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Archbishop Tobin Appointed to Vatican Religious Congregation (2553)

On March 29, Pope Francis named the Indianapolis archbishop as a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

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Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis visits the North American College in Rome on June 29, 2013.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Pope Francis has named Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis as a member of the congregation of the Roman Curia that oversees vowed religious life.

“Together with the other cardinals and archbishops named to the congregation, I will try to advise the Holy Father and the cardinal prefect of the congregation on questions regarding religious life around the world,” Archbishop Tobin told The Criterion, the Indianapolis archdiocese’s newspaper.

On March 29, the Pope named the archbishop as a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Archbishop Tobin will join other cardinals and archbishops on the dicastery; he is the...READ MORE

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Bishops at the Border Pray for Migrants (3194)

The homily of the archbishop of Boston on April 1 at a Mass in Nogales, Ariz., encouraged respect for the dignity of immigrants.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston gave the following homily April 1 at the Nogales, Ariz., border with Mexico, where he and several other bishops celebrated Mass on behalf of the approximately 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.


For 20 years I worked in Washington, D.C., with immigrants from ElSalvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and from all over Latin America.  The vast majority did not have the advantage of legal status.  Many came to the States in great part fleeing the violence of the civil wars in Central America.

I often share the story of my first days at the Centro Católico, when I was visited by a man form El Salvador, who sat at my desk and bursts into tears...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Groups Face Opposition in American High Schools (5601)

Christian legal teams are combatting non-complying public-school administrations in order to ensure pro-life students’ right to free speech is protected.

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One of the fliers that pro-life students at Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash., were barred from displaying at the school.

BRANFORD, Conn. — The latest polling shows that younger people are increasingly more likely to be pro-life. But even so, Samantha Bailey-Loomis says being a devout, pro-life Catholic in a public high school is no easy task.

Classmates have harassed Bailey-Loomis, 18, and vilified her on social media. In her freshman year, a senior boy called her “Mother Teresa” and kicked the back part of her knee, which caused her to tumble down a short flight of stairs.

“Just being pro-life, you get a lot of flak at a liberal, Northeastern public high school,” said Bailey-Loomis, a senior at Branford High School in Branford, Conn.

However, it has not just been classmates and their parents — one mother...READ MORE

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Program Offers African Students ‘Second Home’ in Rome (1912)

The Servizio Universitario Africano outreach program is based in temporary space behind St. Peter in Chains Church.

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Students at the Servizio Universitario Africo

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ROME — African students studying in Rome are finding a home away from home in an outreach program dedicated to accompanying them spiritually, culturally and socially.

“We think of home a lot — our parents, our families that we left behind. … Therefore, this is our second home,” Leodmila Amona of Mozambique told CNA on March 30.

Amona is a participant in the Servizio Universitario Africano outreach program, based in temporary space behind Rome’s famous church of St. Peter in Chains.

“Wherever we live, we come here on Sundays to stay in a family, in a real Christian family,” the 26-year-old university student added.

Amona has been part of the Servizio for several months. She said she...READ MORE

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Catholic Laywomen: Former President Carter Badly Misunderstands Church Teaching (8296)

Carter has told secular media outlets that Church teaching on the priesthood encourages mistreatment of women around the world.

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WASHINGTON — Prominent Catholic laywomen have responded to recent statements by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, saying he lacks understanding of the Church and the nature of service.

While talking to various media outlets, Carter has criticized the Church, saying its teachings about the priesthood are responsible for the mistreatment of women around the world.

Carter’s “comments about the role of women in the Church show a gross misunderstanding of Catholicism,” commented Ashley McGuire, senior fellow with The Catholic Association, in a March 27 interview.

“As Pope Francis continues to remind us, it is service to others that is the primary aim of Catholics, not authority or power.”


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Church’s Perseverance in Sri Lanka Pays Off (3942)

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! (2955)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow What Can The Saints Teach Us About Lent? link by Fr. Robert Barron to learn more.

Vatican II Banned Them by Fr. Hunwicke of Mutual Enrichment Blog - BigPulpit.com

Who Is the Hate Group? (Hint: The SPLC) - Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Sister Jane Tells It Like It Is – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

What Can The Saints Teach Us About Lent? – Fr. Robert Barron

A Different Take on Singing Italian Sister Cristina Sciuccia – Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

Love & Technology in Lent – Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

'God’s Not Dead' Movie; There’s Something Happening Here – David Hartline, The American Catholic

Is Confession in Scripture? – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

What Does Christian Marriage Guarantee? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Bad Evangelist Club: Win...READ MORE

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A Free Market Gets Its Long-Overdue Catechism (6200)

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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