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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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A journalist uses a phone to photograph the Sistine Chapel illuminated with new LED lighting Oct. 29. New lighting and air conditioning systems make the chapel cooler and better lit and will help preserve Michelangelo Buonarroti's masterpiece. (CNS/Paul Haring)

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The devil is no myth – he's real and we must fight him, Pope says
“In this generation, like so many others, people have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we must fight against him,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha house for his Oct. 30 daily Mass. He turned to St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, from which the day’s first reading was taken and in which the apostle warns against the temptations of the devil, telling Christians to clothe themselves with the armor of God so they can resist.

US bishops to vote on revised directives for healthcare partnerships
At its November meeting in Baltimore, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will vote on whether to revise the text of “Forming New Partnerships with Health Care Organizations and Providers,” a chapter in its Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. In February, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith offered guidance pertaining to the revision of the chapter, according to a USCCB press release.

Right to life is foundation of all human rights, Vatican envoy tells UN
“Along with the right to life, the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion continues to face serious challenges around the world. In some regions, violations against religious freedom have multiplied and intensified in their brutality, in particular against religious minorities,” he said. “My delegation insists that these ruthless violations must not only be seen as violence against ethnic and religious minorities, but first and foremost must be condemned as blatant violations of fundamental human rights, and must be dealt with accordingly.”

Who can help end women's sexual exploitation? Christian men
Rather than being confined to a matter of personal behavior or morality, the need to put an end to the scourge is a greater issue of societal justice, according to Paul Horrocks, founder of Justice NYC.   Christian men, he told CNA, “acknowledge that this is a problem and it is a problem within the churches,” but also tend to view the issue of sexual exploitation through media such as pornography as a topic “that we can't do anything about.”

Pope requests prayers for Mexico
“I would like to raise a prayer and draw close in our hearts to the people of Mexico, who are suffering from the loss of these students and many similar problems,” the Pope said following his October 29 general audience. “May our hearts be close to them in prayer at this time.” Investigators have found that local police kidnapped the student and handed them over to drug traffickers. The discovery of a mass grave of burned bodies suggests that the students were been burned alive.

Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere

5 Easy Steps to Terrifying Your Neighbors with the Gospel This Halloween
It’s hard to believe, but Halloween (or is it All Hallows’ Eve?) is less than [here]! Want to be able to share your faith in your neighborhood this Halloween? Here’s what you need to do…

Prayer: Keep The Lights On
One fine day, bouncing along the potholes of a boulevard in New York, the driver of the car in which I was a passenger proclaimed in increasingly shrill tones as we passed a cloistered convent: What a waste of life!! What good do those nuns do? They’re not helping anyone! They’re not doing any good just sitting around all day praying! And a few other less salient comments I have no desire to spell out on these pages.

Homes for Those Without a Place
The idea of home, of a sense of place, is a vital thread in conservative thought. It’s crucial to the conservative emphasis on community, family, and local institutions. Yet amid the incessant discussions on this theme, it’s easy to forget how such a basic good as a literal home is unobtainable for so many homeless Americans. On any night in the U.S. there are roughly 400,000 to 650,000 homeless people. Thankfully there are organizations like 100,000 Homes working to improve their situation.

Alone In Her Presence: Halloween – Inviting the Secular
It’s that time of year again: a time when the veil between two worlds, the living and the crossed-over, is at the thinnest. This is a time many Pagans call Samhain, a sabbat to honor the death of the Horned God in his epic journey of death and rebirth. Many step into rituals that acknowledge the departed to commune and welcome the spirits of beloved dead. This month, many of the articles here at Patheos Pagan are focusing on honoring the beloved dead with the Ancestor Remembrance Project.  This is, after all, our most ‘high profile’ time.



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