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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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During a press conference this morning at Christ the King Cathedral, Most Rev. Plácido Rodríguez, CMF, read aloud the letter he sent to Pope Francis resigning his position as Bishop of Lubbock.

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Most Reverend Plácido Rodríguez, CMF, Writes Pope Francis Requesting Retirement
During a press conference this morning at Christ the King Cathedral, Most Rev. Plácido Rodríguez, CMF, read aloud the letter he sent to Pope Francis resigning his position as Bishop of Lubbock. As mandated by Canon Law, when a bishop reaches the age of 75, he must resign his office. Bishop Rodríguez celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday.

Don't fall into the traps of relativism and rigidity, Pope says
“The Evil Spirit never tires...the Christian can never be assured that all is well, he must discern things and be well aware of where they come from, of what their roots are,” the Pope said Oct. 9 during his Mass in the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse. In his homily, the Pope centered on the day’s Gospel passage from Luke, in which after casting out a demon from a man, Christ is accused by the crowd of collaborating with the demon Beelzebul.

Synod surprises: Universal compassion, inaccurate coverage, couples say
Two couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity of problems families face around the world and the synod fathers' great concern and compassion for the family. Even though Ketty De Rezende of Brazil studied and lived in the United States and Canada, she said hearing about the diversity of challenges families face in other parts of the world came as a surprise to her.

Be detached from riches in order to follow Christ, Pope says in Angelus address
“The youth did not allow himself to be conquered by the loving gaze of Jesus and thus he wasn’t able to change,” he continued. “Only in welcoming with humble gratitude the Lord’s love do we free ourselves from the seduction of idols and the blindness of our illusions. Money, pleasure and success dazzle, but later they disappoint: they promise life but cause death. The Lord asks of us a detachment from these false riches to enter into true life, a full life, that is authentic and luminous.”

Pope's prison visit should have broad impact, says sister who teaches there 
A woman religious who teaches a course at the Philadelphia prison Pope Francis visited Sept. 27 believes the pope's outreach to prisoners will have an impact on the criminal justice system in America. "He'll be aware of the injustices that may occur in the prison system," and his presence will raise public awareness about prison systems around the country, said Mercy Sister Elizabeth Linehan, a professor of philosophy at Jesuit-run St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

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10 Totally Awesome Facts About the Archangels
September 29 is the Feast of the Archangels.  How much do you know about the archangels? You probably know their names, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, but how much do you really know about them? Here are 10 totally awesome facts about these angelic beings.

What God has Joined Together: Divorce, Annulment, and the Miracle of Marriage
The whole of Catholic teaching on marriage is summed up in this passage. Protestant Christians and non-Christians often give Catholics grief over our Church’s firm stand that a valid marriage can’t be ended in this life by a simple civil divorce. Yes, the legal marriage contract can be dissolved and the spouses may go their separate ways, but in God’s eyes, the two remain one flesh, married for life. For either to remarry is adultery, plain and simple.

How Do You Know What Belongs in the Bible?
The most overlooked part of the Bible, apologetically speaking, is the table of contents. It does more than just tell us the pages on which the constituent books begin. It tells us that the Bible is a collection of books, and that implies a Collector. The identity of the Collector is what chiefly distinguishes the Protestant from the Catholic.

Michael, Raphael, Gabriel; Members of the Family
My younger son has a particular devotion to the Archangel Michael, and took his name at his confirmation. Even when he was very small he would “talk” to Michael, and on the rare nights when he would awaken from a bad dream, we would whisper together about the powerful angel of God, the mighty warrior who puts down all that is evil and scary — dragons and prideful beings and such — and my son would be able to drift back into sleep having been consoled by the knowledge that such a warrior was on the job.



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