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U.S. Nuncio Looks Forward to His New Post (3691)

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò reflects on appointment and America days before he comes to the States.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

– EWTN News

The Pope’s new representative to the United States says the youth of the country’s Catholic Church are a beacon of hope to the rest of the Catholic world, especially in Europe.

“It is very exciting,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò told EWTN News on Nov. 3.

“I know the United States is the greatest country in many ways, but also from the Church point of view, because there are many young religious institutions and many young people. Europe has become an ‘old continent,’ but the United States has a youth that is brilliant and enthusiastic. I hope to be able to work with them in my new position,” he said.

Archbishop Viganò will take up his new post as the papal nuncio to the United States...READ MORE

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Pope Encourages Priests and Students to 'Bring the Proclamation of the Gospel to the World' (2837)

Benedict XVI spoke on Nov. 4, St. Charles Borromeo's feast day.

11/07/2011 Comment

VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS)—Pope Benedict XVI recently called priests and those in parish leadership positions to hold fast to Christ and allow his love to lead them to proclaim the Gospel.

The Pope spoke on Nov. 4 during the celebration of vespers with students from the pontifical universities in Rome, marking the beginning of their academic year.

He recalled the 70th anniversary of Pope Pius XII’s motu propio Cum Nobis on priestly vocations. “One cannot become a good shepherd without becoming one with Christ and his members through charity.

“Charity is the first duty of the good shepherd,” he said.

The Pope then explained several conditions in order for a priest to adequately carry out...READ MORE

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The Catholic University of America Sued for Discrimination (3903)

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

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Courtesy of John Banzhaf

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 (5057)

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

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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 (2486)

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.

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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 (5315)

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

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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 (4728)

'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 (3216)

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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