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Church’s Perseverance in Sri Lanka Pays Off (3914)

The United Nations will investigate possible war crimes in the island nation, fulfilling a request made by Sri Lankan Catholic officials who have endured harassment and pressure from nationalist groups.

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Civilians flee from parts of Tamil areas in Sri Lanka in January 2009 as a result of the Sri Lanka Army's military offensive.

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NEW DELHI — Human-rights advocates won a major victory March 27, when the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution approving an international investigation into possible “war crimes” in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s protracted ethnic war.

U.N. agencies have estimated that more than 40,000 people, belonging to Sri Lanka’s ethnic minority Tamils, perished in May 2009 in the final stage of the war that ended with the decimation of the Tamil rebels known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), who had merged with fleeing civilians.

Since 1983, the LTTE carried out a bloody campaign for autonomy of ethnic Tamil majority areas in the north and east of Sri Lanka....READ MORE

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What Can Saints Teach Us About Lent? Love and Technology in Lent; Confession in Scripture and More! (2936)

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A Free Market Gets Its Long-Overdue Catechism (6035)

The editors of the new A Catechism for Business talk with the Register about how they’ve created a way for business to know an obligation to achieve a just society.

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WASHINGTON — Running a business on the ethics and social teachings of the Catholic Church has never been easier, thanks to the production of a concise, easy-to-read handbook called A Catechism for Business.

A Catechism for Business is the product of a herculean seven-year labor by two professors at The Catholic University of America (CUA), Andrew Abela, dean of CUA’s School of Business and Economics, and Joseph Capizzi, associate professor of moral theology at CUA.

The two editors have made it easy for people in both small business and big business to engage with the Church’s social doctrine and understand what their obligations are to work for a just society as business people. The new...READ MORE

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Rome’s Vicar General: Papal Canonizations Will Be a ‘Feast of Holiness’ (2290)

Cardinal Agostino Vallini discussed the Diocese of Rome’s plans for celebrating the upcoming canonizations of two of its recent bishops.

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VATICAN CITY — At a Monday news conference detailing preparations for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII, the Holy See announced initiatives designed to help the Church live the event in a spiritual way.

“This is a spiritual event … not just a worldly happening. It is a feast of holiness,” Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, said March 31 of the Holy See’s preparations for the April canonization of the two late bishops of Rome.

Announced by Pope Francis in September, the canonizations will take place April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Cardinal Vallini expressed that, although we might be used to hearing about saints, these two men are...READ MORE

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Pope: Don’t Be Immobile in Your Faith (2082)

The Holy Father explains that Christians need to have direction and not be ‘one of these who goes around in circles in life but never makes a step forward.’

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Pope Francis speaks during the Mass he celebrated March 31 at the St. Martha guesthouse chapel at the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — In his homily Monday, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of having direction in our lives rather than turning in circles and never advancing, emphasizing that we move forward only through faith in God.

“They are wandering Christians: turning around and around, as if life was an existential tourism, without destination, without taking promises very seriously,” the Pope reflected in his March 31 Mass.

Addressing those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse chapel, the Holy Father began his homily by returning to the day’s first reading, taken from the Book of Isaiah, and the day’s Gospel, taken from John, in which the son of an official is healed because the man...READ MORE

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Carmelite Convent and Cloister Make Home in Bismarck Diocese (3902)

Two groups of Carmelite sisters, one missionary and the other monastic, bring their witness to North Dakota.

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Sister Mary Baptist of the Carmel of the Holy Face in North Dakota

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BISMARK, N.D. — Two groups of religious sisters new to North Dakota’s Diocese of Bismarck bring the blessings of prayer and their examples of faith and service to the area, according to an official with the local Church.

“One of the things you see about both of these groups of sisters is that they live lives of joy,” Matthew Kurtz, communications director for the Bismarck Diocese, told CNA.

“They exude joy; that will be one of the most valuable aspects of having their presence in our diocese,” he said.

Two groups, each comprised of four religious sisters, have moved to the Diocese of Bismarck.

Four sisters from the Congregation of Teresian Carmelites have moved from their home in...READ MORE

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Protection of Minors a Priority for Pope Francis, Commission Member Says (2327)

Jesuit Father Hans Zollner said the group of eight will look for ways locate and include members from other continents and countries.

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Jesuit Father Hans Zollner

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VATICAN CITY — A German priest and psychologist recently appointed to the new Vatican commission for the protection of minors has stated that the initiative demonstrates Pope Francis’ concern regarding the immediacy of the issue.

“I believe that people realize that this is an issue that Pope Francis has put on his agenda and with priority,” Jesuit Father Hans Zollner said in a March 25 interview.

Father Zollner is a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was recently named one of the initial eight members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Following the December announcement of the commission by the eight cardinals selected by Pope...READ MORE

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Easter Conversion ‘Boom’? (15140)

Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church.

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Catechumens participating March 9 in the Rite of Election at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

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WASHINGTON — Speaking of the prospect of becoming a Catholic at this year’s Easter vigil, Sheila Bidzinski, a 36-year-old mother of two little boys, excitedly admits, “I hope I won’t pass out, but I have told my husband he has to get behind me in case he has to catch me.”

When Bidzinski, who has been studying the Catholic faith with a group at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Derwood, Md., comes into the Church, she will be participating in what one commentator has dubbed “a boom.”

The Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski’s parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates and catechumens ever recorded for the archdiocese this Easter. The archdiocese will...READ MORE

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