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It just takes one to win

Archbishop Wood's boys' soccer team celebrates their Catholic League title victory over Roman Catholic Oct. 28 with a cheer and a kiss of the championship plaque. (Sarah Webb) Posted on October 31st, 2014

The Catholic League boys’ soccer championship Oct. 28 came down to a penalty kick in the second overtime. Matt McWilliams nailed it for Archbishop Wood, besting Roman Catholic 1-0.

Ryan girls take Catholic League soccer title after perfect season

Posted on October 31st, 2014

Not only did Archbishop Ryan top Archbishop Wood for the championship 3-0 Oct. 26, the Ragdolls allowed only one goal all season – in the semifinal game. It was Ryan goalie Jazmin Gonzalez’s 54th career shutout, a school record.

Founded to heal women overseas, these sisters continue the mission

Archbishop Charles Chaput accepts the offertory gifts (from left ) from Medical Mission Sisters Therese Tindirugamu, Edith Dug-Yi and Emma Panizales. (Sarah Webb) Posted on October 31st, 2014

The Medical Mission Sisters, whose North American headquarters are in the Fox Chase section of Northeast Philadelphia, celebrated their 75th anniversary in the archdiocese Oct. 27 with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Chaput. His predecessor, Cardinal Dougherty, invited them to Philadelphia.

Muslim-Catholic dialogue on Iranian weapons focuses on arms policies

U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, and Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Denis. J. Madden meet with Seyyed Mahmoud, left, at the Ayatollah Marashi Najafi Library in Qom, Iran, in March. At right is Stephen Colecchi, director of the U.S. bishops ' office of International Justice and Peace. (CNS photo/courtesy Stephen M. Colecchi) Posted on October 31st, 2014

Seven months after a delegation of U.S. bishops quietly met with Iranian religious leaders, their efforts appear to be on track to continue a dialogue on nuclear weapons and the role faith leaders may have in influencing arms policies.

‘Live your life by faith,’ ESPN football analyst tells Catholic group

Herm Edwards, an ESPN football analyst, is pictured as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. The former NFL player and coach, who is a Catholic, spoke about his faith and education during an Oct. 12 dinner attended by supporters of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa. (CNS photo/Larry Smith, EPA) Posted on October 31st, 2014

Football may be Herm Edwards’ forte, but in a keynote address to Catholic school supporters in the Diocese of Sioux City, he talked about his Catholic faith and education.

Creighton criticized for giving benefits to same-sex spouses of workers

Posted on October 31st, 2014

Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha said he was disappointed that Creighton University’s president said the Jesuit-run institution will extend health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of employees in 2015.

Praise God, proclaim salvation, pray for the persecuted, pope says

Pope Francis talks to members of an orchestra during a special audience with members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships at the Vatican Oct. 31.  (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) Posted on October 31st, 2014

Prayer and mission are the very breath of the Christian life, Pope Francis said. “When we inhale, by prayer, we receive the fresh air of the Holy Spirit. When exhaling this air, we announce Jesus Christ risen by the same spirit,” Pope Francis told members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships.

Maronite bishop urges ‘profound defiance’ in face of persecution

Posted on October 31st, 2014

Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of Brooklyn, New York, spoke to Belmont University students Oct. 22 about the need for all Christians to respond to persecution with “profound defiance,” which is markedly different from vengeful retaliation or submissive inaction.

Panelists examine role of religion in Supreme Court justices’ ruling

A figure of a child holding an open book decorates a flagpole outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington Oct. 5. (CNS/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) Posted on October 31st, 2014

The influence of religion on U.S. Supreme Court justices has grown more prominent in the last 50 years, according to five panelists who convened Oct. 27 to examine how the religious beliefs of the current justices affect their interpretation of the Constitution.

Today’s teaching on the family

Posted on October 31st, 2014

See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

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