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Pope: Art Expresses the Beauty of Faith (2305)

‘In every age, the Church has called upon the arts to give expression to the beauty of her faith and to proclaim the Gospel message,’ the Holy Father affirms.

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Michelangelo's depiction of God dividing light from darkness, painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

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VATICAN CITY — The creative arts help proclaim the Gospel, explore the mysteries of Christian faith and reflect the quest for the “supreme beauty” found in God, Pope Francis has said.

“In every age, the Church has called upon the arts to give expression to the beauty of her faith and to proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation, the dignity of human beings made in his image and likeness and the power of Christ’s death and resurrection to bring redemption and rebirth to a world touched by the tragedy of sin and death,” said Pope Francis on Oct. 19 at the Vatican.

His comments came in a private audience to the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, an...READ MORE

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EWTN Executives Michael Warsaw, Doug Keck, Promoted (1807)

Michael Warsaw becomes chairman of EWTN’s board of directors, while Doug Keck is now EWTN’s president.

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IRONDALE, Ala. — On Oct. 18, EWTN’s board of governors promoted its network president, Michael Warsaw, to chairman of the board and its executive vice president, Doug Keck, to the post of president.

Warsaw remains chief executive officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network, and Keck remains chief operating officer.

“I am extremely grateful to the EWTN board for their confidence in appointing me to this added post,” Warsaw said.

“It is an honor for me to succeed both Mother Angelica and the late-Deacon Bill Steltemeier, who both served in the role of chairman of the board and chief executive officer during their years at EWTN. I look forward to continuing to guide this important mission...READ MORE

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Sacred Music Resurgence at Catholic Colleges (10977)

Students are gradually becoming more receptive to the Church’s beautiful teaching and practice, according to sacred-music professors.

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — According to three notable college professors, a comeback for sacred music is well under way on many Catholic campuses. While incoming students are usually not well-versed in sacred music or the theology behind it, they are generally open to learning both. Once this knowledge is imparted, they are well-equipped to bring its beauty into parishes.

“Students enter with varying degrees of exposure to the Church’s musical patrimony,” observed Nicholas Will, first-year professor of sacred music at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. “Yet I’ve found that almost all of them, regardless of their current knowledge level, are receptive to the Church’s treasury of...READ MORE

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New U.S. Ambassador to Vatican Presents Credentials to Pope (2054)

Ken Hackett previously served for 18 years as president of Catholic Relief Services.

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Ken Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican

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VATICAN CITY — The recently appointed American ambassador to the Holy See presented his credentials to Pope Francis in a meeting earlier this morning, officially marking the beginning of his duties.

“The Vatican and the Holy Father have the ability to influence world events in a positive way through the calling of faith, and they will continue to be important partners in future collaboration,” U.S. ambassador Ken Hackett stated in an Oct. 21 press release announcing the event.

Hackett was nominated in June by President Barack Obama to serve as the 10th ambassador to the Vatican, and he was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate in an Aug. 1 evening session.

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Modern Slave Trade Has Many Faces, Human-Rights Authority Says (6792)

The newly issued Global Slavery Index shows that more than 75% of the world’s human trafficking occurs in 10 countries, with Mauritania the worst.

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Workers haul bricks at a construction site in Bangalore, India.

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WASHINGTON — Modern-day slavery is prevalent throughout the world, even though it goes by different names, a human-rights activist has clarified in light of a new worldwide report.

“Modern-day slavery has many faces,” said Ana Steele, president of the Dalit Freedom Network USA and Dalit Freedom Network UK, explaining that the United Nations’ definition includes “the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

Regardless of what form it takes, Steele explained, “it is incumbent on each one of us to combat modern-day slavery wherever it exists.”


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Suit Alleges Colorado Taxes Illegally Fund Planned Parenthood (4196)

A state constitutional amendment passed in 1984 bars direct or indirect subsidy of abortion.

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains office in Aurora.

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DENVER — The state of Colorado is illegally providing $14 million to Planned Parenthood in violation of the state Constitution, a lawsuit from a former executive director of the state health department charges.

“Public officials should respect the law and the democratic process, rather than ignore both to fill Planned Parenthood’s bank account,” Michael Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. 17.

“Colorado voters already decided the issue when they amended the state Constitution to prohibit tax-dollar subsidies to abortionists,” he said. “State records clearly show that state officials have provided both federal and state taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood...READ MORE

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A Thousand Concerts Singing ‘I Do Believe’ (3275)

Singer Tajci and her husband, Matthew, are a team that has communicated their own faith via 1,000 performances sharing Christ’s love through music.

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CINCINNATI — Every Christian at some point in his life must ask the question, “Do I believe?”

For Matthew Cameron and his wife, Tajci, the answer is an emphatic “I do believe” — and they are inviting thousands of other Christians to do the same at their 1,000th “I Do Believe” concert at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati on Oct. 26.

On the outside, this Catholic husband-and-wife team look like they have it all. Tajci (pronounced Ty-chi) is a former Croatian pop star who left the communist atheism she grew up with for the Catholic faith and her homeland and music career to start a new life in the United States. Her husband Matthew, a graduate of Christendom College and...READ MORE

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Colbert and the Cardinal: Humor Permeates the Annual Al Smith Dinner (11866)

Comedian Stephen Colbert served as keynote speaker at this year’s event, which raised $3 million for needy New York children.

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Stephen Colbert (l) and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York attend the 68th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on Oct. 17.

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NEW YORK — Faith and laughter abounded at the 68th annual Al Smith Dinner as comedian Stephen Colbert joked on politicians, big and small, the Pope and Cardinal Dolan of New York; and the cardinal made a few reflections of his own.

“A sense of humor comes from faith, faith that everything is in God’s providential hands, a faith that frees us up to laugh,” Cardinal Dolan explained at the Oct. 17 dinner.

“My pleasant task is simply to thank God — thank God as we leave laughing, placing our guests, our honoree, our speaker, our board, our children that we love and help, the city that we love, our country we cherish, our families to which we’re now going to return safely into his...READ MORE

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