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  • Some Catholic schools focus on prayer, dialogue during April walkout

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Some Catholic schools across the country treated the National School Walkout April 20 -- commemorating the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado -- much like how they responded to the March 14 walkout marking one month since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting: with prayer and dialogue on school grounds.

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  • Circuitous route led to director's second film on exorcism

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Sometimes the best opportunities result from a mix of asking and having things fall into your lap. So it was for William Friedkin, who directed "The Exorcist" 45 years ago and thought he was through with the subgenre he helped create. Then came his documentary on exorcism, "The Devil and Father Amorth."

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  • Family seeks Archbishop Sheen's intercession for newborn son's healing

    ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (CNS) -- Even before Katherine and Jeff Dobbs were married, they had a name picked out for a future son: Fulton Francis. Fulton, for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, known for his mid-20th century broadcast evangelism, and Francis, for Pope Francis, whom the couple met at a general audience during their honeymoon in 2017.

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  • Film aims to help young singles reclaim 'social script' for how to date

    BOSTON (CNS) -- Going out on dates to get extra credit might sound like an easy way to boost your grade in professor Kerry Cronin's class at Jesuit-run Boston College. But the extra-credit assignment is a serious attempt to help college students understand what dating really is and the need to develop meaningful relationships in a day and age when the "hookup culture," slang for brief sexual encounters, has become prominent on college campuses and in society at large.

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  • Trump's border policies cross the line for church leaders, advocates

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic Church leaders and immigration advocates say President Donald Trump's recent moves to clamp down on immigration are extreme and unnecessary. The president's latest efforts to curb U.S. border crossings call for National Guard troops to be deployed along the border and ending the so-called "catch and release" practice of allowing immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to be released from detention while awaiting a court hearing.

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  • Georgetown gathering seeks to overcome polarization within church

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles will be among dozens of U.S. church leaders convening in June to address the troublesome polarization that marks church and political life and develop steps to work toward achieving the common good.

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  • Facebook CEO apologizes for 'mistake' of blocking Catholic content

    Washington D.C., Apr 11, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced questions from lawmakers about his company’s censorship of Catholic content during his two-day congressional hearing following the revelation that millions of Facebook users’ personal data had been compromised.

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  • Artificial contraception, abortion have damaged society, say speakers

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Medical and legal experts addressing the damaging effects of artificial contraception and abortion on health care, law and society as a whole urged hundreds of attendees at a symposium to evangelize and transform the culture through the Catholic Church's profound encyclical reaffirming the sanctity of marriage and human life.

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  • Documentarian: Vanier's world of L'Arche communities 'makes sense to me'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Randall Wright, who made the film documentary "Summer in the Forest" on the L'Arche communities founded by Canadian Jean Vanier, said Vanier's world "makes sense to me." Wright knows of which he speaks. "I work in film and television -- where you can imagine there are a lot of egos and lot of fantasies and a lot of anxieties," he told Catholic News Service in an April 6 telephone interview from his home in London. "I've spent lots of time in very broken parts of the world. Jean Vanier's world makes sense to me. I've seen a lot of wars, I've seen a lot of problems on the planet. It was exciting to see a world that makes sense."

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  • Opus Dei vicar: We are fully united with the pope

    New York City, N.Y., Apr 5, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- In a letter to the New York Times, the U.S. vicar of Opus Dei said that the personal prelature has no conflict with Pope Francis, but supports him and is united with his mission.

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  • Catholic leaders react to Trump's plan to send National Guard to border

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders in Texas criticized President Donald Trump's April 4 announcement that he would be deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. In an April 5 tweet, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said Trump's move was a "senseless action and a disgrace on the administration." He also said the decision to send troops to the border demonstrated "repression, fear, a perception that everyone is an enemy, and a very clear message: We don't care about anybody else. This is not the American spirit."

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  • Catholic tradition guides teaching on contraception, archbishop says

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Catholic Church's teaching on marriage, abortion, human sexuality and contraception is rooted in the same respect for human dignity that guides its work for social justice and care for poor people, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a Catholic University of America audience.

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  • Shared legacies of King, Kennedy show the 'power of a single person'

    INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- On April 4, 1968, Indianapolis remained calm while other cities across the country descended into violence. More than 2,000 people were injured and 39 died in riots sparked by the assassination on that day of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.

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  • Rallies, prayer services celebrate life, legacy of Rev. King

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Fifty years after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. -- he was gunned down April 4, 1968 -- the great civil rights advocate continues to be an outstanding example of how to live the Gospel message, according to Catholic clergy and others.

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  • NCAA championship is a win-win for Catholic universities

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- This year's NCAA basketball tournament was one for the books for Catholic universities. You might even say the ball was in their court. That's because for the first time, Catholic university teams won both the men's and women's national championship games. The women's team, the Fighting Irish from the University of Notre Dame, beat Mississippi State University on Easter 61-58, thanks to Arike Ogunbowale's dramatic, three-point shot with less than one second left on the clock.

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  • Hundreds of Catholic employers win injunction against contraception mandate

    Washington D.C., Apr 2, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- A federal judge ruled in favor of the Catholic Benefits Association last week, issuing a permanent injunction and declaratory relief against the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate.This means that organizations belonging to the CBA do not have to provide coverage of drugs, the use of which they believe to be immoral, as dictated by the mandate.

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  • Appeals court hears oral arguments in archdiocese's suit over Advent ad

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments March 26 in the Archdiocese of Washington's suit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for rejecting an ad for buses that promoted the archdiocese's annual "Find the Perfect Gift" initiative for the Advent season.

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  • Villanova, Loyola Catholic chaplains taking center court at Final Four

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Father Rob Hagan has been in Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt's shoes before. Now an Augustinian priest and Villanova University men's basketball chaplain, as a student he witnessed the Wildcats' Cinderella run to the 1985 Final Four and national title. He holds the memory dear as he has made more memories with the program as chaplain over the past decade.

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  • Still seeking the mountaintop 50 years after King assassination

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) -- Father Pat Connor was on his way from a graduate class at the University of Memphis to St. Joseph Hospital to visit a priest friend the evening of April 4, 1968. That's when he heard the news crackle over his car radio speakers: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been critically injured by a gunshot wound and was being rushed to St. Joseph.

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  • What's the buzz? A live version of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' on Easter

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Television viewers on Easter weekend will be pulled from the Old Testament on Holy Saturday to the New Testament on Easter. ABC is showing the Cecil B. DeMille movie classic "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston, a Holy Week staple for the network at 7 p.m. EDT March 31. The next day, NBC is staging "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" at 8 p.m. EDT, the latest in its string of live shows that include "Peter Pan," "The Sound of Music" and "The Wiz."

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  • How to get holy during Holy Week

    Denver, Colo., Mar 26, 2018 CNA.- As Catholics around the world are buying Easter candy and dyeing boiled eggs, two priests have offered suggestions for getting the most out of Holy Week. “The most important, I believe, is to take advantage of the opportunities of prayer, especially attending each of the Triduum liturgies,” said Fr. Gary Benz of the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D.

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  • Saginaw church records, computers seized in abuse probe

    SAGINAW, Mich. (CNS) -- The news that law enforcement authorities served the Saginaw Diocese with a search warrant March 22 was "distressing and disheartening for the greater community and most especially our Catholic faithful," Saginaw Bishop Joseph R. Cistone acknowledged.

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  • Youth-led march inspires Catholic adult participants

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Although the March for Our Lives in Washington March 24 and its "sibling" marches in cities across the country were brought on by teenagers, participants were all ages -- from toddlers in strollers pushed by their parents to elderly marchers using walkers.

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  • Meet Sister Jean: 98-year-old nun and March Madness Twitter celebrity

    Chicago, Ill., Mar 22, 2018 CNA.- In the first weekend of the March Madness tournament, the most tweeted-about person might not have been a basketball player, but a 98-year-old religious sister. Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, BVM, is the chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago Men’s Basketball team, and the unlikely breakout star of the college tournament.

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