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Thursday, September 3, 2015
  • Doctors still pressured against following conscience

    ROME (CNS) -- When St. John Paul II called for conscientious objection against laws legitimizing abortion and euthanasia 20 years ago, one Catholic doctor never imagined the struggle and sacrifice to carry out that duty would last for so long.

    Dr. Robert Walley, a British obstetrician and gynecologist who founded and ...

    Dr. Robert Walley, founder and head of MaterCare International, attends the group's 10th international conference in Rome Sept. 1.
  • Summer mission lets young adults focus on faith and service

    SALINA, Kan. (CNS) -- Ten years ago, Father Gale Hammerschmidt, then a seminarian, said he had no idea what to expect from Prayer and Action, a summer mission project he helped launch.

    "I was hoping we could do one week a summer," he said.

    The popular program has ...

    Volunteers with the Prayer and Action summer mission program pray with Father Jarett Konrade in Stockton, Kan., June 4.
  • Trip through Central Park added to pope’s New York itinerary

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Pope Francis will get a glimpse of leafy Central Park and thousands of waving New Yorkers Sept. 25 when he makes "a historic procession" through the urban landmark, according to the city's mayor.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sept 1 the pope will ride along the West ...

    Women eat lunch in Central Park in New York City Sept. 1.
  • Observers: Pope to affirm and challenge politicians during visit

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) -- Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner -- two high-profile Catholic politicians -- the visual of Pope Francis' Sept. 24 address to Congress will signal an evolving narrative.

    The improbability of a pope standing before a ...

    Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner are pictured in 2013 during a joint meeting of Congress.
  • Former nuncio dies while awaiting sex-abuse trial

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Initial results of the autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was awaiting trial in the Vatican on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography, indicate he died late Aug. 27 of a "cardiac incident," the Vatican said.

    The ...

    Former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was found dead Aug. 28 in a Vatican residence.
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Gregory the Great: Coming events cast their shadows before: Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome. 
<p>Ordained a priest, he became one of the pope's seven deacons, and also served six years in the East as papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot, and at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome. </p><p>He was direct and firm. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking money for many services, emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners of the Lombards and to care for persecuted Jews and the victims of plague and famine. He was very concerned about the conversion of England, sending 40 monks from his own monastery. He is known for his reform of the liturgy, for strengthening respect for doctrine. Whether he was largely responsible for the revision of "Gregorian" chant is disputed. </p><p>Gregory lived in a time of perpetual strife with invading Lombards and difficult relations with the East. When Rome itself was under attack, he interviewed the Lombard king. </p><p>An Anglican historian has written: "It is impossible to conceive what would have been the confusion, the lawlessness, the chaotic state of the Middle Ages without the medieval papacy; and of the medieval papacy, the real father is Gregory the Great." </p><p>His book, <i>Pastoral Care</i>, on the duties and qualities of a bishop, was read for centuries after his death. He described bishops mainly as physicians whose main duties were preaching and the enforcement of discipline. In his own down-to-earth preaching, Gregory was skilled at applying the daily gospel to the needs of his listeners. Called "the Great," Gregory has been given a place with Augustine (August 28), Ambrose (December 7) and Jerome (September 30)as one of the four key doctors of the Western Church.</p> American Catholic Blog Loving trust and total surrender made Our Lady say yes to the message of the angel, and cheerfulness made her run in haste to serve her cousin Elizabeth. So much in our lives, too, is saying yes to Jesus, and running haste to serve him in the poorest of the poor.  –Mother Theresa

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