Catholic News & Perspective

October 2022

Oct 31

U.S. bishop says Biden is ‘gravely wrong’ in pledge to codify Roe

By: Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said President Joe Biden’s was “gravely wrong” in his recent comments pledging to make it a top priority to codify a national right to abortion. The archbishop, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on...
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Oct 28

Opening the Word: The view from high in the sycamore tree

By: Catherine Cavadini In this Sunday’s readings, we hear the well-known story of the diminutive, tax-collecting Zacchaeus perched up in a sycamore tree. Where I work, at Notre Dame, the campus is full of sycamore trees. They are huge trees with flakey, mottled bark that peels off in patches. You find the bark rolled up like parchment and...
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Oct 26

Why embryonic and fetal tissue research is the next pro-life frontier

By: Samantha Stephenson Researchers have created the world’s first “synthetic” embryos with brains and beating hearts using a process that coaxes stem cells to self-assemble into an embryo-like structure. This study, published in the journal Cell, was conducted with mice, and the same group of scientists...
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Oct 24

New Jersey diocese turns to renewable energy in response to encyclical

By: Tara Smith SOMERVILLE, N.J. (CNS) — Solar panels and energy-efficient equipment have come to a school, parishes and even the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey. Immaculata High School in Somerville is the first in the diocese to use solar panels in an effort to align diocesan practice with Pope Francis’...
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Oct 21

Opening the Word: Humility reveals the way to Christ

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield “If ignorance makes beasts of us, arrogance makes us like demons,” said St. Bernard of Clairvaux, which is true. It’s an aphorism that reminds us of the danger, the violence of our pride. We understand the great Cistercian here. And we see it — this pride and potential cruelty —...
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Oct 19

What the ‘wedding foot washing’ gets right about marriage and faith

By: Gretchen R. Crowe I don’t think I’ll ever forget the photograph of the group of little kids. They were gathered on the edge of the dance floor — five of them — sitting in their dresses and dress shirts watching, at full attention, as the new husband knelt at his bride’s feet, poured water over them, and washed...
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Oct 17

Eucharistic procession makes history crossing river from Iowa to Illinois

By: Barb Arland-Fye CNS) Hundreds of Catholics, led by the bishops of the dioceses of Davenport in Iowa and Peoria in Illinois, participated in the first bistate Eucharistic procession to cross the Mississippi River, united in faith and love for the Eucharist. The river divides the two states, but Catholics crossed the bridge as one body of...
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Oct 14

Opening the Word: Prayer is a battle

By: Catherine Cavadini “The great figures of prayer of the Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and [Christ] himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 2725). Yes, as we see in the readings for Oct. 16, Christ teaches us to pray, presenting the...
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Oct 12

Saints have joyful hearts, not long faces, pope says

By: Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The holiness of saints is reflected not only in how they overcame struggles but by their ability to transmit the joy that comes from being loved by God, Pope Francis said. The gift of sharing the love and mercy Christians receive from God “enables us to experience an immense joy that is...
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Oct 10

Not All the Wonder Are Lost

By: Father Patrick Briscoe Episode 5 of Amazon’s new series, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” opens with a haunting melody composed for the show. “This Wandering Day,” sung by Poppy Proudfellow (a Harfoot hobbit), concludes with a famous line from another well-loved J.R.R. Tolkien song: “Not all...
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Oct 7

Opening the Word: Wonder and thanksgiving

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield To be grateful is to be human. I mean, the experience of gratitude is fundamental to the human experience. Unless something’s gone wrong, some sociopathy, thankfulness comes naturally to us. We can’t help it, that feeling of gratitude. It’s hard to describe; I think we’re born with it....
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