Groups settle in lawsuit against HHS contraceptive mandate — CNS top stories

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Dozens of Catholic groups that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, they announced late Oct. 16. The groups, including the Archdiocese of Washington and the Pennsylvania dioceses of Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Erie, were represented […]

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In Holy Land, Franciscan finds peace in prayer, ministering to pilgrims — CNS top stories

(Editor’s Note: This month, the Franciscans celebrate 800 years of their presence in the Holy Land.) By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — On his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land just at the outbreak of the intifada, Franciscan Father Wladyslaw Brzezinski was awed by the quiet contemplation with which a fellow friar […]

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Muslim-Christian peace

The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) has been working for the last year and a half to promote The Sultan and the Saint film, the powerful depiction of Muslim-Christian peace as told through the story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt. Due to exuberant feedback and numerous requests for the film to be more widely distributed, an idea was developed to have members host “viewing parties” when the film airs on PBS in December. This unique moment allows for us to further engage more people and communities in peaceful, inter-religious dialogue. We want you to be a part of it!

The wait is finally over! Our patience has been rewarded with the announcement from Public Broadcasting System (PBS) that the film’s airing will be December 26th at 8 pm. There will be a “Check Local Listings” advisory, but most PBS stations will air it at this time. Please continue to check your local listings at PBS.org. We realize the day after Christmas may not be the best time to host a viewing party, but we suggest recording it and hosting the party at a more convenient date. Also, PBS sometimes airs things multiple times.

The FAN staff, along with our partners from Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), JustFaith, and the Catholic Round Table have been working to develop tools and resources for you to use in the planning of your event. Once you register your party, you will receive a discussion guide and organizer packet from UPF. You can even apply to receive a $250 mini grant to help support your viewing party. Click this link to register your Viewing Party.

We are so excited about the culmination of this project. We want to have at least 500 viewing parties in all 50 states. Click this link to sign up as a Viewing Party Host.

Blessed Mother Mary Angela

As Foundress, she was the inspirator in writing the constitutions, the initiator of new ministries, and the spiritual guide to her sisters. Her total resignation to God’s will gradually brought her to a complete union with him in the long mystic experience of her annihilation. Mother Angela died at the provincial house in Krakow on October 10, 1899 and was buried in the chapel adjoining the convent.

(more about Bl. Angela)

blessed-angela_000Litany of Blessed Mary Angela

Praise to you, God, our Creator.
All praise, and glory and thanksgiving.

Praise to you, Jesus, our Savior.
All praise, and glory and thanksgiving.

Praise to you, Spirit of Love.
All praise, and glory and thanksgiving.

*Response: Pray for Us …

Blessed Mary Angela, …
Lover of God’s Will, …
Lover of Jesus in the Eucharist, …
Lover of Mary, …
Lover of the Gospel, …
Lover of Christ’s Body, the Church, …
Lover of beauty and learning, …
Lover of your native land, …
Devoted daughter and sister, …
Faithful follower of Francis, …
Spiritual Mother, …

* Response: Inspire Us …
Servant of the needy, …
Guardian of family life, …
Enlightened woman of your day, …
Dedicated advocate of the poor, …
Compassionate caregiver, …
Pioneer religious woman, …
Woman of faith and prayer, …
Woman of mercy, ….
Woman of vision and courage, …
Woman of contemplation and action, …
Woman of wisdom and understanding, …
Model of self-denial, …
Model of reparation, …
Model of humility, …
Model of simple living, …
Model of perseverance, …

Angela, you were moved by the plight of neglected children, women, the sick, the homeless, the aged, the illiterate, immigrants, victims of war, and all who did not know the love and mercy of God, Pray for these people in our world today.