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University of Notre Dame Changes Policy to Accept and Fund Undocumented Students (4344)

A university spokesman said that Notre Dame is following a path taken by other Catholic colleges.

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University of Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Taking a cue from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ support for immigration reform, the University of Notre Dame has announced that it will now accept qualified undocumented students who apply for undergraduate admission.

“In many ways, Notre Dame is itself a university of immigrants,” Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown told CNA.

“While the legal circumstances are certainly different, we have a long and proud history of educating the marginalized and least among us,” he said.“This is a central component of Church teaching and our mission as a Catholic university.”

Brown acknowledged that the status of immigrants is “a contentious issue” in the U.S. and many will not agree...READ MORE

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U.S. Military Action in Syria Could Spark World War, Syrian Bishop Warns (10900)

‘Even in Syria, there are alternatives to war,’ said Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo.

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Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo


ALEPPO, Syria — A Catholic bishop in Aleppo has warned that U.S. and foreign military action in the war-torn country could ignite a global war, making the “tragic situation” in Syria much worse.

“The only road to peace is dialogue,” said Bishop Antoine Audo. “War will not take us anywhere.”

“People live in anguish, not knowing what awaits them, and this has been happening during the two years of conflict,” he told the Missionary International Service News Agency.

The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo, one of the cities worst affected by the turmoil, is also the president of Caritas Syria.

He spoke amid escalating international discussions of how to respond to reported...READ MORE

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Father Michael McGivney’s Cause for Canonization Advances (19963)

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is investigating a possible miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The cause for sainthood for Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest in Connecticut who founded the Knights of Columbus, has taken another official step forward.

At the fraternal organization’s 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio earlier this month, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson reported “there is good news concerning Father McGivney’s cause. A possible miracle attributed to his intercession is now under investigation in Rome.”

If the miracle is approved, Father McGivney would be beatified and receive the title of “Blessed.”

“If he were beatified now, he would be the first United States-born parish priest to be beatified,” noted Brian Caulfield, the vice...READ MORE

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Syria, Our Brother Christians and War; Home Schooling: Religion and the Parent; and Much More! (3953)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Syrian Christian mother grieving over the death of her children by Muslim Rebels & Al Queda

Syria, Our Brother Christians, and War. Click on the link to read why President Obama bombing Syria is wrong.

– A Syrian Christian mother grieving over the death of her children by Muslim Rebels & Al Queda

Syria, Our Brother Christians, and War – BigPulpit.com

Home Schooling: Religion and the Parent – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Mommy, Do Aliens Exist? A Lesson on Thinking w/the Church – Stacy Trasancos PhD

World Famous Evangelical Standing at (Tiber) Rivers Edge – Jeff Dunn, Internet Monk

A New Book From J. R. R. Tolkien - Fr. Z’s Blog

J. R. R. Tolkien Slams Narnia – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Why Von Balthasar Was Wrong About Holy Saturday – Stephen H. Webb, First Things

My First Experience of the African Mass – Tom Perna

Video: Triathlete Perseveres with Faith, Beats Challenges – OneBillionStories.com

What Did Early Christian Worship Look Like? – Kurt...READ MORE

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Latino Cultural Shift Calls for Two-Way Exchange (3448)

Growth in the U.S. Hispanic Catholic population is seen as a challenge and an opportunity.

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An image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried in a Marian procession in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 2012.

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HOUSTON — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston is careful not to break the seal of secrecy when he speaks of the conclave that brought the world its first pope from Latin America. Still, he had an occasion to share his experience a few weeks ago with members of the Houston chapter of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.

As the pastor of an archdiocese that is 40% Hispanic, the cardinal looked comfortable speaking about his Rome experience to this group, even if he doesn’t himself speak Spanish well. 

One of the details he shared from the pre-conclave general congregations for the cardinals reflects something of his own experience at home. While the cardinals considered the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Offer Opening Mass for Worldwide Meeting of Augustinian Leaders (3041)

Although U.S. vocations are rising, Augustinians will likely focus on more pressing aims, initiatives for the next six years.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at St. John Lateran.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis plans to offer Mass on Aug. 28 for the Order of St. Augustine’s general chapter in Rome, where the religious order’s leaders will meet, elect a new head and outline their aims for the next six years.

The Holy Father will lead the Eucharistic celebration at the Basilica of St. Augustine in Campo Marzio to launch the general chapter, which begins on the feast of St. Augustine and lasts between two to three weeks.

“The Pope was very devoted to St. Monica (St. Augustine’s mother) and often visited the tomb of St. Monica to pray,” said Cardinal Prospero Grech, an Augustinian friar.

Around 100 Augustinians from all over the world will gather in Rome to elect...READ MORE

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New York City Event Talks Catholic Views on Art and Beauty (2062)

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

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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 (3306)

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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