God never stops inviting us to the heavenly banquet (By Catholic News Agency)

1. Concluding his homily, the Pope urged everyone to ask the Lord, “through the intercession of the saints, our brothers and sisters,” for the grace to make a habit of love, accepting God’s invitation to the wedding feast.

2. In a Mass with 35,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonized 35 new saints, including Cristobal, Antonio and Juan, three teenage boys from the 16th century in Mexico, who were beaten to death after converting to Catholicism.

3. we declare and define Andre de Soveral, Ambrosio Francisco Ferro, Mateo Moreira and 27 companions; Cristobal, Antonio and Juan; Faustino Miguez; and Angelo of Acri to be Saints,” Francis stated.

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What In God’s Holy Name Are You Blathering About, Kevin McHale? (By Deadspin)

1. You have said your piece: It’s hard to have a lot of credibility when you don’t play good defense, but James Harden does a lot of good things to bring his team together, on top of being a hell of a basketball player.

2. But because McHale is a blathering goofus, he raves onward about will versus skill, and introversion versus extroversion, and, umm, whether Draymond Green makes for a good example of leadership characteristics, until he has eventually whittled the concept of leadership all the way down to a series of confrontational outbursts, leaving the viewer to wonder what the exact value of those kinds of displays might really be.

3. Blathering goofus Kevin McHale waded back into the James Harden leadership beef last night, using a NBA on TNT segment to once again opine on the leadership qualities of his former star player.

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National Catholic Reporter (By National Catholic Reporter)

1. Emissaries of the Inca would go to a place not yet in the empire with an overabundance of gifts, signs of what the people could expect if they would become part of the Inca realm.

2. In ancient Peru, long before the days of the marauding Spaniards, the Inca’s preferred method of conquest was to overcome people with kindness.

3. Picture chocolate cake, lemon meringue pie, creamy pastries, fresh fish, roasted lamb and beef on the spit, berries and cherries, milk and honey.

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Collective consciousness to replace God: author Dan Brown (By Reuters)

1. FILE PHOTO: U. S. writer Dan Brown smiles during a news conference after a presentation of his last novel “Inferno” in Prague January 15, 2014.

2. Turning to the future, Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.

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God Is ‘Mocked in Our Very Streets,’ The ‘Vulgar and Blasphemous’ Celebrated (By CNSNews.com (blog))

1. In his sermon on Oct. 7, the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, said the horrors of the last 100 years — world wars, genocide, religious persecution, abortion, sexual immorality — are in many ways “a living reflection of Hell” and a “mocking of God.

2. Archbishop Cordileone was appointed to his position as head of the Archdiocese of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.

3. ” He added that this mockery is even evident in the streets of San Francisco where gay “pride” parades occur and the “exaltation of the vulgar and blasphemous” occurs.

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LIMEY PASTOR: In between time: moments of grace, melodies of God (By East Oregonian)

1. My former pastor, Pastor Craig from Christ Lutheran, and I would sometimes head out to the Taize services held at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wilsonville and share in afternoon worship in the Taize style.

2. This was a service founded in the bitterness of wartime in the town of Taize, where a monk called Brother Roger sheltered refugees from the fires and wrath of World War II that pursued these wretched people like barbarians at the gate.

3. The word from my former church, Good Shepherd on Locust Road in Boardman, is that the gifts of the people of God are being put to work, preaching, witnessing and singing joyfully on that blessed Locust Road.

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California’s devastating wildfires and God (By Fox News)

1. C. S. Lewis captured my tension when he wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but [God] shouts in our pain: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

2. ” I affirm the greatness of God and yet, at the same time wonder as the condition of the world.

3. In the midst of the chaos and disbelief, our friends and neighbors rallied to assist us in our time of need.

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