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New survey shows millennials’ attitudes about contraception, abortion

Young people attend a youth rally and Mass at Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Chicago in early March 2011. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — U.S. millennials, born between 1980 and 2000, don’t want to be pigeonholed into categories.

They are predominantly religiously unaffiliated and not identified by any political party. They are more ethnically and racially diverse than the general population.

This group of 18- to 35-year-olds doesn’t like to be labeled as “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” They mostly approve of the use of contraception and they support policies to make contraception more widely available and affordable. They also have a predominantly positive view of marriage, not viewing it as old-fashioned or out of date. Continue reading

Sports Report: CJ falls just short at state

Staff Report

Despite trailing most of the Division III boys state semifinal basketball game, the Chaminade Julienne Eagles mounted a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter to get within three points of Lima Central Catholic, but the Thunderbirds managed to hold on for a 55-50 victory Thursday night at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. Continue reading

Vaccination decisions must be made with informed conscience

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy visited Cincinnati as part of a national tour, discussing a variety of issues during a stop in Norwood in February. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph

In the year 2000, the United States declared the measles virus eradicated from the country. In 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 140 people from 17 states have been infected with the illness. The primary reason for the disease’s resurgence is a lack of vaccinations.

Mainstream medicine in the U.S. prescribes a routine course of vaccinations for all children beginning at birth through age 6. Youths are given vaccinations as protection against a dozen serious ailments but for a variety of reasons, some parents refuse vaccination. With celebrities and politicians often weighing in on the issue, vaccination has become a hot topic of discussion. Continue reading

Good Friday collection to benefit Middle East Christians

The showing of the Cross takes place during Good Friday services at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in 2014. (CT Photo/Colleen Kelley)

Staff Report

When area Catholics gather to remember the sorrowful passion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, they will be contributing to an effort that helps Christians and holy places in the Middle East.

Pope Francis, following the example of the Apostles back to St. Paul, is asking Catholics to support the preservation of holy places in the Middle East and support for beleaguered Christians in that strife-torn region, according to Archbishop of Cincinnati, Dennis M. Schnurr. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Archbishop Elder’s sick call box

A sick call box belonging to Archbishop William H. Elder is included in the archives of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Staff Report

The bishops of the Catholic church have no shortage of important duties in running the administrative and pastoral affairs of their dioceses. That said, bishops still administer the sacraments and sometimes the tools they use to do so are preserved for history’s sake.

March 22 would have been 196th birthday of The Most Reverend William Henry Elder, third bishop and second Archbishop of Cincinnati. With that in mind, an item of the late archbishop is the subject of today’s Throwback Thursday. Continue reading

Sister Ruth Ann Bange

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Ruth Ann Bange was celebrated Feb. 12 in the St. Julie Chapel at Mount Notre Dame Convent in Reading. Continue reading

Sister Joan Pfeiffer

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Joan Pfeiffer was celebrated Feb. 24 in St. Julie Chapel at Mount Notre Dame Convent in Reading. Continue reading

Sister Maria Klosterman

A Mass of Christian Burial for Franciscan Sister of the Poor Maria Klosterman was celebrated on March 14 in St. Clare Convent Chapel in Cincinnati. Continue reading

Sister Ruth Nastold

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Mercy Ruth Nastold was celebrated Feb. 23 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Cincinnati. Continue reading

Sister Margaret Mary Rigdon

A Mass of Christian Burial for Precious Blood Sister Margaret Mary Rigdon was held at the Salem Heights Chapel in Dayton March 18. Continue reading