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College Students Make March for Life Pilgrimage (2792)

These participants are part of a nationwide network of young Americans who represent an increasingly pro-life generation.

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Editor's Note: This week's Register Radio show features Benedictine College President Stephen Minnis about the school's place as the standard-bearer for the March for Life. Listen to the show here.

WASHINGTON — Paramount among the hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans who will rally Jan. 22 on the National Mall in Washington for the annual March for Life are college students, drawn from the nationwide network of young Americans who represent a generation that is increasingly pro-life.

This year, students from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., will be the march’s standard-bearers, proudly carrying the famous “March for Life” banner.

Kathryn Brown, the president of the...READ MORE

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New Members Named to Vatican Bank’s Commission of Cardinals (1779)

Only one member was retained from the previous commission that supervised the operations of the Institute for the Works of Religion.

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VATICAN CITY — The commission of cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion, known informally as the Vatican Bank, were named on Wednesday.

The five members are Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna; Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto; Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major; and Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of state.

Cardinal Tauran is the only member from the old commission to have been confirmed in his post. Pope Francis’ decision to appoint the new commission marks a new era for the Vatican Bank.

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L.A. Immigrant Children Implore Pope Francis to Help Detained Parents (4255)

Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles read the letters aloud, adding that how Americans respond to these children will both challenge their consciences and measure their humanity.

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LOS ANGELES — Immigrant children in California have written heartfelt letters to Pope Francis seeking his help and his prayers for their parents who have been deported or arrested.

“They know that Pope Francis himself is the son of an immigrant. They know that he has the heart to understand what they are going through,” Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez said Tuesday.

According to the archbishop, there are about 2.6 million immigrants in California, and 11 million in the United States as a whole, who are living and working without legal documentation.

The archbishop said that reading the children’s letters “makes my heart ache.”

“They are so beautiful and so sad,” he told the civic...READ MORE

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Pope to Youth: ‘Christians Were Not Chosen by the Lord for Small Things’ (2503)

The Holy Father offers his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

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VATICAN CITY — In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis urged youth to listen to the call of God, stating that this is often faced with obstacles and requires “going against the tide.”

“We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for small things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals!” the Holy Father remarked in his Jan. 17 message to youth.

The 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations is slated to occur on May 11, 2014, which is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, and it will be dedicated to the theme "Vocations, Witness to the Truth."

Beginning his address with the image in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus states, “The...READ MORE

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SDG’s Top Films of 2013 (20616)

Themes of hope, survival and faith in a year of big-screen trauma.

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Top to bottom: This Is Martin Bonner (Monterey Media); 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight); Gravity (Warner Bros).

2013 was a year of cinematic trauma and stress, full of harrowing, at times also exhilarating, survival stories, many on the abyss of the sea or even the void of space.

Rather than fighting to overcome evil and save their worlds, like the heroes of blockbusters of other recent years (The Avengers; The Dark Knight Rises; Harry Potter; Avatar), this year the protagonists of one film after another fought simply for the hope of getting out alive and returning home: Gravity; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Captain Phillips; 12 Years a Slave; All is Lost.

The travails of African-Americans throughout U.S. history, from slavery to segregation to the Civil Rights era to today’s creeping police...READ MORE

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EDITORIAL on Supreme Court Hearing of McCullen v. Coakley

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In his blueprint for the New Evangelization, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis offered a striking challenge for 21st-century Catholics: “I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”

In 2000, Eleanor McCullen of Boston heard a very similar message from God while she was attending Mass, and she sought further advice from a priest. As Live Action News tells it, the priest said McCullen was being asked “to go out of her comfort zone to build up the Kingdom of God. He told her she’d have to stretch herself.”

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Cardinal Marx: Base Economics on People, Not Capital (2790)

In an essay explaining Evangelii Guadium, the German cardinal affirms market economies but rejects a capitalistic worldview.

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VATICAN CITY — German Cardinal Reinhard Marx has written an essay in the Vatican’s newspaper on Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), taking capitalism to task for centering itself on means of production rather than persons and calling for broader dialogue on the issue.

“The very word 'capitalism' is misleading,” the archbishop of Munich and Freising wrote, “to define the whole of life from a particular point. What vision of the economy and of society is that which takes capital as its starting point and renders acting persons marginal conditions or factors of cost?”

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Holy See Presents Sex-Abuse Assessment to U.N. Panel (3306)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the international board that abusers are found among members of the ‘world’s most respected professions, most regrettably, including members of the clergy and other Church personnel.’

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GENEVA — The Holy See gave its first detailed assessment of the Church's handling of clerical sex-abuse cases today to an international panel at the United Nations, during which officials stressed the Church’s commitment to protecting and upholding the inviolable dignity of every child.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations in Geneva, told the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child “there is no excuse” for the abuse of minors. He added that, after having worked closely with local Churches in implementing a series of measures, the Holy See “is keen to become an example of best practice” in eliminating such cases.

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