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SPO founder reflects on what young adults need — and why its model works 

SPO founder reflects on what young adults need — and why its model works 

| October 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked Gordy DeMarais by email to provide an overview of young adult ministry in light of the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment that began at the Vatican Oct. 3. His responses have been edited for clarity.

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Bishops say young people need to be heard, not arrogantly lectured

Bishops say young people need to be heard, not arrogantly lectured

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church needs to communicate the beauty and intelligence of faith to young men and women without resorting to condescending and aggressive methods, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles told members of the Synod of Bishops.

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Generosity for Catholic education shines at Night of Light

Generosity for Catholic education shines at Night of Light

| October 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Aim Higher Foundation President Jean Houghton was amazed the moment she saw on a large screen how much attendees donated for Catholic education at the St. Paul-based nonprofit’s fall gala Sept. 28.

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Basilica, St. Agnes to host drama about slave’s journey to priesthood

Basilica, St. Agnes to host drama about slave’s journey to priesthood

| October 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Basilica of St. Mary will host a production about Father Augustus Tolton, the first known African-American priest in the U.S. 7 p.m. Oct. 23.

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Prayer to St. Michael makes resurgence in response to abuse crisis

Prayer to St. Michael makes resurgence in response to abuse crisis

| October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

In response to the church abuse crisis, many parishes around the country have been bringing out the big guns in a spiritual sense — calling on St. Michael the Archangel to help the church.

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A Star Is Born — A-III (R)

A Star Is Born — A-III (R)

| Kurt Jensen | October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The third remake of that sturdy warhorse “A Star Is Born” pays occasional homage to its forebears, particularly the 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James Mason, which only serves to indicate that its formulaic “stand by your man” story is somewhat tattered and dog-eared.

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Pope asks bishops, young people to drop their prejudices as synod begins

Pope asks bishops, young people to drop their prejudices as synod begins

| Cindy Wooden | October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin a three-week meeting on “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.”

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Be lifeline of hope for youth alienated from church, pope tells synod

Be lifeline of hope for youth alienated from church, pope tells synod

| Carol Glatz | October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Setting the stage for a monthlong gathering of bishops, Pope Francis urged synod fathers not to be crushed by “prophets of doom,” but to be the signs of hope and joy for which today’s young people yearn.

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‘Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent’ is theme of Respect Life Month

‘Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent’ is theme of Respect Life Month

| October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Each year the U.S. Catholic Church observes October as Respect Life Month, which calls Catholics “to cherish, defend and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between,” said the chairman of the bishops’ pro-life committee.

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Palestinian Catholic, modeling St. Francis, cares for abused animals

Palestinian Catholic, modeling St. Francis, cares for abused animals

| Judith Sudilovsky | October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

God gives everyone a mission, Diana George Babish said as she fielded a phone call about a dog who had been shot in Hebron. The mission God gave her is to take care of the abused and abandoned animals in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, she said.

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Catholic aid agencies respond after quake, tsunami in Indonesia

Catholic aid agencies respond after quake, tsunami in Indonesia

| October 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 1,200 people dead.

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Longtime papal photographer talks about life behind the lens

Longtime papal photographer talks about life behind the lens

| Mark Pattison | October 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

While Arturo Mari may have started his professional photography career in the Vatican taking pictures of Pope Pius XII when he was just 16 years old, Mari’s work commanded the world’s attention when he accompanied history’s most travel-minded pope, St. John Paul II, on more than 100 pastoral visits outside Italy.

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