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Married 73 Years Husband Dies 28 Hours After Wife

Catholic Online: Helen and Joe Auer had been married in 1941. Joe was a proud World War II veteran. Helen bore her husband 10 children. After it was all said and done, they had seen the births of 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Helen went first and Joe joined her a short 28 hours later, whispering “Call me home…” as he lay … More →


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Jesuit College OKs Pagan Club

College Fix: Loyola UNIVERSITY Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic COLLEGE find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible. “Loyola’s mission states that ‘seeking God in all things’ is one of the main tenants of the university,” said the group’s student president, Jill Kreider, … More →

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China’s Secret ‘Black Jails’ Where Anti-Communist Women Disappear

UCANews: Eighty percent of people held in China’s unofficial detention centers, or “black jails,” are female, and many suffer routine abuse at the hands of their captors, according to a report published on Tuesday by the overseas-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group. Published as Beijing’s women’s rights record comes up for review by the United Nations, the report documents around 1,000 cases of secret … More →

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The Failure of US Bishops to Stop Abortion

Mark Gallagher, Crisis Magazine: The bishops have continued on their failed course for forty years, with fateful, disastrous results. If the bishops would change course, the legal killing, now at 56 million, could be stopped. The bishops need to teach that: (a) Legislators have the compelling moral responsibility to pursue the Common Good, protecting the human life and respecting the human dignity of every person created … More →

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‘Book of Remembrance’ Documents 1900 Catholic Victims of Soviet Communism

CNA: Catholic victims of the Soviet Union’s cruel anti-Christian persecutions faced execution, exile and arbitrary imprisonment for their faith – and now a new website tells their stories. “The persecution of the Church was immediate. It started within a couple weeks of the October Revolution,” Geraldine Kelley told CNA Oct. 10. “It was brutal. It focused first of all on the confiscation of church property … More →

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Mother Marija Benedykta, a Foundress With a Passion

Aleteia: Poisoning, arson, an intrepid religious sister making her way into the former Soviet Union — it sounds like the plot of a box office thriller, rather than the makings of a reformed religious order. But the story of the fledgling Paulicrucian community — like the beginning of so many religious orders — has been fraught with challenges and blessings, roadblocks and new opportunities. Standing in the doorway of … More →

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Poll: Non-Practicing Catholics Less Catholic Than Non-Catholics

It was conducted by St. Leo College in Florida. Phil Lawler has a commentary on Catholic Culture website. Lawler: The Catholic Church does not settle doctrinal questions by majority vote. And since surveys of Catholic opinion usually record the answers of any respondents who identify themselves as Catholics, we don’t have many reliable indications of what faithful, practicing Catholics think, anyway. Nevertheless, sometimes a poll … More →


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Kenya: Bishops Question Tetanus Campaign, Vaccine May Cause Infertility

Catholic World News: The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed concerned that a tetanus vaccine campaign aimed at women of childbearing years also has contraceptive properties that could render recipients permanently infertile, according to the Catholic Information Service for Africa. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Cardinal Kasper Into Damage Control Mode

Catholic World News: Cardinal Walter Kasper has expressed regret about controversial remarks on African prelates in a conversation with journalist Edward Pentin, according to Catholic World Report. Cardinal Kasper had initially denied making any remarks on Africans, but then Pentin published an audio of the conversation. “If one of my remarks about Africans was perceived as demeaning or insulting, then I am honestly sorry,” the … More →

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3000 Iraqi Christians Have Fled to Jordan and More Are Coming

Catholic World News: Three thousand Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State are now being fed at parishes in Jordan, according to Archbishop Maroun Lahham, who serves as an auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem. Another 1,000 refugees are expected to arrive within days. “Nobody wants to go back to Iraq, and everyone is trying to get a visa to Australia or America,” … More →

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The Thousands of Irish Slaves Under the British

Irish Central: The history of the African slave trade into the Americas is well-documented as well as largely taught in American schools today. However, as John Martin of the Montreal-based Center for Research and Globalization points out in his article ‘The Irish Slave Trade – The Forgotten ‘White’ Slaves,’ it was not just Africans who were traded as slaves. Indeed, the Irish have a gruesome … More →

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Heart Breaking: Asia Bibi Loses Appeal, Lawyers Will Take It to Supreme Court

AsiaNews: After a hearing that lasted several hours, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death penalty sentence passed by a lower court against Asia Bibi, following her conviction in 2010 on blasphemy charges in 2010. Since then she has been on death row. In Pakistan, many civil society groups have expressed solidarity towards the Christian mother of five, as well as strong concern about … More →

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Syria: 8 Year Old Boy from Kosovo Rescued from Jihadist Father

Kosovo Security know how to get things done. One boy rescued. But the carnage just gets worse. And the other refugees from Syria languish in desperate straits. NBC News: An 8-year-old boy from Kosovo was reunited with his mother late on Wednesday after intelligence and security forces brought him back from Syria where he was taken by his jihadi father and kept for five months, … More →

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Chris Ferrara Defends His Critique of Synod Against Mark Shea

The Remnant: Cardinal Mueller on Secret Synod’s Relatio:  “Undignified, shameful, completely wrong.” Cardinal Burke on the Relatio: “Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable. The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich … More →

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Head of Philippine Military Orders Daily Rosaries to Protect Pope

Catholic News Service: The head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Oct. 13 ordered all military chaplains to dedicate their daily rosary for the safe visit of Pope Francis to their country in January. Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. gave the directive during an Oct. 13 Mass at the military headquarters cathedral to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the date of the first Marian apparition in … More →

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