Roneisha Simpson, a junior at Cardinal Ritter High School in St. Louis, speaks with Franciscan Sister Antona Ebo after the nun spoke to students at the school Feb. 14. Sister Ebo was one of six women religious working in the Archdiocese of St. Louis who responded to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s request to march in 1965 in Selma, Ala.
Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, the founder of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, has been named one of nine American women to be inducted in 2013 into the National Women's Hall of Fame. She is pictured in a 1941 photo.
Father Emil Kapaun, whose actions as an Army chaplain during the Korean War saved the lives of dozens of soldiers in the field and in a North Korean prisoner of war camp before his death, will be awarded the Medal of Honor. He died May 23, 1951 in a North Korean prisoner of war camp.
Bishop Oscar Cantu consecrates the Eucharist during his installation Mass Feb. 28 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral in Las Cruces, N.M. At age 46, he is one of the youngest U.S. Catholic bishops. He was named Jan. 10 to succeed Las Cruces Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, 76, who retired.
|| Indigenous artwork in San Francisco
This African reliquary is one of 39 pieces from a Vatican collection of indigenous artwork display at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. The reliquary, called mbulu-ngulu, comes from the Kota people of Gabon and would have been kept inside a basket where the bones of ancestors were stored. The pieces in the exhibit are from the Vatican Ethnological Museum.
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Law breaks new ground
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — In what has been called the strictest abortion law in the country, six days after passing a ban on abortions after 20 weeks' gestation, the Arkansas Legislature approved an even stricter ban. The House of Representatives and Senate voted March 5 and 6 to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto to approve the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, just as they did Feb. 27-28 to override his veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. While the fetal pain bill went into effect immediately, the heartbeat bill banning most abortions at 12 weeks will take effect this summer. Opponents have vowed to file lawsuits to stop the law from taking effect.
Catholics called to action
WASHINGTON — In his book "Faith That Transforms Us: Reflections on the Creed," Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl encourages Catholics to pray, reflect and then act on the Nicene Creed that they recite at each Mass. That prayer, reflection and action can help Catholics carry out the work of the new evangelization — to deepen their faith, grow in confidence of its truth, and share it with others, the cardinal writes in the new book, published in recent weeks by The Word Among Us Press in Frederick, Md.
Jesuits on immigration
WASHINGTON — While politicians and advocacy organizations work at coming up with legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system, the Jesuits are tackling some of its problems head-on at the Mexican border, in higher education institutions and in parishes. Soon, they'll start analyzing what changes might help people to stay in their homelands. Two reports released by Jesuit institutions in recent weeks lay out problems and propose ways of addressing two complex situations: how undocumented immigrants are treated as they migrate and what undocumented students encounter in Jesuit colleges and universities.
WASHINGTON — A Cleveland priest who leads a faith community formed after its parish was closed in 2010 has been excommunicated for schism. Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland said in a March 4 decree that Father Robert Marrone, who is identified as pastor and administrator of the Community of St. Peter, incurred the excommunication "latae sententiae" (automatically) for failing to reconcile with the Catholic Church. Canon 751 of the Code of Canon Law defines schism as "the refusal of submission to the supreme pontiff or of communion with the members of the church subject to him."
Poll: Catholics and pope
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A telephone survey commissioned by the Knights of Columbus found that U.S. Catholics think favorably of Pope Benedict XVI, who retired in February. The Marist poll, taken March 2-5 — the week after Pope Benedict's Feb. 28 retirement took effect — found that Catholics held favorable impressions of the retired pontiff's tenure, his impact on their lives and the direction of both the church and the world. In the poll, 77 percent of all U.S. Catholics, and 82 percent of practicing Catholics, said they had either a "positive" or "very positive" impression of the retired pope's pontificate.
Leaders meet with Obama
WASHINGTON — More than a dozen religious leaders sat down with President Barack Obama March 8 to stress their concerns for immigration reform, before ending with a prayer and promising to work with their faith communities on the issue, especially during the rest of Lent and Easter. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told reporters after the meeting at the White House that the group emphasized urgency in getting an immigration reform bill through Congress. The group also stressed that legislation should respect the dignity of individuals and focus on family reunification, he said.
New university president
WHEELING, W.Va. — Jesuit Father James J. Fleming, executive vice president of Wheeling Jesuit University, has been appointed the school's 10th president by the board of trustees, effective July 1. He will succeed Richard Beyer, who has decided not to seek a second term.
New president in St. Paul
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Julie Sullivan, executive vice president and provost of the University of San Diego, has been named to succeed Father Dennis Dease as president of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul when he retires June 30. She will become the first woman and layperson to lead the Catholic university in its 128-year history. Father Dease has been president for 22 years.
Church named co-cathedral
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — In one of his final acts as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI designated St. Joseph Church in Prospect Heights as a co-cathedral for the Diocese of Brooklyn. "Since my arrival here as bishop of Brooklyn almost 10 years ago, it was evident that St. Joseph's, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, is at the heart of a new Brooklyn," Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said in a written statement.
Seminary to compress
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced March 7 that the archdiocese will consolidate some facilities and close some buildings on the campus of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. The huge building that houses the college division, known as the lower side, will be closed and the seminary consolidated into what is now the theology division, or upper side. The seminary will seek to lease or sell underutilized buildings and property, but at the same time implement new spiritual and academic programs for seminarians and lay adult theology students.
Saints' relics help people
NEW YORK — Thousands of people in New York and New Jersey spent some time recently with a good friend they had never seen before his February visit to the United States. Relics of St. Anthony of Padua toured eight Franciscan churches in the two states Feb. 15-23. More than 8,000 attended eucharistic services that included veneration of the relics. "People really have a strong affection for Saint Anthony. It's almost unbelievable. We call it the 'Anthonian phenomenon' — that there is such a connection with a person who died almost 800 years ago.
Families gather in Philly
PHILADELPHIA — Global attention will turn to Philadelphia in 2015 when the city expects to welcome hundreds of thousands of families for the World Meeting of Families — and possibly the new pope.
New Iraqi patriarch
BAGHDAD — The new patriarch of Chaldean Catholics pledged to foster coexistence and dialogue and urged Christian Iraqis not to leave their homeland, warning that if emigration continues, "there will be no more Christians in the Middle East." Ululating and applause nearly drowned out the choir as Patriarch Louis Sako approached the altar at St. Joseph Cathedral for his installation March 6 amid tight security. The 64-year-old patriarch, who had served as archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraq, since 2003, replaces Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, 85.
— Catholic News Service
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