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Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

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WASHINGTON — Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan — the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine exploded — as a devoted mother, community leader, mentor and volunteer.

Riordan, a Wells Fargo executive from New Mexico, was a “thoughtful leader who has long been a part of the fabric of our community,” said Tim Keller, the mayor of Albuquerque. Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, described her as “an incredible woman who put her family and community first.” Read more »

Trump’s border policies cross the line for church leaders, advocates

April 14th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — Catholic Church leaders and immigration advocates say President Donald Trump’s recent moves to clamp down on immigration are extreme and unnecessary.

The president’s latest efforts to curb U.S. border crossings call for National Guard troops to be deployed along the border and ending the so-called “catch and release” practice of allowing immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to be released from detention while awaiting a court hearing.

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Archbishop: National Guard at border “not the American spirit”

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WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders in Texas criticized President Donald Trump’s April 4 announcement that he would be deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

In an April 5 tweet, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said Trump’s move was a “senseless action and a disgrace on the administration.” He also said the decision to send troops to the border demonstrated “repression, fear, a perception that everyone is an enemy, and a very clear message: We don’t care about anybody else. This is not the American spirit.”

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Catholic schools rule in NCAA men’s and women’s basketball

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WASHINGTON — This year’s NCAA basketball tournament was one for the books for Catholic universities. You might even say the ball was in their court.

That’s because for the first time, Catholic university teams won both the men’s and women’s national championship games. The women’s team, the Fighting Irish from the University of Notre Dame, beat Mississippi State University on Easter 61-58, thanks to Arike Ogunbowale’s dramatic, three-point shot with less than one second left on the clock.

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Youth-led marches inspire Catholic adult participants

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — Although the March for Our Lives in Washington March 24 and its “sibling” marches in cities across the country were brought on by teenagers, participants were all ages — from toddlers in strollers pushed by their parents to elderly marchers using walkers.

Many of the adults in the Washington crowd carrying posters with anti-gun messages or taking pictures of all posters held high on the cool spring day hadn’t lost sight of who brought them together and was leading them forward in the effort: the teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and students around the country energized in this movement.

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Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers

March 21st, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — In oral arguments before the Supreme Court March 20, justices seemed skeptical about a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to visibly display information about abortions to their clients that the centers say violates their right to free speech.

A few of the justices asked about the state’s motivation to put the law in place, wondering if it was more about educating women about state-provided services or if it was meant to specifically target centers offering pregnancy-related services that clients might assume are medical facilities.

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National School Walkout is time of prayer for many Catholic schools

March 13th, 2018 Posted in Education and Careers, National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — March 14, exactly one month since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students from around the country planned to walk out of their schools in protest of the nation’s gun laws for 17 minutes.

The time is meant to pay tribute to the 17 students and staff members killed that afternoon by gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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U.S. leaders praise Rev. Billy Graham at Capitol ceremony

February 28th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders paid tribute to the Rev. Billy Graham Feb. 28 in a brief ceremony before the public could pay respects to the evangelist while he lies in honor at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

“Today we give thanks for this extraordinary life. And it’s very fitting that we do so right here in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, where the memory of the American people is enshrined. Here in this room we remember America is a nation sustained by prayer,” said Trump.

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Coping with school shootings: surreal part of students’ routine

February 27th, 2018 Posted in Education and Careers, Featured, National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — Students in schools across the country have to navigate their way around classes, exams, relationships, cliques, cafeteria food and crowded hallways.

They also have to think about what they would do if someone with a gun came into their school, which seems all the more possible after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Rare meeting: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

February 1st, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — Many people looking at their February calendars are doing a double-take with Ash Wednesday falling on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

The two days, steeped in tradition, don’t have too much in common beyond their religious roots. Valentine’s Day, named after St. Valentine, a third-century martyr, is all about romance with its emphasis on cards, candy, flowers and nice dinners, where Ash Wednesday takes a more somber tone as the start of 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving of Lent.

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