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Boston College Holds Firm on Decision Banning Campus Condoms (5938)

Despite complaints from pro-condom students and the threat of an ACLU lawsuit, BC says it intends to uphold its Catholic identity.

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BOSTON — Sophomore Ethan Mack has watched a few of his fellow Boston College students flaunt disrespect for Catholic teaching and school policy for years. They hang free condoms and other sexual products in envelopes outside of dorm-room doors and approach freshmen to place condoms in their hands.

In March, college administrators told them to knock it off in a letter that threatened disciplinary action if such students don’t stop the on-campus condom giveaways.

“It is about time,” said Mack, managing editor of the independent campus newspaper The Observer, which promotes and defends Boston College’s Catholic identity. “For a while, a few of us who were concerned didn’t know if the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and English as a Second (or Third) Language (38410)

Possessed of less linguistic fluency than John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the Holy Father is carrying out his papal public duties almost exclusively in Italian.

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VATICAN CITY — Fluency in English and other languages has long been considered a prerequisite for a pope.

Blessed Pope John Paul II arguably set the standard, learning as many as 12 languages and speaking eight of them fluently. Benedict XVI, his successor, was reputed to be fluent in seven and was particularly proficient in French, the first foreign language he learned.

But Pope Francis’ linguistic abilities are, by his own admission, significantly inferior. Apart from Spanish, his mother tongue, he knows German and Italian well, although he admits the former is rusty.

The Holy Father prefers not to publicly speak any languages other than Italian at general audiences, the summaries...READ MORE

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Can Sports Help Us Grow In Holiness, One Look at Pope Francis's First Holy Week and Much More! (2111)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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One Look at Pope Francis’s First Holy Week. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Can Sports Help Us Grow in Holiness? – Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

One Look at Pope Francis’s First Holy Week via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

Report: Mass Murder of Christians in Syria – John Couretas, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Teen Sex: There’s An App For That – Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Easter Sequence: Sing It All Week Long – Kenneth J. Wolfe, Rorate Cæli

The Cross: Sign of God’s Life – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pics From Easter Vigil At Blackfen – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Chaste Allure of Amish Romance Novels – Valerie Weaver-Zercher, First Things/On the Square

Solemn Vespers of Easter, London Oratory – Shawn Tribe, New...READ MORE

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Pope’s Hug Embraced Everyone With Disabilities, Dad Says (4313)

Paul Gondreau said his son’s purpose is to love and to teach others how to love.

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Pope Francis embraces a boy prior to his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing on Easter Sunday, March 31.

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ROME — The father of a boy with special needs, whose iconic hug from Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention, says that the Pope in that instant held “all people” with disabilities.

“The Pope was embracing all the impoverished in that moment, and it was a profound blessing,” Paul Gondreau told Catholic News Agency April 2. “Not just for me and my wife,” he added, “but all parents of special-needs children or all those who are close to special-needs people.”

“Who would think that a little boy with such severe physical limitations would so profoundly move the world?”

Media outlets across the globe have zeroed in on Gondreau’s 9-year-old son after he was photographed receiving...READ MORE

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Study Shows Black Americans Reject ‘Gay Rights’ Equation (3639)

Rev. Bill Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, criticized the analogy of same-sex ‘marriage’ to the push for racial equality.

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Civil-rights leaders march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963.

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WASHINGTON — A new survey of black Americans shows that most disagree with the claim that the effort to promote homosexual rights is comparable to the historic movement for racial equality.

About 55% of respondents to a Zogby Analytics survey said that equal rights for "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered" persons are not the same as equal rights for African-Americans. Only 28% agreed, while 17% said they are not sure.

The online survey of 1,002 adults used respondents recruited through partners or random telephone samples. It was commissioned by Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, and was conducted Feb. 14-20.

The analysis — which claims a margin of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Visit Rome’s Basilicas Before Pentecost (4706)

The Holy Father will canonize three saints, two of whom are Hispanics.

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Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will be praying or celebrating Mass at all four of Rome’s major basilicas between now and Pentecost, as well as holding four public Masses in St. Peter’s Square.

The Holy See Press Office released on April 3 the places and times the Holy Father will be presiding over the seven public Masses that will be held between now and May 19.

After he was elected pope in 2005, Benedict XVI ordained priests for the Rome Diocese and celebrated Mass for Pentecost.

In 2005, Pope Benedict beatified two women, Sisters Marianne Cope and Ascension Nicol Goñi.

But Pope Francis will be going a step further and canonizing three saints, two of whom are Hispanics, even though...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Club Appeals After Being Denied Campus Recognition (4155)

Student leader says the group Voice for Life is being discriminated against because of its pro-life viewpoints.

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BALTIMORE — A pro-life student group at John Hopkins University in Baltimore is appealing a denial of official recognition, saying that it is being discriminated against for its views against abortion.

Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America, told Catholic News Agency that this decision is surprising, given that Johns Hopkins' administration and students “pride themselves on being a ‘free-speech campus’ — allowing dissenting opinions on campus and allowing a free exchange of ideas on campus.”

She added that there is a need for “upholding freedom of speech that isn’t popular.”

Voice for Life, a pro-life organization that is trying to re-start on the Johns...READ MORE

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How a Catholic Saint Gave the World Whiskey, Music for Eastertide, Protestants: Return and More! (4000)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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How a Catholic Saint Gave the World Whiskey. Follow the link by Whiskey Catholic to read more.

How a Catholic Saint Gave the World Whiskey by Whiskey Catholic - Big Pulpit

Music for Eastertide: Gloria I (Lux et Origo) – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

Protestants: It’s Time to Come Back – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

The Chapel Veil, Veiling or Head Covering, Explained – The Catholic Knight

Jesuit High School Okays Same-Sex 'Couple' to Attend Prom – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Easter at Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Austria – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Freedom and Foolishness – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Egyptian Coptic Christians Tortured for Some Strange Reason – Terry Mattingly, Patheos/Get Religion

Reforming the Curia – George Weigel, First Things/On...READ MORE

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