Monthly Archives: January 2018

Bishops call for ‘humane, proportionate, and just’ immigration plan

Washington D.C., Jan 31, 2018 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Echoing an earlier USCCB comment about President Donald Trump’s proposed framework on immigration reform released last week, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, has offered a mixed review of the potential changes.

While Bishop Vasquez said the bishops are pleased that a path to citizenship for the “Dreamers” is part of the plan, he is critical of proposed restrictions on family unification and the elimination of the protections for unaccompanied minors.

“Family immigration is pat of the bedrock of our country and of …read more

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Philippine bill would recognize Catholic annulments

Manila, Philippines, Jan 31, 2018 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Philippines’ House of Representatives passed a bill that would legally recognize church-decreed declarations of nullity, or annulments.

The legislation was approved on Jan. 29. Out of 293 representatives 203 voted in favor of the bill. Representative Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez the bill’s author and principal sponsor.

The law would “remove the burden of undergoing the civil annulment process,” and couples “will have the benefit of a more efficient and affordable procedure,” she told UCA News.

Filipino Muslims may divorce under the Code of Muslim Personal Law. Divorces are not an option …read more

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Climate Movement answer to Trump State of the Union begins with resistance

By Connie Larkman

In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump didn’t mention climate change. So a number of national organizations in the environmental movement are coming together Tuesday night, Jan. 31, to plan a way forward, with a goal of ending the use of fossil fuels and ushering in renewable energy.

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How this app could steal your face to make porn

Denver, Colo., Jan 31, 2018 / 11:31 am (CNA).- A new app allows users to digitally alter pornography videos, placing the faces of celebrities onto the bodies of porn stars.

Called FakeApp, the program uses neural network technology to replace the faces of pornographic actors with celebrities, or, if enough video is available, with the faces of ordinary people.

The app does not require programming skills; it can be used by anyone with the kind of computer capable of running detailed video games.

Father Sean Kilcawley, director of marriage and family life ministries in the Diocese of Lincoln, and …read more

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Pope's Lenten spiritual exercises to focus on the 'Thirst of Christ'

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2018 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual Lenten retreat for the Pope and members of the Roman Curia will this year focus on the theme, “Praise of Thirst.”

Themes of meditation during the week-long spiritual exercises include: Apprentices of Amazement, the Science of Thirst, The thirst of Jesus, and Listen to the Thirst of the Peripheries.

Held this year Feb. 18-23, the retreat will be led by Fr. José Tolentino de Mendonça, a Portuguese priest, poet, and Biblical theologian, who was selected by Pope Francis to prepare and deliver meditations during the spiritual exercises.

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Find good readers for Mass, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2018 / 05:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the Liturgy of the Word, and therefore, also the importance of having lectors who can proclaim the readings and the Responsorial Psalm well.

“We must look for good readers!” he said Jan. 31, in off-the-cuff comments during the general audience.

Good readers and psalmists understand what they are reading and can convey it well, he continued, explaining that they need to be prepared by reading over the text before Mass.

When someone reads well, not “distorting the words,” this helps to create …read more

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Why more Catholic schools are looking to minimize screen time

Denver, Colo., Jan 31, 2018 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Not long ago, introducing more technology into the classroom meant allowing third graders to play 15 minutes of Oregon Trail during recess time.

In recent years, particularly after the emergence of smartphones and other mobile devices circa 2012, for many schools it has meant an iPad for every student, laptops in every classroom.

However, new research has begun highlighting the detrimental impacts of excessive screen time, particularly on developing brains and on education, sparking concerns among educators and parents. Even tech industry giants are starting to speak …read more

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January 31: Numbers 33:55; Romans 7:23; Romans 8:12–13; Romans 8:37; 2 Corinthians 10:4–5; Galatians 5:17; 1 Timothy 6:12; 1 Samuel 2:25; Job 33:24; Romans 3:25–26; Romans 8:31; Romans 8:33–34; 1 John 2:1–2

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