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Schoolchildren Support Seminarians Through Letter Campaign (2299)

New Jersey State Council of the Knights of Columbus sponsors a Catholic grade-school project for students to send words of encouragement to men studying to be priests.

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Courtesy of John Tirado, N.J. State Council, Knights of Columbus.

Part of a student's letter to a seminarian.

– Courtesy of John Tirado, N.J. State Council, Knights of Columbus.

BLACKWOOD, N.J. — Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade-school students participating in a New Jersey letter-writing campaign.

“Please convey my deepest appreciation to the children and tell them to continue their prayers for us here,” one seminarian wrote. “God does indeed hear the prayers of little children.”

In a project sponsored by the New Jersey State Council of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic students are able to send words of encouragement to men studying to be priests in the United States and Rome.

It complements the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations this Sunday. The U.S....READ MORE

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Hopes Are High for Voucher Program Facing Colorado Court Challenge (2254)

If approved by the state Supreme Court, the innovative program would be the least-restrictive and most-inclusive voucher program in the United States.

04/19/2013 Comment

DENVER — In tears, Dianna Oaklie pleaded with Denver district Judge Michael Martinez in August 2011. She asked him to allow a voucher program, slated to begin that fall, because it would help pay for a private school she believed was the best hope for her autistic son.

Martinez, apparently unmoved by Oaklie’s plea and others like it, ruled the program was in violation of the state Constitution’s Blaine Amendment — an old law that critics claim was motivated by anti-Catholicism. The judge imposed a moratorium that continues to stall the Douglas County School District’s program while the case works through the courts.

Good news for supporters came early this year, when the Colorado...READ MORE

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Pope’s Curia Reform Council Reflects Church’s Universality (2886)

Pope Francis has chosen eight cardinals from a variety of backgrounds to reform the Curia.

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Cardinals greet each other after the consistory Nov. 24 in St. Peter's Basilica.

– Lewis Ashton Glancy/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The eight cardinals Pope Francis has chosen to advise him on Church governance and reform of the Curia come from a variety of backgrounds and countries, bringing with them diverse views and realms of experience.

Paolo Gherri, a professor of theology and canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University, told Catholic News Agency April 16 that he believes it is significant that only one adviser is Italian and all advisors are residential archbishops who do not work in the Roman Curia.

Gherri said the announcement of the advisory council shows that there is “a sort of think tank working on new guidelines of ecclesiastical policy.”

Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy...READ MORE

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A Gathering of Prayer, Exhortation and Inspiration in Boston (4167)

Religious and civic leaders gathered with everyday Americans at a prayer service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, addresses the interfaith gathering yesterday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

– Justin Bell

BOSTON — Civic and religious leaders joined everyday citizens for prayer, remembrance, hymns and reassurance in an interfaith service yesterday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the mother church for the Archdiocese of Boston.

“We love the fathers and the brothers who took shirts off their backs to stop the bleeding; the mothers and the sisters who cared for the injured … the homeowners all across the city who opened their doors and hearts to the weary and the scared,” said longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

“They said, ‘What's mine is yours — we’ll get through this together.’”

Thursday’s 11am “Healing Our City” gathering drew attendees from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and...READ MORE

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Bishop Criticizes ‘Gay Marriage’ Approval in New Zealand (2893)

The Pacific island nation became the first country in the region and the 13th country in the world to grant legal recognition to same-sex ‘marriage.’

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, president of the Bishops’ Conference of New Zealand, has expressed profound sadness over the authorization of “gay marriage” by the country’s Parliament on April 17.

“We find it bizarre that what has been discarded is an understanding of marriage that has its origin in human nature and is common to every culture,” said Archbishop John Dew, according to CathNews.

He also voiced concern that “almost all references to husband and wife will be removed from legislation referencing marriage.”

“We know many New Zealanders stand with us in this,” he said.

By a vote of 77-44, New Zealand became the first country in the Pacific...READ MORE

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Gosnell Trial Highlights Media and Regulatory Failure to React to Abortion Abuses (5997)

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Kermit Gosnell

– Wikipedia

Editor's Note:  On Register Radio April 19, Jeanette De Melo spoke with Register blogger and correspondent Matt Archbold, who has covered the Gosnell Trial.  The show airs Fridays at 2 pm Eastern on EWTN Radio stations with encores at 7pm Eastern on Saturdays and 11am Eastern on Sundays.  Listen online here.

PHILADELPHIA — Body parts in orange juice cartons and cat food tins. Jars of severed baby feet in the closet. Bags of medical waste, seeping blood and a foul stench. Foot stirrups caked in dried blood. Dirty and unsanitary medical instruments.

Most horrifying of all, hundreds of newborns with their throats slit, their skulls crushed and their spines cut from their heads with...READ MORE

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Gosnell Trial, Long Ignored by the Media, a Potential Game Changer (6396)

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The gruesome details of the Kermit Gosnell murder trial are beginning to soak into the minds of Americans who read the belated news reports on the trial of the Pennsylvania doctor who performed late-term abortions.

Gosnell is charged with murder, in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies prosecutors say survived late-term abortions. As one column noted this week, the facts of the case are so grisly that an online fact-checking site was forced to confirm that the murders actually happened.

Any person who examines the Gosnell case understands that this has the potential to be a game changer for the way much of the culture views abortion in America. The Gosnell case is one that...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI's First Convert, Hand to Plow, The Heroic Minute, Playing Mass and Much More! (3937)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Benedict XVI’s “First Convert”. Follow the link by Roger Dubin of The Catholic World Report website to read more.

Pope Benedict XVI’s “First Convert” by Roger Dubin of The Catholic World Report website - Big Pulpit

Hand to the Plow – Sr. M. Regina Van Den Berg FSGM, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Heroic Minute – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Just Too Cool: Playing Mass – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Men That Fought At Minden – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Boston Bomb Massacre: What Would Jesus Say? – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Chesterton, New Evangelization & Cheese – Edmund Mitchell, Catholic Stand

Bostonians Reflect – Nicholas/Andrew/Michael, Whiskey Catholic

France: Endless Pro-Marriage Demonstrations Everywhere – Tiberge, GalliaWatch

New Sheep Smell – Amanda...READ MORE

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