Catholic News & Perspective

April 2017

Apr 29

Pedaling priests to bike across Peoria Diocese seeking vocation prayers

By: Catholic News Service OSV Newsweekly PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) -- Being a priest has made Father Michael Pica, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Tom Otto so happy that they are preparing to share their joy with people from Rock Island to Danville -- literally. From April 24 to 28, the three priests will ride their bikes 350 miles across the Diocese of...
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Apr 27

Catholic scientists discuss faith’s role in work

By: Michelle Martin OSV Newsweekly The division between faith and science has been greatly exaggerated. That’s one message of the Society of Catholic Scientists, a group formed in 2016 under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which aims to bring together Catholic professional scientists for fellowship and mentoring of...
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Apr 25

Figuring out God’s will for you right here, right now

By: Bill Dodds OSV Newsweekly At first glance it can seem Jesus left us zero wiggle room when it comes to our doing God’s will. But that’s not so. “Teach us to pray!” Jesus’ disciples ask, noticing what a champ he is at it. And so he gives them, and us, the Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer. He gives us:...
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Apr 23

Universal change: World religions in 2060

By: Mark Gray OSV Newsweekly There are more Christians in the world today than people of any other religious affiliation — including no affiliation (i.e., “nones”). In the near future this will continue, as today more babies are born to Christians than those of other religious affiliations. But great changes are likely ahead,...
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Apr 21

Landscape shifts for surrogate motherhood

By: Nicholas W. Smith OSV Newsweekly Modern technology for nearly two decades has made it possible for infertile couples to use the wombs of other women, known as surrogates, to have their biological children. But cultural changes, a crackdown in international surrogacy and high-profile endorsements from celebrities experiencing fertility...
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Apr 16

Conference aims to give young people a voice ahead of synod, WYD

By: Catholic News Service OSV Newsweekly ROME (CNS) -- Preparing for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on youths and the celebration of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, the Catholic Church needs to examine how it speaks to young people, several of them told a Vatican meeting. The church needs to learn how to communicate with young adults who "don't...
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Apr 14

Church groups respond to opioid crisis

 By: Michelle Martin OSV Newsweekly By any measure, the opioid epidemic in the United States has reached crisis proportions. In 2015, more than 52,000 people were killed by drug overdoses, more than died in car crashes or by gunshots, according to information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in December 2016. It...
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Apr 12

‘Outcasts’: A film for our time

By Leonard J. DeLorenzo OSV Newsweekly At its best, art puts us in contact with what is true, good, and beautiful in a new and creative way. Art can reveal what was hidden, remind us of what we have forgotten, and usher us toward what we might otherwise avoid. Art can also, easily, do the opposite of all these things: it can numb us, distract...
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Apr 7

Archives of religious orders tell history of U.S. church

By Catholic News Service OSV Newsweekly WASHINGTON (CNS) – The history of women and men religious in the United States is the history of American Catholicism and their archives reflect the rich role many played in weaving the fabric of the U.S. church, said a group of historians, scholars and archivists at a March 29 gathering in...
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Apr 5

Starting the dialogue between science and religion

As it happens, it was Ash Wednesday when I casually flicked on an all-news radio station just in time to catch a quickie interview with a scientist. He’d written a book about the origin of the universe and wanted everyone to know that this particular story doesn’t require anyone to believe in the existence of God. On the contrary, he...
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Apr 3

Seek to escape the dictatorship of relativism

By Russell Shaw OSV Newsweekly A dozen years ago, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger coined a memorable phrase. On April 18, 2005, preaching at a Mass just before the conclave of cardinals who’d gathered to choose a successor to the recently deceased Pope John Paul II, the Vatican’s doctrine chief warned of the spread of a worldwide...
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Apr 1

Mother Frances Cabrini: An immigrant who shows us the way

By Bill Dodds OSV Newsweekly America’s first saint was an immigrant — who didn’t want to go to the United States. This Dec. 22 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), the Italian-born nun who longed to be a missionary to China. Instead, she crossed the Atlantic to minister to...
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