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Catholic Charities’ Tribute Dinner includes a client’s thanks for Bayard House

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Jessica, 25, said she’s been “a lost soul” for 10 years, a decade when she was sleeping under bridges and associating with people “who were poisonous to me.”

The mother of three and cancer survivor said she hit rock bottom two years ago when she lost custody of a daughter.

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Bishop Malooly: HHS health care mandates threaten religious freedom

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SMYRNA – Bishop Malooly is calling for Catholics to speak out against a federal mandate that, despite a narrowly written exemption for religious institutions, would require many Catholic institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives and sterilizations.

The health care reform act’s guidelines by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “threaten religious freedom and our rights more than ever,” he told about 40 people at a Mass for the Unborn at St. Polycarp Church March 26. Catholic colleges and hospitals, and other institutions, would not be covered by the religious exemption. “We need to respond and to act.”

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St. Francis extending healthcare to planned riverfront facility for elderly

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WILMINGTON – In the gospel of Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus tells the story of the sheep and the goats. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, he will separate his people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. On one side will be those who fed the hungry, clothed the naked and cared for the sick. On the other will be those who did not.

U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper said the Senate chaplain often reminds the politicians in his Bible study group of this Gospel as they go about their work in Washington, D.C. Carper said the opening of what is hoped to be an innovative St. Francis Healthcare senior care facility at the Shipyard Center on the Wilmington riverfront “is the embodiment of Matthew 25.”

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Pope asks Our Lady of Charity to help suffering Cubans

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EL COBRE, Cuba — Entrusting people to Mary’s maternal care is a normal Catholic practice, but when Pope Benedict XVI prayed that Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre would wrap her golden mantle around the people of Cuba, it was particularly poignant.

For 400 years, Cubans, believers and nonbelievers alike, have brought their sorrows and joys before the little statue of Mary, and even Cuba’s communist rulers have claimed her as a cultural icon of the Cuban struggle for freedom and equality.

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Pope recognizes Cubans’ struggles, calls freedom a necessity

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba — Celebrating an outdoor Mass on his first day in Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the struggles of the country’s Catholics after half a century of communism and described human freedom as a necessity for both salvation and social justice.

The pope spoke March 26 in Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, in Cuba’s second-largest city. He had arrived in the country a few hours earlier, after spending three days in Mexico.

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Religious freedom rallies held

March 26th, 2012 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: ,

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Hundreds of people gathered March 23 in front of U.S. courthouses, state capitols and historic sites to support religious freedom and protest a federal mandate they say violates that freedom by requiring most religious employers to provide no-cost contraceptive coverage even it is contrary to their beliefs.

All of the events, held at noon local time in 143 cities, were part of a nationwide “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally organized by the Pro-Life Action League in Chicago and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, based in Michigan. About 55,000 people participated.

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Reading ‘Phanatics’ at Our Lady of Fatima School get special visitor

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 NEW CASTLE — It wasn’t Citizens Bank Park, but Our Lady of Fatima School looked and sounded like the home of the Philadelphia Phillies on March 23.

Many of the students and teachers dressed in Phillies red for the day as a special visitor took a break from spring training to reward them for their dedication to reading.

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Pope calls for complete religious freedom in Cuba

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HAVANA — Preaching at Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square, location of the headquarters of Cuba’s Communist Party, Pope Benedict XVI called for full religious freedom and greater respect for human rights on the island.

“In Cuba steps have been taken to enable the church to carry out her essential mission of expressing the faith openly and publicly,” the pope said during his homily March 28. “Nonetheless, this must continue forward.”

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Trust in God to help change society, pope says in Mexico’s heartland

March 26th, 2012 Posted in Featured, International News

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SILAO, Mexico — Celebrating Mass in the Catholic heartland of Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI told a nation and a continent suffering from poverty, corruption and violence, to trust in God and the intercession of Mary to help them bring about a “more just and fraternal society.”

“When addressing the deeper dimension of personal and community life, human strategies will not suffice to save us,” the pope said in his homily during the outdoor Mass at Guanajuato Bicentennial Park March 25, the second full day of his second papal visit to Latin America. “We must have recourse to the one who alone can give life in its fullness, because he is the essence of life and its author.”

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Pope in Mexico as ‘pilgrim of faith, of hope, and of love’

March 26th, 2012 Posted in Featured, International News

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SILAO, Mexico — Arriving in Mexico on his second papal visit to Latin America March 23, Pope Benedict XVI said he came as a “pilgrim of faith, of hope, and of love,” promoting the cause of religious freedom, social progress and the Catholic Church’s charitable works.

Bells tolled and the assembled crowd cheered as Pope Benedict XVI appeared through the door of his Alitalia plane at Guanajuato Internal Airport in central Mexico. He was greeted by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and other dignitaries, including Archbishop Jose Martin Rabago of Leon and Archbishop Carlos Aguilar Retes of Tlalnepantla, president of the Mexican bishops’ conference and the Latin American bishops’ council, CELAM.

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