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Charity Begins at College: Catholic Students Put Their Faith Into Action by Helping Others (4156)

Animated by their Christian calling to love their neighbors, these students have organized innovative initiatives to help the needy.

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Teacher and students at Callaloo Mews Basic School in Kingston, Jamaica.

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BOSTON — When James Gallo, a student at Boston College, noticed his Twitter account filling up with word of the devastation being caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, he knew he wanted to help.

Gallo joined with fellow Boston College student Matthew Alonsozana, who is of Filipino descent, and other students at the college to launch efforts to help out in the face of the recent disaster. The Boston College Typhoon Haiyan Relief Initiative raised about $13,000 and included a concert to raise funds — all the brainchild of Gallo.

The concert took place a mere nine days after Gallo got the idea. “The concert was awesome. Everyone came together. So many people helped,” Gallo said....READ MORE

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On Super Bowl Weekend, Catholic Underground Offers Alternative to NYC Nightlife (7489)

The heavily attended event, a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, features a Holy Hour and musical performance on the night before Super Bowl XLVIII.

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MANHATTAN — As the Super Bowl XLVIII spotlight focuses on MetLife Stadium and nearby hubs of activity like Manhattan, most associated with a dazzling nightlife, an event centered on the Eucharist is making itself a part of the big weekend.

It’s called Catholic Underground, and it’s a monthly event that mixes Eucharistic adoration with dynamic performances by Catholic artists. January’s event, which drew 1,300 people,  featured a talk by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and a concert by Audrey Assad.

The next event will take place Feb. 1 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan — less than 17 miles from the site of the Super Bowl and on the eve before the big game.

It wasn’t planned that way. For...READ MORE

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University of Dallas Renews Catholic Identity (6979)

Several years after a controversy arose over its commitment to Church orthodoxy, the Texas college is earning plaudits for a renewed dedication to fidelity.

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Susan Hanssen, associate professor of history at the University of Dallas

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DALLAS — Long regarded as one of the bastions of fidelity among U.S. Catholic colleges, the University of Dallas (UD) several years ago had seemed, at least to some, to have moved away from that commitment in recent years.

But according to UD faculty, students and alumni, there has been a notable swing of the pendulum back towards the full expression of the university’s Catholic identity since 2011.

The primary focus of Catholic-identity concerns was the university’s School of Ministry, designed to train the laity for pastoral ministry but which its critics depict as having become a kind of Trojan Horse, introducing dissenters from the magisterium into the Catholic college.

In fact,...READ MORE

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Dozens Killed in Attacks on Nigeria’s Christian Villages (3463)

In one incident, attackers invaded a Catholic church during a Jan. 26 Mass, setting off explosives, taking hostages and firing guns into the congregation during a five-hour attack.

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria

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ABUJA, Nigeria — At least 99 people were left dead after attacks on two Christian villages in northeast Nigeria this week, suspected to have been carried out by Islamic extremist militants.

Attackers flooded a Catholic church during a Jan. 26 Mass in Wada Chakawa village in Adamawa state. They set off explosives, took hostages and fired guns into the congregation in a five-hour attack, The Associated Press reported.

A separate attack later took place in the village of Kawuri, in northeastern Borno state. More than 50 extremists reportedly took part, killing dozens and burning homes to the ground.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, the Islamic sect Boko Haram...READ MORE

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Seattle Seahawks’ Tight End Staying Loose Before the Super Bowl (25022)

Rookie Luke Willson relies on sound philosophy and theology for peace of mind.

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Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson.

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Many people think of football as a purely physical endeavor. Seattle Seahawks’ rookie tight end Luke Willson sees it differently. Even before majoring in philosophy at Rice University, Willson had been accustomed to methodically thinking his way through sports and life in general.

This practice is now more important than ever, with all of the distractions leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, in which Willson’s Seahawks will be facing off against the Denver Broncos.

The 24-year-old Windsor, Canada, native continues to rely on a solid philosophical and theological foundation for being the best football player — and man — he can be.

Luke Willson spoke of his Catholic upbringing with...READ MORE

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Pope Encourages Notre Dame to Continue Honoring Its Catholic Identity (2242)

The Holy Father addressed trustees and administrators who were in Rome to inaugurate the university's Rome Center

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Pope Francis encouraged the University of Notre Dame to continue honoring its Catholic identity in the future, through a strong commitment to education and witness to Church moral teaching.

“It is my hope that the University of Notre Dame will continue to offer unambiguous testimony to this aspect of its foundational Catholic identity, especially in the face of efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness,” Pope Francis said in a Jan. 30 address.

His words were directed to a delegation of 140 trustees and administrators from the University of Notre Dame, including university president Father John Jenkins, who had traveled from Indiana to Italy in order to...READ MORE

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New Egyptian Constitution Holds Promise for Copts (3861)

After enduring the worst persecution in centuries, a new constitution gives Coptic Christians renewed hope for civil rights and freedom in Egypt, but a lot of work remains.

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A woman shows her ink-stained fingers, evidence she has voted in Egypt's constitutional referendum, and holds a poster of General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at a Cairo polling booth on Jan. 14.

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CAIRO — A new day is dawning for Coptic Christians in Egypt, now that the country has voted to approve a new constitution that replaces the Islamist one crafted under the auspices of the former ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

However, the promise of a new Egypt with full inclusion and civil rights for Christians, women and all minorities now faces the challenge of electing new leaders and drafting new laws amid the threat of terror and violence from militants allied with the Muslim Brotherhood.

“It is good — not very good — but it is good,” Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for Egypt’s Catholic Conference, said about the constitution, speaking with the Register from Cairo. “It could not have...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Emphasize ‘Human Ecology’ in Forthcoming Document, Says Theologian (9073)

Vatican theologian Father Paul Haffner expects Pope Francis to reiterate the Church’s human-centric model of caring for creation, while also correcting erroneous ideas dominant in the secular environmental movement.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ forthcoming document on ecology is likely to put the human person at the center and draw attention to the connection between environmental problems and poverty, according to a Church expert on theology and the environment.

Father Paul Haffner, professor of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and author of the book Towards a Theology of the Environment, believes such a document is urgently needed to correct many philosophical and theological errors that have crept into the environmental movement.

Although he says it is difficult to predict its contents, he believes it will “put the human person as central and focus also on the margins of...READ MORE

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