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Pope Francis says violence against women cannot be treated as normal

January 19th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (CNS) — Society cannot look the other way and allow a culture that demeans the dignity of women to persist, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to the people of Puerto Maldonado, located in the region known as Madre de Dios (“Mother of God”), Pope Francis said it was sad to see how “in this land, which is under the protection of the Mother of God, so many women are devalued, denigrated and exposed to endless violence.”

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March for Life honors people who made ‘courageous choice to embrace life’

January 19th, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — The Capital One Arena in Washington, which typically hosts professional basketball and hockey games and sold-out concerts, was filled with thousands of youth from around the country who gathered there Jan. 19 to stand up for life.

The Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life preceded the 45th annual March for Life marking the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

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Donald Trump tells marchers every unborn child ‘a precious gift from God’

January 19th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — In remarks broadcast to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said that his administration “will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”

He invoked the theme of this year’s march, “Love Saves Lives,” and praised the crowd as being very special and “such great citizens gathered in our nation’s capital from many places for one beautiful cause” — celebrating and cherishing life.

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Amazonians need defense of life, earth, cultures, Pope Francis tells Peru

January 19th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: , ,

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PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru — Pope Francis called on indigenous people of the Amazon to work with missionaries and bishops to shape a church with an “Amazonian and indigenous” face.

The pope pledged the church’s “whole-hearted option for the defense of life, the defense of the earth and the defense of cultures” and called his audience to work together toward the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, which he has called for 2019.

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Food drive helps Catholic Charities ‘Stock the Pantry’

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Catholic Charities Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington again asks all its communities to “Stock the Pantry” by contributing nonperishable food goods in order for the agency to meet the continued high demand for emergency food distributions. The food drive will continue throughout the month of February. Donors can drop off food and grocery store gift cards
at Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours.

“The holiday season of giving has just passed, but hunger for many of the families in our communities is a daily occurrence,” said Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities executive director. “One in five residents in our Diocese don’t have a secure source of food. Families should not have to choose between making a rent, mortgage or utility payment and buying food. The donations of food that we receive from our neighbors help us meet the demand we see every day.”

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Level Up Village connects Christ the Teacher with the world

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GLASGOW — A group of seventh- and eighth-grade students at Christ the Teacher School have spent the past few months taking an elective that has given them an opportunity to learn about their counterparts in an African nation while mixing in science, technology and sociology.

The class, which wrapped up earlier this week, matched the 16 students with boys and girls in Zimbabwe. It included video exchanges and a Skype session, and the Delaware students made solar flashlights to send to Zimbabwe. Read more »

Cardinal Dolan says March for Life is akin to MLK’s fight for civil rights

January 19th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: , ,

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WASHINGTON — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was invoked by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York in the cardinal’s homily during the Jan. 18 Mass that opened the National Prayer Vigil for Life.

Like “Pastor King,” as Cardinal Dolan referred to him throughout his homily, “our belief in the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of all human life propels us to concern for human life wherever, whenever, and however it is threatened, from racial antagonism to justice for immigrants, from the war-torn to the hungry,” the prelate said.

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Ursuline grad Mills among eight to join Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame

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A former Ursuline standout and her coach at the school are among eight people who will be inducted into the Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame on Jan. 27. The ceremony will take place over lunch at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 654 S. College Ave., Newark, beginning at 11 a.m.

Kate Mills, a two-time first-team all-state basketball player for Ursuline in the early 2000s, is one of six players who will be honored. Her coach, Steve Johnson, and a benefactor of the sport are the others. Read more »

Cardinal Josef Beran of Prague to get wish of homeland burial 50 years after death

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VATICAN CITY — In his last will and testament, a cardinal exiled to Rome, who survived the Nazis’ Dachau prison camp and 17 years of communist persecution, requested to be allowed back home to Czechoslovakia for burial.

But as Cardinal Josef Beran — ill with cancer — wrote down his wishes, it never occurred to him that the hostility against him by communist officials was so great; they not only denied him the right to return while alive, they would not even want him back dead.

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Young people seen as ‘ambassadors for life’ at march

January 18th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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NEW YORK — Charlie Camosy, associate professor in the theology department at Jesuit-run Fordham University, spoke to Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, in advance of this year’s annual march in Washington Jan. 19.

She talked about changes in the event and the crowd she has seen over the years, the efforts to unify pro-lifers on a variety of life issues and her own pro-life views.

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