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October 20, 2017 issue

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Local stories:

  • Respect Life Month: International speaker outlines costs of sexual relations outside of marriage
    • Right to Life dinner celebrates ‘lifesavers’ and drop in abortions
    • Chastity speaker conceived through rape finds home in Church
  • Rosary, devotion to Blessed Mother inspire heartfelt faith lessons passed down in families
  • November talks on pre-planning funeral Mass, leaving legacy set
  • St. Martin de Porres Mass celebrating multicultural saint is set for Nov. 3
  • Archbishop says appeal ‘brings hope to people society pushes aside’
  • Faith of Lawrenceburg parish endures through 175 years
  • From the Archives: Senior citizen dinner in Connersville

Regular local features:

  • Christ the Cornerstone: Marian pilgrimages are good for the soul
    • Cristo, la piedra angular: Las peregrinaciones marianas reconfortan el alma
  • Editorial: We must welcome the stranger
  • From the Editor Emeritus: How the Pill affected Catholic married women in the 1960s
  • That All May Be One: Reflection on Compostela leads to statement on the way to unity
  • Worship and Evangelization Outreach: Commission assists archbishop in guiding parishes in building, renovating churches
  • Be Our Guest: More volunteers needed to bring light of Christ into prison ministry, inmate says
  • Public Schedule of Archbishop Charles C. Thompson
  • Letters to the Editor
    • Column about assisting those in need should be shared in parishes, schools
  • Events Calendar
    • CYO Football Alumni Reunion set for Nov. 4 at Colts practice facility
    • Catholic Radio Indy 89.1/90.9 FM will host a radio telethon on Nov. 1-2
    • Seminar on spirituality and direction for retired Catholic physicians set for Nov. 18
    • Christmas Bazaar for Little Sisters of the Poor St. Augustine Home set for Nov. 3-4
  • Obituaries
    • General listing
  • My Journey to God: You Will Never Be the Same

Catholic News Service:

  • U.S. bishop concerned about impact of Trump’s health care order on the poor
  • Bishop at Mass recalls aunt’s story of being at Fatima for miracle of sun
  • Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel,’ Pope Francis says
  • Hundreds at blessing of shrine awed by church’s restored beauty
  • Column: To be or not to be addicted? That is the question thanks to technology
  • The Sunday Readings: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Question Corner: Mystery is at the heart of prayer and God’s infinite foreknowledge


  • Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago
  • Scripture has brought Catholics and Lutherans closer together

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Right to Life dinner celebrates ‘lifesavers’ and drop in abortions

Group of teensFor 35 years, Right to Life of Indianapolis has hosted its annual “Celebrate Life Dinner” to celebrate those who promote respect for life, and to bring those present up to speed on the status of the cause. On Oct. 3, Right to Life of Indianapolis president Marc Tuttle had good news to share with the more than 900 people who gathered for the event at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis: the number of abortions in Marion County dropped by 9 percent last year, and the number of abortions performed in each of the city’s three abortion centers decreased. (Page 8)
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Rosary, devotion to Blessed Mother inspire heartfelt faith lessons passed down in families

Lector at Mass100 years ago, the Blessed Mother appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal, instructing them to spread the word about the importance of praying the rosary for peace in the world, for peace in people’s hearts. In honor of the Blessed Mother’s request, and since October is the month of the Holy Rosary, The Criterion has invited readers to share their stories of how praying the rosary has made a difference in their lives. Here are some of their stories. This story is the second of three parts. (Page 1)
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St. Martin de Porres Mass celebrating multicultural saint is set for Nov. 3

The annual St. Martin de Porres Mass, sponsored by the archdiocesan Black Catholic and Hispanic ministries, will be held at St. Lawrence Church, 6944 E. 46th St., in Indianapolis, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. A reception will follow the liturgy. The Mass celebrates the feast day of St. Martin de Porres, a saint of both Black and Peruvian heritage. He was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579, the illegitimate son of a Spanish knight and a freed African slave. He grew up in poverty and struggled with the stigma of being of mixed race in a time of great prejudice. (Page 2)
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