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National Catholic Register Acquired by EWTN (15196)

The world’s largest Catholic media network is the fourth owner of the 83-year-old newspaper.

01/19/2011 Comments (52)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Eighty-three years after its debut in Denver, and 15 years after its purchase by the Legionaries of Christ, the National Catholic Register is being acquired by the world’s largest religious media network, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The acquisition, finalized at the end of January, marks the third time in the newspaper’s history that a new owner has stepped forward to preserve and expand the newspaper’s service to the Church.

Under the terms of the transaction, no cash will be exchanged between the parties. EWTN will take over the ongoing operational expenses of the Register and will assume the paper’s future subscription liabilities.

“I am very pleased...READ MORE

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Will Haiti Still Look Like This in a Year? (7901)

Reconstruction is painfully slow. And the cholera epidemic is still spreading relentlessly.

01/18/2011 Comments (3)
CNS photo/Jorge Silva, Reuters

HOW LONG, O LORD? A woman prays in front of the destroyed Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 12, as Haitians marked the first anniversary of the earthquake that flattened much of the capital.

– CNS photo/Jorge Silva, Reuters

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — During the week of the first anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, it was difficult to tell that the disaster struck the country one year ago.

While the streets of Port-au-Prince have been mostly cleared of rubble left by the magnitude 7.0 quake that killed some 200,000 Haitians, block after block of the city is ruined. There is almost no reconstruction under way, or even removal of imploded buildings and toppled utility poles.

The roads of Port-au-Prince are a mind-bending maze of crater-sized holes and mounds of garbage, making them nearly impassible to any vehicle except four-wheel drive trucks, SUVs or the large, white United Nations transports.

Islanders...READ MORE

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Martin Luther King’s Dream Is Our Dream (3510)

1 foundation girds both the civil-rights movement and the pro-life movement.

01/17/2011 Comments (2)
1967 CNS photo from Pittsburgh Catholic

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Msgr. Charles Owen Rice march to the United Nations in New York.

– 1967 CNS photo from Pittsburgh Catholic

Just seven days separate the commemoration of two of the most important dates in the history of the United States.

Jan. 15, 1929, was the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. For the last 25 years, it has been celebrated as a national holiday.

Jan. 22, 1973, marks the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which, together with that same day’s Doe v. Bolton decision, guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion on demand, for any reason, through all nine months of pregnancy. For the last 38 years, it has been marked by pro-lifers from coast to coast as a day of mourning. To the shame of our nation, it is also celebrated by some as a victory.

These two historic dates might seem to...READ MORE

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Marching for Life Across America (4216)

Local events to commemorate Roe v. Wade increase and multiply.

01/17/2011 Comments (5)
CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff-Nordby

Judy Machesic of Sunbury, Pa., listens intently during the annual March for Life rally on the National Mall in Washington last Jan. 22.

– CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff-Nordby



WASHINGTON — The annual March for Life is scheduled for next Monday, Jan. 24. Not everyone can make the trip to Washington, D.C. But that doesn’t leave thousands of supporters from large cities and small towns across America out in the cold.

From the city where the Roe v. Wade court case was first argued to the Rocky Mountains to the Big Apple, plans are in place for commemorations on or near the 38th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down most abortion laws in America.

In San Francisco, Walk for Life West Coast (WalkforLifeWC.com) has ballooned yearly, from 7,000 participants in 2005 to more than 35,000 last year, according to Dolores Meehan, Walk for Life...READ MORE

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Anglican Ordinariate Arrives (5434)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster calls the move to unity by Pope Benedict XVI 'a prophetic gesture'

01/14/2011 Comments (5)
CNS PHOTO

Westminster Archbishop Vincent Nichols will ordain three former Anglican bishops to the Catholic priesthood Jan. 15.

– CNS PHOTO

The first Anglican ordinariate will be canonically established this weekend. John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton, having resigned their positions as bishops in the Church of England and having been received into the Catholic Church on New Year’s Day, will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, Jan. 15.

In a statement, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster said, “This is a unique moment, and the Catholic community in England and Wales is privileged to be playing its part in this historic development in the life of the universal Church.”

At the beginning of Lent, at least 35 groups and 50 Anglican clergy will enroll as candidates for...READ MORE

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SDG’s Top Films of 2010 (7301)

Was it the worst movie year ever? Some standout films left an impression.

01/14/2011 Comments (18)
Paramount Pictures and Focus Features

– Paramount Pictures and Focus Features

Was 2010 “The Worst Movie Year Ever,” as Joe Queenan argued at WSJ.com a while back? Or at least, bracketing art house and world cinema fare, was it Hollywood’s worst year ever? For most of the year, it sure looked plausible. What was there all spring, other than Iron Man 2? What highlights did summer bring, other than Inception and Toy Story 3?

Every year has its share of A-list duds. But in what other movie year was the collective star power of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and Sylvester Stallone and practically every living action icon used to so little effect as in Knight and Day, The Tourist,...READ MORE

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From ‘America’s Next Top Model’ to Lobbyist for Chastity (56394)

Former New York model Leah Darrow quit on the spot when she realized she was about to ‘lose her soul.’ Now she’s helping others avoid the trap of unchastity.

01/13/2011 Comments (33)
Courtesy of Leah Darrow

Portrait of the artist as a chastity speaker

– Courtesy of Leah Darrow

Gospel singer-turned-pop star Katy Perry recently raised the ire of some parents when she performed a segment for preschoolers on Sesame Street in a dress that appeared to have a plunging neckline (it was actually a flesh-colored mesh that went to her neck).

Singer Lady Gaga, in one of her many outrageous publicity stunts, appeared on the September 2010 cover of Vogue Hommes Japan wearing only pieces of raw meat strung together to create a skimpy bikini (she also turned heads when she wore a somewhat more modest meat dress to MTV’s Video Music Awards in September).

The entertainment industry has long presented attractive young female performers in various states of undress to millions...READ MORE

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Year of the Quake (2183)

Haitians continue to suffer one year after devestating earthquake.

01/12/2011 Comments (1)
REUTERS/Allison Shelley

A woman prays amid the rubble of the damaged main cathedral in downtown Port-au-Prince, Jan. 9. Haiti is marking the first anniversary of the earthquake that killed around 250,000 people and wrecked much of the capital Port-au-Prince on Jan 12, 2010.

– REUTERS/Allison Shelley


After an earthquake leveled Haiti’s capital one year ago today, U.S. Catholics donated $82.6 million for emergency relief and rehabilitation in just one weekend collection.

Now, as political instability and a cholera epidemic delay plans for permanent housing, economic development and the rebuilding of Church institutions, Haiti’s Catholic bishops have joined with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to implement a plan designed to upgrade building construction, strengthen local institutions and discourage foreign-aid practices that foster a culture of dependency.

“Together we can bring about the genuine change that Haiti and its people long for,” vowed Bishop Kevin Farrell during the...READ MORE

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