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Va. Attorney General Defies Constitution to Join Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Legal Challenge (5130)

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 (1644)

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 (5369)

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 (5167)

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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Religious Education Apostolates: Teaching the Truth in Christ (3630)

Despite the profound changes in Catholic education in recent decades, some communities remain strongly committed to their teaching apostolates.

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Sister Regina Marie of the School Sisters of Christ the King talks with a young student.

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Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 26-Feb. 1. Catholic education has changed dramatically in the United States over the past 50 years, both in the number of children attending Catholic schools and the number of religious men and women who teach them.

Recently, the Register spoke with orders who enjoy their teaching apostolates and are motivated to remain in Catholic education, including the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, informally known as the Nashville Dominicans.


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Dominican Sister Anne Catherine Burleigh is principal of St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville, Tenn. St. Cecilia is an all-girls Catholic high school that serves 260 students. “Our motto as Dominicans...READ MORE

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U.S. Pilgrims Flock to Manoppello’s Shrine After Benedict XVI Visit (7672)

Pilgrims have flocked to see an image debated to be the veil of Veronica, the resurrection cloth of Christ or a centuries-old hoax.

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The Holy Face seen with direct sunlight in front.

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ROME — The Shrine to the Holy Face of Christ, tucked into Italy’s Apennine Mountains, is starting to catch the attention of the world, particularly that of American Catholics.

“We have a lot of Italians, of course, and many Germans, but now we’re seeing more and more pilgrims from the U.S.,” said Trappist Sister Blandina Paschalis Schloemer, a daily pilgrim who lives within eye-shot of the shrine.

The modest basilica houses a curious image of the face of Jesus Christ. Depending on the light, it is at times visible and at other times transparent.

Sister Blandina herself proved that the face is exactly proportionate to that on the Shroud of Turin, but whereas in the shroud, Christ’s...READ MORE

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Thomas Melady Transcended Partisan Polarization (3008)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 1989-1993, Melady, who died Jan. 6 at the age of 86, pressed for full diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Israel and queried John Paul II about Gorbachev’s intentions.

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WASHINGTON — Thomas Melady, a U.S. ambassador under three presidents and an educator and author who remained active until the end of his life, transcended party politics that have increasingly defined the nation’s capital.

An “old school” diplomat and a member of the Order of Malta who frequently served as a go-between for U.S. Church leaders and Washington policymakers, Melady died of brain cancer at home Jan. 6.

A “man of dialogue,” he is credited with helping to lay the foundations for full diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the state of Israel and served as an emissary between President George H.W. Bush and Pope John Paul II during the waning days of the Cold War, when...READ MORE

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EWTN ‘Hopeful’ After Supreme Court Ruling on Little Sisters (2535)

CEO Michael Warsaw says that the ruling is encouraging for EWTN and others who are also challenging the contraception mandate.

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Michael Warsaw, EWTN chairman and CEO and publisher of the National Catholic Register

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IRONDALE, Ala. — News that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted an exemption from the contraception mandate to the Little Sisters of the Poor is a hopeful sign for other cases challenging the mandate, EWTN says.

“This decision to intervene, reached after a full court review, provides welcome relief to the sisters and encouragement to the other plaintiffs who continue to challenge the mandate,” CEO Michael Warsaw of Eternal Word Television Network said Jan. 25.

The Register is a service of EWTN.

On Jan. 24, the entire Supreme Court granted an injunction to the Little Sisters of the Poor, saying that the Department of Health and Human Services is prohibited from enforcing its mandate on...READ MORE

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