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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is not promising visitors to the Sistine Chapel more elbow room, but it is guaranteeing a cooler experience. Marking the year of the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s death, … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
By Catholic News Service CHICAGO — In a major restructuring, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Oct. 29 that 14 elementary schools would be closed or merged at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. “This restructuring is the result of … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
Staff Report Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr addressed a letter via email to the pastors of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati concerning the recent Ebola outbreak and subsequent media coverage writing, “This is a time for prudence, not panic.” While some dioceses … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
By Walt Scaefer For The Catholic Telegraph  Dr. Marc Alexander learned his philosophy for life from his days at Elder High School. A big part of what is instilled in Elder students is to share one’s talents and blessings with … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
Staff Report Though the origins of Halloween are tied up with the Christian feast of All Saints on Nov. 1 (hence All Hallows Eve, Oct. 31), the present celebration of the holiday is often more focused on candy and costumes. … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
By Bronwen Dachs Catholic News Service  CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Burials that are dignified and safe are urgently needed for Ebola victims in West Africa, where corpses are frequently left unattended for days and then thrown into graves without … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
By Rose Ybarra Catholic News Service  BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Every October, many look forward to Halloween — the trick-or-treating, the parties and especially the costumes. Every Halloween, however, many also mock religious figures with their costume choices. Costumes for badly … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
By Walt Schaefer For The Catholic Telegraph From a parish of 700 families, Linda Schaefer found 176 people willing to work for the well-being of unborn infants through the Community Pregnancy Center in downtown Middletown. Schaefer has become the liaison … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
Press Release The 30th annual Pro Life Saver 5k run/walk will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Lunken Airport. Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Cincinnati Right to Life was happy with the energy provided by the Immaculate … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
Enquirer columnist pens book about prominent nun Sister Rose Ann Fleming, SNDden, is a well known member of the Xavier University basketball community. Since she started XU’s academic advising program, every player that reached his final year of eligibility has … Continue reading → 22 hours 45 min
I’m not dying. I don’t know what it is like to hear a doctor tell you that you have a finite number of tomorrows, and he has an estimate for just how many. The phrase, “There’s nothing we can do” … Continue reading → 1 day 22 hours
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph  Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph University freshman dying of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), has issued a challenge to the world to help raise funds for the rare form of brain cancer that is … Continue reading → 1 day 22 hours
Staff Report The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will hold a Holy Hour for Vocations on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. at more than 20 parishes simultaneously across the Archdiocese. More parishes will open their doors for a Holy … Continue reading → 1 day 22 hours
By Angela Cave Catholic News Service  ALBANY, N.Y. — Entire families navigate their smartphones while sharing meals at restaurants. Students text in class. Parents take phone calls at their children’s sporting events and plays. It’s no surprise that cellphones affect … Continue reading → 1 day 22 hours
Press Release Three priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who have been on administrative leave because of allegations of improper behavior involving minors have been dismissed from the clerical state by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) … Continue reading → 1 day 22 hours
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI is a perfect example of how intellectual knowledge and scientific curiosity do not lead a person further from God, but can strengthen their love for God and … Continue reading → 2 days 22 hours
Staff Report With only two weeks to play, including tonights action, the Ohio high school football playoff scene is beginning to take shape. Before getting to the standings, here’s a look at who has a strong chance to be in … Continue reading → 2 days 22 hours
Have you ever had a nickname? I have a son who is known by most of his friends as Donut. There are folks who couldn’t tell you his given name. Nicknames are expressions of endearment. Princess, Sparky, and Red tell … Continue reading → 2 days 22 hours
By Donis Tracy Catholic News Service  ROCHESTER, N.H. — Close to 1,000 of slain journalist James Foley‘s closest friends and family gathered at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Rochester for a memorial Mass to celebrate the life … Continue reading → 2 days 22 hours
Staff Report Chatfield College has commenced the renovation of a historic building for use as its new permanent Cincinnati campus in Over-the-Rhine. Located at 1544 Central Parkway, the 18,000 square foot building will provide a permanent, downtown campus for Chatfield … Continue reading → 2 days 22 hours

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Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Immaculate Conception Church (Salina, OH) will offer tours Sunday afternoon.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Immaculate Conception Church (Salina, OH) will offer tours Sunday afternoon.

Some Catholic events this week:

Sept. 24 – Nov. 2 40 Days for Life National Prayer Vigil Fall Campaign

Through Nov. 9: “Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress” exhibit of rare books from the collection of Stuart Rose at the University of Dayton’s Roesch Library. No fee. Includes works by Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, Shakespeare Montessori, Twain, more. For hours, a schedule of lectures and related events, and an online exhibit of a selection of the books, click here.

Oct. 31- Nov. 2, Young Adult Retreat with Fr. Nathan Cromley of Eagle Eye Ministires at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH) Popular retreat with this priest of the Community of St. John returns with a retreat participants say is life-changing. “If you’ve ever experienced suffering, ever asked ‘Why God?’ ever wondered your purpose in life, ever wanted to see 150 young adults on their knees in Adoration of the Lord, then this is the retreat for you! “ Includes Sunday Mass. Tickets $50 before Oct. 17th, sign up online here.

Oct. 31, Friday Night 40 Days for Life Cincinnati Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood, 7-8 pm.Bishop Joseph Binzer will lead prayer for the intentions of the campaign.

Oct. 31, Relics of St. Rafqa at St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church (Walnut Hills, OH). 7 pm: Divine Liturgy followed by time for prayer; 9 pm Litany of Saints, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, movie about her life (in church hall). For information call (513) 961-0120.

Nov. 1, First Saturday Mass and Talk at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH). 9 am rosary, 9:30 am Mass, 10 am talk. This month’s speaker: Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Cincinnati Right to Life. For information call Jerry Schmidt, (513) 509-9841.

Nov. 1, Relics of St. Rafqa at St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church( Walnut Hills, OH). 10:30 am: Divine Liturgy and farewell. For information call (513) 961-0120.

Nov. 1, Thomas More College Bank of Kentucky Observatory Open House.  Dr. Wes Ryle will present “Taking a Ride on a Comet,” a discussion of the Rosetta spacecraft currently in orbit around the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, at 8 pm at Steigerwald Hall (inside the Saints Center); night sky viewing 9 pm. For information see

Nov. 1, Contagiously Catholic Evangelization Workshop at Savannah Center (West Chester, OH), 9 am – 4:30 pm (including vigil Mass). Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the first of a series of five workshops. Fee: $25 (lunch included). For information click here.

Nov. 2, 150th Anniversary Tours at Immaculate Conception Church (Salina, OH). Tours (about an hour) begin at 1:30 pm from the vestibule.

Nov. 2, All Souls Day Sung Vespers at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminar of the West, featuring the Athenaeum Chorale, 7 pm. The evening prayer liturgy features psalms, readings, and canticles. Not a performance but a service (participants also sing); much of the music is chant-based. For information see

Nov. 2, 40 Days for Life Dayton Closing Rally with Bryan Kemper of Stand True Prolife Outreach and Priests for Life, at Martin Haskell’s late-term abortion clinic in Kettering (OH), 2 pm. For more information see

Nov. 2, “Fanning Faith’s Eternal Flame,” annual Girl Scouts prayer service and awards ceremony for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. New award to be announced: Archdiocesan Respect All Life Award. Bishop Joe Binzer will lead prayer and give a special blessing to all in attendance. All registered Girl Scouts will receive a special patch for attending. No fee; registration is required. To register or for information call Karen Rolfe in the Dayton Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OYYAM) at 937-223-1001.

Nov. 3, “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy” drama presented by St. Joseph Academy at All Saints Church (Walton, KY), 7 pm. For information, call 859.485.6444.

Nov. 4, Papal Artifacts Exhibit at Our Lady of Lourdes (Westwood/Cincinnati), 6:30 pm. Fr. Richard Kuntz, host of EWTN’s The Papacy: A Living History, will display artifacts from his personal collection of Vatican and papal items. Associated with several major auction houses and a regular advisor to The History Channel’s Pawn Stars program, Fr. Kuntz (a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, MN) offers a peek at the largest private collection of papal artefacts in North America. No fee; viewing begins at 6:30 followed by a brief talk and refreshments.


Nov. 5, Papal Artifacts Exhibit at St. Cecilia Church (Oakely/Cincinnati), 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm). Fr. Richard Kuntz, host of EWTN’s The Papacy: A Living History, will display artifacts from his personal collection of Vatican and papal items. Associated with several major auction houses and a regular advisor to The History Channel’s Pawn Stars program, Fr. Kuntz (a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, MN) offers a peek at the largest private collection of papal artefacts in North America. No fee; talk followed by Q&A, viewing, and reception.


Nov. 6, Papal Artifacts Exhibit at St. John Neumann Church (Fairfield, OH). Fr. Richard Kuntz, host of EWTN’s The Papacy: A Living History, will display artifacts from his personal collection of Vatican and papal items. Associated with several major auction houses and a regular advisor to The History Channel’s Pawn Stars program, Fr. Kuntz (a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, MN) offers a peek at the largest private collection of papal artefacts in North America. No fee. Optional Adoration and Benediction at 6 pm; collection available to view at 7; presentation at 7:30; wine and cheese reception at 8:30.


Nov 5,6, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Holy Hour for Vocations. More than 25 parishes, at least one per deanery, will open their doors for Eucharistic Adoration from 7-8 pm Wednesday or Thursday. The list of participating parishes is still growing; for a list of parishes with a Holy Hour Wednesday click here; for a list of parishes with a Holy Hour Thursday click here.

Nov. 7-9, Engaged Encounter Weekend at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH). An intense weekend of marriage preparation presented by a team of two married couples and a priest or deacon. Couples have the wonderful opportunity to dialogue privately without outside distractions about their future married life.  $235 (includes room and meals). Register at For information call Ashley Altenau at (513) 479-1700 or email her at

Nov. 7-9, Men’s Retreat: “Discipleship, Leadership, Redemptive Suffering, and Mary,” at the Presentation Ministries Paul Jansen Discipleship Center in Peebles (OH). Fr. David Endres will celebrate Mass and hear Confessions. No fee (pay what you can), housing and all meals included. For more information click here.

Nov. 7-9 Project Rachel Weekend Retreat in Cincinnati. A post-abortive healing ministry in the Catholic Church is offering this retreat; for information please contact Caron Bergen at 513.784.0531, a confidential phone line. Registration forms can be found on this website.  Some scholarship money is available.

Nov. 7, First Friday Charismatic Mass and Healing Service at Mother of God Church in Covington, 7 pm. Sponsored by The Mustard Seed Community. For information, call 859.586.0279.

Nov. 7: “The Stranger: The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band” concert at the BMI Indoor Speeding and Concert Venue in Versailles (OH), 7 – 11 pm. Benefits Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley. $50 (includes includes hors d’oeuvres and complimentary soft drinks and bottled water). Cash bar and silent auction; all proceeds benefit programs for children and families. For more info or to purchase tickets go to (937-498-4593 or 800-521-6419) or contact Illean Ratermann at 497-7999.

Nov. 8, Groundbreaking and Community Celebration for Chatfield College’s new, permanent campus on Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati, 10 am – noon. Brief ceremony followed by celebration in the city park next door with music, food, children’s activities, and a student art exhibit. No fee; all are welcome.  For information call 513-875-3344, ext. 124.

Nov. 8, CHOSEN: Called to be More evening for junior high students at Good Shepherd Parish. Includes food, music, Mass, and engaging presentation/discussions to help your young people better understand what it means to be called by Jesus as a disciple today; concurrent session for parents; concurrent session for junior high ministry leaders. Tickets $10, more information to come.

Nov. 9, Holy Hour for Vocations at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, 5 pm. Pray for vocations in the seminary’s St. Gregory the Great Chapel, or at home in solidarity.

Nov. 9, Northern Kentucky University Faculty Brass Quintet at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 3 pm. A Cathedral Concert Series event; no fee (donations accepted).

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Proclaim's dynamic talks and presentations, like this one by Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, are all available online.

Proclaim’s dynamic talks and presentations, like this TED-style talk by Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, are all available online.

by Ruthy Trusler

St. Margaret of York parishioner and writer Ruthy Trusler shares her experience earlier this month at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s two-day event for parish leaders. Formerly called “The Summit,” Proclaim brought together some of the country’s experts on dynamic parishes and proclaiming the Gospel in new ways.

“The Church must be attractive,” Pope Francis said when he proclaimed 2015 to be a year dedicated to consecrated life. “Religious should be men and women who are able to wake the world up!”

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Summit held at the Dayton Convention Center Oct. 6th and 7th provided two days of inspiration for church and community leaders to do just that – making the Church attractive and wake up the world. Keynote speakers and workshops centered on the main topic: Proclaim: Equipping Disciples for a New Missionary Age.

Mass in the Dayton Convention Center.

Mass in the Dayton Convention Center.

About 1000 people attended the event, which opened with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Dennis  Schnurr, Bishop Joe Binzer and the Bishop of Bridgeport (CT), Frank Caggiano, STD, DD. Emcees Fr. Satish Joseph and Karen Kane kept the flow of events at a great pace while injecting humor.

Bishop Caggiano’s keynote address, Proclaiming Christ in a New Missionary Age, began with our call to be evangelizers in what he called the “Digital World” – to be disciples in the world, defining mission as the desire and impulse to go out to those in need where they are most vulnerable… standing there in solidarity… and going into mission ‘one person at a time.’

He quoted Pope Francis’ desire to re-establish the credibility of faith in the minds and hearts of all people; to be a ‘face of joy’ – one person at a time. It is love that makes the religion of love credible, he said. Pope Francis tells us to love generously. Young people “get it.” Ask young people to service, he said, and they come in “armies” – dying to make love “real.”

Bishop Caggiano urged listeners to embrace the Digital World, where technology becomes a formational force helping people hear the Good News. “How we communicate online is a form of presence…so, let’s build on it,” he said.

Communities that are enticing, vibrant, and welcoming (face-to-face or virtually) will attract people, he said, adding that one word that should describe our communities: JOYOUS. We must recapture a joyful spirit! There must be a sense of joy that is infectious to make a personal encounter in the digital world. However, he said, one cannot give what one does not have. Is your community marked with joy?

Friendly conference staff demonstrated the theme of being welcoming, joyful witnesses to the Gospel.

Friendly conference staff demonstrated the theme of being welcoming, joyful witnesses to the Gospel.

The Digital World is here to stay, Bishop Caggiano said, urging the audience to enter into it with eyes wide open, seize its opportunities, and see its pitfalls. Ask questions! For example, “How do we hold on to the truths of faith?” Today, truth has become something upon which two people agree, not necessarily a Truth passed on by an authority.

The challenges of the Digital Age are physical as well as a communications style, Bishop Caggiano said, explaining that some studies show that there is a greater flow between the frontal lobes of a young person’s brain than an older person’s brain, resulting in a greater flow of creativity. Moreover, younger people think in terms of  images and extract information from pictures rather than the written word. But this is not new to Catholicism, he said: During the Middle Ages, statues and stained class were the norm; they were a visual catechism.

Those born into the Digital Age can spot a staged or inauthentic image immediately, but an authentic image can be powerful and can teach truths. Caggiano cited powerful footage of Pope Francis holding a small boy, the child whispering in his ear, and tears in the Pope’s eyes as he gave the child back to his father. The immediacy of this authentic imagery, a visual act of love, reaches ‘one person at a time,’ and is the kind of image that Bishop Caggiano said makes faith credible. It was downloaded 46 million times in six months.

Bishop Caggiano urged church leaders to unleash the power of image and video, and use them to call people to the Church and bring them to the gospel, once they have fallen in love with Him.

The address was followed by a discussion, an exhibit hall, and a multi-media music and prayer presentation (the first of the Archdiocese’s “Contagiously Catholic!” series of presentations — see below for more) by Tajci Cameron. The second day began with morning prayer, then dived into evangelization with a keynote talk by Dr. Ann Garrido, associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

“Every creature has a dual vocation – to do what is needed to survive, and then to help others,” she told the crowd in a talk that touched on what vocation means (quoting Frederick Buechner: “Vocation is that space where one’s own deep joy meets the world’s deep need”) and the necessity of taking time to “be” and simply breathe, remembering that on the final day of Creation, God created rest. She ended her talk with a surprise that wowed the room, bursting into song.

The morning address was followed by a variety of TED-style talks. I attended two, one by Tom Corcoran (author of the popular book on parish life, Rebuilt) and one by Alejandro Aguilera-Titus from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Secretariat of Cultural Diversity.

Highlights of the talk by Corcoran on the importance of weekly Mass:

Because Pope Francis is telling people to go to their local parish and give it another try, parishes need to make Mass a great experience that will draw the unchurched back into church. New Evangelization begins with the weekend Mass. Corcoran advises parishes to create an irresistible environment based on three pillars:

Music. Music needs to speak to people’s hearts and souls.

Homily. The message and words need to motivate; perhaps change one’s life.

Ministers. Volunteer ministers have the ability to draw people to Mass with an array of welcoming activities such as greeting people at the door, children’s ministry, or even a parking ministry.

Highlights of Aguilera-Titus’s talk on building Catholic unity in culturally diverse communities:

Christ’s message is presented uniquely in each culture. Therefore, it’s important to Evangelize, not Americanize. He advocated fostering “intercultural competence” so that the message of Christ reaches everyone.

Proclaim included a variety of talks from dynamic speakers. You can watch several of them, as well as Tajci’s presentation, online at their current home, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Streamspot page (higher-resolution videos will be posted later this year). Click on the link and go to “On Demand.”

The Archdiocese will hold five more “Contagiously Catholic!” events about how to make parishes better, more dynamic, and more welcoming. The next is Nov. 1st at the Savanna Center in West Chester (OH). For information see the Archdiocese’s Contagiously Catholic web page.

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A slip of paper with a blessing written by Bl. Pope Pius IX is one of many artifacts in Fr. Kunst's collection.

A slip of paper with a blessing written by Bl. Pope Pius IX is one of many artifacts in Fr. Kunst’s collection.

Fr. Richard Kunst, who owns North America’s largest private collection of papal artifacts, will bring a selection of pieces to three Greater Cincinnati parishes next week.

A priest of the Diocese of Duluth, Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr’s previous post, Fr. Kunst advises several auction houses and The History Channel’s program Pawn Stars. The host of EWTN’s The Papacy, A Living History, Fr. Kunst has also been featured here on Sacred Heart Radio.

Fr. Kunst will make several area presentations next week. Each will include a talk, a Q&A session, time to view the collection, and a reception.

Fr. Richard Kunst in one of his EWTN specials.

Fr. Richard Kunst in one of his EWTN specials.

Nov. 4th: Our Lady of Lourdes (Westwood), 6:30 pm talk followed by Q&A, viewing,  and reception

Nov. 5th: St. Cecilia Church (Oakley), 7 pm talk (doors open at 6) followed by Q&A, viewing, and reception

Nov. 6th: St. John Neumann (Farifield), optional Adoration and Benediction at 6 pm; collection available to view at 7; presentation at 7:30; wine and cheese reception at 8:30

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Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte that tastes just like the ones from Starbucks.

Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte that tastes just like the ones from Starbucks.

Plants associated with the rosary

As we go towards the end of October praying the rosary daily, we ponder once again the herbs, plants and flowers associated with the rosary’s mysteries:


For the annunciation, figs represent fertility.  When Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the temple the herbs and flowers that are associated with this are the blossoming ones that are found in fields and woods, the ones you’d have to look closely to find.


Plants that grow from spring through harvest represent Jesus’ life from the time he was an infant through the time he died as an adult: Spring greens like those in the mustard family, grapes during mid summer/mid life, and grains harvested at the end of the growing season.


Olives represent the Garden of Gethsemane with its olive trees. We associate passion flower with the crucifixion – different parts of the flower represent his crucifixion.


So many plants are associated with Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven! My favorite is a plant called Jacob’s ladder, reminding me of the “climb” we have through our life to get to heaven.

The word “rosary” means a garland of roses, to symbolize the Virgin Mary. The Virgin Mary is called a “rose without thorns,” because she was exempt from Original Sin. There’s a legend about the rose: Before it became one of the flowers of the earth, the rose grew in Paradise without thorns. Only after the fall of man did the rose take on its thorns to remind man of the sins he had committed. But the fragrance and beauty remained to remind us of heaven.

Pumpkin Spice Latte like Starbucks

Fun for Halloween and the upcoming holiday season. The success of this drink depends upon the espresso. Don’t use regular coffee, no matter how strong. Son Rise Morning Show Producer Anna Mitchell sent me the original recipe, and I adapted it to my taste:

  • 3-4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice + extra for garnish
  • Bit of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2  tablespoons sugar or more to taste  (next time I think  I’ll try half white and half brown sugar)
  • 1 to 1-1/2  teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-1/2 – 2 cups half & half
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup strong espresso or more, depending upon your taste.
  • Whipped cream

If you’re making this from instant espresso powder, use a very generous tablespoon tablespoons to every 1/4 cup hot water.

Put everything but espresso, extra spice ,and whipped cream in a pan, bring it to a simmer, and start whisking. You can also use a hand blender, hand mixer, or regular blender. It will get frothy, but the froth dies down fairly quickly. Added espresso to taste and whisk again, then pour it into mugs and top it with whipped cream and more pumpkin pie spice.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld writes a weekly syndicated column and blog for the Community Press, appears every Thursday on the Son Rise Morning Show, and is the author of several cookbooks. An adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, she is Certified Culinary Professional and Certified Modern Herbalist,  the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, and a media personality with a cable show and YouTube videos. She lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You’ll find all her previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

Rita’s Bible Foods segment airs on the Son Rise Morning Show every Thursday morning at 7:22 am (rebroadcast Friday at 6:02 am). Tune in to hear her discuss the history behind each recipe and the scripture verses that inspired it. And of course, for cooking tips!

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Photo by Gary Scott.

Photo by Gary Scott.

Earlier this month the Diocese of Baton Rouge issued a defiant statement vowing to appeal a ruling by the state’s Supreme Court that a priest must testify about an alleged Confession.

The case pits Church doctrine that priests may never reveal what is said in Confession, or even acknowledge a Confession has taken place, against state laws making it mandatory for clergy to notify police about suspected child abuse, as well as clergy confidentiality laws that protect only the penitent.

A flurry of media information and misinformation followed, some of it generated by the Diocese’s claim (not explicit in the Supreme Court ruling) that Fr. Jim Bayhi would be required to testify on the contents of an alleged Confession or Confessions.

What’s known about the case

The 2009 civil case concerns a minor girl and alleged abuse by an adult parishioner. According to the Times-Picayune, the original civil suit was filed by the parents of a girl who claimed that their daughter (then 14, now 20) confessed to inappropriate sexual touching with an adult man (then 64) and that the parish priest, Fr. Bayhi, should have reported what he heard to police by Louisiana law. The suit also named the alleged perpetrator, who had died of a heart attack, and the Diocese of Baton Rouge, which the parents claim should have trained the priest to report suspected abuse.

The case is sealed so few other details are available, although it’s known that someone reported the suspected to the authorities, and that the alleged abuser died while being investigated. In her deposition for the civil case, according to the Times-Picayune, the girl said that Fr. Bayhi told her to handle the matter herself because otherwise many people would be hurt, and to “sweep it under the floor.”

The girl intended to testify about the the exchanges in court and, according to the Supreme Court summary of the case, both the judge and prosecuting attorney said they realized this meant that Fr. Bayhi would refuse to speak. However, the diocese filed a motion to prevent the girl from testifying about the confessions. The District Court denied the motion, and the diocese appealed.

The Appeals Court  ruled that the priest was not required to testify about anything related to the alleged confessions because he was not a mandatory reporter under state law, and that any communications during Confession were “clearly” protected by confidentiality laws. It also upheld the diocese’s motion to prevent the girl from testifying about  the possible confessions.

This decision is what the Supreme Court overturned, sending the case back to District Court.

Seal of the Confessional and Louisiana Law

The Catholic Church forbids priests to reveal anything confessed to them, under any circumstances or for any reason, whether or not the penitent discusses them. Referred to as the “seal of the confessional,” this sacred bond has been acknowledged, though not always respected, by civil governments for centuries.  A priest who breaks the seal incurs automatic excommunication, which can be lifted only by the pope.

Canon 983 of the Code of Canon Law states that “The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason.”

Louisiana law, however, protects Confession and “confidential communication by the person to a clergyman in his professional character as spiritual adviser” only for the penitent. If the penitent says he or she no longer wants communication with a clergyman to be considered private, the state does not acknowledge a right to confidentiality for the clergy — much as a patient can waive doctor-client confidentiality.

In other words, the seal of the confessional exists to protect the Sacrament of Confession, all priests, and all penitents, and cannot be “waived”; while the confidentiality law for clergy communications in Louisiana exists to protect the privacy of penitents who want it protected, for as long as they want it protected.

The Louisiana case is further complicated because the girl and her family say that Fr. Bayhi was part of communications about the issue outside of Confession as well. He could presumably comment on those meetings or discussions (priests can speak about things heard in Confession if they were also heard outside of Confession, although in practice it can be difficult to do). Perhaps he meant to. But the family chose to center on the alleged Confessions.

Supreme Court ruling

The state Supreme Court ruled that Fr. Bayhi is, in fact, a “mandatory reporter” under Louisiana state law, and that confidentiality laws do not apply because the girl has already testified.

In Louisiana, all mandatory reporters, even clergy, are required to report abuse under a clause that reads:

Notwithstanding any claim of privileged communication, any mandatory reporter who has cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare is endangered as a result of abuse or neglect or that abuse or neglect was a contributing factor in a child’s death shall report in accordance with Article 610.

As a mandatory reporter, the Supreme Court said, Fr. Bayhi should have been required to testify and a court, not Fr. Bayhi or the diocese, should have determined whether or not what he knew was protected by clergy confidentiality law. All such questions balance the duty of the clergy with risk to the penitent, the Court said, and in this case:

… the question of duty/risk should be resolved by the factfinder at trial, particularly herein where there exists material issues of fact concerning whether the communications between the child and the priest were confessions per se and whether the priest obtained knowledge outside the confessional that would trigger his duty to report.

The Court reverse the appellate court’s ruling and remanded the case back to District Court.

Back to Square One

Unless the prosector’s plans change, when the case resumes at District Court case will hinge largely on the young woman’s testimony against one man who is dead, and another who cannot defend himself.

Her previous testimony does not paint Fr. Bayhi in a flattering light. She testified that he told her to to break off the inappropriate contact (kissing, fondling, and “seductive” emails) herself and to “sweep it under the floor and get rid of it.”

The seal of the confessional does not allow Fr. Bayhi to either corroborate her testimony or say it is not true, even to defend himself or someone else, or even acknowledge or deny that a confession or confessions took place.

In a statement prompted by a local television statement’s story, theDiocese of Baton Rouge said the priest will not testify and that the Diocese is prepared to fight the issue to the Supreme Court of the United States.

“The issue before the District Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana Supreme Court assaults the heart of a fundamental doctrine of the Catholic faith as relating to the absolute seal of sacred communications,” the statement reads. “This is not a gray area in the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church… In this case, the priest acted appropriately and would not testify about the alleged confessions. Church law does not allow either the plaintiff (penitent) or anyone else to waive the seal of confession.”


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It is so great, so great!” How can one know of all the wonderful things that, through us, Christ is able to operate in the hearts and lives of each person? You see: the reality of the visible Church goes beyond our control, beyond our strength, and it is a mysterious reality because it comes from God. 2. To understand the relationship, in the Church, between her visible and spiritual reality, there is no other way but to look to Christ, whose Body is the Church and from which the Church is generated, in an act of infinite love . Even in Christ, in fact, through the mystery of the Incarnation, we recognize a human nature and a divine nature, united in the same person in a wonderful and indissoluble way. This applies in a similar manner to the Church. Just as in Christ, human nature serves the divine in accordance with the fulfillment of Salvation, so, in a similar way, does the visible reality serve the spiritual reality of the Church. 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A Santa Sé continua a acompanhar de perto a situação no Oriente Médio "com grande interesse e preocupação". Isto foi afirmado por mons. Bernardito Auza, Observador Permanente da Santa Sé nas Nações Unidas, intervindo no Conselho de Segurança da ONU cujo tema era “A situação no Oriente Médio e a questão palestina”, ... 2 days 9 hours
Poucos dias antes do quinto aniversário da Anglicanorum Coetibus, que estabeleceu o Ordinariato para anglicanos que entram em plena comunhão com a Igreja Católica, Bento XVI enviou uma mensagem para o Ordinariato pessoal de Nossa Senhora de Walsingham, que estabeleceu a sua igreja na histórica capela bávara históri... 2 days 9 hours
É oficial: o papa Francisco vai viajar para o Sri Lanka do 13 ao 15 janeiro de 2015. Após as dúvidas de um cancelado devido às eleições presidenciais no início de janeiro, a Igreja Católica do Sri Lanka confirmou as datas definitivas da viagem do Papa. O anúncio foi feito diretamente pelo Arcebispo de Colombo, Ca... 2 days 9 hours
O santo padre Francisco recebeu o Presidente da Bolívia, Evo Morales, nesta terça-feira à tarde no Vaticano. A visita é devida ao envolvimento do presidente no Encontro Internacional dos Movimentos Populares, organizado pelo Pontifício Conselho Justiça e Paz. A sala de imprensa do Vaticano informou que por essa r... 2 days 10 hours
Quando a globalização "une as pessoas como parceiros iguais, cria resultados mutuamente benéficos" e proveitosos para todos. Caso contrário, agrava as desigualdades, gerando "marginalizações, exploração e injustiça". O arcebispo Bernardito Auza, observador permanente da Santa Sé na ONU, tem sido o responsável por t... 2 days 10 hours
Certo artigo, nem um pouco gaio ou alegre (significado da palavra inglesa gay), mas, pelo contrário, bastante triste, foi veiculado dias atrás pela Internet. Como o referido artigo, intitulado “Deus é gay?”, contém inverdades e falácias que podem deixar perplexo o católico incauto, vale a pena rebater os lânguidos ... 2 days 12 hours
No próximo dia 7 de dezembro, o Papa acenderá a maior árvore de Natal do mundo, instalada na encosta do Monte Ingino, usando um ‘tablet’. Graças aos modernos sistemas de controle remoto, de sua casa, no Vaticano, o Pontífice poderá acender a árvore. Em 2011, foi a vez de Bento XVI, do Palácio Apostólico, acender ... 2 days 12 hours
(Vatican Radio) In a private meeting with leaders of the inter-denominational Ark Community, Pope Francis said Christians should not wait for theologians to reach agreement, but should walk, pray and work together now. His words came during an October 10th encounter at the Casa Santa Marta with members of the community founded by Evangelical leader Tony Palmer who was killed in a road accident last July. Palmer became friends with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio when he worked in Buenos Aires as international ecumenical officer of the Communion of Episcopal Evangelical Churches, a growing movement of charismatic and evangelical Christians seeking reconciliation between their divided communities. Philippa Hitchen reports:  In an i-phone recording of the meeting , published on the Ark Community website, Pope Francis thanks Palmer’s widow and the new leader of the community, Archbishop Robert Wise, for carrying forward the dream of walking together in communion. “We are sinning against Christ’s will” the Pope says, “because we continue to focus on our differences,” but “our shared baptism is more important than our differences.” While the devil, the “father of lies” divides us, the Pope continues, we are called to preach the Gospel in every corner of the earth, with the certainty that He is with us. “We each have in our Churches excellent theologians,” the Pope says, “but we shouldn’t wait for them to reach agreement.” The Pope goes on to talk about spiritual ecumenism where Christians are being persecuted and killed in the Middle East, Africa or elsewhere, not because they are Pentecostal, Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic or Orthodox but “because they believe in Jesus Christ.” He mentions also a Catholic priest and a Lutheran pastor who were killed on the same day by the Nazis for teaching the Catechism to children. The Pope concludes his off-the-cuff remarks by recalling the vision of Tony Palmer to achieve his desire of walking together “so we can eat together at the banquet of the Lord.” (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 13 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday exhorted Christians to feel they are an integral part of the Church.  Speaking during his homily at Mass in Casa Santa Marta, the Pope said that Jesus does not seek out man’s sins, but looks to his heart, and he invited all believers not to hover on the threshold of the Church, but to come right in. Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni : Jesus did the “work” 2000 years ago when he chose twelve pillars upon which to build His Church, and positioned himself as the basis and the corner stone. Jesus, Pope Francis said, opened the doors of that Church to all, without distinction, because Christ is interested in loving and in healing the hearts of men, not in weighing up their sins. Reflecting on the Gospel reading of the day that tells of the birth of the Church “built upon the foundation of the Apostles with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone” through whom the whole structure is held together, the Pope recalled the “actions” carried out by Jesus when he founded the Church: retiring in prayer, choosing his disciples and simultaneously welcoming and healing the crowd: “Jesus prays, Jesus calls, Jesus chooses, Jesus sends his disciples out, Jesus heals the crowd. Inside this temple, this Jesus who is the corner stone does all this work: it is He who conducts the Church. As St Paul says, this Church is built on the foundations of the Apostles; he chose twelve of them. All of them sinners. Judas was not the one who sinned the most: I don’t know who sinned the most… Judas, poor man, is the one who closed himself to love and that is why he became a traitor. And they all ran away during the difficult time of the Passion and left Jesus alone. They are all sinners. But He chose”. Jesus – Pope Francis said – wants us “inside” the Church. Not like guests or strangers, but with the “rights of a citizen”. We are not just passing through – he continued – it is where we have our roots. It is where our life is: “We are citizens, fellow citizens of this Church. If we do not enter into this temple to be part of this building so that the Holy Spirit may live in us, we are not Church. We are on the threshold and look inside: “How lovely… yes this is beautiful…” Those Christians who do not go beyond the Church’s reception: they are there, at the door…’ Yes, I am Catholic, but not too Catholic…” This is an attitude that has no sense in respect to the total love and mercy that Jesus has for every person. Proof of this is in Christ’s attitude towards Peter, who had been put at the head of the Church. Even though the first pillar was to betrays Jesus, Jesus responds with forgiveness, keeping it in its place: “For Jesus, Peter’s sin was not important: he was looking at his heart. To be able to find this heart and heal it, he prayed. Jesus who prays and Jesus who heals. It is something he does for each of us. We cannot understand the Church without Jesus who prays and heals. May the Holy Spirit help us understand that this Church has its strength in Jesus’s prayer that can heal us all”.          (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 13 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Tuesday with participants in the World Meeting of Popular Movements which is holding a conference here in Rome to discuss problems facing the poor, the unemployed and those who’ve lost their land. The group chose to hold their three-day conference here because of Pope Francis’ particular attention to the struggles of the poor. Listen to our report :  “This meeting of Popular Movements is a sign, a great sign,” Pope Francis told his audience. “You came to be in the presence of God, of the church… [to speak about] a reality that is often silenced. The poor not only suffer from injustice, but they also fight against it.” The Holy Father also emphasized that it is not sufficient to be content with “illusory promises,” and that anesthetizing or taming problems at hand does not solve them. He called for solidarity amidst trying times. “Solidarity is a word that…means more than some generous, sporadic acts. It is to think and act in terms of the community…It is also to fight against the structural causes of poverty, inequality, unemployment, and [loss of] land, housing, and social and labour rights. It is to confront the destructive effects of the ‘Empire of Money:’ forcible displacements and migrations, human and drug trafficking, war, violence, and all of these realities that many of you suffer and that we all are called to address and transform. Solidarity, understood in its most profound sense, is a way of making history, and that is what the Popular Movements movement is doing,” he said. Pope Francis spoke about the monopolization of land, deforestation, appropriation of water, and inadequate agrochemicals, which have deprived many farmers of sufficient land. He pointed out that in rural communities, land is ingrained in lifestyle and culture. For these afflicted farmers, separation from land is not purely physical, it is also “existential and spiritual,” he said. Additionally, the Pope said the need for agricultural reform is ingrained in the Church’s social doctrine. “Please,” he urged, “continue to fight for the dignity of rural families, for water, for life and for all that can benefit from the fruits of land.” Also on the agenda were the problems of housing and employment. Insisting that every family has a right to a home, the Pope said, “Today there are many families without housing, either because they never had it or because they lost it for various reasons.” The Holy Father stressed that this was unacceptable; that in neighbourhoods families grow and plant their foundations. It is a shame, he said, that in large cities there is an abundance of neglect in regards to housing “millions of our brothers and neighbours, including children.”  The Pope went on to renounce the use of euphemisms to soften the harsh realities that plague society today. Specifically, he referred to the use of the term, “street situation,” which is used to describe the homeless. “We live in cities that build towers, malls, and businesses, but abandon the parts where the marginalized reside – the peripheries.” Lastly, the Pope spoke about the growing problem of unemployment in Europe and around the world. “Today, the phenomenon of exploitation and oppression has taken on a new dimension,” he said. “The centre of our whole social and economic system needs to be about the person, the image of God, created for the universe.” Instead, we live in a world that is largely infatuated with the attainment of wealth, and that the economy is prioritized over the human person. He pointed out that the unemployment of the youth in Italy has reached 40%; and that in some parts of Europe, that number is even higher. “We need to change this,” he said. “We need to return to making human dignity the centre [of society]… and we need to create the alternative societal structures that we need.” “I want to unite my voice with yours in this fight,” Pope Francis said to the group. “I know that among you are persons of different religions, professions, ideas, cultures, and continents. We are practicing here a culture of meeting that is removed from xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance that we so often see.”  (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 13 hours
O papa Francisco nomeou bispo coadjutor da diocese de Santo Amaro (SP), dom José Negri como, até então bispo de Blumenau (SC). Dom José Negri nasceu em 18 de setembro de 1959, em Milão. Estudou Filosofia e Teologia no seminário do Pontifício Instituto das Missões Exteriores (PIME). Foi ordenado presbítero em 1986... 2 days 14 hours
Na catequese desta quarta-feira (29), realizada durante a tradicional Audiência Geral, o Papa Francisco falou sobre a realidade visível e a realidade espiritual da Igreja. Eis o texto na íntegra: Queridos irmãos e irmãs, bom dia Nas catequeses precedentes, tivemos a oportunidade de evidenciar como a Igreja tem ... 2 days 15 hours
(Vatican Radio) In greeting Spanish speaking pilgrims at the general Audience Wednesday, Pope Francs spoke of the 43 Mexican students who disappeared on  September 26 in Iguala, in the Southern State of Guerrero, and were burned alive by drug traffickers. The Pope said : "I would like to raise a prayer and draw close in our hearts to the people of Mexico, who are suffering from the loss of these students and many similar problems. May our hearts be close to them, in prayer at this time". The Archdiocese of Mexico City has issued a statement in response to the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers.  An editorial published in the archdiocesan newspaper Desde la Fe reads:  “The evil that Mexico suffers is a true decomposition of the social fabric, an evil from which no sector of the country escapes”. “The seriousness of the crisis demands a deep replanting of our morals, our laws and the social and political organization of our homeland”. “It is necessary to reconstruct the country. It is urgent that there be a commitment from all sectors of society to combat the immorality, impunity, corruption and cynicism that has our nation on its knees and covered in shame. The political class has showed itself to be unworthy and their parties have shown themselves to be totally incompetent for such a large task”. Catholic News Service reports that the trainee teachers went missing on September 26 in Iguala, 120 miles south of Mexico City. Classmates and authorities said the students went to collect money for a trip to the capital, but were pulled over, shot at by police, detained and turned over to a criminal group known as Guerrero Unidos. Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the attack was ordered by Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, in order to prevent the students from protesting an event organized by Pineda. Authorities said organised crime paid the mayor of Iguala and his wife — whose whereabouts remain unknown — more than $200,000 per month and plied the police with more money. Political observers say the collusion is unsurprising and increasing in some places as politicians on the local level are often unaccountable and feel free to act with impunity and without oversight. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 17 hours
(Vatican Radio) At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis once again spoke of his concern for those affected by Ebola. “In the face of the worsening Ebola epidemic, I wish to express my deep concern about this relentless disease that is spreading especially in the African continent, above all among the most disadvantaged population.” The Holy Father expressed his closeness to all those suffering from Ebola, “as well as to the doctors, nurses, volunteers, religious institutes and associations, who are working heroically to help our brothers and sisters who are sick,” and assured them of his affection and prayers. Pope Francis renewed his appeal “that the international community will make all necessary efforts to eradicate this virus, effectively relieving the hardships and sufferings of those who are so sorely tried,” and invited everyone “to pray for them and for those who have lost their lives.” (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 17 hours
A Tradição, por meio do historiador Euzébio de Cesaréia, nos traz os fatos mais relevantes da vida de Narciso que nasceu na Grécia por volta do ano 99 d.C.  e aos 80 anos foi nomeado Bispo de Jerusalém. Foi o décimo-terceiro bispo de Jerusalém que havia sido reconstruída pelo Imperador Adriano e passado a se chamar... 2 days 18 hours

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Vatican City, Oct 30, 2014 / 09:53 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that the devil is more than and an idea, and in order to fight him we must follow St. Paul's instructions and put on the armor of God which protects us. 1 day 14 hours
Manila, Philippines, Oct 30, 2014 / 09:07 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Families in Manila are gearing up to march in a colorful Oct. 31 parade dressed as their favorite saints, to evangelize and to catechize on heaven and the communion of the saints.
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Denver, Colo., Oct 30, 2014 / 06:10 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- As a 29 year-old woman with terminal brain cancer reconsiders her resolve to end her life, one scholar says the change of heart indicates a more mature level of thinking.
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Erbil, Iraq, Oct 30, 2014 / 05:47 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose soul is being destroyed, said a priest who visited Kurdish Iraq, where many have taken refuge.

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Vatican City, Oct 30, 2014 / 04:50 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- According to the Archbishop of Washington, the recent Synod on the Family worked to address the challenge that many young people today don't fully understand the nature of marriage.
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Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2014 / 04:26 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A leading Vatican astronomer said that although some see Pope Francis' recent words on the Big Bang as signifying a change in the Church's stance on the issue, the pontiff in fact said nothing new. 1 day 20 hours
Madrid, Spain, Oct 30, 2014 / 03:17 am (EWTN News).- Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra, whom Pope Francis recently tapped to head the Archdiocese of Madrid, said that youth, family and the idea of pilgrimage are among the focuses he will have in his new ministry. 1 day 21 hours
Trieste, Italy, Oct 30, 2014 / 01:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Diocese of Trieste has announced "with a spirit full of sorrow and dismay" that one of its priests, who had recently admitted to sexual abuse of a minor female, committed suicide on Tuesday. 1 day 23 hours
Vatican City, Oct 29, 2014 / 10:12 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke of the visible actions carried out by the Church, explaining that they are an expression of her deeper spiritual reality rooted in the two natures of Christ.
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Juba, South Sudan, Oct 29, 2014 / 09:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The bishops in South Sudan are calling for an immediate end to violence in their country, saying  it should be replaced with "dialogue and compromise."
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Vatican City, Oct 29, 2014 / 08:07 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Following the publication of a new text by Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari in 'La Repubblica' suggesting that Pope Francis believes in relativism, the Holy See spokesman has questioned whether Scalfari is advancing his own views. 2 days 16 hours
Washington D.C., Oct 29, 2014 / 06:02 pm (EWTN News).- Men – particularly men within the Christian church – have a crucial role in changing cultural attitudes surrounding the sexual exploitation of women, say organizers of an upcoming New York conference. 2 days 18 hours
Maiduguri, Nigeria, Oct 29, 2014 / 05:13 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Bishop Oliver Doeme, who heads the Nigerian diocese which has suffered the most from Boko Haram, has lamented his government's failure to effectively counter the militants, saying human life is being devalued.

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Lima, Peru, Oct 29, 2014 / 03:44 pm (EWTN News).- On Oct. 28, the streets of Lima, Peru, were flooded with crowds of faithful, taking part in one of the largest annual processions in the world, the feast of the Lord of the Miracles.

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Naples, Fla., Oct 29, 2014 / 03:07 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A federal court in Florida has granted Ave Maria University preliminary protection from the federal contraception mandate, which the school has challenged on religious freedom grounds.

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Vatican City, Oct 29, 2014 / 01:21 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis spoke out against oppression of the poor due to greed and warned again of the growing presence of a "globalization of indifference" – a warning, he said, which has wrongly type-casted him. 2 days 23 hours

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WASHINGTON—The United States should pursue non-proliferation and diplomacy to promote U.S. and global security, not allocate funds to modernize its nuclear forces, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace in an October 30 letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. In the letter, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, noted that the Congressional Budget Office estimates $355 billion in spending on nuclear forces over the next decade, much of that toward modernizing those forces.

“The current U.S. plan to maintain and upgrade its nuclear arsenal undermines the quest for nuclear disarmament,” wrote Bishop Pates. “The seeming indefinite reliance of the United States on a policy of nuclear deterrence, especially one that includes significant new investments in nuclear weapons, undermines President Obama’s stated goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. Excessive spending on nuclear weapons also undermines long-term initiatives to promote human security.”

Bishop Pates contrasted the projected annual expenditure of $35.5 billion per year for nuclear weapons with President Obama’s proposed $20 billion for poverty-focused international assistance for 2015. He also noted that the Catholic Church has called for a global ban on nuclear weapons since 1963, a goal reiterated by Pope Francis this year.

“We believe this critical goal can be achieved by responsibly replacing nuclear deterrence with concrete measures of disarmament based on dialogue and multilateral negotiations. Such a shift will create a world that is truly free from the nuclear threat,” Bishop Pates wrote.

Full text of the letter is available online:
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