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Catholic Education, the Common Core and the New Evangelization (11451)

As Catholic Schools Week begins, the executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Catholic Education discusses some key issues.

01/27/2014 Comments (53)

Dominican Sister John Mary Fleming, executive director of the USCCB's Secretariat of Catholic Education.

Dominican Sister John Mary Fleming is the executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Catholic Education, following her appointment in June 2012. A member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, she previously served as the principal of St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook, Ill., one of the order’s 34 schools in 18 dioceses.

During a Jan. 8 interview with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, Sister John Mary explained the U.S. bishops’ efforts to make Catholic education a vehicle for advancing the New Evangelization, the need to bring more Hispanic students into parochial schools, and she addressed concerns about the Common Core, the controversial new...READ MORE

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The Riches of Heinrich Pesch & Solidarism, The Saint Who Reinvigorated the Church and Much More! (2142)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/27/2014 Comments (1)

The Secret Riches of Heinrich Pesch & Solidarism. Follow the link by Stephen M. Krason of Aleteia to read more.

The Secret Riches of Heinrich Pesch & Solidarism by Stephen M. Krason of Aleteia - BigPulpit.com

The Saint Who Reinvigorated the Church in the 17th Century – Ed West, The Catholic Herald

This Is My Calling, This Is My Vocation - Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

10 Ways to Love Your Children Without Words – Kathleen M. Berchelmann MD, Aleteia

Time to Fly - Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Common Core: Twenty-First Century Peonage - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Now Is the Appointed Time - Susan Anne, Catholic Stand

The ‘Francis Effect’: Reopening of Ireland Vatican Embassy - Mary O’Regan, The Catholic Herald

A Higher Minimum Wage? Catholics Should Know Better – Stephen...READ MORE

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Don’t ‘Build Fences’ Around Evangelization, Pope Urges (1508)

The Holy Father noted that Jesus began his own ministry on the periphery of Jewish society, providing an example for today’s Christians to emulate.

01/27/2014 Comments (1)

Two children from the Diocese of Rome's Catholic Action release doves as symbols of peace at the conclusion of Pope Francis’ Jan. 26 Angelus message.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Sunday Angelus message delivered Jan. 26, Pope Francis exhorted the crowds to proclaim their faith throughout the world.

In today’s day and age, “we can be frightened and give into the temptation to build fences to be safer, more secure. But Jesus teaches us that the Good News is not reserved for a part of humanity and to communicate it to everyone,” said the Pope.

The Gospel message “is a happy announcement destined for those who await it, but also for the many who perhaps do not await anything more and do not even have the strength to look and to ask.”

The Holy Father reflected on Sunday’s Gospel reading in which Jesus calls the disciples, beginning his work...READ MORE

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I Don't Want to Go to Church! Cardinal Dolan Supports The Ukraine Protestors and Much More! (7734)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/26/2014 Comment

I Don’t Want to Go to Church! Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog to read more.

I Don’t Want to Go to Church! by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog - BigPulpit.com

Cardinal Dolan Supports The Ukraine Protestors – Madeleine Teahan, The Catholic Herald

Prayer: Nothing Impossible - Autumn Jones, Catholic Stand

Welcoming the Stranger: Deuteronomy’s Immigration Theme – 21 Century Pilgrim

Why Bother to Learn Anything at All, Anyway? - Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

The Young Catholic Behind a Hip New App – Eugene Gan, Aleteia

My First Fifty Years: What I’ve Learned – Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

The Economics of Jobs in Sacred Music – Richard J. Clark, Views from the Choir Loft

The Great I Am - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Injunction Protects Little Sisters (7253)

The religious health-care provider will not have to comply with the demands of the mandate while their case is being challenged in court.

01/25/2014 Comments (12)
Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

– Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON — A new injunction from the U.S. Supreme Court will protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from the demands of the contraception mandate while the group’s case works its way through the court system.

Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is helping represent the Little Sisters in court, said Jan. 24 that he was “delighted” by the order.

“The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people,” he said. “It doesn’t need to force nuns to participate.”

The Jan. 24 order was issued by the entire Supreme Court. It said that if the Little Sisters of the Poor tell Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in writing...READ MORE

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Penny Lord, 'An Indomitable Woman of Faith' (1928-2014) (24751)

Remembering the favorite EWTN personality and pilgrimage host

01/25/2014 Comments (33)

Penny Lord


MORRILTON, Ark. — Penny Lord — who with her husband, Bob, became a familiar sight to Eternal Word Television Network’s international family of viewers as they hosted a series of programs that began the year after the Lords had their first interview with Mother Angelica in December 1986 — died at home on Jan. 21. She was 85.

The Lords would go on to be network regulars over the next 26 years, with programs that continue to air today. They became particular favorites of viewers and would frequently appear at EWTN events, including the 2013 Family Celebration in Birmingham, Ala.

“From the earliest days of the network’s history, Penny Lord was a devoted and faithful supporter of Mother...READ MORE

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The Opening of the Scientific Mind, Technology Turned Against Kiev Protestors, On Hunger and More! (3442)

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01/25/2014 Comment

The Opening of the Scientific Mind. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos, PhD, of Strange Notions to read more.

The Opening of the Scientific Mind - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Stange Notions

Technology Turned Against Kiev Protesters by Thomas L. McDonald - BigPulpit.com

What Not to Do When Loved One Facing Infertility - Catherine Boucher, CatholicMom.com

We Need to Hear More from the Dads - Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: Gossip Is Devil’s Weapon, Destroys Communities – Domenico Agasso Jr., Vatican Insider

Finding the One, True Church: Connect the Dots Approach – Gary Zimak, Catholic Stand

On Hunger - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

A Confession - Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

Understanding the Spiritual Works of Mercy – Judith Costello, Integrated Catholic Life™


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Opus Dei Prelate’s Beatification Set for Madrid (1751)

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the organization’s second leader, will be beatified there Sept. 27.

01/24/2014 Comments (3)
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Bishop Alvaro del Portillo with John Paul II

– Opus Dei

VATICAN CITY — Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, will be beatified in his birthplace of Madrid on Sept. 27, the Vatican has announced.

The current prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, said the Vatican’s Jan. 21 announcement of the beatification ceremony was a “moment of profound joy.” He said Bishop del Portillo “loved and served the Church so much.”

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will preside over the beatification ceremony, which could draw thousands of faithful from around the world. Related events will also be held in Rome.

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, known as “Don Alvaro,” was born in Madrid on...READ MORE

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