Humanae Vitae Referred to as Happy Marriage Blueprint

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On Oct. 3, 2018, Bishop James Wall, of Gallup New Mexico referred to the message of Humanae vitae as “good news” and characterized it as a blueprint for a happy marriage. His talk entitled Humanae vitae and the Wisdom of Pope Paul VI was organized by the Diocese of Lincoln and was part of ongoing series.

Originally disseminated in July 25, 1968 Pope Paul VI wrote Humana vitae as a response to the West’s changing sexual mores stemming from the “sexual revolution” of the 1960’s. Of major contention, was the churches position of the use of contraception among married couples. With the advent of ‘the pill” many of the faithful wondered if the church would change its position on the traditional opposition to the use artificial contraceptives.

Bishop Wall likened the use of contraception as a merging of man, woman and the pharmaceutical company resulting in “pushing God out.”

Pope Paul VI established a commission who examined the issue extensively and concluded that the Church declare it licit for married Catholics to use contraception in some circumstances.

Wall reminded the listeners that the authority Christ invested in the Church, and in the Popes, protects the church from error in the areas of faith and morals.

Catholic Students Get Together for Winter Coat Drive and Annual Mass in Minnesota

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At the second annual Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, tens of thousands of students came from all over the state. 79 Catholic schools and their students took part in the festivities and in celebrating the new school year.

The students participated in worship, Christian music and prayer. “Coats for Kids”, a donation drive which aimed to gather 12,000 winter coats of youth in the Minnesota area, was also held and saw a great number of donations.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Minneapolis and St. Paul, celebrated the Mass and spoke on serving others. He said that the Holy Spirit guides you and enables you to have the willpower to do good in your community, starting with things like thanking your teachers and school faculty members.

The winter coat drive and the gathering were successes and the Archdiocese looks forward to another one next year.

Pope Releases World Communications Day 2018 Message

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Pope Francis released his message for commemorating the 52nd World Communications Day being observed May 13, 2018. This year’s theme of the Pope’s message is “The truth will set you free”(Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace.”

In his message the Pope highlights how important communication is in God’s plan for us and that it is an essential way for us to experience fellowship. It allows us to express and share all that is true, good and beautiful. It allows us to share our human experience, our good times, our challenging times and our understanding of the events of the world around us.

But he also discusses how we must be careful and discerning in the types of communications that we are exposed to in this fast-changing digital age in which we live. When people with personal, political, organizational or governmental agendas use the media either distort or completely ignore the truth, the implications can be far reaching, divisive and extremely destructive.

In his message the Pope discusses the topic of “fake news” and how it is designed to seem plausible by playing on our typical stereotypes, our common social prejudices, our fears and emotions such as anger, contempt, anxiety and frustration.

He compares “fake news” as the modern-day equivalent of the serpent in the Adam and Eve story where the snake poses as Eve’s friend.

Pope Francis reminds us the biggest weapon against “fake news” and deceptive communicative practices it the “truth”. In all our communications we should be seeking the truth. How can we discern the truth? The Pope gives us these clues. “We can recognize the truth of statements from their fruits: whether they provoke quarrels, foment division, encourage resignation; or, on the other hand, they promote informed and mature reflection leading to constructive dialogue and fruitful results.”

Pope Encourages Frankness and Perseverance

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Upon paying a visit to two small Catholic communities in central Italy, Pope Francis praised the Nomadelfia community and commune for their implementation of the Gospel as a prophetic model of a new civilization.

Additionally he spoke with the Focolare Movement, which places an emphasis on ecumenism, calling their community” an illustration of the mission of the Church today.”

He encouraged both communities to be bold in their dedication to the faith and reach out to the poor, the suffering, those struggling with daily trials and those in search of peace burdened by doubt.

He reminded them that “frankness” and “perseverance” were two words that they should always keep in mind going forward. Prayer and face to face communication were the pillars upon which to build their bearing of the truth.

The Nomadelfia (Greek translation – where brotherhood is law) community was established in 1931. Founded by Fr. Zeno Saltini, who spiritually adopted his “son” a 17-year-old-boy who had just recently been released from prison.

Consisting of practicing Catholics inspired by the Biblical Book of the Apostles, the community has become a haven for trouble youths. The community grew as laywomen became “adopted mothers” for the many troubled and abandoned youth. Soon, couples arrived to carry on the tradition.

There is no private property. Everything is shared. Nomadelfia is now home to some 5000 youth today.

The Focolare Movement was launched in 1943. It places emphasis on universal brotherhood and ecumenical unity. Initially established by a Catholic, the movement welcomes members of other religions.

Focolare has approximately 2,000,000 Catholics ad well as thousands of members from other religions including Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus.

He encouraged the movement to proceed with “frankness and perseverance” and to practice respect and tenderness in dealing with differences.

He spoke of such things as humility, risk taking, serenity and a good sense of humor to carry us through life’s tough times.

Another focus of the Pope’s message was vocational inclusiveness to build synergy to tackle the problems of the future.