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Fundraising ‘Boot Camp’ Helps Those Called to Religious Life (5563)

The event, which coincided with the start of National Vocations Awareness Week, provided training and spiritual support to tackle the challenge of raising funds to pay off loans.

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Danielle Lussier

Cy Laurent, founder of the Labouré Society, offers advice on paying off debt.

– Danielle Lussier

MINNEAPOLIS — When Danielle Lussier of Battle Creek, Mich., was taking out loans to pay for her photography degree at the Rhode Island School of Design, she didn’t anticipate that God would call her to a “reversion,” a deeper life within the Catholic Church.

Nor did she foresee that she’d discern a call to the religious life with the Daughters of St. Paul in Jamaica Plain, Mass., that would necessitate paying off her school debt more quickly. 

“When I signed my promissory note, I did not configure in my ‘reversion’ experience,” she said. “I thought, I have a 30-year plan here.”

Seeking freedom from educational debt so they can pursue their vocations, Lussier and 16 others who have...READ MORE

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GOP Official Called to Resign for Abandoning Party on Marriage (1927)

Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, is rebuked by state legislators for his public support of a failed bill to legalize same-sex 'marriage.'

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CHICAGO — Republican legislators in Illinois are calling for the resignation of Pat Brady, chairman of the state Republican Party, after his public support of a failed bill to legalize same-sex “marriage.”

“Pat Brady is a total disgrace,” said Bobbie Peterson, a Republican state central committeewoman from Beecher, Ill., according to Chicago public radio station WBEZ.

“[W]hat’s coming out of his mouth is not what the Illinois Republican Party is about.”

The controversy began earlier this month, when a bill was introduced during the lame-duck period of the Illinois Congress to legalize same-sex “marriage” before the Jan. 9 end of the legislative session. 

While the bill passed a...READ MORE

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Bishops Announce Prayer, Penance, Pilgrimage Campaign for Life (1764)

Catholics are invited to participate in the pro-life initiative, in the context of the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion in the U.S.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops are inviting the faithful to participate in “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” surrounding the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion throughout America.

“In addition to our current everyday pro-life efforts, a nationwide commitment to prayer and penance is essential to ushering in a culture of life,” said Tom Grenchik, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

In a Jan. 4 post on the website for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he emphasized the need to “respond to 40 years of the culture of death with great confidence and hope.”

The bishops have announced a call to prayer, penance and pilgrimage...READ MORE

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Charity and Welfare, The Bishops Should Provide the Latin Mass Even if There is No Demand and More! (1947)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Charity and Welfare. Follow the link by Anna Williams of First Things to read more.

Charity and Welfare – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

The Latin Mass, Bishops Should Provide It Even if There is No Demand by blogger Richard CollinsBig Pulpit

Preach the Gospel with Humility, Simplicity and Love – Catholic in Brooklyn

Why My Husband and I Don’t Use Contraception – Stephan Calis, Ignitum Today

Loving the Sinner Without Loving the Sin – Louis Markos, First Things/On The Square

Media Working Overtime Getting Ready to Ignore the March for Life – John White, Catholic Vote

Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and the Band Played On – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Jesuit University Hosts ‘Queer Prom,’ Approves ‘Queer’ Label – Matthew Archbold, The...READ MORE

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Mexico Grateful for Church Help in Weapons-Surrender Program (1486)

Arms were voluntarily turned in during a program that took place last week at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico's federal district thanked the Archdiocese of Mexico City for its help in a weapons-surrender program that took place last week at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Speaking to reporters at the beginning of January, Gov. Miguel Angel Mancera said the response to the program was an indication of the desire for peace among Mexicans.

Those who turned in their weapons were given tablets and other tools aimed at helping to foster greater education, he said.  

Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City, who was present at the event, spoke about the violence that has swept across the country in the wake of widespread drug trafficking.

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Children: California’s Diminishing Resource (2789)

A new report suggests the Golden State’s future won’t be golden, unless steps are taken to nurture its children in the context of falling birth and immigration rates.

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LOS ANGELES — A new report has found “fresh impetus” for nurturing California children due to the combination of falling birthrates, retiring baby boomers and reduced immigration in the state.

“Children have always been important and deserving of our most diligent care, but the stakes have never been higher,” read “California’s Diminishing Resource: Children,” released Jan. 8 by the Lucile Packard Foundation and the University of Southern California.

The challenge is that the urgency of these issues is not yet recognized among all policymakers or the public at large,” the analysis noted.

“If California is to prosper in the decades to come, every child must have the necessary support...READ MORE

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Haiti Rebuilding Continues Three Years After Quake (2316)

Efforts to rebuild the local Church have made progress, reports Haitian Bishop Launay Saturné, but much remains to be done.

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Israeli soldiers rescue a man trapped in a ruined building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following the devastating 2010 earthquake.

– Israel Defense Forces

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Three years after the island nation of Haiti was rocked by a devastating earthquake, efforts to rebuild the local Church have made progress, but there is still much to be done.

“With the earthquake, we have many more problems that are urgent to manage,” said Bishop Launay Saturné of Jacmel, Haiti, in a video posted online by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Speaking through a translator, he explained that many buildings were damaged or destroyed, and the country’s economic problems have compounded the situation.

“So now we have to redouble our efforts to reconstruct the country and the Diocese of Jacmel,” he said.

“Progress has been achieved,”...READ MORE

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800,000 French Protest Same-Sex Marriage—Wow! Lessons from France on Defending Marriage and More! (3698)

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800,000 Frenchmen Protest Same-Sex Marriage, Wow! Follow the link by blogger New Catholic of the Rorate Cæli blog.

800,000 Frenchmen Protest Same-Sex Marriage, Wow! by blogger New Catholic of the Rorate Cæli blogBig Pulpit

Lessons from France on Defending Marriage – Robert Oscar Lopez, Public Discourse

Film and Faith: The Bible Program on History Channel – D. McClarey, The American Catholic

Academics May Be the Last to Grasp What the Pope is Doing – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report

The Goal of Chastity – Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Shocking Numbers from Planned Parenthood – Rachel Bohannon, Texas Right to Life

Now Would be a Good Time for the U. K. Prime Minister David Cameron to Start Listening – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

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