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Notre Dame Honors Pro-Life Congressman, Wife With Evangelium Vitae Award (2121)

Rep. Chris and Marie Smith both were recognized by Notre Dame for their efforts to build a culture of life at home and abroad.

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(L-R) Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., Marie Smith and O. Carter Snead, director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In an April 5 ceremony, the University of Notre Dame honored prominent U.S. pro-life Congressman Chris Smith and his wife, Marie, who is also a pro-life advocate, with its 2014 Evangelium Vitae Medal.

In a speech thanking the university for the recognition, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said that pro-life individuals have the responsibility to “speak truth to power, no matter the sacrifice or cost.”

Real change “will only be achieved by persevering prayer, fasting and hard work,” he said. “It falls to us to promote and establish a sustainable culture of life both here and overseas.”

Since 2011, the Evangelium Vitae Medal has been awarded annually by Notre Dame’s Center for...READ MORE

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Pope Begins New Catechesis on Gifts of the Holy Spirit (2591)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father instructs that the faithful should examine whether the Holy Spirit is active in their lives.

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VATICAN CITY — During his general audience this week, Pope Francis began a new catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, drawing specific attention to wisdom and noting that it illuminates our actions and draws us closer to God.

“We need to ask ourselves if our lives have the flavor of the Gospel; if others perceive that we are men and women of God; if it is the Holy Spirit that moves our lives,” the Pope insisted in his April 5 address.

Speaking to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to hear the weekly discourse, the Holy Father announced, “Today, we begin a series of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.”

Observing, “The Spirit is himself the ‘gift of...READ MORE

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The Greatest Historical Miracle You've Never Heard Of, Value of Suffering, Mercy and Much More! (3463)

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Pope Francis to Make Two Pastoral Visits Over the Summer (1092)

According to the Holy See Press Office, the Holy Father will travel to the Italian towns of Cassano all’Jonio June 21 and Campobasso and Isernia July 5.

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VATICAN CITY — This coming summer, Pope Francis will make two pastoral visits inside of Italy, following two previous trips to the Italian cities of Assisi and Lampedusa.

In an April 5 announcement, the Holy See stated that the Holy Father has accepted an invitation to visit Calabria and Molise during the months of June and July. Both visits will take place on Saturdays.

The Pope is slated to travel to Cassano all’Jonio June 21 and to Campobasso and Isernia July 5, which confirms a previous statement made by Bishop Nuncio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio, secretary general of the Italian Episcopal Conference, which revealed that the pontiff had voiced his intention to visit the nuncio’s...READ MORE

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Boy Scouts’ Policy Change Shifts the Scouting Landscape (10991)

Some Catholics are fine with the BSA decision to admit openly homosexual youth, while others have expressed their discontent by forming a rival scouting organization.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — This past New Year’s Day was a historic turning point for youth scouting across the nation.

At Boy Scouts of America (BSA) headquarters in Irving, Texas, the century-old organization’s new policy of allowing openly homosexual youths into their ranks became official.

And, in turn, that decision has prompted the growth of a Florida-based alternative group that remains dedicated to the moral underpinnings that, until last year, had impelled the BSA to resist pressure from homosexual-rights lobbyists to adopt a policy of accepting openly homosexual members.

The policy change was originally announced on May 23, 2013, stating that, after “the most comprehensive listening...READ MORE

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Francis Documentary Will Be Shown at John Paul II Film Festival (1237)

It will be the first big-screen presentation of Francis: The Pope From the New World, a Knights of Columbus-produced film about Pope Francis.

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MIAMI — The documentary Francis: The Pope From the New World will be shown on the big screen for the first time during the John Paul II International Film Festival, being held April 3-12 in Miami.

Produced by the Knights of Columbus, the documentary recounts the life of Pope Francis from his childhood, including his role in the Church in Argentina and his election as the supreme leader of the Catholic Church.

“The film brings to life the story few people know — the story of Jorge Bergoglio, who came from humble beginnings and relative obscurity and is now the leader of the Catholic Church,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, one of the documentary’s executive producers.

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Catholic Church Highlights the Human Side of Immigration Reform (1933)

From a Mass at the U.S.-Mexican border to a papal visit with the president, Church officials are stepping up their efforts to bring about changes to immigration policy consistent with Catholic teaching.

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Jersey Vargas stands in St. Peter's Square March 26, 2014, the day she met there with Pope Francis during his weekly general audience.

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NOGALES, Ariz. — When Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston celebrated a Mass at the U.S.-Mexico border on April 1, he reflected on the lawyer who tried to publicly antagonize Jesus by asking, “And who is my neighbor?” That “marvelous question,” the cardinal said, set the stage for one of the “most beautiful parables in the Gospel,” the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Backdropped by the closely set brownish planks of steel that stretch as high as 30 feet into the air and separate the U.S. from Mexico, the cardinal proposed his own answer to the lawyer’s question, echoing the parable.

“We know that the border is lined with unmarked graves of thousands who have died alone and nameless,” he said....READ MORE

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Pittsburgh’s Bishop Zubik Rejects Common Core (13725)

‘Our Catholic identity is the core of our curriculum,’ Bishop Zubik emphasized in a public letter released last month.

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PITTSBURGH — With a growing number of Catholic-school educators and parents raising concerns about the Common Core education curriculum, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik penned a March 18 letter that assures Catholics the schools in his diocese are not using it.

Common Core critics hope it’s a sign their campaign against the curriculum may be gaining ground.

“Be assured that our Catholic identity is the core of our curriculum,” Bishop Zubik wrote. “Our Catholic faith guides the selection of all curricula, goals, textbooks and other resources.”

Bishop Zubik began his statement by explaining that parents have been asking whether diocesan schools had adopted Common Core, a non-mandatory...READ MORE

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