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D.C. Catholic Schools Improve, but Face Looming Challenges (3433)

Federal cuts to the school-voucher program imperils the education of 800 students in Catholic schools.

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WASHINGTON — A new report on Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Washington shows significant gains, particularly in funding, in recent years, although local Catholic schools still face challenges in keeping education costs low for families.

“In a particular way, significant strides have been made in recent years financially to support Catholic schools; but there is still much work to be done on the part of all of us,” stated Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, in the report.

“Catholic education — and our support of it — is not merely an option. It is an essential element of the New Evangelization,” he said.

The report follows on a five-year initiative for...READ MORE

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Wyoming Catholic: New Evangelization With a Western Heart (5238)

Kevin Roberts, the school’s new president, takes the reins.

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LANDER, Wyo. — What difference can a Catholic college imbued with a Western spirit and fidelity to Christ and his Church do for the New Evangelization?

Wyoming Catholic College has a simple answer: It wants to take the reins and lead.

Wyoming Catholic is embarking on a new chapter since its founding in 2007 as a four-year co-educational liberal arts school located amid the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains. With the retirement of co-founding president Father Robert Cook, Kevin Roberts now guides the future of Wyoming Catholic and must make the decisions that must not only grow the college, but fulfill its mission to educate disciples of Christ and leaders for the Church. Roberts...READ MORE

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Murdered Man’s Brother Cites Faith, Forgives Killer (3441)

Hernan Prado said that he wants his brother's killer to know ‘I weep for him and weep for my brother.’

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Coat of arms of Argentina.

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BUENOS AIRES — Pointing to his faith in Christ and reliance on the mercy of God, a man in Argentina has voiced public forgiveness to the man who murdered his brother.

“If God forgives us every day and gives us the chance to ‘start over,’ how can I not forgive somebody else?” Hernan Prado said with tears in his eyes during a march his family convened for forgiveness and repentance.

Around 3,000 people took part in the Sept. 9 march.

“The man who killed my brother is also my brother. That is what I want to instill in my nephews and children. I choose to forgive and to extend forgiveness,” Prado said.

Prado’s brother, Sebastian, was killed outside his house in Mendoza, Argentina, as...READ MORE

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The Rhythm of Rock Music, Is the Church a Friend of Tyranny? and Much More! (9002)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Sexual Rhythm of Rock Music. Follow the link by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of the Views from the Choir Loft blog to read more.

The Sexual Rhythm of Rock Music by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of the Views from the Choir Loft blog - BigPulpit.com

Is the Church a Friend of Tyranny? - Jason Jones & John Zmirak, Aleteia

The Skirt that Launched a Thousand Wars – Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

The Secret Life of Catholic Girls – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Stump the Priest: The Problem of Evil – Byz Pulpit

Humility Is Self-Knowledge – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Pride and Postpartum Depression – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

What Salve Regina Would You Suggest? - Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

What Helped You in a Time of Grief? - Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

3 Ways the Reformed Faith Made Me Catholic – Kenneth...READ MORE

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D.C. Mass Offers Consolation to the Grieving in the Wake of the Navy Yard Tragedy (2375)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated the liturgy at the historic St. Matthew’s Cathedral.

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A hymn is sung at the Sept. 16 Mass for consolation and healing at Washington's St. Matthew's Cathedral.

– Archdiocese of Washington

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington went to the historic St. Matthew’s Cathedral downtown Tuesday to celebrate a “Mass for consolation and healing” in the wake of Monday’s shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) inside the Washington Navy Yard.

The morning shooting spree left 13 people, including the alleged assailant, dead, and 14 others were injured.

According to Catholic News Agency, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed that at least 13 people were killed in the shooting, including one shooting suspect, identified by the FBI as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, a military contractor from Texas.

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Creating the Right ‘Not to Migrate’ (4012)

A Central-American project by Catholic Relief Services pioneers new ways to solve the economic hardship and persecution driving U.S. illegal immigration.

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Nicaraguan women pick onions to be shipped to market, as part of a CRS-supported, small-scale vegetable cooperative that increases participants' family incomes.

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WASHINGTON — Do immigrants deserve the right “not to migrate?” For a migrant from Central America, that right would mean a chance for a job and a living wage at home. For one young migrant, having that right would have meant never boarding the train that cost him his two legs.

“This is a huge problem,” Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., told the Register, as he relayed the story of the now-disabled young man he met, who will spend the rest of his life unable to support his mother and her seven other children. The young man lost his legs trying to jump on board a train into the U.S. because he could find no work at home. Others face worse fates.

“This year, 129 migrants have died”...READ MORE

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Relic of Blessed John Paul II Comes to Indian Archdiocese (4515)

The papal nuncio also told India's Christians to look to the Blessed Virgin Mary for inspiration in following Jesus Christ.

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Reliquary of Blessed John Paul II

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MUMBAI, India — A reliquary containing a cloth with a drop of blood from Blessed Pope John Paul II has arrived in India to be displayed and venerated at a Marian basilica in the Archdiocese of Bombay.

Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the apostolic nuncio to India, presented the relic to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay at Mount Mary’s Basilica at Bandra.

Archbishop Pennacchio was in the archdiocese on an official two-day visit.

“The nuncio’s visit marks an important faith factor to reconfirm the growth of faith and mission activity of evangelization,” said Father Antony Charanghat, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Bombay.

He told CNA that receiving the relic during the current...READ MORE

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Catholic Charities Prepares Long-Term Aid for Colorado Flood Victims (3913)

Thousands have been evacuated, and many do not have flood insurance to rebuild their damaged and destroyed homes.

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Colorado National Guardsmen assist Boulder County authorities in evacuating residents of Lyons, Colo.

– Sgt. Joseph Vonnida/released to CNA

DENVER — Catholic relief agencies in Colorado are assembling to provide long-term assistance for victims of the massive floods that have struck the state’s Front Range in the past week.

“It’s just been devastating,” said Geoff Bennett, vice president of shelter and community outreach for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver.

“It’s sad to see people losing their homes and in some cases people losing their lives. They’ve been in our prayers, and we’re trying to figure out how to best assist,” he said.

Bennett told CNA that the agency is reaching out to parishes in affected areas “just to assess what the need is and how we can provide assistance.”

Many parishes are hosting...READ MORE

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