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October 24, 2012 Catholic News Service DENVER – The Secular Franciscan Order urged U.S. business leaders and government officials, including the next U.S. president, to approach economic and political issues with the “foundational premise” that “all of creation, especially human life, has dignity and value.”  

October 22, 2012 Catholic News Service WASHINGTON – A new liturgical memorial — Oct. 22 — has been approved for Blessed John Paul II by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.  

October 22, 2012 Catholic News Service LA CROSSE, Wis. — Since 1997, Eleanor St. John has lived for the day when one of her greatest heroes would be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church — Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.  

October 15, 2012 Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new Christmas stamp Oct. 10 featuring an image of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt, there was no uproar about religion in the public square, or in this case, rectangle.  

October 12, 2012 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows:  

October 12, 2012 Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Second Vatican Council’s call for “renewal” did not mark a break with tradition or a watering down of the faith, but reflected Christianity’s lasting vitality and God’s eternal presence, Pope Benedict XVI said.  

October 12, 2012 Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, published a short reminiscence of the council by Pope Benedict XVI.  

October 12, 2012 Catholic News Service JUBA, South Sudan (CNS) — Already facing a shortage of priests, the Catholic Church in the world’s newest nation has closed a portion of its seminary, leaving dozens of young men stranded on the road to the priesthood.  

October 12, 2012 Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, said any evangelization he’s done has always and only been a matter of building on the evangelization already begun within the family.  

October 12, 2012 Catholic News Service ATLANTA — The Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Diocese of Savannah and other Catholic entities in Georgia, including Catholic Charities and Christ the King School in Atlanta, filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 5 challenging the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate.