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Sir Martin Gilbert, Jewish Historian Who Defended Pius XII, Dies (4818)

The noted scholar, also the official biographer of Winston Churchill, was called ‘an inspiration for all of us who seek the truth.’ He was 78.

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Sir Martin Gilbert

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ROME — Sir Martin Gilbert, a widely respected British-Jewish historian who strongly defended the wartime record of Venerable Pope Pius XII, died Tuesday at the age of 78. He had been suffering from cancer for some time.

“Sir Martin Gilbert was an inspiration to all of us who seek the truth,” said Gary Krupp, the Jewish founder of the Pave the Way Foundation, an organization that has sought to uncover the truth about Pius XII and his efforts to save Jews in World War II.

The official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill, Gilbert wrote the book The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust, which documented the action of the Church and Pope Pius XII in rescuing Jews from Nazi...READ MORE

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‘A Beautiful Day in the Life of Our Nation’ (2701)

News of Blessed Junípero Serra’s canonization later this year stirs excitement, debate.

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Blessed Junípero Serra founded his first mission, the Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, in 1769.

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LOS ANGELES — In January, Pope Francis confirmed that he would canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary celebrated for his outreach to native peoples in California and for founding its mission system.

“In September, God willing, I will canonize Junípero Serra in the United States,” Pope Francis told reporters during a Jan. 15 in-flight press conference during his Asia trip, describing the Spanish friar as the “evangelizer of the West in the United States.”

The news sparked excitement from Catholics who have long advocated for the canonization of the Franciscan, who established the first California missions and is viewed as the founder of modern California.


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Pope Reminds Fathers to Be Like St. Joseph (5195)

‘A good father teaches his children by giving a daily example of love and integrity,’ the Holy Father observed Feb. 4.

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VATICAN CITY — At his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the role of parents is to teach their children with patience, gentleness, firmness and encouragement.

“Every family needs a father,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Feb. 4.

This willingness to learn wisdom, he said, “is the best inheritance that can be transmitted to children, and you will feel filled with joy when you see that they have received and taken advantage of this inheritance.”

The Pope's audience continued his catechesis on the family. For the past two weeks, the Holy Father has particularly focused on the vocation of fatherhood.

During his Wednesday talk, Pope Francis turned...READ MORE

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Pope Calls War ‘a Scandal’ and Urges Peace in Ukraine (1977)

The Holy Father said Feb. 4: ‘Prayer is our protest before God in times of war.’

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Ukrainian flag in Maidan Square

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VATICAN CITY — As the number of deaths in Ukraine continues to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a scandal” and urged the international community to “make every effort” for peace.

“My thoughts turn again to the beloved Ukrainian people. Unfortunately, the situation is getting worse, (as is) the grave opposition between parties,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for his Feb. 4 general audience.

He offered prayers for the victims of the increasing violence, “of which there are many civilians,” as well as their families, and he prayed that “this horrible fratricidal violence will cease as soon as possible.”

Casualties have continued to...READ MORE

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For Cardinal George, God’s Grace Is Bigger Than Cancer (3780)

The retired shepherd of the Archdiocese of Chicago became the 11th recipient of the Knights of Columbus’ Gaudium et Spes Award.

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Cardinal Francis George speaks Jan. 30 after receiving the Gaudium et Spes Award medal from the Knights of Columbus.

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CHICAGO — Despite the uncertainty that often comes with cancer, Cardinal Francis George, the retired archbishop of Chicago, says his days are filled with gratitude and efforts to build physical strength.

“I’m in the hands of God, as we all are,” the cardinal reflected at a Jan. 30 press conference.

The cardinal spoke to members of the media at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago shortly after receiving the Gaudium et Spes Award, the highest honor granted by the Knights of Columbus.

Cardinal George led the Archdiocese of Chicago for more than 15 years. He retired in 2014, amid a battle with cancer, and was succeeded by Archbishop Blase Cupich.

The 78-year-old cardinal took part in a...READ MORE

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Appeals Court to Hear EWTN Mandate Case Feb. 4 (3220)

‘Contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization are not health care, and the government should not force EWTN to provide them,’ said EWTN Chairman Michael Warsaw.

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ATLANTA — On Wednesday, Feb. 4, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear oral arguments in a case brought by EWTN Global Catholic Network against the federal contraception mandate.

“EWTN looks forward to being able to make our case against the government’s contraceptive-services mandate,” said EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw.

“As we have said repeatedly throughout this process, contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization are not health care, and the government should not force EWTN to provide them as part of our employer-sponsored health plan.”

The EWTN lawsuit challenges the federal Health and Human Services’ mandate, which requires most...READ MORE

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British House of Commons Votes to Allow Three-Parent Babies (1399)

The U.K. wants to legalize a version of in vitro fertilization that uses the DNA of two women and one man to conceive a baby.

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LONDON — Despite warnings from religious leaders and scientists, British lawmakers have voted to allow a version of in vitro fertilization that uses the DNA of three different people to conceive a baby.

“Since this is uncharted territory and the children born from this technology would have heritable genetic changes, there are also significant unknown risks to future generations,” Dr. Paul Knoepfler, an associate professor at the University of California-Davis, told the British newspaper The Telegraph.

He said the move to legalize two procedures could be an “historic mistake” that poses “serious medical risks” to the people conceived in the procedures. These risks could include...READ MORE

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San Francisco Archdiocese Tightens Up Teacher Contracts (6947)

Proposed language in the new contracts and in a handbook emphasizes that faculty must avoid publicly challenging Church teachings on the Eucharist as well as same-sex ‘marriage.’

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SAN FRANCISCO — Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has approved language for a new high-school teachers’ contract and handbook that calls on faculty to avoid publicly challenging the Church’s position on issues like same-sex “marriage” and abortion.

The existing teachers’ contract expires on July 31. The new one has not been finalized and is under negotiation with the local Catholic teachers’ union, the San Francisco Archdiocesan Federation of Teachers, Local 2240.

In contrast, the faculty handbook is not subject to negotiation and is developed by the archdiocese.

Now, those handbooks will be updated for the 2015-16 school year with descriptions of key points of Catholic...READ MORE

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