College graduates urged, implored to change the world

College graduations often include an encouraging push by commencement speakers for graduates to go out and make a difference in the world. This year's ceremonies at Catholic colleges and universities around the country were no different, but there may have been a little more urgency in the advice.
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Washington’s new archbishop urges renewed faith amid recent challenges

During his installation ceremony as the new archbishop of Washington, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory acknowledged the struggles that have recently impacted the Catholic Church and urged Catholic leaders and laity not to lose faith.
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Catholic officials call for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded.
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Benefit concert for Notre Dame Cathedral to end with Resurrection piece

An organist from Notre Dame Cathedral -- performing an April 26 benefit concert in Washington for the reconstruction of the iconic Parisian church -- will end his program, fittingly, with a piece about Christ's resurrection.
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Catholic officials want apology for ‘disgraceful’ Saturday Night Live skit

The initial groans from the audience during a "Saturday Night Live" skit when comedian Pete Davidson likened people who "support the Catholic Church" to R. Kelly fans were just a taste of the reaction this skit would receive from some Catholic officials.
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Supreme Court blocks death penalty case of inmate with dementia

The Supreme Court is sending a death-row case back to the lower courts to determine if the inmate's dementia, brought on by strokes he suffered while on death row, should prevent him from being executed.
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Supreme Court offers possible ground for historic memorial cross to stay

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to lean toward preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Maryland Feb. 27 without making overall clarifications about the constitutionality of religious symbols on public property.
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U.S. bishops condemn court’s denial of imam’s presence at execution

The Supreme Court's refusal to allow an imam to be present at a Muslim man's execution Feb. 7 was "unjust treatment" that is "disturbing to people of all faiths," said two U.S bishops.
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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana law that would restrict abortion providers

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals Feb. 7.
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USCCB education secretary is used to thinking outside the box

Mary Pat Donoghue, the new education secretary at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, knows that Catholic schools have to be creative not just to compete, but sometimes to survive.
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Catholic parish of teen who escaped abduction credits power of prayer

"Our prayers have been answered and God is good," parishioner JoAnn Trowbridge told the local NBC affiliate, WEAU, after Jan. 13 Mass at St. Peter. She also said she thinks their prayers may have been answered because "God got sick of us nagging him."
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Archbishop Lori and other bishops describe retreat as profound, inspiring

Archbishop William E. Lori said the retreat was prayerful, serious and a moment to strengthen the bonds of unity and communion among the bishops.
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