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Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families

WASHINGTON—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

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Carmelite Sisters spread their wings and fly

Saint Ann Retirement Center was given a free ticket to fly on a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Airplane.

This special vintage airplane visited Sundance Airport in Oklahoma City on Sept. 25. The owner offered free tours of the airplane and a short flight. Saint Ann’s held a drawing for a free ticket for one of their residents to fly in the nine-passenger plane that was built more than 85 years ago.


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One Year: Go Make Disciples

Archbishop’s vision for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

 By Diane Clay

 It has been one year since Archbishop Paul Coakley issued his call to “Go Make Disciples,” identifying three priorities for the archdiocese, its parishes and schools, and for all Catholics who seek to encounter Jesus Christ.

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Stacks of Evidence: “Pope Pius XII and World War II: The Documented Truth”

By J. E. Helm

“Pope Pius XII and World War II: The Documented Truth: A Compilation of International Evidence Revealing the Wartime Acts of the Vatican” is yet another of the many books about Pope Pius XII.

This one, as its title suggests, is an attempt to set the record straight by presenting pages and pages of photocopied documents which purport to show that Pius XII was maliciously discredited by forces opposed to the pope, the Church and religion in general.

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National Vocation Awareness Week

Calls Catholics to greater prayer, awareness in support of vocations

By Sooner Catholic Staff

 The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 2-8. This observance, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is a special time for parishes in the United States to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

 “A person's particular vocation is at the service of the whole Church and helps the individual person grow in holiness while advancing toward full union with God in Heaven,” said Father Stephen Hamilton, director of the Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. “In recent years, we have been seeking to create a culture of vocations throughout the archdiocese. That culture can't simply be a slogan. Rather, it must find root in the daily life of our parishes, and most especially in the midst of family life in the home.”

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“The Book of Life” tackles Day of the Dead

Joseph McAleer
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK (CNS) – Who knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? The Mexican method of observing All Souls' Day, Nov. 2, is the backdrop for "The Book of Life" (Fox), an entertaining and visually stunning 3-D animated film.

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