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New York City Event Talks Catholic Views on Art and Beauty (2048)

The Catholic Artists Society is hosting the lectures between September and February in the heart of the Big Apple.

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– The Catholic Artists Society

NEW YORK — A series of talks on art and beauty aims to bring a Catholic understanding of the arts into the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village.

The Catholic Center at New York University, 238 Thompson St. in Lower Manhattan, is hosting the Saturday lecture series “The Art of the Beautiful,” with the aim of exploring the “nature and purpose” of art and beauty and “their place in the social order.”

All lectures are free and open to the public.

The series aims to reach professional artists in all disciplines, students and patrons of the arts, and all those interested in culture and art, according to the Catholic Artists Society’s website.

The series’ sponsors include both the...READ MORE

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Copts Flee Egypt and Face New Challenges of Identity, Say Scholars (3285)

ʻWhat does it mean to be a Copt when Egypt is the place you no longer call home?ʼ asks one author.

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Samuel Tadros speaks at the Hudson Institute on Aug. 23.

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WASHINGTON — Coptic Christians fleeing upheaval in Egypt must turn to their centuries-long history of overcoming obstacles as they strive to maintain their identity, scholars said.

“Yes itʼs a story of decline, but also of survival; yes, it’s a story of decay, but it’s one of endurance as well,” said Samuel Tadros, author of the recent book, Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity. [See the National Catholic Register's interview with Tadros here.]

Tadros, a native of Egypt, is a research fellow at the Hudson Instituteʼs Center for Religious Freedom. He spoke on the history of Copts in Egypt at an Aug. 22 event in Washington.

Nina Shea, director of the Center for...READ MORE

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Catholic Colleges Engage Cautiously With Online Education (6851)

The top priority is maintaining quality and preserving a Catholic focus, not cutting costs.

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WASHINGTON — Georgia Tech recently announced that it would offer an online master’s degree in computer science for under $7,000, stirring hopes that higher education was on the cusp of a revolution that would bring down tuition bills for families.

Experts say the pilot project still must prove that it can deliver a high-quality education for a large volume of students at a modest price. Still, the news marks a trend in higher education that parallels recent initiatives by Catholic universities and colleges that have begun to launch their own online master’s degrees in subjects like education, theology, business and nursing.

Georgia Tech will partner with Sebastian Thrun, a founder of...READ MORE

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6 Obstacles to Being a Good Catholic, Pope Francis's Vision for Fixing the Church and More! (11306)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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6 Obstacles to Being Authentically Catholic. Follow the link by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website to learn more.

6 Obstacles to Being Authentically Catholic by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis’s Vision for Restructuring the Church - Russell Shaw, Catholic Lane

What I Learned About Marriage from 2 Nursing Home Residents – Bethanie Ryan, Ignitum Today

Good Formation for Priests Is Essential for Good Liturgy – Kurt Poterack, Catholic Education Daily

Muslims, Christians, and the Middle East – BigPulpit.com

We Can’t Give Children Enough of Shakespeare – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Family Planning, or Family Discernment? - Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Solemn Vows at the Stift Heiligenkreuz in Austria – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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Athletic Clergy Use Sports for the Good of Souls (7426)

Hockey, marathons and baseball are among favored athletic activities.

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The DC Padres team is made up of priests and seminarians. Father Larry Young (team manager), Bishop Martin Holley and Ken Sheiber (announcer).

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Some people think of the priesthood as the death of any enjoyment of life. No wife, no children, no sports, no fun. It’s all dreadfully serious business for priests, the thinking goes. Such thinking itself, according to notable clerics, must go.

“Certainly the priesthood is serious business. You can’t get any more serious than eternal salvation,” said Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. “However, everyone needs to step away from their responsibilities from time to time in order to recreate, and the clergy are no different.”

Aside from providing much-needed recreation, Bishop Paprocki, who has completed 19 marathons himself, has found athletics to be very helpful in drawing...READ MORE

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LCWR President Says Vatican Investigation Is More About Church's Future Than Nuns (9878)

Sister Carol Zinn said the next three years will challenge the women’s religious conference to ‘be who we say we are and who God calls us to become.’

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Sister of St. Joseph Carol Zinn, the newly elected president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, said the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment of the conference is “much more about the future” of the Catholic Church and not primarily about the conference itself.

“As women of the Church, we will discern how to move through the turbulent aftermath of the doctrinal assessment,” Sister Carol said during her remarks to the LCWR Leadership Assembly, held Aug. 13-16 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

“The processes of inclusion and dialogue needed today may demand great suffering on our part as we work to create such processes,” she added.

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Muslims and Christians March on D.C. Protesting Muslim Brotherhoodʼs Violence in Egypt (3169)

Hundreds of marchers gathered to express solidarity with persecuted Coptic Christians and show support for the interim government led by Egyptʼs military.

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Protesters take part in the Egyptian March on Washington on Aug. 22.

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WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Egyptian Christians and Muslims gathered in the nationʼs capital on Aug. 22 to protest the acts of violence perpetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters against minorities — particularly Coptic Christians — in Egypt.

“You can burn down our churches, but you can never touch our faith,” one protester said at the march.

“Burning 100 churches is terrorism, not Morsi legitimacy,” said another.

Violence erupted in Egypt after the interim government’s security forces broke up camps of protesters allied with the Muslim Brotherhood on Aug. 14. The protesters had been demanding that former President Mohammed Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, be...READ MORE

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U.S. Hispanics Falling Prey to Secular Trends Without Catholic Witness, Warns Archbishop (10985)

Archbishop Charles Chaput told Latino leaders that the idea Hispanics can change U.S. moral tenor is now a 'delusion' unless they provide a strong personal witness of faith.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput in Washington on July 8.

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LOS ANGELES — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia praised the work of Catholic Hispanic leaders, but reminded them that they needed to provide personal witness to counter the strong effect of U.S. secular culture on the Hispanic population.

“Hispanic culture still has a soul formed by an encounter with Jesus Christ and the humanity and compassion that flow from it,” Archbishop Chaput said Aug. 23 at the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders’ national conference.

“These things are worth fighting for and sharing with others,” he said. “Faith matters because it gives meaning to the word ‘human’ in ‘human beings.’ It matters because it makes us children of a loving God.”


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