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Do Not Justify Sin by Using Other People, Pope Warns (5404)

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 (1825)

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.

– Aid to the Church in Need

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 (3269)

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 (3931)

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 (7218)

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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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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University of Dallas Renews Catholic Identity (6514)

Several years after a controversy arose over its commitment to Church orthodoxy, the Texas college is earning plaudits for a renewed dedication to fidelity.

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Susan Hanssen, associate professor of history at the University of Dallas

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DALLAS — Long regarded as one of the bastions of fidelity among U.S. Catholic colleges, the University of Dallas (UD) several years ago had seemed, at least to some, to have moved away from that commitment in recent years.

But according to UD faculty, students and alumni, there has been a notable swing of the pendulum back towards the full expression of the university’s Catholic identity since 2011.

The primary focus of Catholic-identity concerns was the university’s School of Ministry, designed to train the laity for pastoral ministry but which its critics depict as having become a kind of Trojan Horse, introducing dissenters from the magisterium into the Catholic college.

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Dozens Killed in Attacks on Nigeria’s Christian Villages (3288)

In one incident, attackers invaded a Catholic church during a Jan. 26 Mass, setting off explosives, taking hostages and firing guns into the congregation during a five-hour attack.

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria

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ABUJA, Nigeria — At least 99 people were left dead after attacks on two Christian villages in northeast Nigeria this week, suspected to have been carried out by Islamic extremist militants.

Attackers flooded a Catholic church during a Jan. 26 Mass in Wada Chakawa village in Adamawa state. They set off explosives, took hostages and fired guns into the congregation in a five-hour attack, The Associated Press reported.

A separate attack later took place in the village of Kawuri, in northeastern Borno state. More than 50 extremists reportedly took part, killing dozens and burning homes to the ground.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, the Islamic sect Boko Haram...READ MORE

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Seattle Seahawks’ Tight End Staying Loose Before the Super Bowl (24133)

Rookie Luke Willson relies on sound philosophy and theology for peace of mind.

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Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson.

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Many people think of football as a purely physical endeavor. Seattle Seahawks’ rookie tight end Luke Willson sees it differently. Even before majoring in philosophy at Rice University, Willson had been accustomed to methodically thinking his way through sports and life in general.

This practice is now more important than ever, with all of the distractions leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, in which Willson’s Seahawks will be facing off against the Denver Broncos.

The 24-year-old Windsor, Canada, native continues to rely on a solid philosophical and theological foundation for being the best football player — and man — he can be.

Luke Willson spoke of his Catholic upbringing with...READ MORE

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