Pope’s December prayer intentions


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Universal: End to Child-Soldiers
That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

Evangelization: Europe
That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.

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As Election Day nears

Thoughts from our shepherds,
plus a prayer to the Blessed Mother

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Obligations for Catholic voters


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Catholic voters should acknowledge the following 10 obligations and guidelines when considering their ballots:

1. “In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation. Every believer is called to faithful citizenship, to become an informed, active, and responsible participant in the political process.”1 An informed vote by a Catholic is one that is guided by the authentic moral and social teaching of the Catholic faith.

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Insurance denied her chemo treatment. But it covered drugs for suicide.

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Stephanie Packer cherishes every moment with her husband and four children. Living with a terminal illness in Orange, CA, her goal is “to do everything I can to have one more second with my kids.”

When assisted-suicide legislation was officially passed in California in 2016, Packer experienced the ultimate slap in the face: her insurance company denied the coverage of critical chemotherapy treatment that her doctors recommended for her condition.

Her insurance would, however, cover end-of-life drugs for just $1.20.

“It was like someone had just hit me in the gut,” said Packer, who shared her story in the new documentary, “Compassion and Choice Denied.” Read more

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Feast day Oct. 22: Pope St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II, circa 1995. (Photo by L’Osservatore Romano)
Pope St. John Paul II, circa 1995. (Photo by L’Osservatore Romano)

The Archbishop of Krakow recently spoke with EWTN Deutschland about its most famous son—St. John Paul II.

“You ask me where I have seen [John Paul II’s] holiness. Well, we know that he was a very talented man—a writer, a poet, a speaker, an actor; but most of all, a great pray-er,” Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz told EWTN’s Robert Rauhut.

Cardinal Dziwisz was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Krakow in 1963 by St. John Paul II, who was then an auxiliary bishop of the city. Wojtyla was appointed archbishop the following year, and then-Fr. Dziwisz became his secretary soon thereafter—a role in which he served until the Pope’s death in 2005. Read more

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