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On this day: St. Philip Neri


On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome, Founder of the Oratory.

Philip Neri was born in Florence in 1515. At the age of 17, unable to endure life under the Medici, he left the city.

"It is no accident that Philip left Florence at this time, never to return. . . . The experience of a republic under the rule of Christ, the preference for a community with a democratic order; these were later to be fundamental in the Oratory".

On this day: St. Madeleine Sophie Barat


On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

"Sophie was living in Paris when the Revolutionary period gave way to the rise of Napoleon and the establishment of the Empire. At this time many women all over France, in a bid to restore the primacy of religion and the place of the church, initiated small communities focused on social work, mostly in education and health."

"Sophie Barat's chosen area was the education of young women of the aristocracy and upper middle-classes and the education of the poor. To this purpose, she established boarding schools and poor schools, usually on the same property."

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Florida state panel: diocese likely discriminated against Hispanic employees


What makes this story especially newsworthy is that parishes and dioceses around the country, like the Diocese of St. Augustine, Fla., are also downsizing whether due to a lack of priests or a lack of money and need to be cognizant of discrimination issues. The leadership in the Diocese of St. Augustine most likely did not intend to discriminate against Hispanic employees, but the impact of their decisions had the likely affect of discrimination, according to the Florida Commission on Human Rights. Of course, the diocese disputes the claim.

According to the Gainesville Sun:

The Diocese of St. Augustine likely discriminated against Hispanic employees in Gainesville who bore the brunt of last year's restructuring as a result of a budget shortfall, a state commission determined.

How you can help victims of the Joplin, Mo., tornado


From ABC News:

Rescue efforts are under way as residents of Joplin, Mo., try to pick up the pieces of their lives after a devastating tornado hit the city of about 50,000 and severe storms ravaged the Midwest this weekend.

At least 116 people have been reported dead in Joplin. Authorities say 25 percent to 30 percent of the city has been damaged by the tornado, which was reportedly one mile wide, with winds of nearly 200 mph.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Sunday evening and activated the National Guard.

Find out how to help this city, 160 miles south of Kansas City.

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The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday that will force California to greatly reduce its prison populations is raising concerns here over how many of those inmates will end up in county jails or released.

Rice High School Catholic School in Harlem Is Closing Over Financial Woes

St. Louis, Mo. Donors pledge $100,000 to Trinity Catholic High School

Dutch Catholic order hit by pedophile group scandal

Catholic hospital takes direct hit from Joplin tornado


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In This Issue

October 21-November 3, 2016

  • Reformation's anniversary brings commemorations, reconsiderations
  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
  • Special Section [Print Only]: SAINTS