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How much do you know about the Mass

By Sarah Dupre, ETC

The new translation of the Roman  Missal will be implemented in about a year, but before learning about the upcoming changes, think about how much you actually know about the Mass. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope Benedict XVI holds up the Book of the Gospels during the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for Africa in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has said he’s heading to Spain Nov. 6-7 as a pilgrim, and the trip will give him an opportunity to participate in the most popular foot pilgrimage in Europe, the “camino” or journey to Santiago de Compostela.

His pilgrimage also will give him an opportunity to pay homage to a more modern expression of a Spaniard’s faith when he travels to Barcelona for the dedication of Antoni Gaudi’s Church of the Holy Family, more widely known by its Spanish name, Sagrada Familia.

As a pilgrim, the pope is expected to highlight the virtue of hope and the church’s mission of charity in an increasingly secularized nation.

A traditionally Catholic country, Spain has embarked on a number of policies that have caused local bishops much concern. (more…)

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St. James Rosary

In celebration of October, which is also the month of the Holy Rosary, the liturgical committee at St. James, Port Arthur, prayed the Rosary along with parishioners in the Father J.C. Coon Memorial Prayer Garden, Oct. 27. (more…)

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By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Under persistent criticism from a small but vocal group of activists as well as questions from some bishops, leaders of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development have established “stronger policies and clearer mechanisms” to guide how grants are awarded to poverty-fighting groups and strengthen oversight of how funds are spent.

Made public Oct. 26, the plan places greater emphasis on the Catholic identity of the 41-year-old program and renews the U.S. bishops’ commitment to fight poverty in all its forms, said Bishop Roger P. Morin of Biloxi, Miss., chairman of the bishops’ CCHD subcommittee. (more…)

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St. Therese celebrates 7 baptisms

Parishioners at St. Therese, Orange, had cause to celebrate Oct. 24 as seven young parishioners were baptized in the church.

After Mass parishioners journeyed to the parish hall for Family and Friends Day and enjoyed food, fellowship and later in the day, volleyball and kickball games. (more…)

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By Catholic News Service

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — The papal nuncio to the United Nations challenged the international community Oct. 21 to unite in a fight against global poverty, which he called “an insult to our common humanity.”

“We have the means to bring an end to poverty,” said Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, who heads the permanent observer mission of the Holy See at U.N. headquarters in New York. “Do we have the will? That is the question.” (more…)

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By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The papally mandated reform of the Legionaries of Christ may take “two or three years or even more” and require the establishment of at least three commissions, the papal delegate overseeing the reform said in an Oct. 19 letter.

Italian Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, who was named by Pope Benedict XVI to the College of Cardinals the day after his letter was dated, urged members of the Legionaries to “set aside all suspicion and distrust” of one another during the process of reform and renewal of the order.  (more…)

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