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A (literal) breath of fresh air for the Sistine Chapel's frescos

02:11 pm | VATICAN CITY, Oct 31, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The first major makeover the Sistine Chapel has had since 1994 brings with it a completely new LED lighting system and high-tech sensors that automatically measure and adjust the chapel's oxygen levels. 
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Was the last 'witch' of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

04:02 am | BOSTON, MASS., Oct 31, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. 
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Rethinking her death, Brittany Maynard praised for seeing life's value

05:10 pm | DENVER, COLO., Oct 30, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- 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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Vatican astronomer yawns at frenzy over Pope's Big Bang words

03:26 pm | ROME, ITALY, Oct 30, 2014 (Aid to the Church in Need).- 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. 
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Candidate in Washington state lampooned for his Catholic faith

Mark Miloscia, a candidate for Washington's state senate, has been attacked for his Catholic faith and adherence to Church teaching on a website belittling his faith as incompatible with representing his district.
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Want to bolster families? Return to Gospel concepts of freedom, fidelity

The Church must work to strengthen the family by helping couples practice Christian concepts of virtues if it wishes to “open wide the doors to Christ” in the vision of St. John Paul II, the head of the Knights of Columbus said on Wednesday.
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March of Saints aims to catechize Filipino children about heaven

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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How one cardinal proposes to correct ignorance of marriage's nature

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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Philly archdiocese: RNS blogger 'inventing own reality'

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has shrugged off a recent blog post that sought to pit Pope Francis against Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on the death penalty.
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The lively history of the Vatican Teutonic cemetery

Tucked away between St. Peter’s Basilica and the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican is a centuries-old cemetery filled with gorgeous greenery and beautiful Catholic art called the Teutonic Cemetery. Named for the Teutons, an archaic term for Germanic peoples, the cemetery grounds used to be the site of the Circus of Nero, where [...]
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Vatican releases official English translation of synod's final report

Now released in English, the Synod of Bishop's final relatio reveals a more positive tone regarding the family called for by the synod’s small groups, as well as greater clarity on phrases that generated confusion in the midterm relatio.
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It's not the law that saves you – it's Christ, Pope reflects

Christians who cling to the law and not to love are like the hypocrite Pharisees in the Gospel, Pope Francis said in today’s homily.
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Synod Seeks to be Beacon in Troubled Waters

by Jennifer Manning

This year my 11th grade Morality students are reading Making Choices: Practical Wisdom for Everyday Moral Decisions by Peter Kreeft. The opening paragraph of the book reads, in part,...
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St. Teresa of Avila and the keys to union with God

by Sarah Metts

On October 14th the Church celebrates the feast day of one of the greatest of all Spanish saints. A mystic, Carmelite reformer, prolific writer, and the first woman declared a doctor of the...
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"Nightcrawler" – a wake up call for news networks?

by Carl Kozlowski

We can’t say that we haven’t been warned. It’s been nearly 40 years since “Network” burned up movie screens on its way to winning Best Picture, over 32 years since Don Henley unleashed...
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John Henry Newman at the Synod on the Family

by Father Robert Barron

The controversies surrounding the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family have often put me in mind of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the greatest Catholic churchman of the 19th century....
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October 31, 2014

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

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