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Economy Dominates 2014 State of the Union Address (1261)

President Obama called for a raise in the national minimum wage and for support of ‘entrepreneurs and small-business owners’ to help bolster ‘middle-class jobs.’

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President Barack Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address.

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WASHINGTON — Economic inequality was a major focus of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, delivered Jan. 28 to members of Congress and to the nation.

The president criticized the economic gap between “those at the top” and those “working too hard just to get by.” He called for the support of “entrepreneurs and small-business owners” to help bolster “middle-class jobs.”

In addition, he reinforced his call for Congress to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10, pointing to a handful of states and private companies that have already adopted policies boosting minimum wages for employees.

“It’s good for the economy; it’s good for America,” the president...READ MORE

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Peter Cosgrove: From College Chancellor to Australia’s Governor General (3754)

The former general in the Australian Army was named Queen Elizabeth’s representative to the country Jan. 28.

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Peter Cosgrove, the new governor general of the Commonwealth of Australia

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Gen. Peter Cosgrove has been appointed the governor general of Australia, representing Queen Elizabeth II as the country’s head of state.

A practicing Catholic, Cosgrove was chief of the Australian Defense Force during the beginning of the Iraq War. Prior to that, he served as a soldier in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during an assault on enemy positions and led peacekeeping forces in East Timor in 1999. In 2001, he was named Australian of the Year. 

Since 2010, he has served as chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, one of the largest Catholic universities in the English-speaking world, with 23,000 students. Earlier this month, on a visit to...READ MORE

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Is Purgatory in the Bible? Symbolism & the Language of the Liturgy and Much More! (2269)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Is Purgatory in the Bible? Follow the link by Tim Staples of Catholic Answers to read more.

Cardinal O’Malley Said What? by Terry Mattingly of Get Religion - BigPulpit.com

How to Defeat Gay Activist Economic Terrorism – Acts of the Apostasy

Honesty Alert: ‘So What If Abortion Ends Life?’ 2.0 - Meghan Garcia, Ignitum Today

Symbolism & the Language of the Liturgy – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine

Little Sisters of the Poor : 1; Obama: 0 - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Is Purgatory in the Bible? - Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Prayer: A Season for Everything - Abigail Reimel, Catholic Stand

Inside the Life of a Catholic Artist – Nico Peeters, Aleteia

Not the Most Important Day - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Building the Liturgical City from...READ MORE

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Pope: ‘How Beautiful It Is to Make the Prayer of Praise’ (2915)

The Holy Father says the faithful, in order to be fruitful, must remember God and his glory and goodness.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily on Jan. 28, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of freely praising God in our prayer and warned against an attitude which can be judgmental of others who do not follow certain “formalities.”

“You’re able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord, to come out of your shell ever so slightly to sing (his praise)?” the Pope asked during Mass, held in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse.

Turning to the day’s first reading taken from the Second Book of Samuel, the Pope began his reflections by focusing on how David “danced with all his might before the Lord” in order to celebrate with Israel that the Ark of...READ MORE

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Va. Attorney General Defies Constitution to Join Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Legal Challenge (5122)

Attorney General Mark Herring announces the state government will oppose its own marriage amendment only days before the start of oral arguments in a pivotal federal case.

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring

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RICHMOND — Virginia’s new attorney general announced Thursday that he will not uphold the commonwealth’s constitutional definition of marriage and instead will join same-sex “marriage" proponents seeking to override the amendment in federal court.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed legal papers in support of one of two legal challenges to a constitutional amendment approved by 57% of voters in 2006, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

“I swore an oath to both the United States Constitution and the Virginia Constitution. After thorough legal review, I have now concluded that Virginia’s ban on marriage between same-sex couples violates the Fourteenth...READ MORE

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Student Debt Delays Some Americans From Religious Life (1635)

Some professed religious making their perpetual vows in 2013 reported an average delay of two years to enter religious life because of student debt.

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WASHINGTON — Close to 10% of those who took perpetual religious vows in the U.S. in 2013 said that educational debt delayed their application to religious orders or institutes, a new survey says.

The findings come in the annual report of Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), which were summarized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Vowed religious had an average educational debt of $31,000 when they first applied to join their religious institute. Among the 10% of respondents whose debt delayed their application to an institute, their average delay was two years.

The study surveyed men and women religious who professed perpetual vows...READ MORE

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New App Aims to Enliven and Boost Access to Holy Scriptures (5348)

Supporters call it ‘an audio Bible like no other,’ with a host of actors and actresses and superb sound effects to help the stories come alive.

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CHICAGO —- A new app featuring the full text and dramatic readings of the Bible is drawing praise from Catholic clergy who say it can help more people read or hear the Scriptures no matter where they are.

Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., said the app “makes hearing and reflecting upon the word of God easy, engaging and acceptable.”

“The New Evangelization calls us to reach out using new methods and expressions, and this tool allows people to not only read but hear and experience the word of God in their homes, cars and places of work,” he said.

The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament App comes in free and paid versions and is available for Apple devices, Android...READ MORE

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Archbishop Cordileone Asks Young Pro-Lifers to Defend Life — and Marriage (5150)

As the Walk for Life West Coast marked its 10th anniversary, drawing more than 50,000, San Francisco’s shepherd highlights the need to bring marriage into the conversation.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A massive crowd stretching out for a mile in sunny downtown San Francisco showed the growing momentum of the Walk for Life, which celebrated its 10th anniversary and offered new programs for participants from across California and neighboring states.

On Jan. 25, more than 50,000 people gathered in front of San Francisco City Hall, and the diverse crowd included a mix of ages and ethnic and religious groups, with songs and prayer in English and Spanish.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, during his homily at the Mass proceeding the rally, congratulated the young people present for embracing the pro-life movement and for joining the hundreds of lay...READ MORE

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