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Priest Shares God’s Love on Ohio’s Death Row (7818)

The chaplain of Chillicothe’s prison finds a powerful lesson of God’s forgiveness bringing the condemned to heaven.

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A lethal injection table

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio priest says his ministry to prisoners on death row has strengthened his conviction in the power of God’s forgiveness, even among prisoners who feel like “pariahs.”

“People preparing for death are the same, whether they are in a hospice setting or a prison. They live each day, trying to find a reason for hope,” Father Lawrence Hummer told CNA.

“When they discover the power of the forgiveness of sins, which comes by faith in the power of Christ to forgive, to heal and to save, they begin to focus more on where they are going than on where they have been,” the priest said.

He said he tells death-row prisoners and ordinary inmates “the same thing I tell...READ MORE

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What Makes Catholic Education Catholic? (29941)


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“Catholic education” seems like a known commodity. How can we have serious questions about it, given the array of Catholic schools in this country? Surely, the history of Catholic education has clarified the matter. Unfortunately, things aren’t so simple.

Recently, Kolbe Academy-Trinity Prep — a classical, liberal arts K-12 school in Napa, Calif. — asked me to participate in a faculty in-service discussion. Given that it was the start of the school year, I took the opportunity to re-examine the mission of Catholic education.

There are three basic issues in Catholic education: What is education? What is Catholic education? And how do the “education part” and the “Catholic part” fit...READ MORE

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U.S. State Department Demands Iran Release Captive American Pastor (6418)

Secretary Kerry called on Iran's government to prove it wants to improve relations with the world by releasing pastor Saeed Abedini and others.

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Pastor Saeed Abedini with his wife and children.

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has renewed calls for Iran's government to release U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor serving an eight-year sentence on religion-related charges.

“The United States respectfully asks the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to work cooperatively with us in our efforts to help U.S. citizens,” Secretary Kerry said in an Aug. 28 news release, to “return to their families after lengthy detentions.”

“These men belong at home with those who love them and miss them,” Kerry said.

In his statement, Kerry also asked for the release of Amir Hekmati, a U.S. citizen imprisoned on espionage charges, and for help in finding U.S....READ MORE

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Pope Picks Highly Credentialed Diplomat for Vatican Secretary of State (17520)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the youngest secretary of state since 1930, has more than 25 years of experience in Vatican diplomacy.

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Archbishop Pietro Parolin

– Osservatore/ Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has chosen an accomplished Italian Vatican diplomat as the new Vatican secretary of state, replacing Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who is stepping down on account of his age.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, who currently serves as the Pope’s representative to Venezuela, will become what is considered to be the closest equivalent of a Vatican “prime minister,” presiding over the running of the Curia, the Holy See’s diplomatic service and relations with states.   

At just 58 years of age, he will be the youngest secretary of state since Eugenio Pacelli, who was appointed in 1930 at the age of 53 and later became Pope Pius XII. Archbishop Parolin will take over from...READ MORE

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Theirs Is the Kingdom of Heaven (9506)

Father Joseph Uhen’s Santisimo Sacramento parish in Peru attracts Super Bowl coach Jim Harbaugh and many others, and leaves them forever changed.

09/02/2013 Comments (3)
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San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh leaves Rio Seco prison in Peru, after having played football with prisoners who were on good behavior. He gave prisoners his sweatshirt, another shirt and his shoes.

– Courtesy of Father Joseph Uhen

Earlier this summer, San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh had a group of boys running plays and catching passes. It sounds like an ordinary football camp drill, although it was anything but. Harbaugh was in Piura, Peru, to teach the local youth about American football — and to build bamboo houses, deliver food packages, visit prisoners and much more.

Father Joseph Uhen, a Milwaukee native and the current pastor of Santisimo Sacramento parish in Piura, said each time the former All-Pro quarterback comes down (usually with four or five close friends), he enjoys giving of himself in a variety of ways: “Of course, he gets a thrill out of teaching football, and the kids get a thrill...READ MORE

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How One Mom Balances Faith, Family and Work (6905)

Is it possible in today’s world to be a faithful Catholic, loving wife, devoted mother and a successful businesswoman?

09/02/2013 Comments (10)

Is it possible in today’s world to be a faithful Catholic, loving wife, devoted mother and a successful businesswoman?

Paige Barry of Atlanta strives to do so each day.

Barry is a 43-year-old working mother of two who has been married for 15 years. She is a senior vice president with a Fortune 500 global technology provider serving the financial services industry.

In addition to her career and busy home life, she is actively involved in her parish and runs the successful career ministry at her church.


How has your Catholic faith affected the way you handle your career?

My Catholic faith is instrumental to every aspect of my career. I read my Magnificat to center me for my...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Announces Global Prayer Vigil for Peace on Sept. 7 (9856)

The Holy Father appeals for peace.

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Jeff Bruno

VATICAN — Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday Gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience Sept. 1 to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.

“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square.

“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days, my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming,” continued the Pope.

“For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced.


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Bishop Urges Cooperative Approach to Defend Worker Dignity (5536)

USCCB statement for Labor Day

09/02/2013 Comments (26)

Bishop Stephen Blaire


Businesses, government, individuals and communities all have a role to play in promoting a greater respect for the dignity of the worker and the alleviation of poverty, said a U.S. bishop.

“Whenever possible, we should support businesses and enterprises that protect human life and dignity, pay just wages and protect workers’ rights,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., in a 2013 Labor Day statement.

The bishop, who chairs the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, referenced the writings of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict and Blessed Pope John Paul II as a foundation for how to think about the challenges posed by the...READ MORE

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