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Trump Administration Proposes ‘Paradigm Shift’ in Federal Education Policies

WASHINGTON — Betsy DeVos, the U.S. secretary of Education, is calling for “a paradigm shift” and a “fundamental reorientation” of the way Americans think of school and the federal government’s role in the nation’s educational system. “Equal...

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Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Petitions West to ‘Sympathize With Us’

Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Aphrem II became patriarch in 2014 as Syria was in the throes of war. Several months later, Syriac Orthodox were among the 100,000 Christians driven out by the Islamic State from the Nineveh Plain in...

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Vatican Denies Rumors That Benedict XVI Has Degenerative Nerve Disorder

VATICAN CITY — After rumors spread in German media that Benedict XVI has a paralyzing nerve disease, the Vatican debunked the story, saying the retired pope is experiencing nothing more than the normal aches and pains of aging. “The recent news...

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Pope Francis Regularly Meets With Victims of Sexual Abuse on Fridays

VATICAN CITY — In a conversation with Jesuits during his recent visit to Peru, Pope Francis said he regularly meets with victims of sexual abuse on Fridays, and that, while the percentage of priests who abuse is relatively low, even one is too...

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Get a Read on Lent

One of the most effective means for me to better focus on my Lenten commitments is to carve out time to read. Spiritual reading often falls by the wayside in our technology-driven culture, which, instead of providing us with more time for...

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Letters 02.18.18

Informative Reporting This is just a quick note to thank you, EWTN and the National Catholic Register, for informative Catholic reporting and for a forum to discuss issues as they relate to our Catholic Church. So much is going on in today’s...

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Home Video Picks & Passes 02.18.18

The Star (2017) — PASS Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) — PICK Henry Fonda’s best-known performance as a legendary historical character in a John Ford film is as Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine. Yet Fonda was more aptly cast five years earlier in...

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TV Picks 02.18.18

SUNDAY-SUNDAY, Feb. 18-25 XXIII Winter Olympic Games NBC, NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CNBC, USA NETWORK These quadrennial games are held this year in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Check NBCOlympics.com for times.   MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS,...

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Pope Assures Spiritual Closeness, Prayers to Victims of Deadly Florida School Shooting

VATICAN CITY — On Thursday Pope Francis assured his spiritual closeness to all those affected by a deadly shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead, offering prayers for the victims and voicing hope that such acts of violence would...

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Every Human Being Shares the Cross of Waiting

Everyone waits for something. Maybe it’s a job or a promotion. Maybe you’re waiting to meet the right man or woman. Maybe you’re waiting for God to reveal some clear direction or vocation in your life. Or maybe you wait for something more...