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Thursday, October 2, 2014
  • Cardinals urge government to break political deadlock in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG (CNS) -- The two cardinals in Hong Kong urged the government to solve the present political deadlock after police used force to disperse thousands of unarmed protesters who struggled for full democracy in the city.

    Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong called upon the ...

    Catholic youths pray for democracy of Hong Kong
  • Vatican official says U.N. framework is best way to fight terrorism

    UNITED NATIONS (CNS) -- The U.N.'s framework provides the "only viable way" of dealing with the global nature of modern terrorism "which knows no borders," the Vatican's secretary of state told the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 29.

    "This reality requires a renewed United Nations that undertakes to ...

    Vatican's secretary of state addresses U.N. General Assembly in New York
  • Pope: Greed, throwaway culture fuel 'hidden euthanasia' of elderly

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis warned against the abandonment and neglect of the elderly, calling it a "hidden euthanasia" rooted in today's "poisonous" culture of disposal and an economic system of greed.

    In the presence of his predecessor, Pope Francis also thanked retired Pope Benedict XVI ...

    Pope Francis greets people during encounter with elderly in St. Peter's Square at Vatican
  • Vatican says bishop's dismissal not the result of sex abuse

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops.

    Meanwhile, the bishop described his dismissal as a case of ...

    Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, who was dismissed from post, pictured after interview in Rome
  • Syrian refugees have mixed reactions to airstrikes
    Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed.    Some welcome the surprise military intervention, saying it could lead to ending the nearly 4-year-old war in Syria and ...
    U.S. Navy Super Hornets on the way to Syria (CNS photo/DoD handout via EPA)
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Feast of the Guardian Angels: Perhaps no aspect of Catholic piety is as comforting to parents as the belief that an angel protects their little ones from dangers real and imagined. Yet guardian angels are not only for children. Their role is to represent individuals before God, to watch over them always, to aid their prayer and to present their souls to God at death. 
<p>The concept of an angel assigned to guide and nurture each human being is a development of Catholic doctrine and piety based on Scripture but not directly drawn from it. Jesus' words in Matthew 18:10 best support the belief: "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father." </p><p>Devotion to the angels began to develop with the birth of the monastic tradition. St. Benedict gave it impetus and Bernard of Clairvaux, the great 12th-century reformer, was such an eloquent spokesman for the guardian angels that angelic devotion assumed its current form in his day. </p><p>A feast in honor of the guardian angels was first observed in the 16th century. In 1615, Pope Paul V added it to the Roman calendar.</p> American Catholic Blog Nothing then, must keep us back, nothing separate us from Him, and nothing come between us and Him.
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