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Situation ‘Dire’ in Central African Republic (1922)

Nearly a quarter of the country’s population has been displaced due to political and military instability.

05/22/2014 Comment
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Displaced persons in the Central African Republic.

– CNA/Kim Pozniak/Catholic Relief Services

BALTIMORE — An ongoing lack of security in the Central African Republic is among the challenges facing those who long for peace, said a relief agency staff member who recently visited the violence-ridden nation.

“Without feeling safe, people are afraid to live in their homes,” Kim Pozniak said May 21.

She explained that “they don’t farm, and they’ve either lost or abandoned their small businesses, for fear of being killed. This has resulted in thousands of people now without food, proper shelter or a means to make a living.”

Pozniak, a Catholic Relief Services communications officer for sub-Saharan Africa, visited Central African Republic in early May. There, she witnessed the “sheer...READ MORE

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Dominicans Evangelize in D.C. Through Rosary and Music (3307)

A group of Dominican priests, brothers and sisters took to the streets of the nation’s capital on May 17 to spread the Easter message of Christ.

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Dominicans sing in downtown Washington on May 17.

– Addie Mena/CNA

WASHINGTON — Music and the distribution of rosaries provided an opportunity to spread the Gospel for a group of Dominicans in the heart of the nation’s capital.

“Music is such a beautiful expression of Gospel joy that it just ‘clicks’ for people,” Dominican Brother Gregory Pine told CNA, explaining that music is a way of “re-presenting the attractiveness of the Gospel in another medium.”

“That attraction is just the beginning of a relationship, a dialogue, that pleases God,” he continued.

Brother Gregory was part of a group of Dominican sisters, brothers and priests who took to the streets of downtown Washington on May 17 to evangelize and spread the Easter message.

While downtown, the...READ MORE

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‘He Will Bring Hope’ (3483)

The Pope’s pilgrimage for peace and unity in the Holy Land will take place May 24-26.

05/22/2014 Comment
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– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

JERUSALEM — In a whirlwind three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis will visit Jordan, Palestine and Israel, bringing a message of hope, peace and reconciliation to a region troubled by conflict.

The impending visit has encouraged Christians in the Holy Land, who are looking forward to the Holy Father’s journey.

“The feeling is indescribable,” said Walid Abn, a Melkite and Arab-Israeli living in the village of Mi’ilya. “It’s a moment of history for us as Christians.”

Abn said he hopes the Holy Father’s words will encourage Christians in their faith.

“With the way the lifestyle is, and the way the economy is, there are some people who are drifting away from faith,” he said....READ MORE

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The Origins of Pope Francis' Devotion to Mary, A Return to Virtue at Boston College and More! (4124)

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Allowing Liberty to ‘Live’ in Ukraine (2835)

In an exclusive Register interview, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar provides insights about his nation’s spiritual and political challenges as Ukraine prepares for its May 25 presidential election.

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Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop emeritus of Kiev-Galicia, Ukraine

– Brett R. McCaw

His Beatitude Cardinal Lubomyr Husar served as head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the largest Eastern-rite Church in communion with Rome, from 2001 to 2011. Despite stepping down due to ill health, the cardinal continues to offer wise counsel to his Church and nation, amid a period of political upheaval.

Born in inter-war Lwów, Poland, in 1933, Cardinal Husar fled with his family from the Soviet Union in 1944 to later emigrate to the United States, where he was ordained a priest in 1958. As a bishop, he returned to independent Ukraine in 1991 and was eventually appointed as the Church’s head. Throughout his decade of leadership, Cardinal Husar quickly emerged as a formidable...READ MORE

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Panama Affirms One-Man, One-Woman Definition of Marriage (2293)

New norms legally defining the institution of marriage were published this month in the Central-American nation’s Official Gazette.

05/21/2014 Comments (9)

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PANAMA CITY — The country of Panama has enacted new laws to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman, despite efforts to redefine the institution in other countries.

The new norms, approved in March of 2013 and published in Panama's Official Gazette on May 8 of this year, are intended to shore up existing Panamanian legislation regarding the family and establish the jurisdiction of the courts in international cases.

Article 40 of the new norms expressly states that “marriage between individuals of the same sex shall be prohibited.”

It also states that “foreign law shall not apply when it is contrary to Panamanian public order.”

In statements to EWTN News on May 14, Tatiana...READ MORE

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Bishops’ Synod Head: October Meeting About More Than Divorce (1736)

Cardinal Baldisseri emphasizes that a wide range of issues affecting the family will be discussed, not just the question of Communion for divorced-remarried Catholics, and that changes to Church doctrine are not envisioned.

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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has emphasized that the next synod will not be focused exclusively on the much-talked-about issue of Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics.

“I would like to remind you that the next assembly of the Synod of Bishops is titled ‘The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.’ So the synod will deal with the family in its various aspects — not with a single issue,” the cardinal said in a May 20 email interview with CNA.

“In my view, a good service for people would be that of giving each issue regarding the family the same ‘space’ for discussion.”

The year leading up to the...READ MORE

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Catholic Schools ‘Aren’t the Only Game in Town Anymore’ (7341)

A new report suggests that charter schools are one response to declining enrollment in diocesan schools, and says private-choice options are key to allowing Catholic education to compete.

05/21/2014 Comments (31)

INDIANAPOLIS — A new report from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice suggests that Catholic schools struggling to stay open with declining enrollments can stay afloat if they “convert” to public charter schools.

But, the report stresses, if Catholic schools are going to be able to compete with this charter-school challenge, private-choice funding options like vouchers and tax credits are essential.

The report’s authors examined Catholic schools that closed and became charter schools in the Archdioceses of Indianapolis, Washington and Miami. The authors said they found that the new charter schools’ enrollment immediately increased and that more minority students also began...READ MORE

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