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Apple, Facebook will pay female employees to freeze eggs, continue careers

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:09
Two powerful American high-tech companies are offering to pay female workers to have their eggs frozen, so that they can continue to work full-time without forfeiting the chance to have ...

Vatican delegate to UN: don't judge women's advances by men's standards

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:07
In a statement to a UN session on the advancement of women, the Vatican's representative has argued that the welfare of women "should not be measured merely by the criterion of equality ...

Cardinal Dolan calls for clear reaffirmation of Church's teaching on marriage

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:55
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, a participant in the Synod of Bishops, said in an interview that "we want to be as clear and as compelling as possible in reaffirming the Church's ...

Pope Francis reflects on the Church as the heavenly bride

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:38
Reflecting on a passage from the Book of Revelation, Pope Francis discussed the bridal nature of the Church in his October 15 general audience. The Church, he said, prepares each day ...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 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/

Oppose family detention, urges US bishops' immigration initiative

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:37
Justice for Immigrants, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging Catholics to contact President Barack Obama and members of Congress in opposition to ...

Ebola: Liberian bishop speaks of the suffering of his people

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:22
In an interview with Time, a Liberian bishop who was unable to travel to the Synod of Bishops because of the Ebola crisis spoke of the suffering of his people. "The Ebola situation has ...

Christ is cleansing Ukraine, says Church leader

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:00
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said recently that amid the strife that is afflicting Ukraine, Christ is cleansing the nation. "There is a great cleansing which is ...

Government to provide housing for some of Iraq's persecuted Christians

Catholic News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:36
Iraq's deputy prime minister has announced the nation's government will provide 25,000 prefabricated homes for Christians who fled their towns in the wake of the advance of the Islamic ...

FLESHING IT OUT - One Bread, One Body, Oct 15, 2014

St. Teresa of Jesus
Galatians 5:18-25 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 11:42-46

"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires." —Galatians 5:24

By "the flesh," the Bible refers to our fallen human nature. "The tendency of the flesh is toward death" (Rm 8:6). "The flesh in its tendency is at enmity with God; it is not subject to God's law. Indeed, it cannot be; those who are in the flesh ... More

Pushback on Synod document <I>[News Analysis]</i>

Catholic News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:36
Controversy sharpened at the Synod of Bishops, as many prelates have complained that an interim report released on October 13 did not accurately represent the thoughts of the Synod ...

Missionaries remain in northern Cameroon despite Boko Haram threat

Catholic News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:52
Missionaries from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions have decided to remain in northern Cameroon despite recent incursions by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. "The ...

Synod official discusses reference to homosexuality in synod document

Catholic News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:02
A key synod official has discussed the references to homosexuality in the synod's "post-discussion report" (relatio post disceptationem). Asked at a Vatican press conference to comment ...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 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/

Patriarch laments plight of Syriac Catholics

Catholic News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:40
In an interview with Vatican Radio, the head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, lamented the plight of Syriac Catholics in Iraq ...

Holy See diplomat: �the international community must intervene' to protect the persecuted

Catholic News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:31
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio to the United Nations, said that the "international community must intervene" to protect the Middle East's persecuted minorities when ...

Theme announced for 2015 Synod of Bishops

Catholic News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:21
The Holy See Press Office has announced the theme of next year's Synod of Bishops. It has been known for some time that next year's synod will discuss the family, but the exact theme ...

Holy See diplomat: promote family unity in migration policy

Catholic News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:07
Addressing an international meeting on migration, the Holy See's leading representative at UN offices in Geneva spoke of the tragic effects of family separation because of migration and ...

Synod of Bishops (October 13 roundup): synod fathers critique interim document

Catholic News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 04:54
The eleventh general congregation (session) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 13. Preaching at Terce (Midmorning ...

THE POINT OF MOST RESISTANCE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 14, 2014

Pope St. Callistus I
Galatians 5:1-6 | Psalm 119:41, 43-45, 47-48 | Luke 11:37-41

"If you give what you have as alms, all will be wiped clean for you." —Luke 11:41

To have all our sins wiped clean, we must repent and give our lives to Jesus. This conversion is an interior decision expressed in a tangible way. For some, conversion is most pointedly expressed by changing jobs or changing friends. For others, ... More

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