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Monday, March 2, 2015
  • Father Theodore Hesburgh, education leader, dies at 97

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) -- Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who led the University of Notre Dame through a period of dramatic growth during his 35 years as president and held sway with political and civil rights leaders, died Feb. 26 at the age of ...

    Father Theodore Hesburgh
  • During Lent, pope offers handy tips for preparing for confession

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.

    After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession ...

    Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Bertone as they leave Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome
  • Latvian church officials: Keep calm and avoid propaganda wars

    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Catholic officials in Latvia are trying to stay out of the region's ideological war with neighboring Russia.

    "Latvia is home to a large Russian population and there are Russian-speakers in the Catholic Church. We're sensitive to historical animosities here, which could be reignited ...

    U.S. soldiers, deployed in Latvia as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, ride in armored vehicle in Adazi
  • Bishop welcomes FCC vote on net neutrality

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Federal Communications Commission's vote Feb. 26 to preserve an "open Internet" and safeguard net neutrality was welcomed in many quarters of the country, including by the chairman of U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications.

    "The Internet is a critical medium for religious speech. Radio, ...

    U.S. Bishop Wester addresses news conference in 2013
  • Catholic leaders: Pipeline bill veto has moral implications

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic organizations welcomed President Barack Obama's Feb. 24 veto of a bill approving an oil pipeline through the country's midsection, saying that it allows more opportunity to consider moral questions about the environment and climate change.

    Representatives of the groups told Catholic News Service ...

    Keystone XL oil pipeline veto supporters gather in Washington
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Agnes of Bohemia: Agnes had no children of her own but was certainly life-giving for all who knew her. 
<p>Agnes was the daughter of Queen Constance and King Ottokar I of Bohemia. At the age of three, she was betrothed to the Duke of Silesia, who died three years later. As she grew up, she decided she wanted to enter the religious life. </p><p>After declining marriages to King Henry VII of Germany and Henry III of England, Agnes was faced with a proposal from Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor. She appealed to Pope Gregory IX for help. The pope was persuasive; Frederick magnanimously said that he could not be offended if Agnes preferred the King of Heaven to him. </p><p>After Agnes built a hospital for the poor and a residence for the friars, she financed the construction of a Poor Clare monastery in Prague. In 1236, she and seven other noblewomen entered this monastery. St. Clare sent five sisters from San Damiano to join them, and wrote Agnes four letters advising her on the beauty of her vocation and her duties as abbess. </p><p>Agnes became known for prayer, obedience and mortification. Papal pressure forced her to accept her election as abbess; nevertheless, the title she preferred was "senior sister." Her position did not prevent her from cooking for the other sisters and mending the clothes of lepers. The sisters found her kind but very strict regarding the observance of poverty; she declined her royal brother’s offer to set up an endowment for the monastery. </p><p>Devotion to Agnes arose soon after her death on March 6, 1282. She was canonized in 1989.</p> American Catholic Blog We do not need to pile up words upon words in order to be heard in the heart of God. Jesus also has a very comforting message: The Father knows what we need even before we ask for it.

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