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Pope Francis Receives Highest Honor from Israeli University
10/28/2014
The award was reportedly given "in recognition of [the Pope's] lifelong efforts and commitment to building bridges between worlds, promoting peace and harmony among nations and creeds, and defending and fighting for human rights."


Cardinal Müller to Speak at Notre Dame Conference on Poverty
10/28/2014
The conference, entitled “Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor,” will run from October 30 - November 1 and is reportedly inspired by Pope Francis’ encouragement to give “a voice to the cry of the poor.”


Catholic University Presidents Sign Plea to Help Child Refugees
10/27/2014
The document asks all citizens to “reflect deeply on Pope Francis’s recent call that, ‘as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.’”


Conference on New Evangelization at University to Coincide with Pope’s Trip to Philippines
10/23/2014
The second Philippine Conference on New Evangelization will be held from January 15 to 17, 2015, and is set to coincide with Pope Francis’ four-day visit to the Philippines. Cardinal Tagle announced its location at the University of Santo Tomas in a letter to his parish priests.


Final Report from Synod on Family Emphasizes Education
10/21/2014
In the final report issued by the Synod on the Family, the synod fathers reached a unanimous decision that more education is a necessity when it comes to families, according to Catholic News Agency’s coverage of the report.


Pope Comments on How Universities Can Encourage Dialogue between Faith and Reason
10/17/2014
Pope Francis recently sent a message to the Italian Catholic University Federation, according to Vatican Information Service, conveying the importance of its work in universities with three words: study, research, and frontier.


New Latin American Studies Certificate Supports Catholic Identity at CUA
10/17/2014
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is offering a new certificate program in Latin American and Latino Studies. According to the University report, the program is of great import for CUA’s Catholic identity due to the growing significance of Latin America in the Church. 


Courage Director Fr. Check Comments on Passage about Homosexuals in Synod Report
10/16/2014
Members of the international Courage apostolate have responded “with dismay, concern and some pain” to the Extraordinary Synod for the Family’s recent midterm report passage on homosexuality, which has been subsequently updated, according to the National Catholic Register.


Rockhurst University to Host Symposium with Newspaper Condemned by Bishop
10/14/2014
Rockhurst University, a Catholic institution in Kansas City, Mo., is set to cosponsor a symposium with the National Catholic Reporter on November 1, 2014, according to the University.


World Meeting of Families Catechesis a ‘Wealth of Knowledge’ for Catholic Education
10/8/2014
The Catechesis “is a wealth of knowledge that can be used in Catholic education in many ways—but even more foundationally, it touches on the joy of Catholic education,” an organizer of the meeting told The Cardinal Newman Society in an exclusive interview.


Scholars Write to Pope Francis, Hope to Turn Marriage Crisis ‘On Its Head’
10/3/2014
The letter comes in anticipation of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and hopes to address the growing concerns surrounding marriage related issues: pornography, "no fault divorce," cohabitation before marriage, and more.


Letters from 70,000 Students Delivered to Pope Francis
10/2/2014
A group of five Argentinean fathers nicknamed “the Pope’s mailmen” recently delivered more than 70,000 letters from students to Pope Francis, according to the Catholic News Agency.


Professor Sees Catholic Mission Conflict in Notre Dame’s ‘Crossroads’ Project
10/1/2014
The University of Notre Dame is planning to move forward with its $400 million “Campus Crossroads Project” that would see the iconic University stadium become the “crossroads” of campus, despite a warning that the change would be detrimental to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission.


UST-Houston Prof. Helps Pope Prepare for World Youth Day Reflection on Beatitudes
9/24/2014
University of St. Thomas in Houston philosophy professor Dr.John Hittinger joined a group of 20 academics and scholars to help Pope Francis in his preparation for World Youth Day 2016, set to take place in Krakow, Poland.


Future of Catholic Education in Israel Is Uncertain, Says Expert
9/23/2014
At present, the vast number of Catholic school leaders in Israel “are very discouraged and have little hope for a bright future,” said Father Jeffrey Burwell, the director of Catholic studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Christian Persecution Research Project Launched at Notre Dame, Georgetown
9/18/2014
A team of scholars, led by centers at the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University, was recently established to research, report on, and raise awareness about Christian persecution throughout the world.


Theologian Critiqued by U.S. Bishops Set to Give Fordham Lecture on Evolution and Creation
9/18/2014
Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., whose theological writing has been heavily criticized by the U.S. bishops, is set to deliver the John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Lecture in Science on the topic of evolution and creation.


Education Project of Pope Francis Is Making Headlines
9/17/2014
Pope Francis’ education project, Scholas Occurrentes, has recently been making news with its platform of promoting peace and global communication in order to provide education for children, focusing especially on those with fewer resources.


Mount St. Mary’s Univ. to Host Conference on Marriage and Family
9/9/2014
The 22nd annual national conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), which has its headquarters at Franciscan University of Steubenville, will take place at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., Franciscan announced.


Soccer Match Proceeds to Fund Education Project Supported by Pope
9/3/2014
Proceeds from the Interreligious Match for Peace will go to Scholas Occurrentes, an educational entity launched by the Pope Francis. World Cup and international soccer stars gathered to play a charity match on September 1.


Benedictine College Grad Attending Sports Seminar at Vatican
9/3/2014
Benedictine College alumna Allison McCormick is currently attending the Pontifical Council of Culture's international seminar "Sport is for Man" in Vatican City. The seminar is being held following the Interreligious Game for Peace called for by Pope Francis.


Nation’s First Catholic High School for Special Needs Students Set to Open
9/2/2014
Efforts are underway to open a new Catholic high school, the first of its kind, for students with special needs.


Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict Demonstrate Importance of Education
8/29/2014
Earlier this month, Pope Francis spoke about education with the bishops of Seoul during his visit to South Korea, while Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with his former students.


Bishop Rhoades Praises Commitment to Catholic Education at Local School
8/22/2014
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish of Fort Wayne, Ind., recently completed construction on a new educational wing for the opening of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.


Christendom President Reconfirmed as Pontifical Consultor by Pope Francis
8/21/2014
Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, president of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., will continue his work as a pontifical consultor, the College reported. Pope Francis reconfirmed Dr. O’Donnell’s appointment as consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. 


Archbishop Carlson Asks Catholic Schools for Masses and Rosaries for Ferguson
8/21/2014
On Monday, August 18, Archbishop Robert Carlson issued a letter to the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, focusing on the “turmoil and tragedy” in the Ferguson, Mo., community and its struggle “to find peace in the chaos.”


Benedictine College Prof: Catholic Colleges Need Both Academics and Ministry
8/13/2014
Benedictine College professor, Dr. Edward Mulholland, writes that the mission of a Catholic college should address both academics and ministry. “Any educational philosophy that does not address both fails fully to embody the Catholic vision.”


Youth and Religious Educators Encounter God at Franciscan Univ. Conferences
7/29/2014
The summer conferences of Franciscan University of Steubenville continued this summer with two events held recently – one for teens and one for religious educators, the University reports.


Professor Reflects on Meeting Pope during ‘Investing for the Poor’ Conference in Rome
7/21/2014
Dr. Rogelio Garcia Contreras, advisor to the Social Entrepreneurship Program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex., recently met Pope Francis during a trip to Rome to participate in the first Conference for Impact Investment titled "Investing for the Poor."


Gonzaga Alumni Group Calls for New ‘Sexual Revolution’ Embracing Catholic Teaching
7/8/2014
In its latest bulletin, the alumni group 1887 Trust pointed to the words of Pope Francis, who in January of this year spoke of the need for Catholic colleges to give "uncompromising witness" to the "Church's moral teaching, and the defense of her freedom."


Rome Pilgrimage Deepens Faith of Catholic High School Graduates
6/13/2014
The 16 students who comprised the graduating class visited many sites in Rome, including the Sistine Chapel, but student Haylee McArthur reportedly said that seeing Pope Francis was the highlight of the trip.


Leader of Latin American Bishops: Liberation Theology ‘Archaic, If Not Already Dead’
6/9/2014
Archbishop Retes indicated that liberation theology is irrelevant at a recent news conference in Rome... Liberation theology is, however, still prominent on the campuses of many Catholic universities throughout the U.S.


Pope Encourages Teachers in Mission Drawing Students to the ‘Good, Beautiful and True’
6/5/2014
When Jorge Bergoglio was six years old, his first teacher taught him to love school... And now, as Pope Francis, his commitment to the importance of education remains evident.


Dr. Jonathan Reyes to Thomas More College Grads: You Were Made to Share in Divinity
6/4/2014
Reyes, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, imparted three words—“Gift, Magnanimity, and Encounter”—to graduating students.


Seton Hall ‘Stood Firm’ after Faculty Resisted Pro-life Author’s Graduation Speech
5/28/2014
“As it happened, despite the preceding faculty machinations, the event itself went off beautifully and without incident,” Catholic author Mary Eberstadt told The Cardinal Newman Society.


Catholic College Leaders Gather to Discuss Student Life, Catholic Teaching
5/27/2014
Leaders from 10 faithful Catholic colleges gathered at the Franciscan University of Steubenville last week to share and consider ways of better integrating Catholic teaching into programs and services for students.


Pope Francis Speaks at Rally for Italian Catholic Schools
5/12/2014
Pope Francis reportedly said that school “is synonymous with openness to reality. At least it should be!”


Alumni Urge Gonzaga to Focus on Catholic Identity amidst Quest for Top Rankings
5/8/2014
“Can Gonzaga be highly ranked in U.S. News and World Report and still be faithfully Catholic?” the alumni asked. “We say yes, but not if the university stays on its current trajectory.”


University of Dallas Students Request Pope Francis as 2015 Commencement Speaker
5/5/2014
The initiative started out as a joke, but turned more serious when the students found out that the Pope would be visiting the United States in the summer of 2015.


Pope Francis Commissions Cardinals to Address Peruvian University’s Catholic Identity
5/1/2014
In July of 2012, a Vatican decree stripped the University of its titles “Catholic” and “Pontifical” because of years of refusal to bring its statues into line with Ex corde Ecclesiae.


Thousands of Students Gathered for Holy Week Audience with Pope Francis
4/22/2014
Pope Francis welcomed the students, who were in Rome for a conference, and told them to take Holy Week seriously.


Thomas More College Student to Lector at Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica
4/16/2014
The student, sophomore Joe MacDonald, is currently taking part in the College’s study abroad program in Rome. 


Drag Show on Catholic Campus Turned Diabolical, Group Says
4/15/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society reported last week that the Vatican’s Congregation for Education stated that a previous drag show at the Catholic university caused “scandal”.


Pope Francis Defends Parents’ Right to Decide ‘Moral and Religious’ Education for Children
4/14/2014
“And in this regard I would like to express my rejection of any kind of educational experimentation with children. We cannot experiment with children and young people,” the Holy Father reportedly said.


Pope Francis to Professors and Students: Theology Only Fruitful Done ‘On One’s Knees’
4/10/2014
“Your Institutes are not machines for producing theologians and philosophers; they are communities in which one grows, and growth occurs in the family.”


Franciscan University of Steubenville Plans World Youth Day Pilgrimage
4/7/2014
“World Youth Day offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow Catholics throughout the world... What a blessing to have World Youth Day in the native land of Pope John Paul II, the founder of World Youth Day.”


University of Dayton Hosted Activist for Lecture Who Called Pope ‘Evil’
3/28/2014
On his website, Timothy Wise called pro-lifers “terrorists, plain and simple.”  He even indicated that parents don’t have the right to raise their children into a traditional religion and those who do are guilty of “child abuse by any other name.”


Pope Francis Entrusts Educators to St. Joseph’s Protection
3/19/2014
“Let us look at Joseph as the model for educators, for he guards and accompanies Jesus in his journey of growth ‘in wisdom, age, and grace,’” said Pope Francis today.


Author Defends Business Education at Catholic Universities in America Magazine
3/18/2014
“There are excesses and abuses in business and in our capitalist society, and Pope Francis has named many of them. There is also nobility, as he reminds us. We need to recognize the differences.”


Catholic University Responds to New Evangelization with New Academic Program
3/17/2014
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will offer a new academic program, the Master of Catechesis (M.Cat.), beginning this summer with classes both on-site and online.


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