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The Good News: Cardinal Pizzaballa: “I Would Offer Myself In Exchange For The Children Kidnapped By Hamas” & More News Stories. . .

The Good News | October 17, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

“Go into all the world & share the Good News” Mark 16

DAILY READINGS

Today’s Mass Readings.

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SAINT OF THE DAY

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

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CARDINAL PIZZABALLA: “I WOULD OFFER MYSELF IN EXCHANGE FOR THE CHILDREN KIDNAPPED BY HAMAS”

Cardinal Pizzaballa’s offer to exchange himself for the children held by Hamas has been praised, as has the Holy See’s offer to mediate. Concerns remain about the humanitarian crisis and potential for escalation, but diplomacy may yet provide a peaceful resolution.

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JORDAN ON CUSP OF SPEAKERSHIP AS BIGGEST CRITIC DROPS OPPOSITION, ENDORSES HIM

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), who previously opposed Jim Jordan’s bid for Speaker, has now endorsed him. Rogers had previously been organizing opposition to Jordan, but with his endorsement, Jordan now has a clearer path to obtaining the necessary 217 votes on the House floor. Despite potential opposition from other Republicans, Rogers’ endorsement sends a strong signal to holdouts to back Jordan.

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TEXAS SENATE PASSES HISTORIC EXPANDED PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING, UNIVERSAL SCHOOL CHOICE BILLS

The Texas Senate passed two bills related to education: one about funding public schools and increasing teacher salaries, and the other establishes educational savings accounts of up to $8,000 per student. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has emphasized that parents have the right to determine what type of education is suitable for their kids, hoping to pass the school choice bill to ensure this right.

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‘MIRACLES OF THE EUCHARIST’ IS THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER AND FASTING

The 31st International Prayer and Fasting Week will be held virtually from October 20-22 and physically on October 23 in Washington, D.C. The conference, based on “Miracles of the Eucharist,” includes discussions regarding the importance of the Eucharist, its reference to Marian apparitions, and personal experiences. It’s an attempt to create tranquility, prayer, and holiness, supported by Pope John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta.

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PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE SEES THOUSANDS OF PRO-LIFE PEOPLE STAND AGAINST ABORTION

Thousands of pro-life activists participated in the Pennsylvania March for Life, organized by the Pennsylvania Family Council. Topics of discussion included Governor Josh Shapiro’s policies to cut funding to pregnancy centers and the introduction of pro-abortion legislation. The event was attended by pro-life legislators and Doug Mastriano, the pro-life candidate for Governor in 2018.

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‘CONFUSED AND CONFUSING’: CARDINAL ZEN TALKS TO THE HERALD ABOUT HIS ONGOING SYNOD CONCERNS

Cardinal Zen has criticized the Synod on Synodality citing how it reflects a misunderstanding regarding the nature of the episcopate and the Church. He feels that the Synod is reducing the Word of God to people’s feelings. Cardinal Zen has had trouble with China’s Communist authorities, where he was charged under new security laws and held under house arrest. Additionally, he has taken issue with the Vatican’s approach towards Beijing.

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IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL BRENNA BIRD ENDORSES DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT

Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird endorses Donald Trump for the 2024 presidential election while praising his ability to tackle key issues such as illegal immigration, terrorism, and the economy. Trump thanks Bird for her endorsement, calling her a highly respected politician. He continues to lead the Republican primary polls for the Iowa caucuses.

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WAS AMERICA BUILT ON STOLEN LAND BY GENOCIDAL RACISTS? ER, NO

I criticize liberal Christians who promote decolonization and white guilt, arguing that their claims are based on inaccuracies and moral manipulation. They argue that the European settlement of the Americas was not as detrimental as it is commonly depicted and that Christian morals helped curb the actions of settlers. I suggests reading “Not Stolen” by Jeff Fynn-Paul for a more impartial view of European settlement in the Americas.

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POLL: BIDEN, TRUMP NECK AND NECK IN MICHIGAN IN HYPOTHETICAL REMATCH

A new poll by Emerson College shows that President Joe Biden has a slight lead over former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election race in Michigan. According to registered voters, Biden has 44% support, while Trump has 43%. The poll also found that Trump’s base is more committed to him than Biden’s base. The poll was conducted from October 1-4 and sampled 494 Michigan residents.

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CELEBRATING JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS’ REMARKABLE 32 YEARS ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

Clarence Thomas, a long-serving conservative Supreme Court justice and the second African American to hold the position, is known for his strict adherence to constitutional law. He has supported the overturning of affirmative action policies and the landmark Roe v Wade decision. His rise from poverty in the segregated South to the Supreme Court is viewed as a symbol of the American dream.

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CAN A DONOR REVOLT SAVE AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES?

A recent shift in public opinion regarding far-left’s cultural control, especially on college campuses, fueled by recent pro-Hamas protests and statements made by student groups. The pushback against those who support the terrorist organization has led to a renewed commitment to institutional neutrality by universities. Political litmus tests for employment need to be avoided, and the recent donor protest at Penn could be the beginning of substantial change.

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DIVINE RETRIBUTION AND THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS?

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ elimination from the National League Championship Series is being linked to Divine Retribution by some due to the team’s ‘Pride Night’ ceremony that saw them honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The Dodgers were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in three games, and one fan speculates that the team’s subpar starting pitching may have been linked to the ceremony.

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: FOLLOW THE MONEY

Illegal immigration has negative impacts and expenses for the United States, while benefiting various parties including illegal immigrants, their home countries, criminal organizations, big business, and some political parties. The American Catholic Church has also been involved in facilitating illegal immigration and receives significant federal funding, with many Catholic charities reaping financial benefits.

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PERPETUAL ADORATION LIVE FROM THE TYBURN CONVENT, LONDON, ENGLAND

Catholics for Catholics aims to provide easy access to nuns or monks for prayer requests, as this resource is no longer easily available due to various factors. The organization believes that prayer is essential for the soul and wants to reconnect people with these prayerful individuals who spend their lives in devotion.

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