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Sisters of Life hold up dignity of single moms in 25-year-old ministry

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NEW YORK — On a drizzly gray morning in early May, the bright kitchen at Visitation Mission on Manhattan’s East Side was filled with the sound of laughter and the inviting aromas of fresh-cut vegetables and baking cookies as postulants and novices of the Sisters of Life prepared food for themselves and their anticipated guests.
Visitation is the nerve center for the Sisters of Life’s material, emotional and spiritual outreach to pregnant women in crisis. The sisters help more than 900 women at the former convent each year, said Sister Magdalene, the congregation’s local superior. Read more »

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Canada’s House sends assisted suicide bill to Senate for approval

June 2nd, 2016 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canadian government’s assisted suicide legislation, which the nation’s bishops describe as “fundamentally unjust” and an “affront to human dignity,” easily passed third and final reading in the House of Commons May 31 and was sent to the Senate for final approval.
By a vote of 186-137, the House passed Bill C-14, which would legalize medically assisted death for mentally competent adults who, while not necessarily terminally ill, have a serious and incurable illness and are “suffering intolerably” and whose death is “reasonably foreseeable.” Read more »

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‘A very happy day for the Diocese of Wilmington’ — Father Lance Martin ordained to the priesthood

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WILMINGTON – Church bells tolled joyfully as a procession or priests and deacons began its way into the Cathedral of St. Peter May 28 for the ordination of Father Lance Martin.

“This is a very happy day for the Diocese of Wilmington. We rejoice,” Bishop Malooly told 33 priests, Father Martin’s fellow seminarians, and a congregation of about 200. The congregation included Father Martin’s parents and two siblings. Read more »

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Rome retreat: Pope offers ‘crash course’ on mercy in priestly ministry

June 2nd, 2016 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — The spiritual retreat Pope Francis offered priests and seminarians as part of the Jubilee of Priests could be seen as a “crash course” on the role of mercy in priestly ministry.

His series of three meditations in three Roman basilicas June 2 and Mass June 3 were to be “a full immersion because Pope Francis’ heart is immersed in the heart of Jesus the Good Shepherd,” said Archbishop Jorge Patron Wong, secretary of seminaries at the Congregation for Clergy. Read more »

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‘We are proud of Mother Teresa,’ Albanians say of future saint

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TIRANA, Albania (CNS) — Blessed Teresa of Kolkata is everywhere in Albania. The international airport outside the capital, Tirana, is named for her, as is the city’s main hospital and second-largest public square.
Sculptures of the famous nun stand at intersections and peer down from churches across the nation of 3 million people. Her photos are taped to storefronts and hotel entrances and can even be spotted inside the windshields of taxis and private cars. October 19, the day she was beatified in 2003, is a public holiday.
“She has made so many benefits for all the world,” said Anila Kika, a government economist. Read more »

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Life is short; start forgiving, making amends, pope tells priests

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mercy recognizes that life is short and that so much good needs to be done that there is no time to waste in making amends, Pope Francis told priests.
“That is why it is so important to forgive completely” and let go of paralyzing self-pity so mercy can get “its hands dirty” and make reparation for the wrongs committed, he said in a retreat for clergy.
Mercy does not overlook the harm caused by sin, “rather it takes away evil’s power over the future. It takes away its power over life.” Read more »

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Sals reach 10th straight lacrosse final with win over Archmere

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BEAR – Salesianum scored early and often in its state tournament lacrosse match June 1 vs. Archmere, taking a 20-10 win and earning another trip to the championship game. It is the Sals’ 10th consecutive appearance in the final; they have won six of those and seven state titles overall.

The top-seeded Sals will meet No. 6 Appoquinimink on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Caravel Academy, the same site as Thursday’s semifinals. Tickets are $7 and available at diaa.ticketleap.com. The final will be streamed for a fee at www.nfhsnetwork.com. Read more »

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Student says religious icons are ‘transitions, windows into spirituality’

June 1st, 2016 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: ,

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Layer by layer, an icon comes to life. First dark colors obscure the brilliant white gesso covering a wooden board. Brighter and paler colors and shiny gold leaf follow.

Whether the artist is a newbie or experienced doesn’t matter. Each creates an icon, a religious painting filled with symbolism and the artist’s own prayer and reflection.

Some 20 iconographers attended a workshop this spring led by internationally known icon masters at the Shrine of St. Anthony, a repurposed Franciscan monastery in Howard County. Read more »

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Three-run sixth propels St. Mark’s to 14th baseball state championship

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WILMINGTON – Top-seeded St. Mark’s did what it did most of the state baseball tournament – fall behind early and chip away before winning at the end. This time, the Spartans fell into a 4-0 hole to No. 3 Caravel before scoring a 5-4 comeback win for their 14th state championship May 31 at Frawley Stadium.

Caravel got to St. Mark’s starting pitcher Billy Sullivan early, as Tyler Juhl singled, stole second and reached third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of the Buccaneers’ starting pitcher, Brandon Fraley. Read more »

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Rago steps down as Vikings boys basketball coach after 30 years

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WILMINGTON – Dick Rago has retired as the boys’ basketball coach at St. Elizabeth High School after finishing his 30th year on the bench, the school officially announced Wednesday. The players were informed last week, and word of Rago’s departure had been circulating in the Delaware high school sports community since then.

Rago succeeded Chuck Haney as varsity coach in 1986 after two years leading the junior varsity. He leaves with a record of 358-319. Read more »

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