Video Contest Spotlights Natural Family Planning

Thursday, June 07, 2012 3:50 PM Comments (2)
Goodness Reigns

Suzanne Haugh gives instructions before the Madrid Film Fest at WYD 2011.

– Goodness Reigns

To counteract false ideas about Church teaching, especially in light of the Health and Human Services mandate, Goodness Reigns is looking for entries for its “Natural Family Planning: The Better Way" video contest.

Suzanne Haugh, Goodness Reigns' executive director, shared some thoughts with me about the organization and its first-ever "mini contest."

“Goodness Reigns came into being in 2009 with the purpose of trying to engage particularly the youth and young-adult population on how to explore and learn your faith, and then share what you learned with other people using the video format,” she said.

Because a lot of the youth population watches videos on YouTube, Goodness Reigns...READ MORE

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Pro-Lifers March for Life in Lisbon

Third march for a success.

Friday, May 25, 2012 10:58 AM Comments (1)
Julie Rodrigues

Marchers of all ages made Portugal's third March for Life a success.

– Julie Rodrigues

Portugal’s pro-life march is picking up.

“There were between 2,500 to 3,000 at the march, more than at any march in the past,” reported Julie Rodrigues, an American of Portuguese ancestry now living in Lisbon.

Pictures of the May 19 march, officially named Caminhada pela Vida, show groups of people enthusiastically unified in their support of life. Two previous marches have been held.

Rodrigues noted the march started where the second-most abortions are done in the country — about 1,700 a year at a public hospital, Maternidade Alfredo da Costa —  so they are funded by tax money.

The most abortions in the country occur at a multinational private clinic that receives money from...READ MORE

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Biking for Babies

Young People Ride 1,150 Miles to Share Pro-Life Message

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:45 AM Comments (2)
Biking for Babies

RIDE FOR LIFE. Biking for Babies’ co-founders Mike Schaefer (l) and Jimmy Becker (with Becker’s cousin Lucy) are ready to ride.

– Biking for Babies

Once the wheels get turning on a good idea, there’s no telling how far it will travel.
This year, 10 young men and women are donning jerseys emblazoned with “Biking for Babies” logos and pedaling 1,150 miles to bring a life-affirming message across five states.
Starting May 21 in New Orleans, Biking for Babies’ co-founders, Jimmy Becker and Mike Schaefer, are leading the ride, which averages 130 miles a day, through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois. They are scheduled to finish in Chicago on May 29.
The group hopes to raise $40,000 for eight pro-life centers. Not bad for something that began as a one-time shorter ride on Becker and Schaefer’s 2009 spring break...READ MORE

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EWTN Wins 3 Gabriel Awards

Including Religious Television Station of the Year

Friday, May 11, 2012 12:15 PM Comments (4)
EWTN Facebook

– EWTN Facebook

Move over Oscar. Move over Tony. Make room for Gabriel. Three Gabriels, that is.

The winners of the 2012 Gabriel Awards have been announced, and EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded three Gabriels.

EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world. The Register is a service of EWTN.

The Gabriel Awards are sponsored by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals. The awards are open to all television and radio stations and producers in the U.S. and Canada.

EWTN was awarded a Gabriel for “Religious Television Station of the Year” for its total programming and community service, an honor it shares with Boston Catholic Television Center’s CatholicTV.


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Divine Mercy Is Highlight of Priest's New Songs

Songwriter-Singer Priest Releases New CD Celebrating Divine Mercy

Saturday, April 14, 2012 3:34 PM Comments (0)
Photo by Brandon Lata

– Photo by Brandon Lata

 Father Bill Quinlivan knows his way around music. He also knows his way around The Divine Mercy.

Father Quinlivan has joined both of these in a double CD set called MercySongs / MercyPrayers. He had the set ready shortly before Divine Mercy Sunday.

This happens to be his fifth CD and part includes 10 original songs he wrote over the last few years for celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday and reconciliation services. Many take their inspiration from St. Faustina’s Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul. Some were written talks he gives in parishes about Divine Mercy.

Father Quinlivan, who is pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Tonawanda, N.Y., also happens to be associated with the...READ MORE

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Divine Mercy Sunday — Time to Celebrate God’s Mercy

Start With These Basics

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:58 PM Comments (5)

Worried about the world situation? About your spiritual life? Jesus gives us the hope-filled solution. Seek and accept his mercy. Start in the Eastertide celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, then continue with the devotion.

Jesus himself called for this devotion and feast. He made his urgent, essential request through Polish mystic St. Faustina Kowalska, the first saint canonized in the new millennium by John Paul II.

Jesus said, “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. … I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon the souls who approach the Fount of My mercy.  On that day all...READ MORE

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3rd Annual Nun Run Proves Everyone a Winner

The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Arizona continue to raise funds for their monastery in the Southwestern desert.

Monday, March 19, 2012 1:32 PM Comments (4)
Courtesy of Jeff Fuentebella

Poor Clare Sister John-Mark Maria joins in the 10K run.

– Courtesy of Jeff Fuentebella

Three years ago, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Arizona put their minds to raising funds to build a chapel and monastery in the Southwestern desert. They came up with a fun idea — have young and old alike run in an annual fundraiser named the Nun Run.

This year, their 3rd Annual Nun Run on March 10 attracted 1,135 participants at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, Ariz., to compete in a 10K run, 5K run/walk, or opt for a slower-paced 1-mile walk.

Others unable to travel to Arizona took part as “shadow participants.” Runners in several states and as far away as Rome and Zambia joined in — or will join in shortly — to total 270 shadow runners, who registered on the official Nun Run site. One...READ MORE

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Joseph Pronechen is staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005. His articles have appeared regularly in a number of national publications including Columbia magazine, Faith and Family, Catholic Digest, and Marian Helper. His religion features have also appeared in Fairfield County Catholic and in one of Connecticut’s largest news dailies. He holds BS and MS degrees and formerly taught English and courses in film study that he developed at a Catholic high school in Connecticut. Joseph and his wife Mary reside in Connecticut.