Friday, October 24, 2014

Five Things To Remember On Oct. 24


1. Pope Francis said today that it's the responsibility of every Christian to work toward unity for the Church.

2. Cardinal Donald Wuerl talks about the recently-concluded Synod and looks forward to next year.

3. There is a week left in Respect Life Month and there are many resources about Catholic stances on life issues avaialable.

4. Bishop Daniel Thomas, who was installed at the Bishop of Toledo Wednesday, is now on Facebook.

5. God loves you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Five Things To Remember On Oct. 23


1. Pope Francis on Thursday called on all men and women of good will to fight for the abolishment of the death penalty in “all of its forms” and for the improvement of prison conditions.

2. The bishops of South Sudan appreciate the support of the international community and call for greater emergency assistance as well as pressure for dialogue to keep their country from descending into increased poverty and conflict, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace in an October 22 letter to Ambassador Donald Booth, special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.

3. Here are photos from yesterday's Mass celebrating the Feast Day of St. John Paul II at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington.

4. The Catholic Bishops of the United States affirmed their stance against domestic violence, and their support for victims of domestic violence, in their 2002 statement, When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women, an updated version of their 1992 statement.

5. God loves you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Five Things To Remember On Oct. 22

1. All wars begin in a jealous heart, Pope Francis said today, and people need to let go of pride and envy.

2. Today is the Feast Day of St. John Paul II, patron saint of World Youth Day. Check out WYDUSA.org for the latest information on the next World Youth Day in Poland.

3. National Migration Week starts in the first week of January. Learn more in this video:




4. People of Life has been sharing daily resources on Facebook during Respect Life Month. Head to their Facebook to like them today.

5. God loves you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Five Things To Remember On Oct. 21


1. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington reflects on the Synod and what's next for families in this Catholic News Service video.



2. The USCCB's Committee on Divine Worship will present five liturgical items for vote, including revisions to the liturgy of the hours and a revision of guidelines for the celebration of the sacraments with persons with disabilities, at the annual Fall General Assembly, November 10-13, in Baltimore.

3. Pope Francis will visit Turkey this November, the Vatican announced today.

4. National Vocation Awareness Week begins Nov. 2, and there are resources available to learn more.

5. God loves you.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Five Things To Remember On Oct. 20



1. The Synod of Bishops on the family has ended, but you can learn about what happened on Catholic News Service's special site.

2. On October 19, Pope Francis celebrated the closing Mass of the Synod on the Family and the beatification of Pope Paul VI. Read how Pope Paul influenced an American bishop and about his emphasis on peace and justice issues.

3. The USCCB's Committee on Divine Worship will present five liturgical items for vote, including revisions to the liturgy of the hours and a revision of guidelines for the celebration of the sacraments with persons with disabilities, at the annual Fall General Assembly, November 10-13, in Baltimore.

4. USCCB President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz reflected on the Synod in this Catholic News Service video:



5. God loves you.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five Things To Remember On Oct. 17


1. Bishop Ricken, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis says, "The vast and immediate reach of digital technology means today’s evangelizers have more tools than ever at their disposal. This is a gift, especially because proclaiming Christ to the world is not optional for the Church."

2. On Sunday, Pope Francis will celebrate the closing Mass of the Synod on the Family and the beatification of Pope Paul VI. Read how Pope Paul influenced an American bishop and about his emphasis on peace and justice issues. Here is a round-up of all our blogs this week on Paul VI.

3. Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the beatification.

4. Sunday is World Mission Sunday, a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.

5. God loves you.

Something Nice for Paul VI

On October 19, at the close of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome, Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI (1963-78), who oversaw most of the Second Vatican Council and its implementation.

To commemorate this milestone, this blog is featuring posts on Pope Paul -- honoring his legacy by reflecting on his individual and lasting contributions to the life of the Church. These posts are authored by bishops and lay Catholics:
and a bonus...

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