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Celebrating Teresa of Avila, a Prayerful Saint (490)


03/27/2015 Comment
Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI provided a role model for evangelization, writing, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”

Pre-eminent among role models for our time is St. Teresa of Avila, who shines as a teacher and witness to prayer. The Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Carmelite mystic’s birth tomorrow.

Through her writings, St. Teresa teaches prayer by testifying to her own inner journey. Her pedagogical approach becomes even more convincing as she admits shortcomings, which began early on in her monastic life. She wrote, “Since I thus began to...READ MORE

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Cardinal Baselios on Indian Nun’s Rape: ‘This Is an Abominable Crime’ (510)

But the cardinal told the Register he was ‘amazed by the serenity and the grace’ the 74-year-old nun displayed when he visited her last week in hospital after the vicious attack.

03/27/2015 Comment
Anto Akkara

Cardinal Cleemis mar Baselios, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

– Anto Akkara

NEW DELHI — Two weeks after a 74-year-old nun was gang-raped by masked young men who broke into a convent during the early hours of March 14 in the town of Ranaghat, 50 miles from Kolkata, the nation is yet to recover from the shock of the heinous crime.

While media continue to criticize the police for their failure to arrest the four culprits — whose faces were caught on security cameras — protests continue throughout the country even as the elderly nun, who underwent surgery afterward, has been moved out of the West Bengal state where the crime occurred.

“This is an abominable crime. I don’t how human beings can do such an act,” Cardinal Cleemis mar Baselios, president of the Catholic...READ MORE

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Catholic Students Put a Human Face on Immigration (418)

A visit to the Arizona-Mexico border inspired students and staff at Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Prep to educate their community on the issue and the Church’s mission.

03/27/2015 Comment
Courtesy of Peter Corrigan

Students with the Harlequin players do a dramatic performance for the student immigration summit at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

– Courtesy of Peter Corrigan

CHICAGO — A Jesuit prep school in Chicago has a mission to set all its students afire with the Church’s teaching on the dignity of immigrants and its call for concrete actions on immigration reform.

Throughout Lent, St. Ignatius College Prep has been engaging its students and the broader community on the issue of immigration reform, looking at the complex situation with the eyes of the Church, in response to the call of the U.S. bishops and Pope Francis.

On Ash Wednesday, the school held an “Immigration Summit” for Ignatian Values Day, where more than 1,500 students, faculty and staff participated in discussion sessions that presented the immigration issue in a variety of formats and...READ MORE

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Pope to Homeless on Vatican Visit: ‘This Is Everyone’s House and Your House’ (361)

‘The doors are always open for all,’ the Holy Father told his guests during their March 26 visit to the Vatican Museums.

03/27/2015 Comment
Daniel Ibáñez/ CNA

6 19 1 26 Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before general audience on Oct. 29, 2014

– Daniel Ibáñez/ CNA

Pope Francis stopped by to visit with 150 of Rome’s homeless in the Sistine Chapel after they were invited for dinner and a private tour by the Vatican.

“Welcome. This is everyone's house and your house. The doors are always open for all,” the Pope told his homeless guests during their March 26 visit to the Vatican Museums. He said that their visit was like a tender caress from God.

The group was invited by the papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who oversees the office of papal charities.

In the course of the visit, the homeless guests received a tour of the Vatican City, passing by the guesthouse where the Pope lives, as well as several galleries in the Vatican Museums,...READ MORE

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The ‘Bach to School’ Program (441)

COMMENTARY: The world of music offers its own example of the healing power of music and how good can triumph over evil.

03/27/2015 Comment
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Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, copy or second version of his 1746 canvas.

– Wikipedia/public domain

“Musick,” wrote William Congreve in The Mourning Bride, “has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, to soften Rocks or bend a knotted Oak.”

Congreve’s words are far truer than he may have suspected back in 1697. Music’s healing effects have been well documented in contemporary clinical studies, although Congreve’s reference to rocks and trees may be taken as poetic hyperbole.

Nonetheless, music’s basic charms and healing potentialities have been recognized throughout history. Pythagoras called music medicine. For Plato, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” In the Middle Ages, the study...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller to Cardinal Marx: Bishops’ Conferences Are Not the Magisterium (2591)

The Vatican’s prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reminded his fellow countryman that ‘the president of an episcopal conference is nothing more than a technical moderator, and he does not have any particular magisterial authority.’

03/27/2015 Comments (12)
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Cardinal Gerhard Müller

– CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French newspaper that doctrinal, or even disciplinary, decisions regarding marriage and family are not up for determination by national bishops’ conferences.

“It is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the Catholicity of the Church,” Cardinal Müller said when asked, “Could certain doctrinal or disciplinary decisions on marriage and family be delegated to the episcopal conferences?”

“Episcopal conferences have authority on certain matters, but they are not a magisterium beside the magisterium, without the Pope and without communion with all the bishops,” he...READ MORE

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Bullets or Needles? Death Penalty Faces New Scrutiny as States Mull Changes (412)

On Monday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill to legalize a five-person firing squad as the official back-up method of execution for the state.

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WASHINGTON — Firing squads, gas chambers and the electric chair may seem like methods of state-mandated execution of the past, but some states in the U.S. are bringing them back, prompting a debate about the most humane form of the death penalty, or whether the very idea is a contradiction in terms.

“I think we’re at a critical point right now where the myth that lethal injection was swift, effective and painless has been destroyed,” said Robert Dunham, director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

“And there’s kind of an irony here, because lethal injection was the choice when states were moving away from other more extreme, more overtly violent forms of execution.”

On Monday, Utah...READ MORE

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Cuomo’s Political Ploy Could Cost Catholic-School Tax Credits (1869)

By tying the education tax credit to a proposed state Dream Act, New York’s governor has jeopardized an initiative he has publicly endorsed.

03/27/2015 Comments (7)

– nyscatholic.org

ALBANY, N.Y. — For the second consecutive year, it appears that an education tax-credit bill that would help parents afford to send their children to Catholic and private schools will be left out of New York state’s budget.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he supports the measure, and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature are reportedly on board, but Cuomo’s decision to tie the education tax credit with a state version of the Dream Act — which would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for college financial aid — may have torpedoed the bill’s chances of becoming law.

“To link the education tax credit, which has support in both houses, to a politically nonviable bill, at this time,...READ MORE

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