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Oklahoma Catholics Speak Up for the Most Vulnerable (1892)

Catholic Advocacy Day allowed more than 60 laity, legislators, clergy and religious to meet with their legislators.

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With Tulsa Bishop Edward Slattery looking on, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City speaks at the state's Catholic Advocacy Day, March 25.

– CNA/Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY — A recent “Catholic Advocacy Day” gave laity in Oklahoma the opportunity to participate in the legislative process and to be “a voice for the voiceless,” a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says.

“The Gospel … does have implications for the here and now, and we are called to live out our faith by advocating for the least of these, advocating for the most vulnerable,” said Tina Dzurisin, communications director for the archdiocese, in an April 1 interview.

Each year, Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City gives voters across the state the chance to meet with lawmakers and to discuss proposed legislation dealing with the poor and vulnerable.

More than 60 laity,...READ MORE

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Canadian Priest Helps EWTN Viewers Get in Complete Shape With New Series (6493)

Father James Mallon, who will be a featured speaker at this weekend’s EWTN Family Celebration in Vancouver, B.C., hopes to encourage springtime renewal with Cross Training.

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Father James Mallon, co-host of the new EWTN series Cross Training.

– courtesy of Father James Mallon

The world’s confusion about what it means to be human is the motivation behind Father James Mallon’s latest media venture. The 44-year-old priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax, Canada, wants to lend a hand to those who have misconceptions about the human body as it relates to the soul. Too many people, he believes, have been taken in by a dualism that seeks to separate the physical from the spiritual.

Father Mallon wants to emphasize that God created each of us as a united body and soul, a fact not even the grave will have the last word over. Despite separation at death, our bodies will rejoin our souls before the Last Judgment. In the meantime, the pastor of St. Benedict parish in Halifax...READ MORE

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What Does Christian Marriage Guarantee? Francis & Reconciliation, Faith in Humanity and More! (2993)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow What Does Christian Marriage Guarantee? link by Stacy Trasancos, PhD, to read more.

What Does Christian Marriage Guarantee? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

How to Keep Triduum – Melissa Musick, The Catholic Catalogue

Pope Francis & Reconciliation – Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

An Open Letter on the Vocation of Marriage – Paul M., Joyful Vocation

WomenPriests & Their Supporters: Strike 3 & You’re Out – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Friendship in the Age of Romance – Gracy Olmstead, Aleteia

An Argentine Bishop Refuses to Defend The Faith - BigPulpit.com

Special Needs Child & Mom Commercial – Fr. Z’s Blog

For Those Losing Faith in Humanity – Don. R. McClarey JD, TAmCatholic

Of Honest Labels & Down Syndrome – Richard Becker, Crisis Magazine

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Appeals Court Upholds Strong Texas Abortion Regulations (2099)

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an October federal court decision that struck down the law, which was passed last July by a special session of the Texas Legislature.

04/02/2014 Comment

NEW ORLEANS — Pro-life advocates took encouragement from a federal appeals court’s decision upholding a Texas law that strengthened health and safety requirements for the state’s abortion facilities and barred late-term abortions.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, praised the court for “upholding this commonsense measure to safeguard women from unscrupulous abortionists.”

“It is an outrage that America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, would seek to undo this and other safety standards aimed at protecting women,” she said in a March 27 statement criticizing the law’s opponents.

On March 27, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of...READ MORE

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Archbishop Tobin Appointed to Vatican Religious Congregation (2600)

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 (3206)

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 (5626)

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 (1922)

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

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CNA/Kerri Lenartowick

Students at the Servizio Universitario Africo

– CNA/Kerri Lenartowick

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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