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Idaho: ministers face fines, prison for refusing to preside at same-sex wedding

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:32
In Idaho, a Protestant couple who operate a non-denominational wedding chapel have been told that they must solemnize same-sex unions or else face imprisonment. Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ...

Act now to avert Christian 'genocide' in Middle East: Vatican Secretary of State

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:08
The international community must take action "to prevent possible new genocides" in the Middle East, Cardinal Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in an afternoon address to a consistory of ...

Pope addresses cardinals, decries �terrorism of previously unimaginable dimensions'

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:43
As he convened a consistory of cardinals on October 20, Pope Francis lamented the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. "We cannot resign ourselves to ...

Vatican message to Hindus emphasizes negative effects of globalization

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:31
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued its annual message to Hindus for Diwali (Deepavali), the Hindu autumn festival of lights. In the message, released October ...

Monday, October 20, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 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/

Pope Francis meets with Vietnam's prime minister

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 05:47
Pope Francis met on October 18 with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, who has led the Communist nation since 2005. The meeting, according to the Holy See Press Office, "marks ...

Cardinal Burke confirms reports of transfer from position

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 05:38
In two interviews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has confirmed reports that he will soon be transferred from the position of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which he ...

New appointments to Pontifical Biblical Commission

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 05:24
Pope Francis has appointed 20 scholars to the Pontifical Biblical Commission for the next five years. One of them is from the United States: Mary Healy, a professor at Sacred Heart ...

Malta's leading prelate resigns

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 05:15
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paul Cremona, Malta's leading prelate, at the age of 68. The Dominican prelate, who has led the Archdiocese of Malta since 2006, ...

Pope Paul VI beatified

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 05:00
In an October 19 Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, whose 15-year reign (1963-78) saw the conclusion and initial implementation of the Second Vatican Council, ...

As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in

Catholic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:44
The 14th and 15th general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 18. Preaching at Terce, ...

CULTURE-WARS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 20, 2014

St. Paul of the Cross
Ephesians 2:1-10 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Luke 12:13-21

"That is the way it works with the man who grows rich for himself instead of growing rich in the sight of God." —Luke 12:21

The man in today's Gospel reading decided to save for the future. He said to himself: "You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax! Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself" (Lk 12:19). In today's culture, we would call him a wise ... More

Sunday, October 19, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 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/

MISSION-MINDED? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 19, 2014

29th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 | Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 | Matthew 22:15-21

"...so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun men may know that there is none besides Me." —Isaiah 45:6

On this World Mission Sunday, the Church asks us as Christians what our relationship is to the nations of the world. We must give the nations what belongs to them (see Mt 22:21). Especially, we must give Jesus to the nations, for He belongs to ... More

The Church, Mother To All - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

JESUS INVITES US
Jesus is "the evangelizer par excellence and the Gospel in person" (Evangelii Guadium, 209) His solicitude, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized, invites all of us to care for the frailest and to recognize His suffering countenance, especially in the victims of new forms of poverty and slavery. More

Saturday, October 18, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 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/

CATHOLIC WORKERS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 18, 2014

St. Luke
2 Timothy 4:10-17 | Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18 | Luke 10:1-9

"The harvest is rich but the workers are few; therefore ask the Harvest-Master to send workers to His harvest." —Luke 10:2

Jesus needs many more workers to reach the more than four-billion people who don't know Him. He also needs many more workers to help the nearly two-billion Christians grow in holiness. Therefore, "take courage" and work for Jesus (see Hg 2:4). ... More

German cardinal defends Synod document, says Church teaching can change

Catholic News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:45
Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change ...

Benedict XVI will attend beatification of Paul VI

Catholic News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:30
Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the beatification ceremony for Pope Paul VI on Sunday, October 19, the Vatican has announced. The retired Pontiff is one of three living prelates ...

African cardinal sees effort to manipulate Synod

Catholic News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:18
Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has complained that some influential forces have sought to manipulate the Synod of Bishops. Speaking to the ...
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