Run for Our Freedom

Sisters of Life and Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Co-Sponsor First Freedom Run

07/06/2012 Comments (5)
Sisters of Life

Sisters of Life with race participants.

– Sisters of Life

“I Have Run the Race.  I Have Kept the Faith.”

It was easy to see why St. Paul’s well-known words appeared on t-shirts that runners got after finishing the first annual Freedom Run on July 4. The run started the Sisters of Life’s first annual Life Fest in Stamford, Conn.

Sister Mary Karen, the superior at Villa Maria Guadalupe there, described how the inspiration for the race came from Brother Simon Dankoski of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal while a group was planning the Life Fest to coincide with the close of the Fortnight for Freedom.

Questions like "How do I show I’m for religious freedom?" and "How do I tell people where I stand?" prompted the plan for the Freedom Run.


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Our Mother of Perpetual Help Original Icon Goes Live

View the Icon 24/7 in Streaming Video

06/27/2012 Comments (16)
Redemptorists, Denver Province

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

– Redemptorists, Denver Province

Many people know the familiar image of the Blessed Virgin Mary known as Our Mother of Perpetual Help. They might have this image in their home but can’t travel to see the original icon enshrined in Rome.

Then there are many people in the world who still don’t know our Blessed Mother in that miraculous image and title.

But the Redemptorists, who are the custodians of the original icon, have just done something great for both groups. In time for the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, June 27, the order launched a website with a live feed of this original centuries-old icon that is enshrined in their mother church in Rome.

People all over the world can now see one of oldest...READ MORE

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Stand This Fortnight With 1 Million Rosaries for Freedom

A Sure Way to Bring Heaven’s Blessings Upon Fortnight for Freedom

06/20/2012 Comments (2)

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There’s a sure way to turn the tide and bring victory in the Fortnight for Freedom. It’s simple: Pick up your rosary and pledge to join the “Rosaries for Freedom” campaign.

“Prayer is by far the most powerful weapon we have in this fight for freedom, and it is necessary if we are to ultimately succeed,” points out Father Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International.

That’s why Human Life International has started Rosaries for Freedom: It's a way for all Catholics to join the bishops in their call for prayer and action during the Fortnight for Freedom, June 21 to July 4.

HLI is inviting Catholics everywhere to pledge a rosary a day during these two weeks with a simple pledge,...READ MORE

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Video Contest Spotlights Natural Family Planning

06/07/2012 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.

05/25/2012 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

05/22/2012 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

05/11/2012 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

04/14/2012 Comment
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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About Joseph Pronechen

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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.