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Nebraska bishops welcome override of veto of bill ending death penalty
This undated photograph shows a close-up of the table where executions are carried out by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison in California. (CNS photo/courtesy of California Department of Corrections) See WASHINGTON LETTER Jan. 30, 2015.

This undated photograph shows a close-up of the table where executions are carried out by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison in California. (CNS photo/courtesy of California Department of Corrections) 

By Catholic News Service 

LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska state senators overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill repealing capital punishment that had been supported by the state’s Catholic bishops.

In a 30-19 vote May 27, the senators supported a bill that replaces the death penalty with a sentence of life in prison without parole.

The bill had gained the support of Nebraska’s three Catholic bishops, who earlier commended lawmakers for their historic vote May 20 to repeal capital punishment. They said then that support for the bill reflects the teaching of the Catholic faith and that use of the death penalty cannot be justified today. Continue reading

 
Throwback Thursday: Summer fun with a nun
A Sister of the Precious Blood calls a young boy safe as he slides into home plate in this 1960 photograph. (CT File/Throwback Thursday)

A Sister of the Precious Blood calls a young boy safe as he slides into home plate in this 1960 photograph. (CT File/Throwback Thursday)

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Nothing says summer like some sandlot baseball, and nothing shows the commitment of the Sisters of the Precious Blood like the photo accompanying this Throwback Thursday story.

The unnamed sister in full habit seen in the photo above is calling a young boy safe as he slides into home plate during a game played at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Dayton. Two girls look on in anticipation. The sister may have expected to work in education or youth ministry when she entered the order, but she may not have known she’d be playing home plate umpire. Continue reading

 
Catholic College Roundup: News from XU, UD, MSJ and Chatfield
The four Catholic colleges located in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are the University of Dayton, Xavier University, Chatfield College and Mount St. Joseph University.

The four Catholic colleges located in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are the University of Dayton, Xavier University, Chatfield College and Mount St. Joseph University.

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The four Catholic colleges located within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have each made new in recent weeks. Here’s a look at what’s happening at each school. Continue reading

 
St. Monica-St. George celebrates consecrated life with info fair
A representative of the Congregation of Divine Providence speaks with young people at an event hosted at St. Monica-St. George. (Courtesy Photo)
Sister Theresa Falkenstein of the Congregation of Divine Providence speaks with young people at an event hosted at St. Monica-St. George. (Courtesy Photo)

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On Sunday April 26, to celebrate the Year for Consecrated Life, St. Monica-St. George parish in Clifton hosted an information fair in the Catholic Center.

The parish was host to Sisters from eight different congregations and the Franciscan Friars.  Each of these nine communities displayed information and vocational materials as members of the parish came through and enjoyed a light lunch and lots of conversation with the religious members present. Continue reading

 
Denver’s Archbishop Aquila restores sacraments to original order
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila (Photo Courtesy of Haney's Photography, Moorhead, Minn. via Catholic News Agency)

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila (Photo Courtesy of Haney’s Photography, Moorhead, Minn. via Catholic News Agency)

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In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion – will be restored to their original order.

“In an increasingly secular world, the reality is this: the souls of our children are the battleground. As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Denver, I must do everything I can to help those who form children win that battle,” he explained in his pastoral letter “Saints Among Us” released May 23.

“The world needs saints. Even as our society becomes more distant from faith and more forgetful of God, it still hungers for joyful witnesses who have been transformed by Christ,” he explained. “At the same time, new generations of Catholics need grace to sustain them in a non-Christian environment.”

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A ‘reality check’ for Ireland’s Church – gay marriage vote both challenge and invitation
People have their wedding pictures taken at the papal cross in Phoenix Park in Dublin May 21.  (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)

People have their wedding pictures taken at the papal cross in Phoenix Park in Dublin May 21. (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)

By Ann Schneible
Aid to the Church in Need
(via Catholic News Agency)

The Christian message can’t be shaken by a national vote, but Ireland’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage is forcing Catholic leaders to rethink how they have been keeping the faith alive among the nation’s young people.

“This vote has certainly changed the landscape in which the Church ministers in Ireland and the outcome offers it new and brave challenges,” said Dublin native Monsignor John Kennedy, speaking after Friday’s referendum to allow same-sex couples in Ireland to marry. Continue reading

 
Lenten effort challenged Miami Valley residents to stand in solidarity with the hungry
Canned goods are seen on a shelf in this 2013 photo of a food pantry. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Canned goods are seen on a shelf in this 2013 photo of a food pantry. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

By Eileen Connelly, OSU
The Catholic Telegraph

Shopping for and preparing meals isn’t easy for people who live on a limited incomes and lack transportation. This includes urban neighborhoods in the Dayton area, ranked fourth in the nation for food hardship.

For one week in Lent (March 22-38) the Catholic Social Action Office and Weavers of Justice, a social justice collaborative of Dayton parishes and organizations, called for Miami Valley residents to stand in solidarity with hungry families by participating in the Hunger Solidarity Challenge.  Continue reading

 
Xavier speaker addresses pope’s commitment to environment
Dan Misleh, executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant spoke at Xavier University in March about Pope Francis and the environment. (Courtesy Photo)

Dan Misleh, executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant spoke at Xavier University in March about Pope Francis and the environment. (Courtesy Photo)

By Walt Schaefer
For The Catholic Telegraph

As Catholics await an encyclical from Pope Francis addressing ecology, the topic continues to be an item of heated discussion around the globe.

As a prelude to the encyclical, Xavier University invited Cincinnati native Daniel J. Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant in Washington, D.C., to speak in March about the pope’s commitment to the environment.

Environmental concern “is part of what it means to be Catholic and part of what it means to take care of God’s creation,” Misleh said in an interview following his address to about 70 attendees at his alma mater. “The difference between us and some environmental organization is that we believe this is about both people and the planet.” Continue reading

 
Vote to legalize gay marriage poses uncertain future for Ireland
World Youth Day pilgrims from Ireland attend the World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. (CNA Photo)

World Youth Day pilgrims from Ireland attend the World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. (CNA Photo)

By Ann Schneible
CNA/EWTN News

As Ireland goes to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, one Church official warns that the new law could bring yet-unforeseen consequences for future generations.

“The importance of the vote today cannot be underestimated,” said Msgr. John Kennedy, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in a May 22 email to CNA.

If passed, the Dublin-native said the referendum “would signal a significant alteration in how marriage is understood, appreciated at a societal level and taught to future generations.”

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Archbishop dedicates archdiocesan archives (Video tour)
The Chancery Archives of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati were featured in an open house-style event May 19. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

The Chancery Archives of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati were featured in an open house-style event May 19. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

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Where can you find a sick call box of Archbishop Elder’s, a hat worn at the Second Vatican Council by Archbishop Alter and the handwritten journal of Archbishop Purcell? The Chancery Archives of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati includes these treasures and more.

See video below 

On May 19 the archives were opened to selected personnel in an open house style event to showcase the newly renovated building. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr blessed and dedicated the archives. A video of the blessing and tour of the building follow this article. Continue reading