Book Review: Elizabeth of the Trinity: A most beautiful young woman

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Elizabeth Catez was one of two daughters of a French military officer and his wife. Born in 1880, she was truly beautiful and elegant and well-dressed and artistic and a gifted musician. Her father died when she was 7, and her mother’s ambition was that Elizabeth would pursue a career as a classical pianist.

“And yet,” as Sister Giovanna Della Croce, O.C.D., writes, “She was ready to sacrifice everything for a greater calling.”

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Silver anniversary: Making the catechism shine in the 21st century

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the church marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promoting it as a means of teaching the truth about faith remains a challenge and a priority.

Since its publication in 1992, the catechism has been translated into 50 languages, including Swahili, Japanese and Gaelic, and it is also available in Braille, video and digital editions.

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Pope's pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel focused less on a government's role in protecting its people and more on the need to defend the sacredness and dignity of every human life.

At least from the time of Blessed Paul VI in the 1960s, the Catholic Church has been increasingly critical of the use of capital punishment, even while acknowledging centuries of church teaching that a state has a right to punish offenders, including with the death penalty.

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Find ways to keep migrant families together, Vatican official says

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Overly strict immigration laws do not discourage migration, and more must be done to keep migrant families together, a Vatican representative said.

"The migrant family is a crucial component of our globalized world, but in too many countries the presence of the families of migrant workers is often legally impeded," said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Vatican observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva.

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Pope recognizes martyrdom of Franciscans killed in Guatemala

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of nine men and women, including a Franciscan priest who championed the land rights of farmers in Guatemala.
 
During an Oct. 10 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope recognized the martyrdom of Italian Father Tullio Merluzzo, a Franciscan priest who died alongside Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro, a Guatemalan layman who belonged to the Third Order of Saint Francis.

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Following Holy Spirit to Catholicism

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

About five years ago, Brian Cornish, a Baptist minister with a master’s degree in divinity, started to explore questions about the origins of the Christian faith. His journey would include much research and would culminate with him resigning his job and joining the Catholic Church at Easter 2017.   

Cornish, with his wife Kristen and five children, are now members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lawton. He is employed as the maintenance technician at Saint Mary Catholic School in Lawton and also serves as the youth director at Holy Family Catholic Church.

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Bishop Weisenburger appointed seventh bishop of Tucson

Pope Francis has transferred Bishop Edward Joseph Weisenburger from the Diocese of Salina to the Diocese of Tucson, Ariz. The Holy See made the announcement earlier this month in Rome.

“I congratulate Bishop Weisenburger on his appointment as the next bishop of the Diocese of Tucson. I will be praying for him as he prepares to assume his new responsibilities, and for the Diocese of Salina, who will have to say farewell to their beloved bishop and prepare to welcome a new shepherd,” Archbishop Coakley said.

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Ardmore St. Mary will have new four new deacons in November

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

For more than 30 years, Gustavo “Gus” Orellana was hearing a call to be a deacon, but always found reasons or excuses not to answer. On Nov. 3, he will be answering God’s call. 

Four parishioners of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Ardmore are part of a new deacon class of 22 who will be ordained Nov. 3. The four men have spent their careers in very different occupations, but all served people in their “lay occupations” and now want to assist the Church, assist people in their spiritual needs, continue their own faith journey, and draw people closer to Christ.

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Archdiocese announces new archdiocesan school advisory council

The Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City recently announced the creation of the Archdiocesan School Advisory Council.

After an 18-month planning study was completed by John Convey and Len DeFiore from the Center of Advancement of Catholic Education at Catholic University of America, their findings were published in the “Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Planning Study for Catholic Schools.”

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Matthew Kelly preaches “Passion and Purpose”

By Judy Hilovsky
The Sooner Catholic

Matthew Kelly’s “Passion and Purpose” event drew about 4,000 people to downtown Oklahoma City to deliver a message of discovering purpose, learning new habits and gaining personal clarity. Singer, songwriter Elliot Morris provided inspirational Christian music between sessions.

“I heard Matthew about 12 years ago and I’ve really been impressed with his message. I think this is going to be a wonderful event and a wonderful follow-up to last week’s beatification ceremony. He provides a great summons to discipleship, an active engagement in the Church and a sense of mission, which is what we have been emphasizing and talking about in the archdiocese for the past few years,” Archbishop Coakley said before introducing the best-selling author.

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