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I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you...+Philippians 1:3-5





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Young women reach through the international border fence to hold hands and pray the Our Father with those on the other side during Mass Oct. 23 in Nogales, Ariz. Dioceses Without Borders organized the border liturgy that was concelebrated by the bishops of Tucson and Nogales, Sonora, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States. People on both sides of the fence took part in the celebration. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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>>Bishop-elect Coerver Ordination Mass Ticket Wait List Request <<
*Each name added is eligible for one ticket. Adding your name to the wait list does not guarantee that you will receive a ticket.
Add your name to the wait list for Bishop-elect Coerver's Ordination Mass. Those who do receive tickets will likely be seated in the Christ the King Cathedral School Gym.
All people of good will are welcomed to join in praying Vespers with Bishop-elect Coerver and guests at Christ the King Cathedral the evening of November 20 at 7 p.m.
The Mass on November 21 at 2 p.m. will stream live through the Christ the King Cathedral website at

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Pope expresses shock over cruelty waged against innocent Iraqis
As a military operation in northern Iraq fights to wrest control of areas held by retaliating Islamic State forces, Pope Francis criticized the “cruelty” and heinous violence waged against innocent civilians. He invited people to pray with him, asking that “Iraq, while gravely stricken, might be both strong and firm in the hope of moving toward a future of security, reconciliation and peace.”

Archbishop Chaput: Be like Mary. Punch the devil in the nose.
Catholics should look to Mary to be part of a religion that fights for truth, rather than assimilating to the popular culture, said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. “If we want to reclaim who we are as a Church, if we want to renew the Catholic imagination, we need to begin, in ourselves and in our local parishes, by unplugging our hearts from the assumptions of a culture that still seems familiar but is no longer really ‘ours,’” Archbishop Chaput said. “This is why Mary – the young Jewish virgin, the loving mother, and the woman who punches the devil in the nose – was, is, and always will be the great defender of the Church,” he added.

‘Rigid’ people are ill, hypocrites, or worse, Pope says
Commenting on the confrontations between Jesus and the Pharisees, the Pope said: “Beneath rigidity there is always something hidden: in many cases a double life, but there is also some sort of disease lingering there.” The Pontiff told the congregation at the Sanctae Marthae resident that some people consider themselves superior because they adhere to the Law, “but beneath there is something not so nice about them: either they are bad or they are hypocrites or they are ill.”

China allows ordination of Vatican-approved bishop
The announcement of the bishop’s ordination appeared to lend new credibility to reports that the Vatican is close to an agreement with Beijing that would resolve a long impasse over the appointment of new bishops. The ordination in Changzhi could be the first result of a reported agreement in which the Vatican will recognize several bishops appointed by the government, and the Chinese regime in turn will give the Holy See veto power over future episcopal appointments. (The Vatican has not confirmed that an agreement is imminent, nor discussed the terms of a proposed accord.)

That time a priest was reprimanded by a saint
When white smoke poured out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on October 16, 1978, Fr. Eamon Kelly, a seminarian studying in Rome at the time, couldn’t have known that he was witnessing the election of a future saint. Nor did he know that more than a dozen years after that election, he would be reprimanded by that same future saint, John Paul II, during one of his Wednesday general audiences.

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Praying for the Souls of the Dead: A Catholic Tradition
It has become quite common when people die to display flowers or candles to remember their passing. This gesture is done instinctively to honor their memory, perhaps even as a way of offering a prayer for them. We seem to all want to find a fitting way to remember those who have left us. Unfortunately, some have come to question why we pray for the dead. They believe that once someone has died there is nothing else that can be done for them. They think it is more important to pray for those who are grieving, who are suffering now.

6 Rumors about the Catholic Church Snopes Squashed for Us
Snopes is a popular de-bunking website where people can go to see if the Internet rumors they’ve seen shared on social media and through email are true or, in fact, fictitious. So I decided to see what kind of rumors they’ve handled about the Catholic Church. Here are the six best ones…

Science: the Study of the Handiwork of God
Not long ago, while driving the kids to school — even before I’d had a sip of morning coffee — I found myself musing over some pretty big questions. My thoughts had been prompted by a radio interview, which had gotten me thinking about my reversion back to the Catholic Church. While I’d never really left the Church, as a young adult, I felt it as a possibility. I wasn’t convinced Catholicism had all my best interests in mind.



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