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Mass, exhibits, events at Catholic University honor archbishop's legacy
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- On a Tuesday night in 1953, roughly 25 million people in the United States gathered around their television to watch a program featuring that year's Emmy winner for "Most Outstanding Television Personality." However, instead of tuning in to a slickly produced program made in Hollywood, these people turned on their sets to see a priest in full cassock, standing in front of a chalkboard. Few members of the American Catholic Church, especially in the 20th century, are as quickly recognized as Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the first TV broadcast of…
Film about redemption shows that God never leaves us, says director
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At 43, Marcelo Torcida had arguably achieved it all. He was a successful business owner, with multiple successful businesses, had a wonderful marriage of more than two decades, children, and yet he felt that he had nothing. During a business meeting in London, the Paraguayan father of three said he realized he had a continuous empty feeling that couldn't be made better by anything or anyone. "I had a sadness, a certain sensation and I realized I didn't have God present in my life every day," he said in an interview with Catholic News Service in Washington. Though…
Letter of the Superior General to the Confreres of the Society of Saint Paul
DO ALL FOR THE GOSPEL” (1Cor 9,23) In love, in communion and with courage. Dearest brothers, Grace and peace from the Risen Lord!             With Easter joy I write to you this first letter, two months after having assumed the service that the Congregation has entrusted to me during the X General Chapter. Notwithstanding all our limitations, together as General Government we are here to serve and to carry out the animation of the Congregation, trusting above all in the grace that comes to us from Jesus Master and also confiding in the collaboration of each one of you. The…
Cubans find technological workarounds to help transmit faith
HAVANA (CNS) -- It's a scene all too familiar in the U.S., but not one you'd expect in Cuba: a group of schoolgirls cupping their cellphones with their hands, protecting them from the glare of the tropical sun. Most are looking at pictures or listening to music downloaded on the phone's memory card. Few can access the Internet using their phones. Internet is not illegal in Cuba, but it's regulated, it's not easy to get and it's too expensive for the average Cuban to afford -- sometimes an hour can cost as much as a quarter or half of a…
Lesson of Special Olympics is 'all life is beautiful,' says Shriver
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Tim Shriver says his new book, "Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most," is "really a long thank-you letter to a lot of people who helped shape me," and it's also an attempt to say something to our culture about what really matters in life. Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, noted in his book how people with intellectual disabilities have been his teachers in life, helping him learn "something bigger we're all looking for." When he was a little boy, his parents, Eunice and Sargent Shriver, started "Camp Shriver" in the backyard of their family's Maryland home,…
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