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Friday, May 06, 2016
Editorial: Catholic health care reflects a civilization of love and life
What we see playing out all across our nation today is the difference between what Saint John Paul II called a culture of death and a civilization of love and life. This too is seen in the recent “Acts of Faith” post, “Report: 1 in 6 hospital beds in U.S. is in a Catholic institution, restricting reproductive care,” which presents that fact as though it should somehow trouble people.
Blue Mass honors fallen first responders, invokes God’s blessing on those who serve and protect community
Honor guards representing first responder communities marched in procession May 3 through downtown Washington beneath a waving American flag to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for the 22nd annual Blue Mass.
Slain firefighter recalled as a hero who died serving others
Prince Georges County firefighter and paramedic John Ernest “Skillet” Ulmschneider, who was killed April 15 in the line of duty, was remembered at his Funeral Mass as a man who displayed “lay-your-life down-for-a-friend kind of service.”
Cardinal Wuerl celebrates University Mass for Life after contentious week at Georgetown
One day after the controversial speech of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at Georgetown University, Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated a University Mass for Life for college students at a nearby Catholic church, encouraging them to stand up for God’s gift of human life.
Former Planned Parenthood official tells Georgetown students about reality of abortion
Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood employee of the year who has become an outspoken pro-life advocate, told Georgetown University students on April 20 that even the most strident abortionist can have a change of heart.
Commentary: ‘Well-orchestrated rally for Planned Parenthood’ at Georgetown raises troubling issues
While as an alumnus who has watched a once great Catholic university lose its identity, I was not surprised that the Georgetown University student Lecture Fund invited
Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards, to speak.
Editorial: Protecting our Children
Earlier this week, the
criticized our Holy Father, Pope Francis – and by extension the Catholic Church – for having
fallen short of his own promise: to come fully to terms with decades of child sex abuse by clergymen and the institutional cover granted to them by bishops and cardinals.
Pope prays for refugees, brings 12 Syrians back to Rome
Pope Francis’ five-hour visit to Greece April 16 ended with him offering safe passage to Italy to 12 Syrian Muslims, half under the age of 18.
Editorial: Georgetown’s leaders tout free speech, remain silent on abortion
The campus newsmagazine
has now joined in what is becoming an ever widening discussion regarding the invitation of the president of Planned Parenthood to campus in its article, “Soul Searching: Navigating Georgetown’s Catholic Identity.”
Religious groups say ‘yes’ to Supreme Court’s idea on contraceptive coverage
The religious nonprofits challenging their participation in the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act agreed in a legal brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court with a proposal by the high court that such coverage be provided through an alternative health care plan without involving the religious employers.
Pope Francis’s exhortation called ‘beautiful and exquisite description of the joy of family life’
Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) has been praised by those engaged in family life ministry as helping the faithful “recognize that as Christians we have a responsibility for all our brothers and sisters in God’s family.”
Pope names papal nuncio to Mexico to be new nuncio to the United States
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to Mexico since 2007, to be the new apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Pope’s document on family develops doctrine, doesn't change it, says Austrian cardinal
Pope Francis' document on the family reflects an “organic development” of Church teaching and doctrine, said Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, theologian and participant in both synods that dealt with the topic.
Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope says
The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation.
Gonzaga graduate hits buzzer beater for national basketball title
When Kris Jenkins got the ball with the score tied in the final seconds of the NCAA men's basketball championship game April 4, his former high school coach had no doubt that the Villanova junior would make the shot.
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