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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

The pope spoke during a homily in St. Peter's Square at a Mass for more than 30,000 people, under a sunny sky on an unseasonably warm Oct. 19.

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October brings awareness to domestic violence in Oklahoma

By Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick

 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which offers women, men and families an opportunity to get the latest information for prevention and help, and to serve as a reminder that abuse violates the fundamental truth of the dignity of all people.   

  During October many law enforcement agencies, shelters and non-profit groups such as Catholic Charities aid in awareness to reduce the chances of domestic violence in Oklahoma.

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Program offers women regimen to reverse RU-486 abortion in first stages

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- As soon as Rebekah Chaveste swallowed the first pill of the RU-486 abortion regimen at a Planned Parenthood clinic, she regretted it.

"I was crying and I was alone," recalled Chaveste, a 20-year-old college student who lives in the Sacramento area.

"Thank God for smartphones," she told Catholic San Francisco. Sitting in her car outside Planned Parenthood, "I googled RU-486" and found a website for RU-486 reversals,

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“Christ is victorious!”

Thousands of faithful join Archbishop Coakley in Eucharistic celebration

 By Diane Clay

 OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 2,000 faithful flocked to Saint Francis of Assisi Church on Sept. 21 to celebrate Jesus Christ’s gift of the Eucharist during a Holy Hour, Procession and Benediction. 

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Pope names panel to streamline marriage annulment process

By Francis X. Rocca

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Before the start of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, the Vatican announced the formation of a special commission to reform the process of granting marriage annulments.

“The work of the commission will start as soon as possible and will have as its goal to prepare a proposal of reform of the matrimonial process, with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined, and safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of matrimony,” said a Vatican statement.

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Catholic social justice and the Civil Rights Movement

Church celebrates 50 years since the signing of the Civil Rights Act

By Diane Clay

 On a steamy Georgia morning in March 1965, Father Eusebius Beltran and three of his brother priests piled into the four-door sedan they borrowed from the Archdiocese of Atlanta and headed south toward Selma, Ala.

 It had been two days since they’d heard news of a police shooting and beatings during a protest march in Selma that would later become known as “Bloody Sunday.”

 The men were not strangers to marches during the Civil Rights Movement, having marched many times through the streets of Atlanta to protest discrimination by schools, restaurants, bus stations and other public venues. But, they hadn’t marched in a protest like this. The Selma marches became a national spark to protest the ongoing exclusion of African-American voters from the electoral process and from the discrimination they faced.

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