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Roman Hurko's Divine Work (3178)

Latest musical setting of the Divine Liturgy, now in English, brings beauty of Eastern Christianity to a new generation: 'Epiphanies of the Awesome.'

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Roman Hurko after conducting his latest setting of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy in New York City.

– Carlos Martin

Roman Hurko is a Ukrainian Canadian who has just composed and recorded his third Divine Liturgy. Like all his work, it is divine indeed.

The Byzantine Eucharistic celebration is called “divine” because it is the work of the God-man, Jesus Christ. But Hurko arguably has been deemed worthy to become — musically — a partaker of the divine nature (see 2 Peter 1:4).

Hurko’s Liturgy No. 3 premiered over two evenings in November, Nov. 12-13, at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church and St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in New York City. I was able to attend the former, and, like St. Vladimir’s 10th-century emissaries to Constantinople, I knew not whether I was in heaven or on earth, “for...READ MORE

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'Ex Corde' Implementation Review Nears Completion (3044)

Bishops, College Presidents Agree Catholic Identity Has Been Strengthened

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Courtesy of The Catholic University of America

CATHOLIC IDENTITY. Bishop David O’Connell said Catholic colleges and universities have ‘beautiful guidelines’ in Ex Corde Ecclesiae and Pope Benedict’s address to U.S. Catholic educators at The Catholic University of America in 2008. Then-Father O’Connell hosted Pope Benedict XVI’s visit.

– Courtesy of The Catholic University of America

Jan. 1 issue feature.

Over the course of 2011, the U.S. bishops were in dialogue with the presidents of Catholic universities about U.S. implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Blessed John Paul II’s 1990 apostolic constitution for Catholic higher education.

Now that this collaborative discussion has been largely completed, what has been learned?

“There seems to be a sense that Ex Corde has had a very positive influence in bringing about a consciousness of focusing on the Catholic identity of colleges and universities,” said Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry of Los Angeles, who until November was chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education. “It has led to a lot of progress...READ MORE

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Notable Quotables: 2011 (1960)

As 2012 gets under way, the people and topics in last year’s Catholic news.

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– Shutterstock

“The idea of abortions being paid for by federal funds does not play well with the American people.”

— Mary Spaulding Balch, the National Right to Life Committee’s state legislation coordinator, on government-funded abortion.

“We are going through a crisis of Catholic identity both in terms of individuals who claim to be Catholic, but neither talking nor acting in accordance with Church teachings, and in terms of institutions such as universities and health-care organizations.”

— Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, following his decision that St. Joseph’s Hospital can no longer be considered Catholic.

“Being sure that the Church’s voice is heard clearly and accurately has always been the core of...READ MORE

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A Politician's Spiritual Journey (3185)

Saturday Book Pick: Christine O’Donnell’s Troublemaker offers formula to restore America.

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As welcome as inconvenient relations coming for Thanksgiving dinner, the Tea Party movement has upset America’s political order to varying degrees. And Christine O’Donnell can lay claim to being one of the Tea Party’s opening toasts. A complete underdog, she narrowly lost a 2010 Senate race in Delaware that pitted her against the national GOP establishment as well as a dishwater Democrat opponent.

But her book is a winner.

Part memoir, part political tract, the whole seasoned with a populism steeped in the faith she embraced in adulthood, Troublemaker is not the usual book written by a former candidate: i.e., a self-serving piece of pap penned in order to advance future political...READ MORE

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Realism Needed to Save School System, Philadelphia Archbishop Says (2361)

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Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks at press conference in Philadelphia Jan. 6.

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Philadelphia, Pa. — Catholic schools must move forward with hope and realism, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said as his education commission announced school mergers and closings in a Jan. 6 report.

“We need to honor the great history of Catholic education in our archdiocese. But we must not be constrained by it,” the archbishop said in a letter to the Blue Ribbon Commission. “Nostalgia for the past is a bad foundation if we want to think clearly and build creatively for the future.”

He praised the authors of the “Faith in the Future” report for their “courage in facing the hard financial realities burdening many of our schools,” nearly 50 of which may be closed or merged.


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Pope Hails Epiphany's Wise Men as Model at Ordination of Nuncios (1977)

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Archbishops Charles Brown and Marek Solczynski lay prostrate before Pope Benedict XVI at their episcopal ordinations in St. Peter's Basilica.

– CNA photo

Vatican City — As he ordained new apostolic nuncios for Ireland, and Georgia and Armenia on the Jan. 6 feast of Epiphany, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the “wise men” who sought Christ, as a model for bishops today.

“It mattered little what this or that person, what even influential and clever people thought and said about them,” the Pope said of the Magi who journeyed from the East in search of the Messiah. He noted that their role in the Gospels gave “indications concerning the task of bishops” in the Church.

The feast day was the beginning of episcopal ministry for two new archbishops who will represent the Pope in foreign countries: Archbishop Charles Brown, apostolic nuncio for Ireland;...READ MORE

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New Study to Examine Low Rate of Latino Vocations in U.S. (1445)

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Mary Gautier, Father Shawn McKnight

Washington D.C. — The U.S. bishops commissioned a study of Catholic youth in America to determine traits that may be causing Hispanics to be underrepresented in priestly and religious vocations.

Researcher Mary Gautier said the study will help show “if there are impediments to consideration of a vocation among Latinos, such as language or cultural roadblocks.”

“This will be helpful for bishops and vocation directors as they work on vocations-related materials and approaches,” she told CNA on Jan. 3.

Gautier is a senior research associate at Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which has been commissioned by the U.S. bishops’ conference’s office of...READ MORE

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Americans Get Attention, but Most New Cardinals Are European (3759)

Cardinal Egan Calls It ‘New York Day’ in Rome, with Red Hats for Archbishops Dolan and O’Brien — and a New York-born priest ordained bishop by Pope Benedict.

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Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York.

– EWTN News

VATICAN CITY — “Today is really ‘New York Day’ in Rome,” said Cardinal Edward Egan. “I suppose you could call it a triple-header.”

The archbishop emeritus of New York was responding to news that Pope Benedict XVI today had named two American archbishops as cardinals, both with close links to the archdiocese: Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and Bronx, N.Y.-born Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and former archbishop of, most recently, Baltimore and the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

They were among 22 prelates and leading clergymen who will be elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory in Rome on...READ MORE

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