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Monday, October 20, 2014
  • Paul VI was a pope of dialogue, says Cardinal Re

    Retired Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who comes from the same diocese as Pope Paul VI did and worked for him in the Vatican Secretariat of State, described the late pope as a man rich in spirituality, a thinker and a pastor "very sensitive to the ...
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    Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras pray in Jerusalem in January 1964. (CNS photo Giancarolo Giuliani, Catholic Pres
  • U.S. Supreme Court blocks law that had closed most Texas abortion clinics

    The Supreme Court Oct. 14 blocked a Texas law that had meant all but seven of the state's abortion clinics were closed because they failed to meet new standards.

    The block will remain in effect while the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers a legal ...
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    Pro-life supporters stand outside a Dallas abortion clinic in 2013.
  • Synod working groups emphasize beauty of marriage, church teaching

    The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family must put greater focus on the beauty of the Christian vision of marriage and not let an approach of "welcoming" and mercy override the church's duty to call people to turn away from sin, according to a number ...
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    Pope Francis poses with some of the 14 married couples who helped draw up the working group reports. (CNS photo)
  • Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops

    The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it does not accurately reflect the assembly's ...
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    Cardinal Wilfrid Napier (Durban, South Africa) helped prepare this synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
  • Daily recitation of rosary 'key to world peace,' priest says at rally

    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone carried the exposed Eucharist in a monstrance through the streets of San Francisco, as more than a thousand Catholics processed in a public display of faith from St. Mary's Cathedral to United Nations Plaza for the 4th annual rosary rally ...
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    San Franciscan saw its fourth annual rosary rally on October 11. (CNS photo/Dennis Callahan, Catholic San Francisco)
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Paul of the Cross: 
		<p>Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ’s passion. Paul saw in the Lord’s passion a demonstration of God’s love for all people. In turn that devotion nurtured his compassion and supported a preaching ministry that touched the hearts of many listeners. He was known as one of the most popular preachers of his day, both for his words and for his generous acts of mercy. </p>
		<p>In 1720 Paul founded the Congregation of the Passion, whose members combined devotion to Christ’s passion with preaching to the poor and rigorous penances. Known as the Passionists, they add a fourth vow to the traditional three of poverty, chastity, and obedience, to spread the memory of Christ’s passion among the faithful. Paul was elected superior general of the Congregation in 1747, spending the remainder of his life in Rome. </p>
		<p>Paul of the Cross died in 1775, and was canonized in 1867. Over 2000 of his letters and several of his short writings have survived. </p>
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