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Law is useless if it does not lead to Christ, Pope tells congregation

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:36
"If the law does not lead to Jesus Christ, if it does not bring us closer to Jesus Christ, it is dead," Pope Francis told a congregation at daily Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on ...

Western support for Syrian rebels fueled growth of Islamic State, Syrian priest charges

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:32
A Syrian priest has charged that the power of the Islamic State grew out of support given by the US, Israel, and other countries to rebels in Syria. Father Mtanious Hadad, a Melkite ...

Vatican cardinals receive discounts on groceries, gas, cigarettes

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:26
A report on Vatican financial affairs has shown that cardinals serving at the Vatican receive discounts on groceries, gasoline, and cigarettes, among other benefits. In a letter to ...

LED lights planned for Sistine Chapel

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:20
The Vatican Museums are planning to install low-energy LED lights in the Sistine Chapel, in a move intended to save costs and reduce the Vatican's carbon footprint. Some 7,000 small LED ...

New memoirs show how Archbishop Bugnini manipulated post-conciliar liturgical reforms

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:17
The memoirs of a noted priest show how a powerful prelate manipulated the process of liturgical reform after Vatican II. The memoirs of Father Louis Bouyer, who died in 2004, have ...

Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:53
An interim report from the Synod of Bishops has called upon Catholic pastors to recognize the positive elements of all family situations, including those at odds with Church teaching. The ...

Franciscan martyr beatified

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:04
Father Francesco Zirano (1564-1603), a Franciscan Conventual friar who was flayed alive in Algeria after he refused to renounce his faith, was beatified in Sassari, Sardinia, on October ...

Monday, October 13, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 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/

The poor and excluded welcome the Gospel, Pope says in Angelus address

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:53
Reflecting on the Gospel of the day (Mt. 22:1-14), Pope Francis devoted his October 12 Angelus address to the welcome that the Gospel receives among the poor and excluded. "God is good ...

Pope Francis: may Quebec again become a land that produces missionaries

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:39
On October 12, the midpoint of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving for the April canonization of ...

Pope Francis to meet with Vietnamese leader

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:25
On October 18, Pope Francis will meet with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, according to a brief announced from the Holy See Press Office. "The meeting will allow a deepening ...

Synod of Bishops: October 10 roundup

Catholic News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:07
The ninth and tenth general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 10. Preaching at Terce ...

SECONDS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 13, 2014

Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31—5:1 | Psalm 113:1-7 | Luke 11:29-32

"Stand firm, and do not take on yourselves the yoke of slavery a second time!" —Galatians 5:1

If Jesus sets us free, we are really free (Jn 8:36). If, however, we take on ourselves "the yoke of slavery a second time," we are in the worst condition possible for a human being. "When men have fled a polluted world by recognizing the Lord ... More

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 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/

DEATH TOLLED - One Bread, One Body, Oct 12, 2014

28th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 25:6-10 | Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 | Psalm 23:1-6 | Matthew 22:1-14

"On this mountain He will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces." —Isaiah 25:7-8

Isaiah prophesied that the Lord would "destroy death forever" (Is 25:8). Jesus fulfilled this prophecy. By His death on the cross, He took away death's victory, robbed "the devil, the prince of death, of his power" and freed "those who through ... More

Saturday, October 11, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 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/

YOU - One Bread, One Body, Oct 11, 2014

Galatians 3:22-29 | Psalm 105:2-7 | Luke 11:27-28

"Each one of you is a son of God because of your faith in Christ Jesus." —Galatians 3:26

Who are you in Christ? You are baptized into Christ (Gal 3:27), that is, you are immersed in Him. You live in Him, and at the same time He lives in you (see Jn 6:56; 17:23).

You are sons and daughters of God (Gal 3:26). "You did not receive a ... More

Somalia needs economic growth to establish stable government, prelate explains

Catholic News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 17:41
Although African coalition troops are making progress against Islamic extremists in Somalia, the country's leading Catholic prelate has told the Fides news service that Somalia cannot ...

New Zealand archbishop finds 'new hope' in Synod's discussion on Communion for divorced/remarried

Catholic News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 17:23
Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, New Zealand told Vatican Radio that he has seen "new life" in the work of the Synod of Bishop during this year's extraordinary session. The archbishop ...

Cardinal Burke questions couple's suggestion to Synod on welcoming gay son and lover

Catholic News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 17:19
Cardinal Raymond Burke has taken issue with an Australian couple who told the Synod of Bishops that parents should welcome the homosexual partner of a gay son to Christmas dinner with ...
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