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  • FOCUS expands to 15 new campuses this year

    Denver, Colo., Aug 18, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has announced that it will expand to 15 new campuses for the 2017-2018 school year. This brings the total number of campuses with a FOCUS presence up to 137.

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  • Upcoming eclipse a sign of end times? Hardly so, priest says

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The word from some quarters is that the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is a harbinger of the end times, but one Wisconsin priest hardly thinks so. Father James Kurzynski, an amateur astronomer, said the cross-country eclipse is an opportunity to reflect on humanity's relationship to creation and build stronger bonds with God while enjoying a rare astronomical event.

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  • U.S. Catholic parishes, schools happy to be in path of solar eclipse

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. Catholic parishes and schools located in the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 plan to take part in this rare event with everything from providing parking spaces or viewing sites to offering overnight retreats or all-day events with family activities or scientific lectures.

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  • Being legally blind doesn't hinder Catholic priest in serving his flock

    EASTON, Pa. (CNS) -- A visitor attending Mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church might not notice anything unusual about the celebrant. Father Bernard J. Ezaki walks the center aisle of the massive church in Easton. He climbs the steps leading to the altar like any other priest or liturgical minister. He recites prayers with the normal vigor and rhythm of a cleric. People might notice Father Ezaki doesn't use the Sacramentary to read the prayers, or that Father Ezaki holds a micro-cassette in his left hand, and that technology contains all the Mass prayers and readings.

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  • Texas governor signs bill restricting insurance coverage of abortions

    AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) -- Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas signed a bill into law Aug. 15 that limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures. The measure passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled Legislature during a special session that Abbott ordered lawmakers to hold to address several issues.

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  • Theologian Pia de Solenni appointed Orange County chancellor

    Orange, Calif., Aug 16, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Moral theologian and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni has been appointed chancellor for the Diocese of Orange in California, effective Aug. 28. “Pia is an inspirational and well-respected theologian and has proven herself a thoughtful and humble leader within our Church,” said Bishop Kevin Vann in a statement announcing the appointment.

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  • Miami's Catholic school observatory is set for eclipse

    MIAMI (CNS) -- The student observatory at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is eagerly awaiting the solar eclipse. Although Miami is not in the so-called "zone of totality," the region will be in the path of 80 percent of the sun's visibility at the peak of the Aug. 21 eclipse.

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  • Conference offers a journey of hope to divorced Catholics

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (CNS) -- Standing among a crowd of other divorced and separated people, one woman struggled to speak over still-painful emotions. Clearing her throat and taking a breath, she explained that it had been 20 years since her divorce, but the pain still had the power to bubble to the surface.

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  • Abortion-pill reversal: The next frontier of informed-consent laws?

    Indianapolis, Ind., Aug 15, 2017 National Catholic Register.- Medication abortions are on their way to becoming the dominant method of abortion in the U.S. But lawmakers are starting to look at whether to change their state’s informed-consent laws to let women know of an experimental treatment that could possibly reverse the effects of a progesterone-blocking abortion.

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  • US Catholics to mark 50 years since Navy chaplain's heroic death

    Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A Mass and a documentary premiere are among the events marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the decorated Navy chaplain who was killed seeking to provide the sacraments to ambushed Marines in the Vietnam War.

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  • Genocide of Christians continues in Middle East, says new U.S. report

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Trump administration renews its commitment to the protection of religious minority groups threatened by the Islamic State in the Middle East, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the preface of the annual State Department report on international religious freedom, released Aug. 15.

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  • Catholics on Guam pray for peace amid threats by North Korea

    HAGATNA, Guam (CNS) -- The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea. Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked all priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13 as tensions continue, following threats by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un to attack this American territory in the Marianas Islands.

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  • Women religious advised to stop focusing on dwindling numbers

    ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) -- Sister Mary Pellegrino, outgoing president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, urged participants at the group's annual assembly in Orlando not to focus on dwindling numbers of women religious but instead on the communion they have with each other.

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  • Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12.

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  • Is it weird that Catholics venerate relics? Here's why we do

    Houston, Texas, Aug 11, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- “We are many parts, but we are all one body,” says the refrain of a popular '80s Church hymn, based on the words of 1 Cor. 12:12.  While we are one body in Christ, if you happen to be a Catholic saint, the many parts of your own body might be spread out all over the world. 

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  • Lessons about New York church's historic pipe organ part of music camp

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- At the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan, Polina Maller, 11, took a few moments from her violin lesson to talk about her appreciation for music. "It's fun, and I like it. Music makes me feel like I'm free inside; it makes me feel like I could create things, and then I feel good about myself," Polina, a classical music aficionado, said July 26 in an interview with Catholic New York, the archdiocesan newspaper.

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  • Knights of Columbus planning to replace traditional uniform

    PHOENIX (CNS) -- The Knights of Columbus, long associated with swords, capes and chapeaus, will be going through a significant uniform change. The traditional regalia worn by fourth-degree Knights will be replaced, announced Supreme Knight Carl Anderson Aug. 1 during the international fraternal organization's 135th annual Supreme Convention in St. Louis, which was livestreamed on EWTN.

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  • Friar's remains exhumed, relics collected ahead of beatification Mass

    DETROIT (CNS) -- The remains of Father Solanus Casey were exhumed Aug. 1 as part of the canonical process that precedes the saintly Capuchin Franciscan friar's beatification Mass in November. The purpose of the exhumation, according to the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Detroit, was to both officially identify the body and to collect relics that will be used to venerate Father Casey after he is beatified Nov. 18.

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  • Will Democrats' future include pro-lifers? The debate continues.

    Washington D.C., Aug 3, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A leading Democratic Party campaigner has signaled openness to pro-life candidates, continuing months of controversy over the party’s future. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in charge of helping Democratic congressional candidates, told The Hill there would be no “litmus test” for candidates on abortion when it comes to funding their campaigns.

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  • What a missionary to North Korea told the Knights of Columbus convention

    St. Louis, Mo., Aug 2, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Service to the poor on the peripheries of society was a theme of the 2017 Knights of Columbus States Dinner held Tuesday evening in St. Louis. “I stand before you in deep gratitude for your love and concern for hearing the cry of the poor,” Fr. Gerard Hammond, M.M. told those in attendance at the States Dinner at the annual Knights of Columbus international convention Aug. 1.

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  • Catholic groups ask Congress to reject 'discriminatory' RAISE Act

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Calling a proposed piece of legislation "discriminatory," the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels in half over a decade and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and legal residents to bring family into the U.S.

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  • Classical approach to education gains momentum among Catholic schools

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Each year on Nov. 1, the feast of All Saints, the classrooms at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Classical School in Denver are not full of students, but of little saints. Dressing up as the saints is what the principal, Rosemary Anderson, describes as part of her students' "joyful witness of the faith," which serves as the foundation of Lourdes Classical.

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  • Judge nixes Alabama abortion law involving parental consent

    Montgomery, Ala., Aug 1, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A federal judge has struck down an Alabama law requiring more scrutiny for minors who seek an abortion without parental consent. U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Russ Walker said that the law governing judicial bypass requests unconstitutionally imposes an undue burden on a minor who seeks an abortion. She said the law violates the minor’s confidentiality by possibly bringing other people from her life into the process, the Associated Press reports.

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  • Upcoming eclipse a sign of end times? Hardly so, Wisconsin priest says

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The word from some quarters is that the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is a harbinger of the end times, but one Wisconsin priest hardly thinks so. Father James Kurzynski, an amateur astronomer, said the cross-country eclipse is an opportunity to reflect on humanity's relationship to creation and build stronger bonds with God while enjoying a rare astronomical event.

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  • Gard family announces that Charlie has died

    London, England, Jul 28, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A spokesperson for the parents of terminally ill British infant Charlie Gard has reported that their “beautiful boy” has died. Gard, 11 months-old, and his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, had been at the center of a months-long legal debate regarding parental rights and human life. They had been denied the chance to take him to the U.S. for experimental treatment as well as their wish to spend a week with him in hospice care at home.

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  • Want to change the world? It starts with joy, Archbishop Chaput says

    Napa, Calif., Jul 27, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- In a world that can sometimes seem disheartening, Christians have a path to the future in lives of joy and love, Archbishop Chaput said Thursday. While Christians need to see the world’s problems as they are, “we can’t let the weight of the world crush the joy that’s our birthright by our rebirth in Jesus Christ through baptism,” he said.

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  • FCC approves merger of Relevant Radio, Immaculate Heart Radio

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Federal Communications Commission has approved the merger of Relevant Radio and Immaculate Heart Radio. Both are nonprofit, listener-supported radio chains. Relevant's stations are principally in the Midwest and East, while Immaculate Heart's are in the West and the Plains states.

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  • Hall of Famer Kundla began coaching career with Catholic schools

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Before John Kundla, who died July 23 at 101, became a Hall of Fame basketball coach with the Minneapolis Lakers, he started his career with Catholic schools. A longtime parishioner of St. Austin Catholic Church in Minneapolis, Kundla first coached and taught at Ascension Catholic School in Minneapolis after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1939. He moved on to coach boys basketball, baseball and football at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis for two years. DeLaSalle won a Catholic league state basketball title during his stint.

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  • International gathering celebrates 50 years of baptism in the Spirit

    PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- Followers of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal came back to where it all began. Some 6,200 of them gathered for the 2017 Jubilee Conference July 20-23 in Pittsburgh under the theme of "Rivers of Living Water." The gathering included some 2,000 people from Haiti and a large number of Latinos.

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  • Families of Iran's prisoners beg Congress to advocate for their release

    Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Family members of American citizens imprisoned in Iran pleaded with members of Congress on Tuesday to advocate for their safe release. “Please help me bring my father and brother home. I am losing my entire family. We are simply running out of time,” Babak Namazi, who has both a brother and a father in Iranian prisons, told members of the House Subcommittee on North Africa and the Middle East in a July 25 hearing.

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  • Pro-life groups praise new Missouri bill curbing abortion

    St. Louis, Mo., Jul 26, 2017 Church Pop.- Pro-lifers lauded a bill that will restrict abortion access in Missouri, granting the state attorney general more power to prosecute violations, and requiring both stricter health codes and proper fetal tissue disposal.

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  • Getting a health care bill through Congress fraught with difficulties

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the vice president has to cast a vote to break a tie in the Senate on whether to debate U.S. health care policy, let alone revise it -- as Mike Pence did July 25 -- it is obvious that passing legislation to repeal, and/or replace, and/or reform the Affordable Care Act is going to be a heavy lift in Congress.

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  • At WYD Unite event, young adults urged to recognize, share God's love

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- More than 1,300 young adults from across the country gathered at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington July 22 for World Youth Day Unite, an event designed to bring together young people to celebrate their faith in years when the global World Youth Day does not take place.

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  • Man's 'Ministry of the Walking Stick' shares insight into God's love

    AKRON, Ohio (CNS) -- An old stick in the woods might not conjure much emotion for someone on a woodland hike, but for Les Johnson a stick is the start of a prayerful journey. Johnson turns Mother Nature's castaways into beautiful walking sticks. Before he finds a stick and after its discovery, he is in the midst of prayer, discerning just who he should gift with a piece created through what he believes is divine inspiration.

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  • Archbishop Gomez calls on Congress to pass Dream Act

    Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 24, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Too many young people are threatened with deportation because their parents brought them to the U.S. without documentation, and Congress needs to pass the Dream Act to help them, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has said.

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  • Women religious urge Senate to reject bill repealing Affordable Care Act

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service and executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobbying organization, personally delivered a letter to U.S. senators July 24 urging them to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act and any proposals that would repeal the Affordable Care Act or cut Medicaid.

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  • California seminary names new faculty, boosts recruiting

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (CNS) -- St. Patrick's Seminary and University is welcoming five professors and expects to admit as many as 15 new seminarians this fall as the institution's new president-rector reaches out to bishops in several Western states to encourage them to consider the Menlo Park seminary for priestly formation.

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  • NFP: It's not just a Catholic thing anymore

    Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- For some, it was a health-conscious decision. For others, it was environmental. For still others, it was faith-based. But no matter the reason, more and more women are ditching the pill and opting for fertility awareness methods as a natural way to achieve or delay pregnancy.

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  • Nation's capital remembers former US Opus Dei head

    Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Catholic figures from Washington, D.C. are remembering the legacy of Fr. Arne Panula, former U.S. vicar of Opus Dei, and a beloved leader, mentor and friend of many throughout the city.

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  • Bishops disappointed in Texas official seeking to end immigration policy

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After a Texas attorney general gave the Trump administration an ultimatum to end a policy protecting young migrants or face a lawsuit in September, the Catholic bishops of Texas expressed disappointment in a letter to the state official and blamed Congress for the uncertain future the migrants are facing.

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  • Doing well and doing good: Charities wary of Trump tax plan

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- While Capitol Hill and much of the nation have been following the roller coaster of debate surrounding what will come of GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, some are focused on what President Donald Trump's proposed tax plan might mean for charitable giving.

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  • Former US head of Opus Dei dies at 71

    Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Father Arne Panula, the former U.S. vicar of Opus Dei, passed away at his Washington, D.C. home on July 19, 2017 after a battle with cancer. “Father Arne had the firm belief that anything is possible, the imagination to think big, and the drive and energy to make things happen,” said Father Thomas G. Bohlin, U.S. vicar of Opus Dei.

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