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Medical system denies dignity with puzzling roadblocks

Medical system denies dignity with puzzling roadblocks

| Kathy Tomlin | March 28, 2011 | 1 Comment

On the anniversary of the passage of federal health care reform legislation, we recognize that there is still a lot of work to do in order for that legislation to meet the principles laid out by the U.S. bishops.

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Honoring the memory of a martyr

Honoring the memory of a martyr

| March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

One of the features of The Catholic Spirit’s Overheard section is a collection of quotes from newsmakers around the world. Just last month, the page included a quote from Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic who served as Pakistan’s minister of minorities.

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Lord, help us spring ahead and leap again into life

Lord, help us spring ahead and leap again into life

| Christina Capecchi | March 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

Five inches of snow melted yesterday, and I could hear it dripping off the roof. It sounded like rain and looked like hope.

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“Drastic Measures” and Cancer Decisions

“Drastic Measures” and Cancer Decisions

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | March 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

During the 1990’s, scientists discovered two gene mutations in the BRCA family of genes which significantly increase a woman’s chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Consequently, as noted in a recent Los Angeles Times article by Anna Gorman, “Many oncologists recommend that women with the mutations consider having their ovaries, fallopian tubes and breasts removed prophylactically [as a precautionary measure] to reduce risk.”

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A Catholic’s reflections on Cairo

A Catholic’s reflections on Cairo

| Mike Haasl | March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

As the drama unfolded in Tahrir (“liberation”) Square in Cairo, Egypt, for days I joined in the world’s awe at the hundreds of thousands who gathered to demand an end to the autocratic reign of Hosni Mubarak and its three-decades-old “emergency law.”

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Lenten fasting: ‘Why?’ more important than ‘What?’

Lenten fasting: ‘Why?’ more important than ‘What?’

| Jean Morehead | March 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

As Lent is quickly approaching, I can’t help but ponder and reflect about my participation in this season.

I have often been asked the question, “What are you giving up for Lent?” I usually respond, without hesitation, “coffee.” Truly, have you ever wondered how giving up something like coffee, chocolate or any other simple pleasure can help you get to heaven?

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World events reveal dangers of selfishness

World events reveal dangers of selfishness

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

In countries across the Middle East, huge crowds of people — including large numbers of young adults — continue to gather in squares and streets demanding a voice in how their lives are governed and how they are treated.

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What if Delta were a diocese?

What if Delta were a diocese?

| Father William Byron | March 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

What the church could learn from airline’s move to teach employees good manners

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A little ‘inside baseball’ about Catholic press awards

A little ‘inside baseball’ about Catholic press awards

| February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Across North America right about now, folks who work for Cath­olic newspapers, magazines, web­sites, newsletters and book publishers are leafing through all of their work from 2010.

We do this every year about this time, deciding which of our stories, photos, columns, page designs, even ads, we are going to enter into the annual competition of the Catholic Press Association.

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Appointing bishops, from Henry IV to Hu Jintao

Appointing bishops, from Henry IV to Hu Jintao

| John Garvey | February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

On Nov. 20, I traveled to Rome for a consistory of the College of Cardinals. It was a special event for me in more ways than one. Two of the 24 men named cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI are graduates of my institution, The Catholic University of America.

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Church offers services to give back to seniors

Church offers services to give back to seniors

| Bishop Lee Piché | February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

On the bulletin board in the kitchen at my parents’ home is a little cross-stitched sign that reads: “Growing Old is Not for Sissies.” As I watch my own parents rise to the challenges of aging, I can vouch for the truth of that saying.

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Fighting for racial equality in the 1960s

Fighting for racial equality in the 1960s

| February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

The 1960s were tumultuous times for race relations in the United States. The preceding decade saw civil rights successes, such as the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., in which the justices ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. And the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks provided leadership and inspiration to the civil rights movement.

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