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Denver Broncos’ Coat Drive Shows Children ‘Are Not Forgotten’ (1946)

The Broncos did not leave New Jersey as Super Bowl champs, but their act of charity helped hundreds of inner-city Catholic school children in need.

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Players and coaches of the Denver Broncos help students try on coats at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Jersey City, N.J.

– CNA/Courtesy the Knights of Columbus

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The head of the Knights of Columbus praised a recent coat drive for children in partnership with Denver Broncos players, coaches and their families, calling it a sign of Christian charity.

“As an organization founded on the principle of charity, the Knights of Columbus is committed to helping our neighbors in need,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA.

The Coats for Kids program is “a timely reminder that, for too many children, harsh cold is a daily reality at this time of year,” Anderson said.

Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator for the Broncos, his wife, Linda, and about a dozen members of the Broncos organization helped give away more than 200 coats at...READ MORE

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Pro-Family Demonstrations Draw Throngs Throughout Europe (5434)

But you wouldn’t know it, given the scant media coverage.

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Sign carried during a rally organized by the pro-marriage La Manif Pour Tous organization on May 26, 2013 in Paris. Hundreds of thousands of people participated in the rally.

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ROME — Following large pro-family protests on Feb. 2, the French government announced the following day that it would postpone a proposed bill that threatened to legalize assisted procreation for lesbian couples and surrogate motherhood for homosexual men who wanted children.

The development came after large rallies were held in Paris and Lyon in support of marriage and the traditional family on Sunday, as well as similar protests in Brussels, Bucharest, Madrid, Warsaw and Rome .

The protests were led and inspired by La Manif Pour Tous (Protest for Everyone), a rapidly growing French group of associations that launched in January 2013 with a massive rally in Paris against same-sex...READ MORE

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Jennifer Roback Morse: ‘Remember the Victims of the Sexual Revolution’ (6171)

The marriage expert is working to help individuals and families heal from the ill effects caused by today’s sexually permissive culture.

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– Courtesy of Jennifer Roback Morse

The Ruth Institute, which has focused primarily on defending marriage to college students, has changed its mission and now hopes to create a mass social movement to counteract the ill effects of the sexual revolution, such as the breakdown of family life, including cohabitation, divorce and unwed pregnancies.

Speaking with Register correspondent Sue Ellen Browder, Ruth Institute founder Jennifer Roback Morse recently explained why she has drawn up a petition urging bishops at the 2014 Synod on the Family in October to “remember the victims of the sexual revolution.”

The institute is also holding a Feb. 15 conference in San Diego to present its vision for “Healing the 21st-Century...READ MORE

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Do Not Justify Sin by Using Other People, Pope Warns (5302)

The Holy Father pointed to three attitudes of King David, a ‘great sinner’ venerated by the Church as a ‘great saint,’ during personal betrayal and crisis.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily for Monday, Pope Francis spoke of the proper attitudes to have when Christians face difficult moments, stating that it is important not to defend one’s sin, but to repent and trust in the Lord.

“In the difficult moments of life that occur, maybe in despair one tries to defend himself as he can and also to use God and to use his people,” the Pope explained in his Feb. 3 daily Mass.

Centering his homily on the first reading, taken from the Second Book of Samuel, the Holy Father addressed those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, highlighting David’s attitude in light of the “great betrayal” of his beloved son Absalom.

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South Sudan Faces Decisive Moment After Conflict, Say Bishops (1708)

Bishops of Sudan and South Sudan have called for prayer, fasting and a national reform based on Gospel values following violent clashes that killed more than 1,000 people.

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Sudanese Bishop Max Macram Gassis meets young people close to the conflict-ridden border of Sudan and South Sudan.

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JUBA, South Sudan — The Catholic bishops of Sudan and South Sudan have said South Sudan is at a turning point, urging repentance and reconciliation after an outbreak of violence killed hundreds of people.

“We are convinced that we stand at a decisive moment in the history of South Sudan. Fundamental choices must be made about how we deal with our past and present history, about how we govern ourselves as a nation, about how state institutions serve the poor,” the bishops said in a joint apostolic exhortation Jan. 30.

“We must seize from the present crisis an opportunity to re-found our nation on democratic principles of dialogue, inclusion and respect for diversity, God’s gift to...READ MORE

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Consecrated Life Today ‘Enjoying Good Health,’ Archbishop Affirms (3071)

Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo and Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz officially announced the celebration Jan. 31.

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Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo (l) and Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz speak with journalists during a Jan. 31 press conference.

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VATICAN CITY — Two Vatican officials expressed the great holiness that exists within religious vocations, as well as their hope that the upcoming year will yield the witness of joy in following God.

“I think I can affirm that consecrated life is really enjoying good health at this moment,” said Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, in a Jan. 31 interview. “There is a lot more holiness than what there often appears to be.”

Archbishop Carballo shared his thoughts after the Jan. 31 press conference officially announcing the upcoming Year of Consecrated Life.

Originally announced by Pope...READ MORE

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Charity Begins at College: Catholic Students Put Their Faith Into Action by Helping Others (3823)

Animated by their Christian calling to love their neighbors, these students have organized innovative initiatives to help the needy.

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Teacher and students at Callaloo Mews Basic School in Kingston, Jamaica.

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BOSTON — When James Gallo, a student at Boston College, noticed his Twitter account filling up with word of the devastation being caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, he knew he wanted to help.

Gallo joined with fellow Boston College student Matthew Alonsozana, who is of Filipino descent, and other students at the college to launch efforts to help out in the face of the recent disaster. The Boston College Typhoon Haiyan Relief Initiative raised about $13,000 and included a concert to raise funds — all the brainchild of Gallo.

The concert took place a mere nine days after Gallo got the idea. “The concert was awesome. Everyone came together. So many people helped,” Gallo said....READ MORE

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On Super Bowl Weekend, Catholic Underground Offers Alternative to NYC Nightlife (7069)

The heavily attended event, a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, features a Holy Hour and musical performance on the night before Super Bowl XLVIII.

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– Courtesy of CatholicUnderground.net

MANHATTAN — As the Super Bowl XLVIII spotlight focuses on MetLife Stadium and nearby hubs of activity like Manhattan, most associated with a dazzling nightlife, an event centered on the Eucharist is making itself a part of the big weekend.

It’s called Catholic Underground, and it’s a monthly event that mixes Eucharistic adoration with dynamic performances by Catholic artists. January’s event, which drew 1,300 people,  featured a talk by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and a concert by Audrey Assad.

The next event will take place Feb. 1 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan — less than 17 miles from the site of the Super Bowl and on the eve before the big game.

It wasn’t planned that way. For...READ MORE

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