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Pope says marriage annulment process should be free of charge

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Manila, Philippines, to Rome Jan. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Addressing the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said all annulment processes should be free of charge.

“The sacraments are free. The sacraments give us grace. And a matrimonial process pertains to the sacrament of matrimony. How I wish that all processes were free,” the pope said Jan. 24, at a meeting to inaugurate the Roman Rota’s judicial year. Continue reading

 
Historic capital campaign takes off; New foundation created

Press Release
Archdiocese of Cincinnati 

In an initiative called “historic” by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has launched a capital campaign to raise $130 million toward securing and growing the vitality of its parishes, schools, social services, and other ministries for decades to come.

For The Catholic Telegraph story on this campaign, click HERE. Continue reading

 
Archdiocese plans to raise $130 million in new campaign
Above is the logo for the new Archdiocese of Cincinnati capital campaign and a chart depicting the breakdown of how the money will be used.

Above is the logo for the new Archdiocese of Cincinnati capital campaign and a chart depicting the breakdown of how the money will be used.

By Steve Trosley
The Catholic Telegraph 

An historic fundraising campaign to raise $130 million will launch this month in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and preliminary results indicate it could be a stunning success.

For the official press release from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, click HERE.

“Every household will be asked to participate,” Michael Vanderburgh, Director of the Archdiocesan Stewardship Office said this week as results from an early silent phase of the campaign were more than double than projected.

“The 13 pilot parishes in that first phase pledged more than $35 million,” Vanderburgh said. “We had hoped to reach $15 million by this phase of the campaign. Continue reading

 
Nearly 100 in Cincinnati pray for life in solidarity with Washington march [Photos]

A sign advertises "Adoption; A loving option," during a prayerful demonstration Jan. 22 outside the Cincinnati Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Nearly 100 gathered to pray and witness to life on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph

As thousands, including many from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, prepared to participate in the 2015 March for Life, roughly 100 residents of the area gathered to pray outside the Planned Parenthood location on Auburn Avenue in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Young Adults for Life had promoted the event as the Cincinnati “Mini-March for Life.” Other groups, such as 40 Days for Life, had independently planned on being represented and the end result was a large crowd ranging in age from toddlers to the elderly, all gathered to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision. Continue reading

 
Archdiocese hires new archivist
Sarah Patterson.

Sarah Patterson.

Press Release

Sarah L. Patterson has joined the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as director of the Chancery Archive, which collects, preserves, and administers Church records and artifacts of permanent historical value dating back to the founding of what was then the Diocese of Cincinnati in 1821.

The Archive recently moved to a specially renovated building at 25 E. Eighth Street.

“With the new space, we have a new opportunity to reinvigorate the archive to be of service to the archbishop, to the offices of the archdiocese, and to the parishes,” Patterson said.

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‘We shall overcome’ in fight against abortion, says Cardinal O’Malley
Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley gives the homily during the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Jan. 21. The all-night vigil is held before the annual March for Life, which this year marked the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See VIGIL- Jan. 21, 2015.

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley gives the homily during the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Jan. 21. The all-night vigil is held before the annual March for Life, which this year marked the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Evoking a phrase long associated with the civil rights movement, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston told an overflow crowd in Washington that “we shall overcome” in the fight against abortion.

Quoting Pope Francis in his homily Jan. 21 during the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Cardinal O’Malley said, “The church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for a better world.”

He added, “In our country, people have come together in the fight to overcome racism” and other social ills. “The quest for human rights and solidarity brought together people of faith to ‘repair the world,’ to use the Jewish expression.” Continue reading

 
Throwback Thursday: Supporting life in every age

This graphic opened the 2014 Roe vs. Wade section of The Catholic Telegraph. The Catholic Telegraph has covered the March for Life and related pro-life events ever since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973. (CT File)

Staff Report

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized abortion on-demand nation-wide in 1973, American Catholics have taken to the streets and the public squares to stand up for life.

Attending the March for Life or other pro-life events today? Tweet #Telegraph4Life on Twitter and we’ll retweet. We may also use your photos in upcoming publications.

The Catholic Telegraph has been there every step of the way. Continue reading

 
Catholic lawmakers urged to back immigration reform as pro-life issue
Paralegal Maria Alejandra McKee addresses the audience at St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead, N.Y., Jan. 18 during an information session on immigration reform based on President Barack Obama's executive actions. A group of Catholic leaders urged fellow Catholics in Congress to set aside partisan bickering and support the U.S. bishops' efforts on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform, calling it a sanctity of life issue and an important step in building a culture of life. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Paralegal Maria Alejandra McKee addresses the audience at St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead, N.Y., Jan. 18 during an information session on immigration reform based on President Barack Obama's executive actions. A group of Catholic leaders urged fellow Catholics in Congress to set aside partisan bickering and support the U.S. bishops' efforts on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform, calling it a sanctity of life issue and an important step in building a culture of life. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — A group of Catholic leaders urged fellow Catholics in Congress to set aside “partisan bickering” and support the U.S. bishops’ efforts on behalf of a comprehensive immigration reform, calling it a sanctity of life issue and an important step in building a culture of life.

“Our nation’s inhumane and flawed immigration policies leave migrant women, children and families abandoned by the side of the road,” the group said in a letter released Jan. 20, two days before the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Among the more than 100 signers of the letter were the presidents of at least 31 Catholic universities as well as bishops, men and women religious, former staff members at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the heads of various institutes and social action agencies. Continue reading

 
Big families bring hope – not poverty, says Pope

Pope Francis embraces a young man during the weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan.21. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

By Ann Schneible
CNA/EWTN News 

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame.

“Families know they are essential to the life of society,” the Pope said Jan. 21 during his first weekly general audience since returning from his Jan. 12-19 tour of Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
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Donation from Reds’ Chapman to Mount St. Joseph a gesture of friendship

Cesar Trigo de Serrano, a senior on Mount St. Joseph University's men's volleyball team, sits in the new locker room. The locker room renovation was financed in large part by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman, a friend of de Serrano. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph  

Word spread quickly in mid-January that the Mount St. Joseph University men’s volleyball team was getting a new locker room courtesy of Cincinnati Reds‘ closer Aroldis Chapman. The All-Star pitcher donated nearly 80 percent of the needed funds for the locker room renovation. How did a Cuban-born MLB player come to be associated with an NCAA Division III men’s volleyball program?

The short answer is that Chapman is close friends with Cesar Trigo de Serrano, a senior on The Mount’s volleyball team. The long answer is a testament to God’s providence.

Cesar Trigo de Serrano Continue reading