January 19, 2012

Controversy averted at St. Dominic School site

About 200 concerned Hamilton-area residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as developers abandoned a plan to convert the vacant St. Dominic School into a low-income apartment building – instead constructing a mostly senior housing project. Residents of the Hamilton, Arcadia, Lauraville and Beverly Hills neighborhoods were prepared for a slugfest with developers, representatives of...
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Bishops and religious leaders sign letter

After death penalty abolitionists were stymied in their recent bid to ban the death penalty in Maryland, Catholic bishops of Maryland joined dozens of religious leaders throughout the state in signing an April 5 letter urging lawmakers to pass a ban next legislative session. Gov. Martin J. O’Malley had promised to sign a bill that...
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Nun who worked for tribal rights hacked to death in eastern India

NEW DELHI – Church leaders in Kerala state have expressed shock and outrage over the killing of Sister Valsa John, who campaigned for tribal rights in eastern India.
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Thanks for Father Polk and all priests

Nov. 10 is the first anniversary of the death of my brother, Father Tom Polk. While I miss him every day I rejoice in the great blessing he was to me. At his viewing my family learned about the many ways Tom ministered to his people and what a blessing he was to them. We...
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Benetton removes image of pope kissing Muslim leader

VATICAN CITY – Hours after the Vatican condemned an Italian ad campaign that depicted Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim leader, the Italian fashion house Benetton withdrew the photo.
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Stress spiritual works of mercy

There was a time when disciples dedicated themselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of the bread and prayer, with the result that the Church grew. Now is a time when bishops in the United States are gathered together wondering why the church in America has shrunk over the last 50 years. Could there...
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St. Ursula parishioners volunteer time to aid Philippines

While Cita Brown calls the United States home, she has not forgotten the poorest of the poor in her native country, the Philippines. The parishioner of St. Ursula, Parkville, and her husband, Douglas, are actively involved with FAPI, the Foundation for Aid to the Philippines Inc.
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Catholic-Protestant retreat for Scouts

The 2007 Boy Scout Retreat will be held at Camp Spencer- Broad Creek memorial Scout Reservation from May 4-6. “The theme of the joint religious retreat for 2007 is ‘Peace through faith,’ stressing that we should use our faith to achieve a better understanding of all those about us and across the world,” said Ed...
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Helping young athletes learn right from wrong

BALTIMORE – Catholic teachers and coaches have an important role to play in teaching student athletes about moral and ethical lines that must not be crossed, an official of Major League Baseball told participants in the National Catholic Educational Association convention April 12 in Baltimore. “Catholic schools are not afraid to ask a lot of...
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Bishops’ official laments Senate move

WASHINGTON – An official of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized the U.S. Senate’s “fixation on destructive research” after the Senate passed a bill that would provide federal funding for stem-cell research involving the destruction of human embryos. “Many members of Congress remain dazzled by irresponsibly hyped promises of ‘miracle cures’ from the destruction...
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Diocesan newspapers deserve new emphasis

WASHINGTON – Diocesan newspapers deserve new emphasis as a means of spreading the Gospel and connecting Catholics to one another and their church, said the board of directors of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. “Diocesan publications can light the fire of faith that warms hearts to action for the good...
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Local educators honored at NCEA convention

Several local educators received national recognition for their effective ministries when they were presented with awards at the National Catholic Educational Association convention, held in Baltimore April 10-13.
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