Bl Junipero Serra biography ignores priest’s heroism, critic says

Denver, Colo., Nov 7, 2013 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new biography of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who founded many Catholic missions in 18th century California, shows “incomprehension” of its subject and wrongly minimizes his heroism, one reviewer says. “A true image of the great missionary indeed it is, but it is an image cast in photographic negative,” Christopher O. Blum said of Cornell history professor Steven W. Hackel’s book … [Read more...]

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Catholic scholars voice concern over Common Core curriculum

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 130 leading Catholic scholars have signed a letter to the U.S. bishops criticizing the Common Core State Standards for school curricula, warning that the core philosophy will “undermine Catholic education.”“We believe that implementing Common Core would be a grave disservice to Catholic education in America,” said the Oct. 16 letter, organized by Notre Dame Law School professor Gerard Bradley.The … [Read more...]

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Catholic scholars voice concern over Common Core curriculum

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 130 leading Catholic scholars have signed a letter to the U.S. bishops criticizing the Common Core State Standards for school curricula, warning that the core philosophy will “undermine Catholic education.”“We believe that implementing Common Core would be a grave disservice to Catholic education in America,” said the Oct. 16 letter, organized by Notre Dame Law School professor Gerard Bradley.The … [Read more...]

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Pope’s words should be read in context of the Church, scholar says

Denver, Colo., Nov 7, 2013 / 03:46 pm (CNA).- In a new column for CNA, a theology professor and author says that the Pope’s recent interviews need to be understood in light of his missionary vision for the Church rather than as individual declarations.“The key to interpreting Pope Francis’ statements properly is found in his vision for the Church,” Dr. Edward Sri, professor of scripture and theology at the Augustine Institute, said in his most recent column, … [Read more...]

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Legion of Christ general counselor resigns

Rome, Italy, Nov 7, 2013 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Deomar De Guedes has resigned as a general counselor of the Legionaries of Christ, citing a lack of energy to confront the challenges of the position.Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the pontifical delegate overseeing the reform of the order, accepted the resignation. The priest was one of six members of the Legion’s general council.The Legion’s acting general director, Fr. Sylvester Heereman, said he respects Fr. De … [Read more...]

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God is one who searches for the lost, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2013 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the parables of the lost sheep and coin from the day’s readings, stressing that God has a special love for sinners who are lost. “God is not a good loser, and this is why, in order not to lose, He goes out on his own, and He goes, He searches…He searches for all those who are far away from Him, like the shepherd who goes to search for the lost sheep,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Centuries later, Bernini’s angels captivate amid restoration

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2013 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Artists restoring key sculptures in the Vatican Museums, including some by famed Italian Gian Lorenzo Bernini, stress that the figures are rich in history and treasures in a “throw-away” culture. “Obviously whenever you are dealing with a treasure, with something that's been passed down to us from century to century, you want to take care of it and you want to get it right,” Father Mark Haydu told CNA in a Nov. … [Read more...]

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