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From Colorado to New York, a Bond of Catholic Education (3430)

Iona Prep expands its education capacity, courtesy of a unique Colorado-based financing program for Catholic institutions.

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — At a time when many Catholic schools face serious financial challenges, one Catholic high school in the northern suburbs of New York City is expanding its educational capacity in a surprising way: Iona Preparatory School recently acquired a nearby elementary school, thanks to a first-of-its-kind financial-planning program for Catholic institutions made available through the National Catholic Educational Association and the state of Colorado.

Iona Prep is an academically rigorous, all-boys high school in New Rochelle, N.Y., founded by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. The school serves 775 young men on a 26-acre campus.

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Medical Experts Warn of Under-Exposed Abortion Risks (3443)

Abortion is associated with numerous unreported and under-reported health risks, according to a panel of doctors.

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WASHINGTON — Surgical and medical abortions are associated with a host of untold and under-reported medical and psychological risks, said a panel of doctors at a recent conference in the nation’s capital.

“Abortion reporting has been a major impediment in receiving accurate information about abortion complications,” said Dr. Monique Chireau, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine.

She added that “improved abortion reporting, informed consent and public information regarding abortion complications should help reduce abortion rates.”

Chireau was part of a medical panel that spoke at the Americans United for Life Symposium on Jan. 24 in...READ MORE

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Our Lady of Czestochowa Icon Touring Spain (1988)

The replica of the famous Polish image is traveling on an intercontinental pro-life and pro-family pilgrimage.

01/31/2013 Comment

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MADRID — A replica image of Our Lady of Czestochowa is currently traveling throughout Spain on a pro-life and pro-family pilgrimage that will span 24 countries and more than 18,000 miles.

Dubbed “From Ocean to Ocean,” the tour began last September in Vladivostok on Russia’s Pacific coast and will conclude at the Shrine of Fatima on the Atlantic coast of Portugal.

Organizers of the tour hope that “the number of people who discover and defend the dignity of the human being from conception to natural death will continuously increase.”

The famous image of Mary, normally housed at the Jasna Gora Shrine in Poland, has been in Spain since Dec. 15, visiting more than 25 dioceses.

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Are You Part of the Great Catholic Parish Migration? Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan and More! (3329)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Are You Part of the Great Catholic Parish Migration of the 21st Century. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

Are You Part of the Great Catholic Parish Migration of the 21st Century by Dr. Taylor MarshallBig Pulpit

Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan – Donald R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

“Like a Diplomat with Art”: Natalia Tsarkova, Pope’s Official Painter – Tristyn Bloom, First Things/First Thoughts

Sacramental Social Doctrine – William L. Patenaude, The Catholic World Report

What Every Catholic Using Social Media Should Know – Ryan Eggenberger DPhil, Ignitum Today

Notre-Dame de Vic d’Oust, Ariège – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Even Muslims Flourished in Crusader States – Michael Haag, Catholic Herald

Smartphones, Sex, and Your Teen – Joanna Hyatt, Truth and Charity...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: Redefining Marriage Creates ‘Engine of Conflict’ (2439)

In a pair of Supreme Court legal briefs, the bishops warn against problems arising from a redefinition to include homosexual relationships.

01/30/2013 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON — In recent legal briefs filed with the Supreme Court, the U.S. bishops warned that a redefinition of marriage would create an “engine of conflict” that threatens freedom of religion, speech and other liberties.

“Marriage, understood as the union of one man and one woman, is not a historical relic, but a vital and foundational institution of civil society today,” said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a Jan. 29 amicus brief supporting the California ballot initiative Proposition 8.

“The government interests in continuing to encourage and support it are not merely legitimate, but compelling,” the brief explained.

California voters passed Prop. 8 in 2008, reversing...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez Hails Senate Immigration-Reform Plan (1996)

The Los Angeles archbishop says it’s ‘vital’ that the reform framework includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

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Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles

WASHINGTON — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles welcomed an immigration-reform plan proposed by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators as a much-needed foundation for further reform efforts.   

“It is vital that the framework includes a path to citizenship, so that undocumented immigrants can come out of the shadows and into the light and have a chance to become Americans,” said Archbishop Gomez, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration.

The proposal “gives hope to millions of our fellow human beings,” he continued.

On Jan. 28, a bipartisan group of eight senators introduced a series of principles to guide Congress in enacting broad immigration...READ MORE

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Young Nun: Catholic Education and Latin Mass Aided My Discernment, and Much More! (2822)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/30/2013 Comment

Young Nun: How a Faithful Catholic Education and T. L. M. Aided Her Discernment. Click on the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

Young Nun: How a Faithful Catholic Education and T. L. M. Aided Her Discernment – Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Catholic Parish Forced to Evangelize by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog - Big Pulpit

History Shows Us We Can Stop Abortion – Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

Requiem for Louis XVI in Paris – Henri Adam De Villiers, New Liturgical Movement

The Death and Cult of King Louis XVI – John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

The Theology of Disability – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

‘All Our Detractors Can Do is Call Us Names’ – Mary O’Regan, Catholic Herald

A Catholic Explores the World of Coptic Orthodoxy – Jason...READ MORE

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Pope Says Biblical View of God Can Help Fatherhood Crisis (1983)

The Holy Father's Jan. 30 general audience

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VATICAN — Pope Benedict XVI said the Bible can help clarify the true meaning of being a father during his general audience today.

“Despite the crisis of fatherhood in many societies, the Scriptures show us clearly what it means to call God ‘Father,’” he said Jan. 30 at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“For those who have had the experience of an overly authoritarian and inflexible father or an indifferent, uncaring, or even absent one, it is not easy to calmly think of God as a father or to confidently surrender themselves to him,” he told the crowd.

Pope Benedict pointed out that “it isn’t always easy today to speak about fatherhood, and, not having adequate role models, it even becomes...READ MORE

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