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Former first lady Barbara Bush “was a model public servant and set a standard for her unwavering and loving devotion to both family and community,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston Houston in offering his prayers and “heartfelt condolences” to the Bush family. more
Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan—the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine … more
“The Catholic Hipster Handbook: Rediscovering Cool Saints, Forgotten Prayers and Other Weird but Sacred Stuff” by Tommy Tighe. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2017). 206 pp., $15.95. more
A North American delegation negotiated the steep incline to a clinic draped over the roadway, like an olive tree from a limestone bluff. more
Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a “peaceful and familial” 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the Vatican said. more
Catholic universities are “called to be workshops of dialogue and encounter in the service of truth, justice and the defense of human dignity at every level,” Pope Francis told a delegation from Pennsylvania’s Villanova University. more
Going out on dates to get extra credit might sound like an easy way to boost your grade in professor Kerry Cronin’s class at Jesuit-run Boston College. more
Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., the director of the Vatican Observatory, and Fordham University professor Dr. Charles Camosy led a panel discussion, “Jesuits and Jedi: Science and Spirituality in the Age of Star Wars,” that brought together religion and science fiction at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in lower Manhattan. more
The Mexican bishops’ conference criticized President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and issued a strong defense of migrants, saying the Catholic Church could not stand by “in the face of suffering by our brother migrants as they seek better conditions by crossing the border to work and contribute to the common good.” more
Medical and legal experts addressing the damaging effects of artificial contraception and abortion on health care, law and society as a whole urged hundreds of attendees at a symposium to evangelize and transform the culture through the Catholic Church’s profound encyclical reaffirming the sanctity of marriage and human life. more
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