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September 23, 2016 issue

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Local stories:

  • A wonderful adventure: Newlyweds experience once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Pope Francis on Italy trip
  • Stay connected to each other and to Jesus, Archbishop Tobin encourages educators
  • Young Adult Servant of the Year Award to be presented on Sept. 25
  • 40 Days for Life campaign starts on Sept. 28, more participants needed
  • Annual Respect Life Sunday Mass, Life Chain events set for Oct. 2
  • God specializes in second chances, NCCW speaker says

Regular local features:

  • Rejoice in the Lord: Respecting human life: the way to peace
    • Alégrense en el Señor: El respeto hacia la vida humana es el camino hacia la paz
  • Editorial: Like Pope Francis, nurture the light of faith in your lives
  • From the Editor Emeritus: 20th-century Church - The Holy Spirit guides Vatican II
  • Cornucopia: Viewing the big picture, with the ‘facts,’ from several angles
  • Worship and Evangelization Outreach: ‘Take it to the Queen: Embracing the Mother of Mercy’
  • Be Our Guest: Participate in 40 Days for Life campaign and help build a culture of life
  • Letters to the Editor
    • Series on 20th-century Church is informative, reader notes
    • Living by example is the best lesson we can share with our children
  • Events Calendar
    • Author, priest abuse victim Norbert Krapf to offer book signing on Oct. 1 in Indy
    • Notre Dame professor to offer Thomas Merton conference in Beech Grove
    • Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House to offer healing Mass on Oct. 3
    • Papal Missionary of Mercy to lead parish mission on Oct. 9-11 in Indianapolis
    • Mount St. Francis to host ‘Mercy and Prayer: A Weekend with Francis of Assisi’ on Oct. 7-9
    • Sisters of Providence offer special Mass for Feast of St. Mother Theodore Guérin on Oct. 3
  • Obituaries
    • General listing
  • My Journey to God: The Healing Hands Of Jesus

Catholic News Service:

  • Religious organizations play major role in caring for migrants, refugees
  • Pope, Christian leaders pray for peace, victims of war
  • Pope to bishops: Be good Samaritans; seek quality seminarians
  • High stakes for religious freedom seen in U.S. election
  • Dedicated to battling the devil, noted Italian exorcist dies at 91
  • Exhibit of St. Thomas More artifacts debuts at St. John Paul II shrine
  • Column: What does God want me to do?
  • The Sunday Readings: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Question Corner: Dialysis is not a required medical procedure in every circumstance


  • Permanent diaconate has encouraged service to others
  • New Testament shows ministry of deacons is closely tied to the Apostles

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Newlyweds experience once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Pope Francis on Italy trip

Newlyweds and Pope FrancisAs they prepared for their trip to Italy to try to get a special blessing of their marriage from Pope Francis, Scott and Elisabeth Williams kept telling each other that it would be fine if their plan didn’t turn out as they hoped. After all, their wedding at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis on May 28 had been a magical day—a day, Elisabeth says, when “everything came together so beautifully, and I was getting to marry the love of my life.” And no matter what happened with the pope, the couple would still have a week together in Rome. Yet deep in their hearts, Scott and Elisabeth both thought it would be tremendous to experience a long-standing, wedding-related tradition at the Vatican. (Page 1)
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Stay connected to each other and to Jesus, Archbishop Tobin encourages educators

EducatorsIt’s a story of grace, perspective and humility—a story that Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin shared during a special Mass on Sept. 7 when several people from across the archdiocese were honored for their service in Catholic education, youth ministry and catechesis. As he began his homily two days after Labor Day, Archbishop Tobin looked at the people in SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis and asked, “What would you name as the greatest moment of your summer?” The archbishop then shared the story of his own answer to that question—a story that unfolded on “a steamy afternoon at the end of July” as he entered the guest house in Vatican City where Pope Francis lives. (Page 1)
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God specializes in second chances, NCCW speaker says

EducatorsAt an early age, she suffered sexual abuse. As a senior in high school, she lost her mother without warning to a heart attack. She spiraled into drug and alcohol addiction, battled an eating disorder, “broke every commandment” and contemplated suicide. But on Sept. 9, the mother of four electrified an audience of hundreds in downtown Indianapolis with her personal witness to God’s abounding mercy. Judy Hehr, a Wisconsin resident and radio host, wanted those gathered for the annual National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) convention to know that God specializes in second chances. (Page 2)
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