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Vouchers Provide Much Needed Infusion of Students to Catholic Schools (3824)

In 1960, there were 5.2 million students in 13,000 Catholic schools in the United States. In 2015, there are fewer than 2 million students and 7,000 schools.

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Courtesy of St. Aloysius Catholic School

Teacher ​Kim Ingram​ leads her class in a math lesson at St. Aloysius ​Catholic ​School in the Diocese of Birmingham, Ala.

– Courtesy of St. Aloysius Catholic School

WASHINGTON — A mixture of vouchers and tax credits are changing the educational landscape in the United States and filling seats in Catholic schools after years of steady decline.

Not only are Catholic schools seeing their enrollments stabilize or even increase, they are seeing the seats filled with a wide spectrum of socioeconomic, racial and even religious diversity.

It’s no secret that Catholic schools have long faced enrollment challenges. Enrollment dropped from 2.7 million in 1995-96 to 2.1 million in 2011-12. Current enrollment, according to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), is 1,974,578. Contrast this with the 5.2 million students in 13,000 Catholic schools in...READ MORE

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Wondering What to Give Up for Lent? Try Indifference, Pope Says (11758)

A ‘selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference,’ the Holy Father said in his annual message for Lent.

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CNA/Bohumil Petrik

Pope Francis celebrates New Year's Day Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

– CNA/Bohumil Petrik

VATICAN CITY — The “globalization of indifference” was at the heart of Pope Francis’ Lenten message, in which he urged the faithful to fight individualism with merciful hearts that are more attentive to the needs of others.

Jesus “is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us,” the Pope noted in the Jan. 27-released Lenten message, saying that, oftentimes, when we life a healthy and comfortable lifestyle, “we forget about others.”

“We are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure. ... Our heart grows cold,” he observed, saying that this “selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global...READ MORE

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12 Reasons Why Catholic School Was Actually Pretty Great, Aim Higher Than Purgatory and Much More! (3462)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on 12 Reasons Why Catholic School Was Actually Pretty Awesome by Alex R. Hey of Epic Pew link to read more.

12 Reasons Why Catholic School Was Actually Pretty Awesome by Alex R. Hey of Epic Pew - BigPulpit.com

The Emasculation of the Priesthood - Father James McLucas, One Peter 5

Aim Higher Than Purgatory - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Death With Dignity – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Pope Pius XII on Large Catholic Families by Brian Williams of One Peter 5 - BigPulpit.com

Incest: The Next Frontier in ‘Reproductive Freedom’ – J. Matt Barber, Catholic Lane

Baptism: God’s Humility and Man’s Dignity – Leia Go, Ignitum Today

Is Scholasticism Making a Comeback? – Father James V. Schall SJ, Crisis Magazine

Greatness Is Found in Marriage - Chelsea Houghton, Restless Press

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Walk for Life West Coast Draws 50,000 (3550)

Speakers testified that abortion "hurts" women, and warned of proposed legislation to legalize assisted suicide.

01/26/2015 Comment
Courtesy of Marco and Lidia Roman

Marco and Lidia Roman, a couple from the Diocese of Oakland, Calif., joined the Walk for Life.

– Courtesy of Marco and Lidia Roman

SAN FRANCISCO — Days before an estimated 50,000 people joined the 11th annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, two California state senators proposed a “right-to-die” bill that is expected to gain traction in the months ahead.

Catholic leaders and pro-life activists at the Jan. 24 event marked the ominous news and warned the vast crowd gathered under a sunny sky in downtown San Francisco that they could never relax their vigilant defense of the sanctity of human life.

“The Christian imperative to stand up and protect life is uniting Christians all over the country,” Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland told the Register.

“We started by protecting the unborn. Now, in California, we...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Gives a Saint — and a Healing Touch — to Sri Lanka (2721)

The Indian Ocean island nation was profoundly moved by the Pope’s three-day visit earlier this month.

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National Catholic Register/Anto Akkara

Pope Francis is surrounded by well-wishers as he enters the enclsoure of war victims and sick at the Madhu shrine.

– National Catholic Register/Anto Akkara

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — With his three-day visit to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis set a record.

More than three-fourths of Sri Lanka’s 1.2 million Catholics traversed long distances to have a glimpse of the Holy Father during his Jan. 13-15 visit to the Indian Ocean island.

When Pope Francis arrived at 9am on Jan. 13 at the airport, a host of leading persons in Sri Lanka lined up to greet him, led by Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena, who assumed power only four days earlier, after winning the Jan. 8 presidential election.

Accompanied by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka, Pope Francis stood waving at enthusiastic crowds for more than...READ MORE

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Reverberations Continue From Pope’s ‘Rabbits’ Remark (5321)

Critics say it’s open to interpretation as an insult to large families, but supporters stress the context of a strong papal affirmation of Church teaching against contraception.

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Alan Holdren/CNA

Pope Francis speaks with journalists aboard the plane from Manila to Rome on Jan. 19.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has sparked more than a little controversy by commenting on the papal plane returning from Manila that, in order to be good Catholic parents, it is not necessary to “be like rabbits.”

His remarks were made in response to a question from German journalist Christoph Schmidt, who wanted to know the Pope’s thoughts on the Church’s ban on artificial contraception in the face of global population growth.

The Holy Father referred to his earlier comments at the airborne press conference, in which he answered another German journalist, Jan Christoph Kitzler, also on the issue of contraception. The Pope said, “I met a woman some months ago in a parish who was pregnant...READ MORE

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Pedaling Catholic Education (3939)

Father James Sullivan, of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., readies ‘Our Father’s Ride’ for Catholic education.

01/26/2015 Comments (2)
Courtesy of St. Peter/St. Francis School in Torrington, Conn.

Father James Sullivan, shown with his 25-year-old bike, wears his clerics on rides.

– Courtesy of St. Peter/St. Francis School in Torrington, Conn.

Father James Sullivan was ordained in May 2014 for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. His journey took him from co-owning a home-contracting company with his brother to the priesthood. Today, he serves a group of parishes in Torrington, Conn.

In an earlier interview with the Register, he described his vocational discernment: “The Lord called, and the desire then became so strong that no other vocation for the remainder of my life even seemed remotely a consideration. So I gave my half of the business to my brother. He’s doing fine, and he’s very happy that I pursued this. He and my family and many friends all knew this day was coming, but God had not yet revealed it to me. When I meet the...READ MORE

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Christian Unity Demands Encounter, Not Theory, Pope Francis Says (2937)

‘To understand one another and to grow in charity and truth, we need to pause, to accept and listen to one another,’ the Holy Father said Sunday at St. Paul Outside the Walls.

01/26/2015 Comments (3)
CNA/Alan Holdren

– CNA/Alan Holdren

VATICAN CITY — More than “theoretical discussions,” what unites Christians is encounter and a willingness to “challenge one another,” said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

“Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions,” the Pope said during vespers at St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica on Jan. 25.

“To plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another; we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts,” he said.

The...READ MORE

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