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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  • 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 ...
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    Nearly 500 students from Catholic schools in North Dakota marched in Washington last week. (CNS photo/ Gregory A. Shemitz)
  • Pope says marriage annulments should be free

    Addressing the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said all annulment processes should be free of charge.

    "The sacraments are free. The sacraments give us grace. And a matrimonial process pertains to the sacrament of matrimony. How I wish that all ...
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    Pope Francis embraces a young man during the Wednesday audience. (CNS photo/ Tony Gentile, Reuters)
  • Pro-life Generation Tweets from March in Washington

    The 42nd annual March for Life and rally in Washington is twice as old as its crowd of predominantly college and high school age students. And as each year's turnout seems younger, so do the day's tools.

    Participants at the Jan. 22 event not only met up ...
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    Several Capitol Hill lawmakers address marchers. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff)
  • Vatican experts use forensic science to unravel mysteries

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Scientific advancements in imaging technology, genetics and nano research have allowed museums to make new and surprising discoveries about the tightly wrapped mysteries of ancient mummies.

    The Vatican Museums also have been employing the latest state-of-the-art laboratory tools and tests to find out ...
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    A child-sized mummy from the Vatican Museums' collection
  • Pope names former top prosecutor to head board for clergy abuse appeals

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named the Vatican's former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases to head his new doctrinal team dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse.

    Auxiliary Bishop Charles J. Scicluna, 55, of Malta was appointed president of the new board ...
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    CNS photo/Paul Haring
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Thomas Aquinas: By universal consent, Thomas Aquinas is the preeminent spokesman of the Catholic tradition of reason and of divine revelation. He is one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic Church, honored with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor. 
<p>At five he was given to the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino in his parents’ hopes that he would choose that way of life and eventually became abbot. In 1239 he was sent to Naples to complete his studies. It was here that he was first attracted to Aristotle’s philosophy. </p><p>By 1243, Thomas abandoned his family’s plans for him and joined the Dominicans, much to his mother’s dismay. On her order, Thomas was captured by his brother and kept at home for over a year. </p><p>Once free, he went to Paris and then to Cologne, where he finished his studies with Albert the Great. He held two professorships at Paris, lived at the court of Pope Urban IV, directed the Dominican schools at Rome and Viterbo, combated adversaries of the mendicants, as well as the Averroists, and argued with some Franciscans about Aristotelianism. </p><p>His greatest contribution to the Catholic Church is his writings. The unity, harmony and continuity of faith and reason, of revealed and natural human knowledge, pervades his writings. One might expect Thomas, as a man of the gospel, to be an ardent defender of revealed truth. But he was broad enough, deep enough, to see the whole natural order as coming from God the Creator, and to see reason as a divine gift to be highly cherished. </p><p>The <i>Summa Theologiae</i>, his last and, unfortunately, uncompleted work, deals with the whole of Catholic theology. He stopped work on it after celebrating Mass on December 6, 1273. When asked why he stopped writing, he replied, “I cannot go on.... All that I have written seems to me like so much straw compared to what I have seen and what has been revealed to me.” He died March 7, 1274.</p> American Catholic Blog We talk often about how we are God’s “hands and feet,” which is true. That being said, we can’t fall into the trap of thinking God needs us like we need Him. He’s God—which makes the reality that He wants to use us and be in a relationship with us an even sweeter, more profound truth.
 
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