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Head of US Bishops Hopes Synod Will Help Restore Confidence in Marriage

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 17:56
The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has reminded people that they shouldn’t be discouraged by statistics, as persons are more than numbers and deserve to have the fruitful marriages of which they are capable. In an exclusive interview with ZENIT this week in the Vatican, Archbishop J...

An Invitation to Live Not Only to Eat

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 17:56
\Roman Rite –Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – October 12, 2014 Is 25,6-10; Ps 23; Phil 4,12-14.19-20; Mt 22, 1-14 Ambrosian Rite – Seventh Sunday after the martyrdom of Saint John the Precursor Is 65,8 -12; Sal 80; 1Cor 9,7 -12; Mt 13, 3b-23 1) Constant invitation to celebrate and to live lif...

Synod14: Message for Families Affected by Conflicts

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 16:58
The full text of the message of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for families who suffer as a result of conflicts is published below: *** Gathered around the Successor of the Apostle Peter, we the Synod Fathers of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, ...

Synod14: Full Text of 8th General Congregation, Cardinal Vingt-Trois and Testimony of French Spouses

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 15:19
SYNOD 14 – 8TH GENERAL CONGREGATION: “THE CHURCH AND THE FAMILY IN FACE OF THE EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGE (PART III, CHAPTER 2), 09.10.2014 Introduction of the President Delegate, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois Testimony of Spouses Olivier and Xristilla Roussy, of the International Emmanuel Community, Directors of ...

Synod14: Press Briefing Oct. 10

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 15:14
At the briefing at the Holy See Press Office this afternoon, Father Federico Lombardi and Father Thomas Rosica gave the following briefing on the latest synod discussions:  Today was a day dedicated to more interventions and testimonies, they said. Challenges, creative strategies were at the forefront of yesterda...

Pope Prays For Success of Prayer Day for Canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 15:11
Pope Francis has sent a special message of support for the success of a ‘Day with Newman', to be held at the Birmingham Oratory on Saturday 11th October. In the message, sent through the Secretariat of State to the Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, Robert Byrne, the Vatican says the Pope “wishes to convey his good ...

Synod14: Full Text of Ninth General Congregation Homily by Bishop Arnold of Wabag, PNG

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 14:09
This morning at 9 o'clock, the Ninth General Congregation of the Extraordinary Synod on the family was opened. Below is the homily that His Excellency Msgr Orowae Arnold, Bishop of Wabag (Papua New Guinea), held during the prayer of the Third Hour: Homily of Archbishop Arnold Orowae St. Paul in his letter to ...

Synod14: Brazilian Spouses Call on Pope To Clarify Contraception Confusion

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 12:24
A married couple from Brazil have stressed to Pope Francis and delegates of the Synod of Bishops on the family gathered at the Vatican, Oct. 5-19, that the Church should stop giving “contradictory advice” on birth control and help Catholics obey Church teaching against contraception. At a Thursday morning session...

Synod14: Summary of 9th General Congregation

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 11:05
During the ninth general Congregation, 15 interventions were heard (6 from couples and 9 from single Auditors), almost all laypersons engaged in the field of family pastoral care, bioethics and human ecology. From various countries throughout the world and representing almost all the continents, the Auditors brough...

Synod14: Summary of 8th General Congregation

Zenit - Fri, 2014-10-10 11:02
During the eighth general Congregation, following the agenda of the Instrumentum Laboris, the general debate focused on the theme "The Church and the Family in the Challenge of Upbringing (Part III, Chapter 2). The Challenge of Upbringing in General / Christian Education in Difficult Family Situations". Firstly, ...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Oct 10, 2014

PCM Province - Fri, 2014-10-10 09:32

A brief, Catholic, daily prayer experience of simple faith in the Carmelite tradition. The Daily Disconnect is a daily podcast focusing on the exercise of prayer from a Catholic Carmelite perspective.

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God’s Garden, October 10, 2014

PCM Province - Fri, 2014-10-10 06:02

The geographic Mount Carmel that we take our Carmelite name from is a mountain range along the Mediterranean in Israel. It is a green oasis surrounded by desert; hence, its name “Carmel,” which means “the Garden of God” in Hebrew. The metaphorical Carmel is a way of life, our disposition as we make our spiritual path up Mount Carmel.

The images and insights presented here represent a small sampling of what has bloomed in “God’s Garden” over the course of our 800-year existence. Welcome to our Carmelite garden; we hope you are nourished by what grows here and invite you to comment and share it with others.

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Friday October 10, 2014

PCM Province - Fri, 2014-10-10 06:02

Friday. For the disciple of Jesus, there is no way to avoid the Cross; however, Jesus reminds us that we never carry it alone. Pray for trust in God who promises to be with you as you bear the crosses of each day.

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US Bishops Respond to Contraception Mandate Adjustments: Say Situation Is Now Worse

Zenit - Thu, 2014-10-09 19:48
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) submitted comments October 8 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and two other federal agencies on the Obama administration’s latest version of “Rules on Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act,” commonly known as th...

Synod14: Summary of 7th General Congregation

Zenit - Thu, 2014-10-09 19:47
The seventh general congregation of the synod of bishops, which took place this morning, Thursday, was divided into two phases: the first consisting of further general debate on the theme of the previous afternoon, “Difficult Pastoral Situations” (Part II, Chapter 3. Situations in Families / Concerning Unions of Pe...

Fr. Groeschel's Funeral Set for Friday

Zenit - Thu, 2014-10-09 19:36
A Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Benedict Joseph Groeschel, CFR, will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 10, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark. The private burial service will be immediately following the Funeral Mass and will take place at the Blessed Sacrament Friary of the Francisca...

Pope Francis and peace: 5 key quotes and gestures (Video)

Zenit - Thu, 2014-10-09 19:30
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Patriarch Laham Responds to Kidnapping of Franciscan Friar in Syria

Zenit - Thu, 2014-10-09 19:30
"The world must be against these extremists who commit violence and are a threat to everyone. Muslims and Christians must show a strong condemnation. A unity of purpose with Islam and the Arab world is essential." The words of Gregorios III Laham, Greek-Melkite Patriarch of Antioch, commenting on the kidnapping o...

Pope Francis' Morning Homily: God Gives More and More

Zenit - Thu, 2014-10-09 19:30
We ask for a lot of things when we pray, but the greatest gift that God can give us is the Holy Spirit.   This was Pope Francis’ reflection Thursday morning at Mass in Santa Marta, commenting on the Gospel of the day, which presents the parable of the man who gets what he needs because of his persistence. Pope ...
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