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Pope donates skull cap for charity auction

Catholic News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:48
An Italian television show has persuaded Pope Francis to donate a zucchetto for a charity auction, and the bidding has already soared to $130,000. The host of the show Le Iene appeared ...

Scottish bishops react to referendum

Catholic News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:39
Following the decision of the voters of Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, the Scottish bishops issued a statement saying that their conference "recognizes and respects the ...

Friday, September 19, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 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/

Miracle of St. Januarius repeated: blood liquefies

Catholic News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:54
The blood of St. Januarius liquefied on September 19, his feast day, in the repetition of a familiar miracle in Naples. St. Januarius, who was martyred during the persecutions of ...

Papal message links pursuit of holiness, Catholic social teaching, evangelization

Catholic News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:39
Pope Francis has linked personal conversion, Catholic social teaching, and evangelization in a brief message to participants in a Madrid conference. "The Holy Father encourages you to ...

Nigerian bishop: Boko Haram now controls 25 towns

Catholic News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:29
Comparing the brutality of Boko Haram to that of the Islamic State, a Nigerian bishop said that Boko Haram has taken control of 25 towns in northeastern Nigeria. "We are faced with a ...

Before trip to Albania, Pope prays at St. Mary Major

Catholic News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:13
In preparation for his September 21 apostolic journey to Albania, Pope Francis made a visit to the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, to pray before the image of the Virgin, Salus ...

Iraq: bishop, residents return to town as Kurdish forces advance

Catholic News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:04
Bishop Mikha Pola Maqdassi, the Chaldean Catholic bishop of Alqosh, has joined 75% of residents in returning to their northern Iraqi city, according to a report from the Assyrian ...

Vatican diplomat: the elderly should not be victims of a culture of efficiency

Catholic News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:45
A leading Holy See diplomat has expressed concern about the ways in which the elderly are discarded by a culture that values economic efficiency above all else. Archbishop Silvano ...

Central African priest receives human rights award for sheltering Muslim civilians

Catholic News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:26
Human Rights Watch has bestowed an award upon Father Bernard Kinvi, a priest in the Central African Republic who sheltered hundred of Muslims whose lives were threatened by anti-Balaka ...

RISEN LIFE NOW AND FOREVER - One Bread, One Body, Sep 19, 2014

St. Januarius
1 Corinthians 15:12-20 | Psalm 17:1, 6-8, 15 | Luke 8:1-3

"Christ is now raised from the dead." —1 Corinthians 15:20

We are witnesses for Jesus risen (1 Cor 15:15; Acts 2:32; 3:15; 4:2). The resurrection of Jesus is the heart of the gospel (2 Tm 2:8). "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is void of content and your faith is empty too" (1 Cor 15:14). ... More

Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion

Catholic News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:31
Several influential cardinals have criticized a proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper to allow Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried, in a rare display of open disagreement ...

England's Richard III: a Catholic king, buried in a Protestant cathedral?

Catholic News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:24
Writing in the Catholic Herald, columnist William Oddie protests the plans to rebury the remains of England's King Richard III in a Protestant cathedral. Richard III, Oddie observes, ...

Salvation requires recognizing one's sinfulness, Pope tells congregation

Catholic News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:21
Salvation is available "only to those who open their hearts and acknowledge that they are sinners," Pope Francis told a congregation at Mass on September 18. The Pope pointed out that ...

VP Biden sides with nuns in conflict with Vatican

Catholic News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:09
US Vice President Joseph Biden inserted himself into a debate over the Vatican-mandated reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, as he appeared at an event sponsored by the ...

Pope asks bishops of Ivory Coast to build a sense of fraternity

Catholic News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:07
In a September 18 address to visiting bishops from Ivory Coast, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of close fraternal relations among bishops and encouraged careful inculturation of ...

Don't be isolated from the faithful, Pope advises new bishops

Catholic News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:02
Addressing a group of newly ordained bishops on September 18, Pope Francis said that "nothing is more important than introducing people to God!" "Love the people that God gave you," the ...

Cardinal Dolan defends decision to remain as Grand Marshall of St. Patrick's day parade

Catholic News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:01
New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan has defended his decision to accept the presence of a homosexual group in the St. Patrick's day parade, in a column for his archdiocesan ...

Jewish leaders visit Pope in advance of Rosh Hashana

Catholic News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:00
Pope Francis met on September 17 with a group of Jewish leaders, in an early observance of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish celebration of the new year. "We want to share with the Pope our ...

From simple husband to ascetical priest

Catholic Commentary - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:01

In my previous comments on asceticism (see Addressing the Root Cause of Clerical Homosexual Behavior and Pederasty), I proposed that each bishop live an ascetical life, and by his own example and directives, oversee the ascetical discipline of his priests. Ascesis, or the practice of self-discipline, particularly for religious reasons, is a life-long task that is important for all Christians, but it is an especially necessary practice if the Catholic priest in a pagan society hopes to retain his chastity. I have long thought that the near extinction of clerical ascesis in my lifetime has played a pivotal role in the sexual upheaval enveloping the Church, its priests and its bishops.

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