Monthly Archives: May 2010

Handicapping a conclave

Jim Nicholson, a former Republican congressman, Republican National Committee chairman and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, had never actually met former President Bill Clinton before. But there they were on the same plane, headed to Rome for the funeral of Pope John … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: One year ago …

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series One year ago, on May 9, 2009, I was ordained a priest.  Of course all the usual reflections have flashed in my mind over the past few days:  What have I … Continue reading

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Bipartisan bill will help Haiti rebuild garment trade

Haiti’s earthquake-shattered economy received a boost from the House of Representatives today with a vote to open the U.S. market to more Haitian clothing and textiles. The Haiti Economic Lift Program Act handily passed in the House and will go before the Senate late today … Continue reading

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Students launch campaign to end “r-word”

Students at the University of St. Thomas – a Catholic diocesan university in St. Paul, Minn. —  launched their own version of a campaign by the Special Olympics to encourage people to stop using the word retarded, or the “r-word.” The student campaign organizers produced … Continue reading

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The first of 1,000 wheelchairs make it to Haiti

Some of the thousands of Haitian amputees injured during the Jan. 12 earthquake are mobile again. They are the beneficiaries of the first shipment of what eventually will be 1,000 wheelchairs, thanks to the Knights of Columbus and the American Wheelchair … Continue reading

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Abuse fallout still among most-viewed stories for April

After the dominance of stories on sex abuse and health care in our last report on most-viewed stories for the preceding month, our report for April is a tiny bit more wide-ranging. But fallout from the abuse scandal still had … Continue reading

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Pope begins reform of Legionaries of Christ

VATICAN CITY — In initial steps toward reforming the Legionaries of Christ, Pope Benedict will name a personal delegate with authority over the order and a commission to study its constitutions, the Vatican said today. In a lengthy statement, the … Continue reading

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