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Who's entering religious life these days?

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 28, 2015
Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2015 / 02:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Catholics are being encouraged to get to know local religious communities, as a new study offers insight into the potential impact of vocational programs, Catholic schools, and encouragement in discerning. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to visit local religious communities in their own area during the Day of Religious Open Houses, Sunday, February 8,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, N.C. said Jan. 26. Bishop Burbidge, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, stressed the importance for youth and young adults to have “greater exposure and familiarity with the community life of religious.” His comments came in response to the latest survey of Catholics who professed perpetual vows last year at nearly 800 communities of religious life in the U.S. According to the U.S. bishops’ conference, the survey reporte

The dark side of the Super Bowl and how Congress aims to fight it

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 28, 2015
Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2015 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just days before Super Bowl XLIX, the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crack-down on the hidden menace of sex trafficking, which some human rights advocates refer to as “modern-day slavery.” “Everyone needs to be put on notice: if you buy or sell an individual like a commodity, the law is coming after you, and you can get up to life imprisonment, according to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act,” announced Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) on Tuesday at the bipartisan End Human Trafficking Press Conference on Capitol Hill. Smith referenced the upcoming Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 1 as the center of the next big push to curb sex trafficking. Large sporting events like the Super Bowl and the World Cup have become notorious dens of human sex trafficking with large crowds descending on one city for a short period of time. “Hopefully the Super Bowl will not see w

West Coast Walk for Life broke more than one record this year

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 28, 2015
San Francisco, Calif., Jan 27, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The eleventh annual Walk for Life West Coast broke its own records this year, drawing the largest crowd it has ever seen, as well as more press coverage than in previous years. “We had by far the largest crowd we have ever had. The plaza was packed – it looked like a football stadium sized crowd,” Eva Muntean, Walk for Life co-founder and organizer, told CNA. For the past eleven years, Walk for Life West Coast has gathered thousands of people to peacefully march in the name of life. This year, the San Francisco event was held on Jan. 24. Compared to last year, Muntean believes that the 2015 event was “larger, and as hard as it is to believe, might have even been a bit more lively” than the year before, drawing a crowd of over 55,000 people. “The youth are out in greater numbers than ever and are quite vocal about their pro-life values,” she went on to say. Walk for

'No compromise' – Catholics, evangelicals unite on marriage

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 27, 2015
Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A coalition of Catholic and Protestant leaders has united to call all Christians to an unwavering defense of the truth of marriage, rooted in nature as well as faith. “(W)e affirm strongly and without qualification, following the clear testimony of Holy Scripture, that marriage is a unique and privileged sign of the union of Christ with his people and of God with his Creation – and it can only serve as that sign when a man and a woman are solemnly joined together in a permanent union,” reads a joint statement between Catholic and Protestant leaders. “If we are to remain faithful to the Scriptures and to the unanimous testimony of Christian tradition, there can be no compromise on marriage.” Nearly 20 Catholics and Evangelical Protestants signed the statement, which is titled “The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage.” Signatories represent the ecumenical coalition Ev

Princeton professor to pro-life movement: We're winning

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 27, 2015
Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Victory is in sight for the pro-life movement, as technology and rhetoric witness to the cause of life, Princeton professor Robert George told an audience of high school and college pro-life activists Jan. 23. “On the fundamental question of whether abortion is good or bad, liberation or killing, the argument has been won,” said George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. An estimated 2,300 high school and college students and chaperones from as far away as North Dakota and Nebraska attended the Students for Life East Coast Conference just outside of Washington, D.C. The gathering followed the annual March for Life, which was attended by over 200,000, according to one estimate.   Drawing an analogy between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the present-day pro-life movement, George invoked Dr. Martin Luther King who, on the night before he was assassinated, pred

Prayers offered upon death of prominent dissenting theologian

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 27, 2015
Hartford, Conn., Jan 26, 2015 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Richard P. McBrien, a Notre Dame theology professor who came to prominence for opposing Catholic teaching on several issues, died on Sunday in Connecticut at the age of 78. “While often controversial, his work came from a deep love of and hope for the Church. We pray for eternal rest for his soul,” University of Notre Dame President Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. said of Fr. McBrien Jan. 25. Fr. McBrien chaired the University of Notre Dame Theology Department for 11 years and chaired the Faculty Senate for three years. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1980, with the initiative of then-president Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Fr. McBrien’s official website reports. Before arriving at Notre Dame, he taught at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. and directed the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College. From 1975-1976, he was the first visiting fellow at Harvard

Millennials' pro-life commitment wows bishops

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 26, 2015
Washington D.C., Jan 26, 2015 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Roman and Orthodox Catholic bishops were stirred by the presence of the Millennial generation at the 2015 March for Life. “You look out in the crowd and you see so many young people,” remarked Orthodox Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey. He said it gave him great hope for the future of the pro-life movement. The primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Tikhon, shared that hope. “I do feel like in our country, there’s a real sense among our young people, especially, that life is really a sacred concern that we all have to protect,” he told CNA. While admitting there is still some polarization on the pro-life issue, he maintained that “there’s been a marked growth in those who really feel connected to the issue of life.” More than 200,000 were estimated to be in attendance at the 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Young people flooded into

100 babies: A women's center that helps every step of the way

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 25, 2015
Denver, Colo., Jan 25, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lynn Grandon kept a tally on her desk of how many babies she knew the Denver Lighthouse women’s center had helped bring into this world. Last week, an e-mail from a nurse at the center confirmed that five more women had given birth – bringing the total to 100. Grandon, the director of Lighthouse, could barely contain her excitement. “I called her back on the phone and I was screaming and I was going, ‘Do you realize what this means? We’ve hit 100!’” Grandon recalled. The Lighthouse Women’s Center, which is operated by Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, has probably saved many more babies. They do their best to follow up with women who have come to them for care, but sometimes they lose touch. The celebration is also bittersweet, Grandon told CNA, because there are some who seek help at Lighthouse who end up miscarrying their child. “Those, in their

Why the pro-life movement needs Democrats

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 25, 2015
Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2015 / 06:30 am (CNA).- Pro-life Democrat politicians are fast becoming an endangered political species, but their pro-life presence is necessary for the movement to succeed, both Republicans and Democrats agreed. “I think if the pro-life movement becomes confined to just the Republican Party, it’s going to hurt the movement,” Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) told CNA at the 2015 March for Life. He added that if more pro-life Democrats get elected, “the Republican Party then can’t take the pro-lifers more for granted.” The 2015 March for Life drew some 200,000 pro-lifers from all over the country. Young people showed up in droves with high school, college, and diocesan groups. Seminarians and members of religious orders were also well-represented. Only one Democrat joined the three Republican members of Congress onstage at the official rally on the National Mall. Rep. Lipinski admitted that the past few years have been &ld

House stalls on one pro-life bill, passes another

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: January 25, 2015
Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2015 / 07:51 pm (CNA).- On the 41st anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the U.S., the House passed a ban on federal funding of abortion, after delaying a vote on a different piece of pro-life legislation. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, praised the vote, stating on Friday that “the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people.” Although President Obama promised that no taxpayer dollars would fund abortion coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Government Accountability Office reported in September that some abortion coverage in some health plans was not billed separately by the insurance issuers, as required by the law. Thus, both unknowing consumers and federal subsidies were paying for abortion coverage. The president had made his promise through an executive order, to quell concerns of a group of