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The Catholic University of America Sued for Discrimination (3501)

George Washington University professor John Banzhaf files another lawsuit alleging discrimination.

11/07/2011 Comments (6)
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John Banzhaf

– Courtesy of John Banzhaf

WASHINGTON — Last spring, John Banzhaf sued The Catholic University of America for sexual discrimination, after the university announced plans to open single-sex dorms. Now he has targeted CUA again — for discrimination against Muslim students.

But does he have a case?

In October, Banzhaf filed his second claim against CUA, asserting it illegally discriminates against Muslim students on campus by not providing adequate space for them to fulfill religious obligations.

He charged that Catholic University neglected to provide suitable facilities “for the many daily prayers [and] forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols,...READ MORE

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Maryland Sisters Are First Episcopal Order to Become a Catholic Religious Community (4714)

The All Saints Sisters of the Poor professed their perpetual vows at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore.

11/07/2011 Comments (13)

BALTIMORE (EWTN News)—A group of religious sisters in Maryland is believed to be the first U.S. Episcopal order to become a Catholic religious community.

On Nov. 1, the All Saints Sisters of the Poor professed their perpetual vows at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore.

Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, received the sisters into a newly erected diocesan priory at a special Mass on the feast of All Saints.

The 10 sisters had been part of a religious community within the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

After seven years of discernment, they contacted the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2008 to inquire about the...READ MORE

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Pope: Live Like Those Who Have Hope (2210)

Faith in Christ's resurrection and eternal life must inspire Christians to act with love in daily life. Benedict also prayed for victims of violence in Nigeria. Other Vatican news: conference on child-abuse prevention in Rome reiterates need to work to eliminate the evil in society.

11/07/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims in Rome Nov. 6 that a loss of faith in Jesus Christ has led many people to despair in the face of death.

“If we remove God, if we take away Christ, the world will fall back into the void and darkness,” he said in his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square.

“And this is also reflected in the expressions of contemporary nihilism, an often subconscious nihilism that unfortunately plagues many young people.”

The Pope charted the impact that the Christian message had upon the ancient world, where “the religion of the Greeks, the cults and pagan myths were not able to shed light on the mystery of death.” He noted that...READ MORE

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Working and Witnessing Quietly Amid a Culture of Death (4203)

Pro-life Dr. Eda Joanne Angelo honored by bishops’ People of Life Award

11/07/2011 Comments (2)

In her early days as a physician and psychiatrist, Dr. Eda Joanne Angelo did not think it prudent to make known her strong pro-life views. But that all changed 25 years ago, when she became involved in pro-life hospice and post-abortion healing programs.

For the past 14 years, Angelo has been a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican, where last February she presented a paper on “Post-Abortion Trauma: Treatment and Prevention.”

In August she was one of three recipients of the annual People of Life Awards given by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. The other honorees were Mimi Eckstein, longtime director of the Denver...READ MORE

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Icons Open the Window to Heaven (4311)

'Visual Scripture' reflects the beauty of the faith. Nov. 6 issue feature.

11/06/2011 Comments (1)
Marek Czarnecki

– Marek Czarnecki

Even in Catholic circles, icons suffer from insufficient understanding. These images are often regarded as a mere style of art from Eastern Orthodox churches. What they are, however, are glimpses into eternity with roots in antiquity.

The word “icon” comes from the Greek word eikon, which means “image.” The artist (referred to as an iconographer) is said to “write” an icon because it is intended to be visual Scripture. The icon is most often a painting, but it can also be carved, cast in metal or done as a mosaic. It usually portrays Jesus, an angel or a saint.

According to iconographer Marek Czarnecki, “It’s a vision of reality that uses art to open the window to heaven.” His own journey...READ MORE

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Live the Call to Catholic Stewardship (2944)

Practical ways to share God-given gifts of time, talent and treasure. Nov. 6 issue feature.

11/06/2011 Comment

In their pastoral letter “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, ” the U.S. bishops define the Christian steward as “one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.” 

Since the 2002 publication of the bishops’ letter, there has been an increase in the number of organizations designed to help Catholics answer the call to stewardship. One of these groups is Faith Direct (FaithDirect.net), whose electronic-giving program allows parishioners to support their church through automatic contributions. Faith Direct works the same way as other...READ MORE

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Voices From the Womb Goes to Washington (3141)

The unborn brought the pro-life message to Capitol Hill recently. Nov. 6 issue feature.

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Mary Frances Boyle

– Mary Frances Boyle

WASHINGTON — Kaitlin Martinez climbed to the top of Capitol Hill Oct. 13 to figure out whether she should paint her nursery pink or blue.

“Many events have occurred here in the Capitol Building,” said the Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition. “But today Kaitlin’s going to find out whether she’s going to have a boy or a girl.”

Martinez was one of many pregnant mothers who volunteered for Voices From the Womb, a pro-life event held in the Congressional Auditorium. Live ultrasounds of their unborn children were displayed for a large audience, which included current members of Congress.

Voices From the Womb was sponsored by Idaho-based Stanton Healthcare and co-sponsored...READ MORE

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2011 Christmas Gift Guide (3547)

The Register's annual shopping section has arrived! EWTN Religious Catalogue and other Christmas finds.

11/05/2011 Comment

We found many beautiful items for giving this Christmas 2011.

These gifts will extend the faith-filled meaning of Christ’s birth to all ages on your list.

Click HERE to see the complete guide.

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