How one professor is inviting teachers to rethink Catholic education

Manchester, N.H., Nov 12, 2015 / 12:23 am (CNA).- Realizing that many educators don't learn the history of teaching before they begin their career, a professor at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has edited a compendium of selections from writings on education, from Plato to St. Thomas Aquinas, to St. John Paul II. “In my experience, educators who come out of teacher colleges rarely have a knowledge of the history of their discipline. This is tragic,” Dr. Ryan Topping, … [Read more...]

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The potential irony of a new health care non-discrimination rule

Washington D.C., Nov 11, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Proposed federal anti-discrimination rules could threaten the religious liberty of health care providers and also infringe on the privacy of patients, lawyers for the U.S. Catholic Bishops have warned. “Everyone should have access to health care and health coverage,” stated the general counsel and associate general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Anthony Picarello and Michael Moses, respectively, in … [Read more...]

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Eat with your family, not with your smartphone, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2015 / 05:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis the dinner table is a key place to strengthen family bonds and foster a sense of “togetherness,” which he said can often be thwarted by an excess attachment to technology. “A family that almost never eats together, or that never speaks at the table but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family,” the Pope said Nov. 11. “When children at the table are attached to the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Christian joy comes from going against the tide

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Florence this week, saying that joy comes from discerning the real Jesus from the image offered by distorted philosophies of God, popular only for a short time. “Our joy is to go against the tide and overcome the popular opinion, which, then as now, cannot see in Jesus more than a prophet or a teacher,” the Pope said Nov. 10. He said Christian joy comes from sharing the faith and responding … [Read more...]

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Chilean abortion plan is ‘a trap for the gullible,’ cardinal says

Santiago, Chile, Nov 11, 2015 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, firmly rejected a proposal to legalize abortion in Chile, calling it “a trap for the gullible.” The cardinal is in Chile from Nov. 6-10 to participate in two official conferences on the challenges of the family and the role of Catholic universities. He was invited by the Pontifical Catholic University. In a statement published in the … [Read more...]

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A ‘most powerful woman’ – National Geographic’s major hat tip to the Virgin Mary

Washington D.C., Nov 10, 2015 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady. Blessed Mother. Virgin Mary. Queen of Peace. Theotokos. Handmaid of the Lord. Mother Mary. These are just some of the titles used to describe the young woman to whom an angel appeared some 2,000 years ago with the message that she would conceive and bear the Savior of the World. Mary has very few recorded words in the New Testament, but her worldwide devotion spans across time, cultures and even religions. In a Nov. 8 … [Read more...]

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Francis’ message to the Italian Church: imitate Jesus in humility, service

Florence, Italy, Nov 10, 2015 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a lengthy speech to the Italian Church at large, Pope Francis said that true human and ecclesial advancement can only be achieved when founded on the humility and detachment of power exemplified by Christ. “We can speak of humanism only beginning from the centrality of Jesus, discovering in him the traits of the authentic human face,” the Pope said Nov. 10. He told those gathered to contemplate the face of Jesus, … [Read more...]

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