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New Focus on Catholic Identity at San Francisco High Schools (3079)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, inspired by an assessment of U.S. seminaries, concluded that a similar study could help boost the Catholic identity of the 14 high schools under his jurisdiction.

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco

– Lauren Cater/CNA

SAN FRANCISCO — A decade ago, the Vatican’s apostolic visitation of U.S. seminaries led to stronger standards for priestly formation across the country.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was inspired by that ground-breaking assessment of U.S. seminaries and concluded that a similar study could help boost the Catholic identity of the 14 high schools under his jurisdiction.

“We hear stories of children going through 12 years of Catholic education and then they leave the Church,” Archbishop Cordileone told the Register. “Somehow, we are not instilling a sense of Catholic identity in many of our students.”

“They should be the leaders of the Church,” he said, “but if we don’t...READ MORE

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Auschwitz: Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of Its Liberation (1045)


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Survivors of Auschwitz, accompanied by representatives from more than 40 nations, met in front of the concentration camp’s Death Gate Jan. 27 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of its prisoners.

– Auschwitz.org

On Jan. 27, 1945, the Soviet Army entered Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in Poland, and liberated its remaining 7,000 prisoners. The marking of its 70th anniversary yesterday offers a time for reflection.

On June 7, 1979, Pope John Paul II visited Brzezinka (Birkenau), part of the Auschwitz complex. He declared, “I am here today as a pilgrim. It is well known that I have been here many times. So many times! And many times I have gone down to Maximilian Kolbe’s death cell and stopped in front of the execution wall and passed among the ruins of the cremation furnaces of Brzezinka. It was impossible for me not to come here as pope.”

On May 28, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI returned to Brzezinka...READ MORE

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Pope Addresses ‘Fatherhood Crisis,’ Reminding Men That Children Need Guidance (2148)

The Holy Father encouraged fathers to spend time with their children on Jan. 28.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims present in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall for his Jan. 28, 2015 general audience.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY —  In his general audience catechesis on Jan. 28, Pope Francis turned to the role of fathers, saying that they play an irreplaceable role in family life, and their absence leaves children prey to false idols.

“When children feel neglected by fathers who focus only on their problems, on their work or their own personal realization, this creates a situation of orphans in the children and youth of today, who live disoriented, without the good example or prudent guidance of a father,” the Pope said.

Pope Francis directed his words to pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for his Wednesday address. Continuing his catechesis on the family, the Pope spoke on the theme of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Honors Blessed Odoardo Focherini on Auschwitz Anniversary (1650)

When he was arrested over his involvement in the salvation of 100 Jews from a similar fate, Odoardo Focherini was 37, had been married 14 years and had seven children.

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Blessed Odoardo Focherini


ROME — As Pope Francis tweeted Jan. 27 to observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is worth remembering Blessed Odoardo Focherini, who died a martyr to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution.

Tuesday marked the anniversary of the 1945 liberation by Soviet troops of the death camp where some 1.1 million people — the vast majority of them Jews — were put to death by the Nazis.

“Auschwitz cries out with the pain of immense suffering and pleads for a future of respect, peace and encounter among peoples,” Pope Francis tweeted Jan. 27.

When he was arrested over his involvement in the salvation of 100 Jews from a similar fate, Odoardo Focherini was 37, had been married 14...READ MORE

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The Dark Side of the Super Bowl: Sex Trafficking (3480)

Just days before the big game, the House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crackdown on what some human-rights advocates call ‘modern-day slavery.’

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– CNA/Claus Tom Christensen via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

WASHINGTON — Just days before Super Bowl XLIX, the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crackdown on the hidden menace of sex trafficking, which some human-rights advocates refer to as “modern-day slavery.”

“Everyone needs to be put on notice: If you buy or sell an individual like a commodity, the law is coming after you, and you can get up to life imprisonment, according to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act,” announced Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., on Tuesday, at the bipartisan End Human Trafficking Press Conference on Capitol Hill.

Smith referenced the upcoming Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, as the center of the next big push to curb sex trafficking....READ MORE

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Colorado’s Contentious Confections (2245)

Two bakers in the state have become part of the battle over same-sex ‘marriage’ and religious liberty.

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Jack Phillips is the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colo.

– Wayne Laugesen

DENVER — The battle over the redefinition of marriage has been carried into the bakery, where allocation of wedding cake has become so contentious that some expect a final resolution at the Supreme Court of the United States.

At issue is whether bakers have a First Amendment right to refuse to make cakes for same-sex couples and/or for those who want them decorated with statements opposing homosexuality on a scriptural basis.

Colorado became the site of the latest skirmish this month after a man filed suit with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the state’s second cake conflict in the past year.

His complaint, and another involving a related dispute, has led state Rep. Gordon...READ MORE

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Science Settled: Children Need a Mom and Dad; Does Your Mind Wonder When You Pray and Much More! (2616)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Science Settled: Children Thrive with Both a Dad and a Mom by Steven W. Mosher of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

Does Your Mind Wander When You Pray? by Stacy Trasancos, PhD, of The Integrated Catholic Life™ - BigPulpit.com

Precedent Set by Hobby Lobby Decision May Determine Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ – Carl R. Trueman, First Things

The Franklin and Father O’Callahan – Donald R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Gay, Catholic, and Called to Love – John Paul Shimek, The Catholic World Report

Science Settled: Children Thrive with Both a Dad and a Mom by Steven W. Mosher of Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching - Patti Maguire Armstrong, The Integrated Catholic Life™

The Vastness of Family and Community Life – Jordan Haddad, Ignitum Today

Humanae Vitae: Cliffs Notes for the Busy Papist –...READ MORE

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Indian Christians Encouraged by Obama’s ‘Hard Talk’ Supporting Religious Liberty (1398)

As the end of his three-day visit, the U.S. president advised India’s Hindu nationalist rulers that ‘upholding freedom of religion is the utmost responsibility of the government.’

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama participates in a traditional greeting with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Jan. 25.

– Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

NEW DELHI — Christians took comfort this week from some unexpected “hard talk” in support of religious freedom delivered by visiting U.S. President Barack Obama.

Obama’s remarks came two days after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s similar remarks, delivered to mark India’s Jan. 26 Republic Day celebration, at which Obama was this year’s chief guest. And to many Christians, both speeches seemed to be directly addressed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling BJP party.

“Religion is a force for unity; we cannot make it a cause of conflict,” Mukherjee said in his customary address to the nation on the eve of Republic Day. Mukherjee was quoting Mahatma Gandhi, who is known as...READ MORE

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