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Holy Year of Mercy will highlight Church's mission Print
National-World News
Written by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
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Pope Francis gestures as he preaches during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 13. During the service, the pope announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to be celebrated from December 8, 2015, until November 20, 2016. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.”

“No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,” the pope said March 13, marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica.

“I frequently have thought about how the Church can make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy,” he said during his homily; that is why he decided to call a special Holy Year, which will be celebrated from December 8, 2015, until November 20, 2016.

Be merciful theme

The biblical theme of the year, he said, will be “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful,” an admonition that applies “especially to confessors,” the pope said with a smile.

Traditionally, every 25 years the popes proclaim a holy year, which features special celebrations and pilgrimages, strong calls for conversion and repentance, and the offer of special opportunities to experience God’s grace through the sacraments, especially Confession.

Extraordinary holy years, like the Holy Year of Mercy, are less frequent, but offer the same opportunities for spiritual growth.

Finding forgiveness

The doors of the Church “are wide open so that all those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness,” Pope Francis said at the penance service, which featured individual confessions. It was part of a worldwide celebration of “24 Hours for the Lord,” in which Catholic churches were staying open for prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, and Confession.

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Governor signs abortion insurance ban into law Print
State News
Written by Pam Payne   
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Governor Scott Walker has signed Assembly Bill 128 into law as 2017 Wisconsin Act 91.

The act bans abortion coverage in public employee insurance policies by prohibiting Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board from entering into any contract with respect to a group health insurance plan or providing a group health insurance plan on a self-insured basis if, with certain exceptions, the plan provides abortion services to state employees under the Wisconsin Retirement System.

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd grows Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechists, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The room was filled with joyful expectation as catechists and invested partners celebrated the presence of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) in the Diocese of Madison at its third annual gathering.

CGS Diocesan Director Katie Haun warmly encouraged the catechists and directors of religious education (DRE) present to share the joys and challenges of starting and maintaining atrium, the space where children gather to encounter God in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method.

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Bishop Robert C. Morlino, 4th bishop of Madison, dies at 71 Print
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Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 -- 6:55 PM

MADISON -- The Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, died Saturday, November 24th, at approximately 9:15 pm at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. He was 71 years old. Please pray for the repose of his soul, for his friends and coworkers, and for all of the faithful of the Diocese of Madison.

As Bishop of Madison, Bishop Morlino’s three expressed priorities were: to increase the number and quality of the men ordained to the diocesan priesthood; to instill a greater sense of reverence throughout the entire diocese, especially through our worship of God, celebrated in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and to challenge Catholic institutions in the diocese to live out their professed faith in Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, through their ministry in the secular community.

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Youth urged to 'end the scourge of abortion' Print
National-World News
Written by Nate Madden, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
March for Life participants carry the banner past the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Jan. 22. Hundreds of thousands took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNS) -- On a chilly and cloudy morning on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., crowds gathered January 22 for the annual March for Life, this year marking the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand.

Hundreds of thousands gathered first to hear a lineup of speakers, before marching from the National Mall up Constitution Ave. to the U.S. Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill.

Early in the day, Pope Francis showed his support of the pro-life gathering by tweeting the theme: “Every Life is a Gift” with the hashtag #marchforlife.

By late morning, the temperature had reached about 40 degrees, warmer than many a previous march, and a music group opened the rally with the songs “To Be Loved” and “You’re Not Alone.”

Several members of Congress were in attendance, including U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, who told Catholic News Service, “I am here to make my colleagues listen.” Huelskamp said life is a core issue in the public debate, and that Kansas was already at the forefront of human rights issues. “They were at the forefront of the slavery issue,” he said, and are now at the forefront of the life issue.

Levi Fox, a volunteer and a graduate of Liberty University, said, “Half of our generation is missing. Sixty million have been killed since Roe v. Wade, which is why I am dedicating my time to the March for Life.”

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