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Council fathers reluctant to use the word 'reform'

October 15, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council was "animated by a spirit of reform," but was afraid to use the word "reform," Church historian Jesuit Father John O'Malley told a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the council.

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Blessed Pedro Calungsod

Blessed Pedro Calungsod

October 15, 2012
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Blessed Pedro Calungsod, a 17th century lay catechist missionary in the Philippines, will be the seventh saint that Pope Benedict canonizes on Oct. 21.

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Spanish foundress stood up for the rights of women

Blessed Carmen Salles Barangueras

October 15, 2012
JONATHAN LUXMOORE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Blessed Carmen Salles Barangueras was a Spanish nun who pioneered equality of opportunity for women.

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Blessed Kateri overcame obstacles to a life of faith

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

October 15, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, "the Lily of the Mohawks," is the young Indian maiden who, despite objections from some in her own clan, came to know and love Christ.

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Italian priest helped poor youths get jobs, build morally good lives

Blessed Giovanni Battista Piamarta

October 15, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Italian Blessed Giovanni Battista Piamarta found structure – and eventually a vocation – through a parish outreach to poor young boys and girls.

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Disabled from workplace accident, woman became 'model of suffering'

Blessed Anna Schaffer

October 15, 2012
JONATHAN LUXMOORE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Blessed Anna Schaffer was a German lay Catholic who experienced visions during a life of pain caused by a workplace injury.

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French Jesuit suffered martyrdom in Madagascar

Blessed Jacques Berthieu

October 15, 2012
JONATHAN LUXMOORE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Blessed Jacques Berthieu was a 19th-century French Jesuit missionary murdered because of his faith during an indigenous uprising in Madagascar.

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Blessed Marianne answered call to help leprosy patients

Blessed Marianne Cope

October 15, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Blessed Marianne Cope, as the head of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y., led the first group of sisters to the Hawaiian Islands in 1883 to establish a system of nursing care for leprosy patients.

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Pope opens synod of bishops

Pope Benedict

October 15, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – To evangelize means to help people understand that God himself has responded to their questions, and that his response – the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ – is available to them as well, Pope Benedict said.

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Only Divine Mercy can save world – theologian

Dr. Robert Stackpole

October 15, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Divine Mercy is a Catholic devotion to the merciful love of God and the desire to let that love and mercy flow through one's own heart toward those who need it.

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