The journey to Easter

Staff photographer Michael Alexander of  The Georgia Bulletin in Atlanta tells the story in words and pictures of one couple’s journey to Catholicism despite some very personal challenges.

John Paul II film makes local premiere at Polish Film Festival

Movie-making is a big part of the makeup of Los Angeles, so it seems natural that a Polish film festival would be held there. The Tidings in Los Angeles has details on this year’s festival, highlighting films with Catholic themes to be shown.

After car wreck, priest ‘joyfully carries cross’

The Arkansas Catholic in Little Rock tells an inspirational story about a local priest’s recovery from a nasty traffic accident that’s left him unable to walk. A second story in the same edition tells how parishioners performed a “Catholic Extreme Makeover” to renovate his home for handicap accessibility.

Hunting for cold eggs

A 3-year-old boy high-fives his father after collecting a basket of eggs at the parish Easter egg hunt at St. James the Less Church in Highland, Ind., April 7. Temperatures in the low 20s had children bundled up with hats and gloves over their Easter outfits for the annual event. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Northwest Indiana Catholic).

Bipartisan STRIVE Act a good start to the immigration debate

In his column in the Denver Catholic Register, Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says a bipartisan proposal introduced in Congress last month on immigration reform isn’t perfect but has many positive elements. The paper also covered a talk by the archbishop on immigration reform in which he called current immigration laws not only inadequate but schizophrenic.

Koala countdown

The next World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, isn’t until 2008, but the National Catholic Register notes that it’s less than 500 days away and updates readers on preparations both in Australia and the United States.

Reporting on the pope and evolution

On the most difficult issues of the day, the Catholic press always has prided itself on reporting the nuances that the general media misses. Such was the case again this week in reporting on Pope Benedict XVI’s supposedly new comments on evolution in a new book. The CNS story set the pope’s comments in the broader context of faith and science; it also stated clearly that the pope’s comments weren’t new at all but came from a discussion with former students last September. Others, such as this Associated Press report, weren’t so clear. The AP story, for instance, doesn’t say until the fifth paragraph (and only in passing, at that) that he made the comments at a meeting with fellow theologians, and doesn’t say until the 11th graf that they came seven months ago.

Regular readers of CNS might also remember that there was another CNS story last September on the meeting itself. While that story doesn’t have the pope’s comments — the meeting, of course, was closed — it did quote one participant as saying that the gathering did not advance any significant shift in direction on the church and evolution, another nuance that some reporters might have missed when they first saw the book this week.

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