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Philippine prelate: greater outreach to homosexuals, remarried is needed

Catholic News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 05:30
Following the Synod of Bishops, the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines called upon pastors to reach out to those with homosexual attractions in order to help ...

Pope meets with Bavarian soccer team

Catholic News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 05:12
Pope Francis met on October 22 with Bayern Munich, a German soccer team that was in Rome for a soccer game. The team presented the Pontiff with a shirt, and the Pope gave each player a ...

Vatican spokesman defends decision not to publish synod fathers' speeches

Catholic News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 05:03
In an interview with Vatican Radio, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that the recently concluded Synod of Bishops was "a truly special experience, and very different from ...

Papal appeal for workers whose jobs are in danger

Catholic News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:36
At the conclusion of his October 22 general audience, Pope Francis issued an appeal on behalf of workers at Meridiana, an Italian airline that has announced plans to lay off over 1,300 ...

New Chicago archbishop to live in rectory rather than mansion

Catholic News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:10
Archbishop-designate Blaise Cupich of Chicago has decided in live the cathedral rectory rather than in the mansion that has been the home of his predecessors since 1885, according to an ...

Mysteries of the Virgin Mary: Living Our Lady’s Graces


Father Cameron shows the power and centrality of Mary in a series of insightful and reverent meditations on the Church’s Marian feasts.

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY - One Bread, One Body, Oct 23, 2014

St. John of Capistrano
Ephesians 3:14-21 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 | Luke 12:49-53

"I kneel before the Father from Whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name." —Ephesians 3:14-15

Jesus has "come to light a fire on the earth" (Lk 12:49). He begins this by dismantling families held together by factors not according to His will (see Lk 12:51ff). For example, many marriages and families stay together because of fears, ... More

African bishops oppose closing borders in fight against Ebola

Catholic News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:49
"The closing of borders is not the solution to Ebola," the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) said in a statement released to the Fides news ...

Archbishop Chaput: believers are outsiders in America today

Catholic News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:41
Christians should recognize that they are outside the mainstream in American society today, Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput said in the annual Erasmus Lecture, sponsored by First ...

Pope Francis reflects on the Church as the Body of Christ

Catholic News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:37
Continuing his series of Wednesday catecheses on the Church, Pope Francis devoted his October 22 general audience to the Church as the Body of Christ. Recalling the prophet Ezekiel's ...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

Rhode Island bishop critiques synod

Catholic News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:41
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence has written a candid and critical series of "random thoughts" on the recent Synod of Bishops. "In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope ...

Dallas diocese housed Ebola victim's fiancée, family

Catholic News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:26
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas said that the diocese has housed the fiancée of Ebola virus victim Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as her son and two nephews, for several weeks. The four, ...

Liturgical items on agenda of US bishops' meeting

Catholic News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:08
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss several liturgical items at its November 10-13 meeting. The bishops will vote on a revision of the current (1989) ...

Ukrainian Catholic leader laments foreign aggression

Catholic News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:54
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in a radio interview that Ukraine is a victim of foreign aggression, and not in the midst of a civil war. Major Archbishop ...

Iraq: Christian refugees' plight worsened by flooding

Catholic News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:36
Heavy rains have flooded Dohuk, the northern Iraqi city to which 100,000 of the nation's Christians have fled, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The floods have ...

Vatican envoy calls for greater respect for indigenous peoples

Catholic News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:20
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said in an October 20 statement that "much still needs to be done to safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of ...

MORE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 22, 2014

Ephesians 3:2-12 | Isaiah 12:2-6 | Luke 12:39-48

"When much has been given a man, much will be required of him. More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted." —Luke 12:48

Jesus spoke the above words to St. Peter and the apostles. We might not be expected to perform the works of St. Peter, but none of us are off the hook when it comes to serving the Lord. As Catholics, we have received the sacraments of Baptism, ... More

Vatican's UN envoy repeats support for 2-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Catholic News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:45
Speaking on October 21 at a UN Security Council session on the Middle East, the Holy See's permanent representative reiterated the Vatican's support for a two-state solution to the ...

Iran: Evangelical pastors given 6-year prison sentences

Catholic News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:37
Three Evangelical Christian pastors in Iran have been sentenced to 6-year prison terms for their leadership roles in the house-church movement, the Fides news service reports. Pastors ...
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