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Ireland to Vote on Legalization of Abortion

by Bianca Passero

 

In 1983, the Irish electorate voted in favor of the 8th Amendment which reads, “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as is practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” This amendment protects the life of the unborn as well as the life of the mother. However, this Amendment may soon be repealed. 

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Pope Francis Celebrates 5 Years as Pope

by Tess Daniels

 

On March 1, Pope Francis celebrated the five-year anniversary of his election to the papacy. With this milestone comes an examination of Francis’s accomplishments and controversies. Francis, though a hugely influential and compelling figure, has nonetheless had his fair share of criticism. He is seen by the world as a reformer pope—a humble, highly educated, genial Jesuit who seems to depart from the practices of previous pontiffs. On the other hand, traditionalist Catholics have objected to Francis’ agenda, arguing that a pope should deliver doctrinal and moral clarity, and Francis’s policy has blurred Catholic teachings.

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Tensions Rise in Jerusalem

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

On March 7, Israel passed a law giving the Minister of the Interior the power to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem if they commit a “breach of trust.”

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Remembering Stephen Hawking

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Stephen Hawking, the groundbreaking theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and cultural icon, has died at the age of 76. On March 14, he passed away from complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). When he was 21, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS and was told he would not live past 25. He would go on to live 55 more years, contributing some of the most influential discoveries in the field of physics.

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Vatican Sends Delegation to the Olympics

by: Noella D'Souza

 

The 2018 Winter Olympics marks the beginning of a new, concerted effort to build the relationship between the Vatican and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). As in the past, the IOC invited the Vatican to send delegates to represent the nation. The Vatican obliged as a gesture of goodwill and show of their support for reconciliation between North and South Korea. Monsignor Melchor Sánchez de Toca, Undersecretary and Head of the Culture and Sports Section for the Pontifical Council for Culture and a former pentathlete, was designated the official delegate. The ceremony was also attended by Stefano Calvigioni, a member of the Italian Olympic Committee who has also worked with the Vatican.

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Blessed Paul VI to be Canonized This Year

By: David O'Neill

 

On February 6, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Pope Paul VI. The approval of the second miracle was the last step in the process of his canonization—all that is left is for Pope Francis to officially decree his approval and set a date.

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Parkland Shooting Shocks Nation

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

This February 14, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida and killed at least seventeen people, with many more injured. This horrific event has prompted response from those across the United States as well as a global response to the massacre of innocent lives. A day devoted to the celebration of love and the beginning of Lent turned into one of horror and mourning. The shooting was the third largest school shooting in the history of the United States.

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Flu Season: Statistics and Liturgical Consequences

By: Adriana Watkins

 

The United States has faced a particularly dire flu season this winter, with the number of cases rising weekly from November into February. All regions of the country have reported higher-than-normal levels of flu activity, according to the CDC, with the expected total of hospitalizations reaching the hundreds of thousands. The peak seems to be leveling off, though officials warn the flu will still continue to circulate in the weeks to come.    

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