think of how our attitude can scandalize people - said Pope Francis – with unpriestly habits in the Temple: the scandal of doing business, the scandal of worldliness ... How often when we enter a church do we see  – even today – do we see a price list hanging there "for baptism, blessings, Mass intentions". And people are scandalized". "Once , as a newly ordained priest, I was with a group of college students and one couple wanted to get married. They went to a parish, but they wanted a wedding ceremony with the Mass. And, the parish secretary there said: 'No, no, you cannot' - 'Why can’t we have a Mass? If the Council always recommends people to have a ceremony with the Mass ... '-' No, you cannot, because it can’t last more than 20 minutes'-' But why? '-'Because there are other slots [in the timetable for ceremonies]'-'But, we want the Mass! '-' So you will have to pay for two slots! '. So in order to have a wedding ceremony with the Mass had to pay two slots. This is the sin of scandal". The Pope added: "We know what Jesus says to those who are the cause of scandal: 'Better to be thrown into the sea'". " When those who are in the Temple – be they priests, lay people, secretaries, but who manage the Temple, who ministry of the Temple - become businessmen, people are scandalized. And we are responsible for this. The laity too! Everyone. Because if I see this in my parish, I have to have the courage to say these things to the parish priest. And the people are scandalized. It is interesting: the people of God can forgive their priests, when they are weak; when they slip on a sin ... the people know how to forgive them. But there are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive! It is scandalous when the Temple, the House of God, becomes a place of business, as in the case of that wedding: the church was being rented out”. Jesus "is not angry" - said the Pope - "it is the Wrath of God, zeal for the House of God" because you cannot serve two masters, "either you worship the living God, or your worship money". " Why does Jesus have an issue with money? Because redemption is free; it is God’s free gift, He comes to brings us the all-encompassing gratuity of God’s love. So when the Church or churches start doing business, then it is said that ….salvation is not so free…This is why Jesus takes the whip to hand to carry out this act of the purification of the Temple. Today the Liturgy celebrates the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin in the Temple: as a young girl ... A simple woman, like Anna,   and in that moment the Blessed Virgin Mary enters. May she teach all of us, pastors and those who have pastoral responsibility, to keep the Temple clean, to receive with love those who come, as if each one were the Blessed Virgin”. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 13 hours
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis travelled to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Headquarters in Rome on Thursday to give a speech to the  Second International Conference on Nutrition which is taking place this week. In his address to participants the Holy Father spoke of waste and excessive consumption of food as well as the rights of those who go hungry. Below is the English language translation of Pope Francis' speech to the Second International Conference on Nutrition at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Mr President Ladies and Gentlemen I am pleased and honoured to speak here today, at this Second International Conference on Nutrition. I wish to thank you, Mr. President, for your warm greeting and the words of welcome.  I cordially greet the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, and the Director General of the FAO, Professor José Graziano da Silva, and I rejoice in their decision to convene this conference of representatives of States, international institutions, and organisations of civil society, the world of agriculture and the private sector, with the aim of studying together the forms of intervention necessary in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, as well as the changes that must be made to existing strategies. The overall unity of purpose and of action, and above all the spirit of brotherhood, can be decisive in finding appropriate solutions. The Church, as you know, seeks always to be attentive and watchful regarding the spiritual and material welfare of the people, especially those who are marginalised or excluded, to ensure their safety and dignity. 1. The fates of nations are intertwined, more than ever before; they are like the members of one family who depend upon each other. However, we live in a time in which the relations between nations are too often damaged by mutual suspicion, that at times turns into forms of military and economic aggression, undermining friendship between brothers and rejecting or discarding what is already excluded. He who lacks his daily bread or a decent job is well aware of this. This is a picture of today’s world, in which it is necessary to recognise the limits of approaches based on the sovereignty of each State, intended as absolute, and national interest, frequently conditioned by small power groups. Your working agenda for developing new standards and greater commitments to feed the world shows this well. From this perspective, I hope that, in the formulation of these commitments, the States are inspired by the conviction that the right to food can only be ensured if we care about the actual subject, that is, the person who suffers the effects of hunger and malnutrition. Nowadays there is much talk of rights, frequently neglecting duties; perhaps we have paid too little heed to those who are hungry. It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, the “primacy of profit”, which have reduced foodstuffs to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation, also of a financial nature. And while we speak of new rights, the hungry remain, at the street corner, and ask to be recognised as citizens, to receive a healthy diet. We ask for dignity, not for charity. 2. These criteria cannot remain in the limbo of theory. Persons and peoples ask for justice to be put into practice: not only in a legal sense, but also in terms of contribution and distribution. Therefore, development plans and the work of international organisations must take into consideration the wish, so frequent among ordinary people, for respect for fundamental human rights and, in this case, the rights of the hungry. When this is achieved, then humanitarian intervention, emergency relief and development operations – in their truest, fullest sense – will attain greater momentum and bring the desired results. 3. Interest in the production, availability and accessibility of foodstuffs, climate change and agricultural trade should certainly inspire rules and technical measures, but the first concern must be the individual as a whole, who lacks daily nourishment and has given up thinking about life, family and social relationships, instead fighting for survival. St. John Paul II, in the inauguration in this hall of the First Conference on Nutrition in 1992, warned the international community against the risk of the “paradox of plenty”, in which there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat, while waste, excessive consumption and the use of food for other purposes is visible before our very eyes. Unfortunately, this “paradox” remains relevant. There are few subjects about which we find as many fallacies as those related to hunger; few topics as likely to be manipulated by data, statistics, the demands of national security, corruption, or futile lamentation about the economic crisis. This is the first challenge to be overcome. The second challenge to be faced is the lack of solidarity; we suspect that subconsciously we would like to remove this word from the dictionary. Our societies are characterised by growing individualism and division: this ends up depriving the weakest of a decent life, and provokes revolts against institutions. When there is a lack of solidarity in a country, the effects are felt throughout the world. Indeed, solidarity is the attitude that makes people capable of reaching our to others and basing their mutual relations on this sense of brotherhood that overcomes differences and limits, and inspires us to seek the common good together. Human beings, as they become aware of being partly responsible for the plan of creation, become capable of mutual respect, instead of fighting between themselves, damaging and impoverishing the planet. States, too, understood as a community of persons and peoples, are required to act concertedly, to be willing to help each other through the principles and norms offered by international law. A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other. Like people, States and international institutions are called to welcome and nurture these values – love, justice, peace – and this must be done with a spirit of dialogue and mutual listening. In this way, the aim of feeding the human family becomes feasible. 4. Every woman, man, child and elderly person everywhere should be able to count on these guarantees. It is the duty of every State that cares for the wellbeing of its citizens to subscribe to them unreservedly, and to take the necessary steps to ensure their implementation. This requires perseverance and support. The Catholic Church also offers her contribution in this field through constant attention to the life of the poor in all parts of the world; along the same lines, the Holy See is actively involved in international organisations and through numerous documents and statements. In this way, it contributes to identifying and assuming the criteria to be met in order to develop an equitable international system. These are criteria that, on the ethical plane, are based on the pillars of truth, freedom, justice and solidarity; at the same time, in the legal field, these same criteria include the relationship between rights and food, and the right to life and a dignified existence, the right to be protected by law, not always close to the reality of those who suffer from hunger, and the moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world. If we believe in the principle of the unity of the human family, based on the common paternity of God the Creator, and in the fraternity of human beings, no form of political or economic pressure that exploits the availability of foodstuffs can be considered acceptable. Political and economic pressure: here I think of our sister and mother, Earth, our planet, and of whether we are free of political and economic pressure and able to care for her, to avoid her destruction. We have two conferences ahead of us, in Perù and France, which pose the challenge to us of caring for our planet. I remember a phrase that I heard from an elderly man many years ago: God always forgives … our misdemeanours, our abuse, God always forgives; men forgive at times; but the Earth never forgives. We must care for our sister the Earth, our Mother Earth, so that she does not respond with destruction. But, above all, no system of discrimination, de facto or de jure, linked to the capacity of access to the market of foodstuffs, must be taken as a model for international efforts that aim to eliminate hunger. By sharing these reflections with you, I ask that the Almighty, God rich in mercy, bless all those who, with different responsibilities, place themselves at the service of those who experience hunger and who assist them with concrete gestures of closeness. I also pray that the international community might hear the call of this Conference and consider it an expression of the common conscience of humanity: feed the hungry, save life on the planet. Thank you. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 13 hours
Gelásio foi um dos Papas de nossa história, precedido por Félix II e sucedido por Anastácio II. A hagiografia não nos apresenta muitos dados sobre sua vida antes do papado, mas sabe-se que era filho de um humilde ferreiro e que na simplicidade de uma vida austera foi desenvolvendo as virtudes de um grande homem de ... 1 day 15 hours
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis paid tribute on Thursday to Blessed Pope Paul the 6th and his great love for the Mother of God, saying he always turned to Mary at crucial and difficult moments for the Church and humanity. The Pope’s words came during a message which was read on his behalf by the Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin at a public meeting of the Pontifical Academies whose theme was “Mary, Icon of God’s infinite beauty. During the meeting Cardinal Parolin awarded a prize in the name of the Pope to the Italian Mariological Association for its long-standing publication of the Theotokos Review. Quoting from his encyclical Evangelii gaudium , the Pope reminded his audience that he has entrusted the way of the Church to the maternal and caring intercession of Mary and that there is a Marian style in the evangelizing activity of the church.  This, he went on, is because every time we look at Mary we return to believe in the revolutionary strength of tenderness and affection.  In her, we see the humility and the tenderness that are not virtues of the weak but of the strong and who don’t need to mistreat others in order to feel self-important.      (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 18 hours
(Vatican Radio) Jesus weeps today when the doors of our hearts, those of the pastors of the Church, are closed to His surprises not recognizing the One who brings peace said Pope Francis at Mass Thursday morning in Casa Santa Marta. Commenting on the Gospel of the Day, Pope Francis said Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because its people did not recognize the One who brings peace. He said the Lord weeps because of the “closure of heart" of His "chosen city, His chosen people. They had no time to open the door.  They were too busy, too self-satisfied. And He continues to knock on doors as he knocked on the door of the heart of Jerusalem, at the gates of His brothers, His sisters; on our doors, the doors of our hearts, the doors of the Church. The people of Jerusalem were content with their way of life and did not need the Lord: they failed to realize that they needed salvation. This is why they had closed their heart before the Lord". "Jesus weeps” over Jerusalem - said the Pope – the same as He “weeps over His Church, over us today”   "Why did Jerusalem not welcome the Lord? Because [the people] were content with what they had, and did not want any problems. But - as the Lord says in the Gospel - 'if you only knew, on this day, what brings you peace. You did not recognize the time of your visitation '. The city was afraid to be visited by the Lord; afraid of the gratuity of the Lord’s visit. The city felt safe in the knowledge of what it could handle. We all feel safe in the things that we can handle ... But the visit of the Lord, its surprises, those we cannot handle ". And Pope Francis added: "Jerusalem was afraid of this: of being saved by the surprises of the Lord. The [people] were afraid of the Lord, their Bridegroom, their Beloved. And so Jesus wept. When God visits His people, He brings joy, He leads us to conversion. We all fear happiness – that joy that the Lord brings, because we cannot control it. We are afraid of conversion because conversion means allowing the Lord to lead us ". "Jerusalem was content, happy - the Pope said - its temple worked. The priests made sacrifices, people came on pilgrimage, the teachers of the law had arranged everything, everything! Everything was clear! All the commandments were clear ... And with all of this Jerusalem had closed the door". The Cross, which was the "price of that refusal" - the Pope noted -, shows us the love of Jesus and what leads Him to "weep today - often - for His Church”. "I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church. Yes, the door of our hearts, of the heart of the Church, of her pastors will not open: and the Lord weeps, even today". The Pope also urged people to examine their conscience, "Let us reflect on ourselves, as we are right now before God". (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 18 hours

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Depois de mais de 17 anos, a equipe da ZENIT prossegue com entusiasmo a missão que assumiu a serviço do papa e da Igreja. E este é o melhor presente que temos o privilégio de compartilhar com os nossos leitores espalhados pelo mundo todo.

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"Nutrição melhor, vida melhor" é o lema da segunda Conferência Internacional sobre Nutrição, que, com a participação de representantes de 170 países, bem como do papa Francisco, é celebrada até 21 de novembro em Roma e organizada de forma conjunta pela Organização das Nações Unidas para a Alimentação e Agricultura ... 2 days 6 hours
O papa Francisco viajará à Turquia de 28 a 30 de novembro e permanecerá no país durante três dias, visitando Ankara e Istambul. Será a sexta viagem internacional do pontífice, depois de vir ao Brasil e de visitar a Terra Santa, a Coreia e a Albânia, além de ir ao Parlamento Europeu em Estrasburgo, na França, neste ... 2 days 6 hours
As estruturas de poder estão presentes em cada canto do mundo, lutam por elas as pessoas através de eleições, sucessão, golpes ou tramoias. Alguém vai sempre exercer o poder, e sua dinâmica conduz o mundo para frente ou para trás, podendo inclusive levar a enormes desastres. Gente de todas as idades acaba assistind... 2 days 7 hours
Um mês depois do encerramento do Sínodo Extraordinário sobre a família, o Conselho Ordinária do Sínodo dos Bispos reuniu-se nos dias 18 e 19 de novembro, para refletir o resultado da sessão, celebrada do 5 ao 19 de outubro de 2014. O trabalho agora é preparar a XIV Assembleia Geral Ordinária sobre o tema "A vocaç... 2 days 7 hours
"Os coreanos têm saudade do Papa Francisco” e também o Pontífice “me disse que ficou com saudade da Coréia”. Quem falou assim foi mons. Lazzaro You Heung-sik, bispo de Daejeon (Coréia do Sul), presente em Roma nesses dias para participar do simpósio internacional organizado por Asia News na Pontifícia Universidad... 2 days 8 hours
O Concílio Vaticano II, um giro ecumênico. É neste conceito que está o cerne do discurso que o Papa Francisco emitiu esta tarde aos participantes na Plenária do Pontifício Conselhor para a promoção da Unidade dos Cristãos, realizado em Roma até amanhã sobre o tema “A meta do ecumenismo: princípios, oportunidades e ... 2 days 8 hours
Não é a primeira vez que WhatsApp se torna notícia: no final de fevereiro de 2014, três dias após o famoso serviço de mensagem ter sido comprado pelo Facebook, parou de funcionar por algumas horas. As massivas reações refletidas nas redes sociais envolvendo o fato comprovaram a capacidade que WhatsApp tem de gerar ... 2 days 9 hours
O Papa Francisco doou alguns dos presentes recebidos para serem rifados a fim de levantar dinheiro para os pobres. Aos arredores dos escritórios do Vaticano há um cartaz escrito: "Rifa beneficente para as obras de caridade do Santo Padre". Por apenas 10 euros você pode ganhar o primeiro prêmio: um Fiat Panda 4x4,... 2 days 12 hours
Vatican City, 20 November 2014 (VIS) – The Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops will meet on 18 and 19 November to reflect on the results of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, held during October, and to prepare for the 14 th General Ordinary Assembly on the theme “The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world”, to be held from 4 to 25 October 2015. The Holy Father will chair the Council on Tuesday 18 and his presence will underline the importance he accords to the Synod as an expression of episcopal collegiality and to the family, the theme of the two Assemblies: the extraordinary Assembly held this year and the Ordinary one, in the preparatory stages. Alongside the secretary general, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, and the under-secretary, Archbishop Fabio Fabene, the meeting was attended by Cardinals Christoph Schonborn, Wilfried F. Napier, Peter K.A. Turkson, George Pell, Donald W. Wuerl, and Luis A. Tagle, and by Archbishops Bruno Forte and Salvatore Fisichella. Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, also participated by invitation. In his introduction to the work of the Synod, the secretary general emphasised the climate of freedom and sincerity and the spirit of fraternal communion that characterised the Assembly, in which everyone was encouraged to contribute. Also, the final document, the Relatio Synodi, faithfully reflects the multi-faceted results of the Synod and offers a good summary of the process that took place during the Assembly. In the meeting, it was agreed that the current period between the two Assemblies, which is unprecedented in the history of the Synod as an institution, is of great importance. It is necessary to take the path followed so far as a starting point and to make the most of this special opportunity to deepen knowledge of the themes and to promote discussion at the level of the episcopal conferences, finding the means and the tools necessary to further involve various ecclesial bodies in the synodal reflection on the family. Various ideas on communication were also considered, which may be useful in view of the preparation for the upcoming Ordinary Assembly. The majority of the work was devoted to the preparation of the Lineamenta for the next Ordinary Assembly. The guidelines will be made up, as previously indicated, of the Relatio Synodi, accompanied by a series of points to help in its reception and elaboration. The Lineamenta are expected to be sent to the Episcopal Conferences at the beginning of December, so that the answers can be received in good time to allow them to be developed in the Instrumentum Laboris before the summer of 2015.... 2 days 13 hours
Ainda hoje Jesus chora, quando as portas do nosso coração, dos pastores, da Igreja, se fecham às surpresas, não reconhecendo Aquele que traz a paz. Isto foi o que disse o Papa Francisco na Missa desta manhã na capela da Casa Santa Marta. Jesus chora sobre Jerusalém porque não reconheceu Aquele que traz a paz. O S... 2 days 13 hours
“Humildade: esta é a virtude que Maria Fortunata personifica. Esta insignificância é a sua grandeza. Somos lembrados do Magnificat , e isso por si só fala o grau de Maria Fortunata de autenticidade cristã e a profundidade de sua perfeição espiritual. A humildade é a sua mensagem”, afirmava o Papa Paulo VI na beatif... 2 days 13 hours
Apresentamos o discurso do Papa Francisco por ocasião da Segunda Conferência Internacional sobre Nutrição, promovido pela FAO. Senhor Presidente, Senhoras e Senhores, Com sentimento de respeito e apreço, apresento-me hoje aqui, na Segunda Conferência Internacional sobre Nutrição. Agradeço-lhe, senhor Preside... 2 days 14 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed René Brülhart as the new President of the Financial Information Authority. He is the first layperson to hold the job. Brülhart has served as the Director of the FIA since 2012. The FIA was established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, and is the competent authority of the Holy See and the Vatican City State for dealing financial intelligence and supervision. It oversees efforts to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism, and supervises all entities carrying out professionally financial activities at the Vatican. Under Brülhart’s directorship, the FIA has signed agreements with the financial intelligence units of several countries, including the U.S.A, Germany, and Italy. Cardinal Attilio Nicora served as the first President of the Authority until January of this year, when Bishop Giorgio Corbellini took over as interim-president. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 18 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will on Thursday pay a visit to the Headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation here in Rome on the occasion of the Second International Conference on Nutrition. The three day gathering which began on Wednesday brings together senior national policymakers on agriculture and health along with leaders of United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations and civil society. Listen to Lydia O'Kane's interview with Boitshepo Giyose a senior food and nutrition security adviser for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Secretariat. The aim of the meeting is to review progress made towards improving nutrition since 1992, reflect on nutrition problems that remain, and identify policy options for improving nutrition. Although the conference will have a global perspective, it will focus particularly on nutrition challenges in developing countries. Attending the event is Boitshepo Giyose a senior food and nutrition security adviser for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Secretariat, (NEPAD) South Africa. She to Vatican Radio of her hopes for the conference. “It is not just another conference really it is a call to action for all actors, for all governments , for the global economy, for the global players to pull together, work in tandem, work in harmony to ensure a common goal of reducing hunger and malnutrition, assuring that the post 2015 Agenda are acted on.” In the past Pope Francis has spoken out against a culture of waste when their are people are starving in the world, saying, “This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition.”  Stressing the importance of the Pope’s voice on the issue of food and nutrition justice Ms Giyose added that, “Pope Francis… in his stature, he is a champion in his own right for food justice, for nutrition justice. We cannot continue to live in a world whereby there’s so much food waste, there is so much wastage…” Other participants at the conference the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and the King of Lesotho. The meeting runs until the 21 st of November. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 18 hours

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Vatican City, Nov 21, 2014 / 12:33 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis condemned priests and laity who turn their parishes into a "business" by charging for things such as baptisms, blessings and Mass intentions – calling it a scandal that's hard to forgive. 1 day 8 hours
Rome, Italy, Nov 21, 2014 / 12:15 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The vice president of the U.S. bishops' conference has said that charitable immigration reform must address the needs of both legal and illegal immigrants, encouraging the latter to come forward and receive help.

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Kyiv, Ukraine, Nov 21, 2014 / 06:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- One year ago, Mustafa Nayyem, a Ukrainian journalist born in Afghanistan,  began Euromaidan from his post on Facebook: "Let us be serious. Who is ready to come to The Independence Square today before midnight? Likes are not considered, only the comment, 'I am ready'."
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Washington D.C., Nov 21, 2014 / 05:35 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was met with both praise and concern from Catholic groups, who emphasized that more must be done to find long-term solutions for a broken immigration system.

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Rome, Italy, Nov 21, 2014 / 04:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Hong Kong's retired prelate Cardinal Joseph Zen said that amid decades of communist rule in China, human values are at stake in all of Asia and can only be salvaged by fervidly preaching the gospel. 1 day 17 hours
Vatican City, Nov 21, 2014 / 03:14 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis said on Friday that the desire to migrate from one's homeland is inspired by the search for hope, and encouraged the Church throughout the world to welcome migrants, whose presence helps build up society. 1 day 17 hours
Vatican City, Nov 21, 2014 / 02:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The recent return to the "Vatican bank" of some $28.8 million, seized because of alleged money laundering, closes a story that opened almost five years ago and accompanied the reform of Vatican finances. 1 day 18 hours
Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 20, 2014 / 12:31 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In the two weeks since a Christian couple was killed by a Muslim mob in Pakistan, local leaders from both religions have come together repeatedly to call for justice in the matter, and an end to the misuse of blasphemy allegations. 2 days 8 hours
Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 07:44 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that the Gospel scene in which Jesus wept for Jerusalem's closed heart is repeated today with those in the Church who are afraid to let him work in their lives.
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Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2014 / 07:40 pm (EWTN News).- The United Nations is facing harsh criticism for its recent recommendations promoting emergency contraception for teenagers and the rollback of parental-consent abortion laws. 2 days 13 hours
Boston, Mass., Nov 20, 2014 / 07:37 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley has clarified his recent 60 Minutes interview, saying its "difficult questions" on women's ordination and Vatican investigations of a Missouri bishop and a women's religious conference needed more discussion and nuance. 2 days 13 hours
Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2014 / 06:41 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. 2 days 14 hours
Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2014 / 05:35 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The U.S. bishops are imploring Congress to enact stronger medical conscience protections against state abortion laws by passing the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act.

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Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 04:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Turkey's small community of 53,000 Catholics – amid a population of 76 million – is anticipating Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the country with joyful hearts, says Istanbul's apostolic vicariate.
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Rome, Italy, Nov 20, 2014 / 02:49 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the excessive consumption and misuse of food, saying that often the statistics surrounding the topic of hunger are twisted for the sake of national security. 2 days 18 hours
Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 02:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- One of the lessons learned from this week's Vatican conference on marriage, say organizers, is that the beauty of man and woman's complementarity is not political, but is rather the human experience. 2 days 18 hours
Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 01:40 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The divorced and remarried can receive absolution like any other member of the faithful, the Vatican's doctrinal office has affirmed: when they repent, in their case taking a firm resolution to abstain from sex with their new partner. 2 days 19 hours

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Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit has blocked an appearance by a representative of New Ways Ministry at a parish in his archdiocese. Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of New ... 1 day 8 hours
The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, is considering the possibility of filing for bankruptcy protection, in the wake of a costly financial settlement with sex-abuse ... 1 day 9 hours
Vatican officials insist that they have no special concerns about security as Pope Francis prepares to travel to Turkey next week. "There is no specific reason for concern," Father ... 1 day 9 hours
Migration should be recognized as a sign of hope, even when it takes place in circumstances that are "at times painful and even tragic," Pope Francis said on November 21 in an address to ... 1 day 9 hours
The Chinese government has proposed a cooperative arrangement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of Catholic bishops. The Beijing regime has clashed repeatedly with Rome over ... 1 day 9 hours
"Churches must never become businesses," Pope Francis said in a homily at morning Mass on November 21. Commenting on the Gospel passage in which Jesus clears the Temple of ... 1 day 9 hours
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, has been added to the list of prelates who will supervise the organization of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. Pope Francis added ... 1 day 9 hours
Archbishop Francisco Martínez Fernández of Granada, Spain, has reportedly been summoned to Rome to discuss his handling of reports about a ring of pedophile priests. Earlier this year ... 1 day 9 hours
The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has released a message for World Fisheries Day, which is commemorated on November 21. The pontifical ... 1 day 16 hours
In a video message to a festival devoted to Catholic social teaching, Pope Francis said that people, and not money, are central to economic development. "Money alone does not create ... 1 day 16 hours
In a message to the Pontifical Marian International Academy, Pope Francis paid tribute to Blessed Paul VI's Marian teaching and said that he, like his predecessor, has entrusted the Church ... 1 day 16 hours
Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, the head of the Colombian Episcopal Conference, has called upon the nation's president to restart peace talks with Colombian rebels. President ... 1 day 17 hours
The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration has welcomed President Barack Obama's decision to defer the threat of deportation of an estimated ... 1 day 17 hours
Citing abortion, euthanasia, and homosexual unions, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said that Europe's secularism has reached �apocalyptic' proportions. Patriarch Kirill made ... 1 day 17 hours
Ukraine's Roman-rite and Byzantine-rite bishops gathered for a joint retreat and renewed their pleas for peace. "The call for peace is based on truth and justice; it comes from the ... 1 day 17 hours
The would-be assassin of St. John Paul II has requested a meeting with Pope Francis. Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and gravely wounded Pope John Paul II in May 1981, said that he would like ... 2 days 6 hours
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Christians visited the Stations of the Cross in the Old City of Jerusalem on November 20, in a prayer service for peace in the troubled city. The public prayer service--which was ... 2 days 7 hours
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Pope Francis traveled to the offices of the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome to address a major international conference on hunger. "Nowadays there is much talk of ... 2 days 16 hours
The United Nations Population Fund has issued its annual State of World Population report. The report decried barriers to adolescent "reproductive health" care, including laws that ... 2 days 16 hours
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WASHINGTON—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, welcomed the news today that the Obama administration will defer deportations for many undocumented immigrants and their families.

“We have a long history of welcoming and aiding the poor, the outcast, the immigrant, and the disadvantaged. Each day, the Catholic Church in the United States, in her social service agencies, hospitals, schools, and parishes, witnesses the human consequences of the separation of families, when parents are deported from their children or spouses from each other. We’ve been on record asking the Administration to do everything within its legitimate authority to bring relief and justice to our immigrant brothers and sisters. As pastors, we welcome any efforts within these limits that protect individuals and protect and reunite families and vulnerable children,” said Bishop Elizondo.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, and president of the USCCB said, “There is an urgent pastoral need for a more humane view of immigrants and a legal process that respects each person’s dignity, protects human rights, and upholds the rule of law. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, said so eloquently: ‘Every human being is a child of God! He or she bears the image of Christ! We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected, and loved.’”

Bishop Elizondo added, “I strongly urge Congress and the President to work together to enact permanent reforms to the nation’s immigration system for the best interests of the nation and the migrants who seek refuge here. We will continue to work with both parties to enact legislation that welcomes and protects immigrants and promotes a just and fair immigration policy.”
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WASHINGTON—In the coming months, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs and the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church will conduct a nationwide assessment of the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics. Findings from this project will be used to formulate a broader National Pastoral Plan.

“Building upon the USCCB’s mission of evangelization, and desiring to minister in the best possible way to all Catholics, the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church has determined the need for a National Pastoral Plan for Asian and Pacific Island Catholics,” said Bishop Randolph Calvo of Reno, Nevada, chairman of the Subcommittee for Asian and Pacific Islands Affairs. “This plan aims to identify current conditions and needs, revealing how faith is lived and expressed in culturally-specific contexts.”

The assessment will be conducted by a team of social scientists, led by Tricia Bruce, Ph.D. of Maryville College in Tennessee and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), and will include the participation of pastoral leaders such as bishops and diocesan directors, pastors and pastoral teams,volunteers and parishioners. The survey ( will include questions related to liturgy, formation, leadership, identity, integration, as well as family and community among Asian and Pacific Island Catholics.

The study will also convene focus groups at large gatherings, such as the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and the Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore, and will conduct extensive interviews with influential leaders who minister to these communities.

Participation in these efforts is essential to help the Catholic Church develop a better understanding of the contributions and needs of such a diverse co...
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