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Archbishop-Designate William Lori Says New Evangelization is Top Priority in Baltimore (5332)

As he prepares to take leadership of a much larger archdiocese, the bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., sees no reason to halt his work in fostering religious liberty.

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Archbishop-Designate William Lori of Baltimore speaking to reporters in Bridgeport, Conn.

– John Burger

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Archbishop-designate William Lori does not foresee having to give up his role as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Religious Liberty, even as he heads for a significantly larger archdiocese as the one he heads now.

But he said his attention will be focused primarily on his new flock in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, with a particular eye to the “New Evangelization.”

Archbishop Lori, who has served for 11 years as bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., will be installed May 16 in America’s premier see. He held a press conference in Baltimore the day the Vatican announced his appointment, March 20, and another at the headquarters of the Diocese of Bridgeport today.


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Egypt's Christians Mourn Death of Coptic Orthodox Patriarch (5386)

Pope Shenouda III is remembered by the country’s beleaguered Coptic minority amid deep political uncertainty.

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Egyptian Christians mourn during the funeral of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, at the Abassiya Cathedral in Cairo March 20.

– Salah Malkawi/ Getty Images

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — The death of Pope Shenouda III, the Coptic Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, comes at a time of deep political uncertainty in Egypt and rising fears that the country’s already beleaguered Coptic minority could be further marginalized by Islamists.

The death of Pope Shenouda, who led the worldwide Coptic Church for four decades until his death March 17 at the age of 88, comes just over a year after the “Arab Spring” popular uprising that forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak out of office.

In the year since, Egypt’s Islamic parties have made major gains during ongoing national elections. It remains to be seen how much influence these parties will wield in the...READ MORE

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Catholicism Expands in Texas (2770)

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, said the Pope was happy to hear that 'we are the region in the United States where the Catholic population is growing and growing intensely.'

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Pope Benedict XVI is “glad to hear” from U.S. bishops on a recent visit to the Vatican that the Catholic Church is rapidly expanding in Texas.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, told CNA that what caught the Pope’s attention the most is that “we are the region in the United States where the Catholic population is growing and growing intensely.”

Cardinal DiNardo and 21 other bishops from Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma have just completed six days in Rome on what is known as an ad limina apostolorum visit. That involves making pilgrimage to the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul, as well as meeting the various Vatican departments to discuss the health of the Church in each...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'October Baby' (10398)

Well-crafted pro-life film looks at life after abortion — for a lucky child who survived.

03/21/2012 Comments (37)

When a pro-life drama opens with a troubled, distracted teenage heroine struggling to focus, falling apart under pressure, and ultimately collapsing before dismayed onlookers, it might be natural to wonder if she might be pregnant and perhaps contemplating an abortion, like the wounded female lead in Bella. (The very first shot in the film depicts a butterfly, recalling Bella’s butterfly motif.)

October Baby, though, has a different story to tell. Hannah’s difficulties are due to a problem pregnancy, yes — but it happened nearly two decades earlier, and 19-year-old Hannah (newcomer Rachel Hendrix) has no inkling of it. She doesn’t even know that she’s adopted.

October Baby is about life...READ MORE

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Catholic Colleges Upset by HHS Rule Requiring Student Health Plans to Comply With Mandate (5709)

The latest news on the administration's 'accommodation,' including more pro-life concerns.

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Representatives of Catholic colleges voiced disappointment in a new federal rule finalizing the requirement to include student health plans in the administration’s controversial new contraception mandate.

Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, said the mandate will undermine the efforts of every Catholic family that “chooses a Catholic college to ensure an appropriate Christian environment for their daughter.”

Reilly told EWTN News on March 19 that the requirement violates religious freedom and will be helping to “supply promiscuous college students.”

Under the mandate, he explained, a college freshman girl will be able to arrange for a free “tubal ligation or an IUD...READ MORE

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The New Face of Natural Family Planning, Immigration, Social Justice, Natural Law, and much more! (2954)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The New Face of Natural Family Planning. Click on the link by Jennifer Brinker to read more.

The New Face of Natural Family Planning - Jennifer Brinker, Catholic Lane

Immigration: The Contested Principle - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Seven “Givens” & Seven “Oughts” of Catholic Social Justice - Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

U.N. Bodies & the Natural Law - Stefano Gennarini JD, Turtle Bay and Beyond

Quæritur: Seminary Monitors Seminarians’ Email, Surfing - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Itinerancy Of Our Youth - Nathan Kennedy, Ignitum Today

Retarded Souls & Venial Sins: An Analysis by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Sebelius & “Document Dump Friday”: Protecting Religious Liberty - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Time to Quit...READ MORE

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Vatican Investigates Source of Unauthorized Leaks (2846)

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Holy See’s chief of staff, defends the faithful commitment of the majority of curial officials.

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VATICAN CITY — In an attempt to restore trust after a series of unauthorized leaks to the Italian media, the Vatican has opened a rare and thorough investigation to find out the identity of those responsible.

The leaks, which appeared in newspaper reports in January and February, have alleged corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts among senior officials in the Secretariat of State.

Giovanni Maria Vian, editor of the Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, made the announcement in the daily’s March 17 edition: He summarized an interview with Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the substitute of the Secretariat of State, a job comparable to the White House’s chief of staff. The...READ MORE

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Sainthood Cause of Father Walter Ciszek Moves Forward (3437)

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued a declaration that the investigation is valid.

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Father Walter Ciszek Center

– Father Walter Ciszek Center

The inquiry into the sainthood cause of Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek, a missionary who was imprisoned in the Soviet Union for 23 years, has taken a “major step forward,” with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints issuing a declaration that the investigation is valid.

“This breakthrough in the process is very encouraging and a testimony to the commitment and dedication of all those involved,” Bishop John Barres of Allentown, Pa., said March 19.

The Diocese of Allentown’s investigation into the priest’s life, virtues and reputation for sanctity is valid, the congregation declared. The congregation transferred responsibility for the cause to the Diocese of Allentown from the...READ MORE

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