Catholic News & Perspective

October 2020

Oct 30

Opening the Word: The politics of the saints

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In 2020, Catholic citizens of the United States have the providential gift of celebrating the feast of All Saints on the Sunday before the 2020 presidential election. This campaign has once more manifested the divided nature of the American people. The possibility of post-election violence, even by a few, is a...
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Oct 28

In Minnesota archdiocese, pandemic doesn’t stop Children’s Rosary Pilgrimage

By: Dave Hrbacek ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed church and school activities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and across the country. But, determined laypeople and clergy are finding meaningful ways to engage the faithful in these times. One example is the annual Children’s Rosary Pilgrimage...
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Oct 26

Possible with God’s grace

By: Kathryn Jean Lopez I was shivering a wee bit at Mass in the coliseum at the North American Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville, New York. It was the final public Mass of the season, celebrating the feast day (though moved to the day before, to be a Sunday Mass, with the bishop of Albany). My teeth were chattering at times. And all I...
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Oct 23

Opening the Word:

By: Timothy P. O'Malley             This article comes to you from OSV Newsweekly (Our Sunday Visitor) courtesy of your parish or diocese.
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Oct 20

New blesseds provide perspective and hope for 2020

By: Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board Two great events in the life of the Church this month have assured us that the Year of Our Lord 2020 won’t be all bad. While the pages of history will remember these 12 months as being dominated by pandemic, social revolution, extreme political and religious division, election contention, copious...
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Oct 19

To save unborn lives, we must change hearts

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Off we go into the wild blue yonder. Specifically, what is the future of legalized abortion in the United States? If its legality goes, as it might, what then? How must Catholics respond? “Specifically” is the key word. Many things could happen. With the confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett...
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Oct 16

Opening the Word: What belongs to God

By: Timothy P. O'Malley The United States is a little over two weeks from Election Day. This election season, coming in COVID-tide, has been especially fraught. There is a palpable sense of violence in the air, exacerbated on social media channels where political enemies must be eliminated from the body politic. It’s all very worrisome,...
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Oct 14

Father Michael J. McGivney: A priest for our time

By: Michael R. Heinlein The beatification of Father Michael J. McGivney shows that the ministry of this holy, humble parish priest continues even to this day. This is evidenced in the miracle attributed to his intercession, which was approved by Pope Francis in May, involving the healing of a fatal condition called hydrops for a young boy...
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Oct 12

Pope: Time is running out to fix economy, protect the Earth, help the poor

By: Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The predominant global economic system is “unsustainable,” particularly in its impact on the environment, Pope Francis said. “We are faced with the moral imperative — and the practical urgency — to rethink many things” about the economy: “how we produce, how we...
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Oct 9

Opening the Word: Many are invited, few are chosen

By: Timothy P. O'Malley The parables of Jesus, to the attentive listener, are often haunting. The kingdom of heaven is like a wedding feast that a king throws for his son. The king issues an invitation to the wedding of the year, but none of the invited guests want to come. Not only do they refuse the summons, but they also kill the...
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Oct 7

Whose will are we praying for, really?

By: Ava Lalor With the weather starting to cool and settle into the familiar fall temperatures, I’ve been taking daily walks around my apartment. Week by week, my habits change a bit, but often I have my earbuds in as I listen to music or a podcast, usually by a Christian/Catholic artist or host. Other times I pray the Rosary, use an app...
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Oct 5

Unpacking the term ‘reproductive rights’

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Even before President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a new judge for the Supreme Court, every commentary on the nomination process said that abortion will be a major issue in the discussion. Be prepared. A phrase will be heard, “reproductive...
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Oct 2

Opening the Word: Blood in the vineyard

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Have you ever been to a vineyard? Vineyards are in bucolic places, where the weather is fine enough that the grapes may grow under the warmth of the sun and the gift of pleasant wind. They produce delicious grapes that may become wine to gladden the human heart. And yet, the vineyard requires cultivation lest weeds and...
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