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Historians of Science Poke Holes in New ‘Cosmos’ Series (6709)

Especially troubling was a segment on 16th-century philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for heresy in 1600.

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Carina Nebula, NCG 3324

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WASHINGTON — Scholars of the history of science have discussed the merits and shortcomings of the new television series Cosmos, saying that the first episode’s discussion of Church history strayed from historical facts.

“I thought it was wonderfully done, for the most part,” said Robert Goulding, associate professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, who studies the history of science, humanism and magic in a March 14 interview with CNA. “However, I’m surprised by the standards of the historical segment.”

Cosmos, narrated by physicist Niel DeGrasse Tyson, is a remake of the 1980s public television show of the same name narrated by Carl Sagan.

The show focuses on the universe and...READ MORE

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Separate-Sex Classrooms Under Fire (3759)

Citing the ‘harmful’ effects of gender stereotypes, the ACLU is pressuring school districts across the country to end programs that recognize differences in the way boys and girls learn.

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MIDDLETON, Idaho — When an Idaho school district responded favorably to a principal’s idea to establish separate-sex classrooms, there was little concern that the district would run afoul of the American Civil Liberties Union.

But that’s exactly what happened in the Middleton School District, one of many school systems being singled out by the ACLU’s “Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes” campaign.

Launched in 2012 with the sending of “demand letters” to school districts in six states, the ACLU campaign seeks to eliminate single-sex programs that it says “rely on and promote archaic and harmful sex stereotypes” by using methods tailored to a particular gender.

According to the ACLU, examples of...READ MORE

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Thai Nuns Share Ray of Hope Among Landfill Scavengers (1722)

Living out Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to ‘go to the peripheries,’ the nuns are bringing humanitarian assistance to a community that experiences extraordinary hardships.

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Sister Mary Clare with volunteers at the landfill outside Lopburi, Thailand.

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand — A group of missionary sisters is bringing humanitarian assistance to the scavengers who live in the rubbish dump of the Thai city of Lopburi.

“We bring to them the necessary, basic items of life and spend some time teaching them, sharing their struggles and encouraging their shattered hopes,” Sister Mary Clare Thong In, superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres in Lopburi, told CNA March 11.

Lopburi is a city of more than 26,000, located 80 miles southeast of Nakhon Sawan, and the Paulist sisters there have begun reaching out to those on the periphery of the city.

“St. Paul instructed Christians to serve and embrace all people, irrespective of class,...READ MORE

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Veiled Allusions; Marriage: The 100-100 Principle; Calvary's Crosses, Conversations and More! (3285)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Veiled Allusions link by Sequoia Sierra of Regina Magazine to read more.

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Mercy for the Divorced & Remarried – Dr. Jeff Mirus

Marriage: The 100-100 Principle – Olivia Spears, Ignitum Today

Moms of Down Syndrome Babies: Be Not Afraid – Kathy Schiffer

One Year Anniversary of Pope Francis - BigPulpit.com

Adventures in Anglo-Catholicism – Mark Lambert

Calvary’s Crosses & Conversations – Susan Anne, Catholic Stand

Our Father Who Art-Where? – Kevin O’Brien

Some Fallout after Cardinal Dolan Steps Into a Snake Pit – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Guinness & Heineken are Now Political Statements – God & Caesar

The Dynamic of Prayer with Baroque Sacred Art – David Clayton, The Way of...READ MORE

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A Year of Grace for the Church and the World (3384)

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It has been a whole year since Pope Francis was elected. What a year it has been. Before the conclave, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was not well known outside of Argentina. But from the moment he stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica as Pope Francis, greeting the world with a simple “Buonasera (Good evening),” he has captured the hearts, imagination and vision of growing multitudes of people.

Recently featured on the cover of Rolling Stone, he was also named Time magazine’s "Person of the Year," and 3 million people came out to celebrate Mass with him at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro last year. Everywhere we turn, people are talking about Pope Francis. And everywhere I have...READ MORE

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Philly Catholics Join ‘Mass Mob’ Trend to Support Churches (2234)

The Mass Mob seeks to boost parish morale and the collection basket at beautiful but sparsely attended city churches.

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PHILADELPHIA — Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have planned their first “Mass Mob” in the north of the city, seeking to rally scores of people to a beautiful but sparsely attended church.

“It’s an opportunity for people from all over the archdiocese to come together as a community,” Mass Mob Philly organizer Ben DiFrancesco, a 28-year-old software engineer, told CNA March 14.

“It’s an opportunity for people to enjoy these big, beautiful, old church buildings that they maybe normally don’t get to see at their regular parish.”

DiFrancesco is one of the organizers behind Mass Mob Philly, which is using social media to encourage as many people as possible to attend Mass at St....READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Meet With Families of Mafia Victims (1838)

More than 15,000 persons in Italy have suffered the loss of a loved one from mafia violence.

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VATICAN CITY — This coming Friday, Pope Francis is slated to preside over a prayer vigil for victims of mafia violence and their families, which takes place the night before the national day commemorating the lives lost.

“For the families of innocent victims, this meeting with the Pope is a gift,” Father Luigi Ciotti expressed in a March 15 article on the Vatican Radio website.

“The availability of the Pope to accompany these family members in this moment, laden with suffering but also marked by hope, is a sign of attention and sensitivity, which they seized from the first moment,” he said.

Father Ciotti, an Italian priest from the Archdiocese of Turin, is president of Libera Foundation,...READ MORE

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Honoring St. Patrick (4457)

The recently restored cathedral in the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., bears the name of Ireland’s patron saint.

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NORWICH, Conn. — Mention St. Patrick Cathedral, and most people immediately think of the grand church in New York City across from Rockefeller Square.

But there’s another grand St. Patrick Cathedral about 130 miles away, in Norwich, Conn.

My wife, Mary, and I had not visited this cathedral in several years, but we wanted to get reacquainted with it, especially since it was recently restored and redecorated. In fact, the last major mural was completed the day before we arrived in early March.

The majestic cathedral, with its stone and lawn plaza, looked its same pristine self, standing at the edge of the town’s historic district just as it has since 1879.

Its Gothic façade features a...READ MORE

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