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Sunday, February 1, 2015
  • Sex trafficking rises during sporting events

    Catholic Charities of Arizona is preparing to serve an increased number of sex-trafficking victims arrested by local police in the days surrounding Super Bowl Sunday.

    "People who are controlling sex-trafficked women are opportunistic," said Jon McCaine, a clinical psychologist and consultant for Catholic Charities' Dignity program for ...

    This year's Super Bowl will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium. (Nancy Wiechec)
  • Archbishops to receive palliums at home

    When Pope Francis celebrates the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in June, he will set aside an element that has been part of the Mass for the past 32 years; the Vatican confirmed he will not confer the pallium on new archbishops during the liturgy.

    Msgr. ...

    Archbishop Michael Jackels of Dubuque received his pallium last June. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
  • Become islands of mercy in an indifferent world, pope says

    Christians are called to overcome apathy, discouragement and pretentions of self-sufficiency by letting God enter into their hearts, making them joyful, merciful and strong, Pope Francis said.

    Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart "which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a ...

    Pope Francis spoke to reporters on a flight from Manila to Rome. (CNS photo / Paul Haring)
  • Father Richard McBrien, theologian, dies at 78

    Father Richard P. McBrien, a retired professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and who was chair of the university's theology department for 11 years, died Jan. 25 at age 78 in his native Connecticut.

    A Jan. 25 announcement by the university said Father McBrien ...

    A Connecticut native, Father McBrioen died there on Jan. 25. (CNS photo / courtesy of the University of Notre Dame)
  • Polls reveal declining support for abortion in U.S.

    A Jan. 21 report from the National Right to Life Committee and new poll results show that abortion is increasingly unpopular in the United States, but also that the number of abortions performed in the United States is at its lowest point since 1975.

    The day after ...

    Nearly 500 students from Catholic schools in North Dakota marched in Washington last week. (CNS photo/ Gregory A. Shemitz)
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Ansgar: The “apostle of the north” (Scandinavia) had enough frustrations to become a saint—and he did. He became a Benedictine at Corbie, France, where he had been educated. Three years later, when the king of Denmark became a convert, Ansgar went to that country for three years of missionary work, without noticeable success. Sweden asked for Christian missionaries, and he went there, suffering capture by pirates and other hardships on the way. Fewer than two years later, he was recalled, to become abbot of New Corbie (Corvey) and bishop of Hamburg. The pope made him legate for the Scandinavian missions. Funds for the northern apostolate stopped with Emperor Louis’s death. After 13 years’ work in Hamburg, Ansgar saw it burned to the ground by invading Northmen; Sweden and Denmark returned to paganism. 
<p>He directed new apostolic activities in the North, traveling to Denmark and being instrumental in the conversion of another king. By the strange device of casting lots, the king of Sweden allowed the Christian missionaries to return. </p><p>Ansgar’s biographers remark that he was an extraordinary preacher, a humble and ascetical priest. He was devoted to the poor and the sick, imitating the Lord in washing their feet and waiting on them at table. He died peacefully at Bremen, Germany, without achieving his wish to be a martyr. </p><p>Sweden became pagan again after his death, and remained so until the coming of missionaries two centuries later.</p> American Catholic Blog Every vocation is a vocation to sacrifice and to joy. It is a call to the knowledge of God, to the recognition of God as our Father, to joy in the understanding of His mercy.
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