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Archive for September, 2011

NABCA gather, share, work

Members of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators gathered Sept. 21-24 in Pittsburgh to share ideas and energy and to give sweat equity.

The meeting includes liturgy as well as workshops and business meeting. This year’s sweat equity was at St. Charles Lwanga Church, Pittsburgh. (more…)

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The University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture will be hosting the first Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Lecture and Faithful Citizen Award Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Hall, 3910Yoakum Blvd., Houston.

Receiving the Faithful Citizen Award will be Joe Tortorice, Jr., president and CEO of Deli Management Inc. Tortorice is the founder of Jason’s Deli and is also a St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, parishioner. The award is given to persons who are led by the Holy Spirit and who manifest the incarnate love of God for this world in their lives and actions as Catholics. (more…)

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NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — Retired Archbishop Philip M. Hannan of New Orleans, a World War II paratroop chaplain who befriended and secretly counseled John F. Kennedy during and after his historic run for the White House as the first U.S. Catholic president, died Sept. 29 at age 98.

“Archbishop Hannan in every way was a good shepherd of the church who was modeled after Christ, not just for Catholics of New Orleans but for the whole community,” Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans said in a statement. (more…)

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Local teachers recognized by Texas A&M Club

Two teachers from the Diocese of Beaumont were among eight local educators honored for their commitment to education.

The Beaumont Texas A&M Club held its 52nd Annual Outstanding Classroom Teacher Awards Sept. 27. Two teachers from the Catholic schools in the diocese were among those nominated by their fellow teachers for the awards. (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has transferred responsibility for two very precise administrative procedures from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments to the Roman Rota, a church court.

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published the papal directive Sept. 27 giving the Rota responsibility for handling procedures involving a marriage that was celebrated validly but not consummated and for cases involving the nullity of an ordination. (more…)

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By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — “Increasing attempts to expunge God and religious discourse from public life” are contributing to a growing disrespect for the unique status of human beings, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo said in a message for Respect Life Month in October.

In a statement made public Sept. 26, the archbishop of Galveston-Houston and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities linked respect for life to recent moves to silence the voice of people motivated by faith. (more…)

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By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The proposed religious exemption to the federal mandate that health insurance plans cover contraceptives and sterilization is “wholly inadequate to protect the conscience rights of Catholic hospital and health care organizations,” the head of the Catholic Health Association told the Department of Health and Human Services. (more…)

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