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Father Mahan

The office of Stewardship and Communications has confirmed internationally known speaker Father Dan Mahan to give the keynote address for the 2010 Stewardship Conference “Doers of the Word.”

“Stewardship is a biblical word that means someone who has been entrusted with much. We have been entrusted with much. We are living in an era where we are more and more aware of just how much we have been given,” Father Mahan said. (more…)

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Men gather for the rosary

Four generations were among the many who attended the rosary.

St. Elizabeth, Port Neches, hosted a Christmas Rosary Dec. 21. More than 100 men and young men braved the cold to gather and pray the Holy Rosary.

In addition to the rosary, they collected $409 for the Hospitality Center just in time for Christmas.

St. Charles Borromeo, Nederland, will host the Christmas Rosary the Monday before Christmas, Dec. 20, 2010.

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Dec. 10, three silver roses, whose journey began six months ago in Canada, were exchanged on the International Bridge at the Mexico-United States border as Knights of Columbus delegation from Texas met Knights of Columbus delegation from Mexico. The event symbolized the limitless power of God’s love, communicated to the Americas by Our Lady of Guadalupe. (more…)

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Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, N.Y., lays hands on seminarian Alonzo Cox during the ordination of transitional deacons at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y., Dec. 8. The Catholic Church Extension Society has awarded more than $3 mi llion in grants to educate 509 seminarians from mission dioceses in the United States during the 2010 fiscal year. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

By Catholic News Service

CHICAGO (CNS) — The Catholic Church Extension Society has awarded more than $3 million in grants to educate 509 seminarians from the most underfunded dioceses in the United States during the 2010 fiscal year.

The grants represent an increase in funding at a time when other foundations have reduced their giving during the recession.

On average, the 84 dioceses designated as U.S. “mission dioceses” spend $30,000 a year per seminarian for seminary tuition, room and board, books, health insurance and related expenses.

If distributed evenly, the Extension Society’s grants would pay for about 20 percent of a seminarian’s education-related costs for 2010.

The number of seminarians to be helped make up about 15 percent of the U.S. total. (more…)

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Former Illinois death row inmate Randy Steidl of Paris, Ill., talks about his wrongful conviction and his lengthy incarceration during a program at the Archbishop O'Meara Catholic Center in Indianapolis Dec. 2. Will McAuliffe, left, is the executive director of the Indiana Coalition Acting to Suspend Executions. (CNS photo/Mary Ann Wyand, The Criterion)

By Mary Ann Wyand Catholic News Service

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Seventeen years, three months and three weeks.

That’s how long wrongfully convicted Illinois death-row inmate Randy Steidl was incarcerated at the Danville Correctional Facility while awaiting execution for two murders he did not commit.

Steidl is one of 139 former death-row inmates throughout the U.S. who have been found innocent of murder charges and released from prison since 1972.

He was the keynote speaker for a recent program at the Archbishop O’Meara Catholic Center in Indianapolis about his wrongful conviction and lengthy imprisonment on death row in Illinois. The event was sponsored by the archdiocesan Office for Pro-Life Ministry. (more…)

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By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Despite a New York Times report to the contrary, the Catholic Health Association and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are working together to achieve health reform legislation that does not expand federal funding of abortion, according to the CHA president and CEO. (more…)

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Pope Benedict XVI is assisted by aides, including Msgr. Guido Marini, papal master of ceremonies, left, at the start of Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 24. During the entrance procession, a woman jumped a barrier in the bas ilica and knocked the 82-year-old pontiff to the ground. The pope was helped up and continued with the Mass. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican will decide how to proceed with the young woman responsible for knocking down Pope Benedict XVI during Christmas Eve Mass only after it reviews medical and Vatican security reports, said Vatican spokesmen.

Critical to the prosecutor’s decision will be the doctors’ evaluation concerning the woman’s mental state and whether or not she was “of sound mind,” Father Ciro Benedettini, vice director of the Vatican press office, told Catholic News Service Dec. 28. The prosecutor will also take into consideration eyewitness accounts, he said. (more…)

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