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Washington Exhibit Highlights ‘God’s Servant First,’ St. Thomas More (1194)

St. John Paul II National Shrine hosts relics and history of lawyer-saint.

09/24/2016 Comment
Cell replica image, St. John Paul II National Shrine Facebook; hat and crucifix, Stonyhurst College, U.K.; portrait, public domain / Wikipedia

Above, a replica of Tower of London cell where the saint awaited his execution; below, portrait of St. Thomas More, as well as his felt hat and crucifix. The cell replica and relics are included in a new Washington exhibit.

– Cell replica image, St. John Paul II National Shrine Facebook; hat and crucifix, Stonyhurst College, U.K.; portrait, public domain / Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — When a young lawyer named Thomas More, a member of England’s Parliament, journeyed to Rotterdam, Netherlands, to converse with his humanist friends, the future saint appears to have absentmindedly left behind his brown felt hat.

In the early 17th century, the hat belonged to a chancellor of the Supreme Court of Guelderland, who revered the memory of St. Thomas More and wore the hat in court every year on the anniversary of St. Thomas More’s martyrdom.

A former Lord Chancellor of England, More was beheaded on Tower Hill on July 6, 1535, ostensibly on a trumped-up charge of treason, but in reality because he would not recognize King Henry VIII as head of the Church in England....READ MORE

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What Argentina’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Guidelines Really Mean (1964)

ANALYSIS: Contrary to widespread media reports, the new guidelines that Pope Francis has endorsed are not a ratification of the Kasper proposal regarding reception of Communion.

09/23/2016 Comments (10)
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A journalist looks over a copy of Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' (The Joy of Love) at a press conference for the document on April 8.

– CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

When Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released in April, it was already clear that an unusual moment in the life of the Church had been reached. The September disclosure of guidelines formulated by Argentinian bishops — and explicitly endorsed personally by the Holy Father himself in a very peculiar manner — has served to reinforce how misunderstood this unusual moment has become.

Pope Francis clearly wanted to change the Church’s practice on the admission of the divorced and civilly remarried to holy Communion, but could not get the synod of bishops to agree. It was an example of the Holy Spirit guiding the magisterium of the Church through the bishops against their head rather than...READ MORE

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Don't Underestimate Religion's Economic Gifts (842)

EDITORIAL: The Church, of course, is more than a mere religious nonprofit. Our work in society is born not out of a desire to generate economic growth but a desire to witness to Christ in the world.

09/23/2016 Comment
CNA/Bohumil Petrik

Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome.

– CNA/Bohumil Petrik

It would be difficult to convince the staff of a Catholic soup kitchen feeding the homeless that they are actually helping the U.S. economy, but that is exactly what an academic journal reports in its study on the economic impact of America’s churches. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion found that religious communities contribute $1.2 trillion each year to the American economy.

These contributions range from the traditional economic drivers of any business to charitable giving, caring for the sick and poor, education and other kinds of services. That is more than the annual revenues of the top 10 tech companies, including Apple, Amazon and Google, combined. And if the...READ MORE

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World’s Oldest Catholic Bishop Dies at Age 104 (537)

Archbishop Emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark passed away Sept. 20 — 77 years after his ordination as a priest and after 50 years as a bishop.

09/23/2016 Comment
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– Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Newark

NEWARK, N.J. — Archbishop Emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark, the oldest Catholic bishop in the world, passed away Sept. 20 at the age of 104 — 77 years after his ordination as a priest and after 50 years as a bishop.

“Today this local Church of Newark mourns a remarkable Churchman whose love for the people of God was always strong and ever-growing,” Archbishop John Myers of Newark said.

“He served as shepherd of this great archdiocese during a time of spiritual reawakening in the years after the Second Vatican Council and a time of deep financial difficulties. He very carefully led the Church, her people and institutions through those challenges,” Archbishop Myers continued.


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SDG Reviews ‘Queen of Katwe’ (2135)

David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o star in an inspiring fact-based, faith-infused family film about a girl from a slum in Uganda who becomes a chess champion.

09/23/2016 Comments (2)

Newcomer Madina Nalwanga (l) and Lupita Nyong’o ('12 Years a Slave') star in 'Queen of Katbe.'

– Disney.com

There are so many reasons Queen of Katwe shouldn’t even exist, and just thinking about them all makes me even more vexed at Hollywood for its desperate obsession with exhausted franchise fare when there are winning and wonderful stories like this to be told.

It may be that more people saw the cartoony African tribesmen of the dark, dismal Independence Day: Resurgence this summer than will see the impoverished but colorful world of Katwe, the largest slum in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, in Mira Nair’s fact-based film about real-life chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave).

Those who do see Queen of Katwe, though, will experience...READ MORE

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Trump Makes Strong Play for Pro-Life Vote as Race Tightens (3130)

Silent on abortion during his RNC acceptance speech, the GOP nominee now pledges to defend the Hyde Amendment and has formed a new coalition to mobilize pro-life support in battleground states.

09/23/2016 Comments (34)
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Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, speaks during a press conference following a meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, June 21 in New York City. Dannenfelser was recently appointed to lead Trump’s national pro-life coalition.

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has tapped a leading abortion-rights foe to launch a nationwide effort to mobilize pro-life voters in the final weeks before U.S. voters go to the polls.

The appointment of Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), as the leader of Trump’s national pro-life coalition marked a new front in his battle to activate the GOP base. In a recent letter to pro-life leaders, Trump also vowed to support the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end late-term abortions nationwide,” protect the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of elective abortions, and defund Planned Parenthood.

“As we head into the final stretch...READ MORE

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Tim Kaine: ‘A Joe Biden Catholic’ (21677)

‘He’s not a Pope Francis Catholic,’ Bishop Thomas Tobin told the Register.

09/23/2016 Comments (59)
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Democratic candidate for vice president Tim Kaine of Virginia speaks at the Human Rights Campaign’s national dinner.

– Sen. Tim Kaine Twitter

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia describes himself as a practicing Catholic who was raised in a devout household that never missed Sunday Mass. Mainstream media reports present him as a serious Catholic and often mention that he went on a missionary trip to Honduras as a young man almost 40 years ago.

Despite that image, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee has failed to reflect pro-life or basic Catholic views in his voting record. As an elected official, he has affirmed legalized abortion and defended Roe v. Wade. He has also publicly espoused other positions clearly at odds with the Church’s teachings on faith and morals, including controversial campaign-trail remarks...READ MORE

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Charlotte Priest: People ‘Need to Hear Message … That We Are Called to Be a Light’ (1264)

Father Patrick Winslow wants to offer a ‘simple message of prayer, of charity and reassurance’ to those hurting in his city.

09/23/2016 Comments (3)
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A police officer stands guard near a fire on the I-85 during protests in the early hours of Sept. 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The protests followed the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte.

– Sean Rayford / Getty Images News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Father Patrick Winslow is a priest at a Catholic church in Charlotte’s University City neighborhood.

After a police shooting left a man dead and roused hundreds of people in protest, amid conflicting stories, he has been thinking about what he can say to his flock.

“I think they need to hear a simple message of prayer, of charity and reassurance, that we are called to be a light in the midst of many darknesses in this world,” Father Winslow told CNA.

“If there were a Christian way forward, it would simply be one of drawing closer together and listening and relating, with a sense of vulnerability,” he said.

Father Winslow is pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas parish, which...READ MORE

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