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Monday, October 01, 2012

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Peace and all Good!
October is the month of St. Francis, whose feast day falls on October 4. Here at Franciscan Media and AmericanCatholic.org, we have several new ways to celebrate our Franciscan charism.

All Things Francis
We've added a new section to the home page of AmericanCatholic.org to spotlight Franciscan spirituality. "Franciscan Reflections" features stories of contemporary followers of Francis, quotes and meditations, and more resources to inspire you on your faith journey. You also can celebrate Francis' feast day by visiting our St. Francis special feature page. There, you can find a pet blessing in your area and read about the traditions and theology behind the Franciscan custom of blessing animals. We also have partnered with The Humane Society of the United States' Faith Outreach ministry to be part of the "St. Francis Day in a Box" promotion.
Two new saints: Kateri and Marianne Cope
October's issue of St. Anthony Messenger offers a closer look at two women being canonized this month: Kateri Tekakwitha and Marianne Cope. Kateri is the first Native American saint, and Mother Marianne was a Franciscan sister who ministered to the sick in what is now Hawaii. Other highlights of this month's Messenger are an interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a profile of country singer and pro-life activist Collin Raye, an introduction to the Year of Faith, and tips for "green" cleaning.
Saint of the Day
The stories of the saints are both timeless and timely. To deepen your understanding of these inspired lives, we've added links to related articles and books on numerous Saint of the Day entries. Now you can explore, and share, even more about these Catholic heroes! Some of our featured saints are our patrons: Francis, Anthony, and Clare. You'll also find details on holy people such as Blessed Mother Teresa and Therese of Lisieux among many others.
Liberty+Vine
Liberty+Vine gets into the Franciscan spirit with an issue that pays tribute to our human relationship with animals. We delve into the spiritual connection between man and beast, even featuring photos of some of our beloved (and adorable) staff pets! This month's issue of our new, all-digital magazine also includes TV and book reviews, news, and ideas for taking better care of yourself physically and spiritually. You can subscribe for just $19.99 or read a sample issue. Also, join our Facebook community to see what we're up to each day!


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