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Many pro-life faculty on college campuses in the U.S. and Canada have experienced a strong sense of isolation and disrespect for their views, said the new president of University Faculty for Life.
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Pope Benedict warned that when people forget God they risk falling under the influence of modern forms of idolatry, such as totalitarianism or nihilism.
The U.S.-born rector of Ukraine's Catholic university said his country is "living in dark times" and accused state security services of placing him under surveillance.
Taking on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, the U.S. bishops declared suicide "a terrible tragedy, one that a compassionate society should work to prevent."
John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, says the university will take a stand against binge drinking and the "culture of hooking up" by phasing out co-ed dorms.
Pope Benedict will award three European theologians the Ratzinger Prize for their excellence in theological studies.
Father John Corapi, a well-known speaker and former EWTN-TV host, declared June 17 he is leaving the priesthood.
Hedonism clouds people's judgment and risks annihilating morality, Pope Benedict said.
Masked revelers dressed as devils take part in a parade in Ocumare, Venezuela, June 23.
Here is a wish list for Canada's 154th birthday: What Canada most needs is more religion and more babies. It needs less abuse — sexual, verbal and physical — and fewer divorces. It needs less TV watching and less time on the Internet. Canada needs less emphasis on individual rights and more commitment to community responsibilities. Less gambling and more sharing would be good too.
Canada would benefit if there were less pornography and less exploitive advertising. It would also benefit if there was a strong emphasis on education in the Great Books, if everyone got half an hour of exercise a day and if we had a weekly Sabbath when everything shut down and everyone gave the day to rest, reflection and prayer.