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Melva Arbelo, director of Santa Teresita of the Child Jesus Children's Home in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is seen in an undated photo reading a picture book with one of the children. Arbelo is the recipient of Catholic Extension's 2016-2017 Lumen Christi Award. (CNS photo/Rich Kalonick, Catholic Extension)

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Encompassing 25 counties on the Llano Estacado and Rolling Plains of West Texas, the Diocese of Lubbock -- is a church of more than 136,000 Catholics who gather in 62 parish churches.  Ours is a delightfully diverse -- a truly "catholic" -- church.  Please feel free to visit us in person and discover how you might draw closer to Jesus Christ in our midst, living with us a life of sacramental grace and loving service.

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Pope Francis, MD: Using medical metaphors to provoke, explain
Pope Francis has proven to be a master of metaphor and, as fall approached, he increasingly turned to the field of medicine to make his points. Of course, probably his most famous medical metaphor is his repeated description of the church today as a "field hospital." In his 2013 interview with the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, he said: "I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds." At his early morning Mass Sept. 22, he showed that while triage might be his specialty, he is familiar with a range of ailments.
 
Father Hesburgh, JFK to be honored on postage stamps
Two prominent Catholics will be commemorated on U.S. postage stamps in 2017. Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, who was president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years, and President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas in 1963, are among several subjects that will be part of next year’s stamp program, the U.S. Postal Service announced Sept. 20. Both stamps will be issued at the “forever” rate, which currently stands at 47 cents. The forever designation means the stamps can be used to pay first class postage for items weighing one ounce or less.

Report truths, do not spread fears, Pope says to journalists
Journalists should be motivated by love of the truth, professionalism, and respect for human dignity, Pope Francis said in a September 22 address. Speaking to members of Italy's Naiotnal Council of the Order of Journalists, the Pope paid tribute to their profession, remarking that journalists "write the first draft of history." He said that although the new social media are cutting steadily into the role that has traditionally been played by newspapers and broadcast outlets, the basic principles of the profession remain unchanged.

Bishop Jugis calls all to pray for peace, justice in Charlotte
After two nights of violence in Charlotte, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called on men, women and children in the Diocese of Charlotte to join him in prayers for "peace and justice" for all victims of violence and for law enforcement personnel who have been victims of "unjust violence." "Let us pray for all men and women of good will to be instruments of harmony and the always-shining light of Christ in our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and public places," the bishop said in a statement Sept. 22.

The modern – and little known – miracles of Padre Pio
Known around the globe as simply “Padre Pio,” Saint Pio of Pietrelcina has been called one of the “most active” saints in the Church, and continues to work miracles for those who pray through his intercession. “St. Padre Pio is a pretty powerful intercessor…a priest said to me once that he’s probably one of the most active saints in the Church,” Fr. John Paul Zeller MVFA, told CNA in an interview.


Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere


End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord
As a priest, people often talk to me about their lives and their problems.  Inevitably, I ask them how their relationship with God is.  I can usually tell from their response if they have a long-distance relationship with the Lord.  The language they use reveals that a deep, personal friendship with God is somewhat of a foreign concept.  For example, they’ll say, “Well, I say my prayers at night before I go to bed,” or “I go to church,” or, my favorite, “I talk to the Big Guy in the sky; we’re tight.”

Why are we responsible for the sin of Adam and Eve when weren’t there?
When our First Parents committed the Original Sin, the entire human race sinned.  The human race at the time consisted only of two people, but that was the entire race that sinned. Similarly, our bonds of humanity and of baptism mean that when we sin voluntarily, we hurt everybody else.  Our sins hurt the whole Church, which means that we must be reconciled with the Church.  That is one of the effects of the Sacrament of Penance. There remains the manner of “transmission” of Original Sin from our First Parents to everyone who followed (with one exception). 

“Married to God”: Cosmo Publishes Huge Story on Consecrated Virgin
Who saw this one coming?! Cosmo magazine – the women’s magazine known for promoting just about everything bad about the sexual revolution – published a long feature story on a consecrated virgin. Really. The title is “I Am Happily Married to God — as a Consecrated Virgin” and the subtitle reads, “Yes, I’m celibate. No, I’m not a nun.”

 

 

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