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Colorado Kills Bill to Protect Religious Groups on Campus (4946)

Voted down in a committee hearing, the bill sought to protect groups that require student leaders to adhere to religious beliefs and standards of conduct from institutional retaliation.

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Wayne Laugesen

Father Peter Mussett, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center pastor/director of campus ministry at the University of Colorado-Boulder, listens during a Jan. 27 state Legislature committee hearing on religious liberty.

– Wayne Laugesen

DENVER — In a state bitterly divided by partisan politics, the Colorado Legislature’s Democratic majority rejected a bill that intended to uphold moral standards among leaders of religious groups at state universities and colleges.

If passed, the bill would’ve changed state law to protect campus groups from being defunded or decommissioned for requiring group leaders to adhere to religious beliefs and standards of conduct. Colorado’s House Education Committee killed the bill Jan. 27 on a party-line 7-6 vote.

The vote followed hours of testimony. Advocates of the bill argued that religious campus groups are threatened by administrators and activists who believe religious teachings —...READ MORE

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Does NFP Ever Really Fail? The Real Scandal in Germany, A Sacrifice Freely Given and Much More! (3697)

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Does NFP Ever Really Fail? Follow the link by Dr. Jean Rioux of Truth & Charity to read more.

Does NFP Ever Really Fail? by Dr. Jean Rioux of Truth & Charity - BigPulpit.com

The Real Scandal in Germany – Marie Meaney, Crisis Magazine

A Sacrifice Freely Given: A Homemaker’s Choice - Caitlin Marchand, Ignitum Today

Let’s Talk About Modesty - Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange

Truly Worthy of Man: Mature Purity & Custody of the Heart – Deacon Jim Russell, Catholic Stand

Can You Be Good Without God? – Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part 2 – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

Catholic Universities: Identity, Faith & Power – Dr. Eric Cunningham, The Catholic World Report

What Is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part I) – Fr. Ezra Sullivan OP,...READ MORE

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Ban on Taxpayer Abortion Funding Passes U.S. House (2010)

The bipartisan legislation, however, has an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate, where Democratic majority leaders oppose it.

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Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to restrict further federal abortion funding. 

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., a co-sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, praised the 227-118 vote in the House, which passed the bill on Jan. 28.

“This commonsense, bipartisan legislation will protect American taxpayers from footing the bill for the barbaric practice of abortion, in turn helping to protect women’s health and unborn life,” she said.

Black said her experiences as a nurse witnessing “countless” births, and also the loss of a woman’s life in an abortion, have informed her belief that all life is “a precious gift.”

“I hope...READ MORE

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Teaching Sisters Share Joy of Faith Through Spiritual Motherhood (9069)

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist grow from four to 120 nuns in 17 years — and continue to attract abundant vocations.

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Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, vocation director for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, with Pope Francis.

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A Catholic Schools Week Register feature interview.

Religious life in the United States has undergone a remarkable decline in the United States in the past 50 years, with once-dominant communities experiencing a dearth in new vocations and an average age well into the twilight years.

A handful of traditional communities are bucking the trend, however, and among the most notable is the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Cardinal John O’Connor of New York canonically established the community with four sisters on Feb. 9, 1997; today, there are 120 sisters whose average age is 29. Their apostolate is Catholic teaching; they operate the Spiritus...READ MORE

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‘Superpope’ Artist: Pope Francis Is a True Hero (2227)

Discussing his viral artwork, Mauro Pallotta explains that the Holy Father uses his spiritual power ‘for the good, like the superheroes of the American Marvel.’

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Roman artist Mauro Pallotta stands in front of his 'Superpope' artwork.

– Andreas Dueren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the Holy Father uses his papal authority “for the good.”

“I thought of representing this pope, Francis, as a superhero of the Marvel (comic-book heroes), simply because, according to me, he is one of the few people who, having a real power, as a pope, uses it for the good, like the superheroes of the American Marvel,” Pallotta told CNA on Jan. 29.

Pallotta, 41, is a painter and sculptor who has been living off his artwork in Rome for the last 15 years. Although he says he does not consider himself a street artist, that might change after images of his...READ MORE

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Little Sisters Continue Legal Fight Against HHS Mandate (4051)

After being granted temporary relief, the Little Sisters of the Poor and 500 fellow plaintiffs are set to argue their case before a federal appeals court in February.

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Mother Patricia Mary, right, and nurse Friary Nguyen visit 99-year-old resident Helen Reichenbach Jan. 2 in her room at the Mullen Home for the Aged, run by Little Sisters of the Poor, in Denver.

– AP photo/Brennan Linsley

WASHINGTON — Granted a reprieve by the U.S. Supreme Court from having to pay “ruinous” fines, the Little Sisters of the Poor are continuing their fight against the federal government’s contraceptive mandate.

“This is a very encouraging sign,” said Adele Keim, counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The public interest law firm is representing the Little Sisters in a pending class-action federal lawsuit that includes almost 500 other Catholic nonprofit organizations that receive health benefits through the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust and Christian Brothers Services.

On Jan. 24, the Supreme Court granted the Little Sisters and their fellow plaintiffs an...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aquila to Celebrate Mass for the Denver Broncos Before Super Bowl (11240)

The Denver archbishop, a longtime Broncos fan, will fly to New Jersey to celebrate Mass with the team prior to Sunday’s NFL championship game.

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Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila at the AFC Championship game.

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DENVER — The Archdiocese of Denver late Tuesday confirmed Archbishop Samuel Aquila will say Mass for the Denver Broncos prior to their Super Bowl XLVIII matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. 

“I have been edified by the example of many NFL athletes and coaches and their families who make the effort throughout the football season to attend Sunday Mass,” Archbishop Aquila said in a statement issued to the Register. “I enjoy sports, and I’m a longtime Broncos fan from when I went to school at CU [University of Colorado] Boulder. Even when I was bishop of Fargo, I followed and rooted for the Broncos.”

The archbishop will celebrate Mass for the team on Saturday evening at the team hotel in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Confirmation Gives Us Strength to Defend the Faith (4340)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father said confirmation ensures that a Christian’s life is infused with the Holy Spirit and embodied in Jesus’ image ‘for us to love like him.’

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– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY – In his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of confirmation, explaining to Christians that this sacrament is intrinsically linked to their baptism and fortifies their relationship with the Church.

“[Confirmation] unites us more firmly to Christ,” the Pope said in his Jan. 29 general audience. “It strengthens our relationship with the Church, and it gives us a special strength from the Holy Spirit to defend the faith and confess the name of Christ.”

The Pope began his weekly audience by addressing the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square, stating, “Dear brothers and sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the seven sacraments, we...READ MORE

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