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US Bishops, Catholic Leaders Praise Christian Witness of Billy Graham

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The evangelist Billy Graham died Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, his family announced. He was 99. Born in Charlotte, Graham was ordained a Southern Baptist minister in 1939. During his work in ministry, he...

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Catholic Studies Founder Don Briel Remembered for Fidelity to Christ

BISMARCK, N.D. — Don Briel, who held a chair in liberal arts at the University of Mary and who had founded the first Catholic studies program, at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, died Thursday night. The University of Mary has...

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A Look at Parkland, From the Pierced Heart of a Sandy Hook Mother

Jennifer Hubbard’s life took a drastic turn the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. That Dec. 14, 2012, she and her husband, Matthew, had two children in the school — 6-year-old Catherine and 8-year-old...

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Cardinal Joseph Zen a Longtime, Vocal Critic of China’s Policies

The most prominent critic of the current Vatican approach to Holy See-China relations is Cardinal Joseph Zen, 86, the Salesian bishop emeritus of Hong Kong. Cardinal Zen served as the bishop of Hong Kong from 2002 until his retirement in 2009...

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China and Religion: A Snapshot

With the takeover of China by the communists under Mao Zedong in 1949, the country became an officially atheist state, and brutal oppression of all religion, including the Catholic Church, followed. In 1951, China cut off all diplomatic...

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Vatican-China Agreement in Sight, but Chinese Catholic Reconciliation Further Off

Although the Vatican has had a long-standing dialogue with the People’s Republic of China seeking a way to select bishops acceptable to both the government and the Pope, those efforts now seem on the verge of an historic agreement. But tensions...

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How to Raise Devoted Catholic Kids When They Attend Public School

Devout Catholic couples who place their children in public schools do so for a variety of reasons, including logistics, finances and the availability of good public schools. Some feel disillusioned by local Catholic schools. Others simply do not...

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First-Round MLB Draft Pick Puts God Back Above Baseball

For many years, Nick Pratto’s life revolved around baseball. He hit the walk-off single that won the Little League World Series for the Huntington Beach team in 2011. He was a star player in high school, was on the gold medal-winning team in the...

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Pro-Life Progress Report: Several More States Seek New Laws Restricting Abortion

WASHINGTON — The pro-life movement appears poised to continue seeing success at the state level as legislatures in at least nine states are considering enacting new laws to regulate and restrict abortion. The flurry of legislative activity...

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Holy Transfigured

Sunday, Feb. 25, is the Second Sunday of Lent (Lent B). Mass Readings: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19; Romans 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10. Every Second Sunday of Lent during all of the three-year cycles of readings, the...