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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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President Trump set to address March for Life live via satellite

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

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WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at her daily press briefing Jan. 17 that President Donald Trump will become the first president to address the March for Life live from the White House Rose Garden via satellite.

The annual pro-life event marks the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, that legalized abortion. “Love Saves Lives” is the theme of the 2018 march.

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March supporters lauded for ‘value of every human life’

January 17th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — In a message of support for the March for Life in Washington, a Vatican official praised “the tens of thousands” of participants for their witness to the “value of every human life” and for upholding the dignity of life from conception to natural death.

“You give witness to the world of your understanding of the value of every human life and of your commitment to welcome, nurture, protect and integrate every human life from the first moment of conception until natural death,” said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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Mudslide victims need ‘consolation of God’s love’

January 17th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Amid tragedies such as the devastating mudslides in Southern California and the horrific wildfires that preceded them, “we want to know why” they happen, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said Jan. 14.

“It is not easy. One of the hardest things in the world is to keep believing in God’s love when we see tragedy,” he said in his homily during a Mass with victims of the mudslides at Santa Barbara Mission.

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St. Mary’s designated ‘minor basilica’ in Arlington diocese

January 16th, 2018 Posted in National News

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments declared St. Mary Church in Alexandria a minor basilica, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington announced to parishioners during Mass Jan. 14.

“It is an extraordinary honor to announce that the Holy See has designated St. Mary’s in Old Town to be the newest basilica in the United States. This historic announcement recognizes the important role St. Mary’s has played in the diocese, the city of Alexandria and even the very founding of our country,” he said.

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Coming back to faith: Confirmed in college

January 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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If there was anything that I did not anticipate doing during my freshman year of college, it was receiving the sacrament of confirmation. As an atheistically inclined, confirmation class dropout, I wanted nothing to do with Christ or his church, even if Christ and his church wanted something to do with me.

Attending a couple dozen catechesis classes and professing my belief in the Catholic Church was not something I ever expected to do. It was not on my radar. For that matter, it was not on anybody’s radar. Luckily enough, it was on God’s radar and that, in the end, was the only radar that mattered. Read more »

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Confirmation strengthens our identity as children of God

January 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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The sacrament of confirmation is perhaps the most mysterious of all the sacraments. Many Christians find it difficult to understand what benefit it brings. Isn’t the Holy Spirit received at baptism?

Yes, baptism makes us “a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1279). Then why do we need to receive the Holy Spirit again in confirmation? Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Sacrament series — Confirmation

January 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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In confirmation, the Holy Spirit strengthens us in our identity as children of God,

Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., uses sacred chrism oil to trace a cross on the forehead of Alma Karina Ruiz, 16, during the sacrament of confirmation at St. Joseph Church in Wautoma, Wis., Aug. 26. Looking on is Alma’s sponsors, Jose Tinajedo and Maria Francisca Ruiz Duran. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero | The Compass)

imparting an “apostolic” character, which associates us with the active mission of the church.

 The sacrament of confirmation has helped me, on the daily, to say yes to God.

 To be confirmed is to be chosen — chosen by God to be a sign of God’s presence in the world, sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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USCCB president: ‘Active love’ needed to further Rev. King’s legacy

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WASHINGTON   — The federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is “an important time to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Rev. King’s message, Cardinal DiNardo said in a Jan. 10 statement, is that “the sin of racism can be defeated by active love and the light of faith.” This year the holiday is Jan. 15.

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Mass offers mothers, families solace after infant loss and miscarriage

January 13th, 2018 Posted in National News

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HOUSTON (CNS) — Reeling from the loss of a second child, Stephanie Regitz and husband Matt stopped to consider their family’s future. “Are we going to have any more children?” they wondered.

The family, longtime ministers at a northwest Houston parish, found abundant support from the community but still felt largely alone. Stephanie sought support for mothers like her and families struggling with infant and child loss outside the church, attending meetings and even a moving candlelight service, but Stephanie said it was “lacking the liturgy.”

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